WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) has announced Stone Energy Corp. as the recipient of the 2013 Safety-in-Seas Award. The company was recognized for innovative safety leadership in pioneering a new decommissioning method.
Made possible through the use of a new Montco designed and constructed 335-ft (102-m) self-elevating liftboat, this new method departs from the traditional approach of performing decommissioning work-steps sequentially, to performing them concurrently.
The new method was applied during Stone’s 2012 Gulf of Mexico-wide decommissioning campaign. This resulted in a four-fold increase in the volume of decommissioning work completed by the company during 2012 with zero OSHA recordable incidents.
Randall Luthi, president of NOIA, said: “Stone’s innovative decommissioning process exemplifies the safety commitment, risk assessment and mitigation, and collaboration with regulators in all phases of offshore energy development that is critical to the long-term success of the offshore oil and gas industry. We applaud Stone Energy Corp. for their leadership and are pleased to present the company with this prestigious award.”
Stone Energy’s nomination was selected by a blue-ribbon panel of judges from the US Coast Guard, the National Academy of Science’s Transportation Research Board, and the US Department of Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.