WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) has selected Oceaneering and Danos as the winners of the 2020 NOIA Safety in Seas Awards competition.
Oceaneering received the 2020 NOIA Safety in Seas Safety Practice Award, and Danos won the 2020 NOIA Safety in Seas Culture of Safety Award.
The Safety Practice Award recognizes specific technologies, approaches, methods, or projects with direct and demonstrable impacts on improving safety. The Culture of Safety Award honors overall organizational immersion in and commitment to safety, which has resulted in remarkable, measurable, and sustained safety performance over a prolonged period.
NOIA recognized Oceaneering for its Liberty E-ROV resident subsea vehicle. The E-ROV is piloted fully from the onshore, eliminating the need for ROV and vessel personnel to travel to and from offshore, which reduces work in higher-risk environments. The system has led to a 75% reduction in topsides support vessel and crew support, as well as a reduction of 1,400 tons of CO2 emissions. The E-ROV concept also increases the applications for other ROV systems and deployments, including subsea sensors, pumping systems, and monitoring equipment.
The association recognized Danos for establishing an institutional safety culture through behavior-based safety programs and innovations like virtual reality to enhance worker training and augmented reality to improve work processes. Despite Danos employees logging a company record 8.9 million man-hours (a 35% increase over the previous high), it recorded a total recordable incident rate of 0.11, another company best.
The award-winning entries from Oceaneering and Danos were evaluated by an independent panel of judges from the US Coast Guard, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and an industry safety consultant. There were 14 applications from 13 companies between the two Safety in Seas Categories.