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Polarcus Awarded Additional Broadband 3D Project

Polarcus Limited ("Polarcus") (OSE: PLCS)  has announced  that the Company has received a Letter of Intent ("LOI") from an undisclosed client for a 3D marine seismic project utilizing Polarcus' RightBAND(TM) technique for broadband data acquisition. The project, subject to the execution of a service contract, will commence in Q4 2015 and is expected to run for approximately 85 days. The project location is not currently being disclosed for commercial reasons.

Underwater Technology Seminar: ‘Bigger and Better’

Teledyne Marine’s Underwater Technology Seminar 15 (UTS15) is scheduled to take place October 4-7 in San Diego, Calif.   According to the organizers, UTS15 has become bigger and better this year as an integrated part of the Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop, hosted by 13 of Teledyne’s top-tier instrument manufacturers, including Teledyne RESON, Teledyne BlueView, Teledyne Odom Hydrographic and Teledyne ATLAS Hydrographic.   The three-day workshop will include customer presentations, product/software training, field service meetings, networking opportunities and on-water

Ceona Amazon (Photo: Ceona)

Ceona Joins Forces with Interoil Angola

Ceona, SURF contractor with heavy subsea construction capabilities, has expanded its West African reach after entering into a strategic partnership with Interoil Angola Lda. The partnership will see Interoil Angola, a player in offshore support vessel management in West Africa, support Ceona’s plans to expand into Angola.  Ceona notes it is already active in West Africa through its Ceona-Seaweld joint venture in Ghana as well as the company’s strategic partnership with Marine Platforms Limited in Nigeria.  Bill Hickie, Ceona’s VP Business Development, said, “In

FPSO Cidade de Itaguaí (Photo: BG Group)

BG Group Starts up Sixth FPSO in the Santos Basin

BG Group announced first oil from the Cidade de Itaguaí floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, the sixth unit to start production across the group's discoveries in the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil. The FPSO will produce from the Iracema North area of the Lula field in the Petrobras-operated BM-S-11 block.    Anchored 240 kilometers off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, the Cidade de Itaguaí is approximately 2,220 meters above the ocean floor. This is the second leased FPSO deployed on the Iracema development and will double the gross production capacity to

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Strainstall Wins EEEGR Innovation Award

James Fisher and Sons plc’s group company Strainstall has been recognized for its approach to delivering improved safety and cost-effective solutions to the offshore wind industry. Strainstall won the EEEGR Innovation Award 2015 for its Intelligent Fender System (IFS), which was assessed on its capability to deliver a contribution to the low carbon economy, show real innovation and add value to the industry. Addressing key issues, IFS provides clarity and understanding of the live and cumulative impact forces exerted during transfer operations through vessel push-ons. The system also

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BG Awards Fugro MBES, Seabed Coring Contract

Fugro has been awarded a contract by BG International Limited Sucursal Honduras to conduct an integrated multibeam echosounder (MBES) survey and seabed coring campaign over its offshore acreage (block) in the Honduran Caribbean. As part of BG’s exploration licence commitments, the campaign will map the seafloor to interpret, identify, sample and analyse potential hydrocarbon seeps. Fugro’s modern 65-meter survey vessel, MV Fugro Brasilis, commenced the two-month mapping and interpretation portion in July 2015.   The MBES and seabed coring program will cover an area of the Patuca

Polarcus Alima. Photo by Polarcus DMCC

Polarcus Secures New Contract

 Polarcus Limited sign a new contract with an unnamed client in terms of a marine 3D seismic project where Polarcus' Right Band technique used  for broadband data acquisition.   It is stated in a stock exchange release. The project, which is contingent upon the exercise of a service contract, will commence in the third quarter of this year and is expected to last approximately 45 days.    For commercial reasons not stated the location of the project, said Polarcus.   Just last week the company was awarded a contract offshore West Africa, for a 60 day period, which

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Fugro Wins BG Honduras Contract

  Fugro has been awarded a contract by BG International Limited Sucursal Honduras to conduct an integrated multibeam echosounder survey and seabed coring campaign over its offshore acreage in the Honduran Caribbean. As part of BG’s exploration licence commitments, the campaign will map the seafloor to interpret, identify, sample and analyse potential hydrocarbon seeps. Fugro’s modern 65-metre survey vessel, MV Fugro Brasilis, commenced the two-month mapping and interpretation portion in July 2015. The multibeam echosounder and seabed coring programme will cover an area of the

Northwestern Michigan College has its own large docking facility – which can be used for dockside launching of the Falcon. (Image: Saab Seaeye)

Students to Pilot Pioneering Falcon ROV

America’s very first Bachelor of Science in Maritime Technology program, offered by Northwestern Michigan College, is to get a special Falcon ROV.    In what the college says is a pioneering new capability, the Falcon will be fitted with an advanced sonar system that will help students study ROVs as a multicomponent resource used across a range of subsea activities.    The aim of the BSc program is for students to become proficient in applied technology for the marine industry onshore and offshore.   Their studies cover the calibration, deployment, operation

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Google Maps Goes Coastal with Unmanned Boat

A new high-tech unmanned vessel, launched with the help of Google, will use innovative technologies from the boatbuilding and mapping fields to map shorelines and raise awareness of the impacts of global sea level rise.   Originally designed to be worn by backpackers, Google's proprietary Street View Trekker camera system was provided on loan to the San Francisco Baykeeper organization, allowing them to create bay-level maps. It plans to use the imagery collected—nearly 500 miles of coastline ranging from San Jose to Antioch, California—on its website and for educational purposes.

BG Group Starts up Sixth FPSO in the Santos Basin

BG Group announced first oil from the Cidade de Itaguaí floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, the sixth unit to start production across the group's discoveries in the Santos Basin, offshore Brazil. The FPSO will produce from the Iracema North area of the Lula field in the Petrobras-operated BM-S-11 block.    Anchored 240 kilometers off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, the Cidade de Itaguaí is approximately 2,220 meters above the ocean floor. This is the second leased FPSO deployed on the Iracema development and will double the gross production capacity to

Polarcus Secures New Contract

 Polarcus Limited sign a new contract with an unnamed client in terms of a marine 3D seismic project where Polarcus' Right Band technique used  for broadband data acquisition.   It is stated in a stock exchange release. The project, which is contingent upon the exercise of a service contract, will commence in the third quarter of this year and is expected to last approximately 45 days.    For commercial reasons not stated the location of the project, said Polarcus.   Just last week the company was awarded a contract offshore West Africa, for a 60 day period, which

Fugro Wins BG Honduras Contract

  Fugro has been awarded a contract by BG International Limited Sucursal Honduras to conduct an integrated multibeam echosounder survey and seabed coring campaign over its offshore acreage in the Honduran Caribbean. As part of BG’s exploration licence commitments, the campaign will map the seafloor to interpret, identify, sample and analyse potential hydrocarbon seeps. Fugro’s modern 65-metre survey vessel, MV Fugro Brasilis, commenced the two-month mapping and interpretation portion in July 2015. The multibeam echosounder and seabed coring programme will cover an area of the

Students to Pilot Pioneering Falcon ROV

America’s very first Bachelor of Science in Maritime Technology program, offered by Northwestern Michigan College, is to get a special Falcon ROV.    In what the college says is a pioneering new capability, the Falcon will be fitted with an advanced sonar system that will help students study ROVs as a multicomponent resource used across a range of subsea activities.    The aim of the BSc program is for students to become proficient in applied technology for the marine industry onshore and offshore.   Their studies cover the calibration, deployment, operation

Google Maps Goes Coastal with Unmanned Boat

A new high-tech unmanned vessel, launched with the help of Google, will use innovative technologies from the boatbuilding and mapping fields to map shorelines and raise awareness of the impacts of global sea level rise.   Originally designed to be worn by backpackers, Google's proprietary Street View Trekker camera system was provided on loan to the San Francisco Baykeeper organization, allowing them to create bay-level maps. It plans to use the imagery collected—nearly 500 miles of coastline ranging from San Jose to Antioch, California—on its website and for educational purposes.

Jascon 31 (Photo: Sea Trucks)

Sea Trucks Returns to the Gulf of Mexico

Offshore installation services provider Sea Trucks Group announced it has been awarded a charter contract for its accommodation construction vessel Jascon 31 to operate in the Gulf of Mexico, marking the groups return to the region.   The contract will see Sea Trucks provide accommodation support services, lifting operations and installation work to Permaducto S.A. de C.V. for works on the KMZ68/69 project from Pemex for a period of 95 days, plus options.   Jascon 31, a DP3 accommodation construction vessel for both shallow and deepwater operations, is equipped with a 400-metric-ton

Hawboldt Secures Cape Sharp Tidal Winch Deal

A third Nova Scotian company has secured a multimillion dollar contract with the Cape Sharp Tidal project, which has potential to be the first grid-connected tidal array in the world.   Hawboldt Industries of Chester, Nova Scotia has been awarded a $4.7-million contract for the design and manufacturing of three heavy lift winches to be used on the OpenHydro deployment and recovery barge. Cape Sharp Tidal is a partnership between OpenHydro – a DCNS company – and Emera Inc. to develop a tidal industry in Nova Scotia.   “We’re pleased to award another contract to a

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Wrecked 'Russian Submarine' Found in Swedish Waters

 A wrecked mini-submarine was found last week in waters off of Sweden’s eastern coast.   Authorities believe it is a Russian model, primarily because of Cyrillic letters on the hull. They have not disclosed the exact location of the wreckage, but say it is around 1.5 nautical miles from the Swedish coast.   Ocean X Team, the company behind the discovery, said on its website: “It is unclear how old the submarine is and for how long it has been at the bottom of the sea, but the Cyrillic letters on the hull indicate that it is Russian.”   Swedish Armed Forces

SBM Offshore Completes $1.55 bln FPSO Financing

SBM Offshore announced it has today completed the project financing of FPSO Cidade de Saquarema for a total of $1.55 billion, marking the largest project financing in the company's history.    Project financing was secured by a consortium of 16 international banks with insurance cover from four Export Credit Agencies (ECA): Atradius Dutch State Business N.V. (Atradius), Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI), Servizi Assicurativi del Commercio Estero S.p.A. (SACE) and UK Export Finance (UKEF).   The facility is composed of three separate tranches totaling $1.55 billion with a

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BSEE Tests GoM Response Equipment

The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) informs it has recently tested and verified the sound working condition of various response equipment used in the Gulf of Mexico region.   Analysts with BSEE’s Oil Spill Preparedness Division boarded the pollution control vessel Louisiana Responder at Fort Jackson, La. on July 14 to test the response readiness of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. While conducting an equipment verification, the team witnessed the testing of a skimmer and other associated equipment, stored in Buras, La., on the Mississippi River.   Subsequent

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