Dutch subsea service firm DeepOcean has expanded its operations in West Africa after snapping up French company Searov Offshore.
Searov, founded in 2008, owns and operates 10 remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs) from its bases in Pointe Noire, Congo and Port Gentil, Gabon.
Henk van den Ijssel, DeepOcean’s managing director for the Africa region, said: “This acquisition will allow DeepOcean to expand its West Africa operations from its current operations in Ghana into other countries in West Africa such as Congo, Gabon and Ivory Coast.
“Africa is a key region for DeepOcean and building a platform for the provision of life-of-field subsea services to our customers is one of our main strategic objectives.
“We are excited that Searov’s President Maxime Cerramon has decided to join DeepOcean.
“Maxime will play a key role in DeepOcean’s Africa activities.”
Searov president Maxime Cerramon said: “I view this as a great opportunity to continue to build on the successes of Searov and DeepOcean.
“Going forward we will be able to offer our clients more comprehensive and efficient solutions.
“Searov’s track record and experience in West Africa will be well complemented by DeepOcean’s experience on larger scale projects, project management and engineering capabilities.”