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Highlighting subsea excellence

Nominations are now open for the annual UTC Award; the subsea highest, industry-led accolade, highlighting the companies and individuals that demonstrate excellence in underwater technology.

The award will be announced and presented at the industry’s longest and leading annual subsea technical gathering, the Underwater Technology Conference (UTC), being held in Bergen from June 14-16.

Chosen by a panel of industry peers, selected by Norway’s Underwater Technology Foundation (UTF), the UTC Award is designed to recognize, celebrate and showcase the many outstanding achievements within the global industry of underwater technologies.

Previous year’s winners have included technologies which introduce major advances in electrification, subsea inspection and robotics and subsea processing to the industry.

For this year’s award, the UTC Award judges are encouraging nominations that highlight radical new underwater technologies that will contribute significantly to our collective drive towards low-carbon energy production. This could be technologies that contribute to the development of renewable energies through to energy efficient oil and gas recovery and even combinations of both.

In addition to the above, the judges will be looking for clear evidence of innovation, project execution, innovation, increasing efficiency, HSE and global commercial potential.  

Technologies or projects are expected to have been launched into the marketplace, or significantly upgraded or improved or have occurred within the last 12-18 months.

The official deadline for entries for the UTC Award is May 11, but we will allow for late submissions untill May 20th if needed. 

You can find the entry guidelines here

Last year's winner

ABB’s break-through subsea power system, able to distribute up to 100 MW of electricity over long distances and in ultra-deep water, won the sixth UTC Award. The Joint Industry Project (JIP) involved the development of subsea power and conversion technology able to work in down to 3,000 m water depth and over distances of up to 600 km.

Read the full article here.

All previous winners


The winners of the fifth UTC Award, Saab Seaeye’s Jan Siesjö, Chief Engineer, and Peter Erkers, sales director, drove the Saab eRobotic Spring Campaign 2019; a world first in subsea vehicle deep water residency capability, proving the potential for marine autonomous systems to take a greater role in underwater inspection, repair and maintenance methodologies.


The winners of the 2018 UTC Award were Kaj-Ove Skartun, Leading Subsea Engineer at Equinor, and Arve Iversen, ROV Operations Manager, Oceaneering, as leaders and representatives of the E-ROV project. The E-ROV concept is a battery-powered electric work class ROV which can be piloted from shore, via a communication buoy, without the support of a surface vessel.


The winner of the 2017, and third UTC Award was Åsgard Subsea Compressor. Lars Brenne, Statoil, Tor Bjørge, Statoil, Svend Tarald Kibsgaard, Statoil and George Kleynhans, MAN Diesel and Turbo all clearly demonstrated the value of Collaboration, Multidicipline expertise and last, but not least, Persistence to make a difference and drive technology and out industry forward.


The winner of the second UTC Award 2016 was OneSubsea®’s Multiphase Compressor. Bernt Helge Torkildsen and Simon Kalgraff, OneSubsea, and Jarle Ottar Hella and Caroline Bøe, Statoil was recognized for their significant contributions to the OneSubsea’s Multiphase compressor technology.


The first UTC Award was awarded Tracerco for their Discoveryᵀᴹ at UTC 2015. The jury recognized Discovery’s™ innovative technology, the large global potential, the fact the technology is field proven with excellent results and that it contributes to both operators, IMR companies and suppliers. Paul Featonby, Technology Manager and Tim Hough, Discovery Technology Lead, both at Tracerco, are recognized for the technology and project execution.

UTC is the industry’s longest running and foremost subsea conference. Since its foundation by the UTF in 1980, UTC has been an open and collaborative forum for looking to the future of subsea technologies and systems – for pushing the technical limits, safely. Today, UTC is co-organised by UTF and GCE Ocean Technology, with organising partners the Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) and the Forening for fjernstyrt undervannsteknologi (Association for Remote-Controlled Underwater Technology) (FFU).