Humble Shell?

That’s how we’ll all know them from now on.

Umbled – but pleased with themselves – according to CEO Ben van Beurden, as reported by ferocious oil & gas watchdog, Energy Voice.    

Though when I thought of a two word description based on my dealings with Shell from a working lifetime offshore, what sprang to my mind was “fucking shameless”.

What’s ‘humbled’ Shell it seems is Covid-19.  Or, more accurately I suspect, their handling and reporting of it.

What is really going on with Covid-19 offshore?  If you know anything, join the conversation on here and make sure the workforce knows what’s going on.  

The companies don’t want any news coming off the North Sea.  Certainly none that hasn’t been sanitised by their PR hacks.  Then their task is to get their disinformation uncritically reprinted as “news” by their colleagues in the media.  And what if there’s an uncontrolled leak of news?  Ach!  Tell them that the safety of the workers is their first priority and that everything’s OK – the installation is completely safe.

It can’t be as easy for the companies as it was in days gone by, when they could just shut down the phones when they wanted silence. Mind you, maybe it’s not so different today. 16 crew members were locked down for a fortnight after a Covid-19 outbreak on the EnQuest Producer docked in Nigg. The word is that after initially getting onto the Press & Journal the crew went ominously silent.  Anybody know the facts? 

It can’t be any easier in today’s job market to speak out if you know you can be identified and possibly NRB’d.  It’s why you need to adopt a username when registering with oilandgasworkers.org and join the conversation

Shell is deeply into news management. That’s them just getting round to telling us via Energy Voice on the 26th, about an outbreak on Brent Charlie on October 7. 

It seems that four crew members with Covid symptoms were flown off the Brent Charlie.  It’s not clear from the Energy Voice report whether they went off on the same chopper as another 9 workers flown off as a “precaution”.  Anyway four turned out to have the virus and other crew who went off the Charlie on a regular crew change chopper had been in touch with those who had the virus. 

No wonder Shell was trying to keep that one quiet. 

Shell didn’t breathe a word about the 22 workers they demobilised after a Covid outbreak on the Gannet till we got wind of it and blogged about it here.  Next day they fessed up to 15 crew having had to be evacuated from the Nelson. Shell couldn’t confirm that the man who tested positive hadn’t gone off on the crew change chopper that day.  They didn’t deny it either.  Probably think it’s none of our fucking business. 

It is of course not only Shell installations that have been hit by the virus. BP evacuated 5 workers from the Andrew platform.  Taqa have evacuated at least 27 workers from the Braes and advised another 54 workers to self-isolate at home.  I wonder if they’re getting paid to do that?

This second spike of the virus has just begun.  Sign up to the conversation here on oilandgasworkers.org and let us know what you know and what you think. link? We’ll try and plot the progress of the virus. 

At least all you guys going onto Shell installations should be safe from now on, as we can see here. Word has it that you’re going to get a Covid test kit through the post, and if you test negative and self isolate and make it up to Aberdeen and out on a chopper, you should be OK.  As long as everyone else did the same.Who knows what the solution is.  But we need to be talking about it.  Join the conversation.  Stay safe!

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