Bibby Offshore’s Houston-based division, Bibby Subsea, has announced the investment in a custom-built office and key appointment as a result of continued growth in the region.
The new premises, due for completion in November 2014, consist of a 6,300 sq. ft. office space and 2,000 sq. ft. warehouse and workshop area, which will allow for further team expansion. A recruitment drive is planned to increase the number of Bibby Subsea staff in the region by more than 70, both onshore and offshore, throughout 2015.
The new purpose-built facility, located in the Houston Energy Corridor, is set to strengthen the business’s presence and enhance its on-the-ground support for clients in the region.
Andrew Duncan, President and Managing Director of Bibby Subsea, said: “The new office is located in the heart of the Energy Corridor, a hub for oil and gas operations in Houston, providing an ideal position to deliver our wide range of subsea capabilities to the North American market.”
Robert Richmond has been appointed as Vessel Operations/Project Manager to help facilitate this growth, bringing to the business 33 years’ experience within the marine and subsea industries. For the last six years Robert has been working for a major international subsea company based in Houston, where laterally he was Subsea Operations Director. Richmond will help manage and develop Bibby Subsea’s operational capability.
Duncan continued: “The opening of a new office and Rob’s appointment are exciting new developments, allowing for future growth and team expansion. Following a number of successful contract wins in the region, we are expanding rapidly and have outgrown our current Houston facility.
“Increasing our operations demonstrates a commitment to the region and enables the team to continue to offer our clients a high quality service on each project” concluded Duncan.
Robert Richmond, New Vessel Operations/Project Manager at Bibby Subsea, said: “I am delighted to join the team at an exciting time of international growth and expansion. Bibby Subsea’s reputation as an innovative, leader within the subsea market was a real draw and I am looking forward to helping drive its international growth forward in my new role.”