The Netherlands: Seaway Heavy Lifting Announces Organizational Changes

The Netherlands Seaway Heavy Lifting Announces Organizational Changes

Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) announces that Martin Spaans, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has decided to leave the company. Over the last 20 years Martin Spaans has guided SHL into the strong business it is today. His leadership has been integral to building the company’s reputation in both offshore oil & gas and renewable sectors.

The company and all its employees are very grateful for his support and wish him well in the future.

At the same time Subsea 7 S.A. announces that it is to consolidate its Renewable Energy Division into its 50% owned joint venture SHL. The consolidation enables SHL to leverage Subsea 7’s engineering and project management expertise to broaden its range of services and target larger projects and will simplify Subsea 7’s offering to the renewables market.

As a result of the above, effective immediately, Jan Willem van der Graaf, who was Subsea 7’s Senior Vice President Renewable Energy, becomes the new CEO of SHL. Furthermore, Bob Dunsmore, who was Subsea 7’s Vice President Renewables, will join the SHL Management Team.

The SHL Executive management team will consist of:

• Jan Willem van der Graaf (CEO)

• Arjan van der Laan (CFO)

• Huib Oosterveld (COO)

• Koen van der Perk (Senior VP commercial)

• Bob Dunsmore (Senior VP renewable energy)

• Wim van der Velde (CTO)

SHL has a strong reputation throughout the global offshore industry for the transportation and installation of oil and gas platforms and offshore wind foundation structures and substations. In particular, over the last three years SHL has established a track record in successfully delivering offshore wind installation projects, including the Greater Gabbard and Sheringham Shoal projects in the UK Sector. The most recent projects include Riffgat and Borkum West II, offshore Germany and the Gwynt-y-Mor project off the coast of Wales.

Subsea 7 is the offshore construction and marine operations partner within SSE’s Offshore Wind Alliance and is currently working on the Preliminary Engineering for the Beatrice offshore wind farm project. Subsea7 has recently also entered into an agreement with Bechtel to develop large offshore wind projects for the European market.

Clients are increasingly looking to partner with contractors that can provide a wider range of services, including the ability to project manage and deliver integrated offshore operations and manage larger packages of work that include the engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning (EPIC) scopes of work. The consolidation of Subsea 7’s Renewable Energy Division into SHL will create a company that will be better placed to meet this demand while continuing to build on SHLs existing transport and installation (T&I) business.


Press release, January 09, 2013; Image: statoil