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    BUE Viking underlines commitment to health and safety

    News // January 23, 2004
    The operators of the North Sea's largest stand-by fleet, BUE Viking, have appointed a new health, safety and environment manager to further enhance their positive safety culture. James Brown (27) joins the company this month to head a department focusingon health, safety and environmental issues.

    BUE Viking is one of the largest dedicated emergency response and rescue vessel owner and operator in the world, and was formed last year as a result of the merger of the standby operations of UK and Norwegian companies - BUE Marine and Viking Supply Ships. With a turnover in excess of 40 million, the company provides employment for 850 people on 38 vessels.

    Originally from Aberdeen, Mr Brown has extensive experience in Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) both at home and abroad. Beginning his career in the Merchant Navy, he trained in health and safety at sea and worked on oil and gas supply boats operating in the British, Norwegian and Dutch sectors of the North Sea. Since taking a QHSE adviser's role in 1996, Mr Brown has worked with major oil and gas companies, helping to develop and implement QHSE strategies. Prior to joining BUE Viking, hewas Project Health, Safety and Environmental Manager with Tractebel, multi-national oil, gas and energy company in North West Spain.

    Brown is well qualified for the job holding a variety of certificates and membership positions including member of the British Safety Council, member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management, international member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, member of the World Safety Organisation and associate member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

    Commenting on this new appointment, chief executive Graham Philip said: "At BUE Viking safety is our business and everyone is involved. However, it is vital that we continually examine our processes and ensure that we have the safest possible working environment for our employees and crews so that, in turn, we offer the best possible service to our customers. I am delighted to welcome James to the company at an exciting time in its development."

    "The merger has provided a solid foundation to consolidate and grow the business in the North Sea and, whilst there are many challenges to be faced in our sector, we are in a strong position to develop new ideas and deliver new solutions to meet the changing demands of our customers."

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