Larry Rigdon, chairman of the board at Jackson Offshore Holdings, received the Offshore Support Journal (OSJ)’s Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala evening event in London. He has served the offshore industry for 40 years providing strong leadership, guidance and experience to various vessel owners and operators. In a distinguished career he has run his own vessel owning business, Rigdon Offshore, and held senior posts at Zapata Gulf Marine, Tidewater and GulfMark Offshore. He has also served as a member of the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee to the US Coast Guard and on the board of directors of the National Ocean Industries Association.
Mr Rigdon said: “I am humbled by this award. It is about the great people surrounding myself with.” He included ship designers, chief financial officer, vessel builders and operators in that list. He is now assisting his son Matt Rigdon and long-term friend Lee Jackson in operating eight vessels in Jackson Offshore.
At the awards ceremony, which was held in association with Cummins, Esnaad chief executive Dagher Darwish Al Marar won the Industry Leader award, which was sponsored by Lloyd’s Register. This was for his leadership in driving forward a major fleet renewal and upgrade programme. Esnaad is part of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co with one of the largest fleets in the Middle East.
The award for the Support Vessel of the Year, sponsored by DNV GL, went to the innovative subsea construction vessel Lewek Constellation, owned by Emas Offshore and built by Triyards. The vessel was designed for deepwater pipelay, heavy lift and subsea construction operations.
The OSJ Shipowner of the Year award, sponsored by National Oilwell Varco (NOV), went to Harvey Gulf International Marine for introducing the first LNG fuelled offshore support vessel into the Gulf of Mexico. The Environmental Award, sponsored by Nor-Shipping, was awarded to Corvus Energy for its lithium ion battery-based energy storage system.
The Bureau Veritas-sponsored OSJ Innovation of the Year award was won by NOV for its Trident fibre rope crane. The Offshore Renewables Award, sponsored by F-3 Offshore was won by Ostensjo Rederi for its service operation vessel for Dong Energy. The OSJ Subsea Innovation Award was awarded for the Soft Rope System, developed in collaboration by Deeptek, Dyneema and Lankhorst Ropes. Norway’s Ship Modelling Simulation Centre (SMSC) won the Dynamic Positioning Award for its Onboard Training System for DP operators.