Rovco appoints new leader for survey unit following £ 15.2m investment

Rovco has appointed Craig Davis to the new role of global account director for survey, as it looks to further growth following the launch of a survey-focused division last year.

Alongside ROV / AUV projects, Bristol-headquartered Rovco also provides hydrographic, geophysical, and shallow geotechnical survey services, ranging from site characterization and cable route surveys to marine habitat assessment surveys and archaeological investigations.

Launched last June, the main aim of the survey division is to support the rapidly increasing market need and scale surrounding renewable energy transition and energy security projects, such as offshore wind and interconnector developments.

This has been further spurred by the company joint £ 15.2m series B raise with spin-off sister company Vaarst, which works on AI and robotics for marine applications. The investment was co-led by Legal & General Capital and Equinor Ventures.

As global account director for the survey division, Mr Davis will leverage his more than 25 years’ offshore survey experience to help expand its offering.

During his time offshore, he held the role of party chief for 10 years, covering a wide suite of survey disciplines.

His onshore career covers vessel and project management, as well as senior positions in commercial and business acquisition. Immediately prior to joining Rovco, he held various roles with a large Dutch contractor, responsible for supporting client needs at a global level.

“This is a very exciting time to be joining the team at Rovco to help support the development of our survey offering as we respond to the growing demands for survey solutions from clients across the globe,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to using the experience I’ve gained during my career to support this next phase of company growth.”

Rovco managing director Simon Miller said: “In addition to investing substantially in this area with new technology development, we set out to recruit highly skilled and experienced people for our expanding survey team.

“Craig’s knowledge and vast expertise make him a fantastic addition, and we look forward to seeing how he will help drive the business even further forward.

“With a talented team in place and the expansion of the projects we deliver to key regions, we are very well positioned to support our increasing client base with all of their offshore survey needs, whilst leveraging our technology developments and key differentiators to enable our path to fully autonomous solutions. ”

In 2020, Rovco established opening of a new Scottish office in Edinburgh, as part of its £ 1 million expansion into the North Sea energy sector, as it looked to provide more services to the offshore wind and renewables market.

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