Spring 2017

Offshore expansion for Subtech

Subtech expands its offshore presence with significant new contract wins.

After six years of focussing solely on marine and sub-sea services in Sub-Saharan Africa, Subtech has re-entered the offshore market with significant new contract wins in the Middle East and West Africa.

Work has just commenced on a cable installation project for Saipem in the Gulf of Arabia. This contract will be managed out of Subtech’s Dubai office.

In addition to this, the division has been busy co-ordinating five new offshore projects: two diving contracts in Equatorial Guinea for ExxonMobil and Geptrol Marine Services; an installation support contract in Ghana for Sri EMAS; a five year maintenance arrangement for buoy mooring company Seaways International and a five-year contract for the provision of specialised pipeline maintenance services for Shell Nigeria.

Paul Whiley, who joined as the Subtech Group’s new CEO last October says:

‘Although the oil and gas industry is at its lowest since the 1920s, we are delighted that Subtech has managed to secure contracts in both West Africa and the Middle East.

'This is a testament to the fantastic team we have in our offshore division as well as the excellence in the departments which support them. We anticipate being able to continue this growth in the coming months and years.’

When Subtech sold its Qatar operation in 2010 the decision was taken to concentrate on work in Sub-Saharan Africa, but now the teams have started winning offshore contracts along the coat of West Africa, the offshore side of the business is growing at an exponential rate.

Supporting future maritime stars

Subtech has also set up the Subtech Imbokodo Trust that provides educational bursaries to prospective new mariners in a bid to help promising students complete the necessary studies for a career in the maritime industry.

The trust's first beneficiary is Siyamthanda Vuyelwa who hopes to achieve a diploma in marine sciences at Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Pelican has also previously featured three bright young maritime students that Subtech funded maritime educations for.

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