Guyanese working onboard Noble Bob Douglas promoted

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─ JSL trains six to become roustabouts

─ training exercise will focus on the current use and safety of rigging and slinging

─ persons need to improve their “way of thinking” about the industry and seize opportunities that are available – participant

─ 56 Guyanese are working onboard the Noble Bob Douglas

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, August 4, 2018

Six Guyanese working onboard the Noble Bob Douglas are being trained in rigging and slinging for potential promotion from utility hands to the position of roustabouts.

Today, JSL International facilitated in-house training for the staff. Corporate Communications Advisor, Renatha Khan, told the Department of Public Information (DPI) the training is usually conducted in Trinidad.

“We recognise … this type of training is not available here locally. We decided as part of our local content strategy that we would prefer to have the training done locally and expose as many people as we can to this type of training,” Khan explained.

The training exercise will focus on the current use and safety of rigging and slinging. It is a requirement for working offshore, Khan explained. “It’s Noble who would recommend [persons for promotion]. There’s room for growth and we recognise that, so we promote within.”

Troy Stanley, from Santa Rosa, Region One, is one of the utility hands participating in the training. He said working offshore is unlike anything he’s done previously. Stanley said persons who have doubts about working in the industry need to improve their “way of thinking” and seize opportunities that are available.

Jamal Layne has worked with JSL for six months. He said the training has been informative and the job provides room for upward growth. He added the experience is much more challenging and safety oriented.

“It is a good experience. There is a lot of emphasis placed on safety compared to what I used to do ashore where I used to work. It’s a big difference in the whole safety aspect,” Layne said.

Also, participating in the training is JSL’s Health, Safety and Environmental Officer (HSE), Nkasse Evans. She said participating in the training has been challenging.

Evans, a University of Guyana graduate in Environmental Studies, is hopeful that the safety standards practised in the oil and gas industry will be transplanted to other industries.

Fifty-six Guyanese have secured employment onboard the Noble Bob Douglas, the drillship that is drilling the development wells for first oil in 2020.

By: Tiffny Rhodius

Images: Jules Gibson