Next Geosolutions has launched a new UK division to focus on the operations and maintenance market after taking over RMS Submarine last year.
The new branch – Next Geosolutions UK Continental Shelf (Next UKCS) – will operate within the cable and renewables industries and be based at new, larger offices in Norwich, with plans to increase the workforce by the end of Q2 this year.
It follows the takeover of marine resource firm RMS Submarine, which Next said would help strengthen its North Sea and Baltic presence.
The company says the move will bolster its current offering to the offshore industry, providing a platform to develop its research and development, inspection, maintenance and repair services.
Chief Executive Giovanni Ranieri said: “Next UKCS opens up many new and exciting possibilities for Next Geosolutions, allowing us to enhance our capabilities and offer unrivalled multidisciplinary expertise.
“The acquisition of RMS Submarine was a tactical move within our EMEA growth strategy, and part of our long-term goal to offer clients high quality solutions which meet their demands.
“We are confident that this development will be hugely beneficial for both companies. Together, we share not only a natural synergy in terms of service offering and market focus, but also an appetite for success, ambition and drive.”
Next Geosolutions is a joint venture between Marnavi Offshore, one of the main Italian ship-owners, and Tecno In, an international engineering, geophysical, geotechnical and environmental contractor, which has acquired Oceanix, an international marine survey contractor.