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Achievements and Milestones

Safety Snapshot

GSF Main Pass I Sets New Record in Saudi Arabia

Jack Bates Team Targets Safety for Strong Performance

Harvey H. Ward Sets World Record


What Makes the Deepwater Champion Tick?

Outstanding Performers: Meet Transocean's 2011 FIRST Excellence Recipients


Shipyard Projects

Newbuild News

Discoverer Spirit Hosts Two Presidents

After a Long Run the Discoverer Luanda Gets it Done

Transocean Ltd. Announces Definitive Agreements to sell 38 Shallow Water Drilling Rigs to Shelf Drilling

Transocean Ltd. Announces Management Changes

Esa Ikäheimonen Joins Transocean Ltd.  Assumes CFO Responsibilities

Transocean SAM Division Named to Brazil’s Top 150 Best Places to Work—Again!

Transocean Once Again Included in Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT

Customer Appreciation in Houston

KG2 Completes First Korean Deepwater Well


Houston: Team Transocean Rides, Raises Funds for MS

U.K. North Sea Division Raises over $32,000 for Local Charities

Transocean Employees Show Support for Our Veterans

Transocean Radio Operator Promotes Cancer Awareness in India

Helping Others is a Kick

Transocean NAM Division Raises over $15,000 for the Texas Children’s Hospital

Record Attendance Makes a Difference at 2012 Employee Beach Cleanup

Houston Employees Rocked the Walk for the Susan G. Komen Foundation

Aberdeen Women’s Team Helps the Fight Against Cancer


Spotlight On: Terry Bonno

Service Anniversaries and Other Events

Pat on the Back


Jack Bates Team Targets Safety for Strong Performance


In 2008, Hess began using the Jack Bates deepwater semisubmersible drilling rig for an exploration program in the Carnarvon Basin off Western Australia. Four years and 20 wells later, the Jack Bates team drilled with top safety performance, which was recently recognized by our customer.

Hess Management knew the emphasis Transocean puts on making safety a number one priority and they benchmarked their safety regime off of Transocean’s. As George Lumsden, Hess Australia’s drilling manager, explained, “to ensure that everyone on the rig was following the same guidelines … we elected to follow Transocean’s rules. With our team and Transocean’s crew and anything up to 12 contract companies operating on the rig at one time, it was important that everyone was working from the same page.” 

Jack Bates safety performance reflected this team effort throughout the four-year program.

From 2008 to 2010, the team went 700 days without a Recordable Incident, which set the precedent for the more than 365 days without a Recordable Incident from 2010 until the contract ended in July of this year. Given the diversity of the team and drilling challenges at unprecedented deepwater levels, clear safety guidelines helped guide the team to achieve the 20-well drilling program with top safety performance.

“The successful drilling program completion is gratifying for us at Transocean because that is what we strive for every day – to perform above expectations and safely execute our operations,” said Julian Soles, Sector Manager, Australia, Timor Sea and New Zealand.

“Transocean’s safety guidelines and policies not only helped assure safe operations aboard Jack Bates, but also helped build our relationship with our customer and their confidence to safely operate future wells.”

Congratulations to the entire Jack Bates team and all the best with her current work for Santos in Australia.