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Submarine escape excercise: Image courtesy of RAN

Australia Navy Stage Submarine Escape Exercise

An intensive three week submarine escape and rescue exercise has drawn to a close off the east coast of Australia.   During Exercise BLACK CARILLON 2013, members of Navy’'s Submarine Force simulated being evacuated from HMAS Farncomb, which was bottomed in 112 metres of water, in the James Fisher Rescue Service LR5 submersible. The 21.5 tonne submersible was then lifted onto the deck of a rescue vessel, where its passengers were transferred into decompression chambers without being exposed to the outside air pressure.   The James Fisher Rescue Service LR5 Submersible was mobilised from

Jackup drilling unit Ensco 100 in the P1889 licence Photo NORECO

Niobe Exploration Well Dry

  The Niobe exploration well has been drilled to target depth without encountering hydrocarbons. The well will now be plugged and abandoned. Spudded on 8 June 2015 the well was drilled by the jackup drilling unit Ensco 100 in the P1889 licence, close to the Beatrice oil field in the Outer Moray Firth area off the north east coast of Scotland. Norwegian Energy Company (UK) Ltd, a subsidiary of Norwegian Energy Company ASA, is partner in the licence with a current equity interest of 22.5 per cent.

Photo: McDermott International

BP Awards Angelin EPCIC Contract to McDermott

McDermott International, Inc. has been awarded an engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contract from BP Trinidad & Tobago, LLC (bpTT) for the Angelin gas field, located 25 miles (40 kilometers) off the east coast of Trinidad and Tobago. This EPCIC contract follows the completion of a multi-phase engineering contract, including pre-front end engineering design (pre-FEED), front-end engineering design (FEED), and pre-execution engineering contracts previously awarded by bpTT to McDermott for the initial design and execution planning of Angelin. McDermott&rs

BOEM-funded Hurricane Sandy initiative is creating a new inventory of potential offshore sediment resources in federal waters in the Atlantic. Photo Lamont-Doherty

BOEM and Atlantic Sand Assessment Project

on Tuesday, October 25 at 11:00 a.m. The collection is a result of the BOEM-funded project to create a new inventory of potential offshore sediment resources in Federal waters in the Atlantic. The project involved collecting, analyzing and cataloging sediment cores from federal waters offshore 11 East Coast states from Miami, Florida, to Massachusetts beginning in 2015. The core analysis provides important information on thickness of sediment layers, composition of sediment layers, organic material content, and overall compatibility with beach sands.  LDEO is a world-renown earth sciences institution

Salvage and Wreck Removal Conference

  HINODE Events and Services Pvt Ltd., have announced the 4th Annual Conference on Salvage and Wreck Removal in India to be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Visakhapatnam on India's East Coast. This conference is being held for the first time in Visakhapatnam, a busy Dry Bulk Port, close to offshore activity in the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and Andaman Sea. Now in its fourth year, the Conference will  review the latest developments in Marine Salvage and Wreck Removal strategies, methods  and techniques for cargo vessels and also offshore vessels / installations examine

Image: MacArtney

MacArtney Expands into Atlantic Canada

Business acquisition of EMO Marine Technologies Ltd. (EMO Marine) consolidates MacArtney’s presence on the Canadian east coast; acquiring the Canadian company ensures optimum positioning of the sixth regional operation in the North American market   Canadian manufacturer of subsea communication systems, EMO Marine, is the latest acquisition of the MacArtney Group. EMO Marine is a technology company founded in 2012 specializing in engineering and manufacturing of a range of fiber optic video/data transmission systems appropriate for various marine and subsea applications.    MacA

Statoil is operator with 100% equity share in petroleum exploration permits 55781 and 57057 in the Reinga Basin offshore Northland’s west coast. Photo Statoil

Statoil to farm-in with OMV, NZ

Statoil has agreed with OMV to acquire a 30% working interest in Petroleum Exploration Permit (PEP) 57073. This will further strengthen Statoil’s position in New Zealand. The permit covers an area of 9,800 square kilometres in the East Coast Basin, and sits in water depths of 1,000-2,000 metres. OMV will remain the operator with 70% working interest. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval “This is an underexplored area with the potential for multiple plays, offering a considerable exploration upside,” says Nicholas Alan Maden, senior vice president for Exploration.

Long-life subsea logging node Fetch was deployed in 550 feet of water to measure ocean temperature and pressure. The Liquid Robotics Wave Glider uploaded the logged data via its high speed acoustic modem, transmitting it to shore via satellite.

Sonardyne, Liquid Robotics and NOAA Collaborate on Ocean Observation Project

In early August off the east coast of America, a team from Sonardyne International Ltd., Liquid Robotics and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) concluded the second leg of an extensive ocean observation technology demonstration project. Using Sonardyne’s Fetch and Tsunami sensor nodes and a Liquid Robotics Wave Glider, the project was performed in collaboration with MARACOOS (Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing System), NOAA National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) and managed by NOAA US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Program Office with the

Wind Farm Support Vessel: Photo courtesy of Tidal Transit

Offshore Wind Farm Vessel Motion Monitoring Trials

Strainstall Marine undertake vessel motion monitoring trial on an offshore wind farm transfer vessel off the UK East Coast. The company's new Vessel Motion Monitoring System™ (VMMS™) provides accurate motion monitoring for wind turbine transfer vessels to improve safety during transfer operations, as well as impact load measurement combined with a data logging capability. An accurate motion monitoring system can increase the operational window considerably during critical personnel and equipment transfer manoeuvres by allowing the user to monitor all motion parameters, rather than

'Fugro Saltire': Photo courtesy of the owners

Fugro Win Two Offshore Wind Farm Trenching Contracts

first contract is for CT Offshore A/S at RWE Innogy's Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm located in Liverpool Bay off the North Wales coast. The work involves the burial and post-burial survey of 63 inter-array cables. The second contract is a similar work-scope at a wind-farm located off the UK East coast. The projects will run consecutively with work commencing in January and completing in the 3rd quarter of 2014. Fugro adds that it is mobilising one of its two Q1400 trenching spreads onto the vessel Fugro Saltire in order to execute the work program. Fugro Saltire is also equipped with two

A right whale skim feeding with NOAA Ship Delaware II in the background.

NOAA Proposal Aims to Extend Reduced Whale Ship Strikes

scheduled to expire in December 2013. NOAA's proposal to make them permanent, which includes a 60-day public comment period, was filed at the Federal Register today. The existing rules, which reduce an ocean-going vessel's speed to 10 knots or less during certain times and locations along the East Coast from Maine to Florida, have reduced the number of whales struck by ships since 2008, when the speed limits began. No right whale ship strike deaths have occurred in Seasonal Management Areas since the rule went into place. Modeling studies indicate the measures have reduced the probability of fatal

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Underwater Robots Deployed in NOAA Hurricane Study

A fleet of underwater robots is descending into waters off the east coast to collect data that could help improve storm intensity forecasts during future hurricane seasons. Several regions of the NOAA-led U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) are partnering to deploy 12-16 autonomous underwater robotic vehicles, also known as gliders, from Nova Scotia to Georgia.  The gliders will be available through the peak fall Atlantic storm season to collect data on ocean conditions, which will help improve scientists' understanding of hurricanes and pave the way for future improvements in

Photo: Fugro

Fugro to Provide ROV Services on ONGC Drillship

Fugro has been awarded a contract by Indian oil and gas company, ONGC, for the provision of ROV services on board the drillship Sagar Vijay. The contract, which was signed at ONGC’s offices in Mumbai, involves providing support for deepwater drilling operations off the east coast of India, in depths up to 900 meters.   A range of tasks will be performed by Fugro’s FCV ROV, including seabed surveys, monitoring of subsea drilling operations, guideline cutting and reinstallation, remote intervention and AX/VX ring gasket installation. Services also include setting up regular fluid

Skandi Constructor

Skandi Constructor Set for Work in Gulf of Mexico in 2015

for the first quarter of 2015. The Skandi Constructor is a dedicated light intervention mono hull equipped with the Helix 7 3/8” 10,000psi Subsea Intervention lubricator (SIL) package. The planned campaign in the Gulf follows three very successful campaigns in West Africa, U.K. North Sea and East Coast Canada. The vessel is purpose built and permanently equipped and crewed for Light Well Intervention (LWI). For more information, please contact Well Ops US Commercial Department.  

US Offshore Wind Survey Contract for Fugro Atlantic

governor Bob McDonnell said: “[This is] a positive move forward toward the development of offshore wind energy, an important and promising component of my plan to develop all of the commonwealth’s domestic energy from local resources to make Virginia the ‘Energy Capital of the East Coast’.” Fugro Atlantic vice president Tom McNeilan, indicated that the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf has never been developed for energy purposes and there is little record of how installed structures have performed and only basic knowledge of the character of the seafloor and sub-surface

Fugro deploys deepwater geotechnical vessel Fugro Voyager for ONGC works offshore India’s east coast (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro to Perform Offshore Geotechnical Work for ONGC

Fugro is to commence an offshore geotechnical investigations program under a $26 million contract awarded by Indian oil and gas company ONGC.   The contract involves site investigation work to gather geotechnical and geohazard data at the field, which is located in the KG-DWN-98/2 block off the east coast of India. The information will support the design and subsequent installation of wellheads, manifolds, platforms, FPSO anchors, umbilicals, pipelines and flow lines.   Fugro will deploy its deepwater geotechnical vessel Fugro Voyager which will perform the work in water depths ranging from

Aquatic Relocates to New Singapore Office

Aquatic Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, an Acteon company and a subsidiary of Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd, has relocated its regional headquarters. The new office suite is part of the existing operations base on the east coast of Singapore, where all Asia-based Aquatic equipment is stored and mobilized. According to the company, the move brings the local Aquatic team closer to key clients and equipment, enabling them to oversee key processes in the operations side of the business while offering clients a first-hand look at a part of the business. Nick Dale, regional manager Asia Pacific

North Korea Test Fires Submarine Missile

North Korea test fired a submarine-based ballistic missile (SLBM) from its east coast on Wednesday, CNN reports quoting South Korean authorities.   The missile flew about 500 kilometres before splashing into the Sea of Japan — the first missile of its kind to reach such a distance.   The launch took place at 5:30 a.m. local time, according to a statement from the South Korean Foreign Ministry.   The South Korean government and experts said the launch showed technical progress in the North's SLBM program.    Having the ability to fire a missile from a submarine

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