SEA News

Chairman’s Annual Address

24 August 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen, good evening and welcome to this year’s Subsea Business Awards.

My name is Marius Martens, and I’d like to start off by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we are holding our gathering tonight, namely the Wadjuk people of the Noongar Nation.

I pay my respects to their elders, past and present.

The reason we are here tonight is to:

– Promote our industry

– Celebrate the successes of our industry over the last year.

– Encourage and inspire our youngest colleagues,

which is what Subsea Energy Australia is all about.

When it comes to promoting the Australian subsea industry, we have a lot to be proud of; Australia is on the way to become the largest exporter of gas in the world, a significant amount of which is collected subsea.

But not only is it collected subsea, it collected from deep waters, incredibly long distances and in some of the harshest cyclonic conditions in the world.

However, we still need to communicate this, and make the Australian Subsea Industry that has evolved to the point of delivering and operating these projects visible both domestically and internationally.

This is one of the goals of SEA, and we do this in many ways:

Our annual Suppliers Forum (to be held on the 24th of October this year),

Hosting the AOG Subsea Conference with SUT and Subsea UK, this year we had the first Australian Subsea Pavilion to compete with the likes of Norway, Belgium and Scotland’s pavilions. Because we want to ensure that our industry has a platform to shine bright; in particular the SME’s or Small to Medium Enterprise.

I feel privileged to be on the WA panel of a new federal initiative which can help us align our marketing efforts, with the Brand Australia project, which aims to produce a national brand, which will include not just tourism. …but to ask our international customers “where the bloody hell are ya?” and to showcase our engineering, fabrication and R&D capabilities… although I hasten to add that the ambition is to mature Australia’s identity beyond that slogan.

Good branding is important not only for sales, but also to recruit the future workforce of our industry. At SEA we see recruitment and ongoing nurture of new participants in our industry is part of our remit to develop our industry by recognising talent such as our award tonight.

It’s important not only that we make sure that our industry is viable, socially responsible, but also nurturing and supportive once people join and importantly providing a non-discrimination and supportive environment.

We do this through our support of the Future Engineers Programme and by launching our mentorship programme, now together with SPE, SUT and Engineers Australia.

WISE, which incredibly, is only in its second year, has again been very active this year with initiatives to encourage and empower women in our industry. Hosting masterclasses and networking events, as well as launching Wavemakers on International Women’s Day this year, Wavemakers delivers role models to inspire girls to pursue STEM subjects and ultimately consider a career in the subsea industry.

Recently WISE was awarded the Most Encouraging Non For Profit Group in Gender Diversity by Engineers Australia. If one your goals is to inspire; you’ve smashed it in my opinion and long may it continue.

A new part of our subsea community support is our D&I programme named WAVE – We all value equality. Through WAVE we aim to host or co-host a number of events, celebrating IDAHOBIT Day on the 17th of May and marching in the Pride Parade, which we did for the first time this year.

We aim to support our members with aspects of HR, organisational change and workplace diversity, which includes age, race, religion and sexuality, dedicated to by reducing exclusion, invisibility, phobia and stigmas in the workplace.

This evening I’m proud to announce a new accolade for 2018, our inaugural award for Diversity & Inclusion. Because we recognise that in order for our industry to be more successful, we need to embrace the benefits of diversity for innovation, wellbeing and ultimately the bottom-line.

At last year’s awards I spoke about the need for collaboration and about our desire to establish a subsea cluster.

That happened in January this year, with the establishment of SICA, or Subsea Innovation Cluster, which aims to develop our industry by honing further the things that we are good at here in Australia such as IMR of long tie-backs, remote operations, robotics, all through collaboration.

It might initially feel uncomfortable for competitors to collaborate, but with practice and seeing the success that other locations have had, we can develop a further differentiated industry here, that we can sell globally.

We can’t do any of this without the continuing commitment and support of our members and sponsors such as Woodside, CORE, Curtin and SICA – and importantly our volunteers; our board and committee members whom put in an incredible amount of time and effort.

I’d particularly like to mention our Treasurer Nick Veitch, as well as Ash Duncan and Jay Manipulli for working with the indefatigable Maud Kay to organise tonight’s event; and importantly I hope that you see value in what we are doing and continue to support us.

I hope you have a great evening tonight and I wish the finalists the best of luck and remember we will continue to promote and celebrate you after tonight.