Introduction
One of the fastest growing businesses is the offshore access industry. The companies in this industry enable their clients to transfer their employees from a boat to a stable platform offshore. The industry receives more and more orders every year, as both market segments the industry supplies to grow too. Therefore, the offshore access industry can be an attractive industry to invest in. However, it has to be said that the industry itself is hard to understand for outsiders, since the high-tech nature of this industry and the rapid innovations. For example, the industry is very vulnerable to external factors. The purpose of this article, therefore, is to describe the surroundings of the companies in this industry and what opportunities and threats may rise out of it.

Energy accessibility
As easily accessible oil reserves at land are almost exhausted, oil companies are forced to drill for oil at difficult and hardly accessible spots, like in the Gulf of Mexico. More and more oil and gas has to be extracted offshore in deeper water. This impacts the companies since more platforms in deeper water has to be accessed where the offshore access system is one of the most reliable and at the same time cheapest solution. It is important to prepare the new systems for the harsh sea far away from land to be even more reliable especially for the new platforms way out in the sea. The better the systems work the better the reputation for reliable operations.

Relevant legislation in politics
The politic legislation plays an important role since no part of the sea is privately owned. The platforms produce the oil for the nation the sea belongs to. The more ecologically oriented the leading party is, the stricter the restrictions on building new platforms. Especially after the explosion on the Deep Water Horizon in April 2010 regulations have gotten stricter. Of course fewer platforms will decrease the demand for an offshore access system, though it will be minor due to the total amount of running platforms. The companies should not focus on a particular geographic area and rather have a broad regional distribution of clients in order to prevent a strong dependence on political decisions.

Subsidies of the government
Subsidies for wind energy as an alternative source of energy are popular. Great Britain tries to have 30% of the total energy supplied generated through wind turbines by 2020 according to The Telegraph (Leach & Gray, 2010).
The realization will be supported by subsidies of the British government. There are potential clients in the near future who might like to be supported by offshore transport systems. It will be important to stay informed about where Great Britain and other European countries plan to build new offshore wind parks where turbines have to be operated and maintained. The offshore access system will be able to give people a very safe access to the turbines. There is huge potential to sell a system to large wind parks, since it will be used ongoing to maintain and repair the offshore wind turbines. A perfectly customized system that works together with the adjusted wind turbines can be a solution to make it even more attractive to buy a system.

Evaluation

The offshore access industry is thriving. There are some threats, especially after the Deepwater Horizon accident, but as long as the companies in question operate efficiently, there will be no problems. Therefore, it might be a good move to invest funds in offshore access companies or to search for an offshore employers to land a job in this industry.