What did you do before joining DOS?
I began my professional career as a boiler-maker, learning from experienced workers how to make industrial structures formed and welded from different kinds of metals plates and profiles.
I travelled all around France changing cities and companies every year to learn different ways of working (including Germany), over a period of 9 years.
During this time I had a project to work underwater on offshore platforms. I became a commercial diver and my former experience as a boiler-maker helped me a lot when dealing with industrial underwater structure inspections, repairs and maintenance.
Once in the oil and gas industry as a commercial-diver I was made aware of the capabilities of ROVs and my next aim was set… becoming an ROV pilot and technician.
How did you join Dos?
I had been working for several companies and was at the time looking for another ROV job, when a certain Deep Ocean Search Ltd called me for an unexpected job, the salvage of a wreck using an ROV in ultra – deep water. It was much more than I ever imagined doing with an ROV.
DOS gave me this chance and I thank them for that.
Why are still working for DOS?
Nearly 2 years have now passed by with regular rotations and I feel like it’s been only a few months. I found my place and DOS is happy with my work … so why not!
My mission here is to pilot the 6000m depth – rated ROV for seabed or debris surveys and shipwreck identifications and even salvage of shipwreck cargo. As a technician I’m also in charge of the maintenance of the ROV and the LARS systems onboard (sonar and ROV.)
DOS gave me the opportunity to expand my skills by working on the different tasks using our deep sea towed fish MAK IX-II on sonar operations too. Working with the expert DOS team on one of the best sonars in the world to find wrecks in the abyss is for me fascinating.
Since I am part of DOS I participate in many projects over the world and the company is always looking ahead. A lot more projects are coming and each one is a new challenge.