Connecting the Future: Paul Hampton on The Subsea Cable Industry

27 March 2023

The Subsea Cable industry, with all its various applications, presents itself as an ever-important and rather mature industry that is expected to experience increased growth in the very near future due to increased demand from Offshore energy sources and the desire to have a more robust global connectivity.  To highlight our involvement in the industry and to discuss what the future holds, we conducted a brief chat with our colleague Paul Hampton, Global Business Development Manager.

Paul is the right person to fill us in when it comes to anything related to the subsea cable industry as he himself worked in the offshore industry for decades – amassing an impressive amount of knowledge and experience for all that is related to the Subsea Cable Industry.

We first kick off our chat by exploring the exact nature of our involvement within the industry: “We have been in this business for years - Atlas Professionals has been providing Professionals that excel in the many different roles associated with subsea cable operations and is able to crew entire vessels that are dedicated to these types of operations,” Paul mentions. 

The size and scope of the subsea cable industry has grown significantly over the past decade, driven by the increased prominence of the Offshore Wind sector, and the increasing demand for high-speed internet and cloud-based services. According to a report by Research and Markets, the global subsea cable market was valued at $9.57 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach $20.63 billion by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 9.8% during the forecast period. The industry is favored by contemporary energy needs too as some subsea cable projects, such as the Norway-UK interconnector, are designed to transmit energy between countries, allowing for the export of surplus renewable energy to neighbouring nations.

At the Frontier of The Subsea Cable Industry

How does Atlas Professionals fit in this equation, then? 

To answer this question, Paul goes on to detail the specifics of our capabilities: “As long as there are wind farms, there will be cables – and we must remember that the Offshore Wind Industry is still a relative ‘newcomer’ to the Offshore sector but is experiencing massive growth with the demand for cleaner, renewable energy. Things are changing rapidly when it comes to the Subsea Cable industry due to world events, that’s for certain. We have had subsea telecom cables for over 150 years, but the new generation fiber optic technology driven by the prominence of the digital era is increasing the activity of the subsea telecom sector. Additionally, with concerns over energy security we are seeing more interconnector cables that allow the sharing of electricity between nations. Of course, there is also the smaller sectors involving umbilicals and seismic & environmental operations – we have been involved in them all.”

Paul also explains how this is a delicate process that requires the utmost attention to detail as the cable laying process itself is full of intricate calculations and precise measurements – emphasizing the need to have access to a generous pool of international talent to handle these operations, which is something Atlas Professionals can secure: “Essentially, we can supply and have been supplying Professionals for every single step of the entire cable laying process within the Subsea Cable industry.”

Finally, when asked about entry barriers into the industry, Paul states the need to have the usual offshore certificates but also details how easy it is for established Professionals to enter the industry if they have proven themselves in various other areas: “The Subsea Cable industry is very transition friendly and allows one to try their hand if they have the relevant transferrable skills and the drive to succeed. For example, a Crane Operator may retrain as Carousel Tech as both require the same set of transferable skills a Professional need – essentially, they are both operating heavy machinery in a controlled and precise manner!”

With more than 4 decades of experience within Energy, Marine & Renewables, Atlas Professionals is able to provide opportunities for any position that is related to the Subsea Cable Industry, such as the roles of Deck and Shift Supervisors, Back deck cable crews, Survey teams, ROV teams (including Ploughs and trenchers), Crane Operators, Carousel Drivers, Tensioner Operators, HV/Fiber Optics specialists, tower teams or the onshore roles of various managerial positions, Shore End Teams, and HV/FO specialists. As stated before, the Subsea Cable Industry welcomes Professionals from various other industries provided they have the relevant skills and appetite to enter this exciting sector - the industry is ripe with opportunities.

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