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Cable Protection System Cutting Tool Proven & Available for Hire



Subsea Innovation Ltd has completed the design, supply and live demonstration of a Cable and Cable Protection System (CPS) cutting tool that can rapidly and reliably remove a CPS without the need for divers. Activity in the installation of CPS is currently high and is forecast to remain so and this tool gives the ability to remove a CPS in the minimum time. This is particularly key for the future as offshore windfarm projects are being installed in increasingly deeper waters where diving becomes more dangerous and costly.

There were numerous offshore wind industry leaders in attendance - including sales partner Tekmar Energy Limited, DONG Energy, VBMS, Jan de Nul, and CWIND. The event was held at The Underwater Centre near Fort William in Scotland and involved a full scale demonstration of the installation and removal of a CPS from mock-up offshore foundations.

Cable protection systems are designed to be maintenance free for the full service life of the windfarm. However, for decommissioning purposes and in order to reduce risk within the industry it is important that any equipment that is installed subsea has a proven and robust method of removal.

The Underwater Centre provided a Workclass Remotely Operated Vehicle (WCROV) which was launched from an offshore vessel and carried out the operations in Loch Linnhe which is a seawater lake.

The demonstrations were carried out over a two day period. On the first day the removal operation was performed on a mock-up j-tubeless monopile foundation, whereas the second day was reserved to carry out the same operation on a mock-up j-tube. Both demonstrations were considered successful with operations being completed considerably quicker than expected.

With the Cutting Tool now being a proven solution it is available for hire either as contingency or for active service so if you would like to contact us to discuss this further please get in touch via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Subsea Innovation has over 30 years of experience in the offshore sector is a market leader in the design, manufacture and supply of Pipeline Repair Clamps, Connectors, J Tube Seals, Waterstop Seals, Launch & Recovery Systems and Tether Management. This product enhances the company’s track record in developing bespoke engineering solutions to challenges faced by their clients. Recently, Subsea Innovation designed and supplied the only Mattress Deployment System (MDS) in the world capable of deploying 3 concrete mattresses in one excursion from the vessel. These concrete mattresses are used to protect and bury cables in both the offshore wind and oil & gas sector and optimising their installation time is key in a sector looking at achieving installation efficiency.  


Subsea Innovation Golf Day 2016



On 6th September Darlington based Subsea Innovation held their annual charity golf day at Ramside Hall Golf Club in Durham. 

The day was in aid of the “If U Care Share Foundation” charity which provides support to families coping with loss of a loved one.  The charity is close to Subsea Innovation’s heart after the loss of employee Chris Emery in 2014.  Members of Chris’ family work tirelessly for the organisation that exists solely on donations. The charity website is www.ifucareshare.co.uk

On a beautiful sunny day Ramside Golf Club were the perfect hosts providing guests with a brunch before the round on the Cathedral Course and a BBQ dinner afterwards.

The fantastic sum of £3,300 was raised from the day which included 18 holes of golf, an auction and raffle.

The company would like to thank Greg Giles, Willie Giles & Isabelle Bell for their sterling efforts in putting the day together and also key sponsors and participants including Ramside Hall, Arthur J Gallagher, North View Engineering, MC Ware IT Solutions, Tekmar Energy, HSBC, Middlesbrough Football Club, A1 Muck Away, Hydrasun, The Ship Inn Middlestone, Specialist Coatings Limited, The Manor House Ferryhill, The Grey Bull Stanhope, and Specialist Welding Engineering Limited.

The winners by ½ shot were The Grey Bull, Stanhope, closely followed by last year’s winners A1 Muckaway and in 3rd was a team captained by event organiser Greg Giles.


From L to R Isabelle Bell (Subsea Innovation HR Manager), Dave Thompson (Subsea Innovation Managing Director), Greg Giles (Subsea Innovation Organiser), Sandra Emery (IfUCareShare Operations Manager) and Dean Smith (IfUCareShare Chairman).

Tekmar Energy from the OWF Sector Join Forces with Subsea Innovation from O&G to Collaborate on Technology and Cost Reduction



Tekmar Energy Limited (TEL) and Subsea Innovation Limited (SIL) signed a strategic collaborations agreement to collaborate in sales, product development and strategic initiatives towards cost and risk reduction in both OWF cabling equipment and O&G SURF and pipeline ancillaries.

Tekmar Energy is a market leading supplier in the offshore wind farm sector suppling its patented technology TEKLINK® cable protection system (CPS) on over 45 renewable projects.

Recent CPS successful projects include;

  1. 4-Dong Energy projects (Burbo Bank, Race Bank, Walney Extension and Borkum Riffgrund II)
  2. 1st ever USA offshore wind project Block Island.
  3. The first UK round three project Rampion with JDR and E-on.

Subsea Innovation is a market leading company in the design and build of specialist equipment for the Oil and Gas, marine, offshore and subsea environment.

Projects include;

  1. Bespoke design and build of installation and decommissioning equipment including a diverless mattress deployment system.
  2. Delivery of over 100 bespoke launch and recovery systems (LARS)
  3. Award of a multimillion pound contract from Subsea7 for emergency pipeline repair systems (EPRS)

This is a signed agreement to develop new solutions for; 

  1. Offshore cable and SURF installation and manufacturing equipment.
  2. Advanced pipeline repair systems and subsea sealing solutions. (EPRC and J-tube seals).
  3. SURF and cable protection solutions. (Bend restrictors and hang-off systems).
  4. Bespoke tooling for offshore installations. (Excavation, burial, deployment and cutting).

James Ritchie CEO Tekmar Group said “Both sectors (Oil and Gas and Offshore Wind) now face the same key challenge in price pressure and need to see cost and risk reduction to ensure sustainable demand. Within Offshore Wind we intend to leverage our customer and cabling experience with SIL to develop new tools and equipment to support this challenge".

Dave Thompson MD Subsea Innovation said Working with Tekmar to strategically develop new products and services for clients in these challenging times is the right collaboration needed to ensure value within the supply chain. The team at Subsea Innovations have a wealth of offshore and subsea engineering experience that can be utilised to give Tekmar the opportunity to sell innovative technologies to both sectors".


For more information about Tekmar, please visit www.tekmar.co.uk

Major Structural Pipeline Repair Clamp Order for Subsea Innovation



Subsea Innovation, one of the world leading subsea equipment suppliers with over 25 years’ experience delivering projects into the offshore industry, has announced the securing of a multi-million pound order from engineering, construction and service experts Subsea 7 i-Tech Services.

The order which is one of the largest of its type in the world is to provide 5 ROV installed Structural Pipeline Repair Clamps which will form part of an Emergency Pipeline Repair Systems (EPRS) supporting pipelines off the North and Northwest coasts of Australia. The systems will act as contingency in the event that the main trunk lines transporting the gas need to be repaired.

The 5 systems cover pipes across a range of diameters between: 20” and 44”. The project is a significant award for the company and follows on from a successful 2015 which delivered a record turnover of over £11m. The designs will be tested to DNV pipeline tolerances at up to 328 bar.g and are suitable for operating temperatures ranging from 0 - 75°C.  The design and build process will be monitored and certified to the exacting standards of the internationally recognised body DNV.

In addition to clamps Subsea Innovation also offer a full range of structural pipeline connectors suitable for EPRS amongst other offshore tie in operations and have earlier this year delivered a pair of 16” Connectors to RasGas in Qatar as part of another significant order.  Past projects have seen these products successfully deployed off the coasts of the Middle East, USA, Europe and also in Trinidad.

Finance Director Phil Heathcock said “Securing this contract from Subsea 7 i-Tech Services demonstrates our capability to secure one of the largest EPRS orders available in the world and we look forward to working with our client and the operators to deliver this project on time, on spec and in budget”.

Subsea Innovation will deliver the project from its recently built headquarters, Innovation House, ideally situated on the Faverdale Industrial Estate near Darlington, which provides excellent transport links by road, rail and air. The office building and 40,000 ft2 manufacturing facility, originally opened in November 2014 by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, boasts world class facilities for a business of this type which includes manufacturing bays serviced by overhead cranes of up to 60 tonnes, on site machining, a PU manufacturing facility and a floodable test pit to provide indoor wet testing of subsea systems.


Subsea Innovations well proven product range also includes passive and active J tube seals, suitable for installation by both divers and ROV, Pipe in Pipe Waterstop seals and Hang-off systems for all flexible products. The business also supplies a range of Launch and Recovery A-Frames and Tether Management Systems having built over 100 of these currently in operation with third party ROV spreads around the globe.

Building on the breadth of experience within the company and the strengthening of the engineering team the company has seen a growth in bespoke engineering projects over recent years, they can provide a turnkey concept to delivery service, successfully completing fast turnaround projects including diamond wire cutting machines, complex moon pool deployment handling systems and intelligent diver-less mattress lay.

Full support is always available from the experienced offshore qualified staff and many products have been successfully installed worldwide during early 2016. Recent trips saw Technicians operating off the coast of Sweden, installing a pair of Active J Tube seals which were designed, manufactured and tested in March. At the time of writing technicians are out assisting clients in Houston with pre installation reeling tests for Pipe in Pipe waterstop seals with the full batch delivery scheduled for May.

Managing Director Dave Thompson said “We have been fortunate that even during the industry downturn we have been in a position to take on top class engineering talent from across the industry sectors, this has brought the wide level of experience required to drive the diversification needed to stay at the cutting edge of subsea innovation”.

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Welcome to Subsea Innovation

World Leading Supplier of Subsea Equipment

Formed in 1985 by a team of experienced engineers and diving professionals, Subsea Innovation is a company dedicated to delivering state of the art engineering products to the offshore Oil & Gas and Energy industries throughout the world.

An impressive track record coupled with an underlying commitment to continuous improvement has seen Subsea Innovation gain world-class pedigree from a balance of hands on experience and a desire to provide innovative technologies. This is clearly demonstrated by the ongoing performance of Subsea Innovation products in the field.

Subsea Innovation prides itself on its quality and attention to detail; a fully accredited Safety & Quality system supports every aspect of a project. All products are designed to the appropriate international codes and standards that are subject to regular external inspection.

Through its dedicated team of highly skilled Engineers, Designers and Technicians based in the North East of England, Subsea Innovation continues to retain its status as a recognised world leader in the design and manufacture of highly sophisticated marine engineering solutions.

The extensive product range includes:

Offshore Equipment Handling Systems
Pipeline Repair / Recovery Systems
Subsea Sealing Systems

In addition to product supply, Subsea Innovation Ltd provides supervision services to oversee the successful deployment and installation of its equipment. The company provides an after care service and can supply spare and replacement parts for the full range of products.



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