The Center for Offshore Safety, the oil industry's voluntary effort to improve drilling safety, on Wednesday turned to a familiar and highly experienced safety expert, naming longtime Shell scientist Charlie Williams to be its first executive director.
Williams is well known to the fledgling organization, having led the effort to create it before being named its first chairman last year. He will step down from that position and will retire as Shell's chief scientist for well engineering and production.
The future of the country's offshore industry "is going to be based on the industry's ability to demonstrate our absolute commitment to work safely and responsibly while continuing to learn and enhance and improve our safety performance," Williams told reporters via teleconference Wednesday.
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