Oil and gas solutions group Bibby Offshore has landed top honours at this year’s Subsea Awards after a year of growth.
The Aberdeen firm was named company of the year at last nights awards, attended more than 800 people and marking the first night of this year’s record-breaking Subsea Expo.
Bibby, which has secured two multi-million pound contracts to carry out inspection, repair and maintenance work on high profile projects, picked up the top award in recognition of its growth and investment in people.
Bibby Offshore’s chief executive Howard Woodcock welcomed their top prize.
He said: “Being presented with this award is excellent recognition for the continued growth and achievements the company has experienced over the past 10 years.
“Some of our recent successes include the opening of a new division and international base in Houston as part of our continuing global growth strategy, and winning a contract with Centrica Energy worth up to £40million in the largest inspection, repair &maintenance (IRM) contract Centrica has ever awarded.
“Our Bibby Offshore colleagues in Singapore have also secured significant contracts with Brunei Shell Petroleum, further highlighting the impressive international successes the company is experiencing.
“This award really highlights the level of hard work and dedication the Bibby Offshore team put in, and everyone is delighted with the outcome.”
VerdEng’s John White’s four decade career in the industry was recognised with the outstanding contribution award at the event.
Mr White, who launched subsea engineering pioneers Furness Underwater Engineering in 1979, paved the way for subsea developments on Schiehallion and subsequently the Quad204 project, among others.
“John’s recognition tonight is thoroughly deserved,” said Subsea UK chief executive John White.
“Having co-founded Furness Underwater Engineering in 1979 as one of the first specialist subsea engineering companies, he has become a well-respected figure in the industry.
“Due to his strong leadership he has facilitated the five-fold growth of VerdErg since 2005.”
Aberdeen-based remote operated vehicle specialists ROVOP took the new enterprise award after achieving turnover growth from £30,000 to more than £10million in just three years.
Apollo Offshore Engineering’s Richard Bell, who helped drive the firm’s process and flow client base in Aberdeen, was named emerging talent of the year, while the innovation award was picked up by Viper Subsea for the company’s new V-Life stem for combating water penetration.
Photosynergy won the innovation for safety award for its groundbreaking Lightpath system to provide subsea illumination, while Expro Grop on the exports award after seeing a dramatic expansion into emerging markets – including West Africa – which saw revenues increase to more than £150million.
“The standard of entries this year was higher than ever before, underlining the strength of our sector both at home and abroad in terms of innovation, safety, technology and leadership,” said Mr Gordon.
Full list of winners:
Innovation for Safety – sponsored by Chevron North Sea
New Enterprise – sponsored by Subsea Innovation
Innovation and Technology – sponsored by Simmons & Co International
Emerging Talent – sponsored by Apache North Sea
Richard Bell, Apollo Offshore Engineering
UKTI New to Exporting Award
Company of the Year – sponsored by Costain Upstream
John White, VerdErg