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High-resolution bathymetric data acquired by Fugro, draped over pre-existing, publicly available GEBCO data for comparison (Image: Fugro)

Fugro Sells Seep Data Before Canadian Offshore Bidding

, and quick sale of, these licenses to international E&P companies, it is clear to us there is much excitement surrounding Canada’s growing offshore industry and Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2018 licensing round,” said Keith Kneale, Fugro’s Business Development Manager for the Americas.These data will continue to be useful throughout the life of the field. A variety of further investigations - such as establishing environmental baselines, evaluating seafloor geohazards and preliminary planning for field development - ensures the data will deliver long-term value to any client

Interview: David Millar, Fugro

MTR caught up with David Millar, Government Accounts Director, Americas, Fugro, to discuss the company's involvement in Seabed 2030, among other matters.I read with interest Fugro’s support of GEBCO’s Seabed 2030 initiative. For those not aware, can you describe the project and Fugro’s role in it?Despite the fact that mankind has produced high-resolution maps of the moon and Mars, more than 80 percent of the world’s oceans remain unmapped using modern survey methods. The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project is a global initiative that aims to correct this data

Fugro’s new first-of-its-kind airborne multibeam system, RAMMS, provides efficient bathymetric lidar surveys for nearshore and coastal mapping (Image: Fugro)

Fugro Advances Bathymetric Lidar Mapping Capabilities

improving upon other bathymetric lidar mapping capabilities.“Traditional bathymetric lidar technology requires customers to compromise between price, depth penetration and data density,” said Ed Saade, president of Fugro USA and regional director for Fugro’s Marine Division in the Americas. “With RAMMS, there’s no trade-off. It can achieve 3-Secchi disk depth penetration at a higher observation density than any comparable system on the market - and we’ve recorded seafloor depths as deep as 42 meters during a recent survey.”Described as a first-of-its-kind multibeam

David Millar (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro’s Millar to Serve on IHO-IOC GEBCO Guiding Committee

David Millar, Fugro’s government accounts director for the Americas region, has been appointed by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) to serve on the Guiding Committee of the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) Project.GEBCO is a nonprofit organization operating under the joint auspices of the IHO and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the United Nations Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It aims to provide the most authoritative portrayal of global ocean depths and the undersea feature names.The 14-member Guiding Committee

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McLane Awarded as a Top Small Business Exporter

.”   McLane instruments have been deployed worldwide in some of the most remote oceans on earth. Products are delivered worldwide both directly and through international sales representatives. McLane instrumentation is used by researchers in over 50 countries worldwide including the Americas (Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile), Asia/Oceania (India, Japan, Korea, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia), Europe/ME (UK, Ireland, Middle East, Spain, Portugal, France, Russia, and Germany).     McLane will receive the Exporter of the Year award at an SBA awards lunch on May 2, 2017

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South Bay Cable Celebrates 60

components included electrical conductors for power distribution, signal pairs for voice and data transmission and coaxes for video. Many of these early cables were used by the U.S. Military and aerospace industry. Some of these early programs included the ground support cables for the Atlas silos, Americas’ first intercontinental ballistic missile; the second generation of the Minuteman program’s intercontinental ballistic missiles and Surveyor, the United States’ first robotic spacecraft, designed to test soft landings on the moon.    Requirements continued to become

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BP Awards Angelin EPCIC Contract to McDermott

with support and work share from the Company’s engineering center in Chennai, India. “This is a great opportunity for us to build on the relationship and trust developed through the execution of the FEED for the Angelin project,” said Scott Munro, McDermott Vice President for Americas, Europe and Africa. “Through early engagement and aligning our respective goals, McDermott and bpTT have partnered to optimize the delivery of this very important project.” Building off its pre-FEED and FEED work, McDermott will provide a turnkey EPCIC solution to design, procure

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

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Bourque Joins Sea Machines

, the company’s new director of business development. Bourque is tasked with building the sales and marketing structure of the company, as well as spearheading a global initiative to spark partnerships with commercial marine companies.   “Phil’s marine relationships span the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions and he will be a key part of bringing the Sea Machines technology to the global market,” said Sea Machines CEO, Michael Johnson.   Bourque comes to Sea Machines with a background in international sales management, having built much of the global sales and support

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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

Fugro work Class ROVs continue to successfully deliver on long term IRM projects with outstanding levels of efficiency, saving time and reducing costs. (Photo: Fugro)

A Tale of Two ROVs

in the operational excellence of these crews was the outstanding working environment created onboard the vessels. This was a terrific example of multi-cultural teams coming together with robust, proven technology to achieve a first-class result," said Andy Seymour, Director Marine Asset Integrity Americas / Country Manager Brazil Marine, Fugro.   Another of Fugro’s ROVs, FCV 3067, reached the 4,000 dives landmark during another long-term IRM contract for Petrobras. The system recorded an uptime of more than 99 percent during 23,300 dive-hours and an average of 450 dive-hours per month

The event in San Diego has grown from two events over two days to seven events over five days of BlueTech Week 2017 with a theme of “Smart Ocean, Smart Water.” (Photo: The Maritime Alliance)

What's New at BlueTech Week?

the problems in the ocean…and it will be our companies that will help us solve them, which we can only do together. BTCA clusters are already active in locations around the world and now we are developing a more formalized cluster building capacity to help organize clusters in regions in Africa, Americas, Asia and the Pacific.    As Prof. Michael Porter wrote in his seminal article “Clusters and the New Economics of Competition” in the Harvard Business Review Nov-Dec 1998: Today’s economic map of the world is dominated by what I call clusters: critical masses&mdash

Fugro Discovery (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro, AGI to Supply Seep Data to Canada

;s geochemical analyses will determine the hydrocarbon signature of the samples.   “We are excited to be part of Canada’s growing offshore industry and Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2018 licensing round,” said Keith Kneale, Fugro’s Business Development Manager for the Americas. “Investment by Nalcor Energy is supporting this project which will showcase Fugro’s market-leading expertise – earned from conducting dozens of similar surveys including the world’s four largest to date – enabling clients to improve and de-risk their exploration programs

Steven Thrasher (Photo: Ashtead)

Ashtead Bolsters US Team

Global subsea equipment specialists, Ashtead Technology, has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Steven Thrasher as regional vice president for the Americas. Bringing almost 20 years’ experience in the subsea industry, Thrasher, who will be based in Houston, Texas, will head up Ashtead’s US operation as it gears up for further growth in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) and neighbouring markets.   Prior to joining Ashtead, Thrasher held a number of senior and technical positions at FTO Services, C-Innovation and Schilling Robotics.   He began his career in the

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Mexico's Oil Reform a Boon for Hard-hit Oil Service, Seismic Firms

energy regulator, are expected for further rounds and joint ventures this year as the country puts some 66 percent of its prospective oil reserves on the block.   Some energy firms only pay for detailed data packages after they win areas, two executives involved in exploration work in the Americas said.   "The geological data business in Mexico has been good, not spectacular, but good," said a source at Schlumberger on condition of anonymity.   The seismic industry was hit hard by the crash in oil prices in 2014 and ensuing recession. International oil firms cut back

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BP Selects McDermott, BHGE for Subsea Contracts

contract at a later date. McDermott will work jointly with BHGE to provide an optimized, integrated solution.   “We look forward to partnering again with BP on a significant project to support an efficient and streamlined process towards first gas,” said Scott Munro, Vice President of Americas, Europe and Africa.    Scott added: “Building on our relationship with BP on Angelin, McDermott’s focus on modernized project management and a collaborative approach will create a fully inclusive, open and transparent working environment for BP and major partners to ensure

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New Consortium for Offshore Decommissioning

such as marine wreck removal, to improve how to tackle the increasingly important challenge of decommissioning offshore oil and gas infrastructure.”The consortium aims to deliver smarter decommissioning activities with end to end project management and execution for operators in Europe, Asia and Americas that include best practices from other sectors such as float and tow, used widely in salvage.The members of the consortium have a proven track record across all areas of late life and decommissioning, and say they can ensure project efficiency, regulatory compliance and cost certainty in the execution

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