Ensco is the second largest fleet in the world serving the offshore oil drilling industry and is based in London in the United Kingdom. Their fleet includes ships, platforms, drill ships, submersibles, and more. Formed by found John R. Blocker the company was originally called Blocker Energy Corporation. The majority of the company’s revenues come from work with British Petroleum (BP) and Petrobras.
To man its huge fleet, Ensco is an employer of several thousand people who work on six of the seven continents. The company has been operating for over 25 years and stresses safety for employees and others above all else. They are known for consistently outperforming and going beyond the industry’s average safety standards and extensively train their employees as part of that standard.
Ensco’s history begins in 1987 as Blocker Energy Corporation and then Energy Services Company, Inc, founded in Dallas, Texas. The company made some important acquisitions, including Dual Drilling and Penrod Drilling to expand quickly. The original service offered by the company was contract drilling, but it quickly branched out to include marine transportation and engineering services. The name of the company changed to Ensco in 1995.
By the early 2000s Ensco had grown its fleet to include deep water and ultra-deep water rigs and semisubmersible vessels to serve the deepest oil drilling in the world. The company also focused on acquiring and using jackup rigs, a type of platform that is mobile and self-elevating. Continuing acquisitions helped the company to continue to grow until it became the second-largest offshore fleet in the world. By 2010 the company had moved its headquarters to London.
Company Vision and Values
Ensco includes worker safety as part of its overall vision, an impressive statement from a company in an industry that typically sees so many injuries and even deaths due to negligence or carelessness. The vison of the company as a whole is to have a zero-incident workplace and to be the obvious choice of both clients and employees. The company also lists its values as ethical behavior, not causing harm to people, the environment, or property, to achieve success for employees, shareholders, and customers, to have a can-do attitude, and to provide operational excellence.
Ensco claims to have one of the most technically-advanced fleets in the industry. It is known that it has the second-largest in the industry. The fleet includes 40 jackup platforms, 14 semisubmersibles, and nine drill ships, with an average age of just four years. The company also has several other vessels under construction to be added to the fleet later and a few that are being sold. The drill ships currently use advanced technological systems for driller and mud controls, station keeping, hoisting, and blowout prevention handling.
The jackup fleet is the pride and joy of Ensco. The company has the largest fleet of such platforms and has worked hard and invested billions to create the fleet. The investment money has gone into not just making it the largest fleet in the world, but making sure that all the equipment and technology are as up to date as possible. The jackups include some models that are designed for harsh environments and others that were made for high specifications.
The semisubmersible rigs that Ensco owns in its fleet are ultra-deep water rigs, able to drill in water as deep as 8,500 feet. The rigs have a proprietary design that the company developed based on customer feedback. The company claims that their semisubmersible rigs can rill in almost every deep water oil field in the world. The Ensco Fleet operates around the world. It has operations off the coasts of six continents and has experience drilling in every major basin in the world.
Ensco clearly takes great pride in its fleet, with advanced technologies, more jackup platforms than any other companies, impressive submersible rigs, and equipment designed to work in almost any underwater oil filed around the world. What the company claims to put first, though, above all the technological success, is safety. The company has ranked the highest among all other offshore oil drillers in the Customer Index of Global Oilfield Suppliers for five years in a row. Many of its top honors are for safety.
The statistics compiled by the company are impressive and show that, year after year, Ensco has fewer safety incidents and less lost time because of incidents than the industry average. Fatalities are much lower than the industry average, and in fact, Ensco has only had three fatalities between 2008 and 2016.
To maintain such an impressive record in the face of a dangerous industry, Ensco outlines a strict safety policy. The list of policies includes always working with the company vision and values in mind, which put safety first. The company uses annual goals to hit safety and environmental targets as well as targets for employee behavior. The company is also dedicated to allocating enough resources and personnel to ensure that prevention is an important part of the safety record.
Training is also a big part of Ensco’s safety record. A very common source of accidents and injuries in the maritime industry is a lack of training. Ensco invests the time and money necessary to make sure workers are highly-trained and less likely to making dangerous mistakes on the job.
Maritime Injuries and Accidents
Ensco may be a maritime company devoted to safety and ethical operations, but not all are this diligent. If you have been injured at a maritime job, you could be facing a lot of tough expenses and may not even be able to go back to work. You have a right to compensation, but your employer may try to give you less than you are owed.
If you have been hurt, or you lost a loved one to the maritime industry, be sure to talk to a professional maritime attorney. Do this before signing anything or agreeing to any kind of settlement or offer. A lawyer can help you decide if you are entitled to more under the law and will guide you as you fight back against your employer to get it.