The C-MAR group is pleased to announce the renewal of the Cal Dive International (CDI) contract to continue supply marine crews to the Uncle John and Kestrel until year end 2013. CDI and C-MAR have had a long relationship over more than 10 years and indeed the first C-MAR full crewing contracts were placed with CDI prior to the split into Helix Energy Services and Cal Dive International. The renewal demonstrates the trust and faith that CDI place in their supplier C-MAR and underlines the quality, value and consistency of our world class crewing operations.
The Uncle John has recently undergone a considerable upgrade to enable the vessel to perform light well intervention work in depths up to 3500 feet, a change from her traditional Dive Support role. It is part of a CDI strategy to diversify the vessel's capability and the upgrade includes a new GE Power Conversion (Converteam) DP system and increased capability in the derricks. The vessel was acquired by CDI in 1996 and is perhaps one of the most famous semi-submersibles - the only semi-submersible separate listing in Wikipedia? - Albeit her Dive Support capability has been overtaken by more modern monohull DSVs. She is currently operating in the Gulf of Mexico under contract to Apache.
C-MAR looks forward to supporting CDI successfully in their endeavours in 2012 and 2013 and to offer a broader range of services to this long standing client"
There was more good news when CDI decided to award a C-MAR employee ‘Edgar Ferrer’ with a Presidential badge to honour his work and contribution aboard the vessel.
The Cal Diver 15 are 15 ‘Cal Dive’ employees nominated by their onshore and offshore workforce, to recognize their special contributions to the Company. The C-MAR Group should be very proud of Edgar as he is the first third party (non Cal Dive) person to receive this award. Below is some information about him.
Edgar has worked on various Cal Dive assets for over fifteen years. He is regarded as a professional and overall outstanding individual. He leads the Able Body Seamen in carrying out daily preventative maintenance on all deck gear requiring great efficiency.
Edgar is also responsible for maintaining lifting gear and on a vessel that includes over a thousand pieces of gear and this is no small feat. He is routinely called upon to relieve or assist the crane operator and never complains.
Congratulations to Edgar for this achievement.