N-Sea brings in new chief exec van Poppel

Arno van Poppel
Arno van Poppel

Subsea inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) firm N-Sea has appointed a new chief executive.

Arno van Poppel has taken over from Gerard Keser, who stepped down after eight years in charge.

N-Sea, which is headquartered in the Netherlands, has an office in Aberdeen and warehousing and yard space in Dyce.

It has 45 full-time employees and 150 contractors in north-east Scotland.

As well as providing IMR services for clients in the oil and gas sector, N-Sea has been expanding into the renewables sector.

It has won a number of contracts for the detection and disposal of unexploded bombs bombs prior to cable trenching operations on the seabed.

Mr van Poppel has joined the company from Dutch contractor Boskalis’ subsea cables and flexible division.

He said: “My experience aligns with the development of N-Sea, and I believe that the company is a thriving, independent platform which is ready for further growth.

“As we work in alliance with our partners in a number of key disciplines, I look forward to helping shape the company into a top tier player in the subsea infrastructure arena.”

Mr Keser added: “I will be leaving the executive role within N-Sea knowing that a solid strategy, together with a strong and experienced management team is in place.

“The company is in excellent shape to take advantage of the many opportunities for growth.”