“I believe that Maersk Drilling has all the tools available for anyone who wants to learn and is ready to move forward. I think that is what I took advantage of to rise quickly through the ranks,” says Mark Ebbah, emphasising his commitment to stay on a steep learning curve.
Ebbah is one of several Ghanaians that began working for Maersk Drilling last year. With a few years of experience in the industry, he stood out amongst his countrymen and starting as a roughneck, he quickly rose to become a lead roughneck. Recently, he was promoted again to Assistant Drilling Fluid Operator (ADFO).
“I set ambitious goals, looking to make the most of the opportunity at hand. My goal is to become at least an Assistant Driller before the rig leaves Ghana,” he says.
Still only 32 years of age, Mark Ebbah now has a life where he works four weeks on the drillship followed by four weeks at home with his wife and child. As he also supports his mother, he is keenly aware of the importance of being employed as well as having the chance to strive even higher.
“I believe in the future of this industry. My long-term ambition is to become a driller by the time I turn 40. Of course, knowledge is key, so I’m looking to learn and get as much training as possible,” he says.
And training is exactly what Maersk Drilling is offering.
“It is difficult to find locals for some positions, so we take in people at lower positions and train them up,” says Ben Pomford, Unit Director of the Maersk Voyager, an ultra deepwater drillship.
“Apart from working out very well, it is also well-aligned with the ambition of the authorities to build a local workforce for the industry,” he adds.