First Subsea Names Global Sales, Business Development Manager

First Subsea has appointed John Shaw as global sales and business development manager. Formerly head of Engineered Products Group at Trelleborg Offshore, he will be responsible for developing First Subsea's innovative ball and taper connector business worldwide.

In addition to the Ballgrab range of subsea mooring connectors, ball and taper has been successfully used for pipeline recovery and decommissioning tools, ROV and diverless bend stiffener connectors for risers and umbilicals, pipeline repair, hose connectors, heavy lift and buoy mooring and retrieval applications.

A Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Mr. Shaw is no stranger to the connector technology. At Trelleborg Offshore, he worked with First Subsea on the development of the diverless bend stiffener connector. "The simplicity of the ball and taper connection, and its powerful multi-point grip, makes it a very flexible solution to offshore connections in many demanding applications. My role will be to work with clients to develop existing and new applications for the ball and taper connector," he said.

First Subsea has successfully developed the ball and taper connector technology for drilling applications both onshore and offshore. One of this year's OTC Spotlight on Technology Awards included Canrig Drilling Technology's SureGrip Automated Casing Running Tool featuring the ball and taper gripping mechanism for handling drill piping.

"The ease of ball and taper connection makes it suitable for any application involving gripping, pulling and holding connections under load. John Shaw's experience will allow us to consolidate and improve our current product range, as well as developing opportunities for the connector in new markets," commented Brian Green, general manager, First Subsea Ltd.