JUST one year after she blazed the trail as the first wholly owned Nigerian, indigenous manned vessel, Marine Vessel, MV Osayame, on Friday, March 4, 2011 recorded another milestone as she celebrated one year of No Lost time Injury or Down Time operations.
The event which took place at STAZS Shipyard, Onne, Rivers State attracted major stakeholders in the maritime industry, oil company executives, the Nigerian Navy, Government and the traditional institution.
Among the dignitaries were the Managing Director, Nigeria Ports Authority, Engr. Omar Suleiman; General Manager Capacity Building, Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board, Engr Taiwo Elegba; Alhaji Lamin Ibrahim, National Petroleum Investment Management Services ,NAPIMS; Director General of Nigeria Maritime Administration & Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi; Commandant, Naval College, Onne, Commodore L.O.L Iwoha; Former Managing Director, NPA, Chief Adebayo Sarumi, and the representative of the Oba of Benin, Chief J.B Obaseki.
Total’s Deputy Managing Director in charge of Port Harcourt District, Mr. Denis Berthelot led the company’s delegation to the event. Others in the team were the Deputy Managing Director, Deep Water, Mr. Charles Ngoka; Executive General Manager, Technical Sevices, Mr. Adebisi Otukoya; General Manager Sustainable Development/Public Affairs, Mr. Vincent Nnadi and the Deputy General Manager Technical Logistics, Port Harcourt , Mr. Olivier Cudennec.
In his speech at the occasion, Mr. Denis Berthelot, said “The vessel since its commissioning on February 16, 2010 with a crew compliment of 10 Nigerian nationals has provided required support for over 40 offload operations without recording a single lost time incident”.
Reiterating Total’s high premium on safety, Mr. Berthelot further noted that Lost Time Injury, LTI, is one of the important safety indices in Total’s Health, Safety & Environment dashboard which is measured on the successful completion of set production objectives.
“The Total Group holds safety of operations very dearly and all our activities are guided by the overriding desire to conduct our operations in as safe a manner as possible. It therefore gives me great pleasure to be with you today to celebrate this notable achievement”
Total’s partnership with STAZS Investment Company Limited is an eloquent demonstration of the company’s support for the Nigerian Content Act as well as the Nigerian Cabotage legislation. “We have been in the forefront of support to local entrepreneurs, investing in technological transfers and partnerships, capacity building via wide usage of available local competencies long before the enactment of the Act”, Mr. Bertholot added.
Earlier in their remarks, the representatives of the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and NAPIMS, Engr. Taiwo Elegba and Alhaji Lamine Ibrahim respectively commended Total for partnering with STARZS Investment to build and promote local capacity thereby boosting the Federal Government’s local content policy on the Cabotage Law. They used the opportunity to call on other IOCs to emulate Total’s gesture and increase the number of Nigerians who are playing active roles in the Maritime industry.
MV Osayame , a Stern Driver Offshore Terminal tug boat, owned by STARZS Investment Limited provides operational and safety logistics support during offload from Total’s FSO Unity in OML 100. It is one of the fruits of the Nigerian Cabotage Act, enacted in 2004 to stimulate the development of indigenous capacity in the Nigerian maritime industry.
The Act requires vessels to be built and registered in Nigeria, wholly owned and manned by Nigerians, if such vessels are to operate in the country’s coastal and inland waters.