Saturday, September 20, 2014

Seismic Vessel Tech News

The Blue Economy

If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Manage it … or Get Attention and Funding! Understanding and promoting the Blue Economy and BlueTech is critical for the future of the U.S. and the world.  Yet we don’t know in the U.S. and around the world how big our ocean and maritime tech industries are.  Why?  Because in most countries traditional, “visible” maritime industries (e.g. fishing and shipbuilding) have been on a decline while fast growing BlueTech companies have been largely invisible.  Why are they invisible?  First, BlueTech manufactur

Rogue Waves

Ever since man has taken vessels onto the seas, mariners have reported encounters with monstrous waves that seem to arise out of nowhere from an otherwise average sea state.  On his third voyage to the New World in 1498, Christopher Columbus recorded in his logbook that a giant wave lifted up his vessels as they transited the waterway between the Paria Peninsula of Venezuela and the island of Trinidad, a waterway he then named Bocas del Dragón (the Mouths of the Dragon).  In 1853, the ship Annie Jane carrying 500 emigrants from England to Canada was struck by a monstrous wave off the

Island Performer for Deep-Sea Subsea Work

The Ulstein Verft subsea newbuild, Island Performer, was delivered to Island Offshore. The flexible, state-of-the-art RLWI/IMR vessel will serve her first five years for FTO in the Gulf of Mexico. “The vessel is customized to suit the scope of work in the FTO contract, in which RLWI (Riser-less Light Well Intervention) and IMR (Inspection/Maintenance/Repair) are the main tasks. She is able to perform operations at depths down to 3,000m, and the contracted work start at year’s end,” said Managing Director Håvard Ulstein, Island Offshore. “However, the very first assignment

OceanScience Adds Autonomy

The Oceanscience Z-Boat 1800 remotely-operated hydrographic survey boat has completed final trials with an on-board autonomous waypoint navigation system, and is ready to survey. The latest GNSS controlled, IMU aided “robo” Z-Boat option is a result of a partnership between The Oceanscience Group (USA), MSubs (UK) and Swathe Services (UK) and adds autonomy to the substantial list of options for the 1.8 m (6 ft.) portable hydrographic survey system. While under manual or autopilot control, the Z-Boat can gather single or dual frequency echosounder bathymetry, side scan imagery, water

ULSTEIN PX121 for Otto Offshore

Ulstein Design & Solutions entered into a contract with Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd, China, for the delivery of ship design & equipment to four PX121 type platform supply vessels. The ship owner is the Singapore based Otto Offshore Ltd., which is scheduled to receive all vessels in 2016. The contract also includes an option for four vessels. These PX121 vessels are capable of supporting offshore activities which are being carried out further from shore and in deeper waters. The vessels can carry flexible loads. In addition to tanks for various contents such as oil, water, and

Sonobuoy Tech Systems Awarded $26-M Sales Contracts

Sparton Corporation and Ultra Electronics USSI Joint Venture – Sonobuoy Tech Systems – inform of the award of sub-contracts worth $26.2-M from their ERAPSCO/SonobuoyTech Systems joint venture. Multiple foreign contracts represent the manufacture of Passive and Active Sonobuoys in support of multiple underwater missions. ERAPSCO/SonobuoyTech Systems will provide manufacturing subcontracts in the amount of $10.6 million to Sparton Electronics Florida, Inc. and $15.6 million to Ultra Electronics USSI. Production will take place at Sparton’s DeLeon Springs, FL facility and Ultra

The new RWE Dea licences in the Gulf of Suez

RWE Dea Awarded Two New Concessions in Egypt

. This year, Dea is celebrating 30 years of successful oil production in the Gulf of Suez. “The investments in the Gulf of Suez and further projects in Egypt emphasize the long-term commitment of Dea to the country,” Fellner added. The upcoming work program for the concessions will include seismic reprocessing and two exploration wells at East Ras Fanar Offshore and one well at Northwest El Amal. The new concessions will increase the company’s number of operated licenses in Egypt from 6 to 8. The East Ras Fanar Offshore Block covers an area of approximately 187 square kilometers

Triyards Holdings

TRIYARDS' Liftboat Orderbook Filling up

  *This new order brings total liftboat contracts to date to 14, and showcases TRIYARDS’ engineering versatility * Win affirms TRIYARDS' leadership position as a fabricator of choice in Asia for liftboats * Group is well-placed to ride on the firm demand and enhance its lead in the growing liftboat market TRIYARDS Holdings Limited, an offshore vessel fabrication and engineering solutions provider to the oil and gas (O&G) industry, has added another liftboat contract to its orderbook. The order for the new unit comes soon after TRIYARDS' two other liftboat contracts worth

The Blue Economy

If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Manage it … or Get Attention and Funding! Understanding and promoting the Blue Economy and BlueTech is critical for the future of the U.S. and the world.  Yet we don’t know in the U.S. and around the world how big our ocean and maritime tech industries are.  Why?  Because in most countries traditional, “visible” maritime industries (e.g. fishing and shipbuilding) have been on a decline while fast growing BlueTech companies have been largely invisible.  Why are they invisible?  First, BlueTech manufactur

OceanScience Adds Autonomy

The Oceanscience Z-Boat 1800 remotely-operated hydrographic survey boat has completed final trials with an on-board autonomous waypoint navigation system, and is ready to survey. The latest GNSS controlled, IMU aided “robo” Z-Boat option is a result of a partnership between The Oceanscience Group (USA), MSubs (UK) and Swathe Services (UK) and adds autonomy to the substantial list of options for the 1.8 m (6 ft.) portable hydrographic survey system. While under manual or autopilot control, the Z-Boat can gather single or dual frequency echosounder bathymetry, side scan imagery, water

RWE Dea Awarded Two New Concessions in Egypt

. This year, Dea is celebrating 30 years of successful oil production in the Gulf of Suez. “The investments in the Gulf of Suez and further projects in Egypt emphasize the long-term commitment of Dea to the country,” Fellner added. The upcoming work program for the concessions will include seismic reprocessing and two exploration wells at East Ras Fanar Offshore and one well at Northwest El Amal. The new concessions will increase the company’s number of operated licenses in Egypt from 6 to 8. The East Ras Fanar Offshore Block covers an area of approximately 187 square kilometers

TRIYARDS' Liftboat Orderbook Filling up

  *This new order brings total liftboat contracts to date to 14, and showcases TRIYARDS’ engineering versatility * Win affirms TRIYARDS' leadership position as a fabricator of choice in Asia for liftboats * Group is well-placed to ride on the firm demand and enhance its lead in the growing liftboat market TRIYARDS Holdings Limited, an offshore vessel fabrication and engineering solutions provider to the oil and gas (O&G) industry, has added another liftboat contract to its orderbook. The order for the new unit comes soon after TRIYARDS' two other liftboat contracts worth

Photo: Parks Canada

Arctic Wreck Found after 169 Years

After more than 169 years, Canadian researchers discovered one of the two ships from the doomed Arctic expedition of Sir John Franklin, cracking one of the largest mysteries in sea exploration. The wreck was found some 11 meters below the surface using a ROV recently acquired by Parks Canada. It is unknown whether the ship is HMS Erebus or HMS Terror, though researches expect to determine its identity within several days. "Franklin's ships are an important part of Canadian history given that his expedition, which took place nearly 170 years ago, laid the foundations of Canada's Arctic

Bjørn Jalving, Executive Vice President Subsea, Kongsberg Maritime - Winner of the Compass Distinguished Achievement Award from the Marine Technology Society.

Kongsberg’s Jalving Wins MTS Achievement Award

Bjørn Jalving, Executive Vice President Subsea at maritime, offshore and subsea technology developer Kongsberg Maritime has been given the Compass Distinguished Achievement Award from the Marine Technology Society. The award ceremony took place on September 16 at the OCEANS 2014 MTS/IEEE conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. This award is presented to an individual whose work has had significant impact on the fields of marine science and technology. Bjørn Jalving was selected for the award because of his long career and significant achievements within AUV technology.

New Scantol AHC System for OBS ROV LARS

Hydramec Chooses Scantrol AHC for OBS ROV LARS

Scantrol announced the delivery of active heave compensation (AHC) for a launch and recovery system (LARS) for another observation ROV. The LARS, ordered by a leading subsea company, is designed by the British winch manufacturer Hydramec. The recent delivery is the start of a long-term relationship between the two companies to meet the increasing demand for new AHC applications from the subsea industry. The Scantrol AHC LARS system is not the first delivered to a aforementioned subsea company, but the first designed in collaboration with Hydramec. Now the two business partners are taking the

Photo  Aker Solutions

Aker Wayfarer Wins 5-Yr Contract from Petrobras

  Aker Solutions' subsidiary Aker Oilfield Services (AKOFS) has won a contract worth USD 465 million over five years from Petrobras to provide subsea intervention services offshore Brazil from the Aker Wayfarer vessel. The contract will start within the fourth quarter of 2016 and has a five-year option extension. AKOFS will at the end of September become part of Akastor, an oilfield services investment company that will be one of two companies formed as part of the announced separation of Aker Solutions. The Aker Wayfarer vessel will be outfitted at a yard in Norway to become a deepwater

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