AKER Solutions has been named Company of the Year at the 2013 Subsea Energy Australia awards, with Wood Group Kenny, Intecsea and Perth-based Geo Oceans also taking out prizes.

Members of the four-person judging panel said Aker’s local growth, record of nine years without a lost time injury and strong commitment to the local supply chain had won them the award.
An honourable mention went to Oceaneering Australia, which had demonstrated impressive recent local growth, underpinned by a clear vision and strategy.

The awards also singled out Intecsea’s Technical Advisor in Advanced Engineering Alastair Walker for special recognition – recognising his long term involvement with and impact on the global subsea and pipeline industry.

With over 40 years experience in the industry, both industrial and academic, Dr Walker has published more than 130 technical papers relating to subsea pipelines – making a significant contribution to the development of design methods in that time.

Judges also acknowledged the subsea industry contribution made by John Rossier through his participation in the International Marine Contractors Association and the Australian Mines and Metals Association.

Intecsea Riser Engineer Chris Madeley also walked away a winner, winning the emerging Talent Award for what his company said was his “outstanding ability to think outside of the box and bring new and unique ideas.”

It was also a good night for Wood Group Kenny, which took away the Industry Innovation and Technology award in recognition of the lightweight riser vacuum testing equipment designed in-house.
The new tool weighs just 40 kilograms, which the company says allows the equipment to be mobilised to remote locations in a fraction of the time via helicopter.

The company also won the safety leadership award in recognition of its behavioural based safety program, which has a heavy emphasis on leadership, communication and local implementation, as well as its 14 year-record of avoiding a lost time injury.

The award for a New Enterprise went to Perth-based diverless benthic marine habitat survey company Geo Oceans, which judges said had established a broad client base with repeat business and growth.

“Geo Oceans demonstrated a vision of growth and a strategy to retain their market advantage that makes the potential for a strong future,” the judges said.