Copyright © 2009 Transocean LTD.


Dear co-workers:

Our company is part of an industry that’s constantly growing, evolving and progressing. And to achieve success, it seems like our wheels are constantly in motion – in fact, moving faster and faster each day.

Don’t get me wrong: I enjoy the activity and excitement that comes with our effort to do more and do it better than anyone else. Transocean has a long history of leadership in our industry, a tradition that I know will continue for many years to come.

But in this world of “go, go, go … faster, faster, faster,” sometimes we need to remember to stop: Take a time out. Regroup. Evaluate. Appreciate. There are many examples of this in this edition of Beacon.

For instance, I’m proud to report that our “I Made a Difference” campaign, which recognizes employees for calling a “Time Out for Safety,” is going strong after a year (here). Recognizing our people for calling a “Time Out for Safety” exemplifies our commitment to allowing Transocean co-workers to do anything necessary – even if it’s stopping an entire operation – to follow our HSE procedures when getting a job done. We know that taking the time to do something the right way not only helps to ensure that Transocean is the best in the business, it helps ensure that our people leave work the same way they arrived: safe.

I was fortunate to spend some time in Brazil this September, which is featured in this issue (here). We did a lot of work during my visit, but it wouldn’t be a trip to Brazil without some fun, and I enjoyed a little downtime at a barbeque with my co-workers. The team there is a great example of balancing a lot of hard work, and incredible growth over the past two years, with life outside of the office (or rig).

And speaking of life outside the office, I want to remind you of my planned retirement in 2010. As announced, I will be handing over the reins to my colleague and friend, Transocean President Steven Newman, who is poised to lead our company into the next generation of offshore drilling. It’s been a wonderful 34 years with Transocean, but now I’m ready to stop, knowing that all of you will surely continue the company’s forward momentum. I look forward to keeping updated on the company and all of your accomplishments in future issues of Beacon.

As we begin to close out 2009, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you for your continued efforts as a Transocean team member, and extend my warmest wishes to you and your family during the holiday season.


Bob Long