Farnborough, 15 February 2022: Blue Ocean Seismic Services, the marine seismic survey disruptor, is delighted to announce two new senior appointments and the opening of a new office in London. Graham Philip has been appointed to the Blue Ocean Seismic Services board of directors as Non-Executive Chairman and Abdul Khan, FCCA, as Chief Financial Officer.
Both appointments bring significant expertise and experience to the Blue Ocean Seismic Services senior leadership team as the company advances into the operations phase of its development. In line with this strategy, Blue Ocean Seismic Services will be conducting multiple further sea trials during 2022 in various part of the world and then pre-commercial sea trials in 2023. Having achieved a 100% increase in the number of employees from 16 to 31 during 2021, the company also plans to continue growing its staffing levels in various parts of the business over the next 12 months and has opened a new office in the City of London.
Graham Philip is a highly experienced Non-Executive Chairman and company Director with a long track record of working with management teams to scale-up growth companies and build shareholder value in SME’s. During his extensive career, Graham has been CEO and Director of numerous international multi-location industrial / business service companies and has a particular specialism in the oil and gas services, offshore wind farm services and marine services. Amongst his recent experience Mr. Philip’s was CEO and then Non-Executive Director of Ashtead Technology, as well as a Non-Executive Director at North Star Shipping Ltd, White Light Ltd, Aubin Ltd, Oscar Propulsion Ltd to name a few. Mr. Philip started his long career as a chartered accountant at KPMG and attended Aberdeen University.
Abdul Khan (FCCA) has a wealth of experience as a Chief Financial Officer for international businesses in marine, oil and gas services, geophysical services and manufacturing across multiple geographies including UK, Europe, Middle East, and the USA. With expertise in Finance, Human Resources, IT and Supply Chain management, Mr. Khan has served as Chief financial officer for international marine related businesses including Kasamar Holdings, Gulf Marine Services PLC and Lamnalco Group. Mr. Khan is a Charted Accountant and Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Simon Illingworth, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Blue Ocean Seismic Services said:
“Following a rigorous search and selection process, we are delighted to welcome both Graham and Abdul to the senior team at Blue Ocean Seismic Services. Both have decades of hands-on, senior level experience which will be critical for us as we transition from a technology company to an operating company. Their expertise will be immensely valuable as we plan our scale up to manufacturing, develop relationships with key stakeholders and suppliers and grow our geographical footprint particularly in the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. We have an exciting year ahead with a range of sea-trials planned to support the development of carbon capture storage and other sub-surface projects and I have no doubt that Graham and Abdul will make important contributions as we move forward to the next phase of our growth.”
Graham Philip, Non-Executive Chairman, Blue Ocean Seismic Services commented:
“I am very excited to be working with the team at Blue Ocean Seismic Services as it scales up to an operations company. Its highly innovative and disruptive technology has already established itself as a well-respected leader in the market and I look forward to helping ensure its long-term success.”
Backed by industry leaders bp Ventures, Woodside Energy and Blue Ocean Monitoring, Blue Ocean Seismic Services’ underwater vehicles are innovating the offshore seismic sector to become cheaper, faster, safer, and much less carbon intensive.
Blue Ocean Seismic Services recently, successfully completed a series of passive and active sea trials in the North Sea using a DP2 class Multi Role Vessel. The success of these trials marks a significant milestone towards validating the efficacy of Blue Ocean Seismic Services’ revolutionary technology for identifying and optimising offshore renewable, carbon capture storage and oil and gas reservoirs located under the seabed.