Salvage & Recovery

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Tech File: Kongsberg’s Compact Survey Vessel

GeoSwath 4R system is pre-calibrated so that the survey operation can commence immediately on arrival, and no time is wasted running additional survey lines.    Its shallow draft, high top speed and maneuverability combined with the stability of a catamaran hull make it ideal for use in both marine surveys and on canals, river and lakes. The ability to steer tight survey grids makes it a fast and accurate addition to the surveyor’s portfolio.   The new GeoSwath 4R system offers unsurpassed productivity in shallow waters with at least 12x water depth coverage right up to the waterline

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Seadrill Names Dibowitz CEO

Oslo-listed rig firm Seadrill named a new chief executive from within its own ranks on Wednesday and said its talks to restructure $14 billion of debt and liabilities had reached an advanced stage.   Once the world's most valuable rig firm, Seadrill's business was hard hit when oil companies sharply cut investments and exploration in the wake of a 2014 crash in oil prices.   Anton Dibowitz, current chief commercial officer, will take the top job from July 1, succeeding Per Wullf who will remain a board director, the company said. Dibowitz, a U.S. citizen, joined the company 10 years ago.

Newly discovered B-25 Bomber (Photo: Project Recover)

Missing WW II Bombers Found on the Seafloor

follows successful identification and documentation of five missing World War II aircraft in 2016   Two B-25 bombers associated with American servicemen missing in action from World War II were recently documented in the waters off Papua New Guinea by Project Recover—a collaborative team of marine scientists, archaeologists and volunteers who have combined efforts to locate aircraft and associated MIAs from World War II.   The B-25 bomber is one of the most iconic airplanes of World War II, with nearly 10,000 of the famous warbirds conducting a variety of missions—from bombing

Sulzer’s Middlesbrough Service Center has a dedicated work area which ensures high quality components are correctly assembled and tested. (Photo: Sulzer)

Sulzer: Total Supply Service for ROV Manufacturer

Manufacturing a hydraulic power unit (HPU) that is destined to operate on the ocean floor up to depths of 2,500 meters requires considerable expertise and design excellence in order to deliver reliable and sustained performance. Having provided the build and test service for some time, Sulzer has now taken on the procurement phase of the process to release the client from this time intensive task.   The design and construction of remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) is a specialist field and the components used to create the HPUs need to be carefully selected in order to produce a

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Klein Marine Systems: Side Scan Sonar Training

Side scan sonar systems manufacturer Klein Marine Systems will host a three-day side scan sonar training course at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye Beach, N.H., with practical sessions on UNH Gulf Challenger, based in Newcastle, N.H.   Participants will develop a thorough understanding of sonar image analysis as well as get hands-on experience with single beam sonars such as the dual-frequency Klein 4900 and the high-speed, Multi-Beam Klein 5000 V2.   The course, to be held June 20-22, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., is geared toward hydrographers, first responders, police and firefighters

John Underhill (Photo: Heriot-Watt University)

Industry Funding to Boost UK Offshore O&G Research

A major funding package for the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) at Heriot-Watt University will directly support research and training for the future of the industry in U.K. offshore waters.    Heriot-Watt’s Chief Scientist, Professor John Underhill, has secured funding of £416,000 (approximately $537,000) from Verus Petroleum, an independent oil company active on the U.K. Continental Shelf (UKCS).    The award will support a number of oil and gas related training and Applied Geoscience research activities in IPE including the NERC Center for Doctoral

ICEHORSE Submersible Skimmer recovering oil during prototype testing at BSEE’s Ohmsett Facility. This BSEE-funded research project is part of an effort to improve oil recovery in icy Arctic waters. (Photo: BSEE)

Partners Advance Arctic Oil Spill Response Technology

Continually working to help improve oil spill response technologies, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) presented details on its latest efforts at the Arctic Oil Spill Response Research and Technology Workshop on April 26.   There, Bureau staff presented results of several BSEE-funded projects including the development of a submersible skimmer prototype for oil recovery in and around broken ice.   “At the workshop, we all worked together to collectively understand the suite of response technology possibilities that are available today as well as

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Fishers Equipment Helps Locate Weapons and Explosives

 Before 1970 the widely accepted solution for disposal of old munitions, typically called unexploded ordnance (UXO), was to dump them into rivers, lakes and oceans. Today we know this creates a multitude of problems, the worst of which are pollution and the risk of an explosion. Many people have already lost their lives to these underwater booby traps. The uncertainties surrounding their precise location and degree of decomposition, makes attempting to recover these dangerous devices an even more difficult task.   Several international organizations have been formed to address the problem

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Tuco Debuts New Light Dive Vessel

Tuco Marine has presented its new vessel dedicated to the diving and subsea market, the ProZero 12m LDV Light Diving Vessel.   The boat is designed and optimized to serve as a platform for subsea operations and support of up to three divers. Diving operations include underwater inspection, investigation, construction, repair and maintenance of machinery and structures and recovery of sunken assets.   In addition to the large driver and control cabin, the boat is equipped with a working deck and has room for up to three dive control stations in the cabin. Powerful light projectors on the

Arctic drilling: the Polar Pioneer in Norway’s arctic waters (Photo: Harald Pettersen, Statoil)

Norway's Heavyweights & Entrepreneurs

growth,” Jenssen says. “We have great ambitions here.”    To help those ambitions, Norway’s March offshore acreage round offered energy companies a combined 195 blocks in the Norwegian and Barents Seas.     (As published in the April 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

Russell Reardon pounds stakes into the substrate to secure an Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structure (ARMS) in place. They are retrieved after three years. (Photo: NOAA Fisheries/Steve McKagan).

Recovery Comes Slowly for Central Pacific Coral

Nearly one year after prolonged high ocean temperatures caused devastating coral bleaching and loss in parts of Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, NOAA scientists recently went back to check on their condition.   Healthy coral reefs protect shores from storms and offer habitats for fish and other marine life, including ecologically and economically important species. After corals die, reefs quickly degrade and the structures corals build erode. While corals can recover from mild bleaching, severe or long-term bleaching is often lethal.   Jarvis Island, one of the most remote

Saipem's new Innovator 2.0 ROV (Photo: Saipem)

Work Class ROVs

An invaluable resource for the marine industry, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) perform a multitude of tasks, from pipeline inspection to subsea construction, often equipped with an array of cameras, sonars, sensors, manipulators and other tools to go to work where divers cannot. Power and payload, ruggedness and reliability: these are crucial to the heavy class ROVs examined here in part 2 of MTR’s ROV technology series.   DOER Marine DOER’s H3000 is a midsize work class ROV. Designed for multimission use from a variety of platforms, the H3000 is well suited to underwater tasks

The WIN WIN Concept. (Image: DNV GL)

WIN WIN: Wind Powered Oil Recovery Concept Progresses

The DNV GL-led joint industry project, WIN WIN (WINd powered Water INjection), has completed its first phase and determined that wind power could be used to power offshore water injection. The project is currently moving into its second phase, which includes refining and testing the electrical systems, and investigating possibilities for broader applications. The project consists of four partners: DNV GL, ExxonMobil and ENI Norge – all part of the first phase – and the Norwegian Research Council – a new participant for this second phase.  The first phase of the project determined

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Kongsberg Launches Complete Survey Vessel

pole with pre-installed motion sensor, GPS heading & position system and sound velocity sensor. The operator uses a console mounted ruggedised laptop to plan and control the survey. The vessel is even equipped with a VHF radio and is coastguard approved for use at sea with an International Marine Certificate.   By design, the GeoSwath CSV is effective in a wide range of shallow survey applications. Its shallow draft, high top speed and manoeuvrability combined with the stability of a catamaran hull make it ideal for use in both marine surveys and on canals, river and lakes. The ability

CNO Tours Newest Oceanographic Survey Ship

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson toured the Navy's newest oceanographic survey ship, USNS Maury (T-AGS 66), April 8 to gain a better understanding of the oceanographic information the ship provides to the Department of Defense.    The CNO is the senior military officer of the Department of the Navy and is responsible for the command, utilization of resources and operating efficiency of the Navy.   "Naval forces require information about the physical environment to operate safely and effectively," said Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, oceanographer of the Navy

NovAtel Unveils Oceanix Nearshore Service

Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning technology, has unveiled its Oceanix Nearshore correction service at Ocean Business in Southampton, UK.   Oceanix Nearshore, a subscription-based GNSS correction service for Precise Point Positioning (PPP), provides sub-decimetre positioning for marine applications such as dredging, hydrographic survey, mapping and coastal patrolling. The robustness of Oceanix infrastructure sets it apart from the competition. Oceanix precise corrections data is generated utilizing a network of over 80 strategically located GNSS reference stations globally

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Aker Solutions to Acquire Reinertsen

Aker Solutions said it has agreed to buy oil-services provider Reinertsen in an asset deal set to be concluded in the second quarter, giving Aker Solutions ownership of Reinertsen's Norwegian oil and gas services business. The purchase price is NOK 212.5 million (roughly $25 million).   The agreement excludes Reinertsen's liabilities as of December 19, 2016, when the company went into debt negotiation proceedings.   Reinertsen, the third-largest maintenance and modifications supplier offshore Norway with about 700 employees, has its main offices in Trondheim and Bergen, where Aker

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US Navy ROV Gets a New Assignment

made of titanium and a user friendly control system that employs programmable logic controller (PLC) technology with graphic user interface software capabilities.   Soon after the ROV’s completion, representatives of the U.S. Navy’s Undersea Rescue Command (URC) and NAVSEA Submarine Escape & Rescue Program Office (PMS 391) were briefed on Hydros as a potential replacement for the Navy’s one-atmosphere diving system (ADS2000) for assessment of a disabled submarine, rescue hatch clearance and attachment of the submarine rescue chamber’s downhaul cable. Subsequently

Man and machine: Ben Kinnaman and his Greensea Systems team are determined to deliver the standard operating platform for the marine industry. (Photo: Greensea)

Greensea: Redefining the Connection between Man and Machine

Ben Kinnaman and his Greensea Systems crew are on a mission to have its software backbone become the standard of subsea robotics and the marine industry, bringing a paradigm change in the relationship between man and machine. From his Richmond, Vermont headquarters, he explains.   To kick things off, can you share with our readers how you came to found and own Greensea? I grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina; I grew up on the water. My first job was at 13 working on fishing boats and sailboats, and then I started diving. I went to school and earned an undergraduate degree in physics

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Deepwater 4G LTE System Deployed off US

RigNet, Inc. has deployed its first deepwater 4G LTE system in the Gulf of Mexico, dramatically increasing capacity to its licensed 4G wireless network for the region’s oil and gas customers.   For the past 21 years, RigNet’s network in the GOM has delivered carrier-class services to the oil and gas industry servicing more than 300 facilities from Texas to Alabama. RigNet’s connectivity solutions exceed 100 Mbps.   The new 4G LTE system expands and increases RigNet’s capabilities to deliver business grade services to deep water locations in the remote area of the

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SoCal Tech Focus: Global Ocean Design

standard with an o-ring face seal, four 7/16-20 tapped connector ports with blanking plugs, and a vacuum port. With only 5psi vacuum differential (approximately 10psi internal), the spheres are held together with nearly 300-lbs of force.      (As published in the March 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Next-Generation Subsea Metrology: Better Measurements, Fast

the 3D laser data with precise underwater acoustic and inertial navigation information, it is now possible to generate centimeter resolution engineering models from which accurate measurements can be instantaneously and repeatably captured.   Shared Knowledge & Communication In conventional marine construction support terminology, metrology is the work done by surveyors and ROV to acquire various subsea measurements, typically between flanges on separate pieces of subsea infrastructure. These measurements allow precise fabrication of subsea jumpers and spool-pieces.   Traditionally

A diver surfaces in Bland Bay as a boat closes in to collect him. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Multinational Task for Australian Mine Warfare Team

 Fifty navy divers and mine warfare specialists from Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Britain converged on Bland Bay, New Zealand for Exercise FULCRUM recently.   The contingent had to locate and dispose of 16 dummy mines of varying shape, size and weight, set throughout the bay.   Australian and British autonomous underwater vehicle teams used remote environmental monitoring units to scan the bay floor and identify mine-like objects.   The US and New Zealand then sent out divers to confirm whether or not they were mines, said Lieutenant Teina Hullena of the

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Guam Bolsters Oil Spill Recovery Capacity

Lamor recently commissioned itsLSC 4C Side Collecting Oil Skimming System for Guam’s Oil Spill Response Operations Company (OSROCO) and T&T Marine Salvage (T&T) making it the largest skimming system in the region.   OSROCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cabras Marine, and T&T operate the skimming system as well as an array of small crafts, and other specialized response equipment. OSROCO, Cabras and T&T employees are trained and certified in accordance with the U.S. Federal Government’s oil spill response and safety standards. Additionally, the companies’

Illustration of the Johan Sverdrup field center (Photo: Statoil)

Johan Sverdrup Development Enters Phase 2

The Johan Sverdrup partnership has now decided to proceed with (DG2) Phase 2 of the Johan Sverdrup development, awarding FEED contracts to Aker Solutions, Kværner and Siemens.   Phase 1 of Johan Sverdrup is under development, with first oil scheduled for late 2019.  The partners will now proceed with maturing Phase 2 for the investment decision and submission of the plan for development and operation (PDO) in the second half of 2018. Phase 2 is scheduled to come on stream in 2022. “We must take a generational perspective on the Johan Sverdrup development. Working closely

Image courtesy of Lori Johnston, RMS Titanic Expedition 2003, NOAA-OE.

Manned Sub to Survey Titanic Wreckage

A new mission will send the first manned submersible to the Titanic wreck since 2005.   The mission will see a survey expedition team use the latest subsea imaging technology and a newly built manned submersible to assess the condition of the shipwreck and document artifacts in the debris field. The OceanGate Expeditions exploration team will conduct annual surveys of the wreck in collaboration with experts from the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory AIVL at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as part of an ongoing long-term study to document the current condition of the Titanic

Graphics: Subsea Vessel Operations expenditure by Sector – 2017-2021. Source: Douglas-Westwood, World Subsea Hardware & Vessel Operations Market Forecast

Consolidation – A Path to Subsea Vessel Sustainability

 In recent years, the speed with which newbuild vessels have entered the market has amplified the subsea vessel demand/supply imbalance, says a report by Douglas-Westwood London.   This has been further exacerbated by sustained low oil prices, as operators defer the sanctioning of new offshore projects which could have supported vessel utilisation.    As a result, the average vessel dayrates declined by an average of 35% between 2014 and 2016. The weak market conditions have meant that many low specification vessels have struggled to hold on to existing charter rates, whilst

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Arctic Ice Loss Driven by Natural Swings, Not Just Mankind -Study

Natural swings in the Arctic climate have caused up to half the precipitous losses of sea ice around the North Pole in recent decades, with the rest driven by man-made global warming, scientists said on Monday.   The study indicates that an ice-free Arctic Ocean, often feared to be just years away, in one of the starkest signs of man-made global warming, could be delayed if nature swings back to a cooler mode.   Natural variations in the Arctic climate "may be responsible for about 30–50 percent of the overall decline in September sea ice since 1979," the U.S.-based team

Domenti Apakidze on the Black Sea with his JW Fishers side scan sonar (Photo: JW Fishers)

Sonar Systems Help Search Teams, Scientists and Salvors

 A variety of sonar systems are now being used by law enforcement and public safety dive teams, universities and salvage companies for recovery operations, subsea surveys and marine research. Sonars produce almost photographic images of the underwater environment regardless of water clarity. Side scan sonar can sweep several hundred feet of ocean, lake, or river bottom in one pass of the boat allowing large areas to be searched or surveyed quickly. Scanning sonar, which operates in water similar to the way radar operates in air, can image a 200 foot circle on the bottom in less than a minute.

KATFISH undergoing sea trials in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland in February 2017 (Photo: Kraken Sonar)

KATFISH Completes Phase One Sea Trials

Kraken Sonar Inc. said it has successfully completed phase one sea trials of its KATFISH towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar system.   Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and CEO, said, “These are exciting times in the underwater robotics industry. Customers are starting to fully understand the cost and risk mitigation benefits of unmanned systems. Both military and commercial markets are showing encouraging growth as they are now incorporating unmanned vehicles and intelligent sensors in their procurement plans and budgets. In fact, industry analysts Market Info Group estimates that the

WHOI scientists used deep-sea vehicles, including Sentry to locate the voyage data recorder (above) from the El Faro on the seafloor 15,000 feet deep. The VDR offers clues to understand why the ship tragically sank in 2015, killing 33 crew members aboard. (Photo: NTSB)

Why Did the El Faro Sink?

Deep-sea vehicles locate data recorder on the seafloor   On October 1, 2015, the 790-foot cargo ship El Faro sank near the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin. All 33 crew members died in the tragedy. The ship was equipped with a voyage data recorder, or VDR, that could reveal clues to understand what happened, but it was lost in the depths.   The VDR was mounted on the mast on the ship’s navigation bridge. A search expedition mounted in October located the wreck and discovered that the bridge had separated from the hull. Days later, when the search team located the bridge, the mast

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Forum Delivers ROV to Norwegian Firm

Forum  Energy Technologies, Inc. has delivered a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to ESEA Submarine AS to perform a variety of offshore roles, including inspection, survey and salvage work.   The powerful and compact Sub-Atlantic Mojave will also be used by ESEA Submarine’s sister company, ESEA Marine AS, which has customers that include fish farms, port authorities and insurance companies.   In addition, the Mojave will play a training role in helping ROV pilots to develop their skills.   Georg Stranden, general manager at ESEA Submarine, said, “We see opportunities

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New Tool for Subsea Umbilical & Cable Recovery

Hydraulic systems specialist Webtool has introduced a new gripping and lifting tool for recovering subsea umbilical and cable for offshore oil and gas and decommissioning projects. The Cable Retrieval Tool (CRT200), developed in consultation with international certification body and classification society, DNVGL, allows the safe and controlled recovery of damaged cable and umbilical, up to 8” (203 mm) diameter.    Current methods of recovering umbilicals for repair or replacement involve trenching the seabed around the cable or umbilical to allow a double choke sling to be attached

Jason program manager Matt Heintz helps test Jason on the WHOI dock. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

After Overhaul, Jason Is Stronger Than Ever

Since it was first launched in 1988, the remotely operated vehicle Jason has been a workhorse for oceanographic scientists, hauling instruments, conducting experiments, collecting samples, and taking images in the depths. In April 2015, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution engineers gave Jason its first major overhaul since 2002, increasing its payload and capabilities and streamlining its operations. The team stripped Jason down to its base, replacing its frame and redesigning its systems. During missions, pilots operate Jason in real time from a control van on a ship via a .842-inch-thick

Modus unveils Saab Sabretooth for cost effective survey, inspection

Modus Seabed Intervention has successfully completed trialling one of the subsea industry’s first commercially available hybrid unmanned underwater vehicles. It will be one of the first autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to feature the capabilities and characteristics of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). In partnership with Saab Dynamics, Modus has developed the Saab Sabretooth to offer greater endurance and speed, and is also developing advanced sensor payload packages and operating methodologies. The vehicle is expected to contribute to more cost-effective survey and inspection projects

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Deep Ocean Engineering Debuts the Phantom L6 ROV

San Jose, Calif. based Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc. has introduced its newest addition to the Phantom series of inspection-class remotely operated vehicles (ROV), the Phantom L6. “The PhantomL6 is our latest entry into the 500m inspection class ROV arena. It comes equipped with active roll stabilization and heading gyro stabilization, allowing the pilot to control with precision, while minimizing exhausting, repetitive movement. As with other Phantom series ROVs, we offer an open-frame architecture for easier mechanical integration, and dedicated expansion bulkhead connectors are provided as

LEXMAR diving life support control panels  (Photo: Bureau Veritas)

Bureau Veritas: New Rules for Diving Systems

professional diving systems ranging from surface-supplied systems for shallow water diving to complex saturation systems for deep sea diving. Although diving is considered as one of the more hazardous offshore activities, demand for diving services from the oil and gas industry as well as the emerging marine renewable energy sector remains strong, despite progress made by the use of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROV).   The role of the classification society in diving is to support the diving industry to achieve a high safety level and to consistently implement regulations throughout

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Skarfjell becomes tie-back to Gjøa

DEA and its partners in PL418 have selected a subsea tie-back to the Gjøa platform as the concept for development of the Skarfjell discovery in the Norwegian North Sea. This alternative is an enabler for developing the Gjøa platform as a stronger hub in the area and maximising recovery for Gjøa, Skarfjell and the area in general. Skarfjell is situated in the northeastern North Sea, approximately 20 kilometers southwest of the Gjøa platform. DEA is partner in Gjoa, with a share of 8%. Based on the proposed plan, hydrocarbons from the Skarfjell reservoir will be transport

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Video: Retired Ship Sunk to Form Artificial Reef

diver safety,” said Jackson, explaining that contractors were tasked with removing debris, certain types of pipes and other parts that could become loose or dislodged in saltwater over time.   The Kraken’s new resting place is in close proximity to the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, a triad of coral reef systems popular with divers and fishermen located about 100 miles off the Gulf Coast.   A video of the sinking is available here.   This is the second ship-reefing project Matrix has undertaken for the Texas Parks & Wildlife since 2014, when it handled

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Atlantic Canada Profiles: Seaformatics Systems

optional release and recovery mechanism. The MPG, a scaled down version of the PHBM technology, is configured to be integrated with any moored system or buoys to power sensors and systems at any level in the water column.       (As published in the January/ February 2017 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

UES Seanic engineers complete the refurbishment of client’s marine crane (Photo: UES Seanic)

Newly Formed UES Seanic Wins First Contract

The newly merged Aberdeenshire-based Underwater Engineering Services (UES) and Houston headquartered Seanic Oceans Systems has secured its first contract in Tunisia, a region which neither firm had previously operated in. As part of the merger between their parent companies ATR Group and Centurion Group last year, the newly formed business of UES Seanic will support Oceana Subsea on a decommissioning campaign in Tunisia, North Africa.   UES Seanic was formed on January 1st this year with 11 personnel based in the UK and a further 43 in Houston. The merger sees the company operating globally

Andrew Inglis (Photo: Lloyd's Register)

Lloyd’s Register Sets Its Sights Subsea

Eying a subsea sector rebound, Lloyd’s Register (LR) aims to bring its expertise to underwater operations in offshore oil and gas as well as wind farm power generation and submarine cable markets.   The provider of integrity, compliance and specialist risk consulting services has launched Subsea Inspection Services, which it said will support underwater inspections of subsea pipelines, assets and facilities to energy companies operating offshore.   Managed and coordinated in Aberdeen, LR’s Subsea Inspection Service will be delivered to clients in all offshore energy regions

Partnering for a Wellsite solution Photo Fugro

Seabed Geosolutions mobilizes for West African OBN survey

Seabed Geosolutions has been awarded a 4D baseline ocean bottom node project in West Africa, with a duration of six-weeks. The crew is currently in the mobilisation phase of the project, which will support the optimisation of the recovery rate during the development and production phases of oil and gas fields, by providing high quality data on hydrocarbon prospects, reservoir characteristics and potential geohazards. The project positions the company well to respond to other potential projects in the region.  

Seabed Geosolutions Mobilzes for OBN Survey in West Africa

Seabed Geosolutions has been awarded a 4D baseline ocean bottom node project in West Africa, with a duration of six-weeks.   The crew is currently in the mobilization phase of the project, which will support the optimization of the recovery rate during the development and production phases of oil and gas fields, by providing high quality data on hydrocarbon prospects, reservoir characteristics and potential geohazards. The project positions the company well to respond to other potential projects in the region.

(left to right): Ian Donald, managing director of Enpro Subsea, Anke Heggie, company growth director (oil & gas) from Scottish Enterprise and Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse MSP. (Enpro Subsea)

Enpro Subsea Drives $1.8mln into Flow Assurance Project

Enpro Subsea has announced a research and development grant from Scottish Enterprise which will see the firm investing £1.5million ($1.85mln) to develop its flow assurance technology further to address emerging markets in deeper waters.   The news came as Scottish Enterprise revealed a new Subsea Engineering Action Plan with the aim of capturing an even bigger slice of the current £50 billion ($61.5bln) global subsea market. Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, visited oil and gas firm, Enpro Subsea Ltd to announce its new £1.

The University of Limerick has purchased a Sub-Atlantic Comanche ROV from Forum for renewable energy project work. (Photo: Forum Energy Technologies)

Forum ROV to support University Renewables Projects

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. won an order to supply the University of Limerick with a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to support its subsea inspection and intervention work on renewable energy infrastructure.   The University’s Mobile and Marine Robotics Research Centre (MMRRC) purchased the Sub-Atlantic Comanche 2,000m Observation Class ROV and associated launch and recovery system for delivery in March 2017 under a MaREI Science Foundation Ireland infrastructure grant (15/RI/3232).    The Comanche was selected due to its high thrust to drag ratio enabling it to operate in

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Handelsbanken helps Fund Ecosse Expansion

Ecosse Subsea Services (ESS) has agreed a multi-million-dollar revolving credit facility with Handelsbanken.   The new relationship will support the Banchory-based subsea engineering specialist as it tenders for larger renewables and power generation contracts.   With its roots in the oil and gas industry, ESS has led the way in adapting traditional technologies for use in the renewables and interconnector sectors and has designed and patented a range of tools which are used in seabed clearance, route preparation, trenching, backfill, pipelay removal and cable laying operations.   T

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Aker BP Registers Strong Growth

Aker BP ASA increased reserves and maintained 'very good' results in exploration, drilling and wells, projects and production.   The company has a view to a continued strong cash flow, and has a robust balance sheet give us freedom. - We are rigged for further growth, says CEO of Aker BP, Karl Johnny Hersvik. Aker BP's production in 2016 was 118,200 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd); 80 percent oil and 20 percent gas. The company expects production in 2017 will increase to between 128,000 and 135,000 boepd, with $ 11 in average production cost per barrel. With the current portfolio

Easydredge 2700 DRAGADOS ARGENTINOS DASA S.A. Photo Royal IHC

Royal IHC wins multiple contracts for Dredgers

going to build a multi-purpose 5,450m3 TSHD, to be named DC ORISANT, for a joint venture between Den Herder (Reimerswaal Dredging) and Group de Cloedt. The vessel can perform a wide range of projects due to the integrated design and dredging equipment. The dredge installation has been designed to dredge marine aggregates (sand and gravel) for the construction industry. The DC ORISANT is also extremely suitable for performing regular dredging projects, such as maintenance dredging and beach nourishment. The DP2 installation enables the vessel to perform support activities for the construction of offshore

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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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