3rd Annual

Offshore Safety Conference USA 2014

Sep 29-Oct 1 // Doubletree By Hilton Houston - Greenway Plaza, Houston, USA

The World's Leading Peer-led Offshore Process Safety Conference Series

Develop Process Safety Strategies for Drilling and Production to Control Major Accident Risk and Achieve On-Going Organizational Reliability

The Offshore Safety Conference (OSC) is the world’s largest forum dedicated to raising the bar in offshore safety standards for drilling and production activities. With 300 senior attendees and 30+ expert speakers - it will provide operators and contractors with ground-breaking strategies needed to control major hazard risks at their sites and transform them into “high reliability organizations”.

  • Human Factors and Safety Culture Development – Embrace proven strategies to influence how people behave and make decisions to develop a safety culture across all sites
  • Overcome Deepwater Drilling & Completions Challenges Receive expert strategies for managing the unique requirements and dimensions of risk in deepwater drilling
  • Drilling Process Design and Improvement – Optimize project decision making for staffing, pace, design, and operations whilst maximizing safety and cost-efficiency  
  • SEMS II Audit Results and the Next Step – Common trends and data, exclusive operator case studies, and the next stage in SEMS II –strategies to improve and develop safety management systems
  • Regulating the Offshore Domain – Hear critical updates on SEMS II requirements, Audits, BOP Requirements and SEMS for Vessels to ensure effective planning and compliance  
  • Contractor Management Strategies – In-depth examples of how to implement a robust Skills and Knowledge Management System and discuss “contractor alliances for safety”

You and your teams will leave feeling energized and excited, reinforcing the safety culture revolution in the oil and gas industry.

Keynote Speakers

Jeff Ostmeyer Kevin Lacey Patrick Hudson
Keynote Speaker John Turley
Author of "The Simple Truth: BP's Macondo Blowout"
and retired VP of Worldwide Drilling for Marathon
Keynote Speaker Kevin Lacy
Sr VP Global Drilling & Completions
Talisman Energy
Emeritus Professor Patrick Hudson
Delft University of Technology

Here is a sample of confirmed attendees for 2014!

Job Title Company
EHS Representative Anadarko
Senior Staff EHS Specialist - SEMS D&C Support Lead Anadarko
Drilling Superintendent - Deepwater GOM Anadarko
Worldwide Conventional D&C HSE Manager BHP Billiton Petroleum
Superintendent HSE - Analysis & Improvement, Major Projects BHP Billiton Copper
Health & Safety Team Lead BP
Contractor Audit Advisor - Wells BP
Management Team Lead


Contractor Safety BP
Contractor Safety BP
Contractor Safety Management HSE Advisor BP
Safety Programs Advisor BP
Safety Programs Advisor BP
Contractor Safety Management BP
Logistics Health & Safety Advisor BP
Upstream Marine Authority Chevron Asia
SEMS Manager ENI US Operating Company
Safety and Emergency Response Manager Eni Petroleum
International HSE Manager Marathon Oil
GoM HSE Manager Marathon Oil
Operations Manager Marathon Oil
HSE Supervisor Marathon Oil
Offshore Operations Superintendent  Marathon Oil
Director, Global Drilling and Completions Nexen CNOOC
VP Corporate HSE Nexen CNOOC
Manager HSE Global Drilling and Completions Nexen CNOOC
Manager Design and Operational Integrity – Global D&C Nexen CNOOC
GM Canada Well Construction Nexen CNOOC
EHS Manager Israel Noble Energy
EHS Project Lead Noble Energy
EHS Project Lead Noble Energy
Vice President - EHS Noble Energy
EH&S Director Noble Energy
Emergency Response Manager Noble Energy
EHS Manager - Cyprus Noble Energy
EHS Manager - Cyrpus Noble Energy
EHS Coordinator Noble Energy
Safety Lead Noble Energy
HSE manager Saipem
Senior Regulatory Specialist Shell
Well Operations Manager Shell
Chief - Offshore National Center of Expertise U.S. Coast Guard
Chief - Plans Section BOEM
Director of Operations Ocean Energy Safety Institute
Senior Investigator US Chemical Safety Board
Senior Director - Head of HSSE Maersk Drilling
Vice President of Operational Excellence Noble Drilling
HSE Manager Americas Rowan Companies
Commercial Manager ARMS Reliability
RCA and Incident Investigation Facilitator and Analyst ARMS Reliability
Regional Manager - USA Atlas Knowledge
Global Sales Lead Atlas Knowledge
Operations Manager Blade Energy Partners
Partner Bracewell & Giuliani
Executive Vice President BST Solutions
Vice President, Energy Services Bureau Veritas North America
Client Manager/Coach Check 6
Emeritus Professor Delft University of Technology
Regional Manager EORM
Co-CEO & Senior Executive Coach Equilibria
Managing partner Environment Group
Marketing Services Coordinator Fluke Corporation
QHSE & Operations Integrity Manager FTO Services
QHSE Lead FTO Services
Drilling & Completions Husky Energy
Independent Independent
Vice President, SEMS Services Jodi Connor Consulting
Head of Process Safety Lockheed Martin
Business Development M&H Energy Services
Director - Compliance M&H Energy Services
VP of Business Development Offshore Technical Compliance
CEO Offshore Technical Compliance
Drilling Supervisor OMV Petrom
President ProAct Safety
Owner Successful Energy
Senior Principal Vision Monitor
Director vPSI
Legal Counsel Wartsila North America

Brand New Features for 2014!

  • SEND UNLIMITED EMPLOYEES FOR ONE FLAT RATE – this discount program allows operating companies to send unlimited employees for one flat rate of US$4,995.
  • DRILLING AND WELLS PRE-CONFERENCE DAY – invite your drilling and wells team to develop new strategies to tackle the new risks and challenges presented by the deep water environment
  • CONNECTING 300+ DRILLING AND PRODUCTION MANAGERS – network with key decision makers including senior management personnel for Drilling & Completions, HS&E, Process Safety, Well Integrity and Control to engage in high-level business discussions that will set a new benchmark in offshore safety standards  

The assembly of operators, contractors, service providers, consultants, and industry and regulatory representatives was outstanding - without inhibiting open exchange

Jim Kepper, Regional Representative - Process Safety, Shell E&P

  Morning Afternoon Evening
Pre-Conference September 29 Interactive Workshops
  • Drilling Process Design and Improvement
  • Deep Water Drilling and Completion Challenges
  • Deep Water Well Complexity and Design
Sponsored Dinner and Official Opening Reception
Conference Day 1 September 30 Keynote Presentations
  • Operator Case Studies
  • The Next Level in Human and Organizational Management
  • Safety Culture
  • Risk Management Strategies
Networking Drinks Party
Conference Day 2 October 1 Topic specific presentations and expert panel discussions, including:
  • Regulatory Development and Criteria
  • Safety Management Systems (SEMS) and Audits
  • Contractor Management
  • Skills and Knowledge Management Systems
  • Training and Competency
End of Conference



A good overview of current SEMS issues was presented along with several practical solutions. The sessions were well organized and the two chairman did an excellent job

Robin Pitblado, Director, SHE Risk Management Services, DNV

A Journey to Enhanced Safety and Organizational Reliability

To address the critical process safety (major accident risks) challenges in offshore drilling and production activities, DecomWorld’s Offshore Safety Conference is returning to Houston for its 3rd year running. It aims to raise the bar in offshore standards for drilling and production. We will bring you executive insight into successful strategies for safer drilling, completion and production practices that influence Organizational Safety Culture, Control Major Accident Risks and help you Achieve On-Going Reliability.

Expert speakers - representing operators, drilling contractors, service contractors, suppliers and regulators - will provide you and your teams with the most critical industry-wide challenges. Practical solutions will be delivered through a series of inspiring keynote presentations, interactive panel debates, Q&A’s, and stimulating discussions.

The comprehensive 3-day technical program covers it all - so you can rest assured that every angle of the industry will be covered - providing exceptional value for your organization.


Enjoyed the speakers; Great networking - attendees were engaging, professional, and experienced in issues similar to the ones I work with on a regular basis

Farley Burge, HSSE Legal Counsel, BP

Who Should Attend?

Everyone involved in drilling and production operations are responsible for safety and therefore must attend this conference to learn how they can improve their attitudes, approach and strategies for enhanced safety culture and organizational reliability.

Job functions that should attend the OSC 2014: 

  • Health, Safety, and Environment
  • Safety and Environment Management Systems (SEMS)
  • Offshore Operations/Operational Integrity
  • Gulf of Mexico (GOM)/Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Compliance
  • Deepwater/Offshore Drilling, Completions, and Production
  • Training
  • Process Safety Management (PSM)
  • Workforce Safety
  • Offshore/Process Engineering
  • Regulation

What people said about previous Offshore Safety conferences:


The conference was very informative and the cross section of the attendees allowed for effective networking opportunities

Tracy Burger, Shell E&P

Marathon Oil Corp

Great networking opportunity. Very reputable and experienced presenters

Terry Guillory, Marathon Oil Corp

Pacific Drilling

The conference exceeded my expectations and gave a good solid understanding of how SEMS will be implemented'

Neil Campbell, Pacific Drilling

A New Era for Offshore Safety

On April 20, 2010, a well control incident allowed hydrocarbons to escape from BP's Macondo well onto Transocean's Deepwater Horizon, resulting in explosions and a fire on the rig. Eleven people lost their lives, and 17 others were injured. The fire, fed by hydrocarbons from the well, continued for 36 hours until the rig sank. Hydrocarbons continued to flow from the reservoir through the wellbore and the blowout preventer (BOP) for 87 days, causing widespread environmental impact on an unprecedented scale. No one could have predicted the resulting impact of the disaster.

The incident demonstrated how a convergence of risk factors: significant planned organizational changes, a risk-heavy set of deep water wells, along with tremendous pressure to reduce cost, can result in a major loss of well control. Low frequency – high consequence events are entirely probable. The question now is no longer if, but when, the next incident will happen. And what can we do as an industry to prevent it from happening again?

The risks and complexities associated with deep water drilling and production operations will continue to grow as operators move into deep and ultra-deep water. The offshore drilling service market will grow from an estimated $73.1 billion in 2013 to $121.1 billion by 2018.  There are now 816 drilling rigs worldwide, each with around 100 employees managing the rigs. Combined with the erosion of the level of competency and high-staff turnover, can safety levels meet the required demand?

The industry has made exceptional progress so far, but has the industry done enough to ensure future readiness and effectiveness to contain the next deepwater spill? Can operators and drilling contractors guarantee that their safety management strategy is robust enough? How will the developing regulatory landscape impact the control of major accident hazards? What KPI’s measure real progress?

The general consensus across industry indicates that while developments so far are positive, much more needs to be done, in terms of both government policy and industry commitments.

In order to help industry move towards a high reliability sector the OSC 2014 has brought together regulators, drilling contractors, operators and leading safety experts to develop new strategies for better organizational safety culture and more robust safety management systems for drilling and production operations.

Adam Minkley

Adam Minkley
Adam Minkley
Project Director

Phone: +44 (0) 207 375 7239
Email: aminkley@decomworld.com
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Silver Sponsor
ARMS Reliability
Bureau Veritas
Government Perspectives
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S Chemical Safety Board
Drilling Contractors
Rowan Drilling
Leading Offshore Services and Contractors
Lockheed Martin
Behavioural Science Technology
M&H Energy Services
Bracewell & Giuliani
ProAct Safety
Baker Hughes
Successful Energy Practices
Exploration Systems International
 Jodi Connor Consulting