(Houston, Texas) SEA.O.G. Offshore announced today that Mike Arnold has been appointed as Director of the company. In this new position, Mr. Arnold will lead corporate development for SEA.O.G., operating out of Boston, Massachusetts.
“I see great opportunity working with the SEA.O.G. Offshore team,” says Mr. Arnold. “This company has innovative ideas that ensure a bright future with the emerging offshore wind industry in the United States, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
As an entrepreneur and seasoned professional within the subsea arena, Mr. Arnold’s prolific career has spanned 38 years and five continents. His experience and expertise are focused on Subsea Remote Intervention – Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV), Survey, Inspection, and remote intervention tooling.
Originally hailing from the United Kingdom, Mr. Arnold entered the offshore industry in 1982. Over the next nine years, he worked as a ROV Pilot, Supervisor, and Offshore Manager on remote intervention, survey, inspection, and subsea construction projects throughout Europe, South America, Asia, and West Africa.
In 1986, Mr. Arnold founded Rovtech Limited. He grew the company into the leading ROV-based inspection, drill support, and IMR contractor while establishing operations in Europe, Singapore, Middle East, Japan, Korea, Australia, and the United States.
Mr. Arnold took a brief sabbatical to follow his passion for Enduro Motorcycle racing and set up a KTM motorcycle dealership with a colleague in the U.K.
Mr. Arnold then joined Hallin Marine Plc. in late 2005 and formed the U.K. based Hallin Marine UK limited, where he was eventually promoted to CEO Western Hemisphere. Mr. Arnold played an essential role in Hallin’s rapid and controlled expansion until it’s sale in January 2010 to Superior Energy Services Inc.
In 2011, Mr. Arnold was recruited to start up Bibby Remote Intervention Limited (BRIL). Within two years, the company was operating as a standalone ROV and survey business with contracts in place with blue-chip oil and gas operators. During this period, he was instrumental in the fine-tuning and chartering of the “Olympic Bibby” (now known as the “Olympic Artemis”) and its entering service as the best-in-class ROVSV in the market.
After two very successful years of trading, BRIL was merged with Bibby Offshore and Mr. Arnold took on the Global role of Chief Operating Officer (international) until the end of 2015.
In 2016, Mr. Arnold founded M2 Subsea Limited, a company that provided cost-effective remote intervention services from offices in Aberdeen, Scotland, and Houston, Texas. With the support of a London based Private equity business, some 32 ROV assets were purchased, refurbished and put to work on several offshore vessels. As CEO, Mr. Arnold and his team grew M2 from a clean sheet start-up to a fully-fledged ROV and IMR contractor within six months.
Mr. Arnold then worked as an independent consultant to Unicorn Subsea, providing Subsea solutions with a remote technology bias to international clients in the Oil & Gas and renewables market. Most recently, he held the position of Vice President Commercial for DeepOcean in the U.S.A.
“I enjoy the work I do, the challenges offered (especially in this market) and the great clients and colleagues I Have met over the years,” says Mr. Arnold. “In this next chapter, I’m happy to be a part of the SEA.O.G. Offshore, not only because the team has so much energy and vitality, but we also share a vision of what we can accomplish in the U.S. Offshore wind industry together.”
Outside of work, Mr. Arnold is a triathlete and enjoys partaking in Iron Man competitions around the world. He enjoys mountain biking, dirt bike racing, and his great passion of cycling. He also loves to spend time outdoors with his family, including his two dogs.