Monday, February 20, 2017

Salvage & Recovery

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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

NOAA scientist recovers Fishers TOV towed video system after completing survey, Inset: Sterling Fire Department diver exits reservoir with their Fisher DV-1 drop video. (Photo: JW Fishers)

Underwater Video Aids Scientists and Search Teams

a camera instead of a diver in the initial stages of an underwater search to save time and increase safety. They can make a permanent record of a dive site, search operation, underwater crime scene, or evidence. These video systems also help scientists study the health of the aquatic environment and its marine inhabitants.   One agency utilizing the underwater video system is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coastal Management. Their primary mission is to provide data and tools to other government agencies, private sector organizations, and the scientific community

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Allspeeds Debuts New Cable Retrieval Tool

Debuting its latest developments in next generation cable gripper and retrieval tools and electrically operated subsea cutters at Subsea Expo 2017, Allspeeds showcased its all new hydraulically operated Webtool cable gripper.   The new cable lifting tool is designed for cable retrieval and decommissioning projects, allowing the safe and controlled recovery of damaged power and telecoms cable up to 8” diameter. Fabricated from corrosion resistant steel and stainless steel, the mechanically locked gripping action ensures the cable cannot escape during retrieval.   “With the

DBU Platforms Tyra East Photo Maersk Oil

Maersk -Tyra Decommissioning to Start Next Year

Maersk Oil has on 30th December issued a notification to the Danish gas market announcing that an economically viable solution for full recovery of the remaining resources in the Tyra field has not yet been identified, and that production from the Tyra field is consequently expected to cease 1 October 2018. Under EU regulatory requirements, a decision impacting production must be notified to the market in a timely manner. “Tyra has since 1984 been the main hub for gas production and processing in the Danish North Sea. The Tyra facilities are approaching the end of their operational life

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$124 mi Reef Authority Funding Boost for Townsville

Australia’s lead management agency for the Great Barrier Reef will receive a $124 million funding boost over the next 10 years from the Turnbull Government. The funding commitment for the Townsville-based Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is great news for the North Queensland region and Townsville, and follows the signing of Australia’s first City Deal for Townsville earlier this month. Frydenberg said the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, which has been managing this acclaimed World Heritage Area for more than 40 years, will receive an additional $34.1 million over

Oil Steady, Supply Outlook Unclear

Oil prices were little changed on Monday, with little news to influence a market waiting to see whether U.S. production from shale fields will grow enough to offset planned output cuts by OPEC, Russia and other producers next year. Brent futures for February delivery were down 24 cents, or 0.4 percent, at $54.97 a barrel by 11:43 a.m. EST (1643 GMT). U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude for January rose 6 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $51.96 per barrel on its last day as the front-month. "Implied U.S. output increases...will offset a significant portion of the planned OPEC production cuts especiall

Petrobras' Production Crosses 1 bln barrels

On Wednesday, December 14, Petrobras and its partners celebrated a milestone: they have now produced 1 billion barrels of oil in the pre-salt layer. This total output was achieved just six years after the first production system came on stream in Santos Basin, in Lula field, and 10 years after the first discovery, in 2006, demonstrating Petrobras’ technical capacity. This performance is unparalleled in the global history of offshore oil production and compares favorably with other important oil-producing areas around the world. For example, in the American portion of the Gulf of Mexico

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New Underwater Metal Detector from JW Fishers

Fishers, many teams expressed great interest in acquiring one of the new detectors as well as several FBI dive units. The new detector has identical performance characteristics to Fishers’ Pulse 8X detector. The SAR-1 not only appealed to the police and public safety divers at the show, a number of marine archaeologists and commercial diving companies were also excited about the possibility of using this new detector in their search operations.    The SAR-1 has rechargeable batteries which power the detector for up to 12 hours. The detector can be used all day long, recharged overnight

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OceanGate Begins Building a New 5-man Sub

Manned submersible operator OceanGate Inc. said it has started building Cyclops 2, an all-new privately owned sub capable of taking five people to depths of 4,000 meters – or approximately two and half miles deep – for human exploration of more than 50 percent of the ocean depths.   Having been in development for several years, with initial design and engineering beginning in 2013, Cyclops 2 has now entered the construction phase with an order for two titanium hemispheres and two matching titanium to carbon fiber interface rings from fabricator of reactive metals Titanium Fabrication

Seabed Worker ROV Photo Swire Seabed

Swire Seabed Buys Fourth Subsea Vessel

investing in new assets and facilitating the company’s development and expansion in both current and new market segments,” says CEO, Swire Seabed, Arvid Pettersen.   Headquartered in Bergen, Norway, Swire Seabed is a fully owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific Offshore, a diversified marine services conglomerate. Swire Seabed prides itself on its strong track record of undertaking a wide range of subsea operations and its team of highly experienced onshore and offshore specialists.   Swire Seabed’s other subsea vessels are Seabed Worker, Seabed Supporter and Seabed Prince

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Troll Solution Wreck Removal Completed

Bay of Campeche when it listed, killing two workers.   Initial efforts were made to refloat and salvage the jack-up, though the Troll Solution collapsed and sank into the seabed in approximately 30 meters water depth, coming to rest within 2 meters from the active CAAN-A platform.   Enter marine services and salvage company Ardent, who then deployed assets from several countries, including the Conquest MB-1 crane barge and a 1,000-ton hydraulic wreck grab from the Netherlands, as well as further support vessels deployed from the U.S. and Mexico.   The Conquest MB-1 with a maximum

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SMP to Supply Wet Bell LARS to Bergen University

Submarine Manufacturing and Products Ltd (SMP) has secured a contract with Norwegian company Alf Lea to supply a complete wet bell system to Bergen University.    Alf Lea approached SMP to design and manufacture a wet bell launch and recovery system (LARS) with supporting 20ft DNV containerized machinery and dive control.    All aspects of the project are to be designed, manufactured and tested by the company’s workforce at the workshop site located in Preston, Lancashire.   The wet bell LARS has been designed to operate within a compact footprint to minimize the

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Polar Sea Ice the Size of India Vanishes in Record Heat

Sea ice off Antarctica and in the Arctic is at record lows for this time of year after declining by twice the size of Alaska in a sign of rising global temperatures, climate scientists say.   Against a trend of global warming and a steady retreat of ice at earth's northern tip, ice floating on the Southern Ocean off Antarctica has tended to expand in recent years.   But now it is shrinking at both ends of the planet, a development alarming scientists and to which a build-up of man-made greenhouse gases, an El Nino weather event that this year unlocked heat from the Pacific Ocean and

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Tuco Debuts New ROV Support Boat

A new vessel design dedicated to the ROV support boat market has been unveiled by Denmark’s Tuco Marine: the new 15-meter ProZero ROV support boat is optimized as a working platform for underwater work, and work performed in support of divers and ROVs. These operations include underwater inspection, investigation, excavation, construction, repair or maintenance of machinery and structures, and the salvage of sunken property.  The ProZero 15 meter ROV support boat is designed with the optional feature, of being remotely controlled by a Remote Command System to enable unmanned piloting of

Subsea Integration Alliance Awarded Deepwater Integrated EPCIC Contract

Subsea Integration Alliance has announced the industry’s first deepwater integrated subsea engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) multiphase boosting system award. This award, by Murphy Exploration & Production Company–USA, a subsidiary of Murphy Oil Corporation, is for the industry’s longest deepwater subsea multiphase boosting tieback. Building on a track record of numerous engineering studies, this is the first EPCIC project award for Subsea Integration Alliance, which was formed July 2015 between OneSubsea, Schlumberger, and Subsea 7.

New System Taps Ocean Thermal Energy to Power Underwater Vehicles

its location with a GPS beacon for a recovery by ship.   The seed round funding for continued research, development and commercialization of the TREC Battery ended in December 2016, including funds from angel investors, and grants from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, Breakout Labs and Schmidt Marine Technology Partners.   Seatrec said it is continuing to pursue revenue growth with a focus on research and development for its next generation of commercial products, including a high-endurance underwater free-drifting UUV scheduled for sea trials in 2017, an underwater glider in 2018/19 and

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Boskalis Sells Stake in SMIT Amandla Marine

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has successfully completed the sale of its stake in SMIT Amandla Marine (SAM). The possible sale had already been announced in March 2016. The stake was sold to management and local investors, thereby returning the business of SAM to 100% South African ownership. Boskalis received a cash sum of approximately EUR 50 million for the sale. The activities and results of SAM will be deconsolidated with effect from 1 December 2016. Following the sale, Boskalis will continue to be permanently represented in the region through the activities of SMIT Salvage.

Royal IHC 550t Reel Lay systeem for Shanghai Salvage Photo Royal IHC

Royal IHC, Shanghai Salvage Ink Reel Lay System Deal

Royal IHC have signed a contract with Shanghai Salvage in China for the supply of an integrated 550t Reel lay system. This will be the first Reel lay system in the Chinese market and will be one of the largest and most sophisticated Reel lay systems worldwide. The pipelay system, which includes not only rigid pipe but also flexible pipe lay capability, will be installed on the new offshore construction vessel of Shanghai Salvage. IHC Engineering Business, a subsidiary of Royal IHC, will lead this prestigious project, with engineering concept design already well underway. Project execution of

The 3000m rated Leopard is the most powerful electric underwater robotic work system in the world, making it ideal for complex and demanding tasks.Photo SAAB

Saab Leopard Rules the Waves

In a bid to master mountainous seas the Saab Seaeye Leopard ROV system recently delivered to Japan’s Kaiyo Engineering an active heave compensator (AHC) to its launch and recovery system. Kaiyo Engineering, a specialist marine science company, is undertaking seabed research for Tokyo University and is using the Leopard to explore the feasibility of seabed mining. Adding AHC means Kaiyo can work offshore more easily in high sea states, as the AHC system will accurately maintain the exact relative depth of the tether management system from which the Leopard is deployed by compensating for

Josh Frydenberg, Minister for the Environment and Energy Photo Australian Government Media Release Service

$45 mln to bolster Reef Protection

The Australian and Queensland Governments are investing $45 million in an Australian first to improve water quality and reduce sediment run-off across the Great Barrier Reef. The $45 million Great Barrier Reef Gully and Streambank Joint Program will deliver a cohesive program of restoration work in key catchments including Burdekin, Fitzroy and Cape York. The joint program between government, the private sector, research institutions and conservations groups includes scientific investigation to understand the nature of gullies and the restorative activities required to fix them. Other work

Keenan Named President of Phoenix

. In this position, Keenan will be responsible for all of the company’s operating units worldwide.   Before beginning his foray into the private sector, Keenan (CAPT USN retired) served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years as a diver, salvor and engineer. He is a registered professional engineer and marine surveyor with a BA in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MS in Materials Engineering and Naval Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research relating to waterborne ship repair was published in the Naval Engineers Journal. He holds a U.S. patent for his

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Phoenix Conducts ROV Search for MH370

Phoenix International Holdings, Inc., under the direction of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), is conducting deepwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations in the continuing search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370).   Phoenix mobilized its 6,000 meter depth-rated Remora III ROV aboard the Chinese Rescue Salvage Bureau (RSB) vessel Dong Hai Jiu 101 in support of the ongoing deep ocean search. Phoenix has been involved in the search for MH370 since April 2014, initially using its 5,000 meter depth-rated autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Artemis, and Hydrospheric

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

The new ship comes with a Saab Seaeye Cougar XTi as a key on-board resource package (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

Cougar ROV Chosen for New Supply Ship

Shipbuilding and offshore services company Timsah’s new multipurpose supply vessel, built for hire, is to be launched complete with a Saab Seaeye Cougar XTi underwater vehicle as a key onboard resource package.   The A1 class 2441 ton ship is rated for towing, firefighting and offshore support and includes a helicopter pad and accommodation for 60 crew.   Founded in 1961, Timsah operates globally and in particular throughout the Middle East.   The new vessel will continue to expand Timsah’s activities and has been conceived to meet future demands, the company said.

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V.  closed the third quarter of 2016 in line with expectations. Image Boskalis

Boskalis Profits Zoom as Expected

the contribution from the VolkerWessels activities revenue and the result were slightly lower compared to the average seen in the first two quarters of the year. The sharply contracting market and increased competition is putting increasing pressure on utilization and margins at the capacity-driven Marine Services activities. By contrast new opportunities are opening up in the offshore wind energy market, partly thanks to the offshore activities recently acquired from VolkerWessels. In the third quarter Boskalis secured the contract for the construction of the Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm as well as

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Iver3-AUV Plays Active Role in Unmanned Warrior

OceanServer Technology recently participated in the first ever Unmanned Warrior (UW) in Loch Alsh, Scotland. Part of Joint Warrior, the semiannual, U.K.-led training exercise is designed to provide NATO and allied forces with a unique multi-warfare setting in which to prepare for global operations . The event also provides a stage research and training on the latest in autonomous naval technologies while simultaneously strengthening international interoperability. Multiple Iver AUVs were put in active roles by members of the Royal Navy, U.S. Navy and the Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC).

Computer-generated image of Kraken’s Autonomous Launch & Recovery System (A-LARS) with the KATFISH Synthetic Aperture Sonar underwater towbody (Image: Kraken)

Canadian Government Backs Kraken

;   The NRC funding will be used to expand Kraken's Handling Systems Division that is based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. This group is led by Mr. Bill Spencer who has extensive experience in the aerospace and ocean engineering fields. Bill was recently the Engineering Manager at Rolls-Royce Naval Marine and responsible for the development of advanced launch and recovery systems used by a wide variety of military, commercial and ocean science customers

The MarineE-tech program is led by the National Oceanography Center (NOC) using the RRS James Cook.  Jon Taylor and Neil Crossouard, HR Wallingford scientists, who are taking part in the MarineE-tech research expedition. (Photo: NOC)

Researchers Investigate Mineral Deposits in the Deep Ocean

to discover new sources of the rare metals critical for low carbon technologies. HR Wallingford scientists, Jon Taylor and Neil Crossouard are on board the research vessel as it heads south west from the Canary Islands to the Tropic Sea mount, where a forty day investigation will use robotic submarines, autonomous seafloor instruments and drilling to answer questions about what controls the formation of marine mineral deposits on the floor of the North East Atlantic. E-tech elements, such as cobalt and tellurium, which are essential for emerging renewable energy technologies, are in short supply

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AUVs Under Ice: Past Milestones, Promising Future

The marine environments beneath ice are arguably some of the least accessible on earth. Ice is a formidable physical barrier that can range in thickness from centimeters to hundreds of meters—an impediment that has not diminished our desire to uncover the secrets that lie beneath.    In the heyday of manned submarines, under-ice was seen as an important operating theater, where the ability to listen and monitor one’s foes was crucial. As manned submarines have given way to unmanned vehicles, the duties of under-ice research have widened to include more fundamental motivations

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Emerson, IPRES Enter Software Partnership

Emerson Automation Solutions has announced a business collaboration with IPRES (Integrated Petroleum Resource and Economic Service), an international company based in Norway that provides advanced software tools and services to the upstream oil and gas industry. Under the terms of the agreement, Emerson will sell IPRES’s flagship solutions IPRISK and IPRESOURCE to its existing and prospective customer base. Both solutions are complementary to Emerson’s Roxar reservoir management software portfolio and will provide operators with tools for economic risk analysis, predictive project

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

World First: Unmanned Autonomous Boat for Offshore Ops

existing technology to develop a robust, flexible and low-cost ship to become the market leader and offer not only a capable work-boat but provide an unparalleled R&D asset for the furtherance of this emerging industry sector.  KONGSBERG’s role in the project is to deliver all major marine equipment necessary for the design, construction and operation of Hrönn. The leading global maritime technology manufacturer will deliver all systems for dynamic positioning and navigation, satellite and position reference, marine automation and communication. All vessel control systems including

BARKEEPER (Image: Fluid Systems)

The Future in Solids Control

For the past 34 years, Fluid Systems has provided solids control and drilling mud systems, engineering and equipment to the oil and gas, industrial and mining segments – both offshore and onshore.   Now with oil prices down and efficiency as important as ever, Fluid Systems provides the tools to help improve efficiency and accomplish or even surplus production goals with its latest technological novelties. The company brings to the table four innovations that it says offer the potential to save as much as 75 percent of solids control costs: the Barkeeper (Dual Density Solution), the Multi

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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

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MacArtney Acquires ASME A/S

MacArtney Underwater Technology Group has acquired the majority holding in Denmark based ASME A/S, a designer and manufacturer of complete systems to the marine offshore, ocean science and renewable energy markets.   According to MacArtney, the acquisition will allow it to expand its offerings in existing segments as well as new segments through its worldwide operations.    ASME specializes in PLC and PC based active heave compensated  solutions, launch and recovery systems, automated electric and hydraulic turntables and tensioners, electronic control systems and many more

Schlumberger Seeing Early Signs of Recovery

Schlumberger Ltd, the world's No.1 oilfield services provider, said there were early signs of recovery in most parts of the world, following a two-year slump in oil prices that put the brakes on global drilling activity. The company, which derives more than three-fourths of its revenue from international operations, had called the bottom of the cycle in the second quarter. "The only place where we don't see any signs of recovery at this stage is in Asia", Chief Executive Paal Kibsgaard said on a post-earnings call on Friday. The company reported a quarterly profit that topped

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

ECA, Vestdavit to Jointly Develop LARS for Unmanned Systems

On the occasion of Euronaval, ECA and Vestdavit have signed a cooperation agreement to develop the next generation of launch and recovery systems (LAR) for unmanned maritime systems (UMS).   The use of UMS, remotely operated vehicles (ROV), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) as well as unmanned surface vehicles (USV) by navies but also by oil and gas, scientific and other customers, requires their operation from various types of ships, even in high sea states. In addition, when a combination of different types of vehicles are used from the same vessel, they need to be managed, stored and

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

Seafloor Systems Inks Distribution Deal with Teledyne

Seafloor Systems has signed an International Distributorship Agreement with Teledyne RESON and Teledyne BlueVew, business units of Teledyne Instruments, Inc.   BlueView manufactures a variety of underwater surveying systems, including M900-2250 2D and 3D imaging sonars, and BV5000 3D Multibeam inspection sonars. RESON manufactures the SeaBat Multibeam Sonar systems, including the new SeaBat T-series (SeaBat T50-P, T20-P, and new T50-R, T20-R).   Seafloor Systems provides and supports customized integrated turnkey sonar solutions, both sales and rentals. In addition, the company recently

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Kvaerner Reports Robust 3Q Results in Challenging Market

Kvaerner increased the adjusted EBITDA margin to 12.6 percent for the third quarter, up from 5.2 percent in the same period last year and 5.7 percent in the previous quarter.   "The margin reflects our improvements and ability to deliver predictably, which affected the results positively through reaching planned milestones on several projects," says Kvaerner's President & CEO Jan Arve Haugan. Kvaerner's efforts to improve costs, quality, productivity and competitiveness are currently yielding results on the current portfolio of projects. During the third quarter, two jackets

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New Docking Head for Schmidt’s ROV SuBastian

Schmidt Ocean Institute has chosen a MacArtney docking head to ensure optimum handling of its remotely operated vehicle (ROV) SuBastian on board the R/V Falkor.   The R/V Falkor is now studying the sea surface microlayer and air-sea boundary making its way from Darwin, Australia to Guam. Once in Guam, Falkor will embark on its first science cruise with ROV SuBastian, searching for life in the Mariana Backarc. ROV SuBastian is a new underwater robotic vehicle equipped with a modular frame to provide scientists with a flexible vehicle for ocean exploration.    The MacArtney MERMAC D

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Deep Sea Mining Exploration Aided by OSIL Corers

and identification of zones of strategic deep sea mineral deposits like poly-metallic nodules, hydrothermal sulphide deposits containing base metals along with gold, cobalt, nickel and silver and cobalt-nickel encrustations. Piston Corers are one of the most important basic tools used in the study of marine sediments, and OSIL offers customizable systems (including Launch and Recovery Systems and Winches) from 18m to 60m in length.    The OSIL Multi Corer has long been an item of specification in the Oil and Gas industry for pre site surveys and environmental impact assessments, and the

The world’s first subsea compression systems at Statoil’s Åsgard field will help recover an additional 306 million barrels of oil equivalents in a more cost-effective, safe and green manner. (Image: Aker Solutions)

The Next Generation in Subsea Compression Technology

Just one year after the first subsea compression systems went on stream at Statoil’s offshore Åsgard field, industry giants Aker Solutions and MAN Diesel & Turbo now aim to cut the size and weight of such systems by at least 50 percent.   Compressors are used to maintain output as reservoir pressure at gas-producing fields drops over time – typically installed on platforms above sea level. The two 11.5 MW HOFIM motor-compressor-units at Åsgard are said to be the world’s first to operate on the seabed. The field, located on the Halten Bank in the Norwegian Sea

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OFG Expands AUV Capability

acoustic tracking and following capabilities.    The incredible high resolution imagery produced by the HiSAS system gives offshore oil and gas companies the ability to build and maintain a precise GIS database of the positions and conditions of their seafloor assets, natural features, marine archeology inventories, UXOs and other features of interest such as plumes. Seafloor minerals exploration teams will also benefit greatly with regards to geological interpretation. 

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USNS Grasp, DPAA Begin Recovery Mission

U.S. Navy divers assigned to Mobile Diving Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2 and civilian members from the USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51) began operations Sept. 23, in support of a Defense Personnel Accounting Agency (DPAA) mission off the coast of Montalto di Castro, Italy. The DPAA mission is designed to recover the remains of U.S Airmen who have been MIA since their B-24 bomber aircraft were shot down by enemy aircraft  March 3, 1944. U.S. Army Capt. Troy Davidson, DPAA Underwater Recovery Team Leader stated, “DPAA strives to give our POW/MIA families what solace and answers we can by providing

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New Fisheries Research Vessel for Angola

, 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 Integrated Bridge System, Dynamic Positioning System, marine ecosystem monitoring and seabed mapping. The contract was awarded based on KONGSBERG’s well proven ability to deliver state-of-the-art integrated systems for research vessels, which provide efficiency and performance benefits in both vessel operational and scientific applications.   

Subsea UK to Bring Businesses Together in Bristol

event organized by Subsea UK, the body which represents the British subsea industry.   The session on October 12 will be held at the National Composites Centre (NCC), Bristol & Bath Science Park, and will focus on underwater activity in relation to oil and gas, defense, oceanology and marine renewables industries and aims to facilitate the participating organizations to work toward the common goals they face in the current demanding marketplace.   There will also be a tour of the NCC technology development facility as well as a presentation from Graham Harrison, head of government

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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Subsea Pipeline Repair Restores Hong Kong Gas Link

Pipeline technology specialist STATS Group has completed its first subsea isolation project in China on a 780-kilometer pipeline crucial for supplying gas to Hong Kong.   STATS Group was contracted by COOEC Subsea Technology to provide a temporary isolation of the Yacheng pipeline in the South China Sea. The pipeline had been damaged by a ship’s anchor and left unpiggable at a location about 280 kilometers from shore and in water depths of 90 meters.   After several detailed engineering studies and comprehensive risk assessments, it was determined the best repair solution was to

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Polaris: World´s First LNG-Powered Icebreaker Delivered

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard delivered the most powerful newcomer in the Finnish Icebreaker fleet, icebreaker Polaris, to the Finnish Transport Agency on September 28th, 2016. The Finnish Transport Agency handed the vessel over to Arctia Icebreaking Oy. The prototype vessel built at Helsinki Shipyard is designed to serve for at least 50 years in icebreaking, oil recovery and sea rescue operations. Previous time an Finnish icebreaker with similar size range was completed in year 1994.   Icebreaker Polaris' innovative design is used for the vessel’s hull form and propulsion unit arrangement

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MTR100: 2G Robotics

resolves fine-scale dimensional features that traditional methods fail to capture, allowing for detailed and efficient inspections of complex underwater structures and environments.   Email: info@2grobotics.com www.2grobotics.com   (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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

Illustration of Åsgard subsea gas compression, see also the animation below. Photo Statoil

Running like a clock on the Seabed

The world’s first subsea gas compression system has now been in operation for one year on the Åsgard field. The system has been running like a Swiss clock with practically no stops or interruptions. It was in September 2015 Statoil and its partners started up the world’s first subsea gas compression system on the Åsgard field in the Norwegian Sea. “Quality in all sections of the project and also during operation has contributed to maintain a system regularity of close to 100% through its first year of operation,” says Halvor Engebretsen, vice president for

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

FSI Pinger. (Photo: Falmouth Scientific, Inc.)

FSI: Two New Products to Find, Recover Autonomous Assets

Falmouth Scientific, Inc. (FSI) is pleased to offer two new products to assist in the relocation and recovery of autonomous underwater systems and assets:   -- SAF-553 Stand-Alone Flasher   -- ELPF-553 Flash-Pinger   These are small, lightweight, battery-powered, intelligent devices that can be mounted directly on AUVs, Gliders, or other underwater equipment for recovery after their mission duration has elapsed. Multiple user-programmable settings allow for selection of delay, timing, flashing, and frequency options which enable use in a variety of different applications.   &n

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New Vessel Aims to Transform the Fishing Industry

quality and healthier food for consumers, and we believe it's also a more humane way to treat the fish.”   Blue North claims a long history of sustainable practices. The company's primary product, wild Alaska line-caught cod, comes from the first commercial cod fishery to be certified by the Marine Stewardship Council; this cod is designated a "Best Choice" by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program. In addition, Blue North is a producer partner of FishWise, a supplier member of FishChoice, and a business collaborator with Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program.  

FMC Technologies Wins Boosting Work off Angola

FMC Technologies, Inc. has been contracted to provide subsea multiphase boosting pumps, manifolds and installation support services for Eni Angola's Block 15/06 West Hub Development Project located off the coast of Angola.   The company's subsea multiphase boosting pumps improve production economics by reducing backpressure on the reservoir, increasing flow rates and total recoverable reserves. Multiphase pumps have a wide operating envelope and are suitable for a broad range of conditions.   “This is our second award for our new subsea multiphase boosting system and we are confident

MTR100: InterOcean Systems Inc.

offers specialized design, engineering, and production for unique applications. The products developed and fabricated by InterOcean use proven and up-to-date technologies to meet customer requirements with durable, easy-to-use solutions that offer long-term reliability for many applications in demanding marine environments.    The company was recently acquired by the ownership of Delmar Systems, Inc in June 2016. Delmar, headquartered in Broussard, La., with technical services based in Houston, has a 48-year history of providing mooring and subsea services to the offshore industry in some of

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MTR100: Ohmsett

testing;  behavior of dispersed, weathered and emulsifies oils; cold weather and broken ice conditions, sorbents; temporary storage devices; viscous oil pumping and oil/water separators. Email: jdelia@ohmsettnj.com www.ohmsett.com (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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MTR100: Aqueos Corporation

Subsea service provider Aqueos Corporation offers a full range of services that includes marine construction, commercial diving, remotely operated vehicle (ROV), and vessel contracting services. The Aqueos-designed and -built SPLASH (Special Purpose Live-boat And Survey Hull) solution is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built vessel with a twin jet drive and superior diving capabilities to address and mitigate hazards associated with Live-Boating. SPLASH is based on a proven, durable catamaran type hull and power plant, which produces a rugged, lightweight, stable and high speed vessel. Built specifically

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Cost Reduction of Well Construction on UK Continental Shelf

Since 2004, well construction costs in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) have doubled, directly impacting drilling activity which is currently at an all-time low. However, collective industry efforts are already focusing in on how a reduction in core drilling costs of 50 per cent could potentially unlock around five billion boe of known reserves over the next decade.   The significant work the industry is doing through the Technology Leadership Board (TLB) to address the well cost reduction challenge, will feature in a forthcoming event organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)

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