Offshore Energy Best Innovation Award

Best Innovation Award

The Award for "Best Innovation in Offshore Energy" is intended to highlight the best innovation in the entire offshore energy market, within the last two years (2016 and 2017). 


  • Project, product or service needs to be focused on the offshore energy market (oil & gas, offshore wind and marine energy);
  • Innovation cannot be older than 2 years;
  • Innovation is a new concept/feed study or variation on an existing product or service;
  • The innovation provides significant benefits (safety, cost reductions, efficiency etc.) beyond existing technologies;
  • The innovation has to be proven through full-scale application or successful prototype testing.

You can no longer send in your nomination for the Best Innovation in Offshore Energy Award, the submission period is closed.

Nominees for the Best Innovation in Offshore Energy Award 2017:

• Barge Master with their 'Floating motion compensated drilling'
• Gusto MSC with their 'NG-20000X with Telescopic Leg Crane'
• Next Ocean with their 'Next Ocean Wave Predictor'



Benefits for nominees and winners

Benefits of being nominated by the jury
  • Use of Best Innovation in Offshore Energy - Nominee logo on your website and in marketing and public relations material;
  • A personalized Nominee promo film;
  • Promotion on the Offshore Energy website, social media, in mailings and print media;
  • Gain broad international recognition and significant market visibility through global media coverage;
  • The independent endorsement of your company's expertise and professionalism via a review by a jury of industry experts, business executives and academics;
  • Attend the black tie Opening Gala Dinner and Awards Show at one of the Nominees Tables (2 tickets) and meet international offshore energy professionals.

Benefits of winning
The above plus:

  • For one year being the Winner of the Best Innovation in Offshore Energy Award;
  • An Offshore Energy Awards trophy and certificate;
  • Use of the Offshore Energy Award Winner logo on your website and in marketing and public relations material.

The winner of the Best Innovation in Offshore Energy Award 2016:

INTECSEA and Innospection with FlexIQ (video) 

Mr. Jan Hoegee
Director Maritime & Offshore,
TNO Maritime & Offshore

His maritime roots were founded at the Royal Netherlands Naval College where he was educated as a Marine Engineering officer. His technical background was sharpened during his study at the Technical University of Delft, where he received his Master degree in Mechanical Engineering. There his special interest in Man-Machine Interactions further developed. 

After a career within the Royal Netherlands Navy he gained international business experience within a variety of small scale and global industrial companies, always with a focus on capital intensive goods. 

Currently he and his team are working on a variety of complex research & development issues in the maritime & renewable offshore domain regarding assets and its operations for a broad group of (inter)national customers. 

He chaired the jury of the inaugural Best Innovation in Offshore Energy Award in 2106.  

"As I have been sailing the oceans for some time I am used to look at the horizon. I wish that all innovations in Offshore Energy will contribute to the horizon of clean seas and global renewable exploitation of resources from the oceans.”

Ms. Saskia Rijtema
Heerema Marine Contractors

On June 1, 2017 Saskia Rijtema was appointed Chief Operating Officer, where she is responsible for Project & Services, Operations and QASHE.

Saskia started her career at Heerema Marine Contractors in October 1997 and has since been working in various departments and been involved in many projects all around the world. Over the years she has developed a wide engineering and project execution experience in the various business activities of HMC.

In 2014, Saskia took on the responsibility as VP Technology and was promoted to Senior Vice-President Technology and Innovation in January 2016, where she was responsible for all engineering for projects, tenders and assets worldwide as well as HMC's innovation agenda.

Mr. Ronald Quik
Sr. Sector M&A Manager,

Ronald is responsible for ABN AMRO Bank’s corporate finance advisory activities in the Maritime & Offshore sector. Ronald is a Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam graduate in Financial Economics. In the last 17 years, Ronald advised on numerous mergers & acquisitions and equity capital markets transactions such as the management buy-out of Dockwise, various acquisitions for Royal IHC, the sale of Enviem Wholesale, and more recently the initial public offering of SIF Group. In 2016, Ronald joined the Board of Our Oceans Challenge Foundation as Treasurer. Furthermore, Ronald is an investor in and advisory board member of EdTech start-up Leeruniek.

Mr. Joop Roodenburg

Joop Roodenburg is CEO of Huisman. A Delft University of Technology graduate; he developed the world’s first heavy lift mast crane for offshore lifts in 1983. In 2018, Huisman will deliver two 10,000-tonne Tub Cranes, the world’s largest to date.  Joop Roodenburg led his company into the pipelay market in 1996 and the offshore drilling market in 1998. Today the company is known for its advanced and pioneering solutions for the oil & gas, renewables, civil engineering and leisure markets.  In 2015, Joop Roodenburg founded ‘Buccaneer Delft’, a centre for energy and offshore and accelerator for young technology companies. With the accelerator he envisions to pass on his drive for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship to the new generation of young and ambitious entrepreneurs.

Mr. Jasper Vis
Country Manager NL,
DONG Energy

Jasper Vis is country manager for DONG Energy in the Netherlands. He has been working for DONG Energy since 2012. Mr. Vis is a member of the general board of the Dutch wind energy association NWEA. Previously, he worked a.o. at TAQA Energy, consultancy Ecofys, the Dutch NGO ‘Nature&Environment’ and the Dutch Ministry of Environment.

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