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IADC North Sea Chapter presents awards to recognize best in safety performance

On 26 April, the IADC North Sea Chapter recognized the best in safety performance at its annual Safety Awards Ceremony.

Back row from left are: Andrew Hepburn and Louis Pietranek, Westerton Access; Brian Fleming and Jim Paterson, KCA Deutag; Ian Clubb, Diamond Offshore; and Predrag Berlafa, Maersk Drilling. Front row from left are: Jason McGettigan, EnscoRowan; Jason Pine, Borr Drilling; Laura Hart and Darren Richardson, Noble Drilling; and Harald Tvedt and Donald MacLeod, Odfjell Drilling.

The award for best safety performance in the jackup category went to Borr Drilling, with Noble Drilling as the runner-up. Diamond Offshore was recognized in the floating rig category, with Stena Drilling as the runner-up. The winner for platform drilling was KCA Deutag.

Chairman’s Awards, which recognize individual rigs and crews with the best safety performance, went to Maersk Invincible, Maersk Drilling; Deepsea Bergen, Odfjell Drilling; and Oseberg B, KCA Deutag.

The Associate Member award was presented to Westerton Access, and the Chairman’s Special Award went to Jason McGettigan with EnscoRowan.

The event raised funds that were later presented to the RNLI lifeboat station in Aberdeen.

UL Lafayette Students Complete IADC WellSharp Course

In May, petroleum engineering students at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette completed the IADC WellSharp certification course with a 100% passing rate. “Given a standardized test with over 1,500 questions in the database – they knew the core material. I am very proud of this,” said Randy Andres, ULL well control instructor.

Dynamic Drilling President Visits IADC Headquarters

IADC President Jason McFarland (left) and Mike DuBose (right), IADC VP, International Development, met with Manav Kumar, President and Board Member, Dynamic Drilling, in Houston in May to discuss the current state of the industry, both onshore and offshore in India and the activities of the IADC South Central Asia (India) Chapter.

Matt Giacona Joins IADC

IADC has welcomed Matt Giacona as Legislative Assistant, based in IADC’s DC office. In his role, he will focus on US congressional affairs. He formerly worked for US Representative Fred Upton (R-MI) and for a DC-based consulting firm. He served in the Michigan National Guard and is a graduate of Michigan State University.

IADC Australasia Director Derek Morrow to retire

Derek Morrow, IADC Regional Director for Australasia, will retire from the association at the end of June.

Mr Morrow joined IADC in 2009 after a long career with Atwood Oceanics. He is a former Chairman of the IADC Australasia Chapter.

“Derek has a deep knowledge of the oil and gas industry in the Australasia region, and the relationships he has built over the years have been an asset to IADC and our members. He will be greatly missed, and we wish him all the best in his retirement,” said Jason McFarland, IADC President.

IADC NSC makes £6,500 charitable donation to RNLI lifeboat station in Aberdeen

The IADC North Sea Chapter recently donated £6,500 to the RNLI lifeboat station in Aberdeen. RNLI volunteers provide 24-hr search and rescue services around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts, operating more than 238 lifeboat stations and 240 lifeguard units. It is independent and depends entirely on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service.

Gary Holman (second from left), Vice Chairman of the IADC North Sea Chapter, presents the £6,500 donation to Bill Deans (third from left), Aberdeen Lifeboat Operations Manager, on 29 May. At left is Aberdeen Lifeboat 2nd Coxswain/Mechanic Cal Reed, and at right are IADC Administrator Edith McLeod and IADC Regional Director North Sea Derek Hart.

IADC North Sea Chapter Vice Chairman Gary Holman made the presentation to Aberdeen Lifeboat Operations Manager Bill Deans MBE on board the all-weather lifeboat Bon Accord.

During the check presentation, Mr Deans said, “The IADC has been very generous over the years in supporting the RNLI’s work of saving lives at sea in Aberdeen. This donation from the North Sea drilling industry will make a significant contribution to vital equipment and training for Aberdeen’s volunteer lifeboat crews.”

Mr Holman said: “On behalf of our members, we are pleased to be able to support the work of RNLI in Aberdeen. We have great admiration for the remarkable volunteers who give up so much of their time to make this service possible.”

The chapter raised the funds for the donation during its Annual Safety Awards event in April.

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