LMS announces collaboration with Aquatec in a move to reduce offshore energy costs

Kirk Anderson, Managing Director, Load Monitoring Systems, and Andy Smerdon, Managing Director, Aquatec Group

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INTELLIGENT lifting equipment specialists, LMS (Load Monitoring Systems Ltd), has announced its collaboration with subsea communications experts Aquatec Group.

The joint venture between Aberdeen-based LMS and Aquatec Group has been designed to reduce the cost of subsea installation, maintenance, and decommissioning in the Offshore Wind and Oil & Gas industry.

The specifics of the working partnership were discussed during Global Underwater Hub’s Subsea Expo exhibition in Aberdeen in February this year, where both companies exhibited and showcased their capabilities.

LMS designs, manufactures, and rents intelligent load monitoring products for many industry sectors around the world where continual load monitoring, measurement, calibration, and testing is required.  

Basingstoke-based Aquatec Group creates innovative instruments, services, and solutions for measurement, monitoring and communication underwater. The company provides solutions for all water environments, including offshore structures and pipelines.

The collaboration will result in a soon-to-be presented streamlined modular design created to monitor subsea loads and tension. The wireless subsea load sensing shackle will cater to different design applications, including visual monitoring of the loads on subsea moorings and winches using subsea displays or digital monitoring via signals transmitted wirelessly to the surface or ROV.

Kirk Anderson, LMS Managing Director, said: “We have been looking for a reliable and innovative subsea communications specialist with which to develop and enhance our subsea shackle technology, and it was vital to find the right partner. Therefore, we are delighted to be working with such an established, reputable organisation as Aquatec Group. Our combined specialist knowledge will benefit not only our businesses, but also the wider subsea industry.”

Andy Smerdon, Managing Director of Aquatec Group, commented: “As soon as we were introduced to LMS, we recognised the similarities between the businesses – both are quality-focused businesses delivering innovation to the offshore industry. We believe there is a significant role to play here, in providing real-time and logged data to improve the understanding and performance of subsea equipment – and therefore to reduce the cost of offshore energy.”

LMS products and services are used globally in over 42 countries and are supplied to many industry sectors including subsea, oil and gas, marine, renewables, aquaculture and construction.

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