Arabian Gulf News

Boskalis Acquires Horizon

services and eight ROVs.The remaining 37.5% of the shares are held by the incumbent management. The revenue level in the financial year 2018/2019 is expected to exceed $100 million.Horizon was established in 2004 and is located in Sharjah in the UAE. Its activities are largely based in the Arabian Gulf and the Red Sea with clients ranging from national oil companies as well as reputable international EPCI contractors to the oil and gas industry

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Subtech Wins Middle East Contracts

include a subsea installation project utilizing the Mubarak Supporter DP2 construction vessel for the installation of flexibles, umbilicals and power cables, combined with pipeline demolition works as well as employing specialist diving teams and equipment in the Safaniya and Manifa fields in the Arabian Gulf.Paul Whiley, managing director at Subtech Group, said, “Access to a comprehensive array of offshore equipment and skilled personnel within the James Fisher group means we can offer a single point solution that many other service providers in the region simply cannot match.”Whiley added

The progression from Landsat satellite imagery, to a satellite derived bathymetry surface, to a bENC (Bathymetric Electronic Navigation Chart). The location is Golfo de Guanahacabibes, Cuba. (Credit: Aaron Sager)

MG3 & Satellite Derived Bathymetry

then, the custom-produced bathymetry products were used mostly by government agencies, energy exploration companies, infrastructure engineering consultancies and other large organizations with interest in near-shore coastal areas. As TCarta generated products for customers operating in the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf, it began to build an impressive archive of highly accurate Satellite Derived Bathymetry that could be sold as off-the-shelf data sets.“We set our sights on making our marine products available more affordably to smaller organizations by selling on-demand data sets in small tiles on a per-kilomet

Vice Admiral Michael J. Connor (Photo: United States Navy)

Connor Joins Kraken Board

a 35-year career in which he rose to the rank of Vice Admiral in the U.S. Navy, Connor commanded at the ship, squadron and task force levels. His assignments included command of USS Seawolf, a nuclear-powered attack submarine, Submarine Squadron Eight, Undersea Forces in the Western Pacific and the Arabian Gulf.   He held several concurrent titles during his last assignment; including Commander, U.S. Submarine Forces, Commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic and Commander, Allied Submarine Command. He served as commander of U.S. submarine forces from September 2012 until September 2015.   Vice

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Saudi Aramco Buys Teledyne Gavia AUV

.   The Gavia Offshore Surveyor AUV system is expected to enhance Saudi Aramco's agility in meeting high demands for hydrographic survey services through the company's in-house survey operations. The Gavia system will be utilized predominantly for debris survey and pipeline inspection in the Arabian Gulf, with a potential service extension for other type of surveys in water depths up to 1,000m in the Red Sea region.    Saudi Aramco selected the AUV due to its modularity, offering future survey services expansion/diversity and increased sea endurance, the manufacture said. The vehicle

Vice Adm. Louis-Michel Guillaume, left, commander of French Submarine and Strategic Oceanic Forces, Vice Adm. Kevin M. Donegan, middle, commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, and Rear Adm. Robert K. Tarrant, commander Operations of the Royal Navy, sign an agreement to increase coordination for anti-submarine warfare activities between France, the U.S. and the United Kingdom.  Photo: United States Navy

UK, France, US Sign Trilateral Submarine Agreement

in the 5th Fleet area of operations a high-level basis of cooperation to improve our operational results in undersea warfare."   The U.S., U.K. and French navies regularly operate together in the 5th Fleet. France has deployed its nuclear aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle twice to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. In 2015, a French admiral, embarked on Charles de Gaulle, commanded NAVCENT's Task Force (TF) 50, a U.S. task force.    A Royal Navy admiral also assumed command of TF 50 last November while embarked aboard the amphibious helicopter carrier

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OPTECH South 2017: Littoral Challenges in Colombia

and partner nation policy, strategy and technology necessary to deal with conventional, irregular and criminal threats in these crowded and cluttered coastal waters and their adjacent lands; to build greater competence in the U. S. Navy for fighting in restricted waters such as the Baltic, Aegean, Arabian Gulf, and China Seas; and to understand other nations’ capabilities to compete in interactions between land and sea across a littoral coastline.    Previous LOC workshops and OPTECH conferences in the U.S., Sweden and Japan, have brought together other nations and industries around

McDermott Wins EPCI Contract from Saudi Aramco

well observation platform in the Zuluf field.   McDermott was also recently awarded a contract to provide a fast-track EPCI solution for four jackets and three gas observation platforms for Saudi Aramco. The Safaniya oil field, located approximately 125 miles (201 km) north of Dhahran in the Arabian Gulf, is currently the largest offshore oil field in the world. McDermott’s work in the Safaniya field dates back to 1964, with the installation of 62 platforms and a large number of associated flexibles, umbilicals, flow/trunk pipelines and power/composite cables. Over the last six years, McDermott

Northrop Grumman has delivered the first of three lots of mine hunting sonar upgrade kits to the U.S. Navy’s Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division. (Photo: Northrop Grumman Corporation)

US Navy Upgrades Mine Hunting Capabilities

times the resolution of the earlier system while operating at a speed of 18 knots, nearly twice as much as any other operational towed mine hunting device in the world. The AQS-24B will be operated from MH-53E helicopters and the Mine Hunting Unmanned Surface Vessels (MHU) currently deployed in the Arabian Gulf. www.northropgrumman.com 

MENA Upgrades Subsea Network With Infinera in Middle East

a single bay, the DTN-X XTC-10 provides seamless expansion as traffic requirements grow in the future. "This subsea network upgrade integrated with MENA's existing terrestrial network enables MENA to deliver bandwidth quickly and efficiently on a critical route between Europe, Middle East and Arabian Gulf countries," said Kamran Malik, CEO at MENA. "The Infinera DTN-X XTC Series provides robust reliability, flexibility and scalability, meeting the high standards that MENA seeks in a vendor. This helps MENA offer wholesale customers bandwidth as needed in 100G increments." Nick

Leopard ROV (Image: Saab Seaeye)

Leopard ROV Beats the Heat

In the Arabian Gulf, Saab Seaeye’s new Leopard electric work ROV has survived its most challenging test yet.   After spending two continuous months working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, often in 40ºC heat, the newly delivered Saab Seaeye Leopard ROV has survived its first real test, reported Abu Dhabi-based CCC Underwater Engineering.   “It was a baptism of fire,” admited CCC’s ROV Manager, Tavis Letherby, having launched the Leopard straight into a 570 kilometer pipeline inspection.    “We wanted to tease out teething problems and in

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