Aberdeen-based ROV specialist ROVOP opens new sales office in Houston, Texas


ROVOP Chairman Mark Vorenkamp (centre) with Texas-based colleagues Brett Eychner and Scott Wagner (right)
ROVOP Chairman Mark Vorenkamp (centre) with Texas-based colleagues Brett Eychner and Scott Wagner (right)

Aberdeen-based subsea-services provider ROVOP has opened a new sales and support base in Houston, Texas, and has appointed three highly-regarded ROV industry professionals to lead the US operation.

Together Scott Wagner, Brett Eychner and Wayne Betts bring a combined total of more than 100 years’  experience in the ROV services sector to Houston for ROVOP

Located on a 1.5 acre site in north-west Houston, ROVOP’s new depot includes a 4,500 ft2 office and 17,300 ft2 workshop from where the company will manage its fleet of FMC Schilling Robotics and SAAB Seaeye ROVs. 

Scott Wagner, Managing Director, ROVOP Houston, said: “ROVOP has an impressive track record and has proven itself to be a dynamic and agile business, capable of setting new standards in safety, cost and reliability.

“The recent mobilisation of two Schilling Ultra-Heavy Duty (UHD) Generation III ROVs, capable of closing a blow-out preventer (BOP) within 45 seconds to meet American Petroleum Institute (API) requirements, illustrates our commitment to supporting clients with industry leading technology in the Gulf of Mexico.”

 As well as five vessel-based ROV systems already contracted in the region, ROVOP has invested in a further two complete ROV spreads that benefit from features making them especially attractive for deep water vessel and rig support applications.

Set up in 2011, ROVOP employs 130 people in Scotland and recently moved into a new £4 million head office in Aberdeen.

Mark Vorenkamp, Chairman, ROVOP, said: “ROVOP is changing the market for ROV services. Over the last two decades, ROV technology, capability and service has fallen behind the pace of change seen in other industries.  ROVOP’s approach is to employ the most advanced, capable, reliable and maintainable ROV technology, world-class business systems and the best offshore personnel trained in our own ROV Academy.”

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