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A COMPANY which makes remotely-operated underwater vehicles has opened its first office in Houston, Texas.

Saab Seaeye, based in Segensworth, is already the world’s largest manufacturer of so-called ROV and has distributors in 26 countries.

The vehicles are used in oceanography, to inspect oil pipelines, and, in the future, to help the armed forces find and defuse mines, among other things.

‘The move places us in an ideal position to support sales and service in the region,’ said the firm’s director, Matt Bates.

‘America and the Gulf of Mexico in particular, is an important market and Houston is the ideal base.’

Matt said the office will expand to offer technical support, spares and service support.

Matt added: ‘Our distributors around the world already offer a range of support services to their regions, and Houston is a natural service hub for the Americas.’

The office is headed by Chris Roper, previously Saab Seaeye’s North American distributor, who recently moved to Houston to set up the new operation.