Friday, October 31, 2014

Seismic Vessel Tech News

L-R  Tim Sydenham, Business Partner for Research and Innovation at Plymouth University; Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor David Coslett; Professor Simon Handley, Head of the School of Psychology; and IMarEST’s Chief Operating Officer Paul James.

IMarEST Acquires HA

IMarEST has  announced its acquisition of Plymouth University’s Hydrographic Academy (HA). Launching on November 1, the new venture – Marine Learning Alliance Ltd. – will see IMarEST experts and HA academics develop a new suite of e-learning courses to run alongside existing Hydrographic Academy programs. IMarEST will build on the HA’s existing innovative methods to provide blended distance and mobile e-learning, allowing students to learn from distance and earn academic and professional qualifications. The move will boost IMarEST’s expanding program of

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Arctic Oil: Bourbon to Enter Arctic Market in 2016

Bourbon plans to enter the growing Arctic Offshore market in 2016 with a new Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel built by the Vard shipyard. This AHTS (Anchor Handling Tug Supply) was specially designed for operations in polar waters, and more specifically in arctic zones, where we know that there is a huge potential for development, and the new vessel is the signal that the company is adjusting its range of services to meet the requirements of clients and the changing offshore market. The new vessel will be 93.6 m long with a bollard pull of 280 t and deck equipment supplied by Rolls-Royce

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GAC Starts Hull Cleaning Op'ns in Oman

GAC EnvironHull hull cleaning operations using the brush-and-diver-free HullWiper system starting at the port of Sohar, just outside the Gulf of Hormuz. This latest expansion adds Oman to the growing GAC EnvironHull network which already covers Dubai, Fujairah and Sharjah in the UAE, as well as Gothenburg in Sweden. The green hull cleaning solution uses adjustable pressure sea water jets as the cleaning medium rather than brushes or abrasives, resulting in minimal damage to the antifouling surface. Residues and harmful marine growths captured during cleaning are disposed of in an environmentally-

Principal donors for new research vessel that will conduct Marine Life Study cruises, Seal Spotting cruises and more for The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. From left: Cathy Hagadorn, educator; George Bauer, donor; Per Heidenreich, donor, State Senator Robert Duff; Carol Bauer, donor; Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling; and Astrid Heidenreich, donor.

Hybrid-Powered Research Vessel Christened

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk christened its ‘green’ research vessel on Friday, September 26 in preparation for launching a new era in examining, monitoring and teaching about Long Island Sound. The $2.7m research vessel, Spirit of the Sound, was christened and named during a ceremony at the Aquarium dock. Breaking a bottle on her hull was godmother of the boat, Astrid Heidenreich of Greenwich. The boat is reported to be the first research vessel in the U.S. to run on hybrid-electric propulsion. Upon her launch in December, she will run virtually silently on electric power for the

rendering of the platform, courtesy of Damen

Partners Deliver Modular Floating Tidal Energy Platform

A group of offshore companies, including Bluewater, Damen and Van Oord among others, has partnered for a floating tidal energy platform a project to generate clean electricity, marking the first time that a floating tidal platform is used for electricity production into the Dutch grid. Set to become operational in the first half of 2015, the BlueTEC platform, which will be moored near Texel in the Waddenzee, is of modular design and uses a new type of permanent mooring lines. It will also serve as a trial for remote locations worldwide, such as islands in Indonesia, Philippines or the Pacific.

HullWiper ROV

'Environmental' Hull Cleaning Ops OK'd in Oman

Oman’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs has granted GAC EnvironHull permission to conduct underwater hull cleaning operations using the brush-and-diver-free HullWiper system at the port of Sohar, just outside the Gulf of Hormuz. It is the fourth port in the Middle East at which the revolutionary Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is now available to provide fast, efficient, safe and eco-friendly hull cleaning services for ships. This latest expansion adds Oman to the growing GAC EnvironHull network which already covers Dubai, Fujairah and Sharjah in the UAE, as well as Gothenburg in

MBR provides inter-vessel communication for seismic operations. (Photo courtesy of Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Connects Seismic Vessels

A communication solution developed by Kongsberg Seatex for the marine seismic sector is set to be a highlight at SEG Denver 2014 (the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Annual Meeting) October 26-31. According to the developer, the KONGSBERG MBR system enables high speed, high capacity and extremely robust data, voice and video transfer between multiple vessels and other assets. The KONGSBERG MBR is geared toward inter-vessel communication in the seismic industry, where the capability to quickly and reliably transfer data is a significant operational advantage. The MBR system is a maritime

Blake (Photo courtesy of David Evans and Associates)

DEA’s New 82-foot Survey Vessel Commissioned

David Evans and Associates, Inc.’s Marine Services Division commissioned its new 82-foot hydrographic survey and scientific vessel Blake in a ceremony held in the vessel’s homeport of Gulfport, Mississippi. At the ceremony, U.S. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi broke a Champagne bottle across the Blake’s bow. In addition to remarks by the Senator, Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, the director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Coast Survey and the U.S. National Hydrographer, and Mayor of Gulfport William Gardner Hewes spoke to attendees. The

Arctic Oil: Bourbon to Enter Arctic Market in 2016

Bourbon plans to enter the growing Arctic Offshore market in 2016 with a new Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessel built by the Vard shipyard. This AHTS (Anchor Handling Tug Supply) was specially designed for operations in polar waters, and more specifically in arctic zones, where we know that there is a huge potential for development, and the new vessel is the signal that the company is adjusting its range of services to meet the requirements of clients and the changing offshore market. The new vessel will be 93.6 m long with a bollard pull of 280 t and deck equipment supplied by Rolls-Royce

Partners Deliver Modular Floating Tidal Energy Platform

A group of offshore companies, including Bluewater, Damen and Van Oord among others, has partnered for a floating tidal energy platform a project to generate clean electricity, marking the first time that a floating tidal platform is used for electricity production into the Dutch grid. Set to become operational in the first half of 2015, the BlueTEC platform, which will be moored near Texel in the Waddenzee, is of modular design and uses a new type of permanent mooring lines. It will also serve as a trial for remote locations worldwide, such as islands in Indonesia, Philippines or the Pacific.

'Environmental' Hull Cleaning Ops OK'd in Oman

Oman’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs has granted GAC EnvironHull permission to conduct underwater hull cleaning operations using the brush-and-diver-free HullWiper system at the port of Sohar, just outside the Gulf of Hormuz. It is the fourth port in the Middle East at which the revolutionary Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is now available to provide fast, efficient, safe and eco-friendly hull cleaning services for ships. This latest expansion adds Oman to the growing GAC EnvironHull network which already covers Dubai, Fujairah and Sharjah in the UAE, as well as Gothenburg in

Deltamarin Designs the Libra FPSO

Deltamarin Ltd. has entered into a contract with Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd for the basic engineering of the Libra FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading unit). Deltamarin’s scope of work covers the marine part of the Navion Norvegia shuttle tanker conversion into the Libra FPSO. The conversion shall be performed at the Singaporean Jurong Shipyard, whose customer is OOGTK Libra GmbH & Co KG, a 50/50 joint venture between Odebrecht Oil & Gas and Teekay Offshore. The joint venture company works as the lead commercial bidder for the Brazilian energy company Petrobras on the Libra

Aker Wayfarer (Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce)

Aker Wayfarer to be Modified for Subsea Work

Kleven’s Myklebust Verft in Gursken, Norway, has signed a modification contract with Ocean Yield ASA, a ship owning company with investments within oil-service and industrial shipping, to convert the Aker Wayfarer into a deepwater subsea equipment support vessel (SESV). The vessel is presently under long term charter with AKOFS Offshore. The modifications made at Myklebust Verft will enable the deepwater subsea equipment support vessel to install and retrieve deepwater subsea equipment; subsea trees and modules, including subsea structures and manifolds. Designed by Vard Design and delivered

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EnQuest Selects Technip for Mega Subsea Contract

  Technip was awarded by EnQuest earlier this year a large(1) engineering, procurement, installation and construction (EPCI) contract for the Kraken development located in the North Sea,  400 kilometers North-East of Aberdeen and 130 kilometers East of Shetland, at a water depth of approximately 120 meters. The contract covers various project management engineering and installation works, which include: - fabrication and pipelay of approximately 50km of rigid pipe - 25km of metallurgically clad pipe and 25km of HDPE lined, - installation of 3 umbilicals totaling 14km, - installation

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Magnolia LNG Project Progresses

MLNG and Kinder Morgan Louisiana Pipeline (KMLP) received follow-up data requests from FERC covering additional questions on the environmental aspects of the projects.  These additional questions are normal and MLNG will respond directly to the Information Requests it receives from FERC. Seismic and geotechnical  -  on Friday 24 October 2014, MLNG submitted responses to FERC's second Information Request covering seismic and geotechnical information. Technical and safety  - the Company shortly expects to receive an Information Request on both the technical and safety

Courtesy  RWE Dea

Marconi-Vorlich Exploration Well Successful

Well Agreement between the P1588 (Block 30/1f) and P363 (Block 30/1c) Licensees. The 30/1f-13Z geological side-track has confirmed a westerly extension to the initial discovery. RWE Dea’s Managing Director in the UK, Dirk Schoene, is pleased about the success. “We have used the latest seismic analysis before selecting the ideal drilling position. This was the basis for the current success. The discovery is a further step in the expansion of our business in the UK.&rdquo

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