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MacArtney Group appointed Phil Middleton as the new Managing Director for its UK operations. Photo: MacArtney

MacArtney Names Middleton as New UK Managing Director

;m genuinely excited about being a part of the team and building on the great foundation and growth potential in the business," said Middleton. "I look forward to meeting our existing client base and introducing new clients to the class leading products which MacArtney can offer across the energy sector.”MacArtney Group appointed Phil Middleton as the new Managing Director for its UK operations. Photo: MacArtne

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Aquaculture: Inside the De Maas’ Offshore Fish Farm

, delivering many first-off support vessels, offshore floating platforms and drilling rigs.Whereas De Maas’ bread and butter business concerns the provision of engineering, quality supervision and project management services to a range of international clients in the oil and gas and renewable energy sector, offshore aquaculture first came on our radar in 2015 when we noticed a Norwegian salmon farmer building their first offshore aquaculture unit in China. This raised our interest and, after doing thorough international market research from both our offices in The Netherlands and China, we decided

George Gair at Film-Ocean Ltd, Ellon, Aberdeenshire (Photo: Film-Ocean)

Film-Ocean Hires Gair as Inspection Manager

of inspection and integrity together with technical expertise it will help drive the business forward faster.""Joining the company is an exciting prospect for me, as I see Film-Ocean as a forward-thinking and agile player in the offshore inspection field," Gair said. "The offshore energy sector is having to adapt to outside influences significantly. However, inspection and the integrity of offshore assets remain a key requirement, and I see the Film-Ocean Team as being extremely capable of achieving these challenges."

BladeBUG is a blade walking inspection robot, focusing on leading edge erosion inspection. Images from ORE Catapult.

Robotics: Autobots Transform in the Offshore Energy Sector

take for granted, robots can’t,” he says.  “In a production plant, everything is pretty static and controlled. It’s easy to separate moving things from non-moving things and people from robotics,” says Alex Louden, Innovation Manager at the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult. “Everything is linear, there’s no wind, waves or currents to get in the way. It’s so much easier to implement automation. When you think about offshore wind, it’s a different beast entirely, because of the operating environment.”  Equinor has been

Credit: Film Ocean

Film-Ocean Launches Compact ROV LARS

Film-Ocean, a provider of ROV solutions for the offshore energy sector, has recently built what it says is a compact ROV launch and recovery system (LARS).  "The LARS system is a versatile deployment solution for platform-based ROV operations. Film-Ocean’s compact LARS system has a smaller footprint than the more traditional A-frame systems, an overall weight reduction, and its built-in foldable knuckle boom crane allows for operations where height restrictions may present a challenge," the company said.According to Film-Ocean, depending on the requirements of the project, the

An ROV - Credit: Victor Ivin/AdobeStock

Reach Subsea Adds to Its ROV Backlog

Reach Subsea, Oslo-listed subsea services provider for the offshore energy sector, has added to its contract backlog.The company had in its 1Q 2020 report said that it had secured 750 project days (representing 1,250 ROV days) for the remainder of 2020.In a statement on Wednesday, Reach Subsea said that since the 1Q report, it has, together with cooperation partner MMT Sweden AB, been awarded additional contracts and call-offs under frame agreements for 2020 execution, representing about 250 project days (400 ROV days). The projects involve both inspection, survey, and construction support work

Spirit Energy Orders POS-GRIP System from Plexus

has managed to maintain during this time," Plexus added."The purchase order is in line with the Company's IP-led strategy to extend the application of its POS-GRIP technology beyond jack-up exploration, where it has been used on over 400 wells worldwide, into higher value areas of the energy sector, including oil and gas production, geothermal and other applications," it added.Plexus' CEO Ben Van Bilderbeek said: "This order is for a gas production well, and as the cleanest hydrocarbon to combust in terms of CO2 emissions, natural gas is increasingly viewed as a key transitional

Balmoral Test Rig - Credit: Balmoral

Balmoral Develops Cable Protection Solution for Offshore Wind

;Ian Milne, sales manager, said: “With over 300 employees at our Aberdeen facility we retain an impressive complement of design engineers, project managers, R&D, laboratory and testing personnel helping us maintain and strengthen our position as a leading subsea solutions provider for the energy sector.”Milne added: “From what we read in the press and glean from the available data, the scale of global opportunity is quite staggering.""Considering what is already happening in Europe and the Far East, to the potential that lies off the coasts of North and South America,

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Rovco Opens Edinburgh Office

of ROV services to the offshore energy industry has opened a new office and operational base in Edinburgh, Scotland to serve its current portfolio of offshore renewable and energy projects renewable and energy projects."Rovco aims to continue to support both the offshore wind and broader energy sector offering Hydrographic, Operations & Maintenance and Construction support services," the company said.The office will house its operational team, while there are also plans to find an East Coast Quayside location for deployment of Rovco's equipment and technology.“This Edinburgh

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