A random encounter at the ONS Expo in Stavanger, Norway in 1988, gave birth to a Canadian success story. A couple of years later, Glamox secured the contract as the main supplier of lighting to the Hibernia platform.

2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of Glamox in Canada. In celebration, we reflect on how it all began, and how it laid the foundations for the many successes that followed over the next three decades.

THIS WAS THE START OF GLAMOX’S PROSPEROUS offshore business in Canada which later led to successful projects such as the Terra Nova FPSO, Sea Rose FPSO, Hebron platform, and most recently the West White Rose Project with Husky Energy.

It was Chevron that discovered the Hibernia Field in Atlantic Canada back in 1979. Glamox established contact with representatives from the Canadian offshore industry at ONS Expo in 1988 and was awarded the contract as supplier of lighting to the Hibernia platform three years later for the complete package. This included all accommodation and technical areas, as well as the hazardous area lighting. Glamox was even selected for the construction site lighting.

Hibernia field represents the start of the Newfoundland offshore oil and gas industry. The Hibernia platform located south east of St. John’s, Newfoundland has been in operation since 1997 and is still one of the largest offshore constructions in the world. Hibernia is built to withstand impacts from icebergs and to operate in a harsh arctic climate. Glamox’s experience with similar climate conditions in the North, and the Barents Sea was one of the reasons why Glamox sailed up as a supplier to Chevron and the Hibernia project. Many of the original fixtures are still in place today and fully functioning, including many external lights, withstanding almost 30 years of extremely harsh conditions. Glamox Canada continue to support these fittings today.

Norwegian explorer Ragnar Torseth with his convoy of Viking ships celebrated 1000 years of Discovery by “rediscovering” the old Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland in August 1991. At the same time, on the opposite end of the island, Glamox Canada established a factory in Trepassey, NL.

In addition to these offshore projects, Glamox Canada has an extremely active presence in the Canadian Marine sector. Glamox lighting has been supplied to all classes of the current Royal Canadian Navy fleet, installed extensively throughout the Canadian Coast Guard fleet, and are a major supplier to the Canadian commercial marine industry, including OSVs, Ferries, Tankers, Bulk Carriers, Workboats and fishing vessels. This includes current Federal new build National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) programs; Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS), Joint Support Ships (JSS) and Offshore Oceanographic Science Vessel (OOSV)

Photo: Federal Fleet Services

Glamox Canada with Managing Director John O’Driscoll and his team, recently relocated to new facilities at Mount Pearl, NL, just outside St. Johns in order to expand production capabilities and to better service customers throughout North America. The recent contract for the Husky Energy project, in addition to several large contracts with major shipyards building the future of Canada’s Navy and Coast Guard fleet, is truly a sign of a Canadian success story.