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"The flatter structure here allows us all to communicate very effectively, and with upper management. We’re trusted to make decisions, be accountable and get things done."
Role: Rig Manager
Current Location: Houston
Both my father and my uncle worked in offshore drilling, so it was in the family. I grew up overseas, moving around to different places my father was working. And when I was at college I spent summers working as a roustabout.
I joined the Navy and then went into merchant shipping. I’d gained my maritime license, so I took on a merchant position on a drillship in Brazil. After that I got a job as a chief mate in another company, eventually moving onshore working as an assistant rig manager and then rig manager. It was at this time that I was approached by Seadrill, as they were opening up their office in Houston.
I decided to join Seadrill as I felt they offered more challenges and responsibility. I like Seadrill’s attention to their people. It’s not all just about equipment and processes.
You can always find good iron on a rig, but it’s the people who make things happen and make sure we meet client expectations.
One of my best moments here so far was the delivery of West Vela from Korea into the Gulf of Mexico.
It was a very good start up in terms of the relationship with the client, and we had a fantastic crew who were very engaged. Many of them are new to the company, having joined in the past year as we brought the rig to the Gulf.
It’s been extremely busy and I’ve spent a lot of my time recently helping to develop the Seadrill culture with the new rig personnel.
Once in the Gulf, we began work with our client and the crews quickly caught on to the intervention work that was planned. We were ahead of schedule too – that was the icing on the cake.
I’m working on a 6th generation rig, so there’s lots of new technology on there – dynamic positioning systems, power management systems and drilling systems with cyberchairs.
Increased automation gives us an enjoyable challenge. There’s more to consider when it comes to maintenance and repairs, but it means we can learn more, and safety is enhanced too.
Planning operations with the client means I spend most of my time onshore, but I speak to the guys on the rig every day – maybe three or four times.
We’ve got a lot of excellent managers on board, who all came to Seadrill because they like the direction it’s going in. I also go offshore for a few days, auditing, to see where we are on the programme to make sure we’re keeping ahead of the schedule. It’s good to get a feel for morale too.
Seadrill has put a good deal of time and effort into the way the rigs are set up, particularly in terms of the HR advisors. It’s better here than any other company I’ve worked for.
It’s good to have that interaction, especially for the families of people offshore. They have a person, not a machine, to talk to – to answer any questions they might have. Things like this have a big impact on employees, on how they work and how they feel about it.
With Seadrill’s growth and rapidly advancing technology, it offers a wealth of training and development.
No matter where we come in, we have opportunities to train beyond our roles and grow our technical skills. I also get a lot of job satisfaction out of what I do. It’s the best move I’ve made in terms of my career.