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DCL’s First Christmas

The crew of Transocean’s newbuild drillship Discoverer Clear Leader celebrated their first Christmas aboard the rig on December 25. The catering team made the day special with a feast that included ham, turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, bread rolls, soup, Beef Wellington, Alaskan king crab legs, an array of desserts, and of course, egg nog! Customer Chevron made the day special with gift bags and a raffle for everyone on board! DCL Captain Doug Banfield submitted a quote from the entire crew: “We would like to give a very special and heartfelt thank you to Camp Bosses George Csalany and Ernest Courville, the ART catering crew and Chevron for making Christmas 2009 on the rig a memorable and merry one!” Read the rig’s full submission here.

Balikpapan Team Rings in 2010
Transocean’s team in Balikpapan, Indonesia, kicked off a new year with a fun-filled party on Jan. 24, 2010. The main event? Go-kart racing! The entire group participated, and reported “having a blast!”


Rig Administrator Lidya Vega (right) on January 18 received a Recognition and Reward bonus from Far East and Australia Division Managing Director Kaustubh Dighe. Lidya was nominated by her manager for her exceptional performance as a Rig Administrator in Balikpapan.

Poetic Justice

Namanh Kapur, son of Vikram Kapur, South America Division Finance Manager, won first place in the Houston area’s American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF) 2009 “Celebrate America” creative writing contest. Namanh’s poem, “Immigrants,” was selected out of nearly 700 entries and he was recognized at a special ceremony at the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service location in Houston.

Namanh, now in 6th grade, has moved with his family several times as part of his father’s work with Transocean. In fact, at the time he wrote the poem, the family had just moved to Houston from Singapore. “While frequent relocations are disruptive to the family, this unique exposure to different countries, cultures, cuisines provides a very meaningful and insightful experience to our children,” said Vikram. “These are simply life experiences, which one cannot obtain just by reading a book.

Read more here.



Pat Howard, Corporate QHSE Administrator, received a Recognition & Rewards Program Certificate from Adrian Rose, VP, QHSE, on Dec. 9, 2009. The award is given “for accomplishments above and beyond assigned duties and responsibilities.” Congrats, Pat!


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