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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

The VAMOS vehicle at SMD’s Head Office Turbinia Works (Photo: SMD)

SMD Tests Subsea Mining Vehicle Prototype

; In November the system will be demobilized and prepared for transport from the U.K. to the second test site in Bosnia and Herzegovina in spring 2018.   The VAMOS project launched in March 2016. The consortium includes 16 members from nine EU countries: other members of the consortium are BMT Group Ltd, Damen Shipyards Group, Instituto de Engenharia Sistemas e Computadores, Fugro EMU Ltd, Zentrum für Telematik e.V., Montanuniversität Leoben, Minerália, Lda, Sandvik Mining and Construction G.m.b.H, Geological survey of Slovenia, La Palma Research Centre for Future Studies, European

DSV Constructor (Photo: Boskalis)

Boskalis Expanding Subsea

challenging market there tend to be interesting opportunities for anti-cyclical investments in companies or equipment that will result in Boskalis being well-positioned when end-markets recover again," it says.   In mid-August Boskalis acquired subsea survey specialist Gardline, and the group recently exercised a purchase option on the leased DSV Constructor to acquired the vessel for around €40 million ($46.7 million). Boskalis said it is also in advanced stages of negotiation for the purchase of an existing modern high-end SAT DSV.    Boskalis saw a slight increase

Angel Platform Courtesy Woodside

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

Harry Gandhi (Photo: Unique Group)

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

An Integrated Rigs to ReefsTM subsea layout. (Photo: Xodus)

Offshore Decommissioning: New Reefing Solution Unveiled

While the reefing of retiring offshore structures makes sense to many, such projects often struggle to address the regulatory hurdles, public perception and who takes the enduring liability for the asset, says decommissioning specialist Xodus Group, who has teamed with stabilization and artificial reef specialist Subcon International to offer a new solution.   The partners say their Integrated Rigs to Reefs (IR2R) solution will be available globally to resolve challenges owners face by augmenting and integrating the retiring assets into purpose built reefs.     Enrico Salardi

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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

Doug Whyte, managing director. Photo  Hydro Group

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

Doug Whyte, Hydro Group managing director at the Aberdeen headquarters, where products are manufactured from start to finish.

Hydro Group Starts 2014 with Big Contract Wins

Subsea design and manufacture group Hydro Group said it is set to invest heavily in new equipment and increase staff numbers thanks to impressive demand from domestic and global markets. Aberdeen-headquartered Hydro Group Plc, specialists in design, engineering and manufacturing of underwater cables and connectors for subsea, underwater, topside and onshore applications, has announced securing strategic contracts worth more than $3 million over the last quarter. The contracts mean the group is on course to meet its turnover target of $13.9 million for 2014. At the end of 2013 the group

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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

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

Peterhead Harbour

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

Hydro Group Secures UK Defence Contract

Hydro Group plc, a global design and manufacturer of underwater cables and connectors for subsea, underwater, topside and onshore applications, has secured a contract with BAE Systems, valued at approximately £2 million, for work to be delivered over the next two years. Hydro Group has been selected by BAE Systems to design, develop and qualify a range of connectorised through hull penetrators. These connectors are being developed for the Successor program as a replacement to the Vanguard class fleet of nuclear submarines, which will equip the U.K. Royal Navy with its long-term nuclear

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Nimitz Strike Group Successfully Completes COMPTUEX

 The USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 successfully completed its final pre-deployment assessment, Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), April 21, marking the completion of its condensed Inter-Deployment Training Cycle (IDTC) for an upcoming deployment.   COMPTUEX is an exercise that tests a strike group's ability to work and operate as one cohesive unit in a simulated real-world-scenario based training environment.   Nimitz was joined by CSG 11, to include Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11, to prove their operational capabilities

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Hydro Group Completes MeyGen Contract

Aberdeen-based subsea cable and connector specialist, Hydro Group has completed a contract with technology developer and supplier of tidal turbines, Andritz Hydro Hammerfest (AHH). The agreement saw Hydro Group supply complete connection systems for three turbines on the world’s most advanced multi-turbine tidal stream energy development.   This second MeyGen contract followed on from an announcement in November 2015 regarding a contract with Atlantis Resources - 86 percent owner of MeyGen Limited - for which Hydro Group supplied the complete export connection system for one of the tidal

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