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Annual North Sea Safety Awards winners

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Members of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), North Sea Chapter (IADC) gathered for its Annual Safety Awards Ceremony at the AECC, Aberdeen, UK.

Ivor McBean, Diamond Offshore, and Gary Holman, Awilco Drilling, Co-chairs of the IADC North Sea Chapter welcomed a large turnout to the event. Guest speakers on the evening were IADC President Jason McFarland and Steve Rae, Vice President QHSE, Archer.

“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,” said Ivor McBean.

Gary Holman commented: “It is heartening to see the continued collaboration by our members in safety matters in workgroup meetings and with external bodies. This year has seen the Chapter issue a number of publications which relate to safety in our industry.”

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 that 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.

The event was hosted by broadcaster and Deacon Blue drummer Dougie Vipond with entertainment from comedian and presenter Des Clarke. 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.

The full list of winners was as follows:

Associate Member Award

  • Blaze Manufacturing Solutions

Best Safety Performance Awards 2015


  • Winner - Under 1 million manhours - Noble Drilling
  • Winner - Over 1 million manhours - Ensco

Floating Rigs

  • Winner: Stena Drilling
  • Runner up: Odfjell Drilling


  • Winner: Odfjell Drilling

Chairman’s Award

Best Safety Performance 2015 Jack-up

  • Winner: Maersk Innovator, Maersk Drilling
  • Runner up: Ensco 71, Ensco

Best Safety Performance 2015 Floating Rig

  • Winner: Deepsea Atlantic, Odfjell Drilling
  • Runner up: WilHunter, Awilco Drilling

Best Safety Performance 2015 Platform

  • Winner: Dunbar, KCA Deutag
  • Runner up: Forties Charlie, Archer

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