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Hallin Focusses on Australia

07 October 2010

Hallin Marine Subsea International Ltd says it is focussing on Australia as it continues its growth plans. Simon Hird has been recruited by Hallin as its first country manager for Australia and leads a new office that has been opened in Perth to support operations and marketing in the country.

Hallinís wholly owned subsidiary, Hallin Marine Australia Pty Ltd, has won its first major contract on the Gorgon project offshore Australia. The three month long contract sees Hallinís subsea vessel, the DP2 Sanko Angel, moving to the region.

The focus on the region is being supported with a range of assets as Hallin sends new ROVs and diving systems to be based in Australia and expects to have NOPSA Safety Case approval for its new, flagship vessel, Windermere, by the end of 2010, which will allow it to operate in Australian waters.

Simon Hird joins Hallin from the joint venture company Clough Helix, where he was business development manager and believes the timing is ripe for Hallinís push in Australia from its Singapore base.

Mr Hird said: "Hallin's plans have been thoroughly thought through and are backed with the right assets for this region and experienced operational and management staff. Given Hallinís success around the globe and its abilities to understand and adapt to regional sensitivities we expect to build on our good start here in Australia."

Rik Zwinkels, managing director of Hallinís East Division, said: "We are delighted that someone of Simonís experience and talent has joined us to spearhead our drive into Australia."