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Wrapping Up UTC

Stephanie Hood (Baker Hughes) and Andrew Grant (Aker Solutions) moderated UTC. Here with Stig Instanes (TechnipFMC) member of the program committee. Photos in this article by Christel Mathiesen, Apriil.

Three days of insights about how subsea can contribute to securing global energy has been concluded.

With a new post-pandemic record turnout of 500 participants, a field trips, notable keynote speakers, and the recognition of exceptional achievers, the Underwater Technology Conference (UTC) 2023 proved to be an extraordinary gathering of professionals and enthusiasts from the underwater technology industry.

Mark your calendars for the next UTC 11 to 13 June 2024, and sign-up at the Facebook event.

In this article, we give you the highlights:

Impressive fieldtrip

One of the standout features of UTC 2023 was the field trip by boat to OneSubsea's subsea technology center in Horsøy and Aker Solutions Subsea Lifecycle Service site at Ågotnes outside of Bergen.

The tour of their facilities allowed participants to witness cutting-edge technology in action and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by the industry. This hands-on experience provided invaluable insights and fostered meaningful conversations among like-minded individuals.



Keynote speakers inspire

UTC 2023 was graced by an exceptional lineup of keynote speakers, who shared their expertise, insights, and visions for the future of underwater technology. 

Photo: Mads Hjelmeland (One Subsea).

Photo: Karl Johnny Hersvik (Aker BP), Rikke Tittel (Wintershall DEA), Hege Skryseth (Equinor), Ruben Oddekalv (Miljøvernforbundet), Andreas Bjellenad Eriksen (Ministry of petroleum and Energy), Mille Marie Isaksen (NTNU) and moderator Chul Christan Aamodt (EUROPOWER).

Celebrating excellence

A momentous occasion at UTC 2023 was the recognition of outstanding companies who have made remarkable contributions to the field of underwater technology.

Congratulations to the winners of the UTC Award 2023; Aker Solutions, TechnipFMC, TotalEnergies and Equinor with their All electric Subsea Christmas Tree.

Photo: Representatives from the winning team of the UTC Award 2023.

Moreover, congratulations and best of luck to Jonathan Haglund and Abdelrahman Ibrahim who were the winners of the UTC Student Award 2023.

Exhibitors' delight

The exhibition area at UTC 2023 provided a hub for companies to showcase their latest products, services, and advancements.

– Very pleased about the setup and level of both the right decision makers and level of management here at UTC - Underwater Technology Conference. It is by far one of the best conferences we have attended in a long time, as it hit the nail on bringing together the right people in the industry in one place, says Eva Helen Rognskog (photo) from TECHNI.

Networking arena

UTC 2023 yet again proved to be a platform for fostering connections, collaborations, and partnerships within the underwater technology community.

Attendees from various sectors, including academia, industry, research, and government, had ample opportunities to network, exchange ideas, and explore potential collaborations.

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Photo: Some of our brilliant colleagues. From left: Anne-Grethe Solbakk, Bjarte Fagerås, Berit Haver and Kai Stoltz.

Thank you to all we met, collaborators and all who came to UTC from all of us in the GCE Ocean Technology team.

We are looking forward to seeing you next year and moreover thank you to Apriil who organised the conference brilliantly.

All photos in this article is by Christel Mathiesen, Apriil.


UTC is organised by:

Contact Information

Owe Hagesæther

Chief Executive Officer

Owe Hagesæther

Kai Stoltz

Business Development Manager

Kai Stoltz


The Underwater Technology Conference (UTC) has a well-known history of presenting highly competent speakers on current and important topics for the subsea industry.

UTC has been arranged in Bergen Norway since 1980 and is hosted by UTF (Underwater Technology foundation) and GCE Ocean Technology.