Deep Down, Inc. today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mako Technologies, LLC (Mako) has appointed Bryce Merrill to the position of Director of Subsea Services. Merrill brings over 40 years of experience and relationships in the subsea industry to Mako; 17 years as a diver and 25 years with Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs).
Before joining Mako, Merrill served on various projects for BP, Chevron, Petrobras, Shell and Total. During his tenure at Oceaneering International, Inc., he served as ROV supervisor for the Petrobras Pacnorse project, where he was responsible for operation of the Arms Bell onboard the drillship, which at the time set a new world depth record with a dive to 3032 feet. Merrill has significant experience designing and building specialty tools used in subsea operations. Merrill also held various office positions as Audit Manager, Recruiting Manager and Operations Manager.
"Bryce Merrill has an extensive background in subsea services. He is well respected in the industry, and we are very pleased to have him join Mako where we believe he will have significant impact on our ROV operations," commented Jacob Marcell, Mako's president.
"The hiring of Mr. Merrill is a very important milestone for Deep Down in its plans to develop a significant presence in the market for ROV services in offshore and deepwater applications, one of three primary targeted areas of growth for the company. The other two primary areas of focus are drilling riser buoyancy through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Flotation Technologies and umbilicals and steel flying leads through its wholly-owned subsidiary Deep Down," said Robert E. Chamberlain, Jr., Deep Down's Chairman and CAO.