2013 Safety in Seas Recipient

The National Ocean Industries Association's

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Stone Energy Corporation

Wins NOIA 2013 Safety-in-Seas Award

(From Left to Right) Amos Bussmann, President and Publisher, Sea Technology Magazine (Compass Publications, Inc.) Lee Orgeron, President, Montco Offshore David Welch, Chairman, President, CEO, Stone Energy Kevin McEvoy, President & CEO, Oceaneering

(From Left to Right)
Amos Bussmann, President & Publisher, Sea Technology Magazine (Compass Publications, Inc.)
Lee Orgeron, President, Montco Offshore
David Welch, Chairman, President & CEO, Stone Energy
Kevin McEvoy, President & CEO, Oceaneering

On April 18, 2013 NOIA announced Stone Energy Corporation as the recipient of the 2013 Safety-in-Seas Award.   Stone Energy was recognized for innovative safety leadership in pioneering a new decommissioning method.

Made possible through the use of a new Montco designed and constructed 335' self-elevating liftboat, this new method departs from the traditional approach of performing decommissioning work-steps sequentially, to performing them concurrently. The new method was applied during Stone’s 2012 Gulf of Mexico-wide decommissioning campaign.  This resulted in a four-fold increase in the volume of decommissioning work completed by Stone during 2012 with zero OSHA recordable incidents.

“Stone’s innovative decommissioning process exemplifies the safety commitment, risk assessment and mitigation, and collaboration with regulators in all phases of offshore energy development that is critical to the long-term success of the offshore oil and gas industry,” said Randall Luthi, President of NOIA.  “We applaud Stone Energy Corporation for their leadership and are pleased to present the company with this prestigious award.”

Stone Energy’s award-winning nomination was selected by a blue-ribbon panel of judges from the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Academy of Science’s Transportation Research Board, and the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. The award was presented at NOIA’s annual meeting in Washington, DC.

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In 1972, a submersible accident took the lives of E. Clayton Link and Albert D. Stover, divers for Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Inc., a private enterprise engaged in ocean engineering, science, research and development. The tragedy illustrated the ever present threat of life and property as the vast ocean resource is explored and developed. Acknowledging the significant contributions made by these men and other modern-day pioneers in their pursuit of the ocean frontier, Compass Publications, Inc., publishers of Sea Technology magazine, established the National Ocean Industries Association Safety in Seas Award in 1978. The award recognizes the excellence among those who, by their actions, design or influence, have contributed to improving the safety of life offshore.


Stone Energy Corporation is an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana, with additional offices in New Orleans, Louisiana; Houston, Texas and Morgantown, West Virginia.