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Meet Luciano Calais

Today we’d like to introduce you to Luciano Calais. 

Hi Luciano, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I am IRATA rope access level 3/Instructor, with more than 14 years’ experience in rope access, rescue coordinator, and also minister training. I have worked in diversified branches, such as cement industry, pulp mill, mining, hydroelectric plants, all large companies in several states of Brazil. As hired from Alpitec, Alpinismo Industrial provided service for Samarco Mining, SunCoke energy, Holcim Brazil manufactures cement, Brasfels shipyards, Mauá Jurong, performing maintenance and rescue work. For alpitec I also organized the rescue team of the Duque de Caxias refinery – RJ, where I trained the team with material prepared by me and specific to that location. After training the team, I was the coordinator of the refinery rescue program, taking responsibility for everything from rescue plan, team logistics, management with a focus on confined spaces. I participated in the maintenance of the fifth largest wind farm in Brazil located in Praia Formosa – Camocim (CE) and Beberibe Wind Farm (CE), handling and blade repair. 

I also at BHP Platform. Annual VT/UT Survey. InTrinidad and Tobago. For Íntegra, I participated in platform inspection projects that demanded longer shipment periods, such as that of petrobras Guaralula in partnership with the Subsea 7. I have been an IRATA instructor since 2012; I trained at ITC Oil & Gas International Training Center, IDtec Treinamentos, Alpix Training, and TISL Trinidad Inspection Services LTDA (Trinidad and Tobago). I trained 180 more classes, I always got a very positive feedback from the students regarding my didactics, always seeking to include my professional experience in the training of students. In the year 2013, together with the team of trainers of the Oil & Gas International Training Center, I participated in the Brazilian television program SBT platform, in which I showed what does an IRATA rope access and my activity as a coach. I am accustomed to working in a highly pressured environment; I like to use my initiative to find solutions to problems and prioritize teamwork. I am prepared and available for jobs that require travel for long periods. I believe that my previous skills and experiences make me an ideal fit for the role. 

As I have always loved working with people, currently deciding on a new project, and after 17 years in the oil and gas industry, I am now also in the Real Estate area, where I can make a difference in the Brazilian community here in Florida working as a real estate broker. Real estate and also supporting investors living in Brazil. I take advantage of my 28-day break from the Oil and Gas platforms to dedicate myself to this other career that I hope to take in parallel. 

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It’s been a rough road. It’s not easy being away from family and friends for so long. But we have the opportunity to learn and adapt to every situation. 

Thanks – so, what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Luciano Calais performed essential work for OES’s K2 Velosi, which is a company member of the Applus+ group and provides a comprehensive range of services in the oil and gas field. K2 Velosi operates from a headquarter in Singapore, with offices in Brazil, Houston US, and Korea. Luciano Calais was responsible for leading several of our projects in Macae, Brazil, and teaching or training our rope access employees. Luciano was hired by K2 Velosi because he has a history of successes in the offshore industry and is considered one of the best of the few level 3 IRATA supervisors in the world. Luciano’s work was essential first because he was an authority, a highly experienced project supervisor that was the leader of multi-disciplined teams of competent, certified specialists that had to work at height or in very difficult access locations. The teams provided repair and upgrade services to drilling, production, and refineries, mainly offshore on various platforms ranging from FPSOs to drilling platforms. FPSOs, or Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessels, are offshore production facilities in ultra-deepwater that house both processing equipment and storage. The basic design of most FPSOs implicates that of a ship-shaped vessel, with processing equipment aboard the vessel’s deck and storage below in the double hull. After processing, an FPSO stores oil or gas before offloading periodically to shuttle tankers or transmitting processed petroleum via pipelines, and a central mooring system allows the vessel to rotate freely to best respond to weather conditions, or weathervane, while spread-mooring systems anchor the vessel from various locations on the seafloor. Luciano’s work was essential second because it was his responsibility to avoid oil spills to occur due to lack of repairs on defective or damaged equipment, mainly the ones located in places of difficult access. The impact of oil spills on coastal and marine ecosystems, and by extension, to man, is huge! And a third reason for his position be essential was that the team’s lives depended on his impressive skills. 

How do you define success?
Success for me is seeing my life evolve, seeing that I know much more about the world today than I did 1 year ago. It’s knowing that I left a lot of things but that everything is worth it, and I’m getting closer to the goals I planned for myself and my family. 

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Sheila Calais

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