Subsea UK has just released the shortlist for its 2010 British subsea industry awards. The list of finalists includes 14 companies that are in the running for the organization’s prized Subsea UK Business Award, which recognizes excellence and achievement across the subsea sector. The finalists fall into several categories. In the category of “Subsea Company of the Year” (sponsored by Brewin Dolphin), finalists include First Subsea and Dominion Gas. In the “Emerging Talent” category (sponsored by Fugro), there are three individuals in the running: Peter Brannen with Aker Solutions, Liam Blair with Subsea 7, and Katy Wilson with Atkins Boreas There are three finalists for the “New Enterprise Award” (sponsored by Technip): Subocean Group Ltd., IPWL Ltd., and NCS Survey There also are three finalists for the “Subsea Innovation & Technology Award” (sponsored by Simmons & Co. International). They are GE Oil & Gas, Atkins Boreas, and VerdErg. Finalists for the “Subsea Global Exports Award” (sponsored by UK Trade & Investment) include First Subsea, Optical Metrology Services, and Dominion Gas Winners will be announced at an awards dinner sponsored by Triton Group on February 10 as part of “Subsea 2010,” a two-day conference that will be held at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre February 10 and 11. Subsea UK will also present an award to the individual who has made the greatest contribution to the subsea industry in 2009. According to Alistair Birnie, Subsea UK chief executive, “These awards are an excellent and important opportunity to highlight those outstanding organizations and individuals who have shown great flair, innovation, creativity, and vision in our industry in the last 12 months. These individuals and organizations have not only helped shape the industry’s past but will be a vital part of driving forward its future.” Hear, hear!!