This paper presents Shell's and Western Geophysical Co.'s quests for a common goal in seismic safety in their marine operations offshore Sarawak and Sabah, Malaysia. Throughout the period 1985 to present, extensive efforts were made by both Shell and Western Geophysical to elevate safety standards and safe operating practices to a comparable level with successful technical achievements in seismic operations in this region of SE Asia. In 1985, genuine effort focussed on safety standards such as those of the equipment on the marine vessel with attention on compliance with international marine requirements. In 1985 there was little focus on personal protective equipment and management of safety. Even the subject of safety was then received with little enthusiasm amongst the crew personnel. With the initiation of Enhanced Safety Management (ESM) by Shell in late 1985 and Western Geophysical Co.'s unequivocal commitment, both parties went through a process of mutual safety education. This paper discusses such experiences during this period. In the early stage of ESM, emphasis was made on the standards of proper equipment, followed by institution of rules and procedures for safe practices. The majority of such enforcement was readily accepted and maintained. Those which received poor immediate responses were subjected to discussion and where acceptable, adapted to suit the conditions onboard the marine seismic vessel. Such processes were necessary to promote ready acceptance of valid procedures by the crews. In doing so, the aim is to instill commitment from every individual toward ensuring that safety performance was placed on a par with quality productivity. High level commitment has been demonstrated by WGC's appointment of a local management safety advisor. This complemented the Shell commitment and together very positive and pleasing results are achieved.

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