Major ROV contractor?– Watch out the little guys are coming!

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Major ROV contractor?– Watch out the little guys are coming!

Postby scott_bentley » Wed Dec 08, 2010 6:25 pm

Major ROV contractor?– Watch out the little guys are coming!

Ian MacDonald, Managing Director, Buccaneer Ltd., Scotland
http://www.buccaneer-ltd.co.uk

With a global recession causing cutbacks and a general reduction in costly operations it’s only to be expected that the major operators are looking at any initiative which will prove effective in the field but with reduced operating costs. We are therefore seeing an upsurge in the small ROV owner/operator being asked to perform operations normally only considered for traditional work class systems or other normally costly inspection methods.
In recent years a number of former commercial divers in the UK have realized the potential and invested in micro ROV technology, these operators are now reaping the benefit of their forward thinking view and successfully carrying out work normally only considered within the domain of the major ROV owners.

This paper will look at the varied tasks successfully carried out by micro ROV’s in the North Sea arena, particularly where these tasks have been considered “beyond the capability” or are in a completely new area for ROV inspection as previous systems have been far to physically large. And then asking the question, if the small operator finds this lucrative and successful, are the large operators missing out on an opportunity? and if so why?
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Postby scott_bentley » Thu Dec 23, 2010 2:54 pm

Ian is currently Managing Director and co-owner (with Sandie MacDonald) of Buccaneer Limited based in Aberdeen Scotland.

With a background in electronics engineering, Ian spent several years in a development position with the UK’s premier avionics navigation company. He then moved into the oil and gas arena, working both on and offshore specialising in dynamic & hydro-acoustic positioning systems and ancillary equipment. In 2002 he set up Buccaneer Ltd initially offering a range of subsea navigation and positioning sensors for rental, but rapidly developed a reputation as a specialist Micro ROV supplier in the UK, with the emphasis on customer support, providing a full sales, training, service and repair facilities to purchasers (and operators) of Micro ROV’s.

Ian and a number of likeminded owner/operators have worked to develop the use of Micro ROV’s in the offshore market. Now the use of the Micro ROV is fairly commonplace in the North Sea, often doing work traditionally considered outwith an ROV’s scope or capabilities or just not deemed possible before the advent of these small machines.

Buccaneer with Ian at the helm, continues to grow and drive forward the micro ROV message. With new premises incorporating new workshops & warehouse with dedicated training facilities (and full service chandlery) augmenting their Aberdeen operations Buccaneer have the expertise and facilities to support their customers from purchase through training to operational assistance as required.
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