About DeepOcean

A world-leading ocean services provider

Who we are

DeepOcean is a technology-driven, independent solution provider in the ocean space.

We offer companies within oil and gas, offshore renewables, deep sea minerals, and other non-energy niches a full range of services – from surveys, engineering, project management, and installation to maintenance and recycling.

Our global team of experts is at the forefront of remote and unmanned operations and digitally-enabled services. Supported by an extensive tool and technology pool, they drive cost-efficient, safe and sustainable operations.

DeepOcean has a GO GREEN attitude, continuously looking to make our customers’ operations more sustainable, through reducing both carbon footprint and costs.  

A world-leading ocean services provider, DeepOcean enables the energy transition and sustainable use of ocean resources.
People are the heart of our operations. It’s about technology, systems, and processes, but in the end, it is our people that deliver the services.


Our forward-looking executive leadership team is made up of dedicated, focused, and experienced executives. They know the industry. They understand the market drivers and our customer’s needs. They honestly believe that we are nothing without our people and the people around us.

Our leaders

Øyvind Mikaelsen

Øyvind Mikaelsen

Chief Executive Officer
Øyvind Mikaelsen serves as Chief Executive Officer since May 2018. He has 30 years of experience in the global subsea business holding various senior executive roles. His most recent position was Executive Vice President at Subsea 7. Øyvind began his career in the oil and gas industry with Kvaerner Rosenberg A/S in 1988. He then moved to Norske Shell before joining Subsea 7 in 1992. He holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Trondheim in Norway
Frode Garlid

Frode Garlid

Chief Financial Officer
Before joining DeepOcean as Chief Financial Officer in March 2018, Frode Garlid served as VP Operations & Risk in NOV Wellstream Processing. Prior to this he served as Chief Financial Officer & Chief of Staff of Fjords Processing which was acquired by NOV from Akastor ASA late 2016. Frode has also served as CFO of OneSubsea Processing Group (previously known as Framo Engineering). He has 17 years of experience within finance and operations in the oil and gas industry, mainly from different positions at Schlumberger in France, Africa, Russia and the Middle East where he gained broad experience within both EPC and services - and where he also held the position as Global Controller for the Subsea division of Schlumberger. Frode Garlid holds a Master of Arts with Honours in Economics Science & Finance from the University of Aberdeen in 2001, and law studies from the University in Bergen. In addition, he has attended the Executive Education at The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania
Ottar K Mæland

Ottar K Mæland

Chief Operating Officer
Since joining DeepOcean in 2007, Ottar Mæland has held various senior positions such as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Commercial Officer. His prior experience includes seven years at Norsk Hydro. Mr Mæland holds a Master of Science in Material Technology, a Business Economist Degree from the Norwegian School of Management and graduated from the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Stephane Abergel

Stephane Abergel

Chief Commercial Officer
Stephane Abergel joined DeepOcean in 2019 bringing with him extensive experience in the Oil & Gas Industry working in Africa, Far East, North America, Central Asia and the Middle East for major subsea contractors such as Saipem, Sonamet, Acergy, and latterly Subsea 7. Stephane has broad management skills with original core discipline in Engineering, Project Management and Onshore/Offshore construction and brings a detailed understanding of mechanisms governing Win & Execute aspect of large turnkey projects. Stephane also brings vital skills and experience in setting strategic plans with strong experience in exploring new frontiers as VP of Strategy at Subsea 7.
Hege Jarstø

Hege Jarstø

Group HR Director
Hege Jarstø joined Deepocean in 2021 as Group HR Director. Hege has over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, and she understands the complexities of the human side of the business. Companies like AkerBP Asa, Det Norske Oljeselskap, Marathon Oil, Acergy, and Norsk Olje & Gass have provided her experience. She has substantial HR management expertise from a variety of positions. Her most recent post was at AkerBP ASA, where she supported and developed the organization towards digital transformation. Hege graduated from the University of Stavanger with a Master of Business Administration.
Olaf A. Hansen

Olaf A. Hansen

Managing Director Europe
Since joining DeepOcean in 2005, Olaf has held several positions within the company. He started as an onshore and offshore engineer and has held various positions within operations and commercial disciplines. He joined the global management team in 2018 as Managing Director with P&L responsibility for the Europe region. Mr Hansen holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and graduated from the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Tony Stokes

Tony Stokes

President Americas
Since joining DeepOcean in 2002, Tony Stokes has held several positions both onshore and offshore across the globe. He has led operations and commercial activities in the US, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions. He joined the senior management team in 2007 and has held P&L responsibilities in Asia, the Middle East and now for the Americas region, most recently as President-Americas. Tony brings extensive management skills to the Americas with a continued focus on expansion and introducing further service lines into the region. Mr Stokes is a graduate of finance from Coastal Carolina University.
Maxime Cerramon

Maxime Cerramon

Managing Director Africa
Maxime joined DeepOcean in 2017, strengthening the company’s subsea operations and IRM project expertise on a global scale. As a founder of Searov Offshore, an ROV service company providing custom services to operators in West Africa and Southeast Asia, Maxime had taken on a role within DeepOcean, when Searov Offshore was acquired by DeepOcean Group in 2017. He has held positions as Africa Technical Director and most recently as Africa Managing Director. Maxime serves the DeepOcean board with extensive knowledge of the African continent, drawing from his local experience gained over the past 20 years.

Our board of Directors

Jo Lunder

Mr. Lunder serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of DeepOcean since September 2018. Mr. Lunder has 30 years of experience in senior executive positions, mainly as Chairman and CEO of large public and private owned companies. His last position was CEO of the Fredriksen Group, one of the world’s largest family groups with investments in shipping, oil service and fish farming as well as a variety of other investments. Mr. Lunder served before that as Chairman and CEO of Vimpelcom (Veon), one of the world’s largest mobile telecommunications companies. He has also held the position as President in Ferd Capital (a Norwegian family group with a broad portfolio of indirect and direct investments), during those years also serving as executive Chairman of Aibel. Mr. Lunder has also held the position as CEO of Ementor (Atea) executing a re-structuring of the company creating the largest IT infrastructure company in the Nordics. In his early day Mr. Lunder was first in the banking industry and then in different executive positions in Telenor, building their domestic mobile business. Mr. Lunder holds an MBA from Henley Business School. He is currently working as an independent advisor, investor and Chairman.

Kristian Diesen

Non-Executive Director
Kristian is an Investment Advisory Professional at Triton. He joined Triton from Pareto Securities, where he worked as a senior partner in the research department with the main focus on oil services. Previously, Kristian worked at Deloitte in the Auditing division. He holds an MSc in Business from the Norwegian School of Management.

Terje Askvig

Non-Executive Director
Terje is a senior industry expert at WestPark. Prior to joining West Park, Terje spent five years at Eitzen Chemical ASA as President and CEO. At Eitzen, he was responsible for the world's third largest chemical tanker fleet, integrating five acquired companies and building the company's operational platform. Before that he was Executive Vice President with Fred. Olsen & Co. for seven years. He initiated and led the restructuring of the group's renewables business into Fred. Olsen Renewables AS, where he was the CEO. Terje has also been President and CEO of BT Shipping Ltd, a NASDAQ-listed oil tanker company and worked as Managing Director at Pausco AS. He has a B.A in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco. Terje is the Chairman of the Board of Nordic Tankers AS and Herning Shipping AS.

Marc van der Plas

Non-Executive Director
Marc van der Plas joined the Board of Directors of DeepOcean Group in December 2020. Marc is a former KPMG Partner and family office CEO. He has more than 30 years’ experience in Corporate Finance and Restructuring. During his career he built a track record in mature and emerging markets, working on a variety of sectors (Financial Services, Energy & Natural Resources, Shipping, and Healthcare). He has experience in senior management positions for more than 20 years including being a board executive for KPMG CIS. Marc is currently active on investment and advisory projects, and he serves on the Board of Directors of Royal Wagenborg BV in the Netherlands. He started his career with ABN Amro bank and Citibank, and holds an MBA degree of Durham University Business School.

Mike Winkel

Non-Executive Director
Mike joined the Board of Directors of DeepOcean Group in May 2021. As a former COO of E.ON SE and CEO of its Renewables business, he has extensive experience in the global power and gas sector. Working for more than 25 years in the industry, Mike held numerous senior commercial, strategic and managerial roles in power generation, optimization and commodity trading. Mike holds a university degree in Business Administration from Technical University of Dresden.

Colette Cohen

Non-Executive Director
Colette has joined the Board of Directors of DeepOcean Group in 2021. Colette is the Chief Executive Officer for the Net Zero Technology Centre, an organisation committed to the research and development of technology to accelerate the Oil and Gas industry’s transition to an affordable net zero future. Colette has worked in the industry for more than 25 years, both in the UK & Internationally for BP, ConocoPhillips & Centrica E&P, where she was the regional VP for the UK & Netherlands. Colette has a degree in Chemistry from Queens in Belfast, a masters in Project Management & Economics from CERAM in France and an honorary PhD from Aberdeen University. Colette was also awarded the Order of the British Empire by the Queen for services to the Oil and Gas industry. Colette is the Chair of the National Composites Centre and sits on the boards of OPITO and NORECO. She was also a Commissioner for the Just Transition Commission for Scotland and is an ambassador for Powerful Women. Colette is an active champion for the industrial transition of the oil and gas industry to a net zero future and a committed role model for women in industry.

Our History

DeepOcean was established in 1999. With headquarters in Oslo, Norway, and main operational centers in Norway, the UK, the USA and Mexico, we support our clients worldwide.

In 2016, Triton, an international investment firm, became the largest shareholder in DeepOcean. Since its founding, Triton has completed more than 70 investments and supported more than 260 acquisitions, mainly involving medium-sized businesses within the industrial, business services, consumer and health sectors.

In 2017, DeepOcean acquired Searov, a France-based, Africa-focused ROV services company. The year after, we expanded further with the acquisition of the American ROV and tooling services company Delta Subsea.  

In 2021, DeepOcean entered into an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Adepth Minerals, a company built for sustainable exploration and extraction of marine minerals.

The same year, DeepOcean also co-founded the Windstaller Alliance, which aims to provide the world’s most cost-efficient and complete product supply, fabrication and marine services offering within offshore wind and other offshore renewables segments.

Vision and values

A world-leading ocean service provider, enabling the energy transition and sustainable use of ocean resources.

Our values:
we ACT with a can-do attitude, striving to achieve the best possible, long-term result for our people, customers and stakeholders.
we ACT with the courage to embrace new challenges, stop unsafe practices, always remain compliant, and shift boundaries with innovative solutions.
we ACT as one team, promoting the continuous development of one another in learning and evolving organization for the benefit of ourselves and our customers.

ESG and Sustainability

Creating value beyond financial results
We support the ocean industry in driving positive change, including transitioning to net-zero emissions. Our environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy sets out our target outcomes and the actions we will take to fulfill this commitment.

Our high-level ESG-priorities include:
Environment & Climate
  • Limiting the impact on marine environments
  • Reducing emissions from operations
  • Making climate change a priority
Corporate governance
  • Strengthening our commitment to sustainability at all levels, from the board and management down through our entire organization
  • Demonstrating integrity and transparency through ESG reporting and disclosure
  • Enforcing responsible business practices
Social responsibility
  • Protecting health and safety
  • Promoting diversity and equality
  • Respecting employee and human rights

Why DeepOcean?

  • World-leading experts and unrivaled competence
  • Proven ocean services track record
  • Dedicated to reducing customers’ carbon footprint and operating costs
  • Fully integrated HSEQ approach
  • A technology-driven 'remote first' model
  • Access to extensive tool pool and subsea integration assets
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