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 Applying Ecofix on the corroded areas of a rudder. (Photo: Subsea Industries)

Performing Coating Systems for Different Applications

for at least 15 years without having to drydock or repair or replace the hull coating. Another key factor in choosing the hull coating system was the need for a clean, environmentally safe hull to facilitate the required class inspections.One of the Ecolock projects was planned to be deployed in Colombia where there is a lot of fishing activity. So besides durability and the knowledge that the coating would stay on for long enough, the owner and the local authorities wanted to be absolutely sure that no toxic elements would be leaching into the aquatic environment. Not during regular activity and

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$17B Spanish Galleon San Jose: EdgeTech Instrumental

and sonar data analysis for the project was supplied by GK Consulting of Derry NH. The San Jose was a 62-gun flagship galleon of a Spanish fleet carrying gold, silver and emeralds from the mines of Peru back to Spain.  It was sunk June 8, 1708 in a battle with the British off of Cartagena, Colombia. The ship sank so quickly that there were only 11 survivors of the 600 people onboard. EdgeTech side scan sonar systems provide operators the ability to image large areas of the sea floor during important deep-water searches when the whereabouts of sunken objects are largely unknown.  EdgeTech&rsqu

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Argentina Sticking with Submarine Program despite Disaster

complete.   Argentina spends about 1 percent of its gross domestic product on defense, less than its neighbors Chile, Brazil and Peru.   Peru has six subs, Chile four and Brazil plans to increase its five-vessel fleet by four over the next few years. Ecuador and Venezuela each have two and Colombia has four.   “Submarines are an excellent strategic weapon to use in inter-state conflicts. Thankfully, in our region we have optimal relations with our neighbors. But that can change,” Calle said.   Subs are used to patrol sovereign maritime areas and can transform themselves

Juan Manuel Santos (Photo: Juan David Tena - SIG)

Colombia Moves to Salvage Treasure from Spanish Shipwreck

Colombia is making progress towards salvaging a Spanish galleon carrying jewels and coins that sank more than 300 years ago, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday after receiving a proposal from an investor to bring it to the surface.   The ship named San Jose, thought by historians to be carrying one of the largest unsalvaged maritime treasures, sank in 1708 near the historical Caribbean port of Cartagena, and its wreckage was located in 2015.   "The discovery of this ship - one of the most important that navigated in our seas during colonial times - begins a new chapter

Mexico Auctions Two-thirds of Blocks in Shallow Water Oil Tender

Mexico on Monday auctioned two-thirds of the shallow water oil and gas blocks up for grabs in the latest round of its energy market opening, surpassing the cautious estimates of officials last week.   Italy's Eni, Colombia's Ecopetrol and Capricorn Energy, a unit of Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy , were among the companies at the forefront of the bidding for 15 blocks in the southern Gulf of Mexico.   Ten of the 15 blocks were taken up in the auction.   Eni took one of the blocks by itself and two in consortium with other companies. One comprised Capricorn and Mexican oil firm Citla

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OPTECH South 2017: Littoral Challenges in Colombia

Concepts and Technologies Examined at Sea and Ashore    Naval experts from around the world are meeting in Cartagena, Colombia, for the Operations and Technology (OPTECH) South 2017 conference.  The event is being conducted by the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Littoral Operations Center (LOC), supported by the Office of Naval Research-Global and the Colombian Naval Science and Technology Office and Swedish defense company Saab.   The littoral is the complex “near shore” environment where hydrography, geography, commerce, fishing, mining, boundaries

Shell: LNG Demand Strong to 2030

– were two of the fastest growing buyers, increasing their imports by a combined 11.9 MT of LNG in 2016. This boosted China’s LNG imports in 2016 to 27 MT and India’s to 20 MT.   Total global LNG demand increased following the addition of six new importing countries since 2015: Colombia, Egypt, Jamaica, Jordan, Pakistan and Poland. They brought the number of LNG importers to 35, up from around 10 at the start of this century.   Egypt, Jordan and Pakistan were among the fastest growing LNG importers in the world in 2016. Due to local shortages in gas supplies, they imported

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Bert Instruments Adds Nexus USBL to Its Equipment Pool

; experience the field.   For each project specialist engineers and equipment, from its own extensive stock, is assembled for the operation and to address any specific challenges to be encountered. One such project recently undertaken by the company and its sister company Bert Instruments Colombia S.A.S was a pre- and post-drilling environmental and geophysical study in the deep waters up to 700m off Colombia at the Orca-1 exploratory well, 40 km north of the coast of La Guajira. Surveys, geophysical and environmental studies were commissioned here to comply with government regulations prior

Bonga FPSO (Photo: Shell)

Floating Production's Future: The 6 Things You Need to Know Now

is looking a bit weak as a result of the LNG supply glut that has developed over the past year. Two FLNGs under construction have hit obstacles. One unit, the almost completed Exmar Caribbean LNG barge, is without a field as a result of the field operator’s decision to terminate the LNG project in Colombia. The other unit, PFLNG Dua under construction in Korea, has been “re-phased" by Petronas to curtail capital expenditures – and construction will likely be suspended once the hull is finished.    Several planned FLNG projects have also run into barriers. In March 2016

Maryanne Burke (Photo: U.S. Commercial Service)

Global Markets Ripe for US Marine Technologies

and services. The following are just a few examples:  •According to the Global Trade Atlas, U.S. exports of ships, boats and floating structures totaled more than $2 billion in 2015, with Canada, Egypt and Mexico the top three export markets for these U.S. products.  •Colombia has launched a key initiative to expand cargo patios and container areas to include a $250 million project for Buenaventura, a $180 million project for Barranquilla and a $100 million project for Santa Marta. Another project involves $1 billion dollar investment for a 600-mile dredging project of

Nicholas Alan Maden, senior vice president for exploration in Statoil. (Photo Ole Jørgen Bratland)

Statoil to Explore Offshore Uruguay

. Statoil’s entry into Uruguay further expands its extensive position in Latin-America. In neighbouring Brazil, Statoil operates the Peregrino field, the Pão de Açúcar discovery and holds a large portfolio of exploration acreage. Statoil is also present in Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia, Venezuela and Suriname

Concept of what Spanish galleon looked like. Picture from Prince  Museum

Spanish Treasure Galleon San Jose Found - Colombia

  Colombia has found the wreck of a Spanish galleon that sank off the coast of Cartagena and is thought to be laden with emeralds and gold and silver coins, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Friday. More details will be provided at a news conference on Saturday, Santos said from his Twitter account. The San Jose sank in 1708 in the Caribbean Sea close to the walled port city of Cartagena. It was part of the fleet of King Philip V as he fought the English during the War of Spanish Succession. "Great news! We have found the San Jose galleon. Tomorrow we will provide details at a

Colombia Hydropower System Prepared for El Nino

Colombia's electrical system is prepared for the El Nino weather phenomena, which may lead to drought and low reserves at hydro-electric facilities, mines and energy minister Tomas Gonzalez said on Wednesday.   The Andean country, which generates 70 percent of its energy at hydro-electric plants, has in the past had to ration electricity because of climate conditions.   "The reservoir levels are at around 70 percent, we have enough water to generate what Colombia needs," Gonzalez told journalists. "We are prepared."   The El Nino phenomena will extend into the


Ecopetrol, JX Nippon Team Up to Explore Brazil Offshore

resources that may be discovered. Ecopetrol will maintain its 70% share and will continue as Operator. “This Alliance with JX Nippon is in line with our new strategy aimed at positioning ourselves as a Pan-American company, with increased offshore exploration and production presence in Colombia, Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, and at the same time diversifying our participation by allying with world class companies”, stated Ecopetrol’s President, Juan Carlos Echeverry.   JX Nippon is a company that holds interests in North America, the North Sea, Malaysia, Vietnam, among

Record Low Interest in US GoM Leases

have stalled as companies reassess their yearly budgets.   In Wednesday's sale, five companies submitted 33 bids on 33 tracts covering 190,080 acres (76,923 hectares) in the western region, BOEM said.   Australia's BHP Billiton was the most active with 26 bids. BP made one bid, Colombia's Ecopetrol made four, three of which were made jointly with Anadarko Petroleum, and Houston-based Peregrine Oil and Gas made two.   Last year saw 93 bids on 81 tracts totaling $110 million in high bids. In 2012, when oil prices fluctuated between $100 and $80 a barrel, there were 131 bids

Ecopetrol Finds Hydrocarbons in Deep Caribbean Waters

Colombia's state oil company Ecopetrol reported late on Tuesday the presence of hydrocarbons at its Kronos-1 well in ultra-deep waters of the Caribbean Sea.   The discovery was made at a depth of 3,720 meters (12,200 feet) at the well in the Fuerte Sur block, about 53 km (33 miles) offshore, Ecopetrol said in a filing with the financial regulator.   Colombia, Latin America's fourth biggest oil producer, is struggling to increase output to make up for revenue lost by the decline in global oil prices.   Ecopetrol jointly owns the Kronos-1 with Texas-based Anadarko.   Colombia

Mammoet crane at Reficar Refinery, Cartagena, Colombia (Photo: Mammoet)

Huge Heavy Lift Project Wraps up in Colombia

Mammoet concludes multi-year heavy lifting and transport project for refinery in Cartagena, Colombia   Mammoet USA informs it has completed a heavy lifting and transport project at the largest refinery in Colombia, the Reficar Refinery.   Mammoet was contracted to assist in the modernization and expansion of the refinery in 2011. The scope of lifting and transport services for this project was large and diverse with more than 1,000 lifts and moves with 150 of the lifts weighing 100 tons or more. Mammoet served as a key contractor, handling all overland transport, inland shipping and

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