Coffee with Kai: an Offshore Europe review

Junior risk consultant Kai gives us a peek behind the office doors…

This month, Kai was helping man the Marex stand at Offshore Europe 2023.

Kai Henderson originally started as our digital marketer and has since moved into a junior risk consultant and also novice coffee drinker role.  Alongside his work at Marex, he is studying for a graduate apprenticeship in data science.


Earlier this month, Offshore Europe rolled into town.

It was my second time attending the event but this time round I was on a stand. And not just any stand, the Marex stand!

It was strange to look back and compare the first time I attended Offshore Europe back in 2019.

Back then I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I’d just come out of school the year before but it allowed me to build up some knowledge about the offshore energy industry.

It had been the technology and different types of equipment that caught my attention then and the same happened this year.

I enjoy learning about new technologies I haven’t heard about before and seeing how they are benefitting the energy space.

So I was there at P&J Live on the first day, the Tuesday and the final day on Friday. I really enjoyed it even though I was rubbish at our buzzwire challenge on the stand.

Too many coffees were consumed so the steady hand needed was nowhere to be seen. There was a lot of coffee on offer to be honest, so I went around sampling as many as my coffee limit would take and doing a taste test. I have to say Figment on the Aker Solutions stand was my favourite.

After fuelling myself sufficiently with caffeine, I decided to have a walk around. I had forgotten how big Offshore Europe was until I found out a whole floor was based in the car park.

I had my eye on a few stands, mostly the ones that involved golf simulators and VR headsets. The huge amount of tech that I saw blew my mind. The energy sector is like space underwater!

The Flowhire & PPM stand near us in Hall 3 had a virtual reality golf simulator with the “closest to the pin” winning a prize. My swing was a bit rusty, but I had to give it a shot.

On my last swing I hit a beauty. Three feet away from the pin. I was in the lead. Was it a fluke? Yes. Was I caring? No. I ended up winning a Garmin smart watch!

  • Twenty-one year-old Kai is studying at RGU for his BSc (Hons) in Data Science on a graduate apprenticeship. Students are employed full-time throughout their course of studies and combine course learning with work-based learning. The course itself provides students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to help their organisations gain insight from their data to drive innovation and efficiency
Neil Smeaton

Kai Henderson Junior risk consultant

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