The recent award follows on the heels of the Woelfel Best Mechanical Engineering Achievement, given by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ International Petroleum Technology Institute. Nautilus collected the award at the May 2010 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.

The safety rigging hook has a new feature which eliminates “latch-lock” pinch injuries. Its forward-thinking design constitutes the first major rigging hook innovation in 30 years, the company said.

The award was received by Bill Toon, managing director at Nautilus Rigging, who expressed his pleasure and gratitude. He said, “We are delighted to have won this award which is further recognition from the shipping industry of the significant contribution and impact our hooks are making towards improving safety in the offshore support vessel sector

“We were up against some tough opposition and we would like to thank the industry representatives who took the time to cast their vote for Nautilus Hooks.”

Toon went on to say that that an ROV-friendly subsea version of the hooks will be released later in 2011.