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Subsea UK Conference to Examine the Challenges Faced by ROV Industry

28 August 2013

Advancements in remotely operated vehicle (ROV) technology and the challenges posed by a changing marketplace will be amongst the topics under discussion at industry body Subsea UK’s ROV 2013 Conference.

ROV operations specialists ROVOP are the headline sponsors of the event which takes place on Friday, 6 September, during the final day of Offshore Europe in Aberdeen, and features experts from across the industry. The event is also supported by EMM Corp, Forum Subsea Technologies, Delta Subsea, Hallin and Modus.

This inaugural event will be chaired by ROVOP’s Mark Vorenkamp and will feature speakers from Shell, Douglas Westwood, Subsea 7 i-Tech, Technip, MTSC, Saab Seaeye, FMC Schilling Robotics, SMD, Seatronics and Forum Subsea Technologies.

Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, said: "This year, we have chosen to focus on the ROV industry due to its high growth, and specifically the changes in the market, innovative technology, operational best practice, standards and competency. By bringing together the industry’s foremost manufacturers, specialist tooling and peripheral equipment development companies, leading ROV operators and deepwater construction companies we can ensure that the industry is joined up in how it approaches future growth potential.”

ROVOP has experienced outstanding growth since the company’s inception in 2011 as a subsea specialist which is 100% focused on delivering ROV services to both the global oil & gas and offshore wind industries.

The Westhill, Aberdeen headquartered company has invested in the latest equipment creating more than 60 highly skilled, export-driven jobs over the past two years and, in March, the firm won a coveted SPE Offshore Achievement Award.

Mark Vorenkamp, chairman at ROVOP, said: "We are sponsoring the event because we want to promote the sharing of best practice among the industry, ensure we remain at the cutting edge of technology by encouraging the leading manufacturers of work class and observation class vehicles, sensors and tools, and provide an opportunity to network to encourage discussion on themes of common interest such as health and safety, recruitment and industry best practice.

"With so many of the world’s leading subsea companies based here in the North East the region is the home of technology and expertise. The majority of the contracts managed out of the UK are for export work all over the world and it is important that we continue to look at ways to maintain and build upon the good work which has already been done.”

Speakers confirmed for the event include Albert Williams, technical authority for ROV operations at Shell, Andrew Reid, managing director at Douglas Westwood, Tyler Schilling, president of FMC Schilling Robotics, Donald Faulds, Engineering Manager at Technip and Mike Jones, Managing Director at SMD.

Subsea UK recently unveiled the findings of its Business Activity Review which demonstrated that the UK subsea sector now captures a market share of 45% (£8.9billion) in the global subsea market.

"It has long been held that the North Sea is an internationally regarded test bed and seat of learning for subsea technology and expertise,” says Mr Gordon. "This year Subsea UK anticipates unprecedented levels of activity in the province in spite of its age and with further moves into deepwater territories, we expect to see ROVS playing an increasing role.”

The conference takes place on Friday 6 September at the Norwood House Hotel in Aberdeen. For further information and to buy tickets for the conference, please visit