Major Contract Win For OTAQ with Unique Group

22nd October 2020

World class marine technology company, OTAQ Offshore, has today announced a significant contract award and exclusive supply agreement with Unique Group to supply a number of seabed landers.

The Aberdeen based company, a subsidiary of OTAQ PLC, with offices in Lancaster, Ulverston and Puerto Montt in Chile, will design and build the observation platforms in collaboration with Unique Group.

Commonly used to record physical, chemical and biological activity, OTAQ Offshore will fit the seabed lander systems with inspection products, such as very high-resolution stills cameras, Eagle IP video cameras, OceanSENSE leak detection system and Dragonfish laser measurement systems. The systems will also be configured to carry other third-party supplied inspection and monitoring equipment.

Two models are in line to be produced; a shallow-water version rated to 300m and a deep-water version rated to 4000 metres, available for rental and sale exclusively through Unique Group’s worldwide office network. Independently owned with global reach, Unique Group leads the way in providing engineering, expertise, sales and rental equipment, as well as the developing and implementing the latest technology for the marine, diving, pipeline and subsea market sectors. The two models will allow clients to use the landers in a range of applications using their existing cables and winches.

Phil Newby, Chief Executive Officer, OTAQ plc said: “We are thrilled Unique Group chose OTAQ Offshore to support them with this project. We have an exceptional team of engineers, whose skills are uniquely suited to this type of activity. Having Unique Group as our exclusive partner for sales and rentals will open new doors for us, as well as strengthen our position as a world class marine technology company.”

Chief Operating Officer at Unique Group, Sahil Gandhi, said: “We are excited to be able to further our partnership with OTAQ Offshore by collaborating on the development of seabed landers. Through this launch, we reiterate our commitment to offering exceptional products and solutions to our customers globally, and look forward to future innovations with OTAQ.”

Unique Group employs over 500 people worldwide through its six multi-site divisions: Survey Equipment; Autonomous Survey Vessels; Marine & Subsea; Diving & Life Support; Buoyancy & Ballast; and Medical Technology.



14th January 2020

OTAQ Group are proud to announce our recent ISO 9001: 2015 quality system certification

ISO 9001 is an internationally recognised quality management system. For the past few months our Chief Operations Officer, Steve Burns, has been leading the team as we worked towards becoming accredited. We have been supported throughout the process by Dave Hutchinson at Qualiteq and we are now delighted to announce we have gained full ISO 9001;2015 certification through DNV-GL.

The ISO 9001;2015 quality system certification demonstrates our commitment to consistency, continual improvement and customer satisfaction. The certification also demonstrates our ability to consistently deliver products and services to market whist meeting statutory and regulatory requirements by applying an effective quality management system at OTAQ.

This is a significant milestone for OTAQ Group as we continue to improve our products and services for our valued customers. We have lots of new and exciting developments in the pipeline which we look forward to announcing in the new year!


14th January 2020

Following significant growth and the recent acquisitions of Link Subsea and Marine Sense into OTAQ Group, we have now appointed Katie Hodgson as Marketing Manager. Katie will be busy launching lots of innovative new products and managing the marketing & branding of the three divisions within OTAQ Group; OTAQ Connectors, OTAQ Aquaculture and OTAQ Offshore.

Katie studied Marketing Management at Copenhagen Business Academy, Denmark and has held a number of marketing positions with experience in implementing the full marketing mix and launching new products to market.

Chris Hyde, OTAQ’s Chief Commercial Officer, said “We have enjoyed rapid expansion over the last 12 months and are now at the stage where we need a dedicated in house marketing manager. Katie brings a great deal of experience to OTAQ and I am delighted that she has accepted the role.”

As we continue to expand we’re looking to recruit a number of positions within the various divisions of OTAQ Group. For more information please visit our careers page!

Katie will be based at OTAQ’s head office in Lancaster, UK and can be reached at [email protected] or +44 7471 770109.


14th January 2020

OTAQ has appointed Tom Houghton as Business Development Manager for the newly formed OTAQ Connectors Division which has been created following the acquisition of Link Subsea Ltd earlier this year.

Tom has been working in the offshore industry since 2006 and brings extensive ROV knowledge combined with an in-depth understanding of technology in the subsea oil & gas sector. He started out in a hands on role as a ROV technician before moving into sales management and business development most recently in Unique Group.

Tom said “OTAQ Connectors has an incredible heritage in underwater connector design, engineering and production from our base in Cumbria spanning back to 1997.  I am relishing the opportunity to present OTAQ Connector products and services to the market as I believe we present a unique proposition in terms of our in house skills, high quality products, short lead times and over 20 years experience.”

Chris Hyde, Chief Commercial Officer of OTAQ Group said “We are delighted have Tom join us at OTAQ and further strengthen our team.  His industry knowledge will be a very valuable part of our introduction of the OTAQ Connectors brand to the market which includes the launch of several key new products in the coming months.”

Tom will be based at OTAQ’s new Aberdeen, UK  facility in the Innovation Park, Bridge of Don and can be reached at [email protected] or +44 7553209731

OTAQ Group completes acquistion of Link Subsea Ltd

1st April 2019

OTAQ Group has completed the acquisition of Link Subsea Ltd in a deal that further cements OTAQ’s position as a world class marine technology group.  Link Subsea are a leading manufacturer of underwater connectors and penetrators for the offshore energy market based in Ulverston, UK

The acquisition will spearhead the creation of the OTAQ Connectors divsion and will continue to produce high quality connectors and provide moulding solutions to the Oil & Gas, Subsea, Aquaculture, Military and Nuclear markets – building on the excellent customer base Link Subsea have developed in recent years.

Tom Houghton, Business Development Manager for OTAQ Connectors said “With an ever changing market, OTAQ is well placed to assist its customers across a range of Marine and Underwater connection products and services. With renewed confidence in the industry, 2019 is set to be a busy year for the Oil & Gas and Subsea sectors with demand for products and services out-stripping supply in many areas”

Phil Newby, CEO of OTAQ Group said “We are delighted to have completed the acquistion of Link Subsea which adds  and complements the existing divsions and companies within OTAQ Group.         We are looking forward to working with the team in Ulverston and are planning further investment in and expansion of the facilty there.”

The recent acquisition will see additional staff employed at the Ulverston site, and machinery added to the inventory to allow OTAQ Connections to grow and develop in-line with customer needs.

OTAQ Group’s management team has over 100 years of combined experience in aquaculture, marine and underwater technology products.    The group now has 32 employees across 5 worldwide locations; Aberdeen, Lancaster, Ulverston and Oban in the UK, and Puerto Montt in Chile.