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Viewpoint
A message from CEO Bob Long

Features
Nigeria in Focus

Reaching Out in Nigeria

24 Hours in Lagos

Measuring Our Success
INBOX: Letters from our customers

Safety Milestones

Performance Milestones

Safety Snapshot

Headliners

Around Rig
Newbuild News

2009 Safety Vision Meeting

AMU ‘Perfect Day’ is Within Reach!

Asset Reliability Team Presents Maintenance Findings

QHSE Group Kicks Off OSDP

The New RSTC

Top-Set Incident Investigation Tool Adopted Worldwide

ERP Delivers Solutions for Global Excellence

Responsibility
Loving the Limbe Wildlife Center in Cameroon

Transocean Continues Support of Udaan at “Annual Day” in Mumbai, India

Transocean Marianas Donates Blankets to Louisiana Humane Society

Environmental Friendliness Tip of the Issue!

Rig People
Spotlights

Service Anniversaries and Other Events

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Reaching Out in Nigeria

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The focus on continued improvement doesn’t stop on the rigs or at the offices in Nigeria. Co-workers there have given a lot – time and effort, financial support, supplies – to improve the lives of people in Nigerian communities. Beacon spotlights two great efforts in Port Harcourt.

Compassion Centre for Physically Disabled Children
While it’s not all fun and games for the children at the Compassion Centre for Physically Disabled Children in Port Harcourt – most have been stricken with polio and suffer major deformities and physical disabilities – the mood there on January 22 was similar to any other day: joyful. So joyful, in fact, that during a song singing session, kids would jump from their chairs – leg braces, bowed legs and all – to really get into the clapping and drum beats, and show off their dance moves.

At the conclusion of “Lean on Me,” Sister Pauline Butler, a tiny Irish woman who serves as medical coordinator at the center, starts up a football (soccer) game outside. Not being able to run, the children fly around the yard on their hands and knees as fast and competitively as any other kid.

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“These children are special, but then no two people are the same no matter what,” Sister Pauline said with a smile. “They’re quite good at football, even some of them with very little use of their legs. They’re just full of life.”

Transocean co-workers on the drillship Deepwater Discovery, which recently departed Nigeria to work in Brazil, were the first to find the home and begin making donations, said Stuart Buchanan, a former member of the DWD team and Nigeria resident.

Over the years the company has brought things like mattresses, refrigerators and blankets to the children, as well as regular supplies of food, in addition to financial contributions raised through efforts like rig raffles. These donations have helped the Compassion Centre support operations and rehabilitative work with the children, as well as primary schooling – work that’s resulted in most of the children going on to lead very normal lives.

“Most of our children have passed to university,” Sister Pauline stated proudly. “Every day we go around and see Transocean’s name on various beds and refrigerators and things, and we say thanks.”

 

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SAFETY MEETING
VIDEO: All the Right Moves in Mumbai

Gulf of Guinea Division Gives Back
Video:
At the Compassion Centre for Disabled Children in Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Gallery: The Compassion Center, Scholarship Recipients and Cameroon's Limbe Wildlife Center

NIGERIA IN FOCUS
Gallery: Beacon visits Nigeria operations
 

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2009 FIRST Excellence Awards
VIDEO: Commentary from Past Recipients

VIDEO: Meet the 2008 Award Recipients to be featured in the next issue of Beacon.

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