MEMBER NEWS: Subsea Expo Awards 2024 finalists revealed

January 29, 2024
MEMBER NEWS: Subsea Expo Awards 2024 finalists revealed

The finalists for the 2024 Subsea Expo Awards have been announced ahead of the ceremony taking place in Aberdeen next month.

Organised by Global Underwater Hub, the leading trade and industry development body for the UK’s underwater industry, the prestigious annual event will take place on Wednesday, 21 February at P&J Live.

Fourteen companies have been shortlisted as finalists in the awards which celebrate the achievements of companies and individuals that are leading the way in the UK’s underwater sectors. Around 500 guests are expected to attend the black-tie dinner at which seven awards will be presented.

The Company of the Year under 50 employees category, sponsored by Ocean Installer, sees nominations for north-east companies AISUS Subsea and J+S Subsea, which have been shortlisted alongside Crondall Energy, which has a base in the Granite City.

Finalists in the Company of the Year over 50 employees category are underwater cable and umbilical designer and manufacturer Fibron BX, integrated energy services company Kent and electrical monitoring and asset integrity solutions provider Viper Innovations.

Recognising excellence in international trade, the Global Exports category – sponsored by Kraken Robotics – sees Viper Innovations shortlisted alongside Hartlepool-based subsea technologies and services provider JDR Cable Systems.

Up and coming talent in the underwater industry will be recognised with the Rising Star Award. The nominations in this category are Iván Alonso of Basingstoke-based Aquatec Group, Ciaran Reid of Crondall Energy and Kairvee Tyagi of J+S Subsea.

Shortlisted in the Technology Development category, sponsored by C-Kore Systems, are Balmoral Group, SEAJET Systems and joint entrants Sonomatic and Geo Oceans. This award acknowledges excellence in developing a new technology and bringing it to market.

In the Safety Innovation category, sponsored by J+S Subsea, the finalists are specialised subsea project management and engineering firm MMA Offshore and technology provider to the energy industries TechnipFMC.

An individual who has made a significant contribution to the underwater and subsea industries throughout their career will be recognised with the Outstanding Contribution Award, which will be announced on the night.

Providing entertainment will be Scottish impressionist, comedian and presenter Rory Bremner, best known for his work on TV shows Mock The Week and Bremner, Bird and Fortune. With a number of elections taking place around the world this year, Rory’s political satire and impressions of public figures will keep guests entertained.

Neil Gordon, chief executive of Global Underwater Hub, said: “The annual Subsea Expo Awards celebrate the individuals and companies that are making their mark on the UK’s £8billion underwater industry. The shortlisted finalists demonstrate the depth of talent, technology and innovation that exists in the sector and how the knowledge, skills and products developed in the UK continue to be shared with the world.”

The awards are a highlight of the three-day Subsea Expo exhibition and conference which runs from Tuesday, 20 to Thursday, 22 February at P&J Live and is free to attend. Around 6,000 visitors are expected to visit over the course of the event, which this year has the theme of Navigating the Blue Frontier.

Tickets for the Subsea Expo Awards can be bought online at, with individual places or tables of 10 available

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