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Lifting Safety: Inexperienced employees, deepwater/subsea projects push lifting challenges to new

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Drilling It Safely, July/August, The Offshore Frontier

“The challenges have shifted,” said Mike Brasic, who retired from BP in May 2008 as lifting adviser and as HSE manager for BP Sakhalin. First, there’s the people problem. “The level of experience among employees has gone down as the level of activity has gone up. That’s presenting challenges with competency that the industry must […]

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CNPC tours Diamond Offshore training facility

Posted on 30 October 2009 in 2008, Drilling It Safely, May/June

Representatives from China National Petroleum Offshore Engineering (CNPOE), a subgroup of China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC), received a tour and demonstrations of state-of-the-art training equipment and simulators at Diamond Offshore’s Houston training facility in late March. A.J. Guiteau, corporate manager of training and development for Diamond, first led a discussion of the company’s training initiatives, […]

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Odfjell Drilling pursues responsible, green rigs with integrated operations, onshore support

Posted on 07 October 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, September/October

It cannot be denied that drilling contractors are involved in an extractive industry where it is not possible to put back what has been taken out…

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HSE Corner: Aker facility features 3D simulator for realistic training

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Departments, Drilling It Safely, May/June

It’s easy to find manufacturers willing to sell you their equipment, but it’s oftentimes harder to find manufacturers willing to invest in a high-tech training facility that will provide…

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Industry’s global nature means culture, language, regional laws are relevant in QHSE reporting

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, May/June

Have you reviewed your accident investigation policy recently? Probably not. Or maybe you know it by heart. Perhaps you wrote it or contributed amendments to it…

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Low-emissions generator uses catalyst system to reduce NOx, meet regulatory standards

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, May/June

Standards are a part of our complicated world – ASTM, ANSI, ISO, BS, DIN, SAE, SPE, API, EPA, CARB are just a few acronyms in the alphabet soup of standards…

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Can UBD flaring reduce global CO2 emissions?

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, May/June

One of the perceived blockers for underbalanced drilling (UBD) operations is the necessity for flaring gas in most operations. As the world becomes more aware of the impact…

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People and the environment: Operator implements system to manage fluids selection

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, May/June

Products and substances providing a common health, environmental and technical functional excellence are only achieved today after challenge. The challenge includes…

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Drilling industry must amp up environmental culture to match exceptional safety culture

Posted on 17 May 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, May/June

When I look at where our industry is today, I take great pride in acknowledging the many challenges we have overcome and the milestones we have achieved. Working together…

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Training program empowers employees to be safety heroes

Posted on 12 March 2009 in 2009, Drilling It Safely, March/April

In a little over four years, Hercules Offshore has grown from a privately held company with five jackup drilling rigs and 22 liftboats to a publicly held international corporation with a fleet of 73 drilling rigs and 64 liftboats, plus a workboat fleet…

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