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July 18, 2002

ISM for Diamond Offshore
ABS recently awarded Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. an International Safety Management (ISM) Document of Compliance certificate.

ISM certification for self-propelled offshore drilling vessels became mandatory under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention on July 1, 2002. Each company operating self-propelled offshore drilling vessels of more than 500 gross tons to demonstrate a safety management system designed to protect not only the vessel, but also the offshore personnel and marine environment where the vessel operates.

The following six Diamond Offshore mobile offshore drilling units have been awarded a Safety Management Certificate from ABS: the Ocean America, Ocean Confidence and Ocean Valiant, each currently operating in the Gulf of Mexico; and the Ocean Alliance, Ocean Clipper and Ocean Yatzy, each currently operating off the coast of Brazil.

ABS audited Diamond Offshore for compliance with the ISM code. ABS Americas President Robert E. Kramek presented the certificate to Diamond Offshore President and Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Dickerson saying this certification publicly demonstrates Diamond Offshore's commitment to safety in terms of people and the marine environments in which they operate.

Diamond Offshore Quality Assurance Manager Annette Prewitt says all of the company's rigs comply with ISM requirements and she credits the organization's quality management system--Global Excellence Management System or GEMS--for itss success in maintaining the highest operational standards. "

One of the biggest rewards is that the GEMS system is recognized as meeting international standards and can be easily integrated with other international safety systems in locations where the company operates around the world," said Prewitt.

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