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Dr Peter Ramsay (Photo: Mitcham)

Mitcham Appoints New Tech Positions

technologies within the hydrographic industry and assist in identifying and developing new opportunities.Prior to joining Mitcham in January 2020, Dr Ramsay held a number of important positions within the hydrographic industry, including Director and co-owner of Marine GeoSolutions in Australia and South Africa.  Dr Ramsay's extensive list of publications includes one book, 18 peer-reviewed publications and 36 conference abstracts. He holds a PhD (Marine Geophysics) and a BSc Honors in Engineering Geology and is a Certified Professional Hydrographic Surveyor Level 1 with the Surveying & Spatial

Solwara 1 project seabed mining tools. Courtesy Nautilus Minerals.

Will 2020 be the year for Subsea Mining?

that it had the unintended consequence of stirring great interest in ocean mining among offshore companies and the general public.In the years since, there has been a great deal of research and exploration in this field.  However, except for shallow water diamond mining off the coast of Southern Africa, no commercial deep-sea mining operation has yet been started. Now it seems that 2020 may actually be the year that commercial deep-sea ocean mining starts in earnest.Types of ocean minerals.There are three types of deep-sea ocean minerals of commercial interest; polymetallic nodules, seafloor massive

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Enpro Subsea Completes Ghana Campaigns

Production optimization specialist Enpro Subsea said it has recently completed another two subsea hydraulic intervention campaigns for two operators in West Africa. Operations were conducted from a single multi-services support vessel, which was mobilized out of Takoradi in Ghana.  The first of the two campaigns saw Enpro’s Flow Intervention Services (FIS) team deliver scale squeeze operations on five separate subsea wells via a modified choke insert in 1,800 meters water depth. The second campaign utilized the same vessel and hardware and included acid stimulation operations via a hot stab

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MSI completes 'Deepest, Longest Moorings' to Date

In late 2018 Total contracted Metocean Services International (MSI) to mobilize what would be MSI's longest moorings for deployment in the deepest water to date (3,150m) at locations just north of the border between South Africa and Namibia.The moorings comprise a surface buoy to measure meteorology, waves and current profiles as well as an I-type mooring to measure full water column current profiles and water quality.Because the top of the I-type mooring needed to be near the surface, special attention was paid to the mooring design.This was modeled using third party software to ensure that the

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i-Tech 7 Performs UWILD for Borr Drilling

UWILD solutions can carry out inspections on mobile drilling units (MODUs) and floating production, storage and offloading units (FPSO), using ROV machine-vision technology combined with fast acquisition, processing and reporting of data.Robin Mawhinney, i-Tech 7’s regional director for Europe, Africa and Canada, said, “This is another great project example that showcases the strength and depth of our UWILD service offering.“Our success lies in our repair expertise combined with our advanced automated analysis and data reporting capability. It is further strengthened with our extensive

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Polarcus Signs MOU with ARGAS

Marine geophysical company Polarcus said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Arabian Geophysical and Surveying Company (ARGAS) to collaborate on seismic projects in the Middle East and NOrth Africa (MENA) region.Polarcus provides global marine seismic acquisition capabilities and cloud-based Priority Processing services. ARGAS provides regional expertise in land, transition zone and shallow water seismic data acquisition and associated data processing. Together, the firms will work to identify opportunities and execute projects in the MENA region.“Leveraging the core strengths and

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Maersk Tests Containerized Battery System

in Odense, Denmark by the system integrator and turnkey supplier Trident Maritime Systems. The battery system will be shortly transported to Singapore and installed on board the Maersk Cape Town.The vessel is a Singapore-flagged 249-meter long container ship built in 2011 which sails between West Africa and East Asia. The first full voyage with the new system in place will take place next year and will be closely monitored to evaluate the performance of the system against the trial’s ambitions.Battery modules will be operating within the container in conjunction with other electrical and control

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Cougar XT Chosen for Africa Subsea Ops

, bringing significant savings in terms of time and cost. This will be of great benefit to our customers,” declares Effiong Okwong, RusselSmith’s Director for Solutions & Market Development.As a leading provider of integrated oilfield and pipeline services to the oil and gas industry in Africa, RusselSmith is set to fully exploit the technological potency of the Cougar XT.A key feature of the 2000m rated Cougar XT is its unrivaled power and maneuverability whilst handling a wide range of heavy tooling and sensors, that comes from its six powerful thrusters, each interfaced to a fast-acting

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Polarcus Wins 4D Project in West Africa

Marine geophysical company Polarcus said it has received an award for a 4D marine seismic acquisition project offshore West Africa.The project duration is approximately two months and is scheduled to commence in the fourth quarter of 2019 following a scheduled class docking.

Richard Byno (Photo: TDI-Brooks International)

TDI-Brooks Hires Byno

, Intelligence Community and Executive Branch.He previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps where he was a Member of a Marine Special Operations Command team in which he performed airborne and combat dive operations, air reconnaissance, and direct action in regions of Iraq, Afghanistan and northern Africa. He received an Honorable Discharge in October of 2006. 

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