Houston, Texas: N. Pharr Smith, Vice President of Transocean, has been appointed as the Chairman of DNV’s Rig Owners’ Committee.

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N. Pharr Smith, Vice President, Engineering and Technical Services of Transocean. (picture courtesy of Transocean).

N. Pharr Smith, Vice President, Engineering and Technical Services of Transocean, has been appointed as the new Chairman of DNV’s prestigious Rig Owners’ Committee. The members of the Rig Owners’ Committee represent owners and managers of Mobile Offshore Units (MOUs) and Floating Production Units, and the objective of the committee is to support DNV’s activities and to improve the services DNV provides to its customers.

The functions of the committee include creating an effective forum to provide industry’s input to DNV’s activities in general, including DNV’s rulemaking process. The committee also provides an opportunity for the industry to offer feedback on the quality and scope of DNV’s services related to MOUs.

Mr. Smith, as Vice President of Engineering and Technical Services for Transocean, oversees the company’s engineering services, marine support, upgrade and major repair project management, maintenance and field support services, and new construction.

Mr. Smith is a veteran of the industry who has been with Transocean and its legacy companies for the past 13 years. He joined Santa Fe International as Director of Engineering in 1997 and was named Vice President of Technical Operations for GlobalSantaFe in 2001.

Mr. Smith began his career at Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans as a naval architect in the hull design department in 1979. He joined Marathon LeTourneau in 1981 where he held various positions including Manager of Engineering in the Brownsville shipyard, Vice President of Engineering in the Houston office, and Vice President of the Marine Group in Longview, Texas, with responsibility for the company’s engineering, parts sales, and offshore service functions. In 1993, he joined Friede & Goldman, Ltd. where he served as Vice President providing design and engineering services to the offshore and commercial shipping industries.

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