Thursday, July 24, 2014

Seismic Vessel Tech News

1. NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan (left) and James McLaughlin, executive director, Jacksonville Marine Exchange, dedicate the Jacksonville, Florida, PORTS, on July 23, 2014.

Jacksonville Adds PORTS Real-time Data System

  Officials from NOAA, the Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange, and the Jacksonville Port Authority officially dedicated a new information system today which will increase safety for ships using the St. Johns River. The system, called Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS), provides real-time information on water levels, currents, meteorological conditions, and under-bridge clearance, giving users critical information when traveling through the river. The St. Johns River in Jacksonville will become the 23rd location to use the system and is the second largest PORTS ever

Submarine ventilation hose: Photo Oceanworks

Oceanworks to Supply Submarine Rescue Epuipment to Turkey

Oceanworks International says it is providing three Submarine Emergency Ventilation and Decompression Systems (SEVDS) consisting of Hose, LARS and control systems to Istanbul Shipyard for installation on the three specialist vessels they are building for the Turkish Navy. The delivery of the SEVDS is slated for late 2014. The primary role of the SEVDS is to provide fresh breathing air to survivors of a disabled submarine while extracting the CO2 generated by those survivors. The system is also capable of providing controlled decompression of the submarine. OceanWorks has extensive experience in

Image: Statoil

Statoil, Repsol, ExxonMobil Win Colombian Offshore License

of early access at scale,” said Nick Maden, senior vice president for Statoil's exploration activities in the Western Hemisphere. The license award represents a country entry for Statoil into Colombia. The entry is an early exploration phase and the initial working commitments include 2D and 3D seismic acquisition which will allow Statoil to further assess the potential of the basin. There are no well commitments during the first exploration phase. statoil.com  

Photo courtesy of Atlantic Coast Marine Group

Sunken WW II Ship Oil Leak Plugged

Atlantic Coast Marine Group, Inc. successfully responds to World War II era motor tanker leaking massive cargo of oil into the Atlantic Ocean's waters. Beaufort, North Carolina-based Atlantic Coast Marine Group, Inc. (ACMG), a marine salvage, emergency towing and environmental services provider, was recently contracted to provide an initial survey and fast response pollution mitigation to a World War II era vessel believed to be the SS W.E. Hutton. As ACMG explained, motor tanker W.E. Hutton was underway in 1942 from Texas to Pennsylvania with a cargo of 65,000 barrels of oil when it was sunk

PMI Industries Promotes Zivich to Manager

to Manager, Inside Sales/Customer Service. In his new position, Zivich is responsible for managing PMI's customer-facing timely responses and day-to-day interaction. He supports PMI's sales and service organization and also interfaces with the company's subsea cable hardware, testing laboratory and seismic survey and mapping customers. These customers include various domestic and international marine companies that use subsea cable technologies. Zivich has more than 20 years of sales and engineering experience in various industries. This experience helps PMI customers solve technical issues while

Jack-up Rig: Photo courtesy of Keppel

FMC Signs Joint Subsea Tech Agreement with Oil Majors

FMC Technologies, Inc. says that it has signed an agreement which establishes a joint industry program that includes Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, BP, ConocoPhillips and Shell for the purpose of jointly developing a new generation of standardized subsea production equipment and systems designed to meet the challenges of producing oil and gas from deepwater reservoirs with pressures of up to 20,000 psi and temperatures of 350°F at the mudline. FMC Technologies explains that it brings four operators together to jointly develop subsea equipment and systems that will meet the technical challenges

TIW Delivers Safety Valves to MWCC

TIW Corporation has announced the completion and delivery of two large diameter Ball Type Safety Valves to Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC) for use with its expanded containment system. The class II Ball-Type Hurricane Valve is a custom valve design derived from the well-proven TIW Kelly Valve used for drilling operations worldwide. The valves will become a component of MWCC’s containment system for the capture of fluids from an uncontained subsea well in water depths up to 10,000 feet. The valves will be used with the riser systems associated with two modular capture vessels. In the

JFMS Launches Grimsby Marine Support Base

JFMS, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has announced the launch of an operational base, in Port of Grimsby East, to support construction and O&M activities within the growing offshore wind sector. Port of Grimsby East was chosen due to the significant investment made in the area in recent years and the growing presence of renewable energy companies as an attractive location to service their wind farms. The facility provides a local presence to be able to respond quickly to client’s needs through the rapid and efficient mobilisation / demobilisation of vessels and equipment including:

Oceanworks to Supply Submarine Rescue Epuipment to Turkey

Oceanworks International says it is providing three Submarine Emergency Ventilation and Decompression Systems (SEVDS) consisting of Hose, LARS and control systems to Istanbul Shipyard for installation on the three specialist vessels they are building for the Turkish Navy. The delivery of the SEVDS is slated for late 2014. The primary role of the SEVDS is to provide fresh breathing air to survivors of a disabled submarine while extracting the CO2 generated by those survivors. The system is also capable of providing controlled decompression of the submarine. OceanWorks has extensive experience in

Statoil, Repsol, ExxonMobil Win Colombian Offshore License

of early access at scale,” said Nick Maden, senior vice president for Statoil's exploration activities in the Western Hemisphere. The license award represents a country entry for Statoil into Colombia. The entry is an early exploration phase and the initial working commitments include 2D and 3D seismic acquisition which will allow Statoil to further assess the potential of the basin. There are no well commitments during the first exploration phase. statoil.com  

Sunken WW II Ship Oil Leak Plugged

Atlantic Coast Marine Group, Inc. successfully responds to World War II era motor tanker leaking massive cargo of oil into the Atlantic Ocean's waters. Beaufort, North Carolina-based Atlantic Coast Marine Group, Inc. (ACMG), a marine salvage, emergency towing and environmental services provider, was recently contracted to provide an initial survey and fast response pollution mitigation to a World War II era vessel believed to be the SS W.E. Hutton. As ACMG explained, motor tanker W.E. Hutton was underway in 1942 from Texas to Pennsylvania with a cargo of 65,000 barrels of oil when it was sunk

FMC Signs Joint Subsea Tech Agreement with Oil Majors

FMC Technologies, Inc. says that it has signed an agreement which establishes a joint industry program that includes Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, BP, ConocoPhillips and Shell for the purpose of jointly developing a new generation of standardized subsea production equipment and systems designed to meet the challenges of producing oil and gas from deepwater reservoirs with pressures of up to 20,000 psi and temperatures of 350°F at the mudline. FMC Technologies explains that it brings four operators together to jointly develop subsea equipment and systems that will meet the technical challenges

'Pieter Schelte': Image courtesy of Allseas

Giant Vessel to Change Offshore Decommissioning Game: Analyst

The new Allseas vessel, 'Pieter Schelte', is able to replace the previous slower method of removing topsides piece by piece with one lift, meaning a decommissioning job could be done in a fraction of the time, say analysts Douglas-Westwood in their latest 'DW Monday' report. With Pieter Schelte, the figures alone are impressive. 382m long, 124m wide and with a slot width of 59m it can remove topsides up to 48,000 tonnes in a single lift, potentially revolutionizing large decommissioning projects. Outside of the Gulf of Mexico (where NTL2010-G05 makes it mandatory) and some other shallow-water

Ocean Floor: Image credit Pixabay CCL

BOEM Takes ROD to Geological & Geophysical Survey Activities

considered consistent with moving forward with survey activity. Mitigation measures include vessel strike avoidance measures, special closure areas to protect the main migratory route for the highly endangered North Atlantic Right Whale, consideration of geographic separation of simultaneous seismic airgun surveys, and Passive Acoustic Monitoring to supplement visual observers and improve detection of marine mammals prior to and during seismic surveys. As a result of the selection, BOEM will consider permit applications or other proposed authorizations for G&G activities throughout the

US Approves Plan to Open Atlantic to Oil Reserve Surveys

Atlantic Coast, angering environmental groups that worried the plan will harm marine life and open the door to offshore drilling. First outlined by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in February, the plan lays out the mitigation measures companies would be required to undertake before conducting seismic testing to gauge the oil reserves in the Atlantic Ocean. "We are taking every step we think is reasonable to take to try and put those protections in place, while still allowing surveys to occur," Acting BOEM Director Walter Cruickshank said on a press call. BOEM emphasized that

North Sea rig scene: File photo

Pulse Takes the Fatigue Pulse of North Sea Drill Rig

Pulse Structural Monitoring (Pulse), an Acteon company, says it has provided a real-time wellhead fatigue monitoring system for drilling and well testing operations on the 'Lancaster Discovery', west of Shetland in the UK North Sea. The well operator, Hurricane Energy plc, wanted to check the wellhead fatigue model during drilling operations to prevent significant damage. Real-time monitoring of the motion of the lower marine riser package (LMRP) provided early warning of excessive LMRP movement and instant visualisation of any wellhead fatigue damage from the rig. The well was drilled horizontall

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