As E&P activity picks up in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, demand for skilled labor increases. Danos is helping deepwater operators and Port Fourchon tenants meet those skilled labor demands.
Since 1947, Danos has grown from a small crew boat company into a respected and well-known oilfield services provider. Based in Gray, Louisiana, its services include production workforce, fabrication, construction, project management, coatings, automation, instrumentation and electrical, scaffolding, shorebase and logistics, mechanical maintenance, regulatory compliance, rope access, and valve wellhead.
According to Reed Peré, vice president of sales and business development, the company has worked out of Port Fourchon in different capacities over the years. In the 1980s, the company operated a full-service dock. Today, the company provides skilled labor to its customers and tenants of the port.
“We’re a people company,” Peré said, “We’ve expanded our operations and our presence in the port as our customers have expanded. We’ve grown with the port.”
Port Fourchon’s proximity to Danos’s headquarters and Larose fabrication facility enables the company to better serve its customers, according to Peré.
“Having the ability to access local talent, and have that talent support the work of our customers is one of our favorite ways of staying plugged in,” he said.
Danos is both proud of and grateful for the port, Peré added. “The Greater Lafourche Port Commission does a world-class job,” he said.
Business is picking up, according to Peré. The company now has seven recruiters after recently hiring two more.
In February, a major Gulf of Mexico operating company awarded Danos a multi-year contract. Under the contract, Danos will provide production service operations and maintenance personnel, such as operators, shipping and receiving clerks, mechanics, and electricians.
Danos also has a new service offering for its customers at the port. In April, the company launched intelligent integrated materials solutions (i2ms), a technology-based service offering that uses people, processes, and technology to provide warehousing logistics and inventory management.
Scott Theriot, general manager of supply chain services, said: “Customers are already seeing cost savings of 10-30%, depending on the scale of implementation. Our service is founded on the understanding that accurate, visible and up-to-date information is the key to greater efficiency, particularly as it relates to materials management.”
Danos is also working to restore Louisiana’s coast through participation in Partnership for Our Working Coast, an alliance of industry and environmental partners led by The Water Institute of the Gulf. Other members of the partnership include Chevron, Shell, and the Greater Lafourche Port Commission.
Most notable here is the planned deepening of Belle Pass, which will result in millions of cubic yards of dredged materials. The partnership is working to identify beneficial ways to use the dredged material to re-build Louisiana’s coastal wetlands to support the environment, communities, and the industry.