One of the founders of Aberdeen oil service firm Flexlife has joined Norwegian subsea company Ocean Installer in the Granite City.
John Marsden has become fast-growing Ocean Installer’s operations and engineering manager in the UK. He said yesterday: “I am really excited to take this role.
“I am particularly looking forward to building high-performing teams within the operations group capable of delivering Epic (engineering, procurement, installation and construction) contracts as well as smaller, fast-track projects. Ocean Installer has only been operating for a few years, but has already established impressive capacities and secured important long-term contracts and partnerships.”
UK managing director Martin Sisley said: “We are very pleased to have John join the Ocean Installer team. He has an excellent reputation and this serves to strengthen our technical credibility in the UK.
“Bringing John into our UK management team signifies our intent to be a key Surf (subsea, umbilical, risers and flowlines) supplier. We possess a growing fleet and expect our staff size to increase significantly over the next 12-18 months.”
Ocean Installer had only two people in Aberdeen last May and the operation now employs 36 onshore and 16 offshore. The workforce total is expected to reach 80 by the year-end.
Mr Marsden was chief operating officer of Flexlife when he left the business last September. He said then he wanted to spend more time with his two young sons living in England and to do something different career-wise.
Flexlife was set up in 2006 by flexible-pipe experts Mr Marsden, Stuart Mitchell and Carl-Petter Halvorsen, who had identified a gap in the market.
Since then it has experienced massive growth and opened bases in Brazil, America and Newcastle.