Offshore Oil & Gas

Noble Globetrotter I (Photo: Sonardyne)

Noble Drillship Gets a DP Upgrade

Offshore drilling contractor Noble Corporation plc has selected acoustically-aided inertial navigation technology from Sonardyne Inc., Houston, for its ultra-deep water drillship Noble Globetrotter I. The Marksman DP-INS system is being used to provide a high integrity, independent subsea position reference for the vessel’s GE DP3 dynamic positioning (DP) system as it drills exploration wells in water depths up to 10,000 feet.   Built in 2011, the Noble Globetrotter I is significantly smaller than a conventional drillship but has the same operational capacity. The reduction in size has

Multi-Physics Imaging routinely provides geologically consistent Earth models, such as this Magnetotelluric conductivity inversion integrated with drilling data to define a hydrocarbon prospect. (Image: CGG)

CGG Launched Multi-Physics Imaging Group

understanding of the subsurface by optimizing the value of non-seismic geophysical data in their exploration workflows.   The Multi-Physics Imaging team provides processing, analysis, modeling, inversion and interpretation expertise across the full range of geophysical methods, onshore and offshore. Geoscientists use a proprietary imaging toolbox to produce geologically-consistent earth models which integrate available well, seismic and satellite data to improve subsurface understanding and reduce exploration risk.   Multi-Physics Imaging is also a provider of commercial software for

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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.

(From left to right) Christian Cabos, Head of Department Information Management Technologies at DNV GL – Maritime, Marco Bibuli, Researcher at the Italian research centre CNR-ISSIA, and Volker Bertram, COMPIT Coordinator and Project Manager Engineering Services Newbuilding at the DNV GL Maritime Academy, at the COMPIT awards ceremony in Cardiff. (Credit: Felix Selzer). Photo: DNV GL

Italian Maritime Robotics Expert Bags DNV GL Award

for increased safety and efficiency.   COMPIT is the abbreviation for “Computer Applications and Information Technology in the Maritime Industries”. The conference, which took place for the sixteenth time, offered information on advanced IT applications for the lifecycle of ships and offshore structures.    Topics such as autonomous maritime systems, virtual reality and augmented reality, Yards 4.0 and big data, among others, were discussed by the participants. As in previous years, DNV GL was a main sponsor of this event.  

James J. Cannon  (Photo: FLIR Systems)

Cannon Tapped to Lead FLIR Systems

FLIR Systems, Inc. has appointed James J. “Jim” Cannon as its new president and chief executive officer, effective June 19, 2017, succeeding Andy Teich, who will retire after 33 years of service. Cannon previously served for more than 16 years in a variety of senior leadership positions at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., most recently as president of Stanley Security North America & Emerging Markets. Prior to that, he was president of the company’s Industrial & Automotive Repair (IAR) business unit, first in North America and subsequently in Europe and Latin America

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New Split Hoist System from Bosch Rexroth

showed interest in the concept, the protoype was tested in real life conditions.   “We had to overcome a number of technical and operational challenges for the split hoist system in the two and a half years from concept to construction,” said Patrick Verbakel, Technical Sales Manager Offshore. “Numerous simulations and tests were carried out to confirm the prototype could achieve the expected performance, and to ensure it would comply with the required safety standards.”   In June 2017 further testing will be carried out, again with help of Seaway Heavy Lifting, for

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Innovative Subsea Crane Ordered for RSV Conversion

 Brazilian ship owning company CBO’s vessel CBO Manoella is currently being retrofitted from an offshore platform supply vessel (PSV) into a ROV Support Vessel (RSV).   As part of the conversion project, CBO has assigned Rolls-Royce to equip the vessel with a new patented hybrid dual draglink (DDC) subsea crane, marking the first installation of a subsea crane designed to be able to use either fiber or steel wire rope.   Marcelo Martins, CBO, Technical Director said, “This is one of two vessels CBO is now retrofitting from PSVs to RSVs, and we are very satisfied about

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RV Sally Ride Enters Dry Dock for Maintenance

The Sally Ride, a Neil Armstrong Class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) vessel, dry docked at Bay Ship and Yacht on April 15, 2017, to carry out modifications to superstructure and to perform general vessel maintenance. Named for the late astronaut Sally Ride, the ship is 238 feet long and incorporates the latest technologies, including high-efficiency diesel engines, emissions controls for stack gases, and new information technology tools both for monitoring shipboard systems and for communicating with the world. It will serve to provide scientists with the tools and capabilities

Cherry Paton, Innovation Park Estate Manager and 1CSI’s founders, Aleksandra Tomaszek, Chief Operating Officer and Matthew Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer (Photo: 1CS1)

New Subsea Consultancy: 1CS1

by Matthew Kennedy and Aleksandra Tomaszek and offers solutions to global subsea challenges. This, includes, but is not limited to, fit-for-purpose assessments of deep water flexible risers through the inspection of concrete coated subsea pipelines, to ROV deployed examination of subsea welds inside offshore wind turbine monopiles.   Matthew Kennedy, the company CEO, holds over 30 years of experience within the nuclear, renewable and subsea integrity industries. Most recently, he spent ten years at Oceaneering where he delivered numerous international projects. Matthew was also the originator

Kraken Invests in German Subsea Components Firm

Kraken Sonar Inc. said it has acquired a minority interest in ENITECH Subsea GmbH, renamed Kraken Power GmbH, a provider of specialized deep sea components for underwater robotics based in Rostock, Germany.   Kraken Power GmbH, led by Dr. Carl Thiede, has been working on pressure tolerant technology and products for the subsea market for the past 10 years and is a specialist in deep-sea components for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Pressure tolerant components are electronic components or assemblies that can operate satisfactorily under high pressure

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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Semco Wins Order for Culzean Hook-up

is expected to commence in 2019. In Singapore Semco Maritime will even now set up a team of hook up specialists to prepare the installation work in order to have everything planned when the platforms arrive in the North Sea next summer, said Carsten Nielsen, vice president at Semco Maritime Ltd. The offshore work will be carried out from the base in Aberdeen, where Semco Maritime expects to employ 75-150 people for the approx. 8-9 months it will take to prepare Culzean. The order is a continuation of the positive development in the activities, which Semco Maritime has experienced in the UK during

Using a new method to distinguish fresh water from oil or salt water, scientists are exploring beneath the continental shelf off New England to look for large pockets of trapped fresh water. This water may be continually filling from groundwater flowing from land or, alternatively, may have been left behind by ice-age glaciers. (Image: Eric S. Taylor, WHOI Graphic Services)

Fresh Water below the Seafloor?

places many people wouldn’t expect: under the ocean. By some estimates, nearly 120,000 cubic miles of fresh water lies buried beneath the seafloor—more water than the sun evaporates from the Earth’s surface each year.   These subsea reservoirs could someday be tapped like vast offshore wells to provide additional freshwater resources to an increasingly water-scarce planet, say Rob Evans and Dan Lizarralde, scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.   Evans and Lizarralde have been investigating what they think may be big pockets of fresh water sitting right off

Sonardyne said tight integration between its Syrinx DVL and SPRINT INS will provide accuracy, precision and integrity for Kasetsart University’s long range AUV (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Navigation Chosen for Thai AUV Program

A new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) being developed by a joint-research program between PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) and Kasetsart University (KU), Bangkok, Thailand will feature marine robotics navigation technology supplied by Sonardyne Asia Pte. Ltd, of Singapore.   The order for Sonardyne’s SPRINT inertial navigation system (INS) and Syrinx Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) was placed by the PTTEP-KU and will be integrated on a 4,000 meter rated, long endurance AUV being built for applications including pipeline maintenance and oil-spill detection.

Eric Roan (Photo: IMCA)

Roan Joins IMCA in North America

industry regulators and within our extensive network of members in the United States.” Based in Houston, Roan has worked in a variety of regulatory compliance and advocacy roles for several oil companies and drilling contractors in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. He has over 20 years of marine and offshore oil and gas industry experience, including four years as a U.S. Coast Guard Port State Control Officer. Prior to joining IMCA Eric was a Program Manager at the Center for Offshore Safety where he facilitated industry groups tasked with implementing U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

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

Topaz Resolve (Photo: Topaz Energy and Marine)

Topaz Resolve Goes to Work in the Mediterranean

International offshore support vessel company Topaz Energy and Marine said its multipurpose supply vessel (MPSV) Topaz Resolve has commenced a charter in support of geophysical and geotechnical survey operations in the Mediterranean Sea for a European oil major.  Topaz Resolve is operating from Limassol, Cyprus for an initial period of one month. The vessel is a multi-functional ROV, dive and survey vessel and is equipped for deep and shallow water operations, in DP2 or by 4-point mooring. The 50m vessel, which was built in late 2015, is equipped with a 25 metric ton offshore subsea crane.

Dorothy Shepherd (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Shepherd Joins Bibby Offshore's Renewables Team

Bibby Offshore, a subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has appointed Dorothy Shepherd as general manager, renewables.   Shepherd joins Bibby Offshore with more than 15 years’ experience in the energy industry. Having spent a significant time at The Crown Estate - a key player in supporting the delivery of energy supply for the U.K. - Shepherd brings with her a wealth of offshore renewables knowledge, including the delivery of new developments and supporting infrastructure.   In her new role, Shepherd will be instrumental in the delivery of new business in the

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Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop: Call for Speakers

and technologies.   A key component of this users’ conference is presentations given by customers sharing their field and laboratory experience utilizing Teledyne products. The three-day workshop will include four concurrent morning tracks dedicated to the following broad topic areas: offshore energy; oceanographic research; hydrography; defense/security; aquaculture/fisheries; and civil engineering/river monitoring.    Teledyne is encouraging customers to submit abstracts sharing their experience using Teledyne products in any of these applications. Abstracts can be submitted

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Arctic Council Meeting Stirs Hidden Tensions

As foreign ministers from countries with territory in the far North celebrated an agreement on fighting climate change this week, one topic seethed below the surface: growing competition for Arctic resources and sea lanes as the ice melts.   Russia, one of eight members of the Arctic Council which includes the United States, Canada and the Nordic countries, has been pouring money and missiles into the Arctic as well as reopening and building bases there. This is bringing its Arctic military presence to the highest level since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.   Although the Arctic

Marine Technology Reporter -- May 2017 Edition

Reporter is now available here.   This edition includes features on:   Subsea Defense: The move toward autonomy is in full force, particularly in anti-submarine warfare   Ireland's Blue Economy: The Emerald Isle taps into is burgeoning blue economy   Offshore Renewables: BOEM's Jim Bennett discusses the present and future of U.S. offshore wind   Port Infrastructure: Port infrastructure projects lie at the heart of American commerce and security   Read more at http://digitalmagazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MarineTechnology/201705/.  

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

Jamie McCallum and Christer Fjellroth, have carried out a number of engineering studies in a bid to widen the remit of NSRI’s initial oil and gas focus. (Photo: NSRI)

Engineers Aid UK Subsea Diversification Drive

hopefuls who applied to join NSRI on a one year secondment last year.   Over the past 12 months, McCallum and Fjellroth have carried out a number of engineering studies in a bid to widen the remit of NSRI’s initial oil and gas focus. McCallum was tasked with exploring the opportunities in offshore renewables for U.K. supply chain companies, while Fjellroth focused on the potential and economic viability of deep sea mining; two sectors which offer immediate diversification opportunities for the subsea supply chain.   They also developed NSRI’s Matchmaker database, a resource which

An ROV equipped with underwater dynamic laser mapping equipment from 2G Robotics and Sonardyne prepares for its next survey mission (Photo: Sonardyne)

Partners Developing Dynamic Subsea Laser Mapping

formal collaboration agreement between subsea technology companies 2G Robotics Inc. and Sonardyne International Ltd, UK. will see the two organizations work together on the development and promotion of a dynamic underwater laser mapping solution which reduces the time needed to survey seafloor sites and offshore structures.   The new agreement centers on the integration of Sonardyne’s acoustically-aided inertial navigation system for underwater vehicles, SPRINT-Mapper, with 2G Robotics’ ULS-500 PRO dynamic underwater laser scanner. Projects conducted over the past six months have shown

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EIA Release Short-Term Energy Outlook

The U.S. Energy Information Administration released its Short-Term Energy Outlook. Select highlights include:   • North Sea Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $52 per barrel (b) in April, $1/b higher than the March average and the fifth consecutive month that Brent crude oil spot prices averaged between $50/b and $55/b. EIA forecasts Brent prices to average $53/b in 2017 and $57/b in 2018. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices are forecast to average $2/b less than Brent prices in both 2017 and 2018.    • NYMEX contract values for August 2017 delivery traded

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Energy Island: Europeans Mull North Sea Hub

A plan set in motion by three European transmission system operators (TSO) aims to develop mammoth offshore wind farm infrastructure in the North Sea supported by at least one manmade island.   First unveiled in June 2016, plans for the North Sea Wind Power Hub project will now press ahead to develop a large offshore renewable European electricity system following the signing of a trilateral agreement by TenneT TSO B.V. (Netherlands), Energinet.dk (Denmark) and TenneT TSO GmbH (Germany) in Brussels on March 23, 2017.   Central to the plan is the construction of one or more islands in the

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BOEM's Jim Bennett Weighs in on US Offshore Renewables

Five minutes with Jim Bennett, Chief for the Office of Renewable Energy Programs, BOEM   Two years ago James F. “Jim” Bennett was named Chief for the Office of Renewable Energy Programs (OREP) at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the program responsible for overseeing offshore renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Bennett has a long career of experience in dealing with OCS issues as they relate to energy, with experience in oil and gas and now renewables. He recently spent some time with Marine Technology Reporter to discuss the current and

IKM mobilization crew and Statoil representatives after installation at Snorre B (Photo: IKM Subsea)

IKM Reports Progress at Snorre B and Visund

IKM Subsea was awarded a ROV services contract for the fields Visund and Snorre B in the North Sea last August.    The contract provides for the testing and installation of an electrical, permanently seabed installed RROV (Residential - ROV). The system will interface with IKMS’s Onshore Control Center via Tampnet, a dedicated fiber-based network system for the platforms in question. The systems are equally design to operate on the 4G mobile broadband system.   “We are proud that Statoil has given IKM the thrust and opportunity to deliver ROV service in the form of an

NKT Names New Cable-laying Vessel NKT Victoria

The new NKT cable-laying vessel was named NKT Victoria at a ceremony at the power cable plant in Karlskrona, Sweden. The act was carried out by the regional Governor of Blekinge and marks the starting point of a new era of NKT turnkey high-voltage offshore cable system capabilities.   NKT took delivery of the new vessel on April 10, 2017. NKT Victoria lays high-voltage offshore cables with high precision based on e.g. DP3 (Dynamic Positioning) capability and a remotely operated vehicle using cameras and sonar. If not incorporated in the power cable itself, fiber optic cables for monitoring

Atair II (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Germany Chooses Kongsberg Research Ship Concept

A double digit multi-million Euro contract was signed by Kongsberg Maritime and Fassmer Werft on April 4th, 2017, following the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency’s (BSH) approval of Kongsberg to deliver a unique technical solution based on its ground-breaking Integrated Vessel Concepts for the newbuild research vessel Atair II, which will be built at the Fassmer yard in Berne. Kongsberg's Integrated Research Vessel concept will unite operational hydrographic and energy functions on board, facilitating seamless information sharing, enhanced efficiency and long-term life cycle

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Changing the Landscape of LNG Production

Floating LNG facility (PFLNG) Satu is a milestone for the oil and gas industry and for the Malaysian energy giant.   Designed by consortium leader TechnipFMC and fabricated at the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering yard in South Korea, PFLNG Satu achieved the first-ever production of LNG offshore in December 2016.   The 365-meter by 60-meter facility processes, produces and offloads LNG in situ, directly above natural gas reservoirs. FLNG allows the monetization of remote, marginal and stranded offshore gas fields that cannot be developed economically via conventional means. This

Frontera Offshore loading M² Subsea’s ROVs onto the MPSV Tehuana (Photo: M² Subsea)

M² Subsea, Frontera Join Forces in the GoM

M² Subsea has joined forces with Frontera Offshore to deliver remedial pipeline work for Permaducto, a subsidiary of Grupo Protexa, in the Ku-Maloob-Zaap (KMZ) oilfield in the Bay of Campeche, 65 miles north east of Cuidad del Carmen, Mexico. This contract also marks the first award for M² Subsea in the Gulf of Mexico region.   The project will see personnel from M² Subsea’s Houston base on-board Frontera Offshore’s chartered multi-purpose support vessel (MPSV) Tehuana, to facilitate pre and post lay surveys for Frontera Offshore. The survey work will be carried out

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Emerson Launches Salinity Measurement System

can instantly identify changes in the flow stream, take remedial action and maximize oil and gas production   Emerson Automation Solutions launched the Roxar Salinity Measurement System for the sensitive, accurate and real-time measurement of saline water in gas production well streams at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston this week.   Through the new system, operators can instantly identify changes in the flow stream and the smallest amounts of saline water at never previously achieved levels of sensitivity. This enables the operator to take immediate remedial action

Petrobras Shifts Focus to Oil E&P, Alternative Energy

SA will focus on oil and gas exploration and production while seeking opportunities in alternative sources of energy over the next five years, as Brazil's state-controlled oil firm moves toward more profitable core segments, Chief Executive Officer Pedro Parente said on Tuesday.   Speaking at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Parente cited geopolitical tension in the Middle East, sizable legal contingencies and missing divestiture goals as potential risks for Petrobras's financial and operational case going forward. (Reporting by Marianna Parraga; Writing by Guillermo Parra-Bernal

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TE Debuts New Wet-mate Connector

Connectivity and sensors company TE Connectivity has launched its SEACON HydraElectric wet-mate connector. Designed, developed, tested and fully qualified in accordance with the latest industry standards, including ISO 13628-6 and API 17F SEAFOM, this connector is available in remotely operated vehicle (ROV), stab plate and manual modes. The connector’s modular construction with 4, 7 or 12 electrical circuits enables many configurations for use in electrical, signal and distribution networks in subsea control systems.    TE’s HydraElectric connector supports upcoming industry

Total to Explore Senegal's Deepwater Potential

Total has signed an agreement to explore for oil and gas off Senegal's Atlantic coast, boosting the prospect of major oil developments in the West African country.   Under the deal Total will explore in the deepwater Rufisque Offshore Profond Block where it will be the operator with a 90 percent stake and Senegal's state-run oil company Petrosen will hold the remaining 10 percent.   The two parties also agreed to cooperate on exploration in "ultra-deep" offshore waters, with the potential for Total to become an operator there too.   The financial terms of the deal were

BMT Takes New Approach to Big Data Management

, operational met-ocean forecasts and preventative maintenance of safety critical instrumentation.”   The DEAP-AI platform is already being used by operators to monitor near real-time data from the independent remote monitoring systems, which provide critical information, particularly from offshore platforms during hurricanes

MDL Spread on board the vessel in Trinidad (Photo: MDL)

MDL Spread Concludes Trinidad Job

Maritime Developments’ flex-lay spread has concluded its latest project in the Atlantic.   MDL’s 400-metric-ton reel drive system and patented four-track tensioner - both forming part of the MDL Offshore Service fleet - were deployed alongside the company’s unique Portable Vertical Lay System (PVLS), as part of a flexible installation offshore Trinidad and Tobago.   The system mobilized on board the North Sea Giant at the start of the year, before heading to the Caribbean for the 35-day campaign, which included numerous flexline and umbilical lays.   Once the

BP's Na Kika platform in the Gulf of Mexico (File photo: BP)

One Billion Additional Barrels 'Possible' in GoM Hubs -BP

The head of BP's Gulf of Mexico region said on Monday the oil company's use of a new seismic imaging technology has identified 1 billion additional barrels of "possible resources" at four of its U.S. offshore fields.   Richard Morrison, the BP region president, said at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston that its "full waveform inversion" imaging techology was applied to data from its Atlantis, Mad Dog, Thunder Horse and Na Kika fields.   The technology enhances the clarity of images collected from existing seismic surveys, particularly those involving

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Voices: Sean Halpin

Market Business Development & Sales, Liquid Robotics From a sunken ship on Penobscot Bay to working with the world’s top oil and gas companies, Sean Halpin has always had a love of the ocean. Learn about his start and his perspectives on the role autonomous systems play for the future of offshore operations.   From a sunken boat to becoming a geoscientist? I have always loved the ocean. My parents have pictures of me as a kid on a beach in Florida with a wild look in my eyes as I stared at the crashing waves. To this day, the ocean still has an incredible effect on me.   

Richard Dentzman (Photo: Klein Marine Systems)

Klein Hires Dentzman as Sales Manager

, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) and other defense customers around the world.   Dentzman is a U.S. submarine veteranand has experience with sonar manufacturers. He has more than 20 years of surveying experience and his background includes work in numerous offshore research diving, acoustic subsea mapping and maritime security programs. Throughout his career, Dentzman has developed markets for a variety of underwater mapping and navigation systems.   He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the SS American Memorial and he is affiliated and actively

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iSURVEY Reports Success in Q1 2017

Provider of survey and positioning services to the global oil and gas, offshore renewables and telecommunications markets, iSURVEY, has reported a strong end to 2016 and a positive first quarter of 2017, including ongoing recruitment due to a string of significant contract wins. New business this year includes: A three-year, non-exclusive call-off contract with Shell UK Ltd, Shell NAM, Norske Shell and Shell E&P Ireland for the provision of rig positioning and surveying services A four-year contract with Maersk Oil Danish Business Unit, with iSURVEY named the nominated first caller

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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

BOURBON to Install Mooring for Floating Wind Turbine

French offshore marine services company BOURBON said it has been awarded a contract for the mooring installation of the first floating wind turbine in France at the experimental test site of SEM-REV managed by Ecole Centrale de Nantes (ECN), in the context of European project FLOATGEN.   The mooring installation will take place during summer 2017 based on a method jointly established by BOURBON and Ideol’s engineering teams in collaboration with the Ecole Centrale de Nantes. The wind turbine will be installed at the SEM-REV site near Le Croisic, France, by the end of the year. BOURBON&rsquo

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TechnipFMC wins EPC Contract

TechnipFMC  has been awarded by Zakum Development Company (ZADCO) an Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract (EPC3 project) for a sulfate reduction plant on West Island located offshore Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).   The objective of the EPC3 project is the installation of a sulfate reduction plant module (SRP) along with new installations and tie-in to existing facilities in West Island.    The SRP module incorporates cutting edge water treatment technologies with advanced filtration and nano-filtration systems.    These systems are used for

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

Norway's Heavyweights & Entrepreneurs

Signs of recovery and innovation in Norway’s offshore sector   Big lender Swedbank’s chief economist, Harald Andreassen, isn’t “too hopeful” about the long-term prospects for the oil price, but then again, “I’m less certain of this than I’ve ever been as an economist,” he tells a floating production conference in Oslo. After two-and-half years of oil-price collapse followed by layoffs in the thousands; stacked oil rigs and order freezes for offshore shipping, price insecurity itself is a partial expression of confidence.   Beneath

Philippines Completes Scientific Survey in Disputed Sea

The Philippines has completed an 18-day scientific survey in the South China Sea to assess the condition of coral reefs and draw a nautical map of disputed area, a top security official said on Thursday.   Two survey ships, including an advanced research vessel acquired from the United States, conducted surveys around Scarborough Shoal and on three islands, including Thitu, in the Spratly group, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon said.   "This purely scientific and environmental undertaking was pursued in line with Philippine responsibilities under the U.N. Convention of

Uruguay to Tender 17 Offshore Blocks for Exploration

Uruguayan state oil company Ancap said on Tuesday it will tender 17 off-shore blocks for exploration in areas up to 3,000 meters deep, with offers to be presented in April 2019.   The tender, called Uruguay Round III, will be launched in Houston in September.   "Ancap is working with the ministry of industry and energy in the preparation of the model contract," the company's General Manager Ignacio Horvath said during an oil industry conference in Uruguayan resort town Punta del Este on the Atlantic coast.   Uruguay is a net oil importer. In 2009 and 2012 it held Rounds

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DP Conference: Call for Papers

As the offshore oil and gas industry continues to rebound, so will the demand for dynamic positioning technology and services. The annual Dynamic Positioning Conference provides an annual forum for discussion and for exchange of knowledge, experience, new technology and technical know-how associated with the use, evolving technology and application of dynamic positioning. Each year, the conference continues to attract DP professionals from around the world as well as DP manufacturers and service companies who will be exhibiting their products and services.   This year’s workshop and

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Custom Tech Used in Subsea Pipeline Repair

Engineering teams from U.K.-based subsea connector specialists Hydratight and Norwegian technologists Connector Subsea Solutions (CSS) have completed a milestone deepwater pipeline repair in Western Australia.   A 4” MEG line owned by a major-NOC required urgent repair. It was pressure rated to 400 bar and was located at 830m, so required a customized solution.  The international team designed, manufactured and installed a diverless Structural Deepwater Pipeline Repair Clamp for the project.   Prior to installation of the clamp, CSS and Hydratight also prepared the pipe using

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Gaylin / Rigmarine Offer William Hackett Subsea Lever Hoist

, China and Indonesia. Rigmarine hubs, meanwhile, can be found at its most recently opened site in Aberdeen, in addition to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and the UAE.   Mike Duncan, managing director at Gaylin, said, “The SS-L5 is a great product in its own right, specifically designed for use in offshore and subsea operations, a key customer base for our companies. However, what creates the real customer value are the safety features of the hoist combined with our global stock and the level of training and support we offer alongside the equipment.”   He added, “Across the world

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Statoil Downplays Risks Ahead of Arctic Drilling

company said it would have vessels on standby round the clock in case of any emergency.   Statoil also said Norway and Russia had a joint contingency plan in case an oil spill from the Korpfjell well drifted to Russian waters some 37 kilometers away.   Songa Enabler, a rig owned by Songa Offshore, was on its way to drill the first well, Blaamann, 26 kilometers from Eni's Goliat field, the world's northernmost field in production, shipping data showed.   Gulowsen said Greenpeace planned to send its vessel to observe Statoil's Arctic drilling.   In 2014, Greenpeace activists

(L-R) RED Engineering’s Richard Kent, Joe Orrell and Toby Bailey on Newcastle’s Swing Bridge celebrating their success in winning a Queen’s Award for Enterprise (Photo: RED Engineering)

RED Engineering Wins Queen’s Award

;s Award is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a U.K.-based company and is given annually to those who have realized outstanding success and achievement.   RED Engineering (formerly RED Marine) provides consultancy, bespoke equipment and testing services for clients in the offshore oil and gas, renewables and nuclear decommissioning sectors.   The firm’s outstanding innovation in the fast track design, build and testing of offshore clamps was singled out in the award citation.    Recent projects, including two subsea umbilical clamps to facilitate

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Ocean Power Technologies Relocates HQ

new, larger facility in Monroe, N.J. will offer approximately 56,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space, nearly doubling the size of its current facility in Pennington, N.J.    OPT manufactures the PowerBuoy, which uses ocean waves to provide electric power and communications for offshore applications.   “Our ability to deliver PowerBuoys to our customers is a critical factor in executing our commercialization strategy,” said OPT President and CEO, George H. Kirby. “We are seeing increasing interest for our PB3 PowerBuoy in specific applications, mainly around

Prysmian Bolsters Offshore Cable Production

Responding to an increased demand for European offshore wind farms, energy and telecom cable systems manufacturer Prysmian Group has expanded capability at its U.K. production facility in Wrexham to manufacture both 33 kV and 66 kV submarine cable cores used for the inter-array cable connections in offshore wind farms. The new product line will enable the linking and collecting of power produced by offshore wind turbines before onward transmission to the onshore grid.   Llyr Roberts, CEO Prysmian UK comments “Our Wrexham factory has been manufacturing the highest quality cables for

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

Work Class ROVs

suitable for drill support, survey and light construction, and can be mobilized with minimal deck space. They have several offices including in Europe, the U.S. and Singapore.    Oceaneering  Oceaneering is a global oilfield provider of engineered services and products primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications. Through the use of its applied technology expertise, Oceaneering also serves the defense, entertainment and aerospace industries. Oceaneering’s business offerings include remotely operated vehicles, built-to-order specialty subsea

Photo: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce to Provide Mooring System for Statoil's Njord A

. Rolls-Royce will supply low pressure hydraulic driven winches, fairleads and a control system. The semisubmersible four-column production platform will be moored at about 330m water depth.   The delivery from Rolls-Royce is scheduled for 2018. The platform is planned to be back in operation offshore in 2020 and to operate for another 20 years.   The platform upgrade is part of a project Statoil has named “Njord Future,” intended to prolong the lifespan of the Njord field.   Njord A was originally delivered in 1997 by the organization which is today Kvaerner. The topside

Skandi Búzios (Photo: TechnipFMC)

PLSV Skandi Búzios Begins Work off Brazil

and management of the flexible pipelay, while DOF ASA subsidiary Norskan S.A. is responsible for the marine operations.   “We are confident that these new state-of-the-art PLSVs, together with the expertise of our people will be key for Petrobras to successfully achieve its projects offshore Brazil,” said Hallvard Hasselknippe, TechnipFMC’s President of Subsea Projects.   Mons S. Aase, DOF Subsea's Chief Executive Officer, said, “This milestone project is the result of our long-term focus on the Brazilian market. We are proud of this significant addition to

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

Bryan Nicholls (Photo: U.S. Underwater Services)

Nicholls Elected as ADCI President

Bryan Nicholls, president and COO of Texas based offshore and inland commercial diving contractor U.S. Underwater Services, LLC, has been elected president of the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) at its annual conference.   The ADCI is a professional association that promotes best industry practice with respect to the health and safety of commercial divers and underwater operations.    “The ADCI Consensus Standards for Commercial Diving and Underwater Operations are recognized as best industry practice here in the U.S., and in many other parts of the world

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