Noble Wins NOIA Safety in Seas – Safety Practice Award

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 10, 2014

NOIA Contact:  Nicolette Nye, (202) 465-8463 or (703) 732-0801,

Noble Contact: John S. Breed, (281) 276-6729,

Noble Corporation PLC Wins NOIA Safety in Seas (SIS) Safety Practice Award

Washington, D.C. – The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) today named Noble Corporation (NYSE: NE) as the recipient of the 2014 Safety-in-Seas (SIS) Safety Practice Award.  Noble was recognized for innovative safety leadership in offshore drilling and its commitment to employee training and development.  The award was presented at the NOIA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

David W. Williams, Noble Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Receiving this award is a tribute to all Noble employees who every day focus on ensuring safe and environmentally responsible operations in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world. In a larger sense, it also is a reflection of the safety culture that is the cornerstone of our global operations.”

Noble was recognized for the company’s efforts to deliver consistent operational excellence, bridging the “experience gap” with a robust set of crew development and knowledge management processes. Noble is achieving this through enhanced new hire training, crew familiarization protocols, accelerated training programs, and an integrated simulation training environment.

Noble's award-winning nomination was selected by a blue-ribbon panel of judges from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Review Board, and an independent industry safety consultant. The judges noted Noble’s continued outstanding safety and environmental performance while hiring hundreds of new employees and their enhanced crew development and knowledge management practices supporting stringent safety standards in its operations throughout the world.

NOIA President Randall Luthi said, "The offshore industry serves a vital role in meeting the nation's energy needs.  Noble’s approach demonstrates the Company’s continued commitment to performing essential services while delivering an unparalleled record of safety and operational competency.

I congratulate Noble for their valuable contribution to the safety enhancement of the offshore drilling industry.”

Since 1978, NOIA has held the SIS awards competition to recognize those who have contributed to improving the safety of life in the offshore energy industry. Beginning this year, NOIA conferred two distinct safety awards. The Safety Practice Award recognizes specific technologies, approaches, methods or projects with direct and demonstrable impacts on improving safety.  The Culture of Safety Award was added to the competition this year to honor overall organizational immersion in and commitment to safety, which has resulted in remarkable, measurable, and sustained safety performance over a prolonged period of time.

About Noble Corporation           

Noble is a leading offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry. Noble performs, through its subsidiaries, contract drilling services with a fleet of 77 offshore drilling units (including two ultra-deepwater drillships and four high-specification jackup drilling rigs currently under construction), located worldwide. Additional information on Noble Corporation is available on the Company's Web site at

About NOIA

NOIA is the only national trade association representing all segments of the offshore industry with an interest in the exploration and production of both traditional and renewable energy resources on the nation’s outer continental shelf.  NOIA’s mission is to secure reliable access and a fair regulatory and economic environment for the companies that develop the nation’s valuable offshore energy resources in an environmentally responsible manner. The NOIA membership comprises over 300 companies engaged in business activities ranging from producing to drilling, engineering to marine and air transport, offshore construction to equipment manufacture and supply, telecommunications to finance and insurance, and renewable energy. Learn more at




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