What did you do before joining DOS?
As a veteran in the DOS team, I’ve had quite a long career in the subsea industry, operating all over the world.
I started in the 70s as maintenance team leader on Navy submarines including the bathyscaphe Archimede, which dived to 10,000m depth.
Next I joined the company Intersub which was a world leader in oil & gas subsea market activities using manned submarines.
In the 90s, I became an ROV supervisor, still in the oil & gas industry, working for companies such as Comex, Travocean, SBM, etc.
I left the offshore industry to join the French broadcasting company CANAL+, who owned 2 manned submarines, to shoot movies down to 1000m depth.
Finally I worked few years in the cable industry before joining DOS.
How did you join Dos?
The “world of silence” is large but we know each other. A friend of mine I had met during my COMEX years offered me the seat of ROV supervisor. It was such a great opportunity, impossible to miss and I took the job.
Why are still working for DOS?
This is an unique opportunity. We are a very strong team from trainees to veterans (I am one of the latter). We share new knowledge coming from the youngsters, especially in high technology, and an old chap such as me may offer some experience from having been many years at sea and operating subsea. This is quite an efficient way to work.
Our daily activity, especially during and after a discovery, requires us to sort out all sorts of technical problems, many of which are new because we work down to 6000m water depth and few have experience of the issues which arise from that. We have to find the solutions and apply them.
There are an unbelievable series of feelings running from pride to fear each time our ROV operates on the seabed in ultra – deep water, especially on a wreck that’s just been discovered. This chance to be in the pilot seat at this precise time produce feelings which are indescribable. However, behind all this pleasure, we keep to a very high standard of professional behavior.
So I have a marvelous job and my colleagues appreciate working with me, so why stop?