Unique Group, an integrated subsea and offshore solution provider, has acquired Oceanwide Safety at Sea in a deal that joins two global providers in the diving industry.
Oceanwide provides the design, construction and maintenance of self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboats.
Founded in 2002, the company will be wholly owned by Unique Group but will continue to be managed by its founders, Rob Bunders and Klaas Kapteijn, with the current workforce being retained.
Oceanwide will be able to expand its services across the regions where Unique Group has existing facilities, including the Middle East, Singapore and the USA. Oceanwide will use Unique Group’s capital to invest in research, development and continued innovation. This is Unique Group’s first acquisition since it announced an ambitious growth plan earlier this year, and the acquisition of a Rotterdam office will open up access to new clients across the Antwerp, Hamburg and Bremen seaports.
“As well as bringing operational and financial benefits, we can also invest in innovation with a specific focus on new materials and new technology for the next generation of our product,” said Rob Bunders, joint founder of Oceanwide.
Image: Oceanwide S.a.S. self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboat/Unique Group