GoM Rig Teams Win MMS District SAFE Award, Transocean Nominated for National SAFE Award


Jimmy Harrell, OIM on the Deepwater Horizon, accepts their MMS District SAFE Award from John Keeton, Performance Rig Manager


Each year, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Mineral Management Service (MMS) picks both District and National recipients of their "Safety Award for Excellence" (SAFE), and again this year, Transocean's strong performance in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico earned recognition at both levels.

Keelan Adamson (right), North America Division Manager, accepts a plaque from Chris Oynes, Associate Director for Offshore Energy and Minerals Management, at the MMS National Award luncheon on May 7, 2009.

Inspections and operations on the Deepwater Horizon, Transocean Amirante, Henry Goodrich, Deepwater Millennium and Discoverer Spirit all earned Transocean a District SAFE award for “outstanding drilling operations” and a “perfect performance period” in the Lafayette District of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico during 2008, while Transocean was again one of three companies nominated in the Drilling Contractor Category at the national Awards ceremony on May 7.

The SAFE Program, established in 1983, recognizes companies that expend extra effort to enhance safety, conduct their operations in a manner that adheres to all regulatory requirements, and employ trained and motivated personnel.

For more information about SAFE, and to view past winners, visit




> Editor’s note: Read about the Deepwater Horizon team’s latest effort to “raise” awareness about hand safety here. With such enthusiasm for safety, is it any wonder that they earned an MMS SAFE Award?


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