ROVOP, an independent subsea Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) services provider, has established a Western Hemisphere headquarters and support base in Houston as well as appointed three ROV industry professionals to lead the business.
Scott Wagner, Brett “Gonzo” Eychner and Wayne Betts bring a combined total of more than 100 years’ global experience in the ROV services sector to ROVOP. They join an established management team and staff of 130 based in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Mark Vorenkamp, chairman of ROVOP, said: “ROVOP is changing the market for ROV services. Over the last two decades, ROV technology, capability and service has fallen behind the pace of change seen in other industries. ROVOP’s approach is to employ the most advanced, capable, reliable and maintainable ROV technology, world-class business systems and the best offshore personnel trained in our own ROV Academy.
“Our commitment to these principles has allowed our customers to benefit from improved safety, efficiency and project cost. Current market conditions are redefining customer priorities and further driving growth in demand for our services across the world.
“The management team in Houston recognise ROVOP’s ability to set a new benchmark in the Gulf of Mexico. We are delighted to have them on board.”
ROVOP’s facility is located in North West Houston on a 1.5 acre site which includes a 4,500 ft2 office and 17,300 ft2 workshop where the company will manage their fleet of FMC Schilling Robotics and SAAB Seaeye ROVs, the company explained in a press release.
Scott Wagner, ROVOP Houston managing director, said: “ROVOP has an impressive track record and has proven itself to be a dynamic and agile business, capable of setting new standards in safety, cost and reliability.
“The recent mobilisation of two Schilling Ultra-Heavy Duty (UHD) Generation III ROVs, capable of closing a blow out preventer (BOP) within 45 seconds to meet American Petroleum Institute (API) requirements, illustrates ROVOP’s commitment to supporting clients with industry leading technology in the Gulf of Mexico.
“Myself and the rest of the team are excited to extend this offering in the US and wider Americas market.”
As well as five vessel-based ROV systems already contracted in the region, ROVOP has invested in a further two complete ROV spreads.