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IADC North Sea Chapter names Annual Safety Award winners

The IADC North Sea Chapter (NSC) recognized several companies for their safety performance on 20 April at the chapter’s Annual Safety Awards Ceremony in Aberdeen. The award for best safety performance in jackups went to Ensco (over 1 million mahours) and to North Atlantic Drilling (under 1 million manhours). Transocean was the winner in the category of floating rigs with over 1 million manhours and Diamond Offshore in the under 1 million manhours category. The winner for platform drilling was Odfjell Drilling.

Chairman’s Awards, which recognize individual rigs and their crews with had the best safety performance in 2017, went to Ensco 92 (jackup); WilPhoenix, Awilco Drilling (floating rig); and Scott, KCA Deutag (platform).

The Associate Member Award was awarded to Hoover Ferguson.

Rowan Drilling’s Peter Wilson, who is serving as Chairman of the IADC NSC, welcomed a capacity audience to the ceremony. “This event is our opportunity to applaud the efforts of our workforce in the vital area of safety,” Mr Wilson said. “Despite continuing challenging times, we should take heart from those safety leaders who strive to achieve the safest working environment possible, and I encourage everyone to consider how they can support them and make a difference.”

Other speakers during the event included 2018 IADC Chairman Steven Brady of Ensco and record-breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont, who provided his perspective on planning and executing last year’s achievement of cycling around the world in under 80 days.

A charity table collection raised more than £4,500, which will be matched by the NSC. The two nominated charities to benefit are Grampian Autistic Society and the Oil Chaplaincy Trust Fund. This year’s Val Hood Award went to the Sue Ryder charity, which received £5,000 toward its Aberdeen Dee View Court appeal.



Category Winner Runner Up
Jackups Over 1 Million Manhours (Ensco)

Under 1 Million Manhours (North Atlantic Drilling)


Under 1 Million Manhours (Paragon Offshore)
Floating Rigs Over 1 Million Manhours (Transocean)

Under 1 Million Manhours (Diamond Offshore)

Platforms Odfjell Drilling



Category Winner Runner Up
Best Safety Performance 2017 Jackup Ensco 92, Ensco Prospector 1, Paragon Offshore
Best Safety Performance 2017 Floating Rig WilPhoenix, Awilco Drilling
Best Safety Performance 2017 Platform Scott, KCA Deutag Forties C, Archer


IADC NSC Safety Award Ceremony – 20 April 2018

Associate Member Award Hoover Ferguson

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