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Siemens Gamesa, Van Oord win $580 mln Dutch wind farm contract

Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa and Dutch marine contractor Van Oord said on Friday they have won a contract worth more than 500 million euros ($580 million) to build a large wind farm in the Netherlands.The 380 megawatt (MW) wind farm on IJsselmeer lake is expected to provide enough energy to power around 380,000 households from mid 2021.Spain's Siemens Gamesa will design and supply 89 wind turbines and service the wind farm for at least 16 years. Van Oord will deliver foundations and cables for the project, with construction set to start next year.The Netherlands is looking to increase renewable

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Fugro Tallies ROV Services Contracts with Petrobras

oil fields. The ROVs are being deployed in water depths of 3,000 meters on the Brazilian continental shelf.The first of the two contracts commences in the second quarter of 2018 and is being executed from the Far Santana, an anchor handling and towing support (AHTS) vessel owned by Norwegian marine contractor SolstadFarstad. The contract duration is 319 days.During the second contract, which starts in the third quarter of 2018, Fugro and SolstadFarstad will jointly manage operations, which will involve Fugro’s ROV being deployed from SolstadFarstad’s Far Scout AHTS offshore vessel. This

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Van Oord Wins Taiwanese Offshore Wind Contract

Dutch marine contractor Van Oord said on Wednesday it had won a 500 million euros ($579 million) contract to build a 640 megawatt (MW) offshore wind farm in Taiwan.Van Oord will design, manufacture and install the eighty foundations for the wind farm, to be constructed eight kilometres (5 miles) off the coast of Yunlin prefecture.Installation will begin in 2020, Van Oord said, with a capacity of 350 MW connected to the Taiwan power grid that year and the remaining part in 2021.The project is part of the Taiwanese government's plans to install offshore wind farms with a total capacity of 5,500 MW

One of the cable tensioners added to Briggs’ range of equipment (Photo: Briggs Marine)

Briggs Marine Strengthens Subsea Offering

U.K. marine contractor Briggs Marine said it has invested more than £1 million into its subsea services division over recent months.   The company has enhanced its subsea cable repair and installation capabilities with the addition of two new 15Te tracked cable tensioners to its existing cable handling equipment portfolio. The tensioners were employed immediately in the renewable energy sector to deliver power to cable installation operations for Briggs’ subsea services division.   Briggs has also invested in two cable storage tanks, extending its Burntisland-based cable depot

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Briggs Marine Expanding in Liverpool

 U.K. marine contractor Briggs Marine is expanding in the North West of England with new water-side facilities in Port of Liverpool.   The 500 sq m building will allow Briggs to offer a greater range of services, and will assist the company in further developing its offering in renewables, sub-marine engineering and port services in this busy region.   The company currently has approximately 80 personnel based in the region, with plans to increase this number as a result of the growing presence and anticipated future work.   Briggs’ operations director Iain Ross said

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DOF Subsea Secures Contract Extension

DOF Subsea UK Limited  has announced that its survey and positioning business in the U.K. and U.S. has been awarded an extension of a Master Service Agreement with Heerema Marine Contractors of Leiden, The Netherlands.   The contract covers global provision of survey and positioning services on board Heerema Marine Contractor’s vessels, including the Hermod, Balder, Thialf, Aegir and support vessels/anchor handlers.  

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Cal Dive CFO Brent D. Smith Resigns

available to assist during the transition. Quinn Hébert, said, “We appreciate the contributions that Brent has made to our Company during his 10 year tenure and wish him well in his future endeavors.” Cal Dive International, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a marine contractor that provides manned diving, pipelay and pipe burial, platform installation and salvage, and light well intervention services to the offshore oil and natural gas industry on the Gulf of Mexico OCS, Northeastern U.S., Latin America, Southeast Asia, China, Australia, West Africa, the Middle East

Midco diver with Fishers PT-1 pipe tracker, Inset - Castle diver with Fishers CT-1 cable tracker (Photo: JW Fishers)

Tracking Underwater Pipes and Cables

to get a good reading on them. If this happened, our plan was to use the PT-1 to detect the steel armor on the cables. But as it turned out, the cable tracker worked perfectly.” Another company using the cable tracker is Marine Technologies Inc. (MTI), a commercial diving company and heavy marine contractor in Baltimore, Md. President Terry Clark said, “We recently used our CT-1 on a project in New York tracking utility lines running under the Hudson River near the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Once all of the existing lines were successfully located with the cable tracker, our team installed 15

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Kongsberg to Supply Offshore Crane Simulator to Heerema

Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) has selected Kongsberg Maritime's K-Sim Offshore simulation platform to enhance crane operator training and the safe, efficient implementation of heavy lift operations. According to Kongsberg the delivery of what will become the world's most advanced offshore heavy lift crane simulator is planned for September 2015. The equipment will be installed at a new simulation centre in the HMC Academy at the company's HQ in Leiden, the Netherlands. Kongsberg explains that as a leading international offshore oil and gas marine contractor specialising in transporting

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Work Class ROV Training Course Launched

provision of hardware for the training, has been provided by companies such as Fugro, Technip, Lawsons Engineering, Forum, Kongsberg, FMC Schilling Robotics, and Digital Edge. Technip has also led the development of the course syllabus, which was developed in conjunction with the International Marine Contractor’s Association (IMCA) and the ROV industry, to ensure that the training provided meets the needs of industry as well as raises the standard of ROV training. The course is aimed specifically at personnel meeting the minimum trade requirements set by IMCA, with relevant experience in

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Second Cougar ROV for Tidal Renewable Energy Installers

a strong tidal flow extends our working window deep into the tidal ranges,” said business manager Bobbie Stone, “and the Cougar has helped us achieve improved results, even when fitted with a tooling skid.” Increasing their work time is a significant advantage for specialist marine contractor KLM and they actively undertake research and development in this area with their Saab Seaeye Cougar fleet playing a key role.  “We chose to acquire another Cougar,” Bobbie Stone said, “because it’s unrivalled in its class for the type of subsea work we frequently

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Pharos Offshore Hires Deepsea Worker

in Bergen and re-birthed in the Port of Blyth alongside Pharos Offshore’s quayside storage facility.   Speaking on the news of the announcement, Phil Walker, CEO of Pharos Offshore Group, commented “Pharos Offshore has an excellent reputation within the offshore market as a marine contractor with specialist knowledge, kit and experience. We are looking forward to bringing forward our subsea solutions to the offshore market from the Deepsea Worker and we hope to develop from our commendable track record.” Pharos Offshore delivers engineering solutions for subsea cable installati

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SSC Completes IMCA Surface Supplied Diver Assessment

. The assessment was conducted from the Shanghai Salvage new DP 2 Diving Support Vessel (DSV) ‘Shen Qian Hao’ while in offshore Shanghai area.   The assessments were conducted over a 24-day program from May 14 to June 6, 2015 and carried out in accordance with the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) document – ‘Competence Assessment of Experienced Surface Supplied Divers’.   KB Associates Pte Ltd (KBA) is the only company approved by IMCA outside of the UK to conduct the experienced diver assessment program and were contracted by SSC. KBA provided

HOCHTIEF is selling offshore assets to marine contractor and long-term partner GeoSea

GeoSea acquires HOCHTIEF Offshore Assets

DEME’s marine engineering specialist GeoSea acquires offshore assets of HOCHTIEF, one of Germany’s leading international construction groups. HOCHTIEF is selling offshore assets to marine contractor and long-term partner GeoSea. GeoSea has had decades of success in marine engineering and is now acquiring  full ownership of the heavy-lift jack-up vessel ‘Innovation’, one of the largest jack-up vessels in the marine construction industry. On top of that GeoSea takes over some other obligations (with regard to assets and personnel); these obligations however have negligible

The Wheatstone LNG Project is being developed in Australia. (Image: Ennsub)

Ennsub Completes Sealing Work on LNG Platform

Ennsub has completed the design, manufacture, testing and installation of bespoke sealing systems for the Wheatstone Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) platform off the coast of Australia.   The company was approached by a marine contractor to design two different systems to provide an external and internal sealing system for 64-off 8” NS ballasting pipes located at each corner of the platform.   Ennsub was responsible for the design and supply of all equipment, including downline recovery winches, remote disconnect heads and isolation plugs. Following a factory-acceptance test program

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Cal Dive Shaves Loss in Q1 2014

utilization in Southeast Asia and our Australia results were solid during the first quarter. We also substantially completed a project for the installation of three platforms off the coast of Ecuador.” About the Company Cal Dive International, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a marine contractor that provides manned diving, pipelay and pipe burial, platform installation and salvage, and light well intervention services to the offshore oil and natural gas industry on the Gulf of Mexico OCS, Northeastern U.S., Latin America, Southeast Asia, China, Australia, West Africa, the Middle East

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Cal Dive Sells Off its GofM Surface Diving Fleet

saturation diving, pipelay and decommissioning and salvage operations and our construction and diving services in key international markets such as Mexico, Australia, Southeast Asia and the North Sea.” About the Company Cal Dive International, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a marine contractor that provides manned diving, pipelay and pipe burial, platform installation and salvage, and light well intervention services to the offshore oil and natural gas industry on the Gulf of Mexico OCS, Northeastern U.S., Latin America, Southeast Asia, China, Australia, West Africa, the Middle East

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