DeepOcean, Solstad Offshore and Østensjø forge remote operations alliance

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 15/06/2022 Remota

Solstad Offshore, DeepOcean Group and Østensjø Group have joined forces to support the adoption of remote operations in the offshore energy sector.

The three partners have established two joint ventures (JVs). One of the JVs, named Remota AS, will own and operate advanced onshore Remote Operations Centers, while the other JV will develop, own and operate unmanned surface vehicles (USVs). Remota AS will be led by Sveinung Soma.

The three partners will each own 33.33 percent in the two JVs that will own and operate the Remote Operations Centers and the USVs.

Remota will offer remote operations and semi-autonomous maritime services to existing vessels, remote operations of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and USVs. In addition, the company’s first Remote Operations Center will function as a control center for drone technologies.

Today the center operates DeepOcean’s ROVs from Haugesund, Norway, and has been in operation since 2019. The Remote Operations Center has already remotely managed ROV operations in European waters, supporting clients with subsea installations in addition toinspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) campaigns.

The center will operate independently of its three owners and offer its services to all operators, vessel owners and service companies worldwide.

In addition to the Remote Operations Center, the three companies will establish USV AS, a separate company for investing in USVs equipped with an WROV (Work-Class ROV) onboard. The partners claim that this type of vessel is capable of considerably reducing operating expenses compared to conventional vessels that are utilised for subsea inspection, maintenance and repair work.

The USV technology has been developed by JV-partner DeepOcean, and the two other partners have been involved in the final stage of the development.

“Solstad, DeepOcean and Østensjø already have the technologies, competence and assets in place, but teaming up will further enhance the capacity, growth prospects and market penetration of our remote operations offering. Operators of offshore energy assets have challenged the supplier industry to deliver even more cost-efficient services. This is our response,”
said Lars Peder Solstad, CEO of Solstad Offshore.

“Remote operations are key to unlocking huge emission reductions and cost savings from the marine and offshore industries. The new joint ventures aim to fast-track the adoption of new remote technologies, which in turn will make ocean-based industries even more sustainable,”
said Håvard Framnes, Investment Director of Østensjø.

“With our unique Remote Operations Center and the backing of three leading international supplier companies, we believe that Remota can offer customers a world leading remote offering for marine and subsea operations. I genuinely believe it can transform how traditional ocean-based industries approach their offshore work,”
says Sveinung Soma, CEO of Remota.

“This is about taking the current experience, track record and technology and bring it to a bigger scale, thereby making it a more powerful offering to the ocean-based industries. Remota will have operations and turnover from day one, and we will immediately double the support capacity at the Remote Operations Center in Haugesund,”
said Øyvind Mikaelsen, CEO of DeepOcean.

“By introducing USVs, we are moving the captain onshore who will remain in control over the offshore operations. This is an excellent way of reducing cost and the CO2 footprint. By limiting personnel exposure to offshore operations, this also introduces a brand new safety aspect. It also represents a significant business potential for the JV,”
adds Øyvind Mikaelsen of DeepOcean.  

L-R Sveinung Soma, Remota AS; Håvard Framnes, Østensjø; Øyvind Mikaelsen, DeepOcean; and Frank Ramstad, Solstad Offshore