Field Support Manager Program

Our frontline leaders work hard to maintain a constant focus on health, safety and security. Regular HSEQ meetings offshore include: departmental safety meetings, HSEQ committee meetings, HSEQ general crew meetings, HSEQ ship-to-shore meetings, plus training and workshops.

“I first became a Party Chief on the Beaufort Explorer in 2008, and I joined Ramform Explorer in June 2010, " explains Jez Tate.

Jez had worked on PGS seismic surveys since 1996, but has a technical background in surveying and had little HSEQ management experience. Our work offshore is high-risk, so there’s a huge amount of safety information and procedures involved. It can be pretty overwhelming, especially as managing the day-to-day operation of a seismic ship leaves little time for sitting down and getting to grips with it all. In 2011, Jez was invited to be a Field Support Manager in the HSEQ team in Oslo for a year. PGS introduced this temporary role to build the capability of its Party Chiefs.

"There were four of us and we were responsible for giving presentations, doing audits and investigating incidents on vessels. The training we received was excellent, and we got the opportunity to understand HSEQ best practice as well as gain an in-depth knowledge of PGS procedures," Jez recalls.

"When I returned to being Party Chief, I was so much more confident and better able to manage the safety of my team. I could focus on the things that really matter – the safety issues at hand – rather than having to think about the best way to apply policy and procedures."

Following the assignment, assessing risk becomes almost second nature, rather than a formal exercise the Party Chief needs to stop and think about.

Over the last five years, 28 of our most senior offshore managers have been assigned for 12 months to HSEQ. The initiative is helping to share HSEQ knowledge and practices between our offices and the fleet. 

"I think that’s a great demonstration of how highly PGS rates the safety of its frontline teams,” says Jez.