Proserv named subsea company of the year

Proserv was named company of the year at the 2015 Subsea UK Awards.

During the past 12 months, Proserv marked a number of milestones including a series of contract awards which expanded its manufacturing facilities and launching a new subsea technology. Proserv also secured major investment to help ensure its future sustainable growth and success.

The event, which was attended by over 850 people, closed the opening day of Subsea Expo in and was sponsored by Forum Energy Technologies, Costain Upstream, Genesis and SETS, in which the achievements of various subsea companies were recognized on 11 February 2015 at the Subsea UK Awards

David Lamont, CEO at Proserv, said: “It is a real privilege to win this award particularly during what has been a very challenging time for the industry. Against this backdrop, we have continued to evolve through a robust business strategy focused upon building on our market-leading position, track record and delivery of world-class products and services.”

Commercial diving veteran, Alf Leadbitter, from The Underwater Centre in Fort William, received the award for outstanding contribution to the subsea industry. Mr. Leadbitter’s career spans more than 50 years as a commercial diver, dive supervisor, instructor and assessor. He has worked at The Underwater Centre for more than 30 years, the last ten of which have been as a diver training authority.

Mr. Leadbitter said: “I feel absolutely honored and privileged to have won this award; to be acknowledged in such a way for doing a job that I enjoy so much is very special indeed. I’ve been lucky to have a career that has required me to travel the globe, both as a diver and a trainer.”

Tracerco was selected for the Simmon sponsored Innovation & Technology award in recognition of its Discovery technology, which has been marked as a break-through in subsea pipeline inspection. Oil companies using the technology can non-intrusively inspect complex subsea flowlines for both flow assurance issues and integrity flaws from the outside of the pipe without removing any protective and insulation coatings.

Lee Robins, Tracero’s head of subsea services, said: “Our ethos is to strive for technical excellence in order to add value to our customers, and Discovery is an excellent example of how our research and development team is able to work with our customers to create a technology solution that overcomes their most significant challenges."

Express Engineering Oil & Gas secured the global exports award sponsored by Aberdeenshire Council. The company has a number of global frame agreements for subsea products and regularly exports to Malaysia, Brazil, Norway, Singapore, USA, Azerbaijan, Angola and Nigeria. Its export revenues have grown from US$10.6 million to $29.2 million in the last three years. 

The new enterprise award, sponsored by Apache North Sea, was presented to ToolTec. Formed in 2013, the firm has four employees and seven subsea companies as clients.  Over the past 12 months, ToolTec has doubled its workshop and now has a large storage yard and tank testing for subsea equipment.

Alan Muirhead of Ingen Ideas was presented the emerging young talent award, sponsored by Bibby Offshore. Having joined the company as a graduate, Alan has assumed a mentoring role for all new graduates at Ingen Ideas and is involved in their continual development.

Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, said: “The number and standard of entries we received for this year’s awards would surprise many who were unaware of the numerous success stories we have had over the past 12 months.

“There have been some wonderful achievements in what has been a difficult period for many of our members. Times like these do present opportunities and the firms recognized tonight are amongst those that have the capacity to provide the innovation, talent and leadership to steer our industry through the challenges ahead.”

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