Stranded & Saved at sea!

July 09th, 2018

12 fishermen have been dramatically rescued off the stormy Andaman sea after their fishing boat capsized.

Last fateful weekend, a fishing boat capsized and left her crew of 12 stranded for 5 days at sea. A joint effort by Energy Drilling, our client, PTTEPI and local authorities provided safe passage and refuge to the stranded crew.

Brad Dewis, OIM, together with Graeme Bain, Rig Manager, extended full support throughout the entire ordeal. The fishermen were well looked after onboard EDrill-2. This reaffirmed that our commitment to safety, one of our core values, is well integrated within our ranks.

Below is a snippet of an account from one of the crew, translated by Maung Thein Shwe, EDrill-2's Rig Translator.

They said,”Our livelihoods depend on fishing, we all are fishermen. Unfortunately, our wooden fishing boat was effected by strong wind and it sunk into the bottom of the sea.

Luckily, we had a small rowing boat and that was the only one remaining for our survival and escape. We have been floating in water for 5 days.

Finally, from a distance, we saw a platform and although at a time when we were all exhausted, almost dying from exhaustion, hunger and thirst, we made a collective decision that the only thing that we had to do was "we would have to sail to reach there’’. However, strong wind and tide delayed us and it took a day before we were anywhere near rig EDrill-2.

We received a lot of assistance from rig EDrill-2, under the collaboration of her crew which was done safely and systematically.

Every single crew member onboard treated us very warmly, gave us food, clothing, shoes, cigarettes and money. We are also thankful for the transportation arranged for us to go back home safely. When we were transferred to a supply boat to be sent back onshore, supervisors on EDrill-2 were keeping communication with us.

We would not have any chance of survival if this rig didn’t save us. We are sure that we will die and not survive from this perilous condition.

Now, with the care of this rig’s supervisors, they did not only save our lives but also our families that we left behind.

So we do thank everyone involved, again and again, and really appreciate for the help and the medical treatment received for our injured crew.

We will be praying for you and may your project be successful. This act of kindness will be forever remembered in our lives.”

Group photo with the survivors and EDrill-2's Translator, JD

Brad Dewis, OIM, handing out a token to remember us by, to one of the crew, after a safety debrief.

Jonathan Haire, materialsman, followed suit, with MOGE's rep. smiling & witnessing in the background

Safely home!

In the Hot Seat

May 28th, 2018

What happens when Rig Managers fall sick, go for a short family vacation, or have to attend a course?

Here at Energy Drilling, we encourage OIMs to step up and sit in the 'hot seat' to manage the daily operations.

At Energy Drilling also, we strongly believe in succession plans which include internal promotions. Not only will this short stint catapult them to a more extensive side of managing operations both onshore and offshore, it also exposes them to the corporate side of management and dealing directly with clients.

Just recently, OIMs Chad Bartlett and Bradley Dewis were at Bangkok and Yangon offices respectively taking the lead for EDrill-1 and EDrill-2.

Here's Chad in his off time at BKK office, and already planning the next chemistry set to work on with his daughters, before setting off to a morning meeting with the client

Below we have Brad in downtown Yangon filling in for Graeme, looking forward to a day of meetings with the client

1 Year LTI free for Rig EDrill-2

October 12th, 2017

Just a month after commemorating rig EDrill-1's LTI-free operations, we're delighted to announce too that our rig EDrill-2 in Myanmar, has reached a remarkable milestone of 1 year without LTI.

The CEO, Marcus Chew, went to the rig on 25th October to mark the 1 year LTI-Free operations and has this to say to the crew:-
"My personal heartfelt thanks and congratulations to the supervisors and crew of EDrill-2 for achieving this important milestone.
While we take time to celebrate our successes,
we must also acknowledge all our lapses. Safety must remain our TOP priority until it becomes part of our organisation’s DNA."

"Congratulations! This must be an exceptional safe culture considering there are approx. 150 POB most of the time to handle complex operations; both Drilling and Sand Control Completions along with SIMOPS operation for early production including yearly new local crew rotation"
Message from SVP Well Operations Division, Pasuk Eagark, PTTEP

"Congratulations EDrill-2 team for 1 year without LTI operation! This safety milestone could not have been achieved without team effort.
Never Give Safety A Day Off"
Message from GM, Myanmar Well Operations, Kamolchai Pattanapong, PTTEPI

Rig EDrill-2 group shot with crew, management team from both Energy Drilling and PTTEPI & 3rd party Contractors

1 Year LTI free for Rig EDrill-1

September 09th, 2017

We are proud to announce that our rig EDrill-1 in the Gulf of Thailand reached a remarkable milestone of 1 year without LTI in September of 2017.

"Please join me and the Board in congratulating rig EDrill-1 and her crew for achieving a 1 year LTI free operations.
This important milestone would not have been attained without the commitment of the crew to a safe working culture and the strong visible leadership by the rig management.
Safety has to be part of our company’s DNA – it has to be ingrained in the way we behave and the way we work.
Well done EDrill-1. You have come a long way and make us proud!"
Message from CEO, Marcus Chew, Energy Drilling

"Our thumbs up to our brothers and sisters at EDrill-1 for their significant achievement. This is a good example of the commitment to exceptional safe culture from Energy Drilling where its improvement plan for the new rig and new crew proven to be working and sustaining.
Let’s congratulate rig EDrill-1 and her crew for achieving 1 Year LTI Free.
To reach this achievement, the crew has committed to a safe culture, with strong visible leadership from rig management setting the example for all, to ensure everyone goes home, without harm, every day."

Message from SVP Well Operations Division, Pasuk Eagark, PTTEP

Rig EDrill-1 group shot with members from PTTEP, Energy Drilling & 3rd party Contractors

Energy Drilling Acquires Rights to Two Newbuild Rigs

June 22nd, 2017

Energy Drilling Management Pte. Ltd. (EDMPL) is pleased to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China Merchants Industry Holdings Co. Ltd. (CMIH) on 16th June 2017, thereby acquiring exclusive marketing and operating rights to two premium newbuild drilling rigs.

Energy Drilling's CEO, Marcus Chew, explained "Despite the weak outlook for the offshore market, we are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to grow the company and to create exciting opportunities for all employees to grow with us. By acquiring the rights to market and operate newly built high spec rigs that have been abandoned in shipyards allows Energy Drilling to embark on our “capital light” strategy."

The first unit is a tender assist barge rig designated as Hull No. CMHI (JS)-151-1 which was delivered for development drilling in South East Asia and West Africa in 2016.

It is a high specification, quality build that is fully commissioned and ready for mobilisation upon short notice.

151-1 at quayside during commissioning with it's assembled DES at right

Second unit is a three-legged cantilever type jack-up drilling rig from Gusto CJ46-X100-D, and it is intended for use in water depths up to 350ft. in a moderate environment.

GustoMSC offers advanced technologies that gives it competitive advantages such as patented X-Y cantilever with full 1,500 Kips capability over the drilling envelope up to 70ft. x 40ft. and secured fixation for the jacking system.

Gusto CJ46-X100-D Drilling Jack-up incorporates both proven and advanced technologies

Energy Drilling’s VP Operation, Lyle Ewashen, commented "We welcome this opportunity to operate another new generation tender assist rig and look forward to putting it into active service as soon as possible. Even though we are a pure play tender assist service provider, we know jack-up rigs very well by competing against them for many years. The CJ46 is a unique unit and will offer an excellent opportunity for us to expand our line of services and expertise."