Middle East News

i-Tech 7 Hires New Business Development Manager

i-Tech 7, Subsea 7’s life of field business unit, has appointed Craig Roberts as its new regional business development manager for its Asia Pacific & Middle East region.Roberts, who joins from Total Marine Technology (TMT) where he was operations manager, will be based in the company’s Perth office, in Australia. He brings to the role more than 25 years’ experience in the offshore oil and gas industry, specializing in the delivery of remotely executed subsea solutions and tooling across the entire lifecycle of a subsea development.Roberts will work with Simon Hird, i-Tech 7’s

(Illustration: Equinor)

DNV GL To Perform Hywind Tampen Study

Having been involved in floating wind for many years now, including as verification body on Equinor’s Hywind Scotland project, we’re excited to impart our expertise further on Equinor’s Hywind Tampen project,” commented Prajeev Rasiah, Executive Vice President, Northern Europe, Middle East & Africa, DNV GL - Energy.(Illustration: Equinor

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Trident Opens UAE Diving Center

in February 2019.Wärtsilä already has strong underwater servicing capabilities in Europe through its acquisition of the Trident Group in February 2018, and its subsequent acquisition of the Spanish underwater services company Burriel Navarro later that year. This latest expansion into the Middle East shipping region extends the company’s global footprint in this specialist field. 

Drexel Crewing Manager Ahmed Abelnasser, Drexel Operations Manager Mahmoud Eissa, Rovco CEO Brian Allen, Drexel Business Development Manager Bassem Emam (Photo: Rovco)

ROVCO Partners with Drexel

to increase business in the region over the next five years.Through the strategic alliance with services company Drexel Marine, Rovco said it aims to gain access to the local market and offer its 3D and AI technologies to oil companies and offshore contractors across Egypt, Northeast Africa and the Middle East.Brian Allen, CEO and founder of Rovco, said, “Egypt is a significant growth market for the business and a region where we see a great deal of opportunities in both shallow and deep water developments.“This strategic partnership allows us to take bold steps towards exporting our skills

Kenneth Dastol, CEO & President, Zenitel Group. Photo: Greg Trauthwein

Zenitel: Expanding in Maritime, Offshore

around the world with more than 300 employees after the acquisition of Phontech. Approximately half of the staff is working out of Norway, the rest is spread out with about 30 employees in U.S., 25 in Singapore, 25 in France 25 in Croatia and the remaining employees in Denmark, Sweden, India, China, Middle East, Brazil, Columbia etc.We realize Zenitel is diverse in the markets it serves. Can you put in perspective the size, shape and direction of the maritime and offshore businesses to your overall?Zenitel is organized around five segments being, maritime, oil & gas, security & safety, industry

Boskalis Acquires Horizon

;s main activities include marine geophysical surveys and geotechnical services."Through this transaction, we are adding an important strategic position to our existing marine survey and subsea geotechnical business," said Peter Berdowski, CEO Boskalis. "Horizon is a market leader in the Middle East and we are committed to continuing and expanding the high quality of services they deliver to their clients. Furthermore, Horizon with its strong market position in the Middle East, makes this addition highly complementary to the position we hold through Gardline in Northwest Europe."Horizon

Aerial view of the port of Marseille. (Photo: Port of Marseille Fos)

French Port: First Phase of Subsea Cables

landing solution to our clients, we are also building secure facilities tailored to accommodate the Power Feed Equipment of subsea cables.The Port of Marseille-Fos is now fully positioned as a maritime digital gateway. Not only is Marseille ideally positioned at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia, but we also benefit from a favorable seabed for this type of infrastructure. Connecting submarine cables through the Port of Marseille also makes sense given the current location of carrier-neutral data centres, both within and near the port area.This investment is yet another landmark

BOKA Constructor (Photo: Boskalis)

Boskalis Wins Subsea Work in the Middle East

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announced Tuesday it has signed a multi-year subsea services agreement for an unnamed customer in the Middle East. The base value of the three-year contract amounts to $40 million with an option to extend.Under the terms of the contract commencing, The Dutch company said it will carry out a broad spectrum of subsea inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) services, including integrity assessments for offshore platforms and tripods, wellhead jacket inspections, integrity assessments and inspections of pipelines and light ad-hoc construction work.Boskalis said

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Polarcus Awarded Middle East Project

Marine geophysical firm Polarcus Limited announced it has won a contract from Dubai Petroleum Establishment for a combined towed streamer and ocean bottom node (OBN) 3D seismic acquisition and processing project in the Middle East.The project will commence in the first quarter of 2019 and run for approximately three months. The towed streamer seismic will be acquired by the vessel Vyacheslav Tikhonov. The OBN acquisition services for the project will be provided by fellow seismic data acquisition company SAE Exploration.Polarcus said the core of its fleet is heavily booked in the first quarter of 2019

(Photo: 3D at Depth)

3D at Depth Expands

manufacturing and calibration department.As the company continues to expand operations and recruit offshore talent to meet the growing demand for subsea LiDAR technology solution, 3D at Depth established a U.K. entity, 3D at Depth Ltd. The Norwich location is the headquarters for their European, Middle East and Africa regional sales, services, and project support. Norwich also opened a dedicated data processing and offshore services center. The center provides an equipment and data processing hub located in a globally central time zone to enable better customer support with faster more efficient

Seagull fitted with KATFISH for remotely operated mine countermeasures and underwater surveillance
Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.

Kraken Completes Sea Tests of KATFISH with Elbit Systems

low bandwidth wireless link;Survey operations conducted by supervised autonomy from remote shore-based site;Single operator launch and recovery of KATFISH payload in high sea states;Underwater ThreatsThe underwater defense market is evolving rapidly; responding to changing threats, tensions in the Middle East and Asia, economic and budgetary pressures and a growing trend by emerging navies to deploy asymmetrical weapons. As an example, today’s diesel-electric submarines are quickly becoming one of the biggest threats to naval operations and the $2 trillion commercial shipping industry.Compounding

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