Hampshire, UK: HR Wallingford has announced that it has acquired 100 per cent equity of SeaZone Solutions from the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). Combining the two companies establishes a world-class player in the provision of marine information to organisations involved in engineering, marine and coastal management, offshore energy and environmental protection.
HR Wallingford, based in Oxfordshire, UK, provides analysis, advice and support in engineering and environmental hydraulics and the management of water and the water environment. Its business includes numerical and physical modelling, numerical analysis and a range of associated consultancy services. Dr Jane Smallman, Managing Director of HR Wallingford, said “We are delighted to announce the acquisition of SeaZone. Together we have a fantastic opportunity to develop a world-leading marine information service, resulting in obvious benefits for all our customers. SeaZone has a bright future as part of the HR Wallingford Group.”
SeaZone was established in response to a market need for digital mapping and has built an established customer base within the private and public sectors in the UK and increasingly overseas. Its business includes a range of geographic information products, software and services. Its HydroSpatial has become the de facto standard for digital marine reference information for use within a range of applications including marine spatial planning, environmental protection, socio-economic development, risk management and mitigation.
Dr Mike Osborne, founder of SeaZone, said, “Owing to the considerable international presence of HR Wallingford, the union will undoubtedly present more opportunities for SeaZone in both the UK and in overseas markets. SeaZone, with its existing team, will operate as a separate entity within HR Wallingford Group.”