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Working for HMC means working for one of the world’s best offshore construction companies. HMC offers international onshore and offshore career opportunities. Our onshore personnel is based at our Dutch headquarters in Leiden and at our Houston office in the USA. HMC is part of the Heerema Group, which provides opportunities for intergroup secondments and exchanges.
At HMC we believe in working in an environment of respect, trust and involvement. Because teamwork is crucial to our success, we look for commitment, determination and drive in our people. We excel at engineering and succeed in business because we equip the right people with the best technology. We also recognize the importance of attracting and retaining the best people, which is why we offer a very attractive benefits package. Our people are vital to the success of HMC. That is why we offer professional career development support to allow employees to reach their full potential.
Ever since we started operating in Venezuela in 1948, HMC has been committed to meeting challenges in the offshore oil and gas industry.
1948 – 1960 – Innovator from the start Heerema started in 1948 as a small construction company near Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela. The company specialized in the construction and installation of drilling platforms for oil companies operating in Lake Maracaibo.
In 1956, Heerema developed a pre-stressed concrete pile, which proved a successful technical and economic breakthrough. In the following years, Heerema placed some hundred drilling and construction platforms in Lake Maracaibo and the Caribbean, along with a substantial number of concrete piers, quays and bridges.
1960 – 1978 – Crane vessel pioneer on the North Sea In the early 1960s Heerema’s focus shifted to the development of oil and gas fields in the North Sea, a challenging work environment because of the extreme weather conditions and heavy seas.
From 1963 onwards, Heerema started operating crane vessels because they provided more capacity and stability to modules and jackets growing in size and weight.
In 1969 Heerema provided the capacity to lift 800 tonnes with its ship-shaped crane vessel ‘Challenger’, an absolute industry milestone at the time. The use of crane vessels enabled the construction of fewer, but heavier units which proved to be an enormous financial advantage to oil companies because it drastically reduced the number of offshore hours. Oil and gas fields could produce ‘first-oil’ more rapidly.
1978 – 1980 – The World’s First Semi-Submersible Crane Vessels Crane ships and barges operating on the North Sea were still quite sensitive to wave movements and this made operations in the winter months almost impossible. To enhance their heavy lift capacity, Heerema researched applications of the ‘semi-submersible’ principle. When an important part of the hull of a vessel is submerged, the vessel and construction work are less sensitive to waves.
In 1978, Heerema introduced the world's first semi-submersible crane vessels (SSCVs), sister vessels Balder and Hermod. Their innovative dual-crane feature propelled Heerema to industry leader. Installations which used to require an entire summer season to complete, could now be ready in less than six weeks.
1980 – 1997 – Joint Venture HeereMac The SSCVs ensured lots of work in the North Sea and offshore Brazil in the beginning of this decade. Low oil prices in the mid-1980s postponed investments by oil companies and the workload thinned. Heerema and McDermott, an engineering and construction company, pooled their resources in a joint venture called HeereMac to stay afloat during this economic downturn.
1997 – 2000 – HMC acquires SSCV Thialf The year 1997 was a turning point in the history of the Heerema Group when the HeereMac joint venture was terminated and operations continued under the name of Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC), an specialist division within the Heerema Group. HMC acquired the SSCV "Thialf" (ex DB-102) from McDermott. HMC now owned and operated three of the world’s five SSCVs. In the meantime, the offshore oil and gas industry increased its focus on developing fields in water depths up to 3,000 meters. To remain competitive in deepwater development and transformed the SSCV Balder into an advanced deepwater construction vessel (DCV Balder).
2002 – present – Staying Ahead The last decade has seen the execution of many remarkable projects and world records have been set, particularly in deepwater. HMC has firmly established a leading position in deepwater full field development including subsea infrastructure, in addition to its conventional construction, installation and removal services. In 2008, HMC acquired specialist welding company Pipeline Technique Ltd. to reinforce its presence in the deepwater pipelay market. The newest addition to the fleet, the Aegir, a deepwater construction vessel (DCV), is capable to execute complex infrastructure and pipeline projects in ultra-deep water and has sufficient lifting capacity to install fixed platforms in relatively shallow water. HMC thus remains committed to solving challenges in the global oil and gas industry.
At HMC we deeply feel that everyone can have a rewarding career. This belief affects the way we interact, value the development of people and challenge colleagues to be the best they can be. If you take the initiative, we will back you up with all the support you need: on-the-job training, mentoring, customized functional or technical training and participation in personal development programs. Because of the wide range of jobs we offer, your development is not limited to the area in which you start. We encourage you to broaden your skills and discover other functional areas, particularly if you want to become part of our future leadership. Your development is not a given, though. We expect you to actively participate in and guide your own development. You are responsible for writing your own personal development plan, and if we subscribe to it, we will support you in realizing your goals.
Starting with Heerema
All new employees participate in a orientation program. This program offers you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the various activities of HMC and the activities of the Heerema Group. Performance Management Our employees are periodically assessed on the basis of a set of performance management criteria. Three aspects of employees’ work are rated: how they have contributed to the reputation of Heerema, how the work is done and the extent to which employees have met their personal targets. Employees’ achievements and performance determine the personal bonus and the increase of base salary. This way, employees continue to benefit from their good work. The performance management discussions are also used to discuss personal development and the outcome is often fed into a personal and professional training program. A Personal Development Plan is created to clarify learning objectives and educational needs. Some roles can have different career paths within the company. As an engineer, you can transition into a commercial role and apply technical expertise in a sales setting. Alternatively, you may want to move towards project management or invest in your knowledge and become a specialized engineer. Coaching and mentoring are part of our development strategy.
We want our people to develop beyond their immediate area of expertise and have a great career. Employees who are clear about their ambitions, for example by using a Personal Development Plan (PDP), will be supported in realizing them. Professional Skills Programs These programs are delivered at a divisional level and aim to develop and enhance your professional skills. Topics range from specific technological courses to effective time management, and aim to enhance your personal effectiveness and skill set.
Vision By any measure, to be and to be recognized as the best offshore construction contractor in the world in carefully selected segments and regions of the market. Mission Our mission is to deliver projects safely, on time and within budget. We will strive to exploit the expected growth in market opportunities without compromising our culture and reputation built over the years. The business climate demands that we plan the work and work the plan.
HMC owns three of the world’s largest crane vessels in the world, the DCV Thialf, the DCV Balder and SSCV Hermod. A fourth vessel, the DCV Aegir, is the lates addition to our already versatile fleet. Our fleet has large deck areas and unique capacities in the areas of heavy lifting and motion behaviour. This has earned us a reputation for superior workability and excellent station-keeping. Harsh environments and great water depths demand an innovative approach, experience and of course the right equipment. Our versatile fleet and sound project management ensure a smooth marine operation. The Aegir, our latest deep water construction vessel (DCV), is capable of executing complex infrastructure and pipeline projects in ultra-deep water and also has sufficient lifting capacity to install fixed platforms in relatively shallow water. DCV Thialf is the world’s largest crane vessel. Its dual cranes provide for depth reach lowering capability as well as heavy lift capacity up to 14,200 tonnes. The vessel has an overall length of 201.6 meters (661 ft) and a width of 88.4 meters (290 ft). The crane vessel SSCV Hermod is capable of a tandem lift of 8,100 tonnes. The vessel has an overall length of 154 meters (505 ft) and a width of 86 meters (282 ft). Balder DCV Balder is conversed in 2002 into a full class III DP deepwater construction vessel (DCV). This DCV concept combines the best of the well-known SSCV concept with a series of multi-functional deepwater tools. The Balder has a 2,700 t crane and a 3,600 t crane and operates a J-lay system on its DCV. The vessel has an overall length of 154 meters (505 ft) and a width of 86 meters (282 ft). In 2013 HMC added 2 new state-of-the-art Anchor Handeling Tugs to its fleet. Both tugs are equipped with a retractable bow thruster and have DP2 capabilities. With a length of 72 meters and a width of 18 meters, the fully custom-built tugs are larger than their predecessors the Husky and Retriever. Each tug has a bollard pull of 202 tons and can hold up to 2500 m3 of fuel, sufficient to sail directly from Rotterdam to Cape Town, South Africa. The anchor winch capacity is able to install anchors in water depths of up to 1500 meters. Each tug has accommodation for 40 people. HMC operates a large variety of marine equipment, eg transport, launch and installation barges, hammers and winches.
Heerema Marine Contractors operates internationally from offices around the globe and has an international workforce of over 1700 people. English is the business language of the company. HMC employees are eager to excel in the projects for our clients. They take pride in executing projects safely and reliably. HMC encourages and rewards creativity, drive and flexibility. Caring for and Challenging Our People HMC consistently pushes the boundaries of what is possible in demanding marine conditions. We work on projects that pose unique planning and engineering challenges. Our clients rely on us to develop ground-breaking solutions. To meet these challenges, we attract talented professionals with a hands-on mentality. Our teams consist of people from different cultures and disciplines united by a shared passion for excellence. Our people are specialists in their field and care for safety and the environment. They value client satisfaction and take pride in their work. At HMC, we take good care of our people. We invest in the development of our people, for example through a leadership development program that allows talent to grow. Our incentive scheme awards people for both their individual performance and the company’s achievements. The scope and scale of the Heerema Group offers onshore and offshore talent unique development opportunities. We encourage our people to explore positions across our divisions and create opportunities to work on site of our projects around the world. As a result, our people are loyal to us and often remain with the company for decades. We encourage a healthy work-life balance. Where possible we offer fitness and other sports facilities and sponsor employee initiatives for sports events. Recent examples include: The Roparun race from Paris to Rotterdam (534 kilometers). The run raises money for a children’s hospital in Rotterdam, which aims to improve the quality of life for terminal patients. HMC is the sponsor of the 10K of the Leiden Marathon. Many employees participate in this run. The Race of the Classics for Young Professionals, a sailing event from Rotterdam to Lowestoft (UK) to IJmuiden. A team of 28 Heerema Young Professionals competed. HMC Angola organized a soccer clinic for local youth and donated equipment to a local soccer club.