Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman and a team comprising Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe and ExxonMobil Country Manager, Rod Henson on Friday last toured the Stena Carron drillship.
The visit was conducted by Captain Allan Matheson, who received high praise from the Minister, according to a Government statement.
Minister Trotman expressed gratitude to Captain Matheson, noting the ship’s efficient record of oil discoveries offshore Guyana.
“Not only have you made discoveries in a very timely and efficient manner, but they have been done without the loss of limb or life and the Government of Guyana and the people of Guyana wish to thank you and your crew.”
The report said that the Natural Resources Minister is confident that the high standards observed on the ship will transcend onshore as the captain and crew continue to work collaboratively with Exxon Mobil.
To date, there have been seven oil discoveries off Guyana’s shores and the rig is currently being used for the drilling of an appraisal well for the Liza 5, which is used to measure the scope of the previous discovery.
Minister Trotman also wished the captain and crew well in future endeavours.
“I have no doubt that you will go on to greater things, both this vessel and you Sir, and we would like before you leave to pay homage to your service,” the Minister said.
Guyanese working onboard the Stena Carron shared their experiences.
Brady Trim, who hails from Berbice said while his job is challenging, “it is a wonderful experience being offshore.”
His colleague, 24-year-old, Ganesh Parmanand said, “the standard of safety is the highest I’ve ever worked in and I advise young people out there to get certified and come out here.”
Another Guyanese crew member, Gavin Lutchman described his experience as a beautiful one, “nice people, nice food, high standards.”
He too encouraged interested Guyanese to get themselves certified and apply for the vacant positions on board the ship.
The Guyanese crew members were recruited by Guyanese oil and gas services company El Dorado Offshore (EDO), working in partnership with Trinidad and Tobago’s Ramps Logistics. They underwent the mandatory Offshore Emergency Training as arranged by Stena Drilling before securing the positions of painter, steward, and Radio Room Administrative Operator.
The Stena Carron is a Harsh Environment dynamically positioned DP Class 3 drillship,capable of drilling in water depths up to 10,000 ft.
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