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Subsea UK awards recognise industry stars

Friday, Feb 08, 2013

A host of successes within the subsea sector were celebrated last night at Subsea UK’s seventh annual awards ceremony, which aims to recognise innovation and outstanding achievements across the UK subsea industry.

Sponsored by Forum Energy Technologies, the dinner attracted over 800 guests from across the sector and closed the opening day’s proceedings of Subsea 2013.

EPC Offshore was awarded the evening’s top honour, Subsea Company of the Year, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin. The Aberdeen-based company has experienced rapid growth since it was established in 2009, executing in excess of £20million worth of project management work in the past year alone, including landing a significant contract to select the optimum concept for the development of Hurricane’s Lancaster Field, one of the most significant oil discoveries in the West of Shetland in recent years.

The award for Emerging Talent, sponsored by Wood Group, was won by subsea engineer Paul Otway of Jee who was praised for his work on a variety of projects, including the design and assessment for the world’s longest subsea tieback.

Subsea Technologies Limited was awarded the New Enterprise award for the design and development of a range of subsea engineering solutions. The Aberdeen firm, which was established in 2010, has become known for creating bespoke products to a number of leading offshore operators.

The Innovation and Technology award, sponsored by Simmons & Co International, went to CDL. The firm, which was established in Aberdeen in 1998, has now extended its operations across North and South America. With a considerable range of products, including motion sensors and inertial navigation systems, CDL has become a market leader in its field.

The Global Exports award, sponsored by UniversalPegasus International, went to JDR Cable Systems for bringing its innovative umbilical systems to the international market. The firm, which is a global supplier of umbilicals and power cables, works across the energy market in renewables, oil and gas and has recently seen particularly strong growth in Europe.

Hydratight picked up the Safety Leadership award, sponsored by Apache, in recognition of its commitment to ensuring high levels of health and safety processes throughout all areas of the business as well as innovation in the training and development of staff.

This year’s Outstanding Contribution Award went to Mark Patterson, CEO of Nautronix. After joining Nautronix in 1996, Mr Patterson oversaw the first public to private sale in Australia, de-listing Nautronix and becoming CEO in 2002.

Commenting on Mr Patterson's award, Neil Gordon chief executive of Subsea UK, said: “Mark is a well-recognised and well-respected figure within the subsea industry and his award is thoroughly deserved. Not only has he contributed significantly to the industry over the course of his career, he has been responsible for making Nautronix synonymous with cutting-edge, through water technology that is unrivalled. Mark has overseen Nautronix’s ambitious expansion plans to great success and has worked hard to position the firm as the leader in its field.”

Mr Gordon added: “These awards set out to recognise and reward those companies and individuals who continue to push the boundaries to ensure that the UK subsea sector leads the way globally.

“A highly impressive shortlist this year not only meant that it was tougher than ever to identify clear winners, but also demonstrated how robust the sector is. The winners represent the impressive range of talent and innovation that is keeping the UK subsea sector at the fore-front across the globe.”

Source: Subsea UK

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