Offshore Energy Young Engineer Award Criteria & benefits & procedure

Offshore Energy Young Engineer


The Offshore Energy Young Engineer Award will recognize outstanding achievements of an engineer of 35 years of age or younger.

 Offshore Energy Young Engineer Award winner 2019, Travis Anthony, Project Engineer at Shell


Nominees 2019
• Jesper Elzinga, Van Oord
• Tom Ashley, Royal IHC
• Travis Anthony, Shell

Benefits for nominees
• Use of the Offshore Energy Young Engineer Award - 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:
• Being the Winner of the Offshore Energy Young Engineer 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.

Important dates
01 March 2019 Registration Offshore Energy Awards open
31 May 2019 Registration Offshore Energy Awards closed
07 June 2019 First ranking round by Jury. A maximum of 6 nominees will be invited to pitching round.
20 June 2019 Pitching round Offshore Energy Awards
26 June 2019 Announcement of the three nominees per award
07 October 2019 Announcing the winner per award during the Offshore Energy Opening Gala Dinner & Awards Show 2019v at the Amsterdome in Amsterdam


Mr. Robert Plat (Chair)
Principal Consultant Offshore,
Royal IHC

Robert Plat holds a PhD degree in the field of Oil & Gas Production Technology. In 1995 he joined IRO as Project Leader R&D. In 1996 he joined TNO-NITG and was posted for 3 years in Surinam as Senior Production- and Reservoir Engineer. In 2000 he joined Avans University of Professional Education and founded the BSc-level school for Offshore Engineering and Automation. From 2001 to 2008 he was also part-time consultant in the field of R&D subsidies. In 2008 he translated to Dutch the book of Robert L. Mott “Applied Fluid Dynamics”, available at Pearson Education. In March 2009 he joined Royal IHC as Manager Offshore Technology Institute. Since February 2015 he holds the position of Principal Consultant Offshore at Royal IHC.

Mr. Marius Ottolini
Business Analyst,
Heerema Marine Contractors Nederlands SE

Marius began his professional career 5 years ago, when he became a geotechnical engineer at Heerema - based in Leiden and providing occassional offshore support. Being part of the innovation team, he developed pioneering silent pile installation methods for which he won the Offshore Energy Young Engineer Award 2018. Currently, he carries a role of Business Analyst. In this role he performs strategic analysis, helping Heerema to position itself in the rapidly changing energy landscape.

Mr. Bernard Alblas
Young IRO
Since 2008 Bernard has been working with Royal IHC in various jobs and currently as Manager Proposal Department within the services division. In 2017, together with a few industry friends he founded Young IRO. Basically they felt IRO events were representing the established members and not really the younger generation, the future of our industry. With the support of the IRO, their mission is to facilitate continuous learning, development & knowledge exchange through business friendships between young industry professionals. As chairman of Young IRO and in his daily job, Bernard wants to focus on bringing parties together to become a stronger and more efficient industry. "I am honored I can represent Young IRO in my role as jury member for the 2019 Offshore Energy Awards, off course with extra attention for the Young Engineer Award".
Jaap den Ouden
Den Ouden Waterside Industries B.V.
Jaap den Ouden (1943) studied Mechanical Engineering at the Hoge School Rotterdam in 1965 and is the founder and 50 per cent shareholder of Mercon, a company focused on storage terminals for oil and gas, based in Gorinchem through his business Den Ouden Waterside Industries B.V.
In 2009, Den Ouden received the IRO Award of Excellence in the offshore industry. Den Ouden is an active member of the Oil & Gas Reinvented Community of Siemens, Shell and TNO. Next to that, he is a President of the Supervisory Board of Kooren Maritieme Services N.V.
Hugo Bouvy
Managing Director ,
DEME Offshore
As from 2019 Hugo Bouvy is Managing Director of DEME Offshore, providing the most comprehensive offering to offshore oil, gas and renewable energy customers. In this capacity he is also member of the Executive Committee of the DEME Group.
Hugo graduated as Master of Science in Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Delft, including a minor in offshore engineering. Over the years he successfully participated in management programs of INSEAD and followed many specialised courses in the field of behaviour based safety.
Hugo began his career as Installation and Project Engineer at various destinations in the Gulf of Mexico. In 1995 he started working as Superintendent on board of the fallpipe vessel Rollingstone, followed by his appointment as Project Manager at Tideway where he was responsible for various striking rock placement operations all over the world.
Before he was officially appointed Managing Director of Tideway B.V. in 2007, Hugo worked intensively as Area Manager for the DEME dredging activity line in the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East. In this period DEME successfully completed projects like the Hazira LNG project for Shell or Indian Oil Paradip facilities. In this period DEME also started the prestigious Doha airport project and completed the Pearl of the Gulf.
In 2011 he became member of the DEME Management Team and Hugo was appointed as Board Member at numerous DEME entities worldwide. Finally Hugo is heavily involved in DEME's deepsea mining activities as Director of GSR. This company has worldwide concessions for the exploitation and exploration of manganese nodules and has tested different mining crawlers in the Clarion Clipperton zone.

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