Marine Technology TV Debuts
At Oceanology International North America in San Diego, the Marine Technology TV 'crew' set up short for the week in the Marine Technology Reporter booth and recorded more than a dozen topical interviews with leading industry executives and leaders. The first is interview is with William Kikendall, President, Teledyne Marine RDI & SeaBotix, who discusses how Teledyne Marine adapts to evolving markets, as well as the company's strategy to leverage its broad base of brands. See the video by following the link:
MTR100: Applications Available
This is the 12th ANNUAL MTR100, the brainchild of Marine Technology Reporter magazine (www.marinetechnologynews.com), which is the world's largest circulation b2b magazine in the world serving the subsea sector. MTR100 is the pinnacle edition every year for MTR, and within it highlights the good works and innovation of 100 leading companies in the sector. There is no cost to participate, but to be considered for inclusion companies must apply. Deadline for applications this year is July 3, 2017.
Marine Technology TV Debuts
In San Diego @ Oceanology North America, the world's leading magazine to the subsea sector -- Marine Technology Reporter with a global circulation of more than 25,000 -- will debut its "Marine Technology TV" brand with a series of short, topical technical interviews on the show floor. Watch this space in the coming weeks for dozens of video interviews with executives from the world's leading subsea technology companies. If you happen to be in San Diego on February 14 or 15, 2017 and would like to schedule one of the remaining interview slots, Email Greg Trauthwein ([email protected]) or Eric Haun ([email protected]).
MTR100: Applications Available
I am happy to report that the application for the 2016 MTR100 is now open to any and all companies serving the global subsea sector, available at: http://mtr100.marinetechnologynews.com/. MTR100 is the brainchild of Marine Technology Reporter magazine (www.marinetechnologynews.com), which is the world's largest circulation b2b magazine in the world serving the subsea sector. MTR100 is the pnnacle edition every year for MTR, and within it highlights the good works and innovation of 100 leading companies in the sector. There is no cost to participate, but to be considered for inclusion companies must apply. Deadline for applications this year is June 20, 2016. Link: http://mtr100.marinetechnologynews.com/.
Offshore Microwave Communications
Offshore communication requirements have greatly increased in the last decade, with the market focusing on bandwidth and availability. Ceragon Networks (formerly Nera Networks) was a key player when Norway’s oil boom started in the early 1970. The first system delivered was VSAT systems, followed a few years later by the first LOS microwave systems. With today’s change to IO (Integrated Operations) throughout the business, Ceragon has adapted to this with new, advanced, ATEX certificated radios and stabilized antennas. IO has now pushed the bandwidth requirement beyond what is possible and economically justifiable with VSAT systems. Today there are minimum requirement of 32Mb/s to most drill rigs and +100Mb/s on larger production rigs.
Understanding ROV Launch and Recovery Systems – Part 2
The main purpose of the heavy weather launch and recovery system is to stabilize and centralize the WCROV (Work Class ROV) and Tether Management System (TMS) with a device called a cursor which restricts horizontal movement while transitioning through the air/sea interface (called the splash zone). The splash zone presents the greatest risk of damage to the WCROV, TMS, and potentially the vessel. Large waves and high winds can cause the ROV and TMS to swing wildly, potentially impacting the vessel structure. As the vehicle is raised, this motion is amplified many times, which can make it difficult if not impossible to launch/recover the WCROV in foul weather. Another hazard is the close proximity of the WCROV to vessel hull mounted thrusters during entry and exit into the splash zone.
Understanding ROV Launch and Recovery Systems – Part 1
ROV system are vital to oil and gap E&P beyond saturation diving maximum depths. Full saturation diving has been conducted to depths of nearly 600 meters (2,000 feet). Beyond this depth ROVs are employed to undertake the diver’s tasks such as opening and closing valves, construction and equipment monitoring. In order to be deployed from the surface by support vessels, ROVs must be launched, recovered, and safely and efficiently operated using dedicated systems. Two systems are needed to successfully launch, recover and operate and ROV, these are the LARS (Launch and Recovery System) and TMS (Tether Management System). ROVs may be directly deployed from a simple crane…
Aker on Managed Pressure Operations
When Aker Solutions acquired Managed Pressure Operations in 2013, it became a provider of next generation continuous circulation and managed pressure drilling (MPD) systems, which has become a critical component to the drilling process going into the future. MPD systems have proven to be reliable, enabling maximum up time and significant cost savings and has been labeled of strategic importance for pre-salt drilling by Brazilian operator Petrobras, which uses MPD systems developed by Weatherford, which was the company that first introduced large scale use of the system to the industry. The MPD system being introduced by Aker/MPO is fully automated and simple to operate, needing few people to run the equipment.
AIV – Paving the way for an Autonomous Light Intervention Vehicle
When Subsea 7 and SeeByte collaborated in engineering the AIV, the world’s first purpose built Autonomous Inspection Vehicle, they were looking for a new cost-effective asset for inspecting LoF (Life of Field) projects. The AIVs software was designed to dynamically control this unique hover-capable vehicle, which is already being used in Subsea 7 LoF projects for general visual inspection. It can also be used as an aid to field survey, integrity management and developments continue, looking at expanding its use to light intervention activities. One of the advantages of the AIV over other AUV’s is its capability to hover, maintaining station when necessary. It also has the ability to operate directly from a host facility such as an FPSO or rig as well as from infield support vessels.
Abrolhos National Maine Park – Part 2
An important marine reserve system started with the Abrolhos National Marine Park (Parque Nacional Marinho Dos Abrolhos) in 1983 and has been expanded to include three carefully managed "Marine Extractive Reserves": Canavieiras (2006), Corumbau, and, most recently, the Cassurubá Marine Extractive Reserve. This network of marine reserves is the first of its kind in Brazil and serves as a model for marine conservation. Nearly 20,000 families make a living from traditional fisheries in the Abrolhos region and they are becoming important conservation partners as they come to understand that marine protected areas are an effective tool for fisheries recovery.
Brazil’s National Operator, Petrobras has been experimenting with advanced Water-Alternating-Gas injection in a number of offshore plays and recently at the Rio O&G 2014, Petrobras’ Pre-salt manager confirmed that the super-major will be using the technology at most, if not all of its pre-salt plays. The WAG injection process aims to recover more oil from a reservoir and also to recover oil more efficiently. The technology was originally intended to improve sweep efficiency during gas flooding, with intermittent slugs of water and gas designed by and large to follow the same route through the reservoir. Variants include injecting gas as a supplement to water or vice versa, primarily to reach other parts of the reservoir.