On a Roll: Hallin Strengthens Board, Forms Robotics Co. & Wins New Contract

Hallin Marine has bolstered the board of its subsidiaries and formed a new 'Robotics' company.

Hallin has strengthened the board of its two main operating divisions by promoting key staff to director level.

East Division has appointed Rik Zwinkels and Ian Huggins to its board with immediate effect, joining existing directors Jon Attenburrow, who is a main board director, Graham Cooper and Remus Lim.

Dutch born Rik, 38, joined Hallin in August last year and joins the board as Project Director. The qualified engineer has extensive experience in the offshore industry in the Far East, the Middle East and Europe, having previously worked with Heerema, SMIT and Vroon Offshore.

Ian Huggins, 46, joins East Division's board as its Business Development director. A marketing professional, Ian served as a Royal Marine before joining the offshore industry. He worked initially as a ROV pilot and latterly as a subsea manager with ConocoPhillips prior to joining Hallin.

Hallin's West Division has appointed Mark Wood as its Operations Director and Mark Corney as Finance Director and both join the West Division's board with immediate effect. They will form a three man board, chaired by main board director Mike Arnold.

Mark Wood, 37, joined Hallin's UK arm at its formation as operations manager and has been instrumental in its dramatic growth. Before joining Hallin, Mark worked for ROV operator Rovtech in senior positions in both the UK and Singapore.

Mark Corney, 45, worked in Moscow, Azerbaijan and Jakarta before joining West Division as its Financial Controller. Mark has extensive 'oil' experience, including financial responsibility for a section of industry giant Schlumberger.

Hallin has also formed a new UK based company, Hallin Robotics Ltd, as a wholly owned subsidiary of Hallin Marine Subsea International PLC. It will exploit decommissioning opportunities for both the nuclear and offshore industry and build upon the group's existing contracts using its robotics expertise in design and operation.

John Giddens, Hallin's CEO, said, "As we grow we continue to strengthen our board structure and our operational businesses will be stronger as a result of these appointments. All four directors are first class existing Hallin people who have demonstrated excellence in their work and a real commitment to the Company.

"The creation of a separate robotics company will enable its staff to focus on the nuclear industry and exploit the exciting opportunities we see ahead."

Hallin Marine also announced it has been awarded a US $4.8 million contract for the provision of an anchor handling support vessel.


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