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CONTENTS BEHIND THE CEO’S DESK OPERATIONS OVERVIEW SAFETY POSTER FULL SPEED AHEAD FOR GO OFFSHORE UK IN AND AROUND OUR NORTH WEST PORTS LYNDSAY’S LOW DOWN ON TRAINING LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN ENTERPRISE BARGAINING GO FILES MANNING MEMO MASTER’S JOURNAL WHO’S WHO AT GO MARINE GROUP CREWING CORNER EMBRACING A SAFETY CULTURE GO GLIESE AT WORK PROJECT UPDATE IMPORTANCE OF OUR MENTAL WELLBEING PAYROLL PROPAGANDA TECHNICAL NEWS PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT VESSEL IT RECOMMENDATIONS
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BEHIND THE CEO’S DESK Dear All, Happy New Year to you and your families – I hope you had a great start to your new year. 2016 market conditions, as predicted by economic analysts, remain weak due to the prolonged downturn in the oil and gas industry. Since June 2014, we have seen oil prices dwindle down to 12-year lows. We have seen most sectors within the oil and gas industry grappling for survival in what has become the biggest downturn the industry has seen in recent history. This is why the media is flooded with news of companies undergoing drastic cost cutting measures such as overhead and salary reductions and regrettably business closures and job losses. The fact that GO MARINE GROUP continues to thrive amidst the downturn is a statement in itself of the Company’s resilience and is testament to the hard work of our people, which is paying off. In recent months, we have achieved notable milestones which are well worth a mention. Firstly, I am very proud that we have recently regained our “A” rating with Chevron. My appreciation goes to everyone involved in promoting and adhering to GO’s high standards of safety in our daily operations. We cannot rest on our merits so I urge you to make safety your top priority so we can all enjoy working in a safe environment, be it in our offices or on-board vessels.
THE FACT THAT GO MARINE GROUP CONTINUES TO THRIVE AMIDST THE DOWNTURN IS A STATEMENT IN ITSELF OF THE COMPANY’S RESILIENCE AND IS TESTAMENT TO THE HARD WORK OF OUR PEOPLE In lieu of a few recent incidents, I take this opportunity to remind you to be vigilant, take advantage of the safety tools provided, ensure incidents are reported no matter how small and provide proper feedback to the Masters of the vessels and our Head Office regarding any incident or near miss. Secondly, we have been awarded a 10-year including options contract by INPEX Australia to provide a new build DP2 100T support vessel for the Ichthys field. This is a huge boost to the Group and credit goes to everyone involved in securing this contract. Although it will be roughly between 12 – 18 months before the contract commences, this will add to the long term sustainability and aspirations of the Group. Lastly, I would like to commend Rennie Cameron, General Manager of our UK entity, the Masters and the crew of the GO ELECTRA. During my vessel visit to the UK, the vessel was on charter with our client ISS Harkand and was down manned during the winter to 4 personnel. Despite the reduced number of crew, I was very impressed with the continued maintenance and cleanliness of the vessel and I would be proud to show any client onboard. Well done to all and thank you for your hospitality during my recent visit.
Consistent with the aggressive marketing strategies our competitors are adopting, GO OFFSHORE rates have been slashed to 50-60% of what they were 12 months ago and crewing costs and OPEX in general are now approaching 85% of the day rate or more in some cases, which I am sure you all can appreciate is extremely lean. GO has also reduced our time charter fleet by redelivering bare boat assets or bare boating out non-performing assets. Overall, this means reduced cash flows and resources which stretches us all. In order to remain competitive in a now cost sensitive market and without compromising safety and the integrity of our vessels, tough decisions mandated by the Board have been implemented to deliver further cost reductions, which included downsising our GO OFFSHORE (Asia) office based in Singapore. We bid farewell to most of our GO ASIA staff towards the end of 2015 and thank them for the support they have provided to the GO brand. From 2016, the office continues to operate from Suntec Tower Two which is manned by Ganesan Nagamuthoo (Operations Manager – GO ASIA) who is operationally responsible for the Asian region and Mike Kelly (Managing Director – GO AFRICA) who continues to manage our operations in the African region. Some of the smaller GO ASIA vessels were sold or bare boated to a Malaysian entity leaving us with the more profitable and larger vessels. In some cases, we are also laying up vessels where day rates cannot significantly cover costs. International seafarers working on the remaining vessels will be recruited and managed directly from our Head Office in South Perth. At a corporate level, salary reductions, removal of benefits, reduction of work hours, wage and recruitment freezes were also implemented during these tough times. Our GO INSHORE business has gone through some restructuring under the leadership of Wesley van der Spuy. Wesley and Karen have been actively engaging with the Inshore staff in developing and finalising the GO INSHORE Port Hedland Enterprise Agreement 2016, which will deliver long-term sustainability and employment for those working in Port Hedland. I still firmly believe in the overall sustainability of our industry with high hopes that we will see an improvement in the oil price with renewed business confidence towards the end of this year. As we wait patiently for the storm to abate, please maintain focus on safety, service delivery to our clients and the efficient operation of our vessels. In closing I would like to leave you with the following food for thought. During a visit to the NASA space center in 1962, President John F Kennedy noticed a Janitor carrying a broom. He interrupted his tour, walked over to the man and said “Hi, I’m Jack Kennedy. What are you doing?”“Well Mr President,” the Janitor responded. “I’m helping put a man on the moon.” To most people, this Janitor was just cleaning the building, but in the more mythic, larger story unfolding around him, he was helping make history. At GO, we al need to appreciate and respect each other, both strengths and weaknesses, and acknowledge that every person contributes, no matter how small or how insignificant it may seem. Let’s start each day with the attitude…how can I make a difference. GARRICK STANLEY CEO, GO MARINE GROUP
OFFSHORE AUSTRALIA GO have two strong charters, the Sea Triumph and Sea Tortuga with Chevron on the Wheatstone Project, and the GO SIRIUS and UOS Endeavour working for Quadrant. These charters are instrumental in ensuring we maintain our position on the Australian Coast. The GO PHOENIX returned to our coast in January for a short-term contract to provide support / supply and pre-lay recovery operations for Ocean Monarch. On completion of that charter the GO PHOENIX has also provided rig tow operations of the Atwood Eagle for Woodside. The GO SIRIUS and the UOS Endeavour continue their successful long-term campaign with Quadrant Energy Ltd. Two of our large AHTS vessels, the GO SPICA and GO CAPELLA, have both had success on the Australian spot market with Woodside, Quadrant, Vermillion, EMAS, Subsea 7 and a number of other operators. To increase our foothold on the growing spot market, we have set up two cyclone moorings that can allow the GO SPICA and GO CAPELLA to remain on the coast ready for operations during all seasons. The moorings
allow the ships to downman to a minimal crew during cyclone season and remain available on offer on the spot market with short mobilisation times rather than departing the coast until another contract is awarded. This initiative has provided the major oil companies with significant savings as it alleviates the need to mobilise ships from overseas. We continue to provide manning services to Floatel Australia on the Wheatstone Project and to Deepocean, who are currently working with Technip and will be working with EMAS next quarter. There have been a few successfully completed charters since the last newsletter. The GO EXPLORER completed her second phase of the ROV survey of the Ichthys pipeline laid by Castorone for Saipem. We would like to pass on our appreciation to all the crew who sailed on-board for the two phases of the contract. The GO EMERALD completed her two-year charter for Chevron providing oil response and standby duties. The GO EMERALD received numerous awards for her efforts and we have extended our commendations to the crew.
INTERNATIONALLY In Singapore, the GO ANTARES has just returned from a tow in China. The GO RIGEL is preparing for her five-yearly surveys and the GO EXPLORER is standing by awaiting her next contract. In the UK, the GO ELECTRA and the GO PEGASUS continue with their successful long-term contracts. In West Africa, the Surf Supporter and the GO GLIESE are performing well, however, the contract for the GO GLIESE, which is chartered to MODEC to provide accommodation support services, is coming to its end and we are actively looking for alternative work. The GO ENIF and Swordfish 5 are on a five-year charter to Vettel Mega in Nigeria. The Beluga 1, Beluga 2, Redfish 4 and GO CANOPUS are on a long-term bare boat charter to Marinsa in Mexico. WHERE TO FROM HERE? The Commercial Team is working extremely hard to complete and submit numerous tenders and offers to keep the vessels working. Working in parallel, the Operations Team is ensuring that all ships are ready to go to work when the opportunity arises. All in all, even taking into account the current market environment, there is a lot to be positive about and we should not lose focus as we face the challenges ahead as you never know what is just over the horizon. LEE SEUBERT â€“ OPERATIONS MANAGER
UOS ENDEAVOUR connected to tow bridle of the NOBLE TOM PROSSER
Safety Focus Poster Event Reporting This poster has been formulated to assist Masters and Crew in the event reporting process and to ensure that all required information is reported and captured in a timely manner. We rely on this early reporting and collection of all relevant data, in order to conduct a thorough incident investigation in which the underlying (root) causes are identified and meaningful corrective and preventative actions and prevent further occurrences are implemented. 1. Immediate Actions • Does anyone require medical attention? If so, make sure the appropriate medical attention is being or has been arranged. (First aid, Injury management, Facility Medic, Telemedicine) • Secure the scene? This may involve erecting barricades, isolating power to equipment, evacuating people, etc. • Are there any hazards that pose a danger to yourself or other persons, which need removing? Make sure you document or photograph the location of the hazard prior to its removal for future reference. • Was any equipment involved in the incident? If so, tag it as ‘out of service’ until it can be assessed by a competent person. • Does anything need to be photographed? Photographs are one of the most useful investigation tools, but are often overlooked. Taking photographs can eliminate the need to write descriptions. 2. Immediate Notification Following an event the vessel shall call their superintendent (during office hours) or Duty Manager (outside office hours) at the soonest opportunity. During this call the vessel shall relay the following information onto the office: • Who, What, When, where?; • Are there any casualties? (personnel or equipment); • What is the impact on the vessel operations?; • Actions immediately taken; is any assistance required (equipment/Medical etc.). An email should then be sent within 1 HOUR of the above relaying the same information and any further development following the immediate notification.
Safety Focus Poster Event Reporting 3. Completing the AMOS Incident Report Within 24 Hours of an event occurring on board the vessel shall enter an incident report into AMOS2 and email a copy to HSEQ@gomarinegroup.com & Operations@gomarinegroup.com, the incident report should include as much detail as possible and as a minimum capture: • Summary or Timeline of Events; • Immediate Follow up Actions; The following information should also be emailed as part of this submission: • All relevant safety related paperwork; risk assessments (JSEA /TBT), permit to work, medical treatment request, doctors report, etc. • Copies of any Statements: Statements may be from Witnesses, the injured person/s and others involved. • Relevant photos: photos of the scene, weather conditions, injury site and re-enactments (if safe to do so). • Ship Specific Procedures that are related to the occurrence. • Sometimes a sketch may assist in the explanation and provide for a better investigation.
4. Follow Up Actions Following an event the associated JSEA and TBT shall be reviewed by the Crew to ensure that the hazard that caused the event was assessed and adequate controls were implemented. If the hazard was not captured or if further controls are required, the JSEA/TBT is to be amended and “up-revved” (given a new revision #). The revised JSEA should be taken to a Toolbox Meeting so that the crew are made aware of the changes, this should be signed by all in attendance and the new JSEA and TBT with signatures forwarded to HSEQ@gomarinegroup.com The event and any lessons learnt are to be discussed in the next shipboard safety meeting. The event, any lessons learnt and any changes to a JSEA are to be included in the Masters handover notes to ensure that the opposite swing are made aware. 5. Corrective and Preventative Actions Often the best corrective and preventative actions come from the Master and crew, please forward any suggestions through to HSEQ.
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GO OFFSHORE UK GO OFFSHORE (UK) Ltd has now been operational since September 2015 and is based some 15 miles north of Aberdeen, which, for those who know this part of Scotland, is located half way between the main offshore port of Aberdeen and the more northerly offshore port of Peterhead. The computers and servers have now been hooked up with the head office in Perth and are working well. We have enjoyed several visits from head office staff and hopefully we can welcome others in the near future and slightly warmer weather. The weather around the UK Coast is harsh over the winter period with heavy storms which affect offshore activities. With sea temperatures of around six degrees Celsius, a survival time of around two minutes, combined with outside temperatures at times around minus three degrees and a pretty unhealthy wind chill factor, it can become a fairly inhospitable place. The GO PEGASUS operates in the Irish Sea area – which is on the West Coast of the UK, on the Western Link cable lay project; again a difficult place to work with considerable WOW and the need for sheltered waters from time to time. Working for DeepOcean, the Pegasus completed the first leg of the project ploughing operations and went into survey and grappling along the cable route. In fact during the grapple run, they recovered a length of the first telephone cable (now defunct) which ran between UK Mainland and Ireland. Further North between Scotland and Northern Ireland is another area where munitions were deposed of at the end of the Second World War – in this case we are not intending on recovering any artefacts! The Masters on-board are Capt. Ton Becker and Capt. Premek Sirguc. Capt. Becker has been with the ship since her arrival in Malta. The GO ELECTRA continues on with Harkand and is about to mobilise for the 2016 season. For the past several months, we have had warm layup in Leith, which is in the port of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. The current crew of five is such that basic maintenance can be carried out and the ship is ready for quick mobilisation, as dictated, under the charter. The Masters, who have been on-board for some time, are Capt. Peter Dzikowski and
Capt. Bart Kosowski. Capt Dzikowski took Hull 7040 from Malta as Loch Roag and has been with her since that time. The Surf Ranger transferred from Scotland to the US Gulf where she is alongside the SURF Facility in Port Fourchon. Capt. Marek Prezmek, who has been with the ship since he was a Second Officer on seismic operations, left us prior to departure to take some extended leave ashore. His position was taken by Capt. Mirek Kaimen, who had originally worked for us on the GO PEGASUS. The back to back Master is Capt. Artur Ambrozewicz who joined us in April 2014. The potential charter in Mexico has not yet materialised and other commitments require the vessel to move to the Far East where the management will leave the UK Stable. All Class items on-board are up to date. Being in the United States, there are very strict (and enforced) visa conditions, hence the need for our constant surveillance of the crew on-board. There is a split visa system and without departing for offshore works, the US Border Patrol monitors such vessels very closely and even has armed guards on-board to provide an escort to the plane should the crew reach the end of their visa awaiting flights. The Surf Supporter has continued with the PPSL Mobil Exxon Charter in Nigeria where she works primarily out of Onne, although rarely visiting port. We have enjoyed two letters of commendation from Exxon Mobil for the vessel’s operations, where she works on platform maintenance with diving planned for the next campaign. There is also a local Nigerian Crew of thirteen on-board to comply with Local Laws. These crew are provided through GAC and approved by Exxon. Operations do not tend to be carried over into the hours of darkness for Security reasons. Similarly, armed escorts are necessary for onshore Crew Changes of expatriate crew both to and from the Heliport. The vessel has also taken part in a number of helicopter flights and all have been performed in a good and safe manner. I look forward to updating you all again when the weather is a little warmer and sunlight shines past 4pm. RENNIE CAMERON
IN AND AROUND OUR NORTH WEST PORTS Since February 2016, GO INSHORE has been under the new leadership of Wesley van der Spuy (General Manager – GO INSHORE) along with our new Operations Manager based in Port Hedland, Warwick Cantrall. GO’s Inshore fleet continues to be managed by Chris Hedges out of Dampier. Becky Poole resigned as the Administration Officer for Port Hedland and Dampier, and Lauren Turner commenced in the role on 11 March 2016. We wish Becky everything of the best for her future endeavours and welcome Lauren to the Inshore Team. Despite tougher market conditions, it has been a busy start to 2016 and the Inshore Team has been working hard to service existing clients in Port Hedland and Dampier and explore new growth opportunities for the business across the inshore sector. As always, we wish to thank our inshore employees for your hard work, dedication and commitment to the Company. Your efforts in working with us over the past few months to implement cost saving measures and ensure that we always deliver on safety, reliability and provide high levels of client service, says a lot about the character of the people we employ. PORT HEDLAND After some 11 months at the bargaining table, GO is pleased to have finalised negotiations for the GO INSHORE Port Hedland Enterprise Agreement 2016 with employees voting in favour of the Agreement on 15 March 2016. In August 2015, a new pilot boat, the Akuna IV, was brought in to replace the Guardian. The Akuna IV is one of two pilot boats used to provide pilot boat services to the Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) in Port Hedland and has been a valuable addition to GO’s Inshore Fleet. The GO PURIYA recently completed a series of survey campaigns in Port Hedland and Dampier for the PPA. The vessel is now on its way to Perth for a four-week dry-docking, which will involve the installation of a moon pool, fitted at the Port’s request, and other routine maintenance. GO anticipates that the Puriya will be the PPA’s primary survey vessel for Port Hedland, Dampier, Ashburton and Anketell. In addition to the Puriya, GO’s vessel maintenance program is in full swing with three other inshore vessels all due for major dockings this year.
From March 2016, the Indigo will be available to be used as a backup lines boat to support the Piparn and Yikarra, both of which are used to provide launch services to various shipping agents in Port Hedland. GO INSHORE recently undertook a novel job in Port Hedland, which involved the removal of a four-wheel drive that had become so deeply stuck in a marsh that it could not be towed out using conventional means. Testament to our employees’ ability to ‘think outside the box’, a plan was derived to use floats to float the four-wheel drive and safely tow the vehicle ashore during high tide. Despite many thinking that this was not possible, the job was completed without a hitch. DAMPIER After undergoing its five-yearly maintenance in Perth, the GO AMPLITUDE has been engaged to support EMAS on Woodside’s Julimar Project. The Amplitude will be providing crew transfer services between Dampier and the Apache Julimar Development Project. GO is pleased to also be working closely with Qube Logistics at Qube’s Dampier Barge Facility, a purpose built facility that alleviates congestion issues in the Port of Dampier using its Qube Transporter barge as a floating wharf as well as a conventional barge. In addition to providing daily ad hoc crew transfer and supply runs out of Dampier to various oil and gas majors on an as-needs basis, GO is now also starting to receive a number of enquiries from oil and gas majors regarding various decommissioning projects and we are working hard to secure this work with a view to further strengthening our income stream for 2016. WESLEY VAN DER SPUY GENERAL MANAGER INSHORE
GO Welcome Warwick and Lauren
Lyndsayâ€™s Low Down on Training The hot training topic this year is the Revalidation of Certificates of Competency, Certificates of Proficiency as Rating and Certificates of Safety Training to ensure they remain valid beyond 31 December 2016. As you are all aware from the numerous emails we have sent out, we are in the process of training all permanent crew and we are happy to advise that to date 70% of our crew have either completed the training or are scheduled to attend courses in the coming months. The remainder of crew who have not yet been scheduled to attend training will be contacted over the next 3 months as we aim to have 100% of our permanent crew booked on courses by the middle of the year. By setting this deadline it will allow all crew sufficient time to submit their application for revalidation to the relevant authority. Your cooperation and support in ensuring you have all the necessary paperwork ready for submission will not only expedite the process but will also mean you will not get caught out in the expected year end frenzy wherein AMSA expects to receive a large influx of applications towards the end of the year. Sea time letters can be requested at any time by emailing email@example.com but please allow two weeks for these to be processed and returned to you. Back in 2013, we rolled out Confined Space Entry, Working at Heights and Gas Test Atmosphere training to a large portion of the workforce. Our company validity period for these certificates is three years and consequently a number of these certificates will expire this year. In order to meet our Company standard, some crew may be required to undergo retraining in these competencies. If you are asked to undergo retraining, please make yourselves available.
In terms of our upskilling program, GO is currently sponsoring, Integrated Rating, Grant Yates to complete his Deck Watchkeepers course at Hunter TAFE in Newcastle and Second Officer Tom Moran who is studying for his Chief Mates ticket at Challenger TAFE in Fremantle. Both gentleman commenced in February this year and we wish them every success and look forward to having them return to our fleet towards the end of the year. GO continues to sponsor Trainee and Probationary Integrated Ratings and have lately, in conjunction with Svitzer, had several Engineer Trainees onboard our vessels to gain their sea time. If you are an existing employee seeking sponsorship for upskilling in 2017, please ensure that you have submitted your application by 30 June 2016. Applications need to be supported by two written references of recommendation from our Masters. Upskilling applications should be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org LYNDSAY SHEEHAN
LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN ENTERPRISE BARGAINING Inshore bargaining Following some 11 months of bargaining, the GO INSHORE Port Hedland Enterprise Agreement 2016, covering GO’s Masters and Deckhands engaged to perform inshore vessel work in Port Hedland, was voted up by employees on 16 March 2016. In voting in favour of the new Agreement, GO’s employees demonstrated their commitment to work with the Company in an uncertain and difficult vessels market by accepting terms and conditions less than those previously offered. In return, GO made certain commitments around maximising the job security of its employees, which will result in an overall increase in GO’s complement of permanent employees in Port Hedland once the Fair Work Commission has approved the Agreement. The new Agreement represents a sensible and realistic outcome that balances the perspectives of GO’s Port Hedland employees with the need to ensure that the business remains competitive in an increasingly challenging market. Now that bargaining has come to an end, GO looks forward to working with its employees to ensure that it continues to provide a safe, reliable and high quality service to all of its clients in Port Hedland.
Offshore bargaining Since industry negotiations slowed in November 2014, bargaining for agreements to replace the Offshore Oil and Gas Agreements covering GO’s Officers, Engineers and Integrated Rating employees has slowed substantially. In recent months two vessel contracting companies, DOF Subsea and Swire Pacific Offshore, have taken industry endorsed enterprise agreements covering their Officers and Engineers to vote. In both cases the Agreements were approved by a majority of the employees balloted. While the AMOU is challenging the approval by the Fair Work Commission of DOF and Swire’s Officers Agreements, Commissioner Cloghan approved the Engineers Agreement for each of the two companies on 10 March 2016. With the approval of DOF and Swire’s Engineers Agreements, GO anticipates that it will be back at the bargaining table in 2016. When that occurs, GO will work with its employees to negotiate sustainable replacement Agreements that enable the Company to win work and provide on-going employment opportunities now and into the future. WESLEY VAN DER SPUY
FULL NAME CURRENT POSITION AT Go MARINE Michael Broughton Chief Engineer HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING FOR Go MARINE? 6 years come May 2016 WHAT VESSEL AND CONTRACT ARE YOU CURRENTLY INVOLVED WITH? GO SIRIUS, working for Quadrant and Noble Tom Prosser Rig HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE MARINE INDUSTRY? 14 years WHAT STATE/CITY DO YOU CALL HOME? Gold Coast, QLD Australia WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO GET INTO THE MARINE INDU STRY? I was exposed to the marine industry at such a young age. When I was young, our family lived in the Pacific Islands. Growing up, I saw ships docking in and out of ports. Having experienced being on-board vessels to visit some of my Father’s fellow seafarers, it made a positive impression on me and I decided at an early age that it would be a job I would like to do one day.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE VESSEL AND WHY IS IT YOUR FAVOURITE? My favourite vessel would be GO SIRIUS. I have been on this vessel since it was new. It is well maintained, has a simple engine room layout and operation. WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT IN YOUR CAREER? The highlight of my career is achieving my Combined (Steam and Motor) Chief Engineer’s Certificate of Competency and receiving my first position as Chief Engineer on the GO SIRIUS
. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO GET UP TO ON YOUR SWING OFF WORK? On my days off, I work on building my 1935 Ford Hot Rod and cycling 400 to 500 kilometres a week. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CUISINE / MEAL? My favourite cuisine/meal would be Mexican or any desert, especi
DO YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL AND WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO? I have travelled to a lot of different countries in the past and around Australia. These days, I tend to spend more time at home. It is difficult to pick a favourite, however, I did love visiting the old castles in England. FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF I have double jointed thumbs.
ally chocolate burritos.
my pride and joy!
Manning Moment – Floatel Triumph: Project Coordinator Casey Liddiard on the deck of Floatel Triumph at the naming ceremony in March.
VOLANTIS In November last year GO won a manning contract for the multi-purpose subsea support vessel, Volantis, for a single swing length working on the Icthys Project. The Vessel has since picked up further work in Australia and returned to our waters in late January, with GO again fulfilling the vessel’s marine manning requirements. Currently working on Wheatstone for Technip, GO is hopeful that the Vessel will be here for an extended period. Owned by Volstad and managed by Deep Ocean, Volantis is engaged to undertake a variety of work scopes whilst on Wheatstone, with the majority of operations so far involving ROV work.
Manning Moment – Volantis: Crane Operator, Dave Smith, was promptly demobilised from Volantis when it was made known that his first child would arrive early! He made it home just in time for the arrival of Phoenix Smith (5 weeks premature). Congratulations Dave and family!
FLOATEL ENDURANCE GO’s long-standing manning contract for the Accommodation Support Vessel, the Floatel Endurance, is sadly nearing the end. With a current contract end date of 30 April 2016, GO has been extremely happy with the crew’s performance. The offshore team has given 110% since the Project commenced in April 2015, and have on a number of occasions been recognised by the client for their commitment to health, safety and the overall efficient operation of the vessel:
Some of the Motley Crew… loving the home made hats boys!
“…the onboard crew was the most professional, helpful and friendly I ever came across on a similar activity and the attitude of the crew was by far the best I´ve seen”. Not only are you a credit to GO, you are a credit to yourselves and you should all be very proud of this achievement. FLOATEL TRIUMPH Floatel Triumph, the fifth vessel that Keppel Fels has built for Floatel, is due for delivery by the end of April. Earlier this month GO attended the celebratory naming ceremony in Singapore, and not surprisingly the ASV has been built, furnished and presented to the highest of standards. The Floatel Triumph will be bracing our shores where it will be providing accommodation and construction support on the INPEX operated Ichthys liquefied natural gas Project in the Browse Basin.
Manning Moment – Floatel Endurance: Second Mate, Marty Johnston, had the help of his shipmates to secure an extra week at home to attend the graduation of his son in December. Very proud parents!
Master’s Journal “BECAUSE I TICKED THE RIGHT BOX” Since watching my first episode of “PATROL BOAT” as a young boy, I wanted to drive boats. Grey ones. And wear a spiffy white uniform. With epaulettes. It seemed like the coolest job ever! That was it. The decision was made. Right through school, all I was EVER going to be was an Officer in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). During year 12, my Dad came home from work and told me I should consider a career in the Merchant Navy too, just in case the RAN didn’t work out (Yeah, like that was ever going to happen). I looked at the two pictures on the front of the application form with some guy with a clipboard, standing in a control room, looking at a control panel with dials and gauges. The tick box was labeled “Marine Engineer Traineeship”. The other picture with some guy with a sextant, outside in the fresh air and sunlight. The tick box was labeled “Deck Officer Traineeship”. I did fill out the form, and now 20 years later, I know I made the right choice and ticked the right box. Not that it mattered. I was off to the Navy after school, even though
BHP Transport did offer me the Deck Officer Traineeship the same year. I turned it down and chose the white uniform and epaulettes instead. Leaving school in 1990 with my HSC in hand, I was off to The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). I was now a Midshipman, Royal Australian Navy. Job done. White Uniform. Epaulettes. Set for life. Or so I thought. Life takes some interesting twists, and 9 months later, I found myself out of the RAN, a new girlfriend, pulling beers at the local pub, and hoping that BHP Transport would let me into their traineeship program for the following year. Four short months later, I am sitting on an ANSETT flight to Tasmania, with a new bunch of eager teenagers, bound for the Australian Maritime College, aka the College of Knowledge. I graduated in 1995, with a Diploma, a Wife, and a whole lot of life experience, that looking back, I wouldn’t trade for a white uniform, epaulettes or anything.
During the Traineeship, I was fortunate enough to make it ashore in Singapore and Japan a few times, as well as the exotic Australian Ports of Whyalla, Port Kembla, and Ardrossan, a few too many times. Those who have been to those ports know what I mean! Life after college goes on, and after a 6 month stint in the Petroleum Chartering department of BHP in Melbourne, I was off to bigger things. My first job was to be a Third Officer, NORTHWEST SEAEAGLE, courtesy of Shell International. This was what I had trained for. I was off to the deep blue sea as a Merchant Navy Officer! Strangely enough, I found myself in a spiffy white shirt, with slightly different epaulettes! Shell life was an amazing part of my journey. I was able to take my wife with me on several trips, the most memorable was from Japan to the Persian Gulf and back. That was all before the kids showed up on the scene! Once our firstborn arrived on the scene, I took time off from the sea. Initially we had planned for 8 weeks ashore. Simply missing a trip. That turned into 6 years, three kids, and owning a house in Melbourne later, before I returned to sea. Heading back to sea, I managed to fill a variety of roles, on various tankers, and on “A floater”, (an FSO). That was where my life changed for the better once again. One of my colleagues told me “You should give offshore a go, because I think you would enjoy it”. He told me I would love it or hate it. Turns out he was right, and I loved it! I managed to pick up my first job pretty quickly on an Anchor Handler, and never looked back. Now, 20 years happily married, with four beautiful kids, and having moved back from Melbourne to Newcastle, life in that white uniform with the epaulettes is long forgotten. For years, my beautiful darling wife kept nagging me, (*cough* I mean, “encouraging” me), to sit for my Masters Certificate, which eventually I did. On my wife’s birthday, 4 March 2014, I passed my exam, and was issued my Master Unlimited Certificate of Competency. I made it. Finally! Almost 20 years after graduating from College, I had the “prize” in my hand. Well, the ticket to the prize job at least. Next thing you know, within only a few weeks, being at the right place, at the right time, I managed to gain a promotion as a Master with Tidewater. Yes, the wife certainly reminded me
(I am sure the words “I told you so” may have been mentioned once or twice), that with the ticket in hand, a Master’s job was going to present itself. For the last 2 years, I have had the good fortune to be Master on a few great projects; namely, continuous anchor handling for a pipe-lay barge, pipe supply on a brand new Maiden Voyage PSV, and now, back to what I know best, Master of an Anchor Handler, the mighty GO SIRIUS. Occasionally I talk to my mates who are still in the white uniforms, who are still wearing their epaulettes proudly. It’s great for them, but I can’t help but to always come back to that little form my Dad handed me one day, and smile. Who would have thought that ticking that little box, would have me where I am today. In this career we have many long hard days, and nights. They told us we would be cold, wet, frightened and homesick. And sometimes, all at the same time! But it’s the time at home that makes it all worthwhile. We all have our passions and hobbies. For some it’s surfing, fishing, or snowboarding. For me it’s always been soccer, photography, family, and my most recently discovered love for the gym and my personal fitness. I am truly blessed to have a beautiful wife, four amazing and wonderful children, and the greatest job in the world - Master of the GO SIRIUS. And I got to be right here, right now, all because I ticked the right box. RICHARD LOW, MASTER, GO SIRIUS
Old boaters never die;
they just get a little dinghy 15
WHO’S WHO AT GO MARINE GROUP With the changing dynamics of the oil and gas industry, oil majors have become increasingly wary of cash flow, profit margins and expenditure, which for GO has meant changing the way we do business to remain competitive. For this reason, GO has undergone an organisational restructure with the aim of streamlining our business practices and enabling us to achieve a lean and efficient operation. It is therefore prudent that we update you all on Who’s Who at GO and their primary responsibilities. Executives & Senior Management Garrick Stanley Karen Clark
Chief Executive Officer Overall accountability for all day-to-day management decisions, Company development and the implementation and management of the Group’s long-term strategy. General Manager, Provides strategic leadership across the Group’s human resources, industrial/employee relations, Shared Services crewing, training, travel, injury management, administration and payroll functions. Lee Seubert General Manager Manages and leads the Operations Department, which includes HSEQ, Compliance, Purchasing and Operations Ship Management functions. * Serves as GO AUSTRALIA’s Designated Person Ashore (DPA) and Company Security Officer (CSO). John Ibbotson Commercial Manager Primarily responsible for the Group’s commercial contract tender proposals and client relationship management. Wesley van General Manager, Responsible for all GO INSHORE operations. Works collaboratively with the GMSS on industrial and der Spuy GO INSHORE employee relations matters. Chris King Group Fleet Technical Responsible for overall technical management, engineering, maintenance, dry-docking and repair Manager of the Group’s fleet of vessels. Mark O’Brien Group Financial Manages and directs the operational accounting function, cash flow, and financial regulatory Controller compliance and reporting for the Group. Michelle Pek Treasury Manager Oversees and manages the continuous availability of appropriate financing for the Group. Mike Kelly Rennie Cameron
Managing Director, GO AFRICA General Manager, GO UK
Responsible for commercially optimising time charters to achieve revenue and performance targets for the African and Middle Eastern regions. Provides day-to-day management of GO UK’s business. * Serves as the Deputy Designated Person Ashore (DDPA).
Management Blanche MacQuinto
Operations Manager, GO ASIA
Gavin Anderson Kay Campins
Kerrie Saverimutto Lucille Fanio
Operations Manager, GO UK
Manny Leonor International Crewing Manager Mehran Bayat Contracts Manager Barooni Natalie Ellery Office Manager /Executive Assistant Warwick GO INSHORE Cantrall Operations Manager
Provides Corporate HR services to the GO MARINE GROUP. Provides back up support to the Corporate Payroll function. Manages the efficient and effective daily operations of GO INSHORE vessels and resources operating in Dampier and Port Hedland. Responsible for the safe operation of GO ASIA’s fleet of vessels to meet client, statutory and GO’s management system requirements. * Serves as GO ASIA’s Designated Person Ashore (DPA) and Company Security Officer (CSO). Manages and coordinates corporate and marine payroll services, regulatory compliance and reporting across the Group. Responsible for the safe operation of GO UK’s fleet of vessels to meet client, statutory and GO’s management system requirements. * Serves as GO UK’s Designated Person Ashore (DPA) and Company Security Officer (CSO). Responsible for the development, management and implementation of GO’s HSEQ policies, management system and strategies. Manages and coordinates the requisition and supply of goods, materials and services for the Group. Plans, directs and controls all international crewing operational activities. Provides daily management of commercial contracts for the GO MARINE GROUP. Office Manager for GO OFFSHORE Perth, personal assistant to the CEO and forms part of the overall Commercial Team for the preparation of tenders. Manages daily operations across the GO INSHORE business in Port Hedland.
Support Staff - Commercial Dione Faleiro
Accounts Receivable Officer Support Officer
Megan Perkins Victoria Commercial Officer Sullivan Wendy Zhong Accounts Officer
Processes customer invoices, rechargeable costs and monitors the Group’s billing system. Provides a wide range of support relating to tender preparation, business development and crewing. Assists with contract and insurance administration. Prepares daily offers to clients for vessel charters and assists with tender preparation and administration. Processes customer invoices, rechargeable items and monitors the Group’s billing system.
Support Staff - Finance Andrea Ang
Provides financial reporting, accounting controls, and compliance services.
JV/Subsidiary Accountant Assistant Accountant
Manages the day-to-day accounts payable function.
Accounts Assistant, GO UK Accounts Payable Officer
Correlates accounts payable for the GO UK Office.
Edward Li Iona Taylor Tejas Vaghasiya
Provides accounting support to the Treasury Manager.
Processes supplier invoices for payment.
Support Staff - Operations/Technical/HSEQ/Purchasing Dylan Moore
Provides HSEQ support and assistance for GO MARINE GROUP’s fleet of vessels.
Operations Superintendent Purchasing Officer
Manages the performance of assigned vessels and liaises with clients and third parties as required.
Processes purchase orders for vessels primarily operating within Australia.
Karthick Technical Coordinator Periakaruppan Kurt Ship Manager Hoffmann Len Darby Ship Manager
Provides AMOS/PMS database technical support, training and monitoring to the Group.
Mandy Whyatt Operations Coordinator Pavel Compliance Musyukhin Superintendent
Provides support to the Operations Department and manages the ships’ OVID systems, incoming ships documentation and reporting functions. Maintains statutory, class and flag state certification requirements of the Group’s vessels and close-out of audits.
* Serves as the Deputy Designated Person Ashore (DDPA) and Deputy Company Security Officer (DCSO) of GO AUSTRALIA and GO ASIA. Manages the performance of assigned vessels and liaises with clients and third parties as required.
Sean Warlters Vikas Kamble
Operations Superintendent HSEQ Officer Vessel Manager, GO UK
Wayne Staples Project Technical Manager
Manages day-to-day technical operations of assigned vessels. Manages day-to-day technical operations of assigned vessels.
Provides HSEQ support and assistance for GO MARINE GROUP’s fleet of vessels. Arranges and supervises dry dockings, repairs, maintenance and modification of vessels under GO UK. * Serves as GO UK’s Deputy Company Security Officer (DCSO). Directs and supervises the technical operation of layed-up Anchor Handlers, Multirole ROV and Support Vessels, and the hand-over of new build projects.
Support Staff - Shared Services Aoife Cassin
Casey Liddiard Jackie Moy
Lyndsay Sheehan Nicky Harrell
Serene Lee Shae Pokrywka Waiora Silver
Administrator, GO UK
Marine Coordinator, GO UK PA/Admin Support, GO ASIA Crewing Officer Receptionist
Lauren Turner Admin Assistant, Regional Offices
Based in Singapore
Provides crewing services including mobilisation, personnel logistics, checking and verification of crew competencies, expenses and timesheets. Assists with the recruitment and training of Seafarers and provides administrative assistance to the HR Generalist. Provides day-to-day coordination of all crewing, invoicing and logistical requirements on vessels manned for clientele and support functions for GMSS. Provides daily administrative support to the GO UK office. Provides marine recruitment, training administration, rig move co-ordination, injury management and back up for Crewing and Payroll. Provides crewing services including mobilisation, personnel logistics checking and verification of crew competencies, expenses and timesheets. Provides administrative and logistical support to the GMG CEO. Provides crewing services including mobilisation and personnel logistics, and checking and verification of crew competencies, expenses and timesheets. Provides front end reception services to GO’s head office in Perth. Provides day-to-day administrative support and assistance to the Operations Manager in Port Hedland and Fleet Manager in Dampier.
Based in the UK
Based in Perth
Based at Regional Office
CREWING CORNER EMPLOYMENT - AUSTRALIAN WORKFORCE With a number of Seafarers out of work, it is no surprise that the Crewing Department has been inundated over the past few months with an influx of CV’s and phone calls from people looking for work as well as enquiries from our existing casual employees seeking permanent positions. As GO already has a high level of permanency and in view of current market conditions, unfortunately, we will not be in a position to offer permanent positions this year. The Crewing Team’s mandate is to deploy our permanent employees first and foremost. Where possible, we look to place our permanent crew on our longer-term contracts in an effort to provide some stability not only for our crews but also our clients. There are always exceptions to this mandate and generally these arise when a particular skill set we are seeking may not be readily available within our existing employee pool, which then necessitates the need for us to either move our employees around to accommodate client requirements, and/or provide specific training where time permits, and/or engage additional casual personnel that meet the specific requirements for the work scope awarded. For the vessels that are on short-term contracts and working the Spot Market, the Crewing Team will quite often source additional employees to supplement our permanent employees from a variety of resources. Finding the right suitably qualified person who meets both GO’s and our clients’ various requirements, even in this market, can at times be difficult due to the time restraints that are often imposed. On occasion and more frequently during the past 2 months, the need to source crew is very last minute as the vessels are being up manned and down manned to suit each individual charter with a lead time to secure all crew and be on location within 24-48 hours. In this market, with more than 1000+ Seafarers out of work, we are often being asked how we are selecting new employees and what do potential employees need to do to gain employment. The criteria for selecting employees is not always the same given the complexity of some work scopes but my advice to prospective employees who have an interest in working for GO OFFSHORE and to those employees
who are already part of our casual pool and who would like to continue being considered when work becomes available is: 1. Ensure that you meet all the necessary employment prerequisites required by GO; 2. Ensure you have a valid Passport, MSIC and AMSA Medical; and 3. Remain contactable at all times. It goes without saying, in addition to these prerequisites, potential and past employees need to demonstrate previous work history and performance. A starting point is by having an up to date resume and a current sea service record with us on file. The more detailed your resume in relation to particular vessel type, size, work undertaken etc the more helpful it will be for us in vetting candidate suitability to the requirements of a particular contract. If you have gained specific skill sets over the years, do let us know what they are. For example, just writing you have been an IR for 2 years on a CV is not that informative. Providing us with details of the vessels you have worked on over the past two years and the type of work the vessel was undertaking is what we require. If you have experience on particular work scopes, for example, with pre lay survey, this information should be highlighted on your CV. You should also provide GO with the contact information of two referees from your most recent employers. You can include these in a cover letter or on your CV directly. The following is a guide as to the prerequisites we look for when manning up a vessel on short notice: •
Deck Officers We require as a minimum each Deck Officer to have Ships Security Officer Training and Generic ECDIS. On some vessels the minimum requirements also include TECDIS, SAMS Chart Pilot type specific ECDIS and/or DP Advanced.
Engineers Designated Security Duties is a must have and DP Maintenance is always looked at favourably. Experience in winch driving is a key requirement on our AHT vessels.
The well-oiled team from the days onboard the GO EMERALD
reduce the number of redundancies to the lowest possible level. How can we help reduce any potential redundancies? By doing the very best job you can – the better our service, the better chances we have of winning work. Work safely, maintain the vessels to the best of your ability, be flexible and understanding of the economic environment, and work collectively with the Company to reduce operating costs whilst maintaining safety. •
Integrated Ratings Preference is for our IR’s to have valid certification in Fast Rescue Craft, Gas Testing, Working at Heights and Confined Space Entry. On certain vessels a TBOSIET may also be required.
Cooks Must be trade qualified Certification in food handling Level 1 and 2 is a must.
If you do not meet these prerequisites then it may be a good time to start thinking about arranging some training for yourself. Generally, training courses are tax deductable and the more qualified you are, the better your chances of gaining employment with GO or another vessel operator. MARKET DOWNTURN Many of the questions I am fielding at the moment from employees are as a direct result of other vessel operators making part of their workforce redundant, which has increased the number of Seafarers available for work. I thought I would share some of the more frequently asked questions and the responses that have been relayed: With the downturn in the market will I still have a job? Well, the answer I can give you this week, this month and this quarter is YES. Will the answer be the same in 6 months or 12 months time, we certainly hope so but unfortunately there are no guarantees.
HOUSEKEEPING 1. Expense Claims Please ensure you write your names on the Expense Claim Form. We have seen an increase of late in the number of employees submitting Expense Claims with no name. If you are claiming mileage, please ensure you complete TAB 2 on the Form otherwise the Crewing Officers will need to return your Expense Claim for you to resubmit once all required information has been provided. 2. Certification Reminder Please ensure you have all your original paperwork with you when you are mobilised to a vessel. 3. Medicals It is your own responsibility to ensure that your AMSA Medical is up to date each and every time you board a vessel. If your Medical is due to expire then you need to make an appointment for this to be renewed at least 3 months prior. If you do not have an up to date Medical then you will not be deployed to a vessel. It is not the Crewing Officers’ responsibility to remind you that your Medical is expiring. This is your own responsibility, so please take the time to look at the validity date and set yourself a reminder of when you need to arrange an appointment for renewal.
Will GO be making any Seafarers redundant? We do not plan to make any Seafarers redundant in the short term. When some of the vessels we have on longer term contracts conclude and there is no further work opportunities to sustain all of our permanent employees on regular roster rotations over the longer term then yes we may need to make some employees redundant. If GO were to make employees redundant, what measures will they consider before going down this path? Before we go down this path we will be looking to reduce our casual workforce, we may ask employees to take leave, we may consider job share arrangements for some positions, which has worked well in the past, and we may consider employees taking leave without pay until the Company secures further work with an overall goal to
4. MSIC Renewals When renewing your MSIC Card, please only renew this for a period of 2 years and not 4 years. Where GO is required under the applicable enterprise agreement to reimburse permanent employees for these costs, the Company will do so only for a period of 2 years. 5. Passport Validity All crew joining a vessel should carry their passports with them. Passports need to have 6 months validity at the time of joining, so please make sure you are aware of your expiry date so that you can plan your renewal ahead of time. 6. Visits to Doctors and Dentists Should you be required to visit a doctor or dentist whilst offshore, please ensure that you have your Medicare Card and Private Health Card with you as you will be required to make payment at the time of the appointment, and will then need to claim the difference between what is covered by your health fund and/or Medicare by submitting the original receipts detailing payment made on a Company Expense Form. This requirement relates only to non-work related injuries. INTERNATIONAL WORKFORCE UPDATE There have been many changes over the past year for our International Seafarers including changing our Crewing Agency from Lighthaus to Thome and then back to Lighthaus. In an effort to streamline things even further and assist in reducing our operating costs, GO will now be
engaging our International Seafarers directly and without the use of a third party manning supplier. In this regard, and to assist with the process of international crewing, we welcome to the team Manny Emmanuel Leonor. Manny has been appointed as International Crewing Manager and other than those vessels being managed by GO OFFSHORE UK, will work with Aoife Cassin to man GOâ€™s vessels working outside Australia. The vessels that continue to operate in Australia that were previously being looked after by Aoife will now be looked after by Shae Pokrywka, who continues to provide her crewing expertise whilst Emma is on maternity leave. As an update, the following email address should be used for International Seafarers seeking employment: email@example.com Thank you Finally, I would like to say thank you to all our crews for all that you do. Your efforts and support do not go unnoticed and are very much appreciated. Should you have any concerns regarding your employment or any other matter you would like to discuss then please do not hesitate to contact me. KAREN CLARK
EMBRACING A SAFETY CULTURE TRUST
“I trust my supervisor, My supervisor trusts me ”
“Everyone is accountable for their safety responsibilities”
“I report everything it’s the right thing to do”
“No Auto Pilot here. I think about chnage”
“We always walk the talk even under pressure”
“Mind on task but thinking ahead”
“Safety Lives in conversation. We are our brother’s keeper”
“We Learn from all Incidents avoid second errors”
“Consequences for intentional unsafe acts”
“I can change things here”
Having worked as a Safety Professional for the last 10 years there is one thing that really strikes me. Every company is trying to deliver the same message. Every safety induction, safety program or poster, no matter the industry is created with the purpose of educating employees. Raising the profile of safety, with some sort of element in them to try and enhance your knowledge and your beliefs. They attempt to motivate you into acting in a certain way and participating in safety. We had to be taught to look both ways before crossing the road. We were taught this for our own safety, now we don’t need to be encouraged to do it as we do it out of habit. Within most companies and most certainly within Go you are taught to stop the job if anything will affect the safety of yourself and those around you. Has this become habit? If not, why not? Is there a difference between these two variables? Similarly, throughout life when a significant event occurs out of habit you discuss it with those around you. GO’s event reporting standard requires you to report an event no matter how minor the event may be, however is this habit?
“I like what we’re doing I’m a team member”
In the past 10 years, I have been told a number of times “You are the Safety Person”. I believe we all have a role to play when it comes to the safety of ourselves and those around us by: • Motivating each other to take an active role; • Enhancing each other’s knowledge by learning from each other; • Working together to reduce the likelihood of safety issues; • Being vigilant about keeping an open line of communication; and • Helping each other to have a voice when safety critical issues arise. Your individual commitment to safety will ultimately assist us in upholding a strong safety culture KERRIE SAVERIMUTTO (B2) HSEQ MANAGER
at work The GO GLIESE has been working hard and effectively now for almost one year off Abidjan on the Ivory Coast, West Africa. The Vessel was fitted with an accommodation module of 4 x 8 men units to effectively increase the carrying capacity of the vessel to 122 men in total. With a crew of 22 including our catering team, the vessel has been home to 100 passengers. The majority of those onboard are from MODEC employed in top side maintenance of the FPSO ‘Baobab.’ The GO GLIESE has been offshore throughout this period, not returning to shore at all! Every morning around 7am 50 MODEC personnel, the dayshift, are transferred up from the deck of the Gliese to the Baobab and 50 MODEC personnel are transferred off the Baobab and back to the Gliese, the nightshift. At around 7pm in the evening the dayshift personnel are transferred back to Gliese and the now well fed and rested nightshift are transferred back up to the Baobab. This operation has taken place day in and day out for close to a year now without any mechanical downtime. The only day the vessel was not able to work was due to inclement weather. To provide quality hotel services to MODEC, GO MARINE hired catering staff from various parts of the world, Eastern Europe, Indonesia, India and of course the Ivory Coast itself to ensure we could cater for the various cultures of the many different nationalities amongst MODEC’s workforce. The transfer of personnel in the morning and in the evening only takes around half an hour, meaning that the catering squad must rush to clean the accommodation and have both breakfast and dinner ready for each shift. For a year the Vessel has transferred nearly 200 men up and down each day from the Gliese by
FROG all without incident or injury. This is an achievement in itself and I commend everyone involved for such a fantastic onboard safety record. At the same time, the bridge and engineering teams have done a wonderful job of reducing fuel consumption to only 2 tonnes per day which has been greatly appreciated by our client, MODEC. A ‘can do’ attitude and a willingness to find solutions to the most tedious of problems has not gone unnoticed. Sadly, the charter is coming to an end now as MODEC need a much larger accommodation vessel for the second year of the on-going maintenance work on the Baobab. We are sincerely hopeful that the GO GLIESE and her crew will be off to another job somewhere in the world very soon. Our thanks and appreciation are extended to all those who have served on the GO GLIESE during the last year and for the professional job you have all performed. MIKE KELLY
Project Updates First Exports Imminent for Gorgon Australia’s largest resources project, the Chevron operated US$54 billion Gorgon liquefied natural gas project on Western Australia’s Barrow Island, has moved another step closer to completion. In mid-January, the Asia Excellence delivered the commissioning LNG cargo at Gorgon to commence cooling down of the LNG storage and loading facilities in preparation for the first LNG exports. The Gorgon Project is a joint venture of the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron 47.3%, ExxonMobil 25%, Shell 25%, Osaka Gas 1.25 %, Tokyo Gas 1% and Chubu Electric Power 0.417%. The Gorgon Project combines the development of the Gorgon gas field and the nearby Jansz-Io field. The Barrow Island plant will produce 15.6 million tonnes per annum of LNG from its three LNG trains, and a domestic gas plant will supply 300 terajoules of gas per day to Western Australia. Prelude Takes Shape Shell’s massive 600,000 tonne Prelude Floating Liquified Natural Gas (FLNG) facility is taking shape. Like some smaller scale plants, the Prelude FLNG facility will allow the economic exploitation of hundreds of pools of “stranded” gas around the world. The FLNG facility will load LNG directly onto cargo vessels from its massive 30,000 cubic metre on-board storage tank. Building Prelude FLNG has involved the skills and resources of several countries. Top side modules have been assembled in Dubai; the main construction has been at Geoje South Korea and building gantry has been undertaken at Samkang M7T yard, also in South Korea. The massive anchor chains have been forged in Spain and transported to Indonesia, before being barged to the mooring site. Subsea manifolds have undergone final testing in Malaysia.
Preparations are also underway off the coast of Western Australia with the installation of the subsea infrastructure of flowlines and pipelines. Prelude FLNG will be towed to the location site in the Browse Basin and positioned above the field’s wells and production infrastructure. The Prelude project is owned 67.5% by Shell, 17.5% by Inpex of Japan, 5% with CPC and Korea’s KOGAS with 10%. It is designed to produce at least 5.3 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of liquids: 3.6 mtpa of LNG, 1.3 mtpa of condensate and 0.4 mtpa of liquefied petroleum gas. Prelude is designed to remain permanently moored on location for 20 to 25 years. Ichthys LNG Project Ichthys LNG Project is located about 220 kilometres offshore Western Australia and represents the largest discovery of hydrocarbon liquids in Australia in 40 years. The Ichthys LNG Project is currently in construction and is ranked among the most significant oil and gas projects in the world. The Ichthys LNG Project is effectively three mega-projects rolled into one, involving some of the largest offshore facilities in the industry, a state-of-the-art onshore processing facility and an 890 km pipeline uniting them for an operational life of at least 40 years. Ichthys is expected to produce 8.9 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per annum, 1.6 million tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) per annum and 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak. MEGAN PERKINS
Importance of our Mental Wellbeing Mental wellbeing describes your mental state – how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life. Our mental wellbeing can change, from day to day, month to month or year to year. According to the World Health Organisation, good mental health is not simply the absence of a mental disorder. It is a state of wellbeing whereby an individual can realise their own potential, manage everyday stresses, work productively and contribute to their community. TYPES OF MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS A mental illness significantly affects how a person thinks, behaves and interacts with other people. It is clinically diagnosed according to standardised criteria. Around two per cent of the population experience recurring mental illness, which significantly affects one’s quality of life. Mental illnesses are of different types and degrees of severity and include mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder or depression; anxiety such as phobias or posttraumatic stress; or psychosis, such as schizophrenia. A mental health problem is a broader term including both mental illness and symptoms of mental illness that may not be severe enough to warrant a diagnosis of a mental illness. Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental illnesses that can affect us, our families, friends and work. In a practical sense, a mental illness or problem “affects a person’s thinking, emotional state and behaviour, and disrupts the person’s ability to work or carry out other daily activities and engage in satisfying personal relationships.” At any given time, an estimated 20% of the working adult population is suffering from mental illness. This figure holds steady across age, gender, and socioeconomic status which means most of us are likely to be affected by poor mental health, either directly or indirectly through a family member, friend, neighbour or colleague. This means we cannot turn a blind eye to mental illness in the workplace; instead, we must address it today and prepare for how to handle mental illnesses in the future. FACTORS AFFECTING OUR MENTAL WELLBEING While some people may experience an ongoing problem, many people experience one-off, or intermittent occurrences of poor mental health as a response to life events such as housing or financial worries, family or
relationship upheaval, changes to work environment including retirement and redundancy, a traumatic event, illness and injury or loss of a loved one. PRACTICAL INTERVENTIONS TO IMPROVE MENTAL WELLBEING A number of practices based on clinical and academic research have been shown to improve our happiness and sense of mental wellbeing. Mindfulness: Mindfulness is a practice of drawing one’s attention to the present moment, focusing on emotions, thoughts and sensations in a non-judgemental way. Mindfulness has been shown to be effective at improving mental wellbeing, behaviour regulation, and interpersonal relationships. A key to mindfulness practice is having a self and situational awareness. If we are aware that we are becoming angry, for instance, we have a greater ability to make a choice of how to behave in response to that emotion. Awareness of our emotions, thoughts and situation are crucial to fostering an optimistic outlook on life. On the contrary, operating on automatic pilot inhibits our ability to be conscious of our thoughts and beliefs. By learning to deliberately notice what thoughts we are having, and then being able to question whether or not they are helpful to the situation at hand, we can learn how to be more optimistic over time. Gratitude diary: Another useful exercise for fostering optimism is a gratitude diary. Listing three things to be appreciative or thankful for at the end of each day can help us to view life from the glass-half-full perspective more often. Optimism: Researchers draw a clear distinction between fostering optimism and simple positive thinking. According to them, real optimism is about focusing on the positive, but it’s also important that it’s grounded in reality. It’s not about pretending everything’s fantastic if it’s not. The idea behind optimism is to promote thoughts that will help to make the most of a bad situation or find a realistic solution to a problem, rather than just sweeping a problem under the carpet. Realistic expectations: It is important to accept that “no one is happy all of the time, and no one will have a positive attitude all of the time”. Negative life events can strike anyone. The death of a loved one, loss of a job, or onset of serious illness can all take a toll on one’s mental wellbeing. This is one reason that it’s important to focus on aspects of our life that are within our control. Build healthy relationships. Building and maintaining constructive relationships with people is an important part of staying mentally well. If you spend time around positive and supportive people, you are more likely to have a better self-image, be more confident and feel able to face difficult times. In return, if you are caring and supportive to other people, you are more likely to get a positive response from them. You are then more likely to feel better about yourself and your ability to play an active part in society.
GO MARINE GROUP EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM GO’s Employee Assistant Program (EAP) service provider has recently changed business names, so we thought this a good opportunity to remind all our employees of this free service available to you and your immediate family. WHAT Optum, previously known as PPC Worldwide, allows you to confidentially discuss any work or personal issues that are an inevitable part of life, such as: Conflict and communication Maximising performance Depression, anxiety and stress Relationship and marital problems Children or family member concerns Grief and bereavement Elder care issues Addictions Career path issue Retirement Work life balance
“My true friends have stuck by me through thick and thin, never judged me and, when I was at my lowest, stayed with me through my darkest hours.” If you are facing a difficult time, talking about the way you feel with someone you know and trust can often help. Your friends or family may be able to offer you practical help or advice and give you another perspective on what is causing your problems. Even if they can’t help, often just talking something through and feeling that there is someone who listens and understands you can make you feel much better. Volunteering: Doing something for someone else, such as helping a friend or relative with their chores or volunteering for a charity, has been shown to have a positive impact on mental wellbeing. It can help you improve your self-confidence and meet new people, and makes you feel that you are making a positive contribution to your community. AVAILABLE SUPPORT GO MARINE offer free access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to all our employees and their immediate family members. This professional and confidential service is provided to assist you and your immediate family members in managing personal and/or professional challenges.
WHO Counselling is provided by qualified psychologists and social workers, and can take place over the phone or face-to-face. ONLINE RESOURCES Livewell and self-help tools: Wellbeing Screeners Smoking Cessation Planner Health and Wellbeing Calculators E-cards CONTACT INFO Australia: 1300 361 008 New Zealand: 0800 155 318 Livewell: www.livewell.optum.com (access code gomarine)
In addition to the free EAP services offered at GO, you can avail of the public online resources and telephone any of these support services: beyondblue SANE Helpline
1300 224 636 | www.beyondblue.org.au 1800 18 7263 (SANE) | www.sane.org
Reachout (youth) au.reachout.com 24 HR CRISIS SUPPORT Crisis Care Helpline Lifeline MensLine Samaritans
9223 1111 country toll free 1800 199 008 13 11 14 1300 789 978 9381 555 country toll free 1800 198 313
Mental Health Emergency Response Line Metro 1300 555 788 Peel 1800 676 822 Rural and remote areas (RuralLink) 1800 552 002 Suicide Callback Service 1300 65 94 67 A list of mental health services and support groups is available at the Mental Health Commission’s website at www.mentalhealth.wa.gov.au/getting_help
COMPILED BY BLANCHE MACQUINTO
PAYROLL PROPAGANDA Another financial year end is fast approaching so now is a prudent time to be checking that the details on your payslips are correct. These are the details that are used when preparing and mailing out your Payment Summaries. If you find that your details are incorrect or you have a postal address that you want us to use please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
RESETTING YOUR ADP PASSWORD
I know many of you have probably seen this in previous newsletters, but surprisingly few employees have set up their secret questions and answers. Password resets still remains the number one enquiry for the Payroll Office. If you have not already done so can you please go in and enable this function. As always we are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your pay. All email correspondence should be addressed to the payroll email: email@example.com GAVIN ANDERSON PAYROLL MANAGER
Did you know you can reset your own ADP Employer/ Manager Online (EMO) password? It is as easy as answering a number of secret questions? To set up this feature, once you have logged on, select the ‘Change Password’ option from the menu, select the ‘Secret Questions’ tab and then enter your secret questions and answers.
2015, the GO MATILDA, which was launched on 6 January 2016 and the GO MUNDARA, which was launched on 8 January 2016. The final vessel, the GO MALUKA, will be launched at the end of March 2016.
Since the last article from the Technical Department, the downturn in the Oil and Gas industry has worsened, causing GO MARINE and many other operators to undergo extensive cost rationalisation. Despite this, the Technical Team has stepped up and is continuing to manage any technical issues that may arise across our fleet, which now also includes the GO OFFSHORE (Asia) vessels that have been added to our portfolio. Thank you to the Technical Team for your hard work, dedication and efficiency. Despite the current state of the market, the PX121 new build program is moving ahead quite quickly. The ships have all been named and three have already been launched in the shipyard in China. All four vessels, based on the PX121 design from Ulstein, are equipped with DP2 dynamic positioning, oil recovery and fire-fighting systems. Based on their dimensions, the ships fall into the medium size category of PSVs and have a cargo deck of approximately 850 square metres. They can accommodate 30 persons and keep a speed of around 14.5 knots. We are now in the final fit out and commissioning stages of the GO MICHIGAN, which was launched on 10 December
The Sea Tortuga and the Sea Triumph are new arrivals, which are bare boated to Chevron. The Sea Triumph had 12 tanks modified to enable the carriage of 1200 M3 of Methylene Glycol (MEG). This modification included the installation of a nitrogen generator and the associated pipework to the 12 tanks. The nitrogen is essential gas that blankets the MEG so it is not exposed to oxygen. The cargo was successfully loaded at one of the largest bulk chemical refineries in Singapore. The cargo was successfully discharged to the Wheatstone platform. Well done to the team involved. The Surf Supporter had an electrical upgrade completed by GE at our Batamec yard and has been operating for Exxon out of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. This is a challenge for our GO UK Technical Department, who are doing a great job. Regardless of market conditions, we have to maintain our vessels and be prepared to go on charter quickly. We appreciate our crews’ efforts in maintaining our vessels and using any downtime to undergo planned maintenance to ensure that all systems are go. THE TECHNICAL TEAM
Retirement means different things to different people. For some, it is a definite point in time when work stops and a new chapter in life begins. For others, retirement may be a gradual process as they leave employment for a time and return later, or vary their working hours as priorities shift and change. Whatever your path to retirement, one of the big challenges most of us face is how to pay for it. The financial aspects are often complex and getting reliable and trustworthy information is vital. PLANNING FOR RETIREMENT Goals for your next life stage. The earlier you start preparing for retirement, the more options you have to set a course that suits you. When planning for retirement some of the things to consider at the outset often include your current financial positon and how much income you might achieve prior to retirement. Consider what assets you have today and how these assets may be used in retirement. Review your existing superannuation balance and consider if your current contributions and strategy will meet your end goal. You should also consider when you can apply for the age pension or even a part pension and whether you are likely to be eligible. Positive planning is based on the recognition that leaving full-time employment is a great opportunity to enter a new, and very rewarding, life stage. It’s all about starting, not stopping. MAKE A LONG-TERM FINANCIAL PLAN A next step may be to look at how your needs might change over time. For instance, in the first few years of retirement, you might want to travel or take up a new hobby. Later, you may want to replace your car or renovate your kitchen. Further down the track, you may want to move into a retirement village.
Think about how you can use your different income sources to fund the different stages of your life. The important thing is to plan for the long term, not just the first 5 to 10 years. GETTING STARTED Managing your finances can be hard work even if you have some financial knowledge. Seek financial advice if you need help with investment strategies or to navigate your way through our complex tax system so that when the time comes to enjoy your retirement, the strategy you have put in place gives you peace of mind for the golden years ahead. Good Financial Advisors can help you achieve your goals. Ask them to explain different investment strategies, the level of risk involved with each and the potential returns you can expect to receive. Importantly, do your homework as many investments, big and small, come with an element of risk. Understanding what level of risk you are prepared to take will also play a big part in your overall plan. For impartial financial guidance and information call ASIC: 1300 300 630 or go to the ASIC website at www. moneysmart.gov.au. You can find helpful tools like a budget planner, a retirement planner and calculators for superannuation, income tax and mortgages. No doubt the question most people ask of a Financial Advisor or ponder themselves is, “How much money do I need to retire?” You may be surprised to learn that you can retire comfortably on a lot less than you think. MUHAMMAD AFZAL
ARE YOU ADHERING TO THE RULES? Every Information Technology (IT) related problem that arises on our vessels is considered by the majority to be urgent, which presents many challenges for the IT Department. When time is of the essence and DIY troubleshooting mechanisms are sometimes used, minor issues can sometimes be exaggerated. To ensure that IT concerns are dealt with effectively and in a timely manner, we have set out below some useful tips for you to follow: •
Email any IT related issues to IT@gomarinegroup.com Emails sent to this address will reach the whole team, which will allow us to quickly resolve issues. If it assists, include as much detail as you can in your email such as screenshots of error messages, photos and the like as it will help us diagnose the issue.
If the issue is email related, then please call the office on 08 9474 3600 and ask to be directed to the IT Department.
If you have an urgent issue that cannot be dealt with by way of email correspondence, especially if the issue arises after hours or on the weekend, please call the Duty Manager who will then notify us of the concern.
In general, only send emails to relevant parties and refrain from copying several other staff. All departments receive a very large number of emails every day that may not be relevant to all recipients. If the Internet is not working on the vessel, please do not attempt to unplug cables and turn things off. As always, the best thing to do is to contact us. Please do not unplug computers, especially the Server, from the power source as they need to be shut down properly. If the shut down process is performed incorrectly, the system can get corrupted.
Do not expect the vessel’s Internet service to be the same speed that you may experience at home. Vessels don’t have the fastest Internet connections so accessing web pages and sending emails will be slower than on land. Also, having ten or more users simultaneously using the wireless connection tends to interrupt the connection.
Installing private routers in the cabin is definitely not permitted.
Please refrain from using peer to peer software such as torrent programs. It slows down the whole vessel network and will affect email communications. Also, it can use all your monthly 4G quota in a day.
Shared vessel data, such as X-drive, and all local computer storage is for vessel business only. All personal data will be removed from shared drives. Please store all your personal data on external disks.
Please try not to email large attachments such as photos (no larger than approximately 2-3 Mb) as this will affect email traffic. Most of the time, larger emails will go through the system but when this is combined with other large emails, this will cause issues. Try reducing the size of the photo by converting it to PDF format or zip the attachments before sending them. If you need to send large files to the vessel or from it, let us know and we will make sure it gets delivered.
Please refrain from using YouTube and other video streaming services as it uses a lot of bandwidth and slows email communication down.
If you receive a notification saying you have a virus or a virus has been removed, please let us know so we can investigate further.
Do not perform any kind of hardware repair or replacement.
Do not install any kind of software without consulting IT.
To avoid using all the allowed data which slows the entire internet service down for your fellow crew members, please do not connect your personal phone to the ships Wi-Fi.