We speak to Jasper in the office aboard the MV Saga, who is born and raised in General Santos, located on the island of Mindanao (Philippines).
He has been working for Boskalis on the MIA project for about 9 months now. "As Local Supervisor - Marine Facilities, I work on the Base 1 Platform. While carrying out our work, we work closely with the local subcontractor." Overall, the team of Supervisors consists of four members who are all Filipino.
Repeating the instructions together
Jasper sees working on a project in his own country as an advantage. "I can communicate with the team in my own language and explain everything to them in detail. Especially when it comes to routine jobs, such as lifting operations, we continuously talk to each other. In order to proceed safely, we repeat the instructions together and reflect on possible risks."
If Jasper identifies an unsafe situation, he temporarily ceases all activities. "I then discuss with the team how to continue the work safely, as well as repeat the steps together and read the instructions again. Ceasing all activities does not need to take long." In case of unpredictable work, Jasper also submits the demo to his Foreman and the subcontractor.
"Throughout the project, we communicate on an equal level. We don't blame each other for things that have happened. I will not get impatient. Instead, I will always be inviting and friendly, trying to teach my colleagues about safety. We don't want any accidents. We want to follow the right procedures together and implement NINA."