Cleddau.Com started, in embryo form,
back in the early-mid 1990's. I toyed with a single page, then as
time progressed I learned more and more about HTML and started adding more
pages about myself, my ham radio hobby, my job etc.
I had so many queries from people that I
spoke to that I kept adding pieces of information over time until even I
didn't know what was what on the site. So I designed a completely new
site, incorporating everything on the old site but in some semblance of
order until it was basically the same as the site you are visiting now but
in a different format.
I chose the domain name Cleddau.Com
because there were so many 'how to get a job on an offshore oil rig.com'
type websites. So I decided on something a little less mainstream and more
personal and unusual.
All of the information within the site
is free, even the addresses, website & email information. There is one
www.rigjobs.co.uk which takes you to a
CV Submittal Service. This is a pay per
use service ($30) but I've checked it out thoroughly before putting up the
link and it is 100% honest and genuine.
One of the most frequently asked of all
questions is "What does 'Cled-Ow' mean?"
Well, it's a Welsh language word and a 'dd' in Welsh is pronounced like a
'th' in the word 'the'. The 'au' is pronounced as the letter 'i' so
phonetically it is pronounced Cleth-eye. The word itself is the name of my
local river in Pembrokeshire. The two forks of the Cleddau river run into
the Milford Haven estuary. Milford Haven in Welsh is Aberdaugleddau, "Town
on the two Cleddaus". Most people are sorry they ever asked :-)
For those that are interested, my
name is Martin, born 21st September 1969 in Pembroke, Wales. I attended
Pembroke Comprehensive School and left in 1987 to join the Army, Royal
Corps of Signals.
I left the Army in 1989 and I started
working offshore on oil rigs in June of 1990.
Most of my time offshore has been spent
in the North Sea, UK & Dutch sectors but I spent most of 1995 working in
the Irish Sea off Cork and also off my home Pembrokeshire coast. I have
spent the last 5 years on a platform and FPSO offshore Bioko Island,