The company has surpassed 1,500 days, more than four years, without a lost time injury at any of its global operations and offices, fabrication sites, warehouses and workshops. Additionally, in its commitment to embed and engage its staff and contractors in the safety culture, the company received the highest number of safety observations for a single month in November as well as exceeding its year-on-year total with another month yet to go in 2017.
Simon Hatson, Head of QHSE & Business Improvement with Aquaterra Energy said: “This is a real achievement for the company as a whole, especially when considering some of the challenging environments around the world, both on and offshore, that many of our team are required to work. The use of observation systems is a fantastic way to engage both our staff and contractors in all aspects of safety in order to prevent harm, mitigate hazards and recognise positive behaviour and activities.”
In November, Simon Hatson was presented with the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) President’s Distinguished Service Award. This recognised his hard work, dedication and long-term involvement as Chair of both the IOSH Offshore Group & East Anglia Branch.
Achievement of the safety milestones and industry accolade marks an exciting and successful year for Aquaterra and its staff. In July, it was the first company to secure a multi-million pound investment from EV Private Equity as part of its pledge in 2016 to invest $200 million in North Sea businesses with new technologies and high growth potential. The independent private equity firm confirmed it was seeking to invest between $10 million to $40 million in each company.
Aquaterra, which has operations in Aberdeen, Norwich and Cairo, provides riser analysis, riser systems, offshore structures, repeatable products and its integrated WellStart specialism to the global oil and gas industry. The company recently designed, fabricated and installed a new Sea Swift platform for PICO Petroleum Integrated Services, the lead contractor for the Amal field in the Gulf of Suez, offshore Egypt. In another multi-million-pound contract, Aquaterra is supplying high pressure riser equipment for a subsea abandonment project in the central North Sea.
George Morrison, managing director of Aquaterra Energy, is looking forward to further growth and business success in 2018. “2017 has certainly been a year to remember and I’ve no doubt that the next twelve months will be even more memorable as we look to grow and strengthen our service and technology offering.
“I’d like to praise everyone in our team for working so hard through both good and challenging times. It is particularly encouraging to see the unwavering commitment to safety and peak performance across all our operations.”