Awards honour offshore industry's high achieversNews // February 24, 2011
BOURBON, Havila Shipping, Subsea 7, Havyard Group and Nautilis Rigging were all winners at this year’s prestigious and popular Offshore Support Journal Awards, sponsored by DVB Bank.
The awards were presented at a gala dinner which took place on 16 February at the Annual Offshore Support Journal Conference in London with more than 300 guests joining the winners in celebrating their success.
BOURBON was named shipowner of the year. BOURBON’s executive vice president of offshore fleet management Frank Dambrin was delighted that the company’s forward planning and enlightened business strategy had been recognized by the leading players in the industry. “I would like to thank those who voted for BOURBON as Shipowner of the Year. We are very proud to win the award,” he said
Norwegian shipowner Havila Shipping featured prominently at the Offshore Support Journal Awards, with victories in both the Ship of the Year and Lifetime Achievement categories.
Havila and joint venture partner Subsea 7 jointly took the owners award for support vessel of the year, Seven Havila, while Havyard received awards for designer and builder of the diving support vessel.
Havila’s second award on the night went to chairman Per Sævik, 70, who was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award for 25 years in the industry.
Through a number of management positions and his political experience, Mr Sævik has been an important contributor to business development, both locally and nationally.
The Innovation of the Year Award was presented to Nautilis Rigging for its Nautilus hooks which are expected to bring major safety and operational benefits to shipping and the offshore oil and gas sector.
The awards came after a three month process from when all submitted nominations were shortlisted in November 2010 by the conference advisory panel. This shortlist was put to an industry vote to determine the winners. OSJ received over 700 votes for the awards, while the advisory panel alone selected the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from an exceptional list of candidates.
The two-day Offshore Support Journal Conference, held in association with Caterpillar, looked at strategic and operational challenges facing offshore support vessels (OSV) owners and covered topics such as safety, security, technology, future market prospects and the current state of the industry.
Over 330 delegates attended, the largest ever for the annual event.