Signal Receives Excellence in Safety Award

For the second straight year, Signal International, LLC Mississippi Operations earned the "Excellence in Safety Award," presented by the Shipbuilder's Council of America (SCA). Accepting the 2004 award was Ron Schnoor, Senior VP and General Manger of Signal's Mississippi's yards, and Pat Killeen, Director of Safety for Signal International, LLC.

Each year the SCA issues safety awards to shipyards based on their total recordable incidence rate (TRIR). For every 200,000 hours worked in 2004, the Signal Mississippi operation had an incident rate of one and one half percent compared to the industry average of over nine percent. Thus far in 2005, the Mississippi operation has an incident rate of less than one half of one percent.

Dick Marler, President and CEO of Signal International, LLC attributed the awards to management's strong commitment to providing employees, subcontractors, and customers a safe working environment. Marler remarked that Schnoor was instrumental in establishing the safety program in Mississippi, which is now being implemented throughout all of Signal's operations including those in Texas. The program focuses on accident prevention and safety bonuses to employees who work without accident. Schnoor attributes the success to the total commitment of all Signal employees whose goal it is to have the safest shipyard operation in the country.

The Shipbuilders Council of America is the largest and most broad-based national trade association representing the US shipyard/marine construction industry. More than 70 companies operating 150 shipyards and marine facilities comprise its membership.

Signal International is one of the largest marine and fabrication companies in the Gulf of Mexico providing repair, upgrade, and construction/fabrication services to the offshore industry. The six facilities encompass a total of 347 acres and include the East and West yards in Pascagoula, MS and four Texas facilities, one in Sabine Pass, two in Port Arthur and the Orange Yard.