In a farewell dinner hosted by Marcus Chew at Alba 1836 Singapore, Rick Verlinden has said he leaves the job with "very fond memories and with a deep well of pride" in the men and women he has worked with.
Rick has a reputation for working well with clients and employees, and for his relentless commitment towards operations and safety.
Rick also was intrumental to operations and operations support and not only mentored junior staffs but provided guidance to colleagues. These proved invaluable as they soared through the ranks.
Just recently, K. Pasuk, Senior VP of PTTEP, commended crew on board EDrill-2 for their passion in safety culture and efficiently turning rig EDrill-2 into multi-mode capability. Rig EDrill-2 successfully catered to high no. of POBs, complex drilling and completions plus full SIMOPS (for early production) and has safely gone through cyclone season offshore Myanmar.
K. Sarit R., Drilling Superintendent of PTTEP, has this to say of Rick, "I had a great time working with Rick. He's just always positive and has the "Can Do" attitude. I also had a lot of fun with him on the golf course especially watching his 'big banana' slice of the tee-box!"
And in a fitting gesture for an avid golfer, Marcus presented Rick with a personalised Taylormade® M2 Driver.
We wish him happy golfing. Hit them long and straight Rick!
To one of the best people that the company has ever had, congratulations on your retirement Rick!
Taking over from Rick is Graeme Bain, who will officially assume position as EDrill-2's Rig Manager in June 2017.
Rig EDrill-3 while awaiting delivery, is undergoing maintenance, periodic operations of her equipment following a detailed check lists and other OEM procedures necessary to keep her in an optimum ready-to-drill condition.
Shore power connection for both Semi-Tender and DES is provided to keep the heaters operating 24/7 to ensure all the motors and electrical panels are away from moisture.
Concurrently, DES equipment are connected by the yard’s shore power with the heaters hooked up for all the motors and electrical panels. Any equipment in the open are also covered and protected from the elements.
It was the 29th of March, the day EDrill-1 was waiting in anticipation as they were preparing not only to receive our CEO, Marcus Chew, and Rig Manager, Dave Sandall, on-board for a VIP visit, but also VIP visitors from PTTEP.
They were welcomed on-board EDrill-1 and given an overview of the day's operations.
OIM Dave W. invited both our CEO and Rig Manager to join him on deck for a worksite visit, which was welcomed as it gave them opportunity to interact with crew members in their respective work areas.
Our CEO walked the ground to meet with various Buddy pairs while performing their daily activities and had numerous quick conversations, before getting together for a presentation.
The presentation was opened by Rig Manager, Dave S., who also welcomed the VIP visitors on-board EDrill-1, before he handed the floor over to K. Pasuk. He started the presentation by thanking EDrill-1's crew for all their efforts and cited the professional manner in which tasks are executed efficiently and safely.
Shortly after our CEO left the EDrill-1, rig crews were candidly interviewed to give their take on his visit. And most importantly, their feedback on the newly introduced Safety Buddy Programme.
Interview with K. Meen - Snr. Pumpman
Credits to K. Tarn and K. Black, Rig EDrill-1 Rig Clerk and Rig Medic
Our CEO visited the EDrill-1 on the 14th and 15th of November to roll out the Safety Buddy Programme and to reinforce our focus on HSE for the entire company.
While on board, Mr Chew conducted two separate sessions with the crew to drive home the safety message. He stressed the importance of following diligently our long established procedures of Permit to Work (PTW), Job Safety Analysis (JSA), Stop Work Authority (SWA) and the Four-Point Check.
The crews were very engaged and energised in the discussions. The concept of the Safety Buddy was easily understood and embraced.
It was enlightening and fun to watch everyone make their personal safety pledge to their safety buddy (please watch the videos below).
K. Kamolchai (seen above) gave a short presentation to reinforce PTTEP’s SSHE objective towards achieving Target Zero – where no one gets hurt.
It was heartening to see everyone come together and make their individual commitment to safety.
Marcus visit ended on a high note where he observed Loi Krathong with everyone onboard.