Aquatic Engineering and Construction Ltd, an Acteon company, celebrated its 40-year anniversary of operating in the North Sea with a celebratory event held onboard the grand Gulden Leeuwthree-masted tall ship situated at Aberdeen Harbour on April 24, 2014.
Guests competedin a rope pulling competition on the vessel’s deck, and a press conference and a discussion outlined Aquatic’s place in the evolution of the oil industry over the past 40 years.
Topics included the company’s activity in the development of the first UK northern North Sea oilfield, the Argyll. Aquatic was founded by Texan-born Pat Tesson, a pioneer in the development of a powered reel system for spooling steel pipe and flexibles, who established the company in Aberdeen in 1974. In 1975, HM Queen Elizabeth II inaugurated the flow of oil by pushing a gold-plated button in BP's control centre in Aberdeen. Between 1973 and 1974, OPEC vastly increased world oil prices, ensuring production costs in the North Sea were viable, and the industry in this region is considered a major industrial achievement of the 20th century.
The challenges inherent in operating in the North Sea continue to drive industry innovations in offshore engineering capabilities. An example is the unique, world-class solution added to the Aquatic inventory, the 1500te modular carousel (AQCS-01) designed in Scotland and mobilised for a Kreuz Subsea project in Singapore.
Following the presentation, senior Aquatic representatives Chris Brooks, group president; David Tibbetts, VP technology; Jenny Bamford, VP commercial; and Colin Barry, VP finance, highlighted future growth opportunities for subsea services locally and in new and emerging markets.
As part of the celebration, Aquatic commissioned an animation to highlight key milestones of the past 40 years – www.aquaticsubsea.com/40.
Aquatic continues to develop a strong global reputation for its ability to lay flexible and semi-rigid product on the seabed. With wide experience of off- and onshore installations, transpooling and recovery and decommissioning, Aquatic develops and leverages innovative technology to extend its capabilities to match clients’ expectations. Its highly experienced and qualified project management team ensures smooth delivery and client peace of mind.
Aquatic is part of Acteon’s wider risers, conductors and flowlines offering and joins the other Acteon companies in linking subsea services across a range of interconnected disciplines. Combining the strengths of a major global organisation with those of independent market specialists, all Acteon companies have complementary skills, experience and technologies that link seabed to surface across a range of interconnected disciplines. For more information, visit www.aquaticsubsea.com
Acteon companies provide mooring, foundation, riser, conductor, flowline and marine electronics products and services supported by strong engineering and project management capabilities. Acteon’s companies are 2H Offshore, Aquatic, CAPE Group, Claxton, Conductor Installation Services (CIS), Core Grouting Services, Fluke Engenharia, InterAct, InterMoor, J2 Engineering Services, Large Diameter Drilling (LDD), LM Handling, MENCK, Mirage Machines, NCS Survey, Offshore Installation Services (OIS), Probe, Pulse Structural Monitoring, Seatronics, Subsea Riser Products (SRP) and TEAM Energy Resources. For more information, visit www.acteon.com
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Subsea services are defined as the provision of specialist equipment, services and personnel that can operate from any fit-for-purpose vessel or platform. Acteon’s subsea services offering is unique and addresses operational requirements that support oil and gas asset owners, construction and drilling companies, and vessel owners.