Wednesday, January 2, 2008

19 degrees 57 minutes south
113 degrees 21 minutes east
100 nautical miles east of Barrow Island, North Western Australia, Indian Ocean.

It has been 8 months since I last updated from Brasil, and in that time I have started a new position as an independent Health Safety Environment representative aboard seismic exploration vessels in Indonesia and in Australia. I represent a highly respected and regarded firm in the United Kingdom. The clients I work for are large Oil Companies in ensuring HSE Plans are adhered to, no one is injured and the environment is protected. The vessels I have been on so far are the Pacific Titan and currently the CGG Veritas Vessel Symphony, a 400' behemoth that is a converted Russian fishing trawler. Both vessels are chartered by the French Company CGG Veritas. On Symphony the accommodations are very comfortable and the food is good. Perhaps most rewarding is interacting with on a daily basis with multi-national crews in learning about respective cultures, customs and courtesies and language.

I am grateful of all of the training, secondary and technical schools and leadership training instilled in me from my 20 year career as a CWO Bosn in the US Coast Guard as I draw on my experience in delivering quality customer service.

I'll post a few photos to get a glimpse of our operations. Have a great New Year.
More Later,
Captain, Ben Brown

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