‘A beautiful experience’ – Guyanese happy to be working on Exxon drillship


Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman and a team comprising Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe and ExxonMobil Country Manager, Rod Henson on Friday last toured the Stena Carron drillship.

Guyanese working onboard the Stena Carron shared their experiences.

Brady Trim, who hails from Berbice said while his job is challenging, “it is a wonderful experience being offshore.”

His colleague, 24-year-old, Ganesh Parmanand said, “the standard safety is the highest I’ve ever worked and I advise young people out there to get certified and come out here.”

An aerial view of the Stena Carron. [DPI photo]
Another Guyanese crew member, Gavin Lutchman described his experience as a beautiful one, “nice people, nice food, high standards.”

He too encouraged interested Guyanese to get themselves certified and apply for the vacant positions on board the ship.

The Guyanese crew members were recruited by Guyanese oil and gas services company – El Dorado Offshore (EDO) – working in partnership with Trinidad and Tobago’s Ramps Logistics. They underwent the mandatory Offshore Emergency Training as arranged by Stena Drilling before securing the positions of painter, steward, and Radio Room Administrative Operator.

The Stena Carron is a Harsh Environment dynamically positioned DP Class 3 drillship capable of drilling in water depths up to 10,000 ft.

The visit was conducted by the Captain Allan Matheson, who received high praises from the minister.

Minister Trotman expressed gratitude to Captain Matheson, noting the ship’s efficient record of oil discoveries offshore Guyana.

“Not only have you made discoveries in a very timely and efficient manner, but they have been done without the loss of limb or life and the Government of Guyana and the people of Guyana wish to thank you and your crew,” Minister Trotman said.

Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman; Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe, and team onboard the Stena Carron.

The Natural Resources Minister is confident that the high standards observed on the ship will transcend onshore as the captain and crew continue to work collaboratively with ExxonMobil.

To date, there have been seven oil discoveries off Guyana’s shores and the rig is currently being used for the drilling of an appraisal well for the Liza 5, which is used to measure the scope of the previous discovery.

Minister Trotman also wished the captain and crew well in future endeavours.

“I have no doubt that you will go onto greater things both this vessel and you Sir and we would like before you leave to pay homage to your service,” the Minister said. (Extracted and modified from Department of Public Information)

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