Awards and Certifications

2015

Seatrade Global Awards


Topaz received the “Deal of the Year” Award at the 2015 Seatrade Global Awards in London, for its contract win with BP Exploration (“Caspian Sea”) Limited (“BP”), which was announced in March 2016. 

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René Kofod-Olsen, Chief Executive Officer, Topaz Energy and Marine, said of the award, “We are honored to have been awarded the Seatrade ‘Deal of the Year’ Award. This award marks the first time Topaz has secured a prestigious international award and reflects our increasing presence as a globally significant OSV business.  We are especially proud to have been recognized for our efforts in a period of tough market conditions.  We are grateful to have the opportunity to work with world-class clients such as BP and we thank them for their ongoing trust in our ability to deliver.”

The Seatrade Awards were first introduced in 1988, to celebrate and recognize the achievements of the industry and outstanding individuals within it.  This year sees the 28th edition of the awards.

 

COO Geoff Taylor (second from left) received the Deal of the Year Award on behalf of Topaz


Lloyd's List Awards


Topaz has scooped two awards at the 2015 Lloyd’s List Middle East and Indian Subcontinent awards in the categories of ‘Offshore and Energy’ and ‘Maritime Services’. Topaz was also Highly Commended for the Safety Award. 

The awards recognise Topaz’s excellence in providing services to the offshore industry with entries judged on elements such as customer service, safety, environmental protection, cost management as well as vessel efficiency and reliability and company profitability.

Topaz’s long-term strategic focus of maintaining a younger fleet drives safe, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective services, resulting in higher utilization, which currently sits at 87% despite challenging market conditions. Its excellent safety track record, capital discipline and excellent operational health and safety track record have helped entrench its MENA and Caspian stronghold and facilitate its expansion into new markets in Africa.  

René Kofod-Olsen, CEO, Topaz Energy and Marine, said:

“It is an honour to be selected for not one but two awards at the highly regarded Lloyd’s List awards event among a highly competitive peer group. 

“At Topaz, we pride ourselves on our young and technologically advanced fleet, our model of securing medium to long-term contracts and our ability to actively manage costs in a difficult operating environment. These awards provide external recognition of our efforts in providing best-in-class services to the offshore industry and I would like to dedicate the awards to our seafarers working across the MENA, Caspian and African regions who dedicate themselves every day to excelling in our industry.”

 
2015 Lloyd's List Awards

From left to right: CEO René Kofod-Olsen, Head of QHSSE Ian Trebinski, and COO Geoff Taylor


Seatrade Maritime Awards


Topaz has been selected as the winner for ‘The Safety and Quality Award’ at the 2015 Seatrade Maritime Awards amidst very strong competition. The award recognised the Company’s uncompromising focus on safety and reputation among clients for maintaining a consistently strong safety performance over its 40-year history.

René Kofod-Olsen, CEO, Topaz Energy and Marine, said:

“We would like to thank the judges and organizers of the Seatrade Maritime Awards for selecting us as winner for ‘The Safety and Quality Award.’ As the premier maritime awards for the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa, it is an honour to be selected amongst such a strong peer group.

Safety is our absolute top priority and we are therefore delighted that we have been recognised for the work we have done to achieve high safety standards. We will continue to invest in innovative solutions to help us improve safety and quality which in turn helps drive our long-term sustainable business plan in the region.

 
Topaz SMA Safety and Quality Award 2015

CEO René Kofod-Olsen accepted 'The Safety and Quality Award' on behalf of Topaz.


2014

Lloyd's List Awards


Topaz has won the Offshore and Energy Award and The Ship Operator Award and was Highly Commended in The Safety Award category at the Lloyd's List Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Awards 2014.

The Offshore and Energy Award recognised Topaz’s excellence in providing services to the offshore energy industry and The Ship Operator Award recognised Topaz’s excellence in the operation of its ships over the past year. In addition, Topaz was highly commended in the The Safety Award.

René Kofod-Olsen, CEO, Topaz Energy and Marine, said: "We pride ourselves on offering cost-effective quality services to the highest standards of safety. We are therefore delighted to have our efforts recognised by Lloyd's List. Winning these prestigious awards would not have been possible without the dedicated effort by all our employees and they deserve the highest praise and appreciation.” 

 
CEO Rene Kofod-Olsen accepting the "Offshore and Energy" award on behalf of Topaz

CEO René Kofod-Olsen accepting the ‘Offshore and Energy’ award on behalf of Topaz 


Seatrade Awards


Topaz has been selected as the winner for ‘Offshore Marine Development – Africa’ at the 2014 Seatrade Maritime Awards. This award recognized Topaz’s achievement in overcoming challenges and its significant investments and contributions to the African offshore market in the last year.

René Kofod-Olsen, CEO, Topaz Energy and Marine, said: “Our team could not be more deserving of this recognition considering the fast growth of our West African business in line with our Africa strategy set in 2012. The region presents significant challenges and we’re very pleased with our progress in partnership with our clients and stakeholders.”

 
2014 Topaz Seatrade Offshore Marine Development - Africa Award

CEO René Kofod-Olsen accepting the Seatrade ‘Offshore Marine Development - Africa’ award.


2013

Lloyd's List Awards


Topaz Energy and Marine won the Lloyd’s List ‘Offshore and Energy’ award at the recently held Lloyd’s List Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Awards at the Grand Hyatt in Dubai. The prize was awarded for excellence in providing services to the offshore energy industry via the operation of offshore support vessels. 

Accepting the award on behalf of Topaz was Chief Executive Officer, René Kofod-Olsen, who commented, “We are honoured to receive this award as it recognizes the reliability of our services, our strong commitment to safety and the sustained growth of our fleet with focus on modern and technologically advanced tonnage”.

Topaz was also a finalist for the ‘Ship Operator’ award.

 
CEO René Kofod-Olsen accepting the ‘Offshore and Energy’ award on behalf of Topaz

CEO René Kofod-Olsen accepting the ‘Offshore and Energy’ award on behalf of Topaz


Seatrade Awards


Topaz won the ‘Workboats’ award at the recent Seatrade Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Awards held at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai. 

Accepting the award on behalf of Topaz was Chief Operating Officer, Roy Donaldson, who commented, “It brings us great pride to be recognized in the industry through this award for our commitment to operational excellence and safety and our focus on maintaining a young and technologically advanced fleet”.

 
COO Roy Donaldson (center) accepting the ‘Workboats’ award on behalf of Topaz

Roy Donaldson (center) accepting the ‘Workboats’ award on behalf of Topaz. Photo courtesy of Seatrade.


2012

Lloyds List Awards


Topaz Energy and Marine was awarded the ‘Ship Operator Award’ at the Lloyd's List Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Awards 2012.

Commenting on the occasion, Roy Donaldson, Chief Operating Officer, Topaz Energy and Marine said, “Topaz Marine are proud to be the 2012 recipients of the prestigious Lloyd's List Ship Operator of the Year Award, which further cements our commitment to the highest standards in operating quality.”

Topaz was also highly commended in the ‘Safety Award’ category.

 
Photo of COO Roy Donaldson receiving the Lloyd's List 'Ship Operator of the Year Award' on behalf of Topaz

COO Roy Donaldson receives the Lloyd's List 'Ship Operator of the Year Award' on behalf of Topaz


Seatrade Awards


Topaz Marine was awarded the prestigious ‘Workboats Award’ for the fifth successive year amidst strong competition at the Seatrade Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Awards 2012 held in Dubai. The award is based on a number of criteria including, commitment to safety, technological advances, strength of client base, commitment to customer service, current & future growth initiatives, innovation, commitment to training of personnel and corporate social responsibility. Being the recipients of this prestigious award year on year is proof that Topaz has consistently raised its bar of performance and maintained its leading position in the Oil and Gas Marine services. Further to Topaz's commendation at the Lloyd's List Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Awards 2012 in October for the "Safety Award", Topaz Marine was also shortlisted for the Seatrade “Safety and Quality Award” this year.

 
Photo of COO Roy Donaldson receiving the ‘Workboats Award’ in behalf of Topaz Marine at the Seatrade Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Awards 2012

COO, Roy Donaldson (centre), receives the ‘Workboats Award’ in behalf of Topaz Marine at the Seatrade Middle East and Indian Subcontinent Awards 2012


2011

Seatrade Awards


Topaz Energy and Marine won two awards out of four nominations at the annual Seatrade Middle East & Indian Subcontinent Awards 2011 held in Dubai.

Stephen R. Thomas, commented on the awards, saying, "The Seatrade Awards are a benchmark for excellence in our industry. We are very honoured to have won these two awards amongst other first-class finalists. We shall treat the Safety & Quality Award as a charge of responsibility to maintain the highest standards of safety in all that we do."

Receiving the awards on behalf of the division was Roy Donaldson, COO of Topaz Marine, who said, "Our people work tirelessly to maintain a spotless safety record, and winning the Safety & Quality and Workboats Awards demonstrates the unwavering commitment and serious attention we place on safety and efficiency across our businesses. This has brought great honour to the company and we could not be more pleased by the outstanding effor of all those in Topaz Marine to qualify in four major categories.

Topaz's awards were won in strong competition with prominent companies and executives of the maritime community in the region and the Indian subcontinent ar a glamorous ceremony organised by Seatrade organisation. Topaz was also represented as a finalist in the 'Technical Innovation' and 'Marine Offshore Services' categories.

Safety & Quality Award - Topaz's commitment to safety permeates all levels of the organization, and the company always strives for an incident-free workplace through an uncompromising approach to safety. A systematic training and empowerment program ensures that all stagg actively participates in the development of ongoing improvements to an already well-established safety system.

Workboats Award - Operating a diverse fleet of vessels, Topaz Marine offers a wide range of offshore support services, including towage, rig moves, pipelay support, survey, subsea development, installation maintenance and repair, production and development supply, cable laying, ice breakers, etc. With our modern and dynamically positioned fleet, Topaz Marine is well-placed to offer quality, safe and reliable service to its customers.

 
Photo of COO Roy Donaldson receiving the Seatrade ‘Safety and Quality’ award in 2011 on behalf of Topaz

Topaz Marine COO, Roy Donaldson, receiving ‘The Safety & Quality Award’



Photo of COO Roy Donaldson receiving the Seatrade ‘Workboats’ award in 2011 on behalf of Topaz

Topaz Marine COO, Roy Donaldson, receiving ‘The Workboats Award’


RoSPA Award


Following the first win in 2010, Topaz Marine MENA has won the coveted RoSPA silver award for 2011. RoSPA, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, is a registered charity with a core focus on accident prevention in the UK and the rest of the world.

 
Photo of Topaz’s 2011 RoSPA Silver Award

The RoSPA Silver Award


2010

Lloyds List Awards


Topaz Energy and Marine was presented with two prestigious honours at Lloyds List Middle East & Indian Subcontinent Awards 2010. The awards ceremony, held on Wednesday 10th November in Dubai, saw Topaz Marine MENA accept the ‘Ship Owner and Operator’ award and the ‘Energy’ award.

Topaz Marine MENA was recognised by the judges for enhancing customer service even during the downturn leading to an increased customer base and also for Topaz’s restructuring efforts, which modernised the fleet and allowed for the provision of a more prompt and comprehensive service to the offshore industry.

Ron Clark, General Manager of Topaz Marine MENA, commented:   “To have won three awards in one year was already an outstanding achievement so now to add a further two is absolutely amazing. My thanks go to all of the Topaz Marine MENA staff and our crews. These awards truly belong to the entire Topaz Energy and Marine group and we will be very proud to display them on behalf of the whole Topaz family”.

 
Photo of Topaz’s trophies for Lloyd’s List 2011 ‘Ship Owner and Operator’ and ‘Energy’ awards

Topaz wins the ‘Ship Owner and Operator’ and the ‘Energy’ Awards


Seatrade Awards


Topaz Energy and Marine were proudly awarded three significant accolades at the 2010 Seatrade Awards including ‘Shipping Company of the Year’, ‘Marine & Offshore Services’ and the ‘Workboats’ award.

Topaz was also a finalist in the Ship Repair/Shipyard category and the ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ category for its work with the ‘Flying Angel’, a seafarer’s support boat operating in the offshore anchorage of Fujairah.

 
Photo of COO Roy Donaldson receiving Seatrade ‘Marine and Offshore Services’ award in 2010

Topaz Marine COO, Roy Donaldson, receiving ‘The Marine and Offshore Services’ Award


2009

Lloyd's List Award


Topaz Marine MENA won the Lloyd's List Middle East and Indian Subcontinent 'Safety at Sea' award. The triumph was motivated by Topaz maintaining the highest standards in safety in their daily operations and making concerted efforts in training and investment in high-tech safety solutions. Topaz's Lloyd's List awards were won in competition with prominent companies and individuals of the maritime community in the Middle East and India. Topaz Marine MENA has won several Lloyd's List awards in recent years and was a finalist in three other categories of the evening; 'Energy', 'Innovation' and 'Ship of the Year'. Accepting the award on behalf of Topaz Marine MENA was GM, Ron Clark, "This honour belongs to our entire staff and especially our HSE team for the great work they do in pushing the envelope on safety. The safety culture permeates Topaz's whole organization and to be recognized for that is truly encouraging and inspires further progress in this pivotal area", said Clark

 

Topaz wins the ‘Safety at Sea’ Award


Seatrade Awards


Topaz Marine MENA won a Seatrade award for the third consecutive year. The 'Workboats' award was secured thanks to Topaz's fleet size, diversity and low average fleet age. GM of Topaz Marine MENA, Ron Clark commented on the award, "It's a great honor to have won at Seatrade for the third year running, that's something I’m very proud of. This win would of course not have been possible without the commitment of our excellent staff and management of whom I’m truly grateful".

 
Photo of Topaz winning the Seatrade 2009 'Workboats' Award

Topaz wins the 'Workboats' Award


2008

Trakhees Health and Safety Award


Topaz subsidiary, Nico International won the Ports & Maritime category of the Dubai Environment Health and Safety Award on behalf of Trakhees Environment, Health & Safety, Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation. The Awards were held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. It is the second consecutive year that Nico International has won this award.

 
Photo of John McFadyen, GM Topaz Marine Repair and LG Iyer, QHSE Manager, receiving the EHS Award in 2008

John McFadyen, GM Topaz Marine Repair and LG Iyer, QHSE Manager, received the EHS Award


Seatrade Award


Topaz subsidiary, Nico Middle East won Seatrade's Workboats Award for the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent.

 
Photo of Topaz Marine MENA representative receiving the ‘Workboats’ Award in 2008

Topaz Marine MENA wins the ‘Workboats’ Award


Lloyd's List Award


Topaz subsidiary, Nico Middle East won Lloyd’s List Innovation and Safety Award for the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent.

 
Photo of Topaz winning the Lloyd’s List ‘Innovation and Safety’ Award in 2008

Topaz wins the ‘Innovation and Safety’ Award


Certifications

Topaz Marine

All three business units of Topaz Marine are ISM (International Safety Management) and ISO 9001 certified.

  Photo of the BP ‘President’s Award’ for safe recovery of CA platform personnel

BP 'President's Award' for safe recovery of CA platform personnel