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The IADC North Sea Chapter (NSC) held its annual dinner and safety awards ceremony on 14 May at the Mercure Ardoe Hotel in Aberdeen...

IADC North Sea Chapter recognizes safety award winners

The IADC North Sea Chapter (NSC) held its annual dinner and safety awards ceremony on 14 May at the Mercure Ardoe Hotel in Aberdeen. A total of 360 drilling contractor members, associate members and their guests attended.

The 2010 winners and runners up are:

Best Safety Performance awards:

Jackups, winner: Noble Drilling

Jackups, runner-up: Ensco

Semisubmersibles under 1 million manhours, winner: Noble Drilling

Semisubmersibles over 1 million manhours, winner: Transocean

Semisubmersibles over 1 million manhours, runner-up: Odfjell Drilling

Platforms, winner: Seawell

Merit Awards:

Outstanding safety performance over 8 years: Noble George Sauvageau, Noble Drilling

Outstanding safety performance over 8 years: Noble Lynda Bossler, Noble Drilling

Outstanding safety performance over 5 years: Brent Delta Platform, Seawell

Associate Member Award:

Winner: Sureclean

Runner-up: Aker MH UK

Environmental Award:

Winner: Stena Drilling

Chairman’s Special Award:

Winner: Tom Whelan, Transocean

The 2010 IADC North Sea Chapter safety awards were announced on 14 May in Aberdeen. Back row, from left, are: Alan Stewart, Sureclean; Mark Cowieson, Seawell; Tom Gravemaker, Noble Drilling; Bram van Zelm, Noble drilling; Gert-Jan Windhorst, Noble Drilling; Jon Bryce, Odfjell Drilling; and Tom Whelan, Transocean. Front row, from left, are: Malcolm Rattray, Stena Drilling; Steve Coghill, Noble Drilling; Kenny Dey, Seawell; John Monks, Northern Offshore and Chairman IADC North Sea Chapter; Gary Holman, Seawell; James McCallum, Senergy; Gilles Luca, Ensco; Ron Charlton, Odfjell Drilling; Ian Aitchison, Aker MH; and Dave Walls, Transocean.

 

The awards were presented by guest speaker James McCallum of Senergy. IADC offshore division vice president, Steve Gangelhoff, Northern Offshore, spoke on behalf of the association, discussing both changes in the industry’s safety culture and the fundamentals that will continue to drive its future HSE efforts.

NSC chairman John Monks, Northern Offshore, also offered remarks: “This year IADC marks its 70th anniversary, and I feel particularly honored to have been chosen to chair the North Sea Chapter in this milestone year. Many fine examples of safety and environmental success have been considered for tonight’s awards, and our members should take pride in the commitment being shown by their employees.

“Across our industry, safety statistics reveal that this year sees that, for the 10th year in succession, the three-year rolling average of injury rates for major and over-three-day injuries is downward, and of that we should be very proud.”

He continued, “Any injury however, is an injury too many, and we all need to raise the bar further.”

“The offshore employers need to address hydrocarbon releases with same attitude as they are doing safety,” Mr Monks added.

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