Heerema Group Acquires Big Inch Marine Systems

The Heerema Group, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, which is involved worldwide in the design, fabrication, and installation of offshore structures and pipeline systems, recently announced the acquisition of Big Inch Marine Systems Inc. of Houston, Texas.

Big Inch Marine Systems provides manufacturing and service in subsea pipeline repairs and new construction. Its metal-to-metal products and services include the coldforging process flexiforge, the boltless flange, misalignment ball joint, locking slip joint, ball flange and load limiting connectors. The acquisition of Big Inch broadens Heerema's diversification into sophisticated underwater equipment and services. With Heerema's support and facilities, Big Inch will increase its worldwide activities with immediate emphasis on the North Sea operating areas.

Big Inch will remain headquartered in Houston and relocate its European office to Heerema Engineering Service (UK)'s new facilities in London.

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