North Sea safe drilling awards presented

Drilling safety awards 2016 IADC Winners and finalists (2)The annual safety awards of the North Sea branch of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) have been announced at an event in Aberdeen.

Ivor McBean (Diamond Offshore) and Gary Holman (Awilco Drilling) Joint Chairmen, welcomed a large turnout to the event where guest speakers were IADC President Jason McFarland and Steve Rae, Vice President (QHSE, Archer).

McBean said: “Everyone is aware of the extremely difficult times the industry is facing and despite the challenges and uncertain future in terms of oil price and activity levels, the industry will continue to focus on the most important aspect of our business – the safety of our personnel.”

A number of awards were presented to companies and installations for their safety record over the last year with the awards for best safety performance in 2015 going to Noble Drilling and Ensco in the Jack-ups category; Stena Drilling in the Floating Rigs category and Odjfell Drilling in Platform drilling.

Chairman’s Awards, which recognised individual rigs and their crews which had the best safety performance in 2015, went to Maersk Innovator, Maersk Drilling (Jack-up); Deepsea Atlantic, Odjfell Drilling (Floating Rig); and Dunbar, KCA Deutag (Platform).

The Associate Member Award was presented to Blaze Manufacturing Solutions.

Charity funds raised on the evening will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support and the UK Oil & Gas Chaplaincy Trust. A special donation will be made to VSA by The Val Hood Award, which was established in honour of a former colleague.

Pictured (rear) from left; Ivor McBean (Diamond Offshore Drilling) Alistair McDonald and Ole Maeir (Odjfell Drilling), Henrik Hundebol (Maersk Drilling) Ann Johnson (Blaze Manufacturing Services) Ally Malcolm (Awilco Drilling) Julian Hall (Enso)  Ally Malcolm (Ensco) and Gary Holman (Awilco Drilling); Front, from left: Matt Brodie (Noble Drilling) Stuart Sutherland (KCA Deutag) Geoff Polson and Iain Mitchell (Stena Drilling) and Ray Taylor (Archer).

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