Monday, February 20, 2017

Hydrographic Services

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BMT ARGOSS Launches Ice Charting Capability

BMT Group subsidiary BMT ARGOSS has launched its ice charting capability which will supplement its weather forecasting offering to provide a more enhanced and cost effective service to customers looking to harsh environments.   Jean-Paul Lindeboom, Director of Metocean Weather Forecasting at BMT ARGOSS, said, “This combined capability under one roof is unique to the market.  More and more of our clients are looking at these new, harsher environments, therefore having both a comprehensive understanding of the weather and the ice regime makes sense as a complete package, providing cost

OINA 2017 - Blue Robotics will showcase its high performance, affordable underwater drone, the BlueROV2 at OINA 2017

OINA 2017 to Feature New ‘BlueTech’

or moorings and a user replaceable long life battery. The company will also display its core portfolio of products with main focus on oceanographers, fishing gear technologists and fish biologists. Valeport (booth #E20), a manufacturer of high quality instrumentation to serve the oceanographic and hydrographic communities worldwide will focus on several recently released products including; fastCTD, which allows quick and accurate CTD profiles (with Fluorometer option), rapidCTD, which is developed primarily to interface with the Teledyne Oceanscience RapidCAST winch system, SWiFT SVP, the latest generation

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SapuraKencana Bags Contracts of RM 1.34 bln

SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad’s wholly-owned subsidiaries have been awarded contracts with a combined value of approximately USD 300 million (approximately RM 1.34 billion, based on USD/MYR exchange rate of USD1: RM4.47). Details of each of the contracts are as follows: ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION Award of Provision of Underwater Services by PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd. SapuraKencana Subsea Services Sdn. Bhd. (“SKSS”) has been awarded a contract for the provision of underwater services for PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd. (“PCSB”). The scope of work consists of

Image: Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform (by Statoil)

IKM Awarded Johan Sverdrup Service Contract

IKM Testing Thailand Co. Ltd has been awarded the service contract by Aibel for the Johan Sverdrup Drilling Platform.   The platform deck for the drilling platform will comprise three modules. Aibel is to build the largest module, the main support frame (MSF), at the company's yard in Thailand. Work on combining the three modules will start in the autumn of 2017. The finished platform will be handed over to Statoil in the second quarter of 2018.   The Scope of Subcontract Services includes provision of labor, equipment and consumables to carry out the onshore works for Chemical Cleaning

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Uncontended Voice and Data Through TDMA Networks

How subsea applications are leveraging satellite technology for the “Internet of Things”   The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a hot topic across many industries in recent years. Whether it’s a fitness tracker, smart refrigerator, thermostat or apps within a car, most people are now connected to electronic devices in ways that they probably wouldn’t have imagined 15 years ago. Experts are predicting that there will be more than 24 billion IoT devices installed and $6 trillion invested in IoT solutions by 2020. At this rate of growth, the IoT ecosystem extends beyond

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Schlumberger, Transocean Ink Service Agreements

Cameron, a Schlumberger company, today announced the signing of two 10-year pressure control equipment management service contracts on behalf of Transocean valued at greater than $350 million. The first contract calls for Schlumberger to manage Transocean’s Cameron risers in the Gulf of Mexico. This comprehensive agreement includes storage, maintenance, inspection, repair, recertification and data-driven riser management on the rigs. Through the second contract, Schlumberger will provide a comprehensive suite of solutions to maintain and service blowout preventer (BOP) systems and other

Mine disposal vehicle SeaFox launched from the minehunting vessel Homburg of the German Navy (Source: NATO/Cedric Artigues)

Tech Upgrade for German Minehunting Vessels

ATLAS ELEKTRONIK said it has received an order from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) for the modernization of three minehunting vessels of the Frankenthal class (Type 332) in service with the German Navy.   The objective of this project, which bears the designation MJ 332 CL, is to equip the three boats with the Integrated Mine Counter Measure System (IMCMS) and the mine disposal vehicle SeaFox of ATLAS ELEKTRONIK. On top of that, the vessels will be given the capability for controlling the “Seehund” ROV, which until

Schlumberger Signs Two Transocean Service Agreements

Riser management and subsea blowout preventer service agreements aim to reduce offshore nonproductive time and total cost of ownership   Cameron, a Schlumberger company, signed two 10-year pressure control equipment management service contracts on behalf of Transocean valued at greater than $350 million. The first contract calls for Schlumberger to manage Transocean’s Cameron risers in the Gulf of Mexico. This comprehensive agreement includes storage, maintenance, inspection, repair, recertification and data-driven riser management on the rigs. Through the second contract, Schlumberger

Completed North Sea Caisson Replacement with GMC Mechanical Connector (Photo: GMC)

GMC Wins Third North Sea Caisson Build Contract

GMC Limited has announced that following its two recent caisson awards from North Sea operators, the company has been awarded a third caisson fabrications contract. All three awards will utilize GMC’s unique multi-tooth mechanical connector, specifically designed for replacement caisson applications.    GMC continues to expand its Sea Water Lift (SWL) caisson replacement service in providing Operators with a fully managed caisson fabrication service, including client specific coating requirements, and often working to tight delivery schedules.   SWL caissons are integral

Airmar Acquires Former Materials Systems Inc.

; MSI’s proprietary process, which involves injection molding ceramics to enable the production of high-performance composite transducers at low cost, will provide Airmar the ability to broaden its technology base. This is particularly important for applications such as imaging, hydrographic survey, acoustic communications, and defense. The benefits of the innovative technology include increased sensitivity, wide bandwidth, and high transducer efficiency. “In addition to acquiring all the assets, MSI Transducers Corp. has retained the complete management and production

EIVA's New Blended Learning Courses

courses.  At an introduction price of € 200  ($212) per day for the classroom part, blending learning is currently offered in the following subjects and software products at the EIVA headquarters in Denmark:   Data navigation and acquisition  NaviSuite Kuda for hydrographic survey operations NaviSuite Nardoa for data processing during pipeline and cable lay operations

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Airborne Hydrographic Survey Commissioned After NZ Earthquake

technology is being deployed in New Zealand to assist in relief efforts following the damaging 7.9 magnitude earthquake near Christchurch on November 14, 2016. At the request of the New Zealand Government, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight is to conduct a rapid hydrographic survey of the seafloor in the coastal margins of the north east coast of the South Island.   RAN LADS commanding officer, Flight Lieutenant Commander Susanna Hung, explained the mission. “We will fly over the area and collect hydrographic survey data, which will reveal what has happened

Boskalis Scales Back Holding in Fugro

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. announces that it has reduced its holding in Fugro N.V., an integrator of geotechnical, survey, subsea and geosciences services. Boskalis’ holding in Fugro now stands at 24.9 percent.

CWind Provides ROV Services at Amrumbank West

CWind, a services provider to the offshore wind industry, has completed a project for E.ON, site wind farm owner, to undertake inspections of the monopiles, scour protection and cables at a number of locations at Amrumbank West offshore wind farm off the coast of Germany.    The V8 Ocean Modules Inspection Class ROV was deployed from one of CWind’s 22 strong-fleet to conduct the survey. The ROV was fitted with a super high definition camera and provided clear survey results, even in poor conditions and low visibility. CWind subsequently provided comprehensive reporting on the findings

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Fugro stops Divestment Process of Asia Pacific Subsea Services Business to Shelf Subsea

Fugro NV announced today that it has decided to no longer pursue the divestment of its subsea services business in Asia Pacific to Shelf Subsea. Fugro announced on 4 August 2016, that it had signed an agreement for the sale of its subsea services business in Asia Pacific to Shelf Subsea. Parties were unable to reach agreement on some closing conditions, following which Fugro has decided to no longer pursue the transaction. As a result, Fugro will retain the vessels, ROVs, other equipment and personnel related to the business.  Fugro will not acquire an equity interest in Shelf Subsea

Kjell Einar Eriksson Photo DNV GL

Aker/DNV GL Ink Frame Agreement

Aker BP has awarded a new frame agreement to DNV GL, covering a wide range of safety, verification, inspection and classification services across its installations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The five-year contract, which includes options for extension, will see DNV GL experts integrated into Aker BP’s organization to provide decision-making support and stand-alone assessments. “This contract represents an important step forward in DNV GL’s long relationship with BP Norway and Det norske oljeselskap, as the companies merge to form Aker BP,” said Kjell Eriksson

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Phase 1 Cable Laying Complete at Rampion Wind Farm

Fugro said it has completed the first phase of cable laying operations on schedule at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm off the U.K.’s Sussex coast, as the program takes a break over winter.   The installation of 60 cables was completed at the end of October – three more than the 57 cables originally planned. Subsea construction vessel Fugro Symphony commenced site operations in August, having transported some 75 kilometers of cable to the Rampion site on its 2,000t carousel. Sister vessel Fugro Saltire completed cable burial in November using Fugro’s high performance Q1400

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New Project Uses Drones to Monitor Ship Emissions

Global maritime technology innovator Martek Marine said it has been included on a framework contract by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) services in the maritime environment.   EMSA was established for the purpose of ensuring a high, uniform and effective level of maritime safety and prevention of pollution by ships.   Due to the recent entering into force of the new limits for sulphur content of marine fuels since January 1, 2015, Directive (EU) 2015/253 of February 16, 2015 laying down the rules concerning the sampling and reporting

Neptune Expands Into United States

Neptune Marine Services (Neptune), a provider of specialized engineering, integrated inspection, repair and maintenance solutions to the energy industries, is targeting further growth overseas with its new office in the U.S.   Supported by the demand from the company’s key North Sea clientele, Neptune has established an office in Houston, Texas.  Operating under the name Neptune Subsea Inc., it will enable Neptune to provide the full suite of Neptune’s services to clients within the Gulf of Mexico and the Americas.   John Allen, a Houston based strategic business developme

Fugro Awarded US Government Survey Work

LiDAR, bathymetric LiDAR, digital cameras and multispectral/hyperspectral imagers, Fugro will provide integrated data collection and processing in support of the USACE’S National Coastal Mapping Program. Other services within the scope of this IDIQ contract include photogrammetry, vessel based hydrographic surveying, topographic and boundary surveying, conventional and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) surveying, terrestrial and mobile LiDAR scanning and geographic information system (GIS) development and production

BISSO MARINE Completes GoM Dive Campaign

Full service offshore and subsea infrastructure services contractor BISSO MARINE said it has completed a two-month saturation diving campaign in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Using its 126.4m x 30.4m construction barge Bisso Subsea Vision, configured with a 12-man ABS Classed 300m saturation system, BISSO MARINE performed a variety of subsea infrastructure services including several subsea abandonments in water depths ranging from 91m to 220m.   Other scopes of work included a Reverse 'J' recovery of several miles of unpiggable 6" pipeline from 122m of water.  The 6" pipeline was

Barry Macleod, managing director Photo Bibby Offshore

Bibby Offshore Wins Shell Subsea Deal

Bibby Offshore, the leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has this year been awarded two contracts from Shell to provide inspection services on assets in the Corrib Natural Gas field in the North Atlantic Ocean.   The first contract, completed in June this year, saw Bibby Offshore’s construction support vessel Olympic Ares - equipped with Quantum Work Class and SeaEye Cougar Inspection Class ROVs - perform subsea inspections 83km off the North West coast of Ireland, in water depths of approximately 360m.   The 40 day campaign involved pipeline survey inspectio

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JF Subsea Inspects Shell Oil Rigs with New ROV technique

James Fisher Subsea implements innovative ROV methodology on six North Sea oil rig platforms for Shell UK James Fisher Subsea uses its unique ROV methodology on 6 of Shell UK’s platforms over four month period ROV inspection methodology removed the need for a vessel and reduced downtime to 2% JF Subsea and Shell UK working to confirm inspection programmes for the next five years due to the project’s success James Fisher Subsea (JF Subsea), a world leading subsea services division of James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS), has reduced inspection downtime to 2% for Shell UK, through

Walter Robertson and Craig Smith (Photo:  NS Decom)

NorSea Group, Scotoil Combine as NSDecom

NorSea Group (UK) Ltd and Scotoil Services Ltd, two of the leading service companies in the onshore decommissioning sector, have joined forces as NSDecom. The new collaborative venture will  bring more efficient and cost effective benefits to the sector by providing a single project focal point for all services related to quayside and onshore decommissioning activity. Targeted at operators, project managers and lead contractors the new partnership combines the logistics expertise of NorSea Group with Scotoil’s track record of experience in waste management and NORM decontamination.

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US Shore Landing for Monet Submarine Cable

TE SubCom said it has completed the U.S. shore landing for the Monet Submarine Cable, a 10,556km cable that will connect Boca Raton, Fla. to Fortaleza and Praia Grande, Brazil, where shore landings were completed earlier this year.   Monet is owned by Google, Algar Telecom, Angola Cables and ANTEL. The 100G-capable cable system will provide a low latency route from Brazil to North America with a minimum bandwidth of 60 Tbps.   “With our system supply partners at TE SubCom, we’ve seen tremendous progress on Monet in the past several months, making today’s U.S. shore

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InterMoor Upgrades its Port Açu Facility in Brazil

InterMoor said it has added inspection and testing capabilities to its marine base at the Açu Superport in São João da Barra, northern Rio de Janeiro.    Open from June 2014, InterMoor’s Port Açu facility is located on a 52,300-m2 site with a 90-m quayside, a 10-m operational draft and a back storage area of 580 m2. With the recent developments, the base now boasts a 1,000-ton test bed and can perform load and breaking test for chain, wire rope and mooring accessories up to 800t SWL.    The inspection, test and certification capabilities also

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New Market Player M² Subsea Buys a Fleet of 32 ROVs

A recently formed subsea services business based in Aberdeen and Houston has secured a private equity investment to acquire a fleet of 32 remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).   The recently-established M² Subsea Limited has attracted the investment from a fund advised by Alchemy Special Opportunities, and is now set to become one of the largest independent providers of ROV services globally and offer its customers solutions for inspection, repair, maintenance, decommissioning and light construction.    Heading up the business is Mike Arnold, who brings 35 years’ experience

Artists impression of the ‘Hrönn’. (Photo: Automated Ships Ltd.)

World First: Unmanned Autonomous Boat for Offshore Ops

DNV GL and the NMA, and Norwegian and UK companies and institutions, it will be possible to rapidly and at low-cost be the first to market with a full-size unmanned ship.    Meet Hrönn  Hrönn is a light-duty, offshore utility ship servicing the offshore energy, scientific/hydrographic and offshore fish-farming industries. Its intended uses include but are not limited to:  - Survey - ROV and AUV Launch & Recovery - Light intermodal cargo delivery and delivery to offshore installations, and  - Open-water fish farm support.  The vessel can also be used

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GE to Merge Oil & Gas Unit with Baker Hughes

General Electric Co said on Monday it would merge its oil and gas business with Baker Hughes Inc, creating the world's second-largest oilfield services provider as competition heats up to supply more-efficient products and services to the energy industry after several years of low crude prices.   The deal to create a company with $32 billion in annual revenue will combine GE's strengths in making equipment long-prized by oil producers with Baker Hughes's expertise in drilling and fracking new wells.   Shares of Baker Hughes were down nearly 7 percent, a drop that executives said likely

Potential future deliveries of subsea production systems and lifecycle services at BP-operated oil and gas fields globally. Photo Aker Solution

Aker, BP Ink Subsea Framework Deal

Aker Solutions secured two five-year framework agreements for potential future deliveries of subsea production systems and lifecycle services at BP-operated oil and gas fields globally. The first five-year contract covers engineering, procurement and construction of subsea production systems for new and maturing developments worldwide. Aker Solutions would bid for work under the contract, which sets out the terms and conditions that would need to be met. The companies also agreed on a five-year servicing agreement, coinciding with the first contract, for any equipment delivered under the first

Erik Anderson (Photo: EdgeTech)

Anderson Joins EdgeTech

Erik Anderson has joined EdgeTech as Hydrographic Product Engineer based in the company’s Boca Raton, Fla. office.     Previously with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coast Survey, Anderson brings extensive hydrographic expertise to the organization. He has a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, Master of Science in Hydrography and Category “A” International Hydrographic Certification.   Anderson has over 10 years of experience in the field of marine surveying working with equipment such as side

Aker Solutions to Acquire Majority Stake in Brazil's C.S.E.

Aker Solutions agreed to buy 70 percent of Brazilian C.S.E. Mecânica e Instrumentação Ltda, with an option to purchase the remaining 30 percent of the company three years after the expected close of the transaction by the end of the first quarter of 2017. The acquisition gives Aker Solutions access to Brazil's market for servicing existing oil and gas fields. C.S.E., which had revenue of BRL 322 million in 2015, provides maintenance, assembly, commissioning and crane operation services at offshore and onshore facilities. "Aker Solutions has established a solid

Teledyne RESON T50-R Ultrahigh resolution Multibeam Echosounder with fully integrated Inertial Navigation System (Image: Seafloor Systems)

Seafloor Systems Inks Distribution Deal with Teledyne

offices, and to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Portland, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Atlantic City Districts.    “We anticipate that Seafloor’s further expansion into BlueView’s product line will provide us the tools to serve a wider range of customers within the hydrographic community,” said John Tamplin, President, Seafloor Systems. Teledyne BlueView’s products are employed for a variety of applications, including underwater navigation, monitoring, tracking and inspection applications for the energy, transportation, civil engineering, search and recovery

L-R: Gerard Keser, N-Sea CEO; Jochem Langenhuijzen, Bodac CEO; Paul van Waalwijk van Doorn, N-Sea General Manager; Dirk van de Vleuten, Bodac Manager  (Photo: N-Sea)

N-Sea, BODAC Partner for UXO Projects

Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea, and BODAC UXO have announced an agreement to jointly market and execute marine UXO Survey, Identification and Removal projects across Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavia.  In doing so, they will have the capability to offer developers, contractors and operators of offshore windfarms a complete suite of UXO solutions.    N-Sea has gained an impressive track record of unexploded ordnance campaigns, with experience in the investigation and mapping of potential targets using state of the art survey methods, ROVs and divers. With a history of 60

Ports of Jersey Purchases Multi-Beam System

Ports of Jersey in the U.K. has taken delivery of a new Multi-Beam system from Swathe Services. Following an extensive trial period and tender process, Ports of Jersey selected Swathe Services to deliver the R2Sonic Sonic 2024 with TruePix and UHR 700 kHz capability.   The comprehensive equipment, software and support package was chosen by Aaron Gavey, Deputy Marine Operations Manager, to enhance the organization’s new commercial survey capability.   Gavey and his team also chose the new SBG Systems Apogee-U Inertial Navigation System with a Hemisphere R330 RTK base station and

RV Meen Shandhani (Photo: Photos: IMC/Bangladesh Department of Fisheries)

FRV for Bangladesh

design manufactured in Malaysia by Jaya Nets, while the otter boards are from BMI in Korea. Forward of the trawl winches, beneath the shelterdeck, there is a stainless steel/aluminum semi-contact plate freezer to port, while IMC designed an alcove into the starboard side. The alcove enables specialist hydrographic tools such as conductivity, temperature and depth (CTD) packages and water sampling equipment to be safely deployed and retrieved, with lifting accomplished by a dedicated A-frame and hydraulic winch combination located on the deck above.   The equipment can be transferred into the

Chet Morrison Contractors Partners with OEM on Riser Project

Chet Morrison Contractors’ Deepwater Riser Services division recently completed work on a complex deepwater riser maintenance project for an offshore drilling rig that included complete disassembly, blast, paint and reassembly of 57 risers.   By partnering with the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) on the project, Chet Morrison Contractors was able to deliver key services that allowed for an OEM-recertification on the risers. In addition, by taking advantage of Chet Morrison Contractors’ available shop space and labor capacity, the OEM was able to provide the rig owner with a

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Prysmian Secures Rentel Wind Farm Work

Prysmian Group has been awarded a contract - worth up to 13 M euro - by Tideway B.V. for the Rentel offshore wind farm project. Rentel N.V. was founded by a consortium of Belgian specialists in renewable energy, who have joined forces to develop, finance and operate the Rentel offshore wind project, which holds a 309 MW offshore wind concession in the Belgian North Sea.    The Rentel wind farm is located approximately 34 km from the Port of Zeebrugge and approximately 40 km from Oostende off the Belgian coast. It will consist of 42 Siemens D7 type wind turbines and will produce nearly 309

Petty Officer 2nd Class Tammy Helm from the Naval Oceanography Operations Command programs a REMUS 100 unmanned underwater vehicle prior to a mission as part of the first-ever Unmanned Warrior. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

Unmanned Warrior: The Science behind the Systems

Security System successfully conducted counter-unmanned underwater vehicles and diver port security operations using advanced algorithms and sensors. Next-generation LIDAR (light detection and ranging) was successfully employed from an unmanned aerial vehicle to conduct autonomous hyperspectral hydrographic reconnaissance. Maritime surface targets were detected and tracked from an unmanned aerial vehicle utilizing the Airborne Computer Vision system, which processes and discriminates contacts automatically for further investigation by operators. Not only does that get scientists and engineers

Stefan Eliasson, Phil Wilson (Photo: MMT)

MMT Appoints UK Sales Manager

MMT has appointed Phil Wilson as U.K. Sales Manager based in the Banbury office.    Wilson has a track record as a technical sales and business development leader gained in the marine and offshore environment, working in the energy, construction and earth and marine sciences sectors. He brings experience and knowledge on geophysical, geotechnical, environmental and metocean survey gained through previous engagements with marine survey, dredging and construction contractors. He joins MMT from Baker Hughes, where he was responsible for business development and sales of geomechanics and

Rapaport Returns to OceanWise

to its Customer Service Team as a Business Administration Apprentice, as well as its second GEBCO sponsored intern, Azmi Rosedee from the University of New Hampshire. Rosedee will help update the company’s digital bathymetric database before returning to Malaysia as the new Data Manager in the Hydrographic Office of the Malaysian Navy.   Furthermore, the company’s first apprentice, George Wright, has commenced his BSc degree course in Digital Technology Solutions at the University of Winchester, and will continue to work on technical projects at OceanWise while attending classes

Oceaneering Expands AUV Survey Services in West Africa

Oceaneering International, Inc. will expand its presence for autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) survey services to the West African region, the Houston-based company announced.   Oceaneering, which currently serves the U.S Gulf of Mexico with a fleet of commercial AUVs designed for high resolution survey operations in water depths reaching 4,500 meters, said it is mobilizing one of its 3,000 meter rated AUVs to the region. The AUV is capable of performing deepwater geophysical hazard and pipeline inspection surveys, and provides clients with the necessary deepwater survey capabilities for

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Subsea Services Alliance to Develop Riserless Abandonment System

The Subsea Services Alliance, a contractual collaboration between Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. (NYSE: HLX) and Schlumberger, today announced the launch of the development of the first Riserless Open-water Abandonment Module (ROAM). The 18¾-in. large bore system will enhance well abandonment capacity from a well intervention vessel by allowing tubing to be pulled in open water in a safe and environmentally contained manner. “The ROAM system will support open water well abandonment operations while employing well control and environmental protection measures,” said Owen

Oil spill recovery: Drone technology can aid disaster response effectively as in oil spill cleanup. (Photo: GettyImages/ESRI)

Drones: The Next Great Leap in Hydrography

Hydrographic charting is becoming more important outside the world of shipboard navigation as both industry and conservation have gone offshore to meet the increasing demands of a growing global population. By 2020, the subsea sector of oil exploration and extraction is expected to account for 20% of total crude oil production. In addition, global marine fisheries, which provide 15% of all animal protein consumed by humans, have been steadily collapsing for the last half century. As the needs of developed economies grow, so too must the tools to understand the new marine environments from which

OSI Maritime Systems’ ECPINS Earns MED Type Approval

OSI Maritime Systems has received Marine Equipment Directive (MED) Type Approval certification from DNV GL for ECPINS Submarine (ECPINS) against new International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards for Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS).   The new IHO standards include new editions of IHO S-52 and S-64 which cover chart content, display aspects, and testing of data respectively.  In addition, ECPINS also meets the new ECDIS performance standard set out by IEC 61174.     “OSI remains at the

H38 deploying researchers (Photo: Brazil Navy)

A New Reef Biome Under the Amazon Plume

River in northern Brazil. The international group of scientists, coordinated by Fabiano Thompson (UFRJ) and Carlos Rezende (UENF), which used research ships to study the offshore seabed, was immensely surprised when confronted by a large reef system under muddy water off the Amazon River mouth during hydrographic studies in the region. During the multi-year research project, it was established that the reef system is at least 700 miles (1,126 km) long, ranging from around 25 to 120 meters deep, and approximately 45 to around 200 km offshore. Coral formations were detected from Brazil’s border with

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New Fisheries Research Vessel for Angola

Skipsteknisk and uses Silent-A/F/R technology to ensure highly accurate survey results from the advanced KONGSBERG scientific package.   Supported by KONGSBERG’s integrated technology, the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries’ new vessel will be capable of diverse applications, including hydrographic survey, sub-bottom profiling, acoustics research, pelagic and demersal trawling, plankton, water, environmental and geographical sampling, oil recovery and emergency towage operations.   KONGSBERG’s delivery is focused on design, engineering, equipment, material and services for the

RentAir Offshore and ATR Power Solutions Merge

RentAir Offshore and ATR Power Solutions have merged to become one company, offering a broader service to the global energy industry. This follows the merger of their parent companies, Centurion Group and ATR Group, earlier this year.    The new combined business, which will trade under the Rentair Offshore brand, brings the companies together in the rental of specialist air compression, steam and power generation equipment to support oil and gas production, well testing, fabric maintenance and renewables.   Robbie Garden, Divisional Director of Rentair Offshore, will continue in

C-Innovation, 1Diamond Announce Joint Venture

C-Innovation, LLC, an Edison Chouest Offshore affiliated company, and 1Diamond, LLC, a Quanta Services, Inc. subsidiary, have jointly created C-Diamond, LLC, an integrated provider of advanced cutting solutions to the offshore industry.     The joint venture was formed to target projects requiring marine-deployed cutting services, including offshore decommissioning activities. C-Diamond’s integrated offerings aimto create a more cost-effective and efficient solution for customers, while delivering optimal results.    “1Diamond is at the forefront of developing

Managing director of Saab Seaeye, Jon Robertson, signs new ROV deal with ROVOP’s chief executive officer, Steven Gray. (Photo: ROVOP)

ROVOP Expands US ROV Fleet

 Independent subsea remotely operated vehicle (ROV) service provider ROVOP has expanded its fleet of ROVs for the U.S. region, adding to its capabilities at its Houston base.   The company has taken delivery of a new Seaeye Leopard electric work class ROV which will be the first of its kind for the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) and, in a direct response to market conditions, is set to help operators reduce costs, ROVOP said.   Wayne Betts, President of ROVOP Inc., said, “The latest investment further strengthens our long established working relationship with Saab Seaeye. The Leopard

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NYK Buys Stake in EMAS Chiyoda Subsea

NYK has acquired a 25 percent share of EMAS Chiyoda Subsea Limited (ECS), based on an agreement signed on June 10 with Ezra Holdings Limited (Ezra) and the Chiyoda Corporation (Chiyoda).   ECS is a global player in the engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) of subsea facilities — essential components in offshore oil and gas field development. After this acquisition, ECS’s shareholding structure will shift to Ezra 40 percent, Chiyoda 35 percent, and NYK 25 percent.   Based on its medium-term management plan emphasizing differentiation through the use

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MTR100: CEE HydroSystems

CEE HydroSystems is committed to continuing to developing new modern SBES options for cost-effective shallow water hydrographic surveying.   Bruttour International launched CEE HydroSystems in 2011 as a new division established to focus on the development and manufacture of field proven shallow water CEE hydrographic survey products first designed by Bruttour. Since the company’s inception, CEE HydroSystems have grown and increased design and engineering capabilities to enhance its product range and now offer a suite of highly specified single beam echo sounders. In 2015, Australia based

MPSV Solution (Photo: DUC Marine Group)

DUC Marine, KOOLE Mammoet Salvage Join Forces

DUC Marine Group and KOOLE Mammoet Salvage have reached an agreement for future salvage and wreck removal operations. DUC will be responsible for all diving activities relating to salvage operations and diving equipment maintenance. Henk Kapitein, CEO of DUC Marine Group, said, “This acquisition is an important step in realizing our ambition to become a medium-sized global operator in the marine industry. KOOLE’s state-of-the-art salvage equipment is active around the globe, which enables us to expand our activities worldwide. Together with our new-built DP-2 MPSV Solution, which was

Applied Acoustics' 1000 Series Beacon fixed on diver's jacket by GOSL survey crew (Photo: Applied Acoustics)

GOSL Picks Up Nexus USBL Positioning Systems

Geodetic Offshore Services Ltd (GOSL), an operator in the Nigerian energy industry, has purchased two Applied Acoustics’ Nexus USBL positioning systems to deploy on its various offshore projects including underwater installation, diver monitoring, seabed surveys and ROV operations.   “The Nexus system has been mobilized as a standalone underwater positioning reference, backup reference to vessel DP system and, in a complex setup, utilized with other equipment,” said Emanuel Ekpeyong, Managing Director at GOSL. “Its compatibility with the additional systems we own is a

GeoTesting services maximize the value of well tests by integrating geological and geophysical models with dynamic well test data in a shared earth model. Photo Schlumberger

Schlumberger Unveils Well Test Design and Interpretation Software

Schlumberger announced today at the 2016 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition the release of GeoTesting geology-based well test design and interpretation services. GeoTesting services maximize the value of well tests by integrating geological and geophysical models with dynamic well test data in a shared earth model for more accurate interpretation compared with conventional analysis limited to geometrical models. “GeoTesting services bring a new level of certainty to reservoir characterization with optimized well test designs that validate and calibrate reservoir models using

Petrofac Supports Well Decommissioning for Tullow Oil

Petrofac’s differentiated approach to decommissioning, in support of Tullow Oil’s well plugging and abandonment campaign in the Southern North Sea (SNS), has delivered significant results and saved $2.5 million compared to traditional approaches, the company said.   Well engineering and well project management services were deployed within the six-month contract for the Horne & Wren asset in support of Petrofac’s established position as Duty Holder. Part of Tullow Oil’s Thames Area Complex decommissioning project in the SNS, the well plugging and abandonment campaign

Submarine glider being deployed by RN personnel (Photo: NOC)

UK’s Largest Marine Robot Mission is Underway Off NW Scotland

of the mission is to maximize the amount of data transmitted back to the operations room in real-time, to ensure it can be used by Royal Navy and Dstl staff.   Commander Peter Pipkin, Royal Navy Fleet Robotics Officer, said: “It is a great moment to see the largest UK deployment of hydrographic unmanned systems”. Dr Tim Clarke, a Dstl Marine Scientist added: “Dstl is using these trials to prove and demonstrate the capabilities of autonomous vehicles, leading to an improved and efficient maritime capability for the Royal Navy in the future”.   Rolly Rogers of

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DONG Energy to Build Hub for UK Offshore Wind

Denmark's DONG Energy said on Thursday it would build a multi-million-dollar maintenance hub in Grimsby, northeast England, to provide services for its offshore wind operations. The new facility would, subject to planning approval, be built at the town's Royal Dock and provide maintenance support to the company's wind farms in the region.   "It represents a massive vote of confidence to the UK offshore wind industry and confirms our commitment to the Humber region where by 2019 we expect to have invested around 6 billion pounds ($7.8 billion)," Brent Cheshire, DONG Energy's UK

Chet Morrison Partners on Riser Project

Chet Morrison Contractors’ Deepwater Riser Services division recently completed work on a complex deepwater riser maintenance project for an offshore drilling rig that included complete disassembly, blast, paint and reassembly of 57 risers.   By partnering with the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) on the project, Chet Morrison Contractors was able to deliver key services that allowed for an OEM-recertification on the risers. In addition, by taking advantage of Chet Morrison Contractors’ available shop space and labor capacity, the OEM was able to provide the rig owner with a

RigNet gives premier communication solutions that standardizes your entire fleet to deliver high performance and quality service while increasing your operational efficiency. Photo source: http://www.rig.net/industries/energy/

RigNet Communication Network for Offshore Energy Company

RigNet, Inc. today announced that it has been awarded a multi-vessel contract providing RigNet's managed communication network for an international offshore energy service company that performs well intervention, subsea contracting and other services. RigNet also is delivering communication services to a national oil company and the vessel owner through our customer for their operations in Brazil. "We are delighted to be given the opportunity to provide RigNet's managed services and Network Operation Center's support to our customer and the two other customers onboard the vessels,"

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