ISS Buys New ROVs, Launches Recruitment Drive

Integrated Subsea Services (ISS) has invested £15 million in eight new remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to service global demand for its underwater contracting services. It also plans to create 60 new jobs at its Aberdeen operation.

The company, which won a prestigious Scottish Offshore Achievement Award in 2004, provides specialist diving and ROV services for all kinds of subsea oil and gas work from new field installation to subsea well intervention and abandonment to pipeline and platform repair and maintenance. It will this week embark on a recruitment drive to find a mix of experienced ROV operators and trainees.

When formed by directors Ian Herd and Bruce Webster in 2002, the company had two ROVs and £2.5 million of sales in its first full year. This year turnover is forecast to exceed £46 million. ISS currently has 32 employees and a pool of over 350 ROV and diving personnel.

The new Triton designed work-class ROVs manufactured by Perry Slingsby are the latest on the market. The vehicles are capable of operating in water depths of up to 4000 meters. When all eight are delivered, ISS will own and operate a modern fleet of twenty ROVs all capable of providing advanced field construction, inspection and drill support services around the world, particularly in the deepwater provinces of West Africa and the Gulf of Mexico as well as Egypt, Azerbaijan and the North Sea where the company has current contracts.

"In the early days we were largely dependent on agency personnel," said managing director Ian Herd. "But we have been developing our own quality workforce with attractive packages, recognized training and clear progression opportunities within an exciting and dynamic, growing business. We are a rapidly expanding company with a small company culture where people have access to management and the decision making process is fast. This can be very appealing to potential candidates."

"We have spent the last four to five years quietly building the business in the North Sea and are proud of the success we have achieved. The next stage in our development will be to take advantage of the global demand for subsea services, focusing on the deepwater provinces in the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa. The shortage of people and equipment in our sector is worsening and investing in our fleet and our people puts us in pole position to meet demand."

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