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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

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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

McDermott Awarded Subsea Work for Hess

deepwater Penn State Deep (PSD) field in the Gulf of Mexico.    “This marks our first project with Hess Corporation in recent history and we look forward to providing industry best operational excellence, quality and safety,” said Scott Munro, McDermott’s Vice President for Americas, Europe and Africa.    The PSD field is located in the Garden Banks 216 block in approximately 1,500 feet of water. Discovered in 1996, the PSD field began production in 1999.    The lump sum contract will be reflected in McDermott’s first quarter 2017 backlog

Duncan Eley (Photo: Polarcus)

Eley to Take over as Polarcus CEO

current market conditions,” the company said.   Eley has over 18 years of experience in the seismic industry in various senior management roles and has been Polarcus' COO since May 2013. He worked with Schlumberger for 10 years supporting marine seismic operations in Europe, Africa and the Americas. Prior to joining Polarcus in 2009, Eley worked for a global strategy consultancy firm across the energy, transport and natural resources sectors. Eley has a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering from Monash University in Australia. In 2006, he completed his MBA at Erasmus University in

Photo: McLane Research Laboratories, Inc.

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

Maria Ancheril (Photo: Xodus Subsea)

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

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

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

Fugro Americas

Fugro Americas Completes Maiden Voyage

  On June 11th, 2015, Fugro’s premier geophysical survey vessel, the Fugro Americas, successfully completed data collection for a geochemical coring campaign in the Caribbean. The project marks the maiden voyage of the new-build vessel. Mobilisation for the campaign immediately followed the vessel’s departure from the construction shipyard in Louisiana in April. Her stable design and experienced, dedicated crew enabled efficient and intelligent data collection to enhance survey results beyond expectations. The integrated project comprised 141 piston cores and 7 heat flow measurement

Fugro Americas (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro Americas Completes Maiden Voyage

Geophysical survey vessel Fugro Americas completed data collection for a geochemical coring campaign in the Caribbean on June 11, 2015, marking the maiden voyage of Fugro’s newbuild vessel.   Mobilization for the campaign immediately followed the vessel’s departure from the construction shipyard in Louisiana in April. Her stable design and crew enabled efficient and intelligent data collection to enhance survey results beyond expectations, Fugro said. The integrated project comprised 141 piston cores and seven heat flow measurements that yielded more than 1,500 biological and

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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

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

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

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

Alberto Morandi (Photo: Global Maritime)

Global Maritime Establishes Technical Authority Board

Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering, a provider of marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services to the offshore sector, has established a Technical Authority Board to be led by Alberto Morandi, formerly head of Global Maritime Americas.   Global Maritime said the Technical Authority Board will promote excellence throughout the company, ensuring consistent and high-quality technical standards. Each board member, who will be nominated for a two-year term, will have specific knowledge in one of the following disciplines: marine operations, structural engineering, naval

Oceaneering Expands AUV Survey Services in West Africa

. By expanding our AUV operations, we will have the opportunity to support new and existing customers more efficiently, and meet the increasing demand for survey services in deepwater blocks of Africa with cost-effective integrated solutions,” explained Pat Mannina, Vice President, ROV – Americas and Global Survey Services

Neptune Expands Into United States

; Supported by the demand from the company’s key North Sea clientele, Neptune has established an office in Houston, Texas.  Operating under the name Neptune Subsea Inc., it will enable Neptune to provide the full suite of Neptune’s services to clients within the Gulf of Mexico and the Americas.   John Allen, a Houston based strategic business development advisor, formerly of GE Oil and Gas has been appointed to drive the expansion and maximize Neptune’s opportunities in the region.   The expansion has been supported by Scottish Development International, the international

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