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Using experience and local knowledge to ensure a successful project outcome - Topaz Energy & Marine

Posted by: Matthew Spells

About Topaz Energy & Marine

Topaz Energy & Marine is a leading offshore support vessel (“OSV”) company providing marine solutions to the global energy industry with primary focus on the Caspian, Middle East, West Africa and Subsea operations in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Headquartered in Dubai with 40 years of experience in the Middle East, Topaz operates a fleet of more than 90 offshore support vessels of an average age of seven years, well below the global average of 15 years.

Project background

In 2017, we awarded Worldwide Recruitment Solutions (WRS) the contract as sole provider of managed services for Topaz Energy & Marine. As our ‘managed service provider’, WRS undertook the responsibility of the crew management for five vessels, all Topaz owned and operated, and based in Nigeria. The vessels used in this project consisted of DP AHTS and DP PSV’s. WRS were tasked with providing local crew, transportation and HR services.


We were experiencing a range of challenges with local crew members, which included unqualified crew, on board theft, community conflicts and graffiti. The local agent was not equipped to manage the crew or provide a compliant solution for these challenges.  Of the overall crew complement of on board, 75% of the existing crew had to be replaced with suitably qualified and high-quality local crew members.


Within just three-months WRS had replaced circa 75% of the crew on board with suitable local personnel. all crew members were paid on time which was managed by WRS’s local representative, who knew the communities, and was able to successfully stop conflicts on board. We were very satisfied with the immediate impact WRS made. Thanks to WRS our crew and payroll services became compliant and crew over cycle was significantly reduced. 


We look forward to a long-term partnership with WRS. Our account team are always able to draw on their industry expertise and local knowledge of regulations and crew members to ensure that our projects run smoothly and efficiently.

About WRS

WRS can save you time and money by supporting internal resources by providing you with the best pre-qualified candidates when you need them. We are a workforce solutions company with offices in Europe, the Middle East, APAC and the Americas, supporting the needs of maritime companies around the world. We employ specialist sector consultants, who can help you to identify the expatriate and local personnel you need to keep your business moving. 
Contact the WRS Maritime team on +44 161 925 2626 or email us on  

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