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HR Wallingford acquires SeaZone marine information company

Water research company HR Wallingford has joined with SeaZone marine geographic information company to provide engineers with world class marine research.

HR Wallingford has announced that it has acquired 100% of the equity of SeaZone Solutions Limited (SeaZone) from the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO).

The two companies combined will provide marine information to organisations involved in engineering, marine and coastal management, offshore energy and environmental protection.

“We are delighted to announce the acquisition of SeaZone,” said HR Wallingford managing director Jane Smallman. “The businesses are clearly complementary. Together we have a fantastic opportunity to develop a world leading marine information service, resulting in obvious benefits for all our customers.”

“The businesses are clearly complementary. Together we have a fantastic opportunity to develop a world leading marine information service.”

Jane Smallman, HR Wallingford

SeaZone founder Mike Osborne 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.

HR Wallingford, based in Oxfordshire, provides world leading analysis, advice and support in engineering and environmental hydraulics, and the management of water and the water environment. Established for over sixty years, the company is recognised internationally in supporting both governments and private organisations to manage floods, water and the maritime environment. 

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. SeaZone’s business includes a range of geographic information products, software and services. SeaZone 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.

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