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Barry MacLeod has been named CEO of the newly rebranded Rever Offshore (Photo: Rever Offshore)

Rever Offshore Names MacLeod CEO

director, asset management director and – latterly – managing director; a post he has held for the past five years.MacLeod has extensive engineering and project management experience within the wider oil and gas industry, having delivered projects across the North Sea, Canada and West Africa with subsea contractors and consultancies.Rever Offshore, formerly known as Bibby Offshore, completed a full rebrand in January of this year following the transition to new ownership

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Subsea 7 Wins Three Woodside Contracts

office, with support from other Subsea 7 and OneSubsea offices.“The award of the SNE FEED contract by Woodside to Subsea Integration Alliance reflects our expertise in integrated projects and we look forward to strengthening our relationship with Woodside,” said Gilles Lafaye, Vice President Africa for Subsea 7. “Senegal is an exciting new market for Subsea 7 and we are pleased to support the local oil and gas industry.”The Scarborough Field is located approximately 380km offshore North West Australia. Subject to FID by the Scarborough joint venture, the full integrated project

Iain Smith, Proserv’s president, Subsea Controls (Photo: Proserv)

Subsea Supply Chain Tightening -Proserv

outlined that more final investment decisions (FIDs) are now being made in the upstream industry. Rystad Energy presently predicts almost $30 billion of extra capital expenditure in the E&P subsea segment across the next six years, as areas such as South America, Europe, the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa experience increased spending.Notably, Rystad also expects several regions, including South America and Europe, to see the majority of expenditure directed to brownfield sites. Iain Smith, Proserv’s president, Subsea Controls, concurs: “FIDs are definitely now on an uptick but operators

The 95-meter Hydrographic Survey Vessel is said to be the most complex vessel ever built in South Africa  (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg on board South African Navy Survey Vessels

Hydra (Pty) Ltd, has been selected to deliver a cutting-edge integrated hydroacoustic and bridge system technology package for The Replacement of the SA Navy Hydrographic Capability Project.Kongsberg technology will be used on a state-of-the-art new Hydrographic Survey Vessel being built by Southern African Shipyards (SAS) in Durban. Due for delivery in 2022, the new 95 meters long, 17.5 meters wide ship is billed as one of the most complex vessels to be built in South Africa and will replace the SAS Protea, which has been in service since 1972. Built to a VARD Canada ice-strengthened design, its top

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Exploration Comes-back with a Bang

Energy.The energy research and business intelligence company said in a press release that improved market conditions and lower well costs have led E&P players to ramp up their 2019 exploration activities in all parts of the world, but driven in particular by rising investments in South America and Africa.“Renewed optimism in exploration activities is anticipated in 2019, with operators from various segments aiming for multiple high-impact campaigns – both onshore and offshore – in essentially all corners of the world,” said Rystad Energy senior analyst Rohit Patel. &ldquo

Aerial view of the port of Marseille. (Photo: Port of Marseille Fos)

French Port: First Phase of Subsea Cables

fully integrated landing solution to our clients, we are also building secure facilities tailored to accommodate the Power Feed Equipment of subsea cables.The Port of Marseille-Fos is now fully positioned as a maritime digital gateway. Not only is Marseille ideally positioned at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia, but we also benefit from a favorable seabed for this type of infrastructure. Connecting submarine cables through the Port of Marseille also makes sense given the current location of carrier-neutral data centres, both within and near the port area.This investment is yet another

(Photo: Flipflopi)

Boat Made of Flip-flops Sails for Cleaner Seas

It was 6pm when an unusual rainbow-colored boat, made of recycled plastic waste and discarded flip-flops gathered from beaches and roadsides, dropped anchor off the beach at Mtwapa, near Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa.The 9-meter-long dhow, "The Flipflopi", was sailing south along East Africa's coast to raise awareness of the threat plastics pose to the oceans, said chief boat-builder and captain Ali Skanda.Beaches and marine ecosystems have been badly affected by plastics, Skanda said, adding it was time to change local people's mindset on how they handle and dispose of waste

Walter Munk, 2017 (Photo: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego)

Walter Munk: 1917-2019

recall in 1941 and Munk returned to Scripps to begin work at the new U.S. Navy Radio and Sound Laboratory in the San Diego neighborhood of Point Loma. A week after his release, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.Munk and Sverdrup were soon tasked with aiding Allied amphibious landings off the coast of Africa. During Munk’s time as an Army private, he had observed that amphibious landing exercises off the coast of South Carolina would have to be cancelled when waves were high enough to breach landing craft. His mission with Sverdrup was to predict days when wave conditions would be most suitable

Luis Araujo, CEO, Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions Revenues Up 8%

results include ones from CNOOC to deliver a subsea production system in the South China Sea. Also in the fourth quarter, Aker Solutions landed a strategic win on Northern Lights with Equinor as the project initiator and with Shell and Total as partners. This is a full-scale carbon-capture project. In Africa, its operations have gone according to plan with solid execution of major projects including Kaombo in Angola.Demand for early-phase work continues to grow, and in the fourth quarter Aker Solutions was awarded 46 front-end contracts, up from 27 during the same period in 2017. This brings the total

Scottish Government minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse MSP with Ian Donald, Enpro Subsea managing director (Photo: Enpro Subsea)

Enpro Testing New FIS Technology

version of their tool and this investment has allowed them to develop the higher rated (15kpsi) version, extending its operating capabilities to support high pressure wells, common in Gulf of Mexico.To date their 10k pressure version of FIS has provided well stimulation for multiple campaigns in West Africa. The system has been proven to improve production, by stimulating the reservoir and increasing the ultimate recovery from existing subsea wells.Scottish Government minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse MSP and David Rennie Scottish Enterprise’s head of Energy and

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Polarcus Awarded 3D project in West Africa

Offshore geophysical company Polarcus said it has been awarded a contract for a 3D marine seismic acquisition project in West Africa.The project will commence in the first quarter of 2019 with an approximate duration of six weeks.

Fig. 1: Teledyne RDI ADCP attached to a hydrographic package before lowering to great depths. Credit: J. Lemus (U. Hawaii). https://goo.gl/VfvYn1

Full-Depth Current Profiling Around the Global Ocean

for knowing more about deep currents is to clarify the global thermohaline circulation. Along the western edge of all major ocean basins, narrow, swift undercurrents have been observed at depth. They have distinct water properties and flow counter to strong surface currents.Using LADCPs off southern Africa, UK scientists identified an unknown undercurrent. The substantial Agulhas Undercurrent, which surprisingly is not evident in hydro data, flows equatorward at 1200 m depth. Found alongside the continental slope, this deep current carries ten times the volume of the world’s largest river. Later

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3D at Depth Expands

and calibration department.As the company continues to expand operations and recruit offshore talent to meet the growing demand for subsea LiDAR technology solution, 3D at Depth established a U.K. entity, 3D at Depth Ltd. The Norwich location is the headquarters for their European, Middle East and Africa regional sales, services, and project support. Norwich also opened a dedicated data processing and offshore services center. The center provides an equipment and data processing hub located in a globally central time zone to enable better customer support with faster more efficient regional responsiveness

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Polarcus Awarded Work in West Africa

Offshore geophysical company Polarcus Limited announced Monday that it has received a contract award for an XArray marine seismic acquisition project in West Africa.The project will commence in Q1 2019 with an approximate duration of two months.Polarcus said that with the award its fleet is 90 percent booked for Q1 2019.

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NATO Uses IoT to Study the Oceans

, simplex transponder and motion sensor.NATO STO CMRE is conducting several studies in parallel. One, sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, is using SPOT Trace-equipped drifters to conduct oceanographic studies in the Alboran Sea in the Mediterranean, between the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa.In addition, CMRE’s own studies of drift movement in the seas of the Arctic will see buoys deployed in the Barents Sea, and further into Arctic waters, in Summer 2019.“The maritime areas in the High North are the new frontier for oceanographic study and more research is crucial. In particular

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Nexans Forms IMR Team

to manage unexpected incidents more efficiently with the help of the expert team. Thanks to a Nexans IMR agreement, a TSO could potentially cut the response time to an incident by up to 70 percent.The company has a 40-year track record, having performed more than 50 offshore repairs throughout Asia, Africa, America, Europe and the North Sea region. For instance, Nexans has been entrusted as a key partner for ensuring power supply to millions of Statnett’s end customers. With Statnett, Norwegian system operator of the energy system, Nexans today continues to develop the existing contingency agreement

MATE At-Sea Internship Opportunity

marine technicians on shore and at sea and learn how to operate and maintain a variety of scientific and navigational equipment in support of shipboard scientific research. This internship may involve travel to Seattle, WA and the surrounding area; Woods Hole in Falmouth, Massachusetts; Cape Town, South Africa; and Montevideo, Uruguay (cruise plans are still in development.)Internship projects will vary from one cruise to another and correspond to the cruise objectives set by the lead scientists for each cruise. Previous interns have worked on cruises to support science projects ranging from chemical oceanograp

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