Friday, April 18, 2014
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When Will Deep Sea Mining Commence? The Robot is Ready

The world's first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off Papua New Guinea (PNG) - when a wrangle over terms is solved. Beyond PNG, in international waters, regulation and royalty terms for mining the planet's subsea wealth have also yet to be finalised. The world waits for the judgement of a United Nations agency based in Jamaica. "If we can take care of the environment we have a brand new day ahead of us.

Vice-Principal Of S.Korea School In Ferry Disaster Commits Suicide

The vice-principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of pupils on a ferry that capsized has committed suicide, police said on Friday, as hopes faded of finding any of the 268 missing alive. The Sewol, carrying 475 passengers and crew, capsized on Wednesday on a journey from the port of Incheon to the southern holiday island of Jeju. Kang Min-gyu, 52, had been missing since Thursday. He appeared to have hanged himself with his belt from a tree outside a gym in the port city of Jindo where relatives of the people missing on the ship…

Launching 'Remus': Photo UK MOD

British Navy Tests Remote-Controlled Minehunter

A remote-controlled boat, named 'Hazard' that can search for, hunt and destroy mines is being tested by a specialist Royal Navy unit based in the Portsmouth Naval Base, briefs the UK MOD. The Hazard can also act as the ‘mother ship’ to an assortment of hi-tech remote-controlled and robot submersibles. Collectively, they can search for, hunt and finally destroy mines faster than the Royal Navy’s Sandown and Hunt-class ships, and they also have the added benefit of keeping the sailors required to operate them out of harm’s way.

(Courtesy SEACOR Marine)

Offshore: Seacor Raises the Bar Again

Long acknowledged as a firm to watch in U.S. crewboat and fast supply boat innovation, Seacor Marine will be attracting industry attention once again when its latest set of new boats begin delivery in 2014. While this new class of mono-hull boats have some big dimensions, the more noteworthy feature will be the size of its engines. With 10 vessels in three different classes all more than 200-feet long, this is the largest single order of fast supply boats of their size. Cummins QSK60-M engines, each delivering 2,700 hp, will power all vessels.

Wreck symbol: file image CCL

300 Missing After Korean Ferry Capsizes

Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea on Wednesday, despite frantic rescue efforts involving coastguard vessels, fishing boats and helicopters, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years. The ferry was carrying 459 people, of whom 164 have been rescued, coastguard officials said. It was not immediately clear why the Sewol ferry listed heavily on to its side and capsized in apparently calm conditions off South Korea's southwest coast, but some survivors spoke of what appeared to be an impact prior to the accident. "It was fine.

Siem Stork

N-Sea Lands Major North Sea IMR Contract

N-Sea UK, an integrated subsea services contractor, announced a £45 million contract win for inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) activity with a major North Sea operator. The contract, which commenced the first of April, will see N-Sea commit its diving support vessel (DSV), the Siem Stork, to support IMR activities, for up to 150 days per year, depending on work scope, for the next three years. The project will be managed by N-Sea’s UK operations, and will involve approximately 70 employees…

Rolls-Royce to supply machinery for 4 tugs for ALP Maritime Services

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a £19m contract to deliver deck machinery for four ocean going tugs, designed by Ulstein Design & Solutions, for Dutch company ALP Maritime Services. The vessels will be constructed in Japan by Niigata Shipbuilding & Repair. The vessels are being developed for towing large structures like oil rigs and floating production units over long distances. The bollard pull for each of the four vessels will be 300 tons and they will be equipped for anchor handling.

Coast Guard Seeks Comment on New Safety Training

U.S. The U.S. Coast Guard Monday, April 14, 2014, announced the publication of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking involving the possible expansion of its maritime safety training requirements to cover all persons other than crew working on offshore supply vessels and mobile offshore units. These vessels are defined as the OSVs and MOUs engaged in activities on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, regardless of flag. This regulatory action aims to enhance personnel preparedness for persons other than crew (U.S.

© McDermott International

McDermott Signs Agreement for North Sea Spoolbase

McDermott International, Inc. announced that one of its subsidiaries has signed an option agreement with PD Ports which gives it the exclusive right to operate a spoolbase to serve projects in the North Sea. McDermott expects to have the facility available for projects in early 2015. Located in Hartlepool, in northeast United Kingdom, the spoolbase is expected to support McDermott’s reentry into the North Sea Reel-Lay market. The Port of Hartlepool is a well-established working port with a history of fabrication for the oil and gas industry and has excellent access from harbor to the open sea.

Photo courtesy of JFD

JFD Awarded Australian Navy Commendation

James Fisher Defence (JFD) has been awarded a special commendation from the Submarine Force Commander of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), as a result of their dedication and innovation demonstrated during Black Carillon 2013, a naval exercise conducted annually in order to test the capabilities of the Commonwealth’s submarine rescue provision. During the exercise, JFD and the RAN simulated a rescue from submarine HMAS Farncomb, bottomed in 112 meters of water off the east coast of Australia.

Sonardyne to Hold PME Workshop

Sonardyne International Ltd., in conjunction with Guidance Marine and Veripos, is holding a free one-day user workshop focusing exclusively on the latest advances in DP reference sensor technologies. Aimed at Captains, owners, operators and DPOs, this inaugural event is being held on Thursday, May 22 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Ålesand, Norway. The workshop is split into two sessions where during the morning’s technical presentation, attendees will gain valuable insight into why Guidance Marine’s laser and radar sensors are the preferred choice of major DP manufacturers…

Photo: Teledyne RD Instruments

Teledyne RD Instruments ADCPs to Support China’s WPOS Project

Teledyne RD Instruments (RDI) has been selected by the Chinese Academy of Science’s Institute of Oceanology in Qingdao to provide their Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs) in support of the Western Pacific Ocean System project. WPOS is a five-year research project that commences in April 2014. The project includes the deployment of five research vessels, a remotely operated submersible and an array of sub-surface moorings off the eastern coasts of the Philippines and Indonesia.

150kHz QuarterMaster ADCP recently purchased by UTEC Geomarine

UTEC Announces Equipment Investment

One of the world’s largest independent survey companies, UTEC Survey, announced significant investment in new equipment which is about to be put to work in the South China Sea. UTEC Geomarine, part of the UTEC Group, announced the purchase of a comprehensively instrumented DB-240 metocean buoy as part of a construction support soliton monitoring project in the region. The equipment has been manufactured by Planet Ocean and is an upgraded version of the basic buoy model which comes with 12 x 20W solar panels and two rechargeable batteries.

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Aker Wins Angola Offshore Development Contract

Aker Solutions says it has won a contract worth NOK 14-billion from Total to provide a subsea production system for the Kaombo Block 32 development in Angola. Aker Solutions expains it will deliver 20 subsea manifolds and 65 vertical subsea wellsets. The order also includes associated controls as well as work-over and tie-in systems. The first deliveries are scheduled for the second quarter of 2015. "This is a landmark contract and further strengthens an important relationship with a key partner," said Øyvind Eriksen, executive chairman of Aker Solutions.

Image courtesy MacArtney

MacArtney Bolsters Offshore Asia Presence

Driven by a major strategic expansion of its operations in Singapore, the MacArtney Group announced it is growing its presence and activities in all Asian markets for underwater technology. Over the next few months, MacArtney Singapore is securing several new staff members, implementing a major expansion of stock and workshop facilities and opening a dedicated slip ring repair and service center. The MacArtney Singapore operations will be streamlined to provide direct local access to global MacArtney support for all Asian and Asia Pacific markets.

MMT´s survey and ROV vessel IceBeam

Svenska kraftnät Awards MMT Cable Survey Contract

MMT has been awarded the contract for the Själland cable survey between Denmark and Sweden by Svenska kraftnät. Svenska kraftnät and their Danish counterpart Energinet.dk are the transmission system owners and operators of a 400 kV High Voltage AC cable system across the Öresund, between Sweden and Denmark. The cable system will be exchanged due to its technical lifetime. MMT has recently been awarded the contract for a cable route survey, with the purpose of investigating and verifying the feasibility of the new submarine cable route.

Apr 2014  - Offshore Energy

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