Ocean Infinity has formed a joint venture with Gregg Drilling, in a step they say will reduce the environmental impact of offshore operations.
Gregg Drilling is a subsidiary of Alaska Native Corporation Sealaska. The joint venture will provide geotechnical services to traditional, and renewable energy, developments.
The drilling unit will provide its seabed drills to Ocean Infinity’s fleet of autonomous vessels, Armada. These range in size from 21 to 78 metres.
“Partnering with Gregg Drilling to further expand the capabilities of our Armada fleet of vessels will enable us to provide full-service solutions to customers spanning geophysical and geotechnical tasks,” said Ocean Infinity’s CEO Oliver Plunkett.
The two companies have a shared vision of “reducing the environmental impact of offshore activities”, he said. “This agreement marks another step on our journey to transform marine operations, and we are excited to be doing so in partnership with another innovative team that shares our passion for sustainability.”
Ocean Infinity recently acquired MMT, a marine survey and analytics provider. The combination of these two, and Gregg Drilling, will expand the companies’ abilities to operate offshore around the world.
The joint venture will be able to support underwater development, such as geotechnical data collection.
23,000 members of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people own Sealaska. The company bought a major stake in southern California-based Gregg Drilling in 2018.