Richard Beesley Joins OTAQ as Chief Commercial Officer

7th October 2021

As part of a major commercial expansion strategy, Richard Beesley has been appointed as Chief Commercial Officer, who will join our senior leadership team. 

Richard brings with him over 20 years of knowledge and experience of working in senior leadership roles within offshore energy and marine markets, where he focused on engineered protection solutions, for high value equipment operating in harsh environments. He has a proven track record of strategic business development, having produced and managed multi-million-pound business growth opportunities, in new international markets and adjacent market sectors. Calling upon this experience, Richard will be responsible for delivering OTAQ Group’s substantial commercial development plans across its core markets of aquaculture and offshore.

Phil Newby, CEO at OTAQ Group, says: “Richard’s appointment as CCO comes at a key time for our business. We are expanding our presence in the growing global aquaculture and offshore markets by offering unique marine technologies and required an experienced, high performing individual to help drive our plans forward. With Richard’s demonstrated success of global business growth initiatives in offshore markets, he fits nicely into our senior team and we are very pleased to have him onboard.”

Richard will be based out of OTAQ’s Lancaster office and will work closely with the other existing sites in Aberdeen, Ulverston, Carnforth and Chile, to build a market-leading business within target sectors.  

OTAQ Expands Integrated Suite of Innovative Products for Underwater Sensor Platforms

7th October 2021

OTAQ Offshore release a suite of new and updated integrated underwater products enabling the viewing and capture of high-definition imagery from tethered sensor platforms.

With shallow and deep-water configurations available, the suite builds on OTAQ’s pre-existing Eagle IP range of underwater vision and integration products adding increased functionality and performance.

Designed for multiple underwater applications in the inspection, survey, environmental monitoring and research sectors, the versatile suite enables target identification and characterisation even in challenging environmental conditions. With all products in the suite controlled via Internet Protocol (IP), integration, configuration, and testing activities are simplified, allowing optimisation of operational times and efficiency. Advanced optics generate work imagery that can be viewed live from anywhere in the world that has internet connectivity, enabling accelerated decision making based on high-quality data.

With depth options to 4000m, the newly expanded Eagle IP suite includes:

Q-Link Pro for Coaxial Platforms – improved central power distribution and communications bottle, provides 24VDC, 10/100 ethernet connections & serial connections

  • Q-Hub Pro for Fibre Optic Platforms – improved central power distribution and communications bottle, provides 24VDC, 10/100/1000 ethernet connections & serial connections
  • DSLR Still Camera – new 24.5 Megapixel camera with CMOS Full Frame Image Sensor and optional Freshwater Lens
  • 180° & 360° FOV 4K Cameras – real-time full orbital viewing for situation awareness
  • Fixed & Zoom 1080p Camera – 1080p lowlight colour cameras for target viewing
  • LEDs – new 4000 lumen LEDs with full range dimming illumination
  • Laser Scaler – twin lasers with camera for target characterisation
  • Connectivity for 3rd party sensors


The capability of OTAQ’s approach has been recently demonstrated with the supply of Seabed Lander systems, with the Eagle IP suite onboard, to Unique Group. OTAQ was selected as Unique Group’s partner of choice for this challenging supply based on Unique’s previous exposure to the Eagle IP range and OTAQ’s highly experienced in-house engineering team. The Lander system is a robust, modular subsea survey platform that operates as a sledge, lander or drop camera system. It is designed to be versatile and scalable, accommodating multiple cameras, lights, and sensor configurations to suit individual deployment requirements.

OTAQ Business Development Manager, Callum Magee, explained: “We have continued to expand the Eagle IP range in terms of individual products but also, just as importantly, in terms of flexibility when integrating to platforms like Unique Group’s Lander systems. As well as the subsea components, we have supplied the full topside rackmount power and comms solution, brought new products like the stills camera and IP LEDs to bear, while engineering in the ability to adapt and change the loadout to suit different project requirements”.

Hot on the heels of the release to market of the industry leading OceanSENSE 4 system, that detects all known fluorescing dyes used in subsea leak detection, the enhanced Eagle IP suite is another demonstration of OTAQ’s continued commitment to innovation and meeting customer’s needs. To view the Eagle IP range and Unique Group’s Subsea Lander, visit OTAQ Offshore on Stand V38 at Ocean Business 2021, 12th – 14th October, National Oceanographic Centre, Southampton UK.

OTAQ launch OceanSENSE 4 subsea leak detection system

11th August 2021

OTAQ Offshore is proud to announce the final word in subsea leak detection with the release of the OceanSENSE 4.

Designed to detect all fluorescing trace dyes used in subsea leak detection from a single 6000m rated Titanium housing, the OceanSENSE 4 utilises the same core technology as the industry standard OTAQ OceanSENSE subsea leak and cement returns detection system.

With two units purchased and in the field with two separate clients, the ROV mount OceanSENSE 4 enables operators to instantly switch between detecting different dye types ‘on-the-fly’ via the newly designed topside software. The ability to detect all dye types means there is no requirement to mobilise multiple detection configurations or recover the ROV to surface. OceanSENSE 4 is engineered to save operators time and money and to eliminate all risk associated with sensor and dye incompatibilities.

Utilising cutting edge technology OceanSENSE 4 is extremely capable. When mixing fluorescing dye into the carrier medium, the industry standard is 200,000 parts per billion – all OceanSENSE models detect dye to 6 parts per billion. The sensor feedback based topside software removes human judgement and inconsistencies from the detection operation. The OceanSENSE 4 unequivocally informs the operator when dye is present in the water column thus, depending on the application, locating the leak, confirming asset integrity or confirming the arrival of cement at the seafloor.

OceanSENSE was first released to the market in 2009, with operators rapidly positioning the system as the global industry standard for subsea dye detection. To date, OceanSENSE technology has achieved in excess of 50,000 offshore days on over 1000 subsea projects. The OceanSENSE 4 builds on this pedigree by ensuring increased operator flexibility while delivering repeatability of results, protecting the environment and reducing offshore operational costs.

Dr Harry Rotsch, inventor of the OceanSENSE range, expands; “as the industry looks to rebound from ongoing pressures and recent global events, the 4 dye detection system is the natural evolution of OceanSENSE. We have always looked to offer the best technical solution while responding to market forces. The system will continue to position OceanSENSE at the forefront of subsea dye detection for the rest of this decade”.

OceanSENSE 4 is available for hire or sale directly from OTAQ Offshore, for further information or to arrange a product demonstration please click here

OTAQ Offshore launch Eagle IP Vision, a portable recording system for underwater cameras

4th February 2021

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Eagle IP Vision. A brand-new product set to fill a gap in OTAQ’s offering, Eagle IP Vision is an addition to the current Eagle IP range which will enable users to record video for underwater HD cameras.

Complimenting our existing Eagle IP system, the new piece of kit is a portable recording system compatible with our existing Eagle IP HD underwater cameras designed for use in harsh environments, complete with a robust, waterproof multi-point touch-pad. The Haptic feedback enables the system to be fully operational in all weather conditions.

Eagle IP vision has been engineered for operation in open boats and on back decks of larger vessels, and is designed around an industry-standard PELI case that is fully IP65 waterproof rated when open (IP67 when closed).

The Eagle IP Vision will give users the ability to deploy the market-leading system capturing footage from some of the world’s harshest, most remote environments, and is set to benefit a long list of industries including offshore energy, pipeline inspection, Aquaculture for seabed surveys and general underwater inspection i.e moorings and nets, and onshore operations such as public utilities and hydro dams.

Chris Hyde, Chief Technology Offer, OTAQ, said: “Our highly experienced engineering team has brought this technology to life over the past year, and we are please to be able to offer this new product to complete our Eagle IP system”.

“Innovation is at the forefront of everything we do, and this latest addition bolsters our position as global experts in underwater technology.”

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OceanSENSE At Subsea Expo 2020

2nd February 2020

OceanSENSE, the market leading subsea leak and cement returns detection system, will be showcased at the upcoming Subsea Expo Exhibition (Aberdeen, Scotland).

Live demonstrations will be carried out on the OTAQ Offshore stand (No. 121) across all exhibition days, where offshore operators have the opportunity to discuss with OTAQ’s team of highly experienced industry professionals their project requirements and challenges. OTAQ will also be carrying out live demonstrations of their DragonFish Laser Measurement System and Eagle IP Range of high definition cameras and IP device integration solutions.

With a rental pool of over 80 assets, OceanSENSE is deployed globally to detect fluorescing dye escaping from leaking subsea structures or cement returns at the seafloor during well completions.  Used by many of the world’s biggest offshore and subsea operators including Oceaneering, Subsea 7, Halliburton, Fugro and TechnipFMC, OceanSENSE has accrued over 1000 offshore projects and in excess of 40,000 offshore days with a near 100% success rate. The result is a hard won reputation for reliability and repeatability of results, while protecting the environment and reducing offshore operational costs.

Utilising cutting edge technology, the ROV mount or diver held OceanSENSE is extremely sensitive. The industry standard when mixing fluorescing dye into the carrier medium is 200 parts per million – OceanSENSE detects dye down to 6 parts per billion!  OceanSENSE is a software feedback based solution that removes human judgement and inconsistencies from the detection operation, the system unequivocally informs the operator when dye is present in the water column, thus locating the leak, confirming asset integrity or confirming the arrival of cement at the seafloor.

For live demonstrations of OceanSENSE and OTAQ’s other market leading solutions, please contact us directly or visit us on Stand No. 121, Subsea Expo Exhibition, 11-13 February 2020, P&J Live, Aberdeen, UK.

OTAQ Group completes acquisition of Link Subsea Ltd

26th April 2019

OTAQ Group, a UK based marine technology group operating around the world in the aquaculture and offshore energy sectors, announced today that it had completed the acquisition of Link Subsea Ltd.

Link Subsea is a leading UK based manufacturer of underwater connectors, penetrators and custom moulding solutions for the offshore energy, aquaculture, defence and nuclear industries based in Ulverston.  They have a very well established client list which they have been supporting since they were founded in 1997.  Going forward Link Subsea will be known as OTAQ Connectors and Joyce Newton will continue as operations director for the Connectors division.

Phil Newby, CEO of OTAQ Group said “We are delighted to have completed the acquisition of Link Subsea which is strategically very important for us.  As well as providing new product lines, it allows us to strengthen our relationship with our existing clients in Aquaculture and Offshore.  We are looking forward to working with Joyce and her team in Ulverston and we will start to consider possibilities for growth and expansion there.”

Tom Houghton, Business Development Manager for OTAQ Connectors said “In a rapidly changing market, OTAQ is well placed to assist its customers across a range of subsea and underwater connection products and services. With renewed confidence in the industry, 2019 is set to be a busy year for the Oil & Gas and Subsea sectors with demand for products and services out-stripping supply in many areas”

OTAQ Connector products and services will be available through both the Ulverston factory and OTAQ’s Aberdeen facility as well as through selected international partners

Callum Magee appointed as Business Development Manager

1st April 2019

OTAQ has appointed Callum Magee as Business Development Manager for the newly formed OTAQ Offshore Division.

Callum has over 15 years of offshore sector experience having worked with a number of subsea solutions providers and is a specialist in underwater technology for ROVs.

Chris Hyde, Chief Commercial Officer of OTAQ Group said  “With the existing products that we have to offer combined with some very exciting new products in development it’s a very exciting time for us at OTAQ Group.   Callum’s experience in the offshore sector is invaluable and we are very pleased to have him leading the development of OTAQ Offshore.”

Callum can be reached at [email protected] or +44 7807 275186


OTAQ Group completes acquisition of Marinesense Ltd

16th November 2018

OTAQ Group, a UK based marine technology group operating around the world in the offshore energy and aquaculture sectors, has recently announced the acquisition of Marinesense Ltd.

Marinesense are the manufacturers of the OceanSENSE underwater leak detection and Dragonfish precision laser measurement systems for the offshore energy industry.  They are considered specialists in underwater optics, lasers and video systems and have been operating since 2007 from their base in Aberdeen, UK.

Going forward Marinesense will become the Offshore division of OTAQ Group, with all their products available directly from OTAQ in Aberdeen or through their approved network of partners around the world.

Marinesense’s core product is OceanSENSE which has, over the last 12 years, become the industry standard in underwater leak and cement returns detection.  The system is deployed around the world to detect leaks from subsea structures or to detect cement returns at the seafloor during well completions. The system is used by many of the world’s biggest offshore and subsea operators including Oceaneering, Subsea 7, Halliburton, Fugro and TechnipFMC.

Dr Harry Rotsch, founder and managing director of Marinesense said “We have been considering for some time what the best route for Marinesene to reach its full potential was.  It was very important to me that we ended up with new owners who shared both our values and our product vision and I am very happy that we have found that in OTAQ Group.”  Harry will continue as Technical Director for the OTAQ Offshore division.

Phil Newby, CEO of OTAQ Group said   “The acquisition of Marinesense is a very important milestone in the growth of OTAQ Group and will allow our Offshore division to provide a range of world class underwater technology products with an incredible track record. We are very excited about several new products that are in the pipeline and how the expanded team will enhance our engineering resource across the group.”

OTAQ Offshore is based from its new facilities within Campus Two of Aberdeen Innovation Park.