This page publishes news and profiles of relevant events and happenings within the offshore industry. Topics such as new technology, information on new developments or even an open forum on offshore related matters are planned.

Companies are welcome to issue any press statements and members are encouraged to air their views on current matters relating to offshore engineering or to give feed back on recent meetings and talks. Please email

Some parts of this site are now only available to individual members and representatives of the corporate members. If you wish to access the reports of meetings, presentations and other industry information provided, why not join the society and continue to enjoy these and other benefits of the OES.

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Associated Societies

The ICE has a knowledge page containing the profile and the activities of the all the associated Societies within the ICE. 

This can found on the ICE website at


Individual and corporate memberships run from January to December so please do not forget to renew your subs promptly.

Individual membership is just £20.00 per year. 

Corporate membership fees vary based on the company size.

Student membership fee is just £5.00 per year. 

You can apply online for either student, individual or corporate member here.

Recently we launched new online application forms for individuals and corporations wishing to join OES. Unfortunately, due to data security concerns, we have had to temporarily deactivate the online forms and revert to the old-fashioned paper-based forms. Please note that if you recently applied to join OES using one of the online forms, your application would not have reached the OES Secretary. The data contained in the form would have been deleted, and you would need to re-apply using the paper forms.

If you are setting up a Direct Debit after 31 July and before 1 October, this will not be taken until January of the following subscription year so please contact the subscriptions team when they email you your membership number to make a payment for your current year’s membership fee over the phone.


The AGM was held on the 6th March 2024 –  Click here for the minutes.

The next OES AGM will be held on Wedensday 5th March 2025 at 6:00pm (UK time) at the ICE. 

We are always keen to co-opt any member onto the committee to help us promote the Society.  if you would like to be considered please contact , or any committee member.




  • The 16 May: “Chalk characterisation for and driven pile behaviour at Chalk sites” The talk will be hosted at ICE, One Great George Street, London and online.    

IStructE (

  • No Offshore Engineering talks planned

IMechE (

  • No Offshore Engineering talks planned


  • 18 APR: “The innovation of jack-up vessel to meet the ever-changing offshore construction industry” The talk will be hosted at the Liverpool John Moores University and on Zoom.


  • 12 – 14 MAR: Oceanology International 2024, London 


  • 12 – 14 MAR: Oceanology International 2024, London

SNAME (Western European Section) (

  • No Offshore Engineering talks planned


  • No Offshore Engineering talks planned

IChemE (

  • No Offshore Engineering talks planned


  • No Offshore Engineering talks planned

EI (

  • No Offshore Engineering talks planned

Pipelines Guild (

  • No Offshore Engineering talks planned


  • No Offshore Engineering talks planned


  • No Offshore Engineering talks planned


  • No Offshore Engineering talks planned



There have been three radio broadcasts on Radio 4  on Oil: A Crude History of Britain in 3 Episodes 

Click on the links below

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3


News from SUT 

A subcommittee of the SUT Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics group has published this important document, which may be of interest to our members and can be downloaded:   

SUT Non-Members click here to download

SUT Members download for FREE via SUT Members’ Area

Sea Discovery website provides online edition of The Marine Technology Reporter, providing underwater technology and ocean information.

Hydrate Newsletter link.

US Department of Energy methane hydrate research’s articles, including a  look at Japan’s hydrate R&D program’s Phase 2 offshore production test activities.

The Energy Institute website –  provides  downloads of some free publications and read abstracts of articles in the two journals – Energy World and Petroleum Review.

Some of the articles have relevance to the offshore industry.


The Society is sad to advise of the death of John Evans at his home in Reading two weeks ago. Please click here for full announcement description. 

 The Society is sad to hear the sad news of John Price passed away in hospital on Friday night 2022.06.03. John was an extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic engineer as well as being a real stalwart of the OES meetings.   


Honorary Life Membership

The OES is glad to provide Honorary Life Membership to Dr Ray Hobbs in recognition of his continuous service to the Society as past Chair and moreover the organizer and curator of the OES Film Night event for 20 editions. In his 20+ years’ service Dr Hobbs has enlisted numerous eminent experts as speakers  for the OES programme, and continues to contribute actively to the committee. Honorary Life Membership is very well deserved token of our gratitude to Ray!

Ray Hobbs was educated at Wallingford Grammar School and Manchester University, where he was awarded a First Class Honours degree in Civil Engineering and a PhD on non-linear elastoplastic finite element analyses of centrifuged and built-up soil slopes.  He is a chartered engineer and chartered marine engineer. He joined Lloyd’s Register Offshore Division as a geotechnical engineer in 1974 and was promoted to group leader in 1978.  In addition to independent analyses of all types of offshore foundations, including grouted pile to sleeve connections, he attended installation of offshore structures worldwide and issued Release Notes on completion on behalf of LR, the certifying society. In 2000, he became an independent consultant.  In addition to desk work, including some legal work on rapid penetration of jack-up legs and on grouted connections, he travelled extensively acting as client representative on offshore site investigations, with responsibility for technical and financial matters. He is a long-term member of the SUT Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics committee and was on the organising committee of the majority of OSIG conferences.  He was elected twice to the British Geotechnical Association and currently serves on ISO, API and BSI committees. Having been a regular attendee at OES events, he joined the committee in 1999 and acted as its chairman from 1999 – 2002, successfully turning around a falling membership, and establishing a full programme of high quality technical meetings.  He introduced the popular annual Film Evening which he prepared and presented for some 20 years. He has remained continuously on the committee as an elected or co-opted member since then.

OES LOGO Competition

We are happy to announce the winner of our logo design competition, which saw many talented designers submit their incredible creations. After careful consideration by our judging panel, the winning design that truly captured our vision and brand essence is:

Winner: Betul Kadri