GATE, TechnipFMC receive NOIA safety awards

April 15, 2021
GATE Energy and TechnipFMC are the winners of the 2021 NOIA Safety in Seas Awards competition.

Offshore staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) has announced that GATE Energy and TechnipFMC are the winners of the 2021 NOIA Safety in Seas Awards competition.

GATE Energy is the 2021 NOIA Safety in Seas Culture of Safety Award winner. TechnipFMC is the 2021 NOIA Safety in Seas Safety Practice Award winner.

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. The Safety Practice Award recognizes specific technologies, approaches, methods, or projects with direct and demonstrable impacts on improving safety.

NOIA President Erik Milito said: “Safety, health and environmental performance are a cornerstone of the offshore energy industry. GATE Energy and TechnipFMC show the dedication, and innovation, in constantly finding new ways to keep workers and the environment safe that makes the American offshore energy industry so special.

“The Safety in Seas awards are very competitive with many companies demonstrating highly advanced safety practices and safety cultures. We thank all the applicants, who represent almost every industry segment, for playing a strong role in the continuous advancement of safety in offshore operations. Continuous safety innovation is one of the many reasons why the American offshore is, and should remain, the energy region of choice for the US and the world.”

GATE Energy won the Culture of Safety Award for its leadership and safety culture, including the development of an integrated management system that is compliant with occupational health and safety management requirements established in 45001:2018.

In February 2019, it became the first company in North American to achieve certification in ISO 45001. The company has had zero recordable cases and zero lost time due to injuries over the past six years.

Grant Gibson, CEO of GATE Energy, said: “This award is a testament to GATE’s solitary focus to build a culture to keep safety and quality in our business as the highest priority for our staff and our clients. The biggest value we provide to our clients and shareholders is executing a job efficiently, with high quality in a safe manner where our staff, contractors and clients go home to their families at the end of their work day.

“I want to take this moment to thank everyone that has had a role to play in GATE’s success and recognize NOIA for their tireless work to take our country forward. We are so proud of this award and this stands as one of the greatest recognitions for GATE.”

TechnipFMC won the Safety Practice Award for the Gemini ROV system. Developed over the past four years and first deployed in August 2020, the Gemini ROV overcomes limitations of legacy ROV systems. The ROV was built to dive for a month at a time, compared to conventional daily dives, and can change tools subsea instead of on deck, leading to an 80-90% reduction in on-deck healthy, safety, and environment exposure time. It also includes a BOP intervention system that is capable of both shearing the drillstring or casing inside a BOP and sealing a well.

Jonathan Landes, President Subsea at TechnipFMC, said: “Safety is at the forefront of everything we do at TechnipFMC and advanced robotics plays a key role in transforming offshore safety. We sincerely appreciate receiving this award from NOIA for the contribution that the Gemini ROV makes to significantly reducing on-deck exposure hours for offshore crews and for the ROV’s integrated compliance with API 53 guidelines to enhance safe drilling practices.

“This award recognizes the achievements of our engineering and production teams, who have developed key technologies – including machine vision, automation and advanced fluid intervention systems – to enable this level of industry transformation.”

NOIA and Compass Publications also recognize the Offshore Operators Committee and the COVID-19 Workgroup for their outstanding leadership in promoting industry-wide collaboration, health, and safety in developing and promoting COVID-19 mitigation efforts for the offshore energy industry.

The OOC COVID-19 workgroup created a platform for operators, trade groups, and other stakeholders to collectively respond to the global pandemic. The workgroup coordinated rapid, frequent, and impactful communication, established a common coding system, and built an industry management systems document, which was adopted as a reference document by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.