Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Subsea Expo hailed a success as the underwater industry gets back to face to face events

© DCT MediaCR0033766

Day one of Subsea Expo at the P&J Live, Aberdeen

In pic........ 

Picture by Wullie Marr / DCT Media   22-02-2022
CR0033766 Day one of Subsea Expo at the P&J Live, Aberdeen In pic........ Picture by Wullie Marr / DCT Media 22-02-2022

Organisers or Subsea Expo 2022 have hailed the event as a major success after the three-day conference in Aberdeen came to a close.

More than 4,000 people attended the conference at the P&J Live, which featured more than 100 exhibitors showcasing their innovation and expertise.

Numbers were down slightly on 2020, the last time Subsea Expo was held, but exhibitors reported doing “real” business with strong interest in their products and services.

Organised by the Global Underwater Hub, it was the first major industry event to take place since the restrictions on large indoor events were lifted.

Themed on Oceans of Opportunity, the conference featured speakers from a wide variety of sectors.

They discussed the challenges facing the industry and how it can capitalise on the underwater segment of the global blue economy, forecast to grow from £50 billion to £140bn by 2035.

The centrepiece of the event was a gala dinner attended by nearly 400 people, which marked the return of the Subsea Expo Awards.

© DCT Media
CR0033766<br />Day one of Subsea Expo at the P&J Live, Aberdeen<br />In pic……..<br />Picture by Wullie Marr / DCT Media 22-02-2022

Richard Knox, managing director at Verlume, an exhibitor and sponsor of Subsea Expo, said said: “It was a busy show and we’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much it felt like a pre-pandemic event; with the exception of masks, obviously. We had a lot of conversations and leads coming out of the two days and look forward to making these count.

“We’ve recently rebranded and the increased focus, at the event, on diversification ties well with where we are planning to go as a business. Traditionally, our client base was very oil and gas focused and we are excited to both help the sector decarbonise and branch out into defence and offshore wind.”

© DCT Media
CR0033766<br />Day one of Subsea Expo at the P&J Live, Aberdeen<br />In pic……..<br />Picture by Wullie Marr / DCT Media 22-02-2022

Andy Buchan, chief executive at Hiretech, added: “It’s been good to be out at an in-person exhibition once again. I’ve had many great conversations, and everyone seems interested and excited to be out and about. We were very fortunate that many of our customers were exhibitors and it was a great chance to catch up with them. We’ve had more leads at this show than at any other exhibition.

“Subsea Expo covers all our target markets – decommissioning, renewables, and oil and gas. As well as our traditional UK market, we are now looking at overseas expansion so the transitioning of the GUH comes at an excellent time. The great thing about subsea is that the skillsets developed in decommissioning and oil and gas can easily be translated for renewables. If it’s underwater, we’re interested.”

Global sales and commercial leader at Baker Hughes, Leonardo Solano said: “It’s been really refreshing to see so many people attending the exhibition just two years after the start of the pandemic.

“Subsea Expo is always a great opportunity for us to network, look for new technologies and think about how we can make the industry safer and more productive. We’ve had some really interesting conversations about how companies are maximising recovery with manageable investment over the last few days, it’s been great to be back.”

Brian Storie, managing director of Spectis Robotics, said: “We’ve been coming to Subsea Expo since 2010, and I have to admit that we were concerned about the attendance for this year, but we’ve been pleasantly surprised.

“We’ve been busy with enquiries, some from international companies, and have had some useful leads across a range of sectors including defence, oil and gas and renewables. I think there’s been a real need for the event this year and it’s been great to be a part of it.”

Sean Demanuele, UK office manager for Norwegian Offshore Rental (NOR), said: “This was our first time exhibiting ourselves at Subsea Expo. The first day was good and the second day was even better in terms of getting business leads and price enquiries for equipment.

“We opened our Aberdeen office in 2020 just before the pandemic, so Subsea Expo 2022 has given us a great opportunity to meet our customers in person rather than talking to them virtually. It definitely feels like the industry is getting back to normal given the attendance and the number of conversations taking place – we’ll be back next year for sure.”

© DCT Media
Global Underwater Hub CEO Neil Gordon, speaking at Subsea Expo.

Neil Gordon, chief executive of the GUH, added: “The timing of this event could not have been more pertinent, coming as it did at a pivotal time for the industry as we prepare for what we hope will be a post-pandemic future. We are on the cusp of a prolonged period of exponential growth and opportunity and for the first time in more than two years, industry professionals were able to get together, meeting in person to discuss the challenges which lie ahead and their solutions, to learn about new tools and technologies and to share ideas and expertise.

“To say that Subsea Expo 2022 had been eagerly anticipated would be an understatement. None of us could have predicted when we wrapped up Subsea Expo in 2020, the most successful in its 12-year history, that it would be almost two years before we would meet again. But we’re back and that alone created a vibrancy, and an enthusiasm and optimism for the future,  generating meaningful industry discussion and creating a real appetite for the cross-sector collaboration that will open the doors to these new opportunities.”

Recommended for you

More from Energy Voice

Latest Posts