The 400+ attendees were very curious to find out who the winners of the Offshore Energy Awards were on Monday night.
The black-tie dinner gala, hosted by Viktoria Koblenko, served an ambrosial dinner and offered sultry musical interludes by Jennifer Ewbank. The evening was officially opened by Executive Vice President Shell, Bart van de Leemput, and Managing Director of Navingo, Coert van Zijll Langhout.
And now, what everyone wants to know….the winners of the 2018 Offshore Energy Awards are:
Winner Best Innovation in Offshore Energy Award
Presented by Joop Roodenburg, CEO, Huisman
OASYS by ECE Offshore
This innovation is about improved monitoring of power cables during installation in wind farms. The industry has been confronted with various cable faults during the installation of power cables and this has resulted in high unexpected costs. ECE offshore has provided a solution for reducing the risk of faults during cable installation. The OASYS cable monitoring system is a device which is connected to the installation vessel (underwater of course). The working principle of the device is based on sonar technology. With the specific software developed for this application, the system is able to provide real-time cable integrity data for departure angle, sagbend radius, top tension, and bottom tension. The system has successfully been applied in more than 90 cable monitoring operations. The overall result has been fewer failures during power cable installation compared to traditional way of monitoring ( ROVs, etc). This system has a great future.
Winner Offshore Energy Public Outreach Award
Presented by Robert Plat, Principal Offshore Consultant, Royal IHC and Bernard Alblas, Chairman, Young IRO.
Although it proves a challenge for all applicants to reach a broad public, the Buccaneer is making a great effort by their monthly networking events, where information is shared and discussions take place on a variety of topics, mostly focusing on innovation and the energy transition. The Buccaneer becomes more and more a center for innovative knowledge and a meeting point for the young and established parties in the energy sector. The Buccaneer is supporting the young generation, who can have a great impact on the energy transition, to boost their start-ups by offering a space and creating an environment of sharing experiences and ideas.
Winner Offshore Energy Young Engineer Award
Presented by Didi te Gussinklo Ohmann, Operations Director, Van Oord Offshore Wind
Marius Ottolini, Installation Engineer, Heerema Marine Contractors
Offshore engineering is about knowledge, critical thinking, (passion not to forget) and above all, collaboration. It is clear that the winner brought his passion for offshore engineering and willingness to collaborate to the industry. Lateral thinking and novel ideas brought the winner to the spotlight of the jury. Ottolini led a successful team that forms the engine room which fueled the success of his project. He has made the industry more attractive for other young professionals.
The 2019 edition
Offshore Energy Opening Gala Dinner and Awards show will be back in 2019 for the fourth edition which will be held on 7 October 2019.