Monday, October 20, 2014

Seismic Vessel Tech News

Nordic Bahari

Nordic Maritime to Perform 2D Seismic Survey with OBN

Singapore-based offshore specialist Nordic Maritime in collaboration with PT. Alamjaya Makmur Sejahtera, was awarded a contract worth more than $2 million to provide 2D seismic marine acquisition services utilizing OBN (Ocean Bottom Node) technology to Mitra Energy Indonesia. Nordic Maritime’s S/V Nordic Bahari will start the acquisition with the support from another two Nordic vessels, M.V. Nordic Emma and M.V. Viking Vanguard as OBN deployment and recovery vessel and as guard chase vessels.   Nordic Maritime’s Executive Director, Kjell Gauksheim said, “We are very

HOCHTIEF is selling offshore assets to marine contractor and long-term partner GeoSea

GeoSea acquires HOCHTIEF Offshore Assets

DEME’s marine engineering specialist GeoSea acquires offshore assets of HOCHTIEF, one of Germany’s leading international construction groups. HOCHTIEF is selling offshore assets to marine contractor and long-term partner GeoSea. GeoSea has had decades of success in marine engineering and is now acquiring  full ownership of the heavy-lift jack-up vessel ‘Innovation’, one of the largest jack-up vessels in the marine construction industry. On top of that GeoSea takes over some other obligations (with regard to assets and personnel); these obligations however have negligible

Photo: Polarcus

Polarcus Wins 3D Seismic Acquisition Project off West Africa

Polarcus Limited said it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with an undisclosed client for a 3D marine seismic acquisition project offshore West Africa. The project, subject to the execution of a service contract, will commence in Q4 2014 and is expected to run for approximately two months.

The RV Ke Xue (photo courtesy of Geotek)

MacArtney Winch for Chinese Research Vessel

MacArtney delivered a MERMAC R40 RA winch to the Hunan University of Science and Technology, Xiangtan, China. The order was realized in close cooperation with SeaTech China in its role as exclusive MacArtney product and system representative on the Chinese market for underwater technology. The winch was procured with support from the 863 state high tech research and development plan and will be installed onboard the RV Ke Xue which is regarded as the most advanced multi-purpose research vessel in China. MacArtney is among the pioneers within electric winch innovation and was the first company to

“You cannot be profitable in this industry unless you are safe. You cannot be safe unless you train,” said Morton S. Bouchard, III. (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Bouchard Simulation Center Opens at SUNY Maritime

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014, New York, NY – Today in New York Morton S. Bouchard, III and many local maritime dignitaries officially opened The Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. Tug & Barge Simulation Center on the campus of the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College.   Captain Robert Glas, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Bouchard Transportation made the traditional ribbon cut with the comically sized pair of scissors, as Morton S. Bouchard, III, his two sons, US Congressman Joseph Crowley, RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D., President of SUNY Maritime and a host of

KEP HD Sport Cam

KEP Releases New HD Video Management Systems

Kessler-Ellis Products (KEP), a manufacturer of type approved displays, computers and peripherals, announced the release of its two new high definition video management systems, the HD-SDI (High Definition Serial Digital Interface) Professional and the HD Sport Cam. Able to record in high definition 1080p resolution at up to 60 frames per second, the new KEP cameras are IP68 waterproof rated– submersible to two meters for one hour. Consisting of up to four cameras, a controller and a recorder, the KEP HD-SDI Professional video management system is fully customizable. Featuring compact mini

Photo courtesy of Divex

Divex to Supply US Navy with Helicom Matrix

Divex has been awarded a contract to supply the U.S. Navy with its diver communications system the HeliCom Matrix. Divex, a subsidiary of James Fisher and Sons plc, has received the order from the Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU) through American partner, Chase Supply Inc. To be used at their deep trials and training facility in Panama City, Florida, the HeliCom Matrix is a fully digital diver communication system that provides communications for the chamber complex and wet test chamber. The client required a system where they could communicate with all personnel from one central system and

Image: TrustLube

TrustLube Delivers Lubrication System for Shell’s Prelude

TrustLube is among one of the first suppliers to deliver her high-tech system to SBM Offshore for Shell’s Prelude, which was launched in December last year. The TrustLube system was completely engineered and produced at the OudGastel location in The Netherlands. The system consists of an explosion proof grease cabinet to lubricate the radial wheel, axial boogie and axial boogie guiding of the world’s largest turret. Stainless steel framed grease applicators are used to connect the metering devices to dispense the grease equally on the wheel surfaces. TrustLube’s smart system is

GeoSea acquires HOCHTIEF Offshore Assets

DEME’s marine engineering specialist GeoSea acquires offshore assets of HOCHTIEF, one of Germany’s leading international construction groups. HOCHTIEF is selling offshore assets to marine contractor and long-term partner GeoSea. GeoSea has had decades of success in marine engineering and is now acquiring  full ownership of the heavy-lift jack-up vessel ‘Innovation’, one of the largest jack-up vessels in the marine construction industry. On top of that GeoSea takes over some other obligations (with regard to assets and personnel); these obligations however have negligible

Bouchard Simulation Center Opens at SUNY Maritime

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014, New York, NY – Today in New York Morton S. Bouchard, III and many local maritime dignitaries officially opened The Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. Tug & Barge Simulation Center on the campus of the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College.   Captain Robert Glas, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Bouchard Transportation made the traditional ribbon cut with the comically sized pair of scissors, as Morton S. Bouchard, III, his two sons, US Congressman Joseph Crowley, RADM Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D., President of SUNY Maritime and a host of

Shane Guidry

Harvey Gulf Expands into Mexico

Harvey Gulf, a strong driver in the U.S. OSV market and a true leader in the incorporation of LNG-as-fuel in marine vessels, announced that it establishing Harvey Gulf International Marine de Mexico S.A.P.I. de C.V.    Recently approved changes in Mexican law allow foreign ownership in hydrocarbons which facilitates this growth.   “We recognize the growth potential in the Mexican market for our business," said Shane Guidry, CEO of Harvey Gulf International Marine. "The establishment of Harvey Gulf International Marine de Mexico will allow us to fully deliver our

Completion of Delta House Semi-Submersible Move

Marine Contracting announced the successful towing of LLOG Exploration’s Delta House Floating Production Semi-Submersible to its’ operating site in the Gulf of Mexico’s Mississippi Canyon 254 field. The Delta House semi-submersible move project, originally awarded to American Global Maritime, was led by Captain Jeet Kar who heads Marine Contracting Houston and involved detailed engineering and planning for the development of tow manual procedures and material specifications.  Other activities included the vetting and approving of vessels, the procuring of towing equipment

Ebola Fears Hit the Maritime Market

Ports tighten ship entry procedures as Ebola fears spread   Brazil, Argentina and the United States have tightened port entry procedures for ships that have sailed from West Africa in a bid to control the potential spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Ebola has killed more than 3,400 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and its spread has become a global concern -- with worries for trade, which could affect the airline and tourism industries together with seaborne activity. The virus is already threatening to disrupt logistics activity in West Africa and has already rattled commodities

CSEM as a tool for better exploration decisions

EMGS - Fleet Operation for 3Q 2014

  Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) releases information on vessel activity and utilisation 4-5 working days after the close of each quarter. The Company defines "vessel utilisation" as the percentage of the vessel charter period spent on contracted or multi-client data acquisition.   Vessel utilisation for the third quarter 2014 came in at 69% compared with 77% for the third quarter 2013.   In the third quarter this year, the Company's vessels were allocated 31% to contract and 38% to multi-client programmes, whereas the allocation was 35% and 42% respectively in

The ASV C-Enduro embarked on a robotics mission along with six other unmanned marine vessels off the southwest of England.

Maritime Robot on Mission South of England

The ASV C-Enduro embarked on a robotics mission along with six other unmanned marine vessels off the southwest of England. Selected to take part by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), C-Enduro is fitted with a range of meteorological and oceanographic sensors to collect scientific data about ocean  processes and marine life.  The project, coordinated by NOC, is the most ambitious of its kind in Europe. The vehicles are aiming to travel up to 300 miles over the next 20 days. Communication with C-Enduro will take place over satellite and will be conducted from a control station at

(Photo: Fugro)

Fugro SeaWatch Buoy for Technip N. Sea Project

Real-time metocean data transmitted by a Fugro SEAWATCH Wavescan buoy is enabling energy industry construction expert Technip to plan its operations more effectively, leading to improved safety and cost-efficiency. Work is well underway on Technip’s largest UK North Sea contract to date. Located West of Shetland, BP’s Quad 204 project involves replacing the existing Schiehallion production facility with a new, purpose-built FPSO (floating, production, storage and offloading facility) and installing extensive new subsea infrastructure. Fugro understood Technip’s requirements

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