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Subsea Masters Licenses Patented Riser Cleaning Containment System to US based Mako Oilfield Services

Subsea Masters have developed in-house a unique system of waste containment during the cleaning of marine riser joints. The system allows the waste water product containing rust, debris, drilling mud deposits and other contaminants to be channelled effectively into a single containment chamber.

Subsea Masters Technical Director Don Bashford commented “Due to the Industry downturn, budgets for marine riser maintenance have been under pressure and in many cases riser joints have been stored without cleaning and / or preservation. Marine Riser is an extremely valuable and safety critical asset and historically has not been looked after well, especially when stacked and left open to the elements. We wanted to develop a solution that guaranteed optimum results using our recommended UHP systems but enabled an environmentally focused on-rig solution”.

Subsea Masters have been in discussion with potential licensees to use the patented riser cleaning containment system and have agreed to partner with Mako Oilfield Services to exploit the opportunities that exist in the North American market.

Craig Milne, Subsea Masters Managing Director said “we wanted to identify the right partner in the US and have been talking to the principals of Mako for some time. Mako was founded by the former TIC owners that sold to Proserv in 2012, so their oilfield pedigree was clear and they have been building an extensive service business under the Mako banner, which we felt was a good fit with our riser maintenance solutions”. Under the agreement, Subsea Masters will supply the patented riser containment systems for use by Mako during their riser maintenance projects and provide site training and ongoing support.

“When we were first introduced to Subsea Master’s UHP closed loop system, I knew this was the wave of the future”, says Mark Provine CEO of Mako. “Not only does the system allow for an environmentally friendly clean, it’s safe, cost effective and extremely mobile for performing cleaning services offshore. We couldn’t be more excited than to partner with Subsea Masters and their team to bring their innovations to North America.”

“This unique portable containment system when utilized Offshore provides a cost-effective solution to our customers, and is the preferred cleaning method prior to 5 year/CBM inspection for wall thickness data collection” added Reg Powell Director of Inspection Services for Mako.

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Craig Milne, Subsea Masters Managing Director | email

Alastair Gadney, GEV Group Marketing Director | email 

Reg Powell, Director of Inspection Services, Mako | email

About Subsea Masters
Subsea Masters is part of the UK based GEV Group of companies and provides specialist engineering support to the offshore drilling industry, with a focus on the maintenance of marine riser. The business has an operational base located in the Port of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, which geographically supports the Deepwater markets of West Africa, together with the opportunity to support rig owners transiting between the America’s, Europe and the Far East. Services are performed from a stable European base, matched with a UK focused health & safety culture and an extended availability of services through our longstanding partnership with local leading shipyard, Zamakona. 

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About Mako Oilfield Services
MAKO OILFIELD SERVICES was founded by the former TIC owners and team members that sold to Proserv in 2012. Our customer centric organization believes in providing superior technical services that add value to our customer and to our employees. MAKO is the company to call when safe success is the only option. For requirements ranging from custom control panels to running piping and tubing on a BOP stack or control system, marine riser cleaning and preservation we have the experience, expertise and manpower to help get the job done right, on time and on budget anywhere in the world.

With a global network of manufacturing locations and service crews, MAKO is an industry leader in the upstream and midstream oil and gas markets, delivering turnkey projects that include: 

  •     Equipment design and manufacturing
  •     Instrumentation and electrical installation and commissioning
  •     Post-installation service
  •     Maintenance, cleaning and preservation