International marine and offshore engineering consultancy Aqualis Offshore is bucking the current oil market trend of job cutbacks to establish a new office in Aberdeen, Scotland.
“We know that job cuts are currently a common theme in the oil industry, but we are taking a long-term approach,” said David Wells, CEO of Aqualis Offshore. “Entering Aberdeen was the obvious next step of our expansion strategy. The city is the oil and gas center of the UK, and is packed with oil companies, rig operators, and oil services players who constantly need support from senior engineers and mariners for challenging offshore projects and integrity problems. That is exactly what we offer.”
Aqualis Offshore is a specialized marine and offshore engineering consultancy focusing on shallow-water through to deepwater offshore segments of the oil and gas sector. Its core services include concept, FEED, and basic design engineering for upgrades and conversions of jackups, FPSOs and rigs, transportation and installation of floating production units and integrated decks using third-party equipment, marine warranty, dynamic positioning, construction supervision and due diligence services.
The company also offers rig moving services, inclining experiments and deadweight surveys, decommissioning (floating and fixed), and mooring design/integrity expertise, as well as experience transfer for marine renewable energy systems.
In two years, Aqualis Offshore has opened up 15 offices in 10 countries worldwide. The company currently employs 222 full-time equivalent employees.
Aqualis Offshore’s Aberdeen-office will be headed up by Martin Brown, a chartered naval architect with 25 years of experience from offshore projects on the UK Continental Shelf and elsewhere around the world. He has worked as a consultant for numerous years, lately for a major international marine organization. Prior to this, he worked for McDermott Marine Construction Ltd., Brown & Root Ltd., and Saipem/Micoperi. Recently, Brown was project manager for Oil & Gas UK’s update of the organization’s mooring integrity guidelines (MIG), as well as for the tow-out and moorings reconnection of the Gryphon FPSO.
Aqualis Offshore’s Aberdeen office will add more consultants to the team in due course.
“We will be a mix of offshore-experienced mariners and engineers who provide an integrated service,” Brown said. “This means that we can work directly for our clients on engineering or offshore projects, or alternatively operate as an independent third party on, for example, carrying out technical due diligence or quality marine warranty services.”