How commercial diving is being redefined

Elly Yates-Roberts asks Harun Duzgoren how Subsea Global Solutions is evolving in an increasingly competitive industry and bringing added value to customers

How commercial diving is being redefined
Subsea Global Solutions’ team celebrate the successful completion of a major project in Houston, Texas

The build-up of marine growth on ships can dramatically affect their performance. Underwater maintenance and repair specialist Subsea Global Solutions (SGS) is expanding its global presence to help shipowners avoid these issues through its customised fleet maintenance contracts. To truly support its clients on a global scale, SGS first acquired All-Sea Underwater Solutions in 2017 to expand its footprint into Canada and South Korea. This was followed by the acquisitions of Gray Diving Services in Sydney, Australia and Underwater Contractors in Singapore in late 2019, and finally the diving division of T&T Salvage Asia in February 2020.

“Commercial diving has traditionally been a very fragmented business, with small shops serving their repeat customers in one place,” says Harun Duzgoren, an executive director at SGS. “We are building a world-class marine services organisation that will transform the industry by becoming a true one-stop shop. With our recent acquisitions we now have 13 homeports and over 150 diver-technicians.”

According to Duzgoren, the firm’s expanded presence in these areas will benefit ship operators in many ways.

“We can serve our customers all year long with our own crew at a location convenient for them,” he says. “This avoids high mobilisation costs and potential sub-standard performance from third-party contractors.

SGS has also launched a cloud-based reporting platform to store and manage all vessel data and service reports. “The dive supervisor can upload all photos and report details on the spot, which will create enormous value for our clients, as they can make instant decisions with the data and avoid costly deviations,” says Duzgoren.

This article was first published in the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of Cruise & Ferry Review. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed.

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Elly Yates-Roberts
By Elly Yates-Roberts
20 July 2020

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