Going ABOVE AND BEYOND  Using the FIRST Core Values to Achieve Excellence


This year, 33 recipients (individuals and installations) were presented a FIRST Excellence Award, Transocean’s most prestigious honor for exceptional performance. This select group was recognized for what they have in common: applying the company FIRST core values to their everyday work and encouraging others to do the same. Now in its 14th year, the FIRST Excellence Awards have set a new pace for going “Above and Beyond,” which was the theme of this year’s awards ceremony.

What does it take to be honored with one of four categories of FIRST awards? There are many factors, but let’s start with the intensive, thorough nominations process.

A Demanding Review Process

FIRST Excellence Nomination
Review Committee:
Tony JohnsonDarrel PelleyRobert JohnsonTony BorstJanelle DanielSteve MyersNitin D’MelloPaul RutherfordMardonildo FilhoMike WrightDave McEwenAnja DanielsenJim Keel
“To be a FIRST Excellence Award recipient is a high honor, as selected recipients make it through a nearly year-long review process,” said Cindy Osterman, Manager, CMS Governance, and Manager of the FIRST Excellence Award process. Nominees must receive multiple recommendations to ensure their work performance is consistent from all perspectives.”

The nominations packages include detailed examples of FIRST applications and work ethic qualities which are scrutinized by three separate review committees: the Division Team Committee, the Nomination Review Committee and finally the Executive Nominations Review Committee.

“Hundreds of hours are put into ensuring we recognize our top performers at Transocean with the FIRST Excellence Award,” said Cindy. “These employees go out of their way to perform and set examples for others to follow, so we make it a point to go out of our way to recognize them. They deserve the highest recognition.”

After all of the evaluations, the 14th Annual award recipients included 28 individuals, one team and four installations. They were announced internally through the FIRST News e-newsletter and invited to Houston, Texas, for the Annual First Excellence Award Ceremony held in June each year – an event that serves as a capstone for the entire FIRST Excellence experience. After it’s all said and done, the recipients headed home from the celebration feeling inspired and impressed.

As Matthew Leshko, a Marine Technical Recruiter who received an award this year as Captain on the GSF Development Driller II, said, “Thank you, again, for such an amazing and special week, words truly cannot do justice to the unbelievably wonderful time my wife, Abbey, and I had. It means a lot to the offshore teams that you all take the time to recognize us.”

This year, three new awards were added, the Striving for Excellence Award which was presented to the rig with the most improved scorecard results for 2012; the Rig of the Year Award, which went to the rig with the best scorecard results for 2012; and the Lifetime Achievement Award (LAA), which is Transocean’s most prestigious award. The LAA was created to recognize an individual who has made noteworthy contributions to the company during a career spanning at least 15 years and who was also a previous or current year FIRST award Recipient.

Through the lens of a FIRST Excellence Recipient

Once the award recipients arrived in Houston for the awards ceremony, they were given the opportunity to meet with fellow winners from their division.  They expressed what motivates them and how they feel about helping build Transocean’s reputation for creating value for our customers, employees and shareholders.

Africa and Mediterranean Unit:

Two employees from the African and Mediterranean (AFM) Unit were honored with the FIRST Excellence Award: Colin Kilpatrick (left), Offshore QHSE Advisor, Luanda office, who received his award for his performance in 2012 in his previous role as RSTC on the Transocean Honor; and Edet Atting, Deck Pusher, Adriatic X.

“Being recognized with the FIRST Excellence Award was a morale booster for me and I passed that along to my colleagues because they truly are a part of this honor,” said Edet. “The core values keep us working together towards the standards of the company and I particularly take pride in Technical Leadership because I’ve experienced how it strengthens our relationship with our customer when they view us as leaders in the industry and they want to be a part of our team, too. They want to work with us.”

When asked how Edet motivates his team members to perform at a higher level, he quickly responded, “On the Adriatic X, I encourage the guys to not view our work as a 12-hour shift, but to take pride in our work and not to expect recognition in return. I tell them to work to please themselves first and invest in using the FIRST core values; everything else will fall into place after.”

Colin Kilpatrick was recently promoted from the Transocean Honor in Angola to his current role as QHSE Advisor in Luanda, following an assignment in Singapore shipyard.  Colin credits one core value for helping his smooth transitions between countries and cultures, “Respect; taking the time to understand the different people, what motivates them and understanding the new culture really helped me become acclimated to my new location. I respected the new cultures of our crews and that same respect was given to me.”

Like the other award recipients, Edet and Colin are very thankful for their fellow crew members and credited them for making the awards possible.  “I want to thank all the guys on the Honor,” Colin said. “We began together in Singapore, experienced the naming ceremony and the first well. It’s a special rig: it’s named in honor of the 11 lost crewmembers of the Deepwater Horizon and we all took pride in running it. It’s their hard work and passion that allowed me to enjoy what I do and receive this award.”

Edet, without hesitation, wanted to thank, “the people who report to me. They made this award possible. My job is primarily to supervise; I don’t do all the work, they do, so without their performance this would not be possible.”

Asia Pacific, Australasia Unit:

Transocean’s largest geographical unit, Asia, Pacific, Australasia, had five recipients awarded for their performance in 2012. (From left) Ian Donald, Senior Subsea Supervisor, Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2; Poobalan Batumalay, Supply Chain Supervisor, Malaysia; Minesh Dipnaik, Supply Chain Coordinator, Mumbai; Fairlie Pragono, Contracts Administrator, Jakarta; and Brett Harrison, Operations Support, Mumbai. Each had a unique perspective of where the FIRST core values have taken them in their careers at Transocean.

Fairlie kicked off the interview by explaining how the FIRST core values have motivated her. “I’ve worked for Transocean for 32 years, and I’ve been able to make it a daily task to improve myself as an employee using the core values as guidance,” said Fairlie. “The FIRST core values are tools that enable us to provide what we need to our customers, employees and shareholders and continue to generate revenue for the company.”

Poobalan noted that although he didn’t have the tenure of Fairlie, he definitely has the commitment to his job, “Before I married my wife I told her, ‘You need to understand the nature of my job. The rigs work 24 hours so we have to support them 24 hours a day,’” Poobalan said. “It sounds funny now. But it’s that commitment to our jobs that makes our team unique; my team shares the same passion about their job and core values. In working with Transocean, I’ve noticed there is no gap between supervisors and subordinates: we work on the foundation of respect. We also heavily implement Financial Discipline, as we are determined to buy the right part at the right price; the key is to spend wisely.”

The familiarity Brett has with our assets and customer relationships allowed him to speak to his respect and technical leadership. “When we show respect to our customers, they are cooperative and eager to partner together for work. From the customer’s viewpoint, they see our technical assets and are generally impressed. But what creates the successful relationship is the technical leadership of our crews,” Brett explained. “It’s the time we take to make sure our crews diligently understand and are capable to operate our assets that goes a long way with our customers. They want experience, knowledge and technical leadership so when we instill these in our workforce, customers choose to be a partner with Transocean.”

As a subsea supervisor, Ian works with employees, customers and third parties with all ranges of experience and says that customers “notice our consistent values instilled in each employee and our commitment to do the right thing. This is an attractive quality for Transocean to gain our customer’s recognition and business. I see it first-hand on the KG2.”

Minesh concluded the interview in a way that summed up each recipient’s reaction to the award, “We would like to thank each person who nominated us for the excellence award in recognition of commitment to Transocean core values of FIRST, but we know that we wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for teams working alongside us, we owe it to them.”

North America Division:

The North America (NAM) Division had eight FIRST Award recipients. Two work in the Park 10 office and six work offshore on our rigs. Some had worked together before, two had even attended the award ceremony as an installation representative in the past, but regardless of their background, the pride they shared in running their rig and sense of ownership was evident. The NAM recipients honored this year are (from left) Matthew Leshko, Staffing and Development Supervisor, NAM HR; Bill Lucas, OIM, Discoverer Deep Seas; Marco de Wit, Senior Toolpusher, Deepwater Champion; David Bishop, Maintenance Supervisor, Discoverer Inspiration; Larry Rogers, OIM, Discoverer Americas; Osama El-Araby, RSTC Deepwater Asgard; Bill Sannan, Operations Director, Park 10 office; and Chris Pleasant, Senior Subsea Supervisor, Deepwater Pathfinder.

Many nods were given as Matthew Leshko began the interview, “This award reaffirms why I do what I do every day and it shows that we are recognized and appreciated offshore.” Matt received his FIRST award for his work on the GSF Development Driller II as a Captain before he was recently promoted to a Staffing and Development Supervisor, NAM. “Respect led the way in everything I did offshore, and that continues now that I’m in the office. But I rely on all core values to help decide if a candidate is a good fit for the company. Our company culture is a huge selling point in recruiting potential employees and it all stems from our core values. Correlating the core values to the importance of every job on the rig helps promote a sense of pride in what they do.”

Bill Sannan, who manages the onshore office support for NAM rigs, said relying on all core values gives him the reassurance that he is making the right decisions. “The core values give you something to fall back on if you have any doubts,” said Bill. “When we consider safety, we know where the company stands so when you have difficult conversations with customers, you are always backed up by the company when you use the core values. As long as you act with honesty and integrity, you are doing the right thing.” Bill went on to stress the importance of continuing to recognize the efforts of our offshore support, “This company is built on great people. I was excited to see this year that many of the award recipients were from the rigs.  We need to recognize them and the hard work they put forth. Once we start to do that and explain why they are being recognized, it encourages others and lets them know that they can be in our shoes someday.”

As for the offshore award recipients, their examples of applying the FIRST core values in their day-to-day work were consistent, conveying that no matter what your position or which rig you operate, there is always a way you can incorporate them into your daily tasks.

Marco perhaps explained it best when he told the group what he tells people when they don’t immediately recognize the core values in action. “Some guys think that not all the core values are applicable to their jobs but the truth is they are. You just have to think outside the box. I tell them as an example, if you do your preventative maintenance correctly and on time you can avoid downtime and incurred costs, there’s your Financial Discipline.”

“The first thing I think about when it comes to the FIRST core values is spending wisely, or financial discipline,” said Bill Lucas. “This core value quickly becomes a part of who you are not only in your work life by also at home; it translates at home often for many of us; it’s a good quality to have.” In addition, he described what motivated him to set the bar high for his expectations and expectations of the crew. “A few years ago, I lost two best friends -- my dad and a childhood friend -- in a short period of time. That brought me to want to step up and think about what I could do to make a difference, and the FIRST core values were there to help me go above and beyond. I excel in my career and help those around me because the core values have become a way of life.”

As senior subsea supervisor, Chris meets a lot of new crewmembers and he is always adamant on building relationship with them based on respect. “I tell them everyone has different experiences and knowledge backgrounds but we have to respect that and learn from each other as we go.  Respect helps mold the team together.   I thank the guys for working safely and committing themselves to execute on the FIRST core values, I am accepting this award knowing they made this possible. And I also credit my wife for this award for allowing me to commit the time and energy I do to Transocean.”

Respect is also a focal point for David in his role as maintenance supervisor on the Discoverer Inspiration. “If you show them respect first, it goes a long way! Then the crew will trust you and it creates a work environment based on respect. I encourage the guys to stay above the line (in attitude), always keep a good attitude, we have a lot of different cultures and supervisors with different leadership styles but as long as we stay above that line and use the core values to guide us, then we can execute together,” David said.

As the OIM on the Discoverer Americas, Larry believes that, “Integrity and honesty are number one on the Americas. If you’re upfront and honest with the guys they appreciate it and they want to work hard.  I notice the difference in their work ethic and performance. I try to lead by example and those guys are the reason I am here to receive this award.” Larry also discussed the impact technical leadership has on customer relationships, “When I get service people into my office, they complement how safe the rig is and how well they were treated, so safety and respect are evident on the Discoverer Americas.”

Osama was awarded the award for his role as RSTC on the Deepwater Champion and has since transitioned to the Deepwater Asgard. In moving between ultra-deepwater drillships, he hopes to instill the same commitment to core values. “Without the FIRST core values we have no guidelines and we wouldn’t be able to work cohesively as a team. On the DWC, the core values are at the center of everything we do and it helps create a sense of culture and pride we have on our performance and relationships with customers and third parties. I’m excited about the opportunity to help cultivate the same type culture on the Asgard.”

North Sea Division

Transocean’s North Sea Division had three very enthusiastic FIRST award recipients, who are familiar with working with each other: (from left) Kenny Coutts, Well Control Equipment Manager, Aberdeen office; Derek Cormack, OIM, Paul B. Lloyd; and Bob Bennett, OIM, Sedco 704.

Derek, currently OIM on the Paul B. Lloyd, was actually awarded the FIRST for his performance as OIM on the Sedco 714. When asked about the level of implementation of the core values on the 714, Derek said they are, “the nucleus of the company; they help keep all of the global rigs operating on the same guidelines. We encourage our men to use them even off the rig so it becomes a part of our DNA.”  The best example Derek gave of how he personally used the core values to drive success was his honesty with his crew. “Historically, my rig wasn’t performing at its best in 2007 and it was because we weren’t being honest with ourselves. I sat the team down and said, ‘guys we need to be honest with each other. We need to accept that we aren’t where we need to be safety-wise so we need to do something different together to improve.’ It wasn’t the easiest discussion, but it was an honest discussion. And that open honesty guided us as one team to achieve goals.”

During the discussion, Bob began by explaining what receiving the award means to his career, especially now that he is switching rigs from the Sedco 704 to the Sedco 712. “It gives you some confidence that you’re doing the right thing, you’re on the right path and your work is appreciated,” Bob said. “I’m hoping to transition to the 712 and impact it the way I did with my previous rig, to help improve the crew and build more FIRST Excellence award winners.”

Kenny, who works in onshore support approaches the core values with the same focus on consistency. “At home I often catch myself teaching the FIRST core values to my family not because I am making it a point to, but because it feels natural. I care about my family’s safety and when we practice what we preach, we are recognized and appreciated both by our families and co-workers,” Kenny explained. “I am always looking for ways to improve myself and my co-workers. A key component to growth and progress is respect for each other, and I believe I hold this core value as the center of what I do.”

Norway Division:

Hilde Hovda, Head of Section, Manning and Recruiting for the Norway office, and Alf Mosnes, OIM, on the Polar Pioneer, received the FIRST award in the Norway Division. Both were humbled but had different perspectives on how they implement the core values in the office and offshore.

“Respect is one of the first things we look at in HR,” Hilde said. “When we have set guidelines like the FIRST core values to use, it helps assure we have the right people in the right jobs. People want to work for us and I firmly believe that without the FIRST core values creating a cohesive culture, we wouldn’t stand out in the industry like we do today.”

Alf, who has worked offshore during his career at Transocean and has worked his way up to OIM, relies on the core values to support him when he has to make leadership decisions. “If you make a decision based off the company core values, you must believe that you are making the right decision. Even though it may be difficult, it’s the way your supervisors or peers would do it, too. I encourage everyone on the rig to do this,” Alf explained. “I received this award because of the team effort on the Polar Pioneer. I believe everyone on the rig has some ownership in this award. I’m going to go back to my rig and continue to encourage others to do their best and use the core values as a center point for everything we do.”

SAM Division:

Two experienced, knowledgeable Scottish men working on the fleet in Brazil were this year’s South American Division awards recipients: Charlie Pomphrey (left), Rig Manager, Sedco 707, and Gordon Cowie, Maintenance Supervisor, Transocean Driller. While their accents sound nothing like the Brazilian native tongue, they are in tune with the beat of the Brazilian culture. When asked about their transition to the different cultures aboard the rig, they credit the core values that acclimate them.

“Respect is a very big thing for Brazilians compared to other cultures I’ve worked with,” Charlie said. “You need to have respect for their opinions and encourage them to voice their opinion to create a team culture that doesn’t discriminate against anyone. We want to have a listening attitude towards our people, which is a part of respect but also leads into integrity and honesty. I can’t always give the crew the answers they want to hear, but that’s not my job. I give them honest feedback that will help them improve in their career at Transocean. I have a tremendously hard working team and they are the reason this award is even possible.”

As the maintenance supervisor, Gordon shared his insight on financial discipline and how deeply rooted the FIRST core values are in him. “The Scottish were never told to not spend money, we were told to spend money wisely,” explained Gordon. “Growing up, we had core values taught to us that mirror FIRST so it was easy for guys like me and Charlie to use the tools on the rig, especially when it comes to spending Transocean’s money wisely.” While Gordon was humble about receiving the award, he said he hopes it also improves him as a contributing team player, adding, “I hope people that I work with will look at me as a role model and that if they put their best foot forward every day and align themselves with our vision and values, they will keep their team safe, do the right thing and be recognized for their hard work, too.”

Houston Corporate:

Transocean’s corporate office based in Houston, Texas had five FIRST award recipients honored this year: (from left) Gene Nelms, Senior Engineer, Subsea; Debbie Miller, Administrative Assistant, Global Supply Chain; James Lowdermilk, Senior Manager, Newbuild and Capital Projects; David Hollier, DP Performance Advisor; and Dennis Moore, Senior IT Specialist.

Debbie has worked for Transocean for more than 30 years and says that from her early days at Transocean she used the core values she was raised with, which helped her apply FIRST. “As a child, my parents taught me the values of money, honesty, respect, integrity, and good moral character and in doing so they provided me the building blocks to strive for excellence in the workplace,” Debbie said. When asked for an example, Debbie answered, “With regard to financial discipline, I recently recommended purchasing generic office supplies rather than the name brand requested.  The recipient was well satisfied with the quality of the product I purchased, and we saved about 15% on the bottom line.”

“It doesn’t matter what your position is or in what part of the world you’re working, everyone can be financially sound, keep our vessels in top-notch shape and do their part to keep themselves and others safe. But what is often lacking is the encouragement to do so,” said David. “When we enable each other with the self-confidence to tackle challenges, that’s when we create a culture of excellence, integrity and respect.” David has worked with the company for over 15 years and says that “receiving  this award validates my career at Transocean. I could not have gone through it without the support of role models, mentors and my wife and family. They are the reason why I do what I do and I owe this award to them.”

When James was first notified about the award, he received a congratulatory letter from a role model he looked up to, which put everything into perspective. “I had a congratulatory email from Mark Monroe, who was a 2009 FIRST award recipient and is our VP for Account Management.  In his letter, he wrote, ‘Congratulations, dad would’ve been proud.’ When I started with Transocean, it was a legacy company and the CEO was Jimmy Monroe, Mark’s father; there’s no doubt that he would’ve been proud and it was very humbling to get that letter. It reminded me how important respect and relationships are at Transocean,” James explained. “All the individuals we work with are great people. A big part of our job going forward is now mentoring and setting an example for the younger generation and getting them to utilize the core values. Each generation has different values, but the FIRST core values will allow all generations to work together cohesively.  My advice for future generations is to develop a strong work ethic. You have to continue to maintain that work ethic and use the core values to better blend working with different generations.”

Gene works with newbuild rigs and offered technical perspective, describing what he values most in working with various customers. “For me honesty and integrity are at the forefront of my career,” Gene said. When it comes to Technical Leadership, Gene said Transocean employees “Go out of our way to make sure that we are utilizing all the resources given to us to make sure we possess the latest and greatest of our industry. I am very passionate about what I do. I’ve been working with Transocean for 31 years and the core values have become a part of who I am. I encourage others who work with me to also possess the core values and aim to grow their career with these at the forefront of their work ethic and decision making.”

Right after Dennis was notified he had received the award, he did what seemed like the natural thing to do; he sent a thank you letter to his team. “I sent an email and thanked them for the support through the years because I didn’t win the award by myself,” explained Dennis. “We are a group and I call on them when I need the help and they are there because we have all built our relationships based on respect. The company is cultivating a culture through the core values and it’s our job as employees to believe in them. Integrity and honesty are two core values we often use in IT.  We do a lot of trouble shooting on our end and it’s important that we are honest and uphold the integrity with the employee who needs our assistance. They cannot do their job unless we do ours. We make sure we investigate the problem and assure it’s the right answer…it all revolves around integrity.”

Installations and teams

Trident IX

The Trident IX achieved successful operational performance with zero TRIR for 2012 and downtime of 0.71%. The safety performance for 2012 included no serious near hits. In addition, the rig’s service quality appraisal (SQA) report averaged 90% for the 2012 calendar year.

“When we received the award, everyone had their own sense of pride. Every individual on the rig knows what it took to receive the award,” said Dennis Werden, OIM (fifth from left). “More common is the honesty and respect within and between our crews, customers and third party. When someone comes to me with a problem, I always say they better have an idea for a solution in the other hand. That open communication creates the respect that is our foundation for team work.”

Ron Tappmeyer

Ron Tappmeyer, jack up working offshore India with ONGC, received the FIRST Excellence Award for its team’s stand-out safety and operational performance. For 2012, the crew achieved zero TRIR and a Total Potential Severity Rate (TPSR) less than the 0 .58 company goal, as well as no serious near hits. From the operational side, the rig completed 2012 with 0.76% downtime and revenue efficiency of 98.5%, and delivered well ahead of Beat the Curve.

Paul Winstead, OIM (second from left), explained how working together with common goals, with customers and third parties, has made the FIRST award possible. “We always try to build on the team goals and we work together well,” said Paul.  “When we received this award, we knew it wasn’t just for our performance in 2012. It was also for the years prior when we worked hard to position ourselves to perform the way we did in 2012. We have the safety processes in place to perform well. We make sure our crew is well-versed in the tools available to uphold the highest safety. And when we approach sensitive issues, we do it with respect. Our customer in India is very strict on certain issues, but they look at the crew and they realize we are all on the same page, because of our centered core values. They get the same answer from everyone they go to. That impresses the customer and helps build a stronger relationship.”

Sriramulu Sridhar, Rig Manager (left), described a safety policy that helps engrave safety as a lifestyle on the rig and not just a core value. “Safety doesn’t stop on the rig. Our crews take that home with them. Team RTP has won, that is what we call ourselves; it’s not any one individual who made this happen. Its team RTP and we all take pride in our performance.”

GSF. C.R. Luigs

The GSF C.R. Luigs ultra-deepwater drillship operating in the Gulf of Mexico with customer BHP has had a very strong safety performance over the last eight years which led to their award for 2012. The rig crew achieved eight years LTI-free on November 30, 2012 and on the same date achieved 30 months without a recordable incident.

Jason Schollian, OIM (fourth from left), spoke about how the crew is motivated to display our FIRST core values in their work, which inevitably guided them towards their FIRST Excellence award.

“Our number one priority is safety,” Jason said. “We aren’t satisfied with just meeting safety measures and expectations, we want to surpass them. That is part of our culture as a crew. When you go home you have a sense of pride knowing you’re going home the way you came in.  Respect is also held to a high regard on our rig.  When we found out we were a FIRST award recipient, I told the crew, ‘You’re the best, the whole company is looking at you for your performance, so you better believe you’re the best.’ You should’ve seen the look in their eyes.”

Jimmy Long, OIM (third from left), also spoke to what he believes is the key ingredient for the rig’s success after working on it for over a decade, “Our key ingredient is our people. I’ve been on the rig for 13 years and I’ve seen great people come through that rig and pass their knowledge onto the crews there now. It’s nice to see each crewmember take pride in the rig, its operations, and look for ways to incorporate the FIRST core values.”

Montrose Riser Yard

The Montrose Riser Yard lowered monthly storage costs by consolidating storage yards, saving approximately USD $50,000 and performed timely inspections of each yard, which opened availability of risers ensuring that no rig operation was delayed due to a lack of riser. The crew also performed another year incident-free.

“It means a great deal to our guys in the yard that our work is being recognized, worthy enough for a FIRST Excellence Award. It gives us the confidence to keep working like we are and to work even harder to beat last year’s performance,” said Graham Elrick. “We have three meetings a day between supervisors and the crew members and this allows for open communication and builds trust and respect between all levels. This also helps us work better together guiding us towards top performance.”

GSF Development Driller I

The GSF Development Driller I had a unique spotlight shined on them for their 2012 performance. Not only did the rig earn a FIRST Excellence Award for its overall performance, but the crew also received two new awards implemented this year: the Striving for Excellence Award and the Rig of the Year Award.

The ultra-deepwater semisubmersible working for BHP Billiton in the Gulf of Mexico was recognized for outstanding operational and safety performance and for the entire team’s application of the FIRST core values.

After receiving the FIRST award, Steve McElhose, OIM (right), said “Safety is a top priority at work, and we strive to make it our number one priority at home. As hard as the team worked from seven years ago to where it is now, it’s a huge honor and testament to the commitment of each individual.”

The safety culture onboard the rig is recognized by our customer, BHP Billiton, which supports the DDI’s 100% hands-free lifting operations, now adopted by the entire Transocean fleet. Rig supervisors have not wavered from being 100% compliant in performing START tours every day. And in regards to technical leadership, the DDI implemented a BOP reliability plan in April 2011, which outlines how the company conducts maintenance of the BOP. These new practices have been adopted throughout the company and have resulted in meeting and exceeding our customer’s expectations for BOP reliability. The DDI has not had an unplanned BOP pull since introducing the plan more than two years ago.

“It’s hard not to implement these core values when you get the culture in you,” explained Hershel Harper, OIM. “Every time we talk to the guys we challenge them and ask, ‘what can we do to improve our operations or what incentives we can implement to continue to foster morale?’ They finally received the recognition they deserved and you better believe we were all smiles when we were notified.”

Scott Cote, Rig Manager (third from right), believes that the technical leadership aboard the rig sets her apart from the fleet and allows the crews to impress our customers and spend wisely. “We have a lot of guys who possess the technical leadership quality, they have innovative thoughts and the open communication makes it comfortable for them to share their ideas. The management looks forward to hearing their ideas and contributions, so when the crew comes to us with ideas, we use financial discipline to decide if this is a value-added idea and how will it helps us improve our operations. The core values are engraved in our actions, decision-making and operations and that culture is what led to this well-deserved award.”


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