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  • Matt Spencer

Discover the career of a Heavy Lift Rigger General Supervisor, Nigeria

What industry do you work in and what exactly are your skills?

I have been working as a Heavy Lift Rigger General Supervisor in the Oil & Gas / Energy Industries for over 35 years and have been involved in General Rigging and Lifting Operations, Vessel Moorings & Bething, various Oil /Water Injections Pipeline Construction & Installations in Deep  Seas & Shallow Waters, Jackets & Decks Installations, Suction Anchore Piles, Topsides Platform Upgrades and Underwater installations, General EPIC,IMR /Marine Projects with Derrick/Lay Barges for Worldwide Oil & Gas Companies In African & Mediterranean Region.

What inspired you to get into this sort of industry? 

Since Oil was discovered and it became the National interest of most countries I knew that there will be many aspects to learn and gain from the Oil & Gas Industry.  

What qualifications and experience did you have to gain In order to establish yourself and therefore become a professional within your industry?

I had to basically qualify from school in order to get into the industry as entry/hands –on-experience worker and later went for further Rigging Training & Certification Courses and other Professional Offshore mandatory Courses to bring me to standard.

What is the most challenging aspect within your field of work?

The challenging aspect in my field has been meeting up with clients on set time delivery, harsh offshore weather conditions and lastly maintaining a steady barge sailing course during Pipeline laying activities.


Focus and courage – I know every challenge brings with itself an inherent experience to learn which I need to explore. Difficulties come and go and the resilient to stand makes it not to pose insurmountable and with my long years of experience I am able to overcome industry related challenges.

What has been the highlight of your career?

My career highlight reflects being promoted on each stage from a rigger to a Leadman, Foreman, General Foreman and the present status that I am today after long invested years in my career.

If somebody starts as a trainee / beginner within your line of work, what could they earn in salary?

A Trainee could earn roughly USD 130 to USD 230 per day rate.

What can this person expect to earn after 10 years of experience?

 They could roughly expect USD 650 to USD 850 per day rate.


My role model has been Mr Pete Acy a dynamic Offshore Heavy Lift Superintendent because of his perseverance and confident approach to difficult tasks and great wealth of experience I absorbed from him during my critical learning stage. I indeed learnt a lot from this great construction icon.

What motivates you to work this hard?

I know I have to work hard in order to actualise my dreams & to become best or first amongst the equals in my field.

What is your outlook within your industry over the next 5 years?

My dream is to be a versertile Rigging mogul, an Offshore /Barge Superintendent of note and also probably own my own company to teach the young ones.

As you know, numerous African countries are being invested in due to their rich minerals. Which country within Africa do you think will be the next hot spot and why?

I do think the next hot spot country is going to be Sierra Leone in West Africa because of its abundant Mineral Resources and also Oil reserves.

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