Nominations have opened for the 2016 Subsea UK Awards. Now in its 10th year, the awards seek to recognize companies and individuals who are leading the way in Britain’s successful £9billion subsea sector.

Entries are being sought for the best subsea company of the year (large and small), the most promising young person in the sector, the most exciting new enterprise and an individual who has made the most outstanding contribution to the subsea industry. The awards will also recognize achievements and innovations in technology, sponsored by Simmons & Co International, safety and exports.

Entries can be made on-line at http://www.subseaexpo.com/ by 12th November. An independent judging panel of industry leaders will score each entry according to the agreed criteria and the shortlist of finalists will be announced in January 2016. Accolades will be presented at a gala dinner, organized by Subsea UK on 3rd February 2016 during Subsea Expo, Europe’s largest subsea conference and exhibition.

Several hundred business leaders are expected to attend the dinner which celebrates the hard work and outstanding achievements generated across the industry over the last twelve months.

Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, said: “The awards is our way of recognizing and rewarding the ongoing efforts that are being made to ensure the UK remains at the forefront of the subsea industry.

“It has been a challenging year for many, however it’s vital that we continue to pull together and celebrate the expertise, leadership and innovation that the British subsea sector is renowned for and underline the strength of our sector both at home and on the global stage.

“Each year we receive a high caliber of entries demonstrating the strength of the subsea sector in the UK. It’s important that we continue to commend those who are making a significant contribution to the industry and helping to inspire the next generation who will drive it forward in the decades to come.”

Last year’s dinner, attended by over 800 guests from across the international energy industry, saw Proserv named company of the year in recognition of its continued growth and Alf Leadbitter of The Underwater Centre was named the recipient of the outstanding contribution award. Alan Muirhead of Ingen Ideas won the young emerging talent accolade and Tracerco scooped the award for innovation and technology.

Subsea Expo, which will be held at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre from 3rd - 5th February 2016, will examine and debate key industry topics including global markets, ROV developments, subsea innovation and offshore renewables.

Expected to attract over 200 exhibitors and more than 6,000 delegates, the 2016 exhibition is an opportunity for those in the industry to showcase new technology, introduce different approaches and make their voice heard.

The Subsea UK Award categories are:

• Company of the Year (Large and small)

• Innovation and Technology, sponsored by Simmons & Co. International

• New Enterprise

• Global Exports

• Innovation for Safety

• Young Emerging Talent

• Outstanding Contribution

Subsea UK is a self-sustaining body that champions the UK subsea supply chain, representing over 300 members. It acts as a focal point for all stakeholders to promote the sector and maximize its opportunities at home and abroad and provides a national forum for collaboration, diversification and technology development.

For more information go to: www.subseaexpo.com

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