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Calibration Innovation: New Tensioner Test Rig

HTL Group informs it has designed a new tensioner test rig which allows bolt tensioners to be pressure tested in a manner that saves test time and money.   The new design allows the load cell only to be tested quickly and safely avoiding the necessity to fit the bridge and screw on the puller, reducing test time. Titled as the Premier Plus Range, and finished in a durable blue powder coating with lockable castors ensures the range further promotes operator safety by guaranteeing easy mobility. In addition, the OEM has also designed each rig to come supplied with all the features necessary to

Left to right: Konrad Mech, Director of Subsea Channel Management at Kongsberg Maritime AS, and Harry Gandhi, CEO of Unique Group (Photo: Unique Group)

Unique Group, Kongsberg Maritime Restore Partnership

 Integrated subsea and offshore solution provider Unique Group said it has reestablished a dealer agreement with Kongsberg Maritime AS for the Middle East region.    Under the business cooperation agreement, Unique Group’s offices in the region will offer sale and service of KM’s wide range of underwater mapping, navigation, acoustics and camera solutions to customers in the territories of Bahrain, KSA, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE. The two companies presently have an agreement in place for Nigeria and Kenya.   The Kongsberg Maritime range of underwater mapping products

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Ocean Microstructure Glider Workshop Announced

Mixer Kick-Off Reception   Day 2, May 29 Classroom •Overview of OMG Measurement System •Ocean Microstructure Measurement Theory & Sensors •Data Acquisition Software •Pre-Deployment Checks   Day 3, May 30 Field Day •Field measurements with OMG •Group 1 morning •Group 2 afternoon   Day 4, May 31 Classroom •Post Cruise Maintenance •Data Conversion and Processing •Special Topics Presentation •Guest Speaker TBD •OMG Banquet Dinner   Day 5, June 1 Breakout Rooms •Advanced Data Processing and

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Sparrows Wins BP Contract in Angola

BP has awarded Sparrows Group a three-year contract to manage crane operations and maintenance, and deck services off the coast of Angola. The contract covers four cranes utilized on two Floating Production Offloading and Storage (FPSO) vessels, the Greater Plutonio and the PSVM, located in Blocks 18 and 31 respectively, which are situated 160km north-west of Angola’s capital Luanda.   Sparrows has two bases in Angola located in Talatona and Malonga and first worked with BP in the region in 2006.   This latest scope of work, which was won as part of a competitive tender, will

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CEO Haugan Leaves Kvaerner to Lead Aker Energy

Board, Leif-Arne Langøy.   Jan Arve Haugan commented, "With the emergence of Aker Energy, a new exciting opportunity materialized. In my opinion, it is a good time to hand over the torch to others. The company is solid. Kvaerner's biggest strength is its 2 700 employees, a fantastic group of people, a solid corporate culture and two well-run facilities at Stord and in Verdal".   The Board of Kvaerner has engaged an executive search company to assist in finding the right successor to further develop Kvaerner.   "We will evaluate both internal and external candidates

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Schlumberger, Subsea 7 Mull Oil Services JV

market share in a recovering subsea market."   Shares in Subsea 7 were up 5.3 percent at 1053 GMT. It was the top performer in the European oil and gas index and the second-best performer of the pan-European index.   "Speculative appeal, next move could be M&A between the two groups," said Natixis analyst Baptiste Lebacq.   Subsea 7 top owner, Norwegian billionaire Kristian Siem, has long called for consolidation, saying it was the "way to go" to cope with drastic cost cuts from oil companies.   (Editing by Subhranshu Sahu and Edmund Blair

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Seatools to Supply Monitoring System for The Ocean Cleanup

remote offshore monitoring system that will be used to gain real-time insight into the performance of the first-ever ocean cleanup system.   The contract was awarded by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch nonprofit developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans from floating plastic. The group will deploy the system during trials starting later this year on the U.S. West Coast.   “Besides the fact that we thoroughly support this meaningful initiative, the project is compelling from a technological viewpoint as well, said Jan Frumau, Managing Director at Seatools. “It

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Wood Group Wins Browse FEED Contract

  Wood Group has secured its second front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the proposed Browse floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) Development offshore Western Australia. Under the new contract with Woodside, effective immediately, Wood Group Kenny (WGK) will progress the configuration design of the flexible risers and umbilicals for the asset’s offshore gas-condensate fields - Brecknock, Calliance and Torosa. Wood Group commenced a contract earlier this year for the subsea flowline FEED with Woodside for the development, located 300km from the Kimberly coast. Bob

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Bergen Group Cancels Rig Facilities Sale

The Bergen Group has decided to terminate a sales agreement that would see Semco Maritime acquire its rig service yard facilities at Hanøytangen. The real estate and the rig service activity at Hanøytangen will continue to be under the Bergen Group's ownership.   According to Semco Maritime, the transaction, initially announced on April 13, 2015, was subject to final closing no later than April 30, but ran into “unforeseen issues” which caused the Bergen Group to cancel the deal.   “Since the sales agreement was signed, some unforeseen issues have occurred

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Unique Group to Double Global Subsea, Offshore Business

Unique Group has set in place measures to double its size and global infrastructure by 2019 through capital investment, acquisitions and expansion into key markets. With a current turnover in excess of $100m, the company has restructured its worldwide organisation into five new business units, to capitalise on Unique Group’s current and future market sectors. The first expansion into new sectors is the launch of Unique Group’s range of technically advanced products for Dive Support Vessels (DSVs), the result of three years of research and development and significant investment by

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Titanic Survey Personnel to Receive Helicopter Safety Training

The expedition team due to survey the Titanic shipwreck in a few months’ time will receive helicopter safety training before diving down to the historic shipwreck this summer.   The group leading the 2018 Titanic Survey Expedition, manned-submersible services provider OceanGate Inc., said Falck Safety Services Canada will provide Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HUET) for the expedition crew, mission specialists and content experts who will fly about 400 miles due south from St. John’s, Newfoundland to rendezvous with the dive support ship at sea in June.   In preparation

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Unique Group Acquires Oceanwide Safety at Sea

Integrated subsea and offshore solution provider Unique Group informs it has acquired Oceanwide Safety at Sea. Founded in 2002, Oceanwide designs, constructs and performs maintenance on self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboats. The company will be wholly owned by Unique Group but will continue to be managed by its founders, Rob Bunders and Klaas Kapteijn, with the current workforce being retained. According to Unique Group, Oceanwide will be able to expand its services across the regions where Unique Group has existing facilities, including the Middle East, Singapore and the U.S. Oceanwide will also

Andy Doggett, director of Unique Group’s survey equipment division; Stan Moroney, former owner of GSE Rentals; and Ray Hughes, managing director of Unique System UK Limited” (from left to right) (Photo:Unique Group)

Unique Group Acquires Survey Equipment Firm

GSE Rentals is now wholly owned by Unique Group and the company's workforce will be retained.  Former owner, Stan Moroney, will continue as business advisor and consultant to Unique Group.   Unique Group has more than 20 years of survey rental experience globally. By acquiring GSE Rentals, it can strengthen its presence in non oil and gas markets, with a focus on offshore renewable energy projects, submarine cables, dredging, ports and harbours and civil projects.   Andy Doggett, director of Unique Group’s survey equipment division said: “The advantage to GSE Rentals&rsquo

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Expansion Underway at Hydro Group

Aberdeen-based subsea cable and connector specialist Hydro Group, has expanded its premises by investing £2 million in a new 13,700 sq ft bespoke facility, set to open in spring 2016.   The company currently occupies a 45,500 sq ft facility at the Aberdeen Energy Park, purchasing the additional 0.63 acres of development land from Buccleuch Property and Moorfield Group (Buccmoor LP) to enable it to expand operations and develop a brand new workshop with mezzanine deck.   Doug Whyte, Hydro Group Managing Director, said: “The new facility and additional space was required in

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NorSea Group Makes Long-term UK Commitment

NorSea Group (U.K.) Limited is making a major, long-term commitment to the U.K. with the announcement that it will take over operatorship of Smith Quay and Embankment at Peterhead on a 10-year agreement as of September 1. NorSea Group also has a 15-year lease at South Quay in Montrose and a long term agreement with Scrabster Harbour Trust. John Wallace, CEO at Peterhead Port Authority is delighted to welcome NorSea Group to the Port given their profile within the industry, personnel and resources. “We built up a strong portfolio of clients at the Smith Quay base, but it became apparent that

Doug Whyte, Hydro Group managing director with Steve Ang, who will head-up the Hydro Group Singapore office. Photo: Hydro Group

Hydro Group Reports International Growth

Aberdeen-based Hydro Group Plc, a global design and manufacturer of underwater cables and connectors for subsea, underwater, topside and onshore applications, sets sights on further international growth with opening of new Singapore office. Singapore currently represents Hydro Group’s second largest export market, with the Group identifying more than £1million of potential sales in the region per year. The new office will support Hydro Group’s increasing presence in Southeast Asia and offer its range of subsea optical cables, electrical cables and connectors to the wider

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Subsea Wireless Group Reports Successful Second Year

Wireless communications in the subsea environment continue to deliver value to the oil and gas industry. The Subsea Wireless Group (SWiG) is an international industry initiative established to promote interoperability for subsea wireless communications within the areas of radio frequency, acoustic and free space optic technologies. The group was initiated as a result of the growing interest and application of these solutions within the sector. The group was established in May 2011 at OTC and continues its mission to raise industry awareness and acceptance of through water communications as viable

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