Offshore Renewable Energy

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Next Geosolutions to Survey World’s Longest Interconnector

allow countries to trade power, helping to ensure safe, secure and affordable energy supplies, so it is crucial these are surveyed to a high standard.”   The second contract is due to commence in May for a period of three months. It will involve Next Geosolutions carrying out offshore cable route survey, unexploded ordnance (UXO) survey and route preparation techniques.   Each survey will be performed with the same mobilization and demobilization delivered by Next Geosolutions’ brand new dynamic positioning (DP) Class 2 multi-purpose supply (MPSV) vessel - the Ievoli

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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’

Kevin Wingart (Photo: Greensea)

Greensea Adds Wingart as Quality Control Engineer

Information Technology Specialist and one year in the Peace Corps as a renewable energy technology transfer volunteer. He earned his B.S. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from California State University.   “When customers are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a day offshore, products need to work right 100 percent of the time. Kevin’s experience in nuclear energy provided him with the engineering experience and sense of responsibility we felt was necessary for the quality control role at Greensea,” said Marybeth Gilliam, CMO, VP Sales, Greensea

Duncan Eley (Photo: Polarcus)

Eley to Take over as Polarcus CEO

Duncan Eley has been appointed chief executive officer of Oslo listed offshore geophysical services company Polarcus Limited, replacing Rod Starr, who has resigned following a two year reorganization period.   Eley has been promoted to the CEO role from his current position as chief operating officer, succeeding Starr effective immediately.   Starr will continue to work with the executive management team and Polarcus' Board of Directors for a transition period during the second quarter of 2017.   For the near term, Polarcus will eliminate the COO position “to better align

Wave Glider with BGAN dome, two cameras and additional sensors (Photo: Liquid Robotics)

Tech File: BGAN Satcom for the Wave Glider

Equipping unmanned systems in the ocean with faster and higher bandwidth communications options opens doors for researchers to more effectively monitor, manage and protect the ocean. Liquid Robotics now offers a BGAN satellite communication option for the Wave Glider, an unmanned surface vehicle, that enables persistent and mobile ocean monitoring over long durations. This service allows a Wave Glider to access 100x more satellite bandwidth (464 kbps vs 2.4 kbps) in locations around the world, when compared to traditional approaches such as Iridium RUDICS based communications. The additional bandwidth

BP Awards Gulf of Mexico Work to Subsea 7

substantially reduced.    The contract is the first substantial project in the U.S. to use Subsea 7’s Swagelining polymer lining technology.    Project management and engineering will take place in Houston, with support from Subsea 7’s Global Project Centre in London. Offshore installation activities are scheduled for 2019 and 2020.    Craig Broussard, Subsea 7 Vice President for the Gulf of Mexico, said, “The Mad Dog 2 project is a significant award for Subsea 7. It combines Subsea 7’s capability with our Subsea Integration Alliance value offering

SoCal Tech Focus: Tecnadyne

other subsea platforms. Many ROV manufacturers (including ECA Robotics, Deep Ocean Engineering, Outland Technology and Shark Marine, to name a few) use Tecnadyne thrusters on their vehicles. Tecnadyne products are presently being used on thousands of vehicles throughout the world, operated by many offshore oil service companies, universities and research institutions. Recent customers include Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Stanford University, University of Washington APL, Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, GE Nuclear, Oceaneering International, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, L-3 and Electric Boat

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SoCal Tech Focus: LinkQuest

The new FlowQuest 600 Micro acoustic current profiler operates at 600 KHz. It is similar to the standard FlowQuest 600 acoustic current profiler in terms of functions and performance, but is much smaller and lighter. The FlowQuest 600 Micro current profiler is 13 cm in diameter and 21.0 cm in length, and weighs less than 1.6 kgs in water. It will mainly be used for inland discharge measurements but will also be useful for oceanographic applications when smaller size and lighter weight are beneficial.   LinkQuest manufactures high-speed, power-efficient and robust 38,400 baud underwater acoustic

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Falcon ROV for Norwegian Aquaculture Work

Abyss Aqua, a provider of services to the Norwegian aquaculture industry, has bought a second Saab Seaeye Falcon electric underwater robotic system, this time adding a deeper-rated 1,000-meter version to its fleet of underwater vehicles.   “We decided to go for the Falcon DR, not only because of its reliability, but also its price,” said ROV manager, Hans Christian Myhre. “We already have one Falcon ROV and we are very pleased with the performance and ease of maintenance.”   He explained that the Falcon will help support a wide range of services the company

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

The worksite (Image: DOF Subsea UK)

Next-Generation Subsea Metrology: Better Measurements, Fast

DOF Subsea, together with subsea technology companies Sonardyne, 2G Robotics and Seatronics (an Acteon company), successfully demonstrated a new underwater surveying technique in December that could significantly shorten the time needed to map underwater structures and offshore sites.    Representatives from across the North Sea energy sector, including senior figures from oil majors, contracting companies and service providers, attended the demonstrations which were held over three days at The Underwater Centre in Fort William.    The event was organized by DOF Subsea to

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New CTD from Idronaut

Idronaut said it will present a new low power, high performance CTD at Ocean Business 2017.   The new Ocean Seven 310 CTD (OS310) can be interfaced with up to 14 analog sensors and two digital sensors.   In addition to Idronaut’s full suite of sensors, including the Idronaut pH sensor, the OS310 can be equipped with UV antifouling and an innovative optical dissolved oxygen sensor.   Sampling rates are user configurable from 1Hz to 28Hz to suite demanding monitoring activities.   The OS310 can be used as a stand-alone data logger or for full ocean profiling with

Figure 1: TE Connectivity’s SEACON 24/48 Channel HydraLight Wet Mate connector for optical subsea distribution systems. (Image: TE Connectivity)

Fiber-Optic Connector Technology for O&G Ops

Fiber-optics (FO) technology is finding new uses in subsea applications. Fiber allows longer transmission distances and higher data rates than copper — a fortuitous development, as offshore drilling moves to deeper depths. Petroleum exploration and production are also becoming smarter, as operators pursue real-time information and analysis of both the individual well and the entire production chain from well to topside or land-based platform. Compared to copper, the high bandwidth of fiber allows richer data streams and much longer step-out distances (i.e., distance between subsea installation

Mark Gillespie (Photo: ESS)

ESS Appoints Gillespie as Managing Director

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has appointed Mark Gillespie as managing director.   Gillespie has more than 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, holding senior technical, commercial and contractual management roles in Technip, CSL, GE Oil & Gas, Centrica and Talisman. More recently he was managing director of Aberdeen-based engineering and project management consultancy PDi Ltd.   ESS founder Mike Wilson said the appointment strengthens the management team and introduces new skills needed to accelerate the business through the next level of growth. As Chairman, Wilson

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GustoMSC Debuts Self-propelled Cantilever Jack-up

the domain of classic drilling jack-ups and tender barges. With the light drilling cantilever, the NG-5500X-LD aims to bridge the gap between the shallow to midwater service units and the full-fledged drilling rigs.   Designed with practical and survival capability in mind, the unit can remain offshore when adverse weather conditions occur, resulting in more workable days, greatly enhancing efficiency and a minimum of non-productive hours during operational charters. With the excellent maneuverability (DP2), diagonal pre-loading, fast transit (up to 8 knots) and maximum safety & accuracy when

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

Photo: E.ON

First Turbine Installed at Rampion

The construction of Rampion Offshore Wind Farm has entered into its final phase, as the first of 116 wind turbines was installed for the project based in the English Channel off the coast of Sussex.   For the installation each tower with a length of 80 meters, weighing approximately 200 metric tons, is positioned and bolted onto each turbine foundation. Next the nacelle, which houses the generator and gearbox, is fitted onto the tower, and finally the three blades, each measuring 55m in length, are hoisted and connected one at a time.   During spring, offshore cabling work will continue.

Govt. Funds Help OceanWorks Improve Its Junction Boxes

It’s a go ahead for new design development and configuration for the established OceanWorks International observatory communication nodes, thanks to approved funding from The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP).   The OceanWorks Subsea Instrument Interface Modules (SIIM), or junction boxes originally were developed for the Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) Neptune and Venus observatories, where they have been in place since 2006. There is a total of 14 junction boxes that have been delivered to ONC for deployment on both Neptune and Venus.

Map of the unsolicited offshore New York bid. (Source: BOEM)

Offshore Wind: BOEM Fields Pair of Unsolicited Bids

BOEM has received unsolicited lease requests from two companies seeking to develop offshore wind energy on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). These requests are for areas located offshore New York and Massachusetts and are not in response to a formal call for interest.   BOEM has finished its review of the unsolicited lease requests and deemed the requests complete. Moreover, BOEM has reviewed the applicants' qualification materials and determined that the applicants are legally, technically, and financially qualified to pursue offshore wind energy leases. Please see details regarding each

Allan Nairn (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore Names Nairn Diving Director

Subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry Bibby Offshore has promoted Allan Nairn to Director of Diving.    Nairn joined Bibby Diving Services in 2010 as Offshore Project Manager with over 30 years’ experience in the subsea sector. In his new role, Nairn will be responsible for leading all diving related activity within the business. He will ensure day to day diving operations are executed safely, efficiently and continue to meet the high standards Bibby Offshore is known for.   “To date, I have worked on operations throughout the company’s South East

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