Major Contract Win For OTAQ with Unique Group

22nd October 2020

World class marine technology company, OTAQ Offshore, has today announced a significant contract award and exclusive supply agreement with Unique Group to supply a number of seabed landers.

The Aberdeen based company, a subsidiary of OTAQ PLC, with offices in Lancaster, Ulverston and Puerto Montt in Chile, will design and build the observation platforms in collaboration with Unique Group.

Commonly used to record physical, chemical and biological activity, OTAQ Offshore will fit the seabed lander systems with inspection products, such as very high-resolution stills cameras, Eagle IP video cameras, OceanSENSE leak detection system and Dragonfish laser measurement systems. The systems will also be configured to carry other third-party supplied inspection and monitoring equipment.

Two models are in line to be produced; a shallow-water version rated to 300m and a deep-water version rated to 4000 metres, available for rental and sale exclusively through Unique Group’s worldwide office network. Independently owned with global reach, Unique Group leads the way in providing engineering, expertise, sales and rental equipment, as well as the developing and implementing the latest technology for the marine, diving, pipeline and subsea market sectors. The two models will allow clients to use the landers in a range of applications using their existing cables and winches.

Phil Newby, Chief Executive Officer, OTAQ plc said: “We are thrilled Unique Group chose OTAQ Offshore to support them with this project. We have an exceptional team of engineers, whose skills are uniquely suited to this type of activity. Having Unique Group as our exclusive partner for sales and rentals will open new doors for us, as well as strengthen our position as a world class marine technology company.”

Chief Operating Officer at Unique Group, Sahil Gandhi, said: “We are excited to be able to further our partnership with OTAQ Offshore by collaborating on the development of seabed landers. Through this launch, we reiterate our commitment to offering exceptional products and solutions to our customers globally, and look forward to future innovations with OTAQ.”

Unique Group employs over 500 people worldwide through its six multi-site divisions: Survey Equipment; Autonomous Survey Vessels; Marine & Subsea; Diving & Life Support; Buoyancy & Ballast; and Medical Technology.

 

Norwegian Offshore Rental To Represent OTAQ Offshore in Norwegian Sector

9th September 2020

Norwegian Offshore Rental AS (NOR) has recently signed a rental agreement with OTAQ Offshore (OTAQ) to represent the company’s technology and products in the Norwegian offshore sector.

NOR is a significant provider of rental equipment to the offshore, subsea, and fish farm industries. The Haugesund based company offers hundreds of rental equipment. Earlier this year, they opened a second office in Aberdeen in order to better serve the offshore and subsea industry from both sides of the North Sea.

Based in Aberdeen, Scotland, OTAQ are experts in engineering and manufacturing underwater leak detection systems, laser measurement and video processing technologies. The company supports customer activities in the offshore energy, aquaculture, commercial diving, defence and oceanographic research industries worldwide. On the addition of OTAQ products to NOR’s extensive product portfolio of underwater equipment, Olafur Gislason, Managing Director, stated: “We are always looking to grow our inventory with the best products on the market. This is part of our ongoing mission to provide quality equipment and service to the offshore and subsea industries.”

The agreement will see NOR represent a number of industry-renowned technologies, including the OceanSENSE and DragonFish solutions. Deployed in the dual roles of subsea leak and cement returns detection, OceanSENSE is recognised as the industry standard and has been deployed successfully for over 50,000 offshore days globally. The offshore proven DragonFish high precision laser measurement system generates sub-millimetric measurements of welds, chains and other targets from a low cost easy to operate package. NOR will also represent OTAQ’s new Eagle IP range of high quality IP ethernet underwater HD cameras and IP integration infrastructure products. As well as these solutions, NOR will have access to OTAQ Groups aquaculture and connector portfolios and already have multiple OceanSENSE units based in Haugesund available for rapid mobilisation.

Callum Magee, Offshore Business Development Manager at OTAQ Group, added: “The development of our distributor network is a key element of our market penetration strategy and we are delighted to be working with NOR, their knowledge, ethos and energy fits perfectly with OTAQ’s long-term goals”.

Historic Milestone For Industry Standard OTAQ OceanSENSE

9th July 2020

OceanSENSE, the industry standard subsea leak and cement returns detection system, has reached a historic milestone with over 50,000 offshore days achieved! OceanSENSE passed the 50,000 days mark on a recent offshore project with global subsea leader Oceaneering International. An early adopter of OceanSENSE in its cement returns detecting role, it’s fitting that Oceaneering take OceanSENSE over the 50,000 offshore days mark.

First released to market in 2009, the system has gone from strength to strength, cementing its position as the global industry standard equipment for offshore dye detection operations. OceanSENSE has achieved the 50,000 offshore days mark due to its hard-won reputation as a proven, trusted and reliable solution that delivers repeatable results, while protecting the environment and reducing offshore operational costs. With an international rental pool of over 100 assets, OceanSENSE is deployed to detect fluorescing dye escaping from leaking subsea structures or cement returns at the seafloor during well completions.

OTAQ Offshore Technical Director and OceanSENSE inventor, Dr Harry Rotsch, is suitably delighted by the systems success: “we are extremely proud of the industry’s acceptance and confidence in OceanSENSE as the world’s leading and most reliable leak detection system. We look forward to assisting our clients  with their offshore operations for the next 100,000 days!”.

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. 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.

OTAQ Offshore have recently moved into their new premises at the Aberdeen Innovation Park (Aberdeen, Scotland). Please contact us to organise a site tour and technical demonstrations of OceanSENSE and also our DragonFish Laser Measurement System, Eagle IP Range of high definition cameras and IP device integration solutions. Serving the European market directly, OceanSENSE is available from OTAQ’s international rental partner Unique Maritime Group in the Middle East, APAC and the Americas.

OTAQ Offshore would like to extend their appreciation to all those involved in the success of OceanSENSE and we look forward to working with our customers and partners in the future.

OTAQ sign exclusive agreement with Unique Group

25th March 2020

Leading integrated subsea and offshore solutions provider, Unique Group, has recently signed an exclusive rental agreement with UK-based OTAQ Offshore to represent the latter’s technology and products across the Middle East, APAC and the Americas.

Experts in engineering and manufacturing underwater leak detection systems, laser measurement and video processing technologies, OTAQ Group supports customer activities in the offshore energy, aquaculture, commercial diving, defence and oceanographic research industries worldwide. The addition of OTAQ products to Unique Group’s diverse portfolio of survey equipment solidifies Unique Group’s consistent effort to provide customised integrated solutions to clients.

The agreement will see Unique Group represent a number of industry-renowned technologies, including the OceanSENSE and DragonFish solutions. Deployed in the dual roles of subsea leak and cement returns detection, OceanSENSE is recognised as the industry standard and has been deployed successfully on over 1000 offshore projects globally. Proven to work efficiently in the offshore environment, the DragonFish’s high precision laser measurement system generates sub-millimetric measurements of welds, chains and other targets from a low cost easy to operate package.

Unique Group will also represent OTAQ’s new Eagle IP range of high quality IP ethernet underwater HD cameras and IP integration infrastructure products. This equipment, along with a number of additional specialist systems, will be made available to clients through Unique Group offices located in the partnered regions.

Harry Gandhi, CEO at Unique Group, commented: “Staying true to our image as a global integrated solutions provider, our partnership with OTAQ is testament to our ambitious strategic plans for 2020. Through this partnership, we reiterate our commitment to offering world class products and solutions to our customers globally and look forward to strengthening our rental inventory in these regions.”

Phil Newby, CEO at OTAQ Group, added: “Following a period of rapid expansion for OTAQ over the last 12 months, we’re excited to collaborate with Unique Group to further bolster our presence in the Middle East, APAC and the Americas and bring to our customers the best-in-class leak detection and underwater laser measurement technologies.”

 

OTAQ Offshore Releases New Underwater IP Ethernet Product Range

30th January 2020

OTAQ Offshore (Aberdeen, Scotland) are delighted to announce the release of their new range of underwater IP ethernet products at Subsea Expo 2020 (Aberdeen, Scotland). The range is a mix of advanced HD IP cameras and IP device integration solutions.

The Eagle IP Zoom and Fixed Focus cameras are a unique combination of full colour 1080p HD and 0.001 Lux low light capability coupled in one underwater camera!  Enhanced with optical and infinite digital zoom, these powerful units perform equally well in submerged bright ambient conditions as they do in low light environments, making them real go anywhere solutions.  Meeting key industry standards (ONVIF, H.264, RTSP), the 10/100 BaseT ethernet units are rated from 300m to 6000m, are lightweight, come with their own GUI and are proven in the offshore sphere with multiple successful ROV and fixed installation deployments and rental projects achieved.

Next in the Eagle IP offering  is our new underwater 180° & 360° Field of View 4K IP colour cameras. With a live ‘orbital’ viewing capability, the units can remove the requirement for mechanical pan & tilts. The operator can alter their angle of view in the live video stream to any required orientation, digitally zooming in on any target of interest in real-time. When footage is recorded, the operator can go back and look at any and all targets of interest as all of the environment was recorded all of the time. The units are ideal for situational awareness applications involving divers and ROVs and for confined ingress projects.

To assist clients with the integration of Eagle IP cameras and other IP devices to underwater systems OTAQ has released the Q-Hub and Q-Link.  For subsea systems with onboard fibre optics, the Q-Hub enables offshore operators to access the full capacity in their Gigabyte (GBE) and 10/100 Ethernet channels.  The Q-Hub is a subsea ethernet switch that connects its six 10/100/1000Mbps channels to a single GBE or 10/100Mbps channel.  Outputting 24VDC with a maximum of 6 Amps available across the 6 channels, the Q-Hub is ideal for multi camera surveys, sonar applications and a variety of other underwater applications. As more underwater sensors become IP based, the Q-Hub future proofs existing fibre optics multiplexers. In many instances, the highly cost effective Q-Hub replaces the need to rent in a multiplexer for extensive sensor spreads.

For system running copper umbilical, the Q-Link is designed to telemeter 10/100 BaseT Ethernet over Shielded Twisted Pair (STP) copper cores. With proven transmission distances up to 1000m and available with 1 to 4 channels, the Q-Link has enabled Mini and Inspection ROVs to deploy with multiple advanced IP sensors onboard, enhancing their work scope and the operators service offering. The system has enabled multi-camera monitoring over STP of offshore inter-connect and lifting operations.

Their compact size and light weight in water make both the Q-Hub and Q-Link perfect for mounting to a variety of vehicle classes, monitoring platforms, landers and towed systems.

For live demonstrations of the Eagle IP range 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.

 

 

 

OTAQ Group has appointed Katie Hodgson as Marketing Manager

8th January 2020

Following significant growth and the recent acquisitions of Link Subsea and Marine Sense into OTAQ Group, we have now appointed Katie Hodgson as Marketing Manager. Katie will be busy launching lots of innovative new products and managing the marketing & branding of the three divisions within OTAQ Group; OTAQ Connectors, OTAQ Aquaculture and OTAQ Offshore.

Katie studied Marketing Management at Copenhagen Business Academy, Denmark and has held a number of marketing positions with experience in implementing the full marketing mix and launching new products to market.

Chris Hyde, OTAQ’s Chief Commercial Officer, said “We have enjoyed rapid expansion over the last 12 months and are now at the stage where we need a dedicated in house marketing manager. Katie brings a great deal of experience to OTAQ and I am delighted that she has accepted the role.”

As we continue to expand we’re looking to recruit a number of positions within the various divisions of OTAQ Group. For more information please visit our careers page!

Katie will be based at OTAQ’s head office in Lancaster, UK and can be reached at [email protected] or +44 7471 770109.

 

OTAQ Group are proud to announce our recent ISO 9001: 2015 quality system certification

22nd November 2019

OTAQ Group are proud to announce our recent ISO 9001: 2015 quality system certification

ISO 9001 is an internationally recognised quality management system. For the past few months our Chief Operations Officer, Steve Burns, has been leading the team as we worked towards becoming accredited. We have been supported throughout the process by Dave Hutchinson at Qualiteq and we are now delighted to announce we have gained full ISO 9001;2015 certification through DNV-GL.

The ISO 9001;2015 quality system certification demonstrates our commitment to consistency, continual improvement and customer satisfaction. The certification also demonstrates our ability to consistently deliver products and services to market whist meeting statutory and regulatory requirements by applying an effective quality management system at OTAQ.

This is a significant milestone for OTAQ Group as we continue to improve our products and services for our valued customers. We have lots of new and exciting developments in the pipeline which we look forward to announcing in the new year!