GATE Energy, TechnipFMC Win 2021 NOIA Safety in Seas Awards; NOIA & Compass Publications Recognize OOC for COVID-19 Leadership

For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 15, 2021
NOIA Contact:  Justin Williams, (202) 465-8464 |

GATE Energy, TechnipFMC Win 2021 NOIA Safety in Seas Awards;
NOIA & Compass Publications Recognize OOC for COVID-19 Leadership

Washington, D.C. - The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) is pleased to announce that GATE Energy and TechnipFMC are the winners of the 2021 NOIA Safety in Seas Awards com

petition. GATE Energy is the 2021 NOIA Safety in Seas Culture of Safety Award winner and TechnipFMC is recognized for the 2021 NOIA Safety in Seas Safety Practice award.

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

NOIA President Erik Milito congratulates GATE Energy and TechnipFMC, saying, “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 U.S. and the world.”

GATE Energy is recognized for the Culture of Safety Award for their leadership and safety culture, including the development of an Integrated Management System (IMS) that is compliant with occupational health and safety management requirements established in 45001:2018. In February 2019, GATE Energy became the first company in North American to achieve certification in ISO 45001. GATE Energy has had zero recordable cases and zero lost time due to injuries over the past six years.

Grant Gibson, CEO of GATE Energy, says: “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 is recognized for the Safety Practice Award for the Gemini® ROV System. Developed over the past four years and first deployed in August 2020, the Gemini® ROV System overcomes limitations of legacy ROV systems. The Gemini® ROV System 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. The Gemini® ROV System also includes a Blow Out Preventer (BOP) intervention system that is capable of both shearing the drill string or casing inside a BOP and sealing a well.

Jonathan Landes, President Subsea at TechnipFMC, commented, “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 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The award-winning entries from GATE Energy and TechnipFMC were evaluated by an independent panel of judges from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the National Academy of Science’s Transportation Research Board, and two industry safety consultants. There were 13 applications between the two Safety in Seas Categories.

NOIA has held the SIS awards competition since 1978 to recognize those who contribute to improving the safety of life in the offshore energy industry. The awards are sponsored by Compass Publications.


About GATE Energy
GATE Energy is a family of companies that provide scalable, fit-for-purpose services for the energy sector including engineering, commissioning, and specialty field services.

About TechnipFMC
TechnipFMC is a leading technology provider to the traditional and new energies industry, delivering fully integrated projects, products, and services. With their proprietary technologies and comprehensive solutions, TechnipFMC is transforming our clients’ project economics, helping them unlock new possibilities to develop energy resources while reducing carbon intensity and supporting their energy transition ambitions. Organized in two business segments — Subsea and Surface Technologies — TechnipFMC will continue to advance the industry with our pioneering integrated ecosystems (such as iEPCI™, iFEED™ and iComplete™), technology leadership and digital innovation. Each of the approximately 20,000 employees is driven by a commitment to clients’ success, and a culture of strong execution, purposeful innovation, and challenging industry conventions.

About the Offshore Operators Committee
The Offshore Operators Committee (OOC) is a non-profit trade organization focused on Offshore Energy. OOC plays a vital role in creating a collaborative forum for advancements in Technology, Safety and the Environment.

About the National Ocean Industries Association
The National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) represents and advances a dynamic and growing offshore energy industry, providing solutions that support communities and protect our workers, the public and our environment.

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