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Fugro to Open ‘Hydrography Center of Excellence’

Fugro has announced plans to establish a Hydrography Center of Excellence for the Americas, utilizing specialist resources including autonomous vessels and aircraft, integrated data acquisition techniques, remote processing and large data transfer to reduce risk, increase accuracy and streamline project timelines for clients.   With the opening of the Houston-based center, which will handle a wide range of hydrographic project types, including nautical charting, cable routing and Law of the Sea boundary claims, Fugro said it is formalizing its coastal zone mapping services using complimentary

TE SubCom Launches New NOC Solution

TE Connectivity Ltd. company TE SubCom has launched a new global network operations center (NOC) solution designed to provide cable operators with a single source for fault, configuration, alarm, performance, security and maintenance network management. SubCom’s primary and secondary NOC solutions are vendor-neutral and able to conform to customer requirements, integrating seamlessly into operational flow. Cable operators depending on the long-term viability of their networks will now have global 24x7x365 monitoring coverage and both high-level and regional visibility into their networks’

UTEC CEO Martin O'Carroll (Photo courtesy of UTEC Survey)

UTEC Extends Master Service Agreement with Technip

  UTEC Survey, an Acteon company, has announced it has been awarded oa 3-year Master Service Agreement (MSA) with Technip, North America.   The award confirms a three-year extension to UTEC's current North America MSA with Technip, an agreement which encompasses a full range of survey services, which include pre-lay and as-built surveys, pipeline and flexible installation support,acoustic and laser spool-piece metrologies and shore based dimensional control services.   UTEC has held Technip’s North America MSA for projects operated out of Houston since 2008.

Polarcus Secures Broadband 3D Work off South America

Polarcus Limited announced that it has received a Letter of Intent (LOI) from an undisclosed client for an additional broadband 3D marine seismic survey offshore South America.   The project will commence in early Q4 2016 and run for approximately three months.   Commenting on the award, Richard Price, Senior Vice President, North & South America, said, “This award is very significant for Polarcus as it dovetails perfectly with previously announced projects we are acquiring offshore South America, extending our campaign for another three months through Q4 2016 and maximizing

Fugro Expands its Fleet

Fugro is expanding its survey fleet in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) to include a new AUV, Echo Surveyor VII, and a new vessel, R/V Fugro Americas. ““Both these impending launches indicate our strong capabilities and commitment to our clients in the GOM and internationally,” says Melissa Jeansonne, Vice President, Fugro GeoServices, Inc. “Both the Fugro Americas and Echo Surveyor VII will join the current fleet later in the year. We already operate three AUVs in the GoM – one Hugin (Echo Surveyor II), and two Bluefin (Echo Mapper); and our new multi-purpose Fugro Americas

Harkand North America Salvaged by MBO

Ethos Offshore Completes Harkand North America Management Buy Out   A team led by AJ Jain, Harkand North America Managing Director, has agreed to a management buyout (MBO) of Harkand’s North American and African business. The new company, to be named ETHOS OFFSHORE LIMITED, will continue to provide subsea engineering and construction services to Harkand’s existing US, Mexican and West African client base to market-leading standards.     The new company, backed by investment funds advised and managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (“Oaktree”), is expected

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US-built Survey Vessel Delivered to Fugro

Newbuild shallow draft survey vessel Fugro Americas was delivered to Fugro on March 18, 2015. Built by Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors in Louisiana, with supervision by Fugro Marine Services Custom, the new vessel is designed to Fugro’s specifications, fitted with the latest geophysical survey equipment and houses some of the most advanced instrumentation in the field, Fugro noted. The Fugro Americas is optimized for working in the Gulf of Mexico, but is also suited for operations in other geographical areas, being permanently mobilized and available for rapid deployment to locations throughou

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New Survey Vessel to Fugro

Fugro America, built by Thoma-Sea Marine Construction in Louisiana, was delivered to Fugro in mid-March. The new vessel is designed to Fugro’s specifications, fitted with the latest geophysical survey equipment and houses some of the most advanced instrumentation in the field. Fugro Americas is optimized for working in the Gulf of Mexico, but is also suited for operations in other geographical areas, being permanently mobilized and available for rapid deployment to locations throughout North and South America as well as the Caribbean. Fugro said the 59-m-long vessel is capable of carrying out a

Gold recovered by Odyssey Marine Exploration from another shipwreck as part of the Tortugas project

Court Approves Gold Recovery from Historic Shipwreck

Deep-ocean exploration company Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., has been awarded the exclusive contract to conduct an archaeological excavation and recover the remaining valuable cargo from the SS Central America shipwreck located approximately 160 miles off the coast of South Carolina. The ship, which was immortalized in the best-selling book, "Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea," sank in 1857 with one of the largest documented cargoes of gold ever lost at sea. Odyssey was selected for the project by Ira Owen Kane, the court-appointed receiver who represents Recovery Limited Partnership

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Asahi/America Opens New Headquarters

Thermoplastic fluid flow solutions company Asahi/America, Inc. opened its new headquarters in Lawrence, Mass. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on April 23. Guests from across the U.S. and around the world gathered for the celebration.    Asahi/America’s chief financial officer, Stephen Harrington, emceed the opening ceremony which included remarks by Asahi/America president and chief executive officer Daniel S. Anderson, City of Lawrence mayor Daniel Rivera, and Koji Fujiwara, president of Asahi Organic Chemical, Asahi/America’s parent company in Japan.   

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Xodus Subsea Strengthens Americas Team

Xodus Subsea has appointed a General Manager and Business Development Manager to drive activity in the Americas, as the company aims to challenge the largest tier one subsea engineering companies for a share of the market in the region. Amedeo Marcotulli is the company’s new General Manager – Americas, and previously worked with Genesis where he was Subsea Business Unit Director for Asia Pacific. He will be based in Houston and will be responsible for all aspects of Xodus Subsea operations in North and South America. With more than 28 years’ experience working within the subsea

Fugro Americas (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro Showcases New Survey Ship in Texas

Making her debut at the Martin Midstream Dock in Galveston, Texas, Fugro’s new geophysical survey vessel, the Fugro Americas, was showcased to clients, with more than 100 in attendance, the company announced.   Fugro gave guided tours of the newbuild vessel, with geophysical, geoscience, survey and HSE professionals on hand to demonstrate its state-of-the-art equipment and features along with the working parts of a geophysical survey. Clients were able to view the advanced survey instrumentation, including Fugro’s 3,000-meter-rated AUV, from a first-hand perspective, which prompted

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Lagersmit Names SGS Exclusive Service Agent

Subsea Global Solutions (SGS), an underwater repair, maintenance and marine solutions provider for the global marine industry, has announced it has been named exclusive U.S.-based service agent for Lagersmit, a Netherlands-based manufacturer of sealing solutions for the maritime, dredging, industrial, water and energy markets. Under the agreement, SGS will provide service, installation and repair services to Lagersmit customers in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.   Lagersmit specializes in its Supreme and Liquidyne lines of sealing solutions for pumps, ships and

Garry Kennie

Houlder Americas Named a Business Award Finalist

Houlder Americas Inc., a subsidiary of the U.K.-based engineering group Houlder, announced it was named a finalist in the small to medium sized business category of the 2014 British-American Business Council (BABC) Houston International Business Awards to be presented in Houston on October 8. The award program encourages and recognizes companies who have made contributions and demonstrated leadership to further trade, commerce, civic, philanthropic and/or cultural relations between the United Kingdom and the United States. This year’s International Business Awards winners will be announced

Derek Blackwood (left), President BABC Houston, with Garry Kennie, President Houlder Americas

Houlder Americas Wins BABC Award

Houlder Americas has been named the Small International Business of the Year at the 5th Annual British-American Business Council (BABC) International Business Awards. The awards were presented during ceremonies at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston. The ceremonies were hosted by Khambrel Marshall, of KPRC- TV. The keynote address was given by political Charles Andrews of NSS Labs and Dan Solomon of Optimal Risk on the challenges and effects of trans-Atlantic cyber security. BABC Houston International Business Awards were presented in three categories; Small to Mid-Sized Business, Large Corporate

Lynntech Passes Electrode Testing Milestone

Lynntech, Inc., a business technology development company based in College Station, Texas, announced the achievement of a 500-hour testing milestone for specialty electrodes designed for use on the Influence Sweep System (ISS) for the Navy's Unmanned ISS (UISS) that it expects to procure in the spring of 2014. Currently, existing electrode materials used in the UISS cable suffer short lifetimes resulting from severe corrosion and degradation. Lynntech Inc. said it has demonstrated improved corrosion resistance for alternate electrode materials for use in the UISS cable. These alternate electrode

Aquatic Inks Two Regional Deals with DOF

of Aquatic Flex-lay equipment and Fisher winches across the Asia Pacific region and is valid from May 2017 for a period of three years with the option of 2 x 1yr extensions. Over the last three years, Aquatic Asia has completed five projects with DOF Subsea in the region.   In addition, Aquatic Americas signed a one-year frame agreement with DOF Subsea North America covering the hiring of equipment in the U.S., Guyana, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago. This comes after Aquatic Americas has recently completed an offshore installation campaign with DOF Subsea in June and anticipates more offshore work

Schlumberger Seeing Early Signs of Recovery

Schlumberger Ltd, the world's No.1 oilfield services provider, said there were early signs of recovery in most parts of the world, following a two-year slump in oil prices that put the brakes on global drilling activity. The company, which derives more than three-fourths of its revenue from international operations, had called the bottom of the cycle in the second quarter. "The only place where we don't see any signs of recovery at this stage is in Asia", Chief Executive Paal Kibsgaard said on a post-earnings call on Friday. The company reported a quarterly profit that topped

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