Spring 2014

Subsea Vision boosts ROV expertise

The latest addition to the James Fisher group is Subsea Vision, a Dorset-based firm of underwater survey specialists.

Subsea Vision (now part of James Fisher Marine Services) owns and operates remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and provides underwater surveys, inspections and construction support to the oil and gas industry – including floating, production, storage and offtake vessels. The company – for which James Fisher has paid £2.5m –will be grouped with Fendercare

Managing director Chris Bryant set up Subsea Vision in 2002 with just one ROV, and has built up the business from there. He thinks the relatively small size of the company has been important to its client appeal:

“It’s like a family environment. Everyone knows what they need to be doing and everyone pulls their weight. And our size means that clients can get in touch with me directly, which wouldn’t be the case with some bigger firms. I feel this is key to why we get a lot of repeat business.”

One of Subsea’s main clients is Bluewater UK, for which they perform annual surveys of two Floating Production Storage Offload vessels (FPSOs) in the North Sea.

“We aim to be specialist survey providers in the FPSO market.”

Says Chris; geographically, he sees the company extending its future operations to areas like the Nigerian coastal waters.

Chris started out as a diver at the age of 19 and still approaches his job with the same relish:

“From the initial enquiry email, to gathering the information to find out what the client wants, and up to completion, it’s all very exciting. Ultimately it’s all about flexibility and keeping up with technology – and, hopefully, saving the client money.”

He is looking forward to pushing the company further under the James Fisher banner, and to some fruitful collaborations. Chris concludes:

“I can see Subsea Vision and Osiris – and other group companies – joining together very successfully on projects.”

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