Netherlands-based shipbuilder Royal IHC (IHC) has collaborated with Tompkins UK to enter the deep and ultra-deep water, oil and gas geotechnical survey and site investigation market with a new subsea venture.

Under the banner of TI Geosciences, with an initial investment of €17m, the new initiative will offer cone penetration test (CPT) / gravity coring services to the sector.

These services will be based on Tompkins’ deep-push, buoyancy stabilised, deep-water CPT system, equipped with AP van den Berg’s digital pressure compensated Icone.

In addition, TI Geosciences will provide remote seabed drilling services by the fourth quarter of the year, using IHC’s sonic wireline-operated remote drill (SWORD) systems.

"TI Geosciences will provide remote seabed drilling services…using IHC’s sonic wireline-operated remote drill (SWORD) systems."

Services will be deployed from a Swire Pacific Offshore G-class platform supply vessel and be ISO: 19901-6 and ISO: 19901-8 compliant, IHC said.

The advanced SWORD systems technology and new cloud-based data management system will allow the company to simplify processes, reduce reporting time, improve quality and increase competitiveness.

TI Geosciences will be based in Darlington, UK, and its operating bases will be in Teeside, Singapore and Saldahna Bay, South Africa.

In January, Royal IHC (IHC) acquired Netherlands-based deck equipment designer and manufacturer SAS Offshore to bolster its presence as a supplier of reliable, integrated offshore systems and integrated vessels in the sector.

The company also purchased a majority stake in Brazil-based Brastec Technologies to boost its footprint in the Brazilian market.