SSI Energy Featured in Energy Voice Press and Journal Supplement

Our Medical Director Dr. Paddy Morgan was interviewed by Energy Voice for an article that was recently published in the Energy Voice Press and Journal supplement.

In the article, Paddy highlights the issues operators face if Covid-19 spreads offshore and how personnel can be faced with difficult, ethical dilemmas should they be required to assist those who have potentially contracted the virus.

To read the whole article and to learn more about the work we have done recently to help mitigate the spread of Covid-19, click here.

You can also read the full supplement by clicking here.

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SSI RM is Featured in the May Edition of World Pipelines Extreme Magazine

The risk management arm of our business has been featured in the latest edition of World Pipelines Extreme where our Managing Director, Jules Rawles outlines five steps to ensure safe and successful operations in high risk and austere locations.

In the article, Jules provides a deep dive into the risk management process and how it applies to the pipelines industry.

You can read the whole feature by clicking the link here:

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SSI Energy Presents on SubOptic’s Navigating Covid-19 Webinar

On the 20th May 2020, SSI Energy Managing Director Duncan Higham and SSI Medical Director Dr. Paddy Morgan, presented on the SubOptic Spotlight series that has been launched to deliver 60 minute segments covering the latest trends, news and challenges being faced by the submarine telecoms industry.

In this particular episode: Navigating Covid-19: Keeping our subsea networks running in a time of crisis, key topics were covered including operational challenges for vessel owners, general health implications, Covid-19 screening, PPE for offshore operations and much more.

A selection of key moments from the webinar can be viewed below:

In this video, our Managing Director, Duncan Higham, discusses the work SSI Energy has been doing during the Covid-19 crisis to help mitigate the spread of the virus to vessels offshore.

Meet Dr. Paddy Morgan, SSI Energy’s Medical Director. Dr. Morgan has been instrumental in SSI’s work combating the spread of Covid-19. In this video, Dr. Morgan discusses: 1) Covid-19 symptoms 2) Why the virus is so infectious 3) Trends following lockdowns 4) How to protect your business and much more.

SSI Energy Managing Director, Duncan Higham, talks about the challenges faced for National Critical Infrastructure workers during the Coronavirus pandemic in this clip from the SubOptic webinar.

In this selected excerpt, Dr. Paddy Morgan talks about how Covid-19 has and will change industries and how professionals will communicate going forward.

What are the risks and how can they be mitigated? In this clip, SSI Medical Director Dr. Paddy Morgan talks about how companies and professionals operating offshore can take the necessary steps to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

For more information about our presentation on the latest SubOptic Forum or to arrange a similar event, please contact us here.

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SSI Partners with Source BioScience to Offer RT-PCR Swab Testing in Fight Against Covid-19

In our efforts to help mitigate the devastating effects of the Covid-19 virus, we have partnered with Source BioScience to offer RT-PCR swab testing for global energy companies.

The carefully designed RT-PCR testing procedure has been developed to help mitigate the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus to personnel onsite and operations offshore. The test identifies if a person has the Covid-19 virus and as well as being 99.9% accurate, it carries the CE IVD mark.

The RT-PCR testing procedure is comprehensive and carried out by experienced health care professionals. A routine procedure will involve RT-PCR testing at an onshore location prior to any personnel’s deployment offshore. A registered Health Care Professional (HCP), typically a nurse, is stationed to take a swab from personnel in a designated testing room at staggered intervals.

Once the testing is complete, the swab samples are transported to the Source BioScience laboratory in Nottingham and in turn processed, with results becoming available within 24 hours of arrival. The results are then communicated via an online portal, further encrypted and issued to the company point of contact for further dissemination.

On the partnership, our Director Jules Rawles explains how ‘working with such a highly accredited state of the art laboratory and one that provides RT-PCR testing services to the NHS is a great way to help combat the spread of Covid-19. We are grateful for the opportunity to assist in mitigating the damaging effects of the virus.”

The testing is conducted from Source BioScience’s highly accredited ISO:15189:2012 laboratory that is Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered. Source BioScience are an international provider of integrated state of the art laboratory services and products for the RT-PCR test.

Alongside our Clinical Governance provided by Dr Paddy Morgan (Emergency Doctor of the Year 2018) and Paul Savage (OBE), the testing is a suitable way to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus and potentially causing costly disruptions to operations on and offshore.

As part of a comprehensive range of COVID-19 medical services, we have recently formed a strategic partnership with Texo Accommodation, part of Texo Group of companies, to deliver modular Coronavirus screening and testing stations in the UK. The range of flexible, modular buildings which offer high-quality, rapidly deployed welfare facilities can be quickly deployed to locations including ports and heliports.

For more information regarding the RT-PCR testing service, contact Dave Thompson at


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SSI Energy partner with CHC to offer turnkey Covid-19 solutions for the offshore industry

The partnership has been launched in response to the energy industry’s requirements during the Covid-19 crisis. SSI Energy, a leading provider of medical and technical personnel to the energy industry, have partnered with CHC, a global helicopter service company specialising in providing travel to remote and challenging locations.

The North Sea platforms provide a bleak and isolated work environment at the best of times but the additional threat that Covid-19 brings has seen the operations around personnel safety intensify.

The prevention of Covid-19 reaching the platforms in the North Sea is critical for operations to continue. The SSI-Energy/CHC partnership offers operators a collaborative turnkey solution to mitigate this risk. Screening centres, employing specialist SSI Energy medics, were quickly set up at airports to reduce the chance of transmitting the disease offshore. Simultaneously, work was undertaken to address a worse-case scenario – Covid-19 being present on a platform, rig or vessel. CHC provided specialist Covid-19-adapted helicopters that could pick up infected personnel and bring them back to shore. This operation is supported by SSI Energy medics who accompany the helicopter to ensure any Covid-19 patients are given the best possible care.

SSI Energy’s Medical Director, Paddy Morgan, and his clinical governance team have scrutinised procedures to ensure that offshore personnel can receive the best medical care available at a moment’s notice. An SSI Energy medic can be mobilised via CHC’s Covid-19 helicopter in under an hour, reaching the suspected case no more than three hours from the initial call.

“The safety and health of operatives working in the offshore industry is of paramount importance. SSI Energy have been forward thinking enough to realise that the key to flexible, professional and cutting-edge medical services has been to engage a suitably qualified and medically current Clinical Governance team to make sure that all medical aspects of any tasking are appropriate and timely. This enables us to offer a high level of care to our patients and maximum protection for any of the SSI Energy Medics on tasking. These in harmony assist overall performance and delivery of bespoke medical solutions like the CHC partnership.”

CHC and SSI have mirrored this partnership operation in Aberdeen, following its successful set up in Norwich. Lee James, Deputy General Operations Manager at CHC explained;

‘We quickly recognised that the virus could have a significant impact on our customers’ operations. CHC developed a helicopter solution providing a dedicated aircraft and crew assigned to the recovery of suspected COVID-19 passengers, including, when requested, a fully qualified on-board medic. The service has been welcomed by our customers, allowing normal operations to be maintained whilst ensuring affected passengers are quickly and safely flown back to base.’

For more information, get in touch with us here.

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SSI Appointed to IPLOCA HSE Committee

On 28th October 2019, SSI Group was appointed to sit on the IPLOCA HSE Committee to provide specialist risk management and medical safety support to the Board and its members.


Further to SSI and IPLOCAs signing of a five-year Alliance Agreement in July this year, SSI RM will now provide risk management information and medical insight to IPLOCA members free of charge. As an association made up of over 250 members, SSI Group will be providing a highly valuable service that will assist a number of pipeline related companies.


IPLOCA is an association that provides members with a platform to share ideas, network and build business relationships within the onshore and offshore pipeline construction industries.


As part of the strengthening ties between IPLOCA and SSI Group, a new portal has been launched, providing members with access to Country/City Briefs for the 20 most travelled to industry hotspots. This portal is exclusive for IPLOCA members and will be updated every 30 days to ensure that all Country/City Briefs provide the necessary information required to carry out global projects safely.


SSI Group will also provide the Board with a bespoke Country/City Brief for any location that the Board plans to visit as well as fulfil requests from members that require risk management information for other unlisted areas.


On the launch of the portal, SSI Group Director Jules Rawles explains that “the Briefs provide a detailed analysis of the risk profile of some of the most frequently travelled to industry locations. They provide contractors with vital risk management information needed to carry out safe and successful projects overseas.”


SSI Group provides both risk management and emergency response medical services to the global energy industry. With experience operating in some of the most volatile areas in the world, more information on the company and how SSI Group can facilitate your next project can be found at and