Pat on the Back


Transocean’s semisubmersible Deepwater Nautilus on November 12 was named “Rig of the Year” for 2009 in the Semisubmersible/Drillship category by customer Shell.

The Nautilus was selected out of all of the semisubmersibles and drillships working for Shell worldwide. The rig has also received this honor from Shell in the past.

“This recognition is a clear indication that the team on the Deepwater Nautilus accomplished what we strive to achieve on every installation in our fleet – to provide the premier offshore drilling service to our valued customers, over and over again,” said Steven Newman, President. “It’s an honor to receive this award from Shell, a company with a global reputation for excellence, and for the Nautilus to again be recognized at the top of their list of rigs working to meet their expectations. Congratulations to the entire team, and keep up the great work.”

Installations were selected across four categories: Platform, Jackup, Land Rig and Semisubmersible/Drillship. Winning installations are recognized for having the best performance against a number of Key Performance Indicators, including recordable incident rate, number of high potential incidents, environmental performance, drilling operation performance measured against AFE, downtime performance, training compliance and personnel turnover.

Peter Sharpe, Shell’s Executive VP, Wells, made the award presentation to Graham Park, Rig Manager, Performance, for the Nautilus, at a ceremony in Houston.


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