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Attached here is a link to the first commemorative edition, which was produced in advance of Oceanology International Americas, set for San Diego in two weeks: https://magazines.marinelink.com/NWM/Others/OI50/

Commemorative Edition: Oi Turns 50

to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Oceanology International, the largest and arguably the best subsea industry conference and exhibition in the world since its founding in 1969,Attached here is a link to the first commemorative edition, which was produced in advance of Oceanology International Americas, set for San Diego in two weeks: https://magazines.marinelink.com/NWM/Others/OI50/My thanks to Elaine Maslin, who did a fantastic job in bringing to life the people, the technology and the business developments in this unique segment over the last half century.The second, larger commemorative edition

SeaBird Wins 2D Survey in the Americas

Cyprus based marine seismic player SeaBird Exploration said it has been awarded a contract to acquire 2D seismic data for an international oil and gas company in the Americas region.The survey is due to commence during the second quarter of 2019 and is estimated to run for approximately two months.SeaBird will use the 1979-built vessel Harrier Explorer for the work.

Jonathan Heastie, Reed Exhibitions

Voices: Jonathan Heastie, Reed Exhibitions

As Oceanology International celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2019, Marine Technology Reporter visits with show director Jonathan Heastie of Reed Exhibitions for his insights on the development an direction of the organization’s Oceanology Americas event, scheduled for February 25-27, 2019, in San Diego.Thank you for taking the time to talk to us. Oceanology International Americas 2019 is set for San Diego. Give us an overview of the exhibition… by the numbers… from the 2017 event. What are your expectations, in numbers, for 2019?Well, we’re hugely excited to be

DNV GL's test laboratory in Norway (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL to Test Bolt Fatigue for API

, vice president of API Global Industry Services.“Through research and testing such as the work that DNV GL will complete, we contribute to a culture of safety, innovation and continuous improvement in the natural gas and oil industry,” Phillips added.Frank Ketelaars, Regional manager Americas, DNV GL - Oil & Gas, said, “It is encouraging to see API taking a leading role in enhancing industry safety. The type of fasteners tested are used in critical subsea applications and are often exposed to fatigue loads combined with high pressures and temperatures. Enhanced knowledge of

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Hydro Group Expands

range.Established in May 2018 by Ofer Kleiner and Moshe Eisenkraft, the firm based in Kfar Saba, Israel, is the official agent for specialist engineering firms active in the defense, aerospace and renewable energy industries.With a strong track record of international expansion in both Asia and the Americas, Hydro Group is continuing to identify local experts and new markets globally for its suite of subsea connectivity solutions.From its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Scotland, Hydro Group develops the complete subsea electrical and optical interconnect package, built to withstand the

Oceanology International 2018 in London once again proved to be the world's most prolific subsea industry event. Image: Oi

Oi "Voices": Help Celebrate Oceanology International's 50th

"Oceanology International 50th Anniversary" editions, one in step with the San Diego event in 2019, another for the London event in 2020.The first will publish in tandem with the January/February 2019 edition of Marine Technology Reporter, and distribute both with the magazine as well as at Oi Americas 2019, scheduled for February 25-27, 2019 in San Diego. https://www.oceanologyinternationalamericas.com/MTR is interested to view everyone with a connection to the world-leading Oi events, with the potential to have your experience and history with Oi published for free in the special supplment.For

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Jumbo Wins Leviathan Work

By using one of our DP equipped heavy lift construction vessels with its combination of transport and deepwater installation capabilities, we can provide a unique solution for the transportation and installation aspects of this project,” said Brian Boutkan, Head of Sales & Business Development Americas, Jumbo Offshore.The Leviathan Field is located in the I/14 Leviathan North and I/14 Leviathan South leases, approximately 125 kilometers west of Haifa, Israel, and 35 kilometers west of the Tamar field in the eastern Mediterranean Levantine Basin. Water depth ranges from 1,600 to 1,750 meters

CSS Lightweight Pipeline Lifting and Handling Frames have been used for more than 1000 freespan correction operations, and folds into a 10' container for effective transportation and storage (Photo: Unique Group)

Unique Group Partners with Connector Subsea Solutions

Manager for CSS, said, “Partnering with the group will give us an excellent opportunity to grow further in terms of geographical reach with our rental business. With our unified engineering expertise and technical support skills we are confident in our ability to execute subsea projects in the Americas, Middle East and Asia Pacific regions with increased efficiency.&rdquo

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Shipping Companies Recognized for Efforts to Save Whales

;s marine sanctuaries acknowledged the following shipping companies for their participation in the 2017 vessel speed reduction program: Mediterranean Shipping Company; Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp.; Polar Tankers Inc.; Celebrity Cruises Inc.; Hamburg Sud; ExxonMobil Corp.; Evergreen Marine Corp.; CSL Americas; Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd.; Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd.; OSG Ship Management Inc.; Tesoro Far East Maritime Company.; Chevron Shipping Company LLC.Awards were presented by William Douros, Western Regional Director of the Office of the National Marine Sanctuaries; Greater Farallones Superintendent Maria

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

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

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

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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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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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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

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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