Unique Group enters West Africa via strategic joint venture
Sharjah based subsea and offshore solution provider signs deal with Nigerian maritime training outfit.
The Unique Group, an integrated subsea and offshore solution providers, has formed a joint venture (JV) with Nigeria-based Charkin Maritime & Offshore Safety, a professional training company for the maritime and offshore oil and gas industries. The JV, Unique Charkin System, is based out of Port Harcourt in Nigeria.
The newly formed JV currently offers a full range of support to the oil and gas market in Nigeria and will further extend services into Sub-Saharan Africa. Although already active in the region for some time, the partnership creates a dedicated office for the Unique Group in the region, bringing enhanced accessibility and reduced response time for customers. Unique Group’s divisions, namely, Survey Equipment, Diving & Life Support, Buoyancy & Ballast, On-Site Engineering and Specialised Boats will be active from the Port Harcourt office.
The new operations will be managed by Mark Severn, who will head up business development. Severn brings 26 years’ experience in the industry, working on numerous offshore marine construction projects.
Severn commented: “This new venture represents an excellent fit for both Unique Group and Charkin Maritime & Offshore Safety Ltd. It positions us well for further expansion in the African region and the permanent base in Nigeria will facilitate a better relationship and offering for our local clients.
Unique Group holds a large range of products which will now be more accessible for customers in the area. It is an exciting time for both companies and we look forward to the future while supporting the oil & gas industry in the region.”
Sir Charles K Wami, CEO of Charkin Maritime & Offshore Safety said: “Partnering with Unique Group extends our global presence and together we can continue to deliver products and services which are among the best in the world. The in-depth industry knowledge and work ethic held by Unique Group is an example of excellence industry-wide.
Through the joint venture, we are also aiming to empower the local youth to enhance their maritime skills, thereby opening the path to improved maritime job prospects in Africa as well as further bolstering the region’s economy.”