Offshore Oil & Gas

Chris Gibson, VP of Sales & Marketing at VideoRay.

One-on-One: Chris Gibson, VideoRay

brand, and has been with the company since its inception in 1999.  MTR spoke with Gibson recently for his insights on market and tech drivers.The familiar family of VideoRay ROVs are found globally in a wide range of industries and missions, from homeland security and defense, to inland and offshore infrastructure inspection, aquaculture, power plant inspection, and more. MTR caught up with Gibson recently for his insights on market and tech drivers.How did you come to have a career in the subsea industry?VideoRay was one of my interests from 1999 – 2006. During this time, I also ran

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PSA Audits Xmas Tree for Snorre Expansion

Norway's offshore watchdog the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) said it has carried out an audit of Equinor and the fabrication of the subsea Christmas tree for the Snorre expansion project.The objective of the February audit was to ensure that fabrication of the subsea Christmas tree for the Snorre expansion project complied with the company’s own requirements and requirements in the regulations, PSA said. A sub-goal was to follow up how the project is undertaking its supervisory duty in respect of its supplier, TechnipFMC.PSA siad it did not identify any non-conformities during the audit

Barry MacLeod has been named CEO of the newly rebranded Rever Offshore (Photo: Rever Offshore)

Rever Offshore Names MacLeod CEO

Subsea services provider Rever Offshore, formerly Bibby Offshore, said on Monday it has appointed Barry MacLeod as its new chief executive officer, replacing Mark Bessell, who stepped down from the role last month, for personal reasons.MacLeod’s appointment builds on eight years’ experience as board director of the company. His roles within Rever have included operations director, asset management director and – latterly – managing director; a post he has held for the past five years.MacLeod has extensive engineering and project management experience within the wider oil and

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Aker Solutions Buys Stake in Airborne

in the business, and the addition of Aker Solutions is significant as there are several areas where we can optimize the benefits of TCP to offer the sector an enhanced range of integrated products, including subsea production solutions.”Aker Solutions has an extensive track record in developing offshore oil and gas fields with capabilities in front end engineering design (FEED) and subsea production systems. The collaboration will see the firm utilizing TCP to improve field development economics globally.“We also look forward to working closely with Aker Solutions to explore synergies for

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Magseis Fairfield Wins Gulf of Mexico Work

Oslo based offshore seismic services provider Magseis Fairfield said on Friday that it has received a contingent letter of award (LOA) for a three months data acquisition program for an unnamed client in the Gulf of Mexico.The survey is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2019, it said.Magseis Fairfield CEO, Per Christian Grytnes, siad, “The program in the Gulf of Mexico further strengthens our order backlog for 2019 and reflects the increasing interest in ocean bottom seismic nodal surveys.“The awarded program would be our fifth acquisition program in the Gulf of Mexico in 2019 and

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Tennet: EIA for Offshore Wind Farm

Tennet has commissioned Arcadis and Pondera to carry out an environmental impact assessment (EIA) work and permit applications for grid infrastructure for the planned 4GW Ijmuiden Ver offshore wind farm.Arcadis and Pondera said in a joint press release that the two subsea high-voltage connections will each have the capacity to bring  2GW of energy to land.The financial details of the contract were not disclosed.The 4GW Ijmuiden Ver is one of three sites identified by the Dutch government’s Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap 2030. The three sites have a combined capacity of 6.1GW and are expected

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Ørsted Joins Dutch Offshore Wind Tender

Danish wind giant Ørsted has submitted a bid for the 750MW Hollandse Kust Zuid lll and lV offshore wind zones in the Dutch North Sea.As part of its proposal to the Dutch government, Ørsted has already taken the final investment decision on the project and is working to establish green hydrogen projects based on power from its Dutch offshore wind farms.Henrik Poulsen, CEO and President of Ørsted, says: "We're strongly committed to the Netherlands, and we believe that our bid for Holland Coast South 3&4 offers significant benefits for the Dutch society in terms of clean

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OPT Inks Deal with US Operator

Ocean energy solutions developer Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) said it has signed a master service contract governing work with an unnamed offshore oil and gas operator within the U.S. and the U.S. outer continental shelf, including the provision of goods and services.OPT president and CEO George H. Kirby said, “This contract is the first with a U.S. oil and gas operator, opening the door for OPT to provide solutions into the Gulf of Mexico where we believe there exists significant need for cost-effective remote offshore power and communications.”OPT's PowerBuoy and subsea battery

Nortek staff in China mobilizing the Signature VM package under the attentive eye of end user Wang Yan, Senior Manager of Hydrology at CCCC’s Zhongjiao No.1 Hangwu Engineering Reconnaissance Design Institute. As Signature VM is a straightforward plug-and-play system for current surveying, the crew were able to sail out for a test survey after only approximately 30 minutes of setup. Image: Nortek

Current Profiling & China’s Maritime Infrastructure Drive

drive.CCCC & NortekCCCC’s hydrological surveyors have been using Nortek instruments on a number of projects over the last 12 years, using both Signature1000 and Signature500 acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs) to provide hydrological data that informs construction of ports and offshore developments.Deploying the instruments as part of Nortek’s Signature VM package enables the company to obtain measurements in a diverse range of scenarios. These scenarios include cross-section, multi-point, velocity profile measurements and fixed-point measurements for offshore platforms

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TenneT Contracts Fugro for UXO Services

Geo-data specialist Fugro announced Tuesday it has been awarded a multimillion dollar contract from TenneT to provide integrated unexploded ordnance (UXO) services at an offshore wind farm development in Dutch coastal waters. The contract follows previous involvement in route survey activities at the site.Fugro said it will use DP2 multipurpose vessel Atlantis Dweller for the contract. The vessel is permanently equipped with a work class remotely operated vehicle (ROV), providing fast and safe identification of potential UXOs. Other technology includes a sub-bottom imager which can reduce dredge scope

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Chevron to Use Subsea Compression at Jansz-Io

Aker Solutions announced Tuesday it has been awarded a master contract to support the delivery of a subsea compression system for the Chevron Australia-operated Jansz-Io field offshore Australia, marking the first time the technology will be used outside of Norway.Compression helps to maintain plateau gas production rates as reservoir pressure drops over time, but such compressors have typically been installed on platforms over sea level. Placing this equipment on the seabed and near the wellheads improves recovery rates and reduces capital and operating costs, Aker Solutions said.The first

BSEE inspectors monitor a pressure gauge held by an oil worker during a pressure test of temporary equipment on a deepwater facility in the Gulf of Mexico (Photo: BSEE)

Trump Requests $200.5 Mln for BSEE, $193.4 for BOEM

of revenue from rental receipts, and cost recovery and inspection fees. This $70.6 million of revenue accounts for 35 percent of the requested budget.“President Trump’s proposed FY 2020 budget supports BSEE in continuing its mission overseeing safe, environmentally sustainable and robust offshore energy production,” said BSEE Director Scott Angelle. “As the administration works to promote sustained domestic energy exploration and production, BSEE is continuing its ‘We Can Do It All’ approach by increasing safety and environmental stewardship while at the same time

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VA Offshore Wind: A Strong Foundation

Virginia officials have established a well-planned, extensive strategy to build out an offshore wind industry, including wind towers for electricity generation and the supply chain to support that extensive infrastructure and operations.  The State’s big picture is ambitious: developing 2,000 MW of offshore wind by 2028.As currently envisioned, VA’s offshore wind development will likely start this year with two 8-megawatt wind turbines 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.  This is a Dominion Energy pilot undertaken in partnership with the Danish wind company Orsted.  The

Moray Melhuish who joins WFS Technologies as commercial director (Photo: WFS Technologies)

Melhuish Joins WFS Technologies

on to become commercial director of the company’s defense prime contractor, Score Marine, which he founded.With around 350 patents, WFS provides innovations in subsea wireless automation, the Subsea Internet of Things (SloT) and subsea cloud computing networks (SCCNs) for oil and gas operators and offshore wind developers around the world.The Livingston, Scotland, headquartered company is actively planning to establish a research and development hub in Edinburgh, which will become home to its leadership and technology team spanning a range of disciplines including mechanical, software and hardware

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Maersk Supply Service Wins Total Contract

Maersk Supply Service said it has fixed the newbuild subsea support vessels vessel (SSV) Maersk Involver for 161 days to support maintenance of the DAN F platform located offshore Esbjerg for walk-to-walk and accommodation services. The contract is expected to commence start-April 2019.Delivered in November 2017, the Stingray class Maersk Involver features DP3 station keeping capabilties and 120 modern single cabins. The vessel has been outfitted with an Ampelmann E-type active motion-compensated gangway system and pedestal, as well as a boat landing to perform personnel transfer via crew transfer

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ABS: Guidance for Remote Inspection Technologies

our commitment to continually address new technologies that support safer and less intrusive surveys.”Using digital technology and high definition cameras, ABS said it can collect, trend and provide value to clients with new RITs in a safe and effective way.Developed through extensive marine and offshore trials and testing, the guidance covers a range of areas, including equipment specification, data management, associated management systems, recommended standards for service providers, training requirements and potential operational limitations of RITs

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Salvors Lift Norwegian Frigate

Ingstad collided with the tanker Sola TS near Bergen, and sank on the inclined slope of a fjord. The accident injured eight people and caused the temporary closure of the Sture Oil Terminal near Bergen and the nearby Kollsness gas-and-condensate terminal, as well as several offshore fields.In order to lift the frigate safely and in one piece, Belgian salvage specialists Scaldis said it developed a lift method especially for this project, after it was called on by the Norwegian Navy to work alongside another salvage company BOA.The salvage technique, which Scaldis calls the

Rio Doce rivermouth in the town of Regência weeks after the Samarco dam collapse image (Creative Commons - Arnau Aregio)

Toxic Mud from Dam Collapse Affects Coral

mining company´s administrative area, cafeteria and nearby towns – causing 179 deaths and the disappearance of 131 persons, at present count – before continuing on to contaminate rivers, the effects of the 2015 Fundão dam collapse are being felt on corals surrounding pristine offshore islands that form a unique environmental protection area and an important national park.After the Fundão dam collapsed – Fundão was the name of the dam owned by Samarco, a JV between mining giants Vale do Rio Doce & BHP Billiton – near the town of Mariana in the state

Kraken president and CEO Karl Kenny (Photo: Eric Haun)

Kraken Debuts New Synthetic Aperture Sonar

A new synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) unveiled this week by Kraken Robotics Inc. is designed to provide ultra high definition seabed mapping with superior area coverage rates, according to the developer."Kraken’s latest development, the AquaPix MINSAS-240 sensor, has been designed to advance the state-of-the-art in seabed mapping for both high-speed towed systems and large diameter unmanned underwater vehicles (LDUUVs)," explained Kraken's President & CEO, Karl Kenny.The 6,000-meter-rated MINSAS-240 SAS is available now and ready for integration on a variety of unmanned underwater

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Subsea 7 Wins Three Woodside Contracts

Australia's Woodside Petroleum in recent months has awarded several oil and gas engineering contracts to Subsea 7 for two projects offshore Australia and one off Senegal, the offshore services company said on Wednesday.The three contracts awarded since December 2018 are for engineering studies related to the SNE Field Development-Phase 1 offshore Senegal, as well as the Scarborough Project and Julimar Development Phase 2, both offshore Australia. The contracts include options for Woodside to proceed to the execute phase with engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contracts.

Sonardyne’s Sentry IMS in the US Gulf of Mexico (Photo: Sonardyne)

Leak Detection Sonar Deployed in the US Gulf

A sonar monitoring system will help a major US oil company to reinforce its deepwater offshore asset integrity assurance in the US Gulf of Mexico.The system, a wide-area Sentry Integrity Monitoring Sonar (IMS) developed and delivered by subsea engineering specialist Sonardyne International, has been deployed on the seafloor at more than 2,000 meters water depth. The ROV-deployable Sentry IMS,  which features a titanium housing and can be installed short-term or permanently, is able to detect, classify and localize subsea releases of hydrocarbons from either the seafloor or oil and gas field

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DOF Subsea Tallies Multiple Contracts

contract by the Norwegian Mapping Authority regarding hydrographic services for the MAREANO 2019 program. The specialized survey and IMR vessel Geograph will be deployed on the project that is expected to last until late fall.DOF Subsea said it has also been awarded a contract by Siemens on the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Project in the North Sea. The contract will utilize the CSV Skandi Constructor and ensures deployment for the vessel until the summer.In addition, DOF Subsea revealed it has been awarded several contracts in the Asia Pacific region, utilizing Skandi Singapore and Skandi Hercules.  

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Ineos to Upgrade Forties Pipeline

it was forced to shut the system for around two months to fix a crack in an onshore section, triggering a spike in British natural gas prices in the depths of winter.Ineos said the upgrades would extend into the 2040s the lifeline of the pipeline system, which it said carries 40 percent of Britain's offshore crude oil and natural gas.Ineos said it would also invest 350 million pounds in a new energy plant at the 200,000-bpd Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland, and an additional 150 million pounds in a new petrochemicals facility in the northern English city of Hull.($1 = 0.7529 pounds)(Reporting by

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Sparrows Provides Cable Handling for Hornsea One

Sparrows Group Cable and Pipe Lay Solutions (CPLS) division has delivered its largest renewables project to date as part of three contracts awarded through VBMS; DEME Offshore, formerly known as Tideway; and DeepOcean. The work scope, part of an upsurge in activity in the renewables market that helped the group to more than doubled its business during 2018, saw Sparrows provide equipment and personnel to handle the nearshore, export and inter-array cables for the Hornsea One offshore wind farm.Currently under construction, the site, located 120km off the UK’s Yorkshire coast, is poised to be the

Iain Smith, Proserv’s president, Subsea Controls (Photo: Proserv)

Subsea Supply Chain Tightening -Proserv

As exploration and production (E&P) activity in the offshore oil and gas industry gradually accelerates, the global subsea sector is set to face supply chain challenges, predicts controls technology company Proserv.Industry consultants have outlined that more final investment decisions (FIDs) are now being made in the upstream industry. Rystad Energy presently predicts almost $30 billion of extra capital expenditure in the E&P subsea segment across the next six years, as areas such as South America, Europe, the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa experience increased spending.Notably, Rystad also

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Planet Ocean, EOM Offshore Sign Agreement

Planet Ocean Ltd signed an exclusive distribution agreement with EOM Offshore LLC of Pocasset, MA for the UK and Ireland.Planet Ocean represents a broad range of oceanographic instruments in the industry and the addition of EOM Offshore’s specialized mooring equipment to its portfolio will strengthen the company’s capabilities.EOM Offshore is a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) spin-off that was established to commercialize its patented Stretch EM Cable, along with its Electromechanical Chain and its Marine Recovery Systems.   The Stretch EM Cable solves many problems

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R/V Bob and Betty Beyster: New CAT For Scripps

The Research Vessel Bob and Betty Beyster is a purpose-built coastal research vessel designed for efficient operations offshore Southern California and throughout the Channel Islands.  Based at the Scripps Nimitz Marine Facility and operated as a shared-use facility, Bob and Betty Beyster provides scientists, students and engineers a capable, safe and economical platform for research and teaching.R/V Bob and Betty Beyster is a 42-foot scientific workboat with a range of 500 nautical miles, a cruising speed better than 25 knots, and a capacity for six scientists and a boat operator. The vessel has

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Naviera Tramarsa Adds Another ROV

Offshore operator Naviera Tramarsa has extended its subsea vehicle fleet with a new Cougar XT remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) from manufacturer Saab Seaeye.The 2,000m rated Cougar XT will enter operations in May 2019, joining the company’s Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV, which it has operated for 10 years.Naviera Tramarsa’s main activity is the inspection of oil platforms in the north of Peru for the hydrocarbon exploration and production company Savia Oeru, where the Falcon has undertaken visual inspections and CP measurements.Naviera Tramarsa said the Cougar XT will expand and improve

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Subsea 7 Profit Beats Forecast

Subsea 7 posted higher-than-expected fourth-quarter profits on Thursday and announced a special dividend payment as well as an extension of its share buybacks.The Oslo-listed offshore services provider's adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization fell 7.4 percent year-on-year to $163 million, while analysts in a Reuters poll on average predicted a $146 million profit."A new two-year $200 million share repurchase program has been announced, enabled by our strong financial and liquidity position and improving market outlook," Subsea 7 said in a statement.Pending

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Subsea 7 Wins BP Work Offshore UK

field support vessel complete with work class and observation class remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV), capable of performing inspection, survey, intervention, light subsea construction and emergency response services.Subsea 7 said the work scope is worth between $150 million and $300 million.Offshore activities began in January 2019 using the company’s vessel, the Normand Subsea. Project management and engineering support will be executed from i-Tech Services' office in Aberdeen, UK.Steve Wisely, i-Tech Services’ Senior Vice President, said, “We have over 20 years&rsquo

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Northland Signs Taiwan Offshore Power Deal

its PPA.Hai Long 2A has entered into a 20-year power PPA with Taipower at the 2019 FIT rate of NTD 6.2795/kWh and NTD 4.1422/kWh for the first and second 10-year periods, respectively. In 2015, the Taiwan government implemented the FIT program to provide long-term contracts designed to inaugurate its offshore wind sector. Project economics and financing details will be finalized as development progresses.Mike Crawley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northland Power said: "Today’s announcement is excellent news for Northland and demonstrates Taiwan’s commitment to becoming a

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Norther Offshore Wind Delivers First Power

The first wind turbines in the 370MW Norther offshore wind farm, he largest offshore wind farm in Belgium, has delivered first power to the Belgian grid.Construction on Norther is still in full swing. But four of the turbines that are already finished were connected to the power grid today, providing thousands of families with green power generated by the largest wind turbines in the country."This is the first step towards the full delivery of the park, expected this Summer. Starting up Norther is an important step towards ensuring supply security in our country. Norther will provide electricity

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

Zenitel: Expanding in Maritime, Offshore

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 and transportation. The maritime and oil & gas is representing 60% of the overall business after the acquisition. We believed all segments will grow, as maritime

A PIES unit is put to the test ahead of being shipped to Norway for cabled installation at Johan Sverdrup (Photo: Sonardyne)

Enhanced Seismic Monitoring at Johan Sverdrup

Cabled subsea instrumentation will help increase the accuracy of time-lapse seismic data for Norwegian energy firm Equinor at the giant Johan Sverdrup oil field in the North Sea, about 87 miles west of Stavanger, Norway.From first production at the development, Equinor plans to use seafloor based seismic cable permanent reservoir monitoring (PRM) technology from Sonardyne International Ltd. to observe what is happening in the reservoir over time to help maximize recovery rates.While PRM technologies increase the amount and quality of data that operators have about their reservoirs, processing it can

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HHC Takes Two from Damen

fast crew supply vessel; the FCS 2710. The contract was signed at the end of January and the vessels will be built at Damen Shipyards Singapore for delivery in early 2020.HHC is Taiwan’s largest dredging and nearshore construction company, and a promising evolving market is the country's offshore wind sector, as the government has targeted 5.5GW by the end of 2025. Following its successful installation of the first offshore project in Taiwan; the Southern Weather Observation Tower for the Taiwan Power Company, HHC is now looking ahead to the next phase of their mutual cooperation by supplying

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Fugro Sees Margin Improvement in 2019

activities after investments."Excluding the impact of increased working capital, cash flow was break-even, a significant improvement compared to 2017," the company said in a statement."We have benefited from the gradual recovery of the oil and gas market and the ongoing expansion of offshore wind," added CEO Mark Heine.As offshore wind, oil and gas and infrastructure markets continue to grow, the company expects positive cash flow from operating activities after investments in 2019.For 2019, Fugro also sees continued revenue growth and further improvement of its EBIT margin.It

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France to Test Floating Wind Turbines

The European Commission said on Monday it had authorized French subsidies to four offshore wind farm projects which are aimed at testing a new way of producing electricity from wind.The EU competition regulator said in a statement that the state aid was in line with EU rules as it was proportionate and could help develop a new type of technology to produce renewable energy.Three of the floating wind farms are in the Mediterranean Sea and one in the Atlantic Ocean.The demonstration wind farms will use a particular combination of turbine, floater and cables with a total installed capacity of 24 megawatt

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Regulator: Expand Pipeline, Protect Killer Whales

Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) regulator recommended on Friday that Ottawa approve expansion of the government-owned Trans Mountain oil pipeline, but made new, nonbinding recommendations to mitigate harm to Pacific Ocean killer whales and the environment.The pipeline is in the national interest as it will create jobs and give Canadian oil access to more markets, the NEB said in a report. But expanding it is likely to significantly harm the killer whale population off the coast of British Columbia and increase greenhouse gas emissions from ships, the board said in its report.It made 16 new

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Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

what became GPS,” he says.The Boom Years: Technology EvolutionMeanwhile, the North Sea industry boomed and oceanographic and submersible technology – building on the developments that had come before it - advanced to meet these new demands. “Building on technology like the CURV, the offshore oil and gas industry created the work-class ROVs to assist in the development of offshore oil fields,” says Jaeger. “More than a decade after they were first introduced, ROVs became essential in the 1980s, when much of the new offshore development exceeded the reach of human divers.&rdquo

Boskalis Acquires Horizon

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has acquired a 62.5% majority stake in the Horizon Group (Horizon) from the United Arab Emirates. 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

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Total Picks Oceaneering for Tyra Project

Total E&P Danmark has awarded Oceaneering International Inc. a two-year integrity management contract for the Tyra redevelopment project in the Danish North Sea.Oceaneering will manage its activities from Aberdeen. The agreement covers a range of services, including risk-based assessments (RBA) to aid the inspection and monitoring of pressure systems and piping, topsides and jacket structures as well as pipelines.Oceaneering will use a multi-disciplined team of corrosion, inspection, structural and pipeline engineers, with specialist experience in delivering large-scale integrity scopes.Bill Boyle

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Exploration Comes-back with a Bang

exploration activities in all parts of the world, but driven in particular by rising investments in South America and Africa.“Renewed optimism in exploration activities is anticipated in 2019, with operators from various segments aiming for multiple high-impact campaigns – both onshore and offshore – in essentially all corners of the world,” said Rystad Energy senior analyst Rohit Patel. “These include wells targeting large prospects, play openers, wells in frontier and emerging basins, and operator communicated high impact wells.”To keep track of the world’s

“We are moving autonomous technologies into vehicles that have always been "remotely operated" or even manned to realize more efficiency and capability.  We are really blurring the lines between "ROV" and "AUV" and minimizing the technical difference between manned and unmanned. ”
Ben Kinnaman, CEO, Greensea Systems, Inc."

Subsea: The Future of Unmanned Vehicles

are looking for improved underwater positioning and through-water communications. The desire is to move toward providing a sustained presence where we can, not only, sense the environment but can affect it and react to it.”Lester has more than 30 years of experience with military, oceanographic, offshore and hydrographic equipment, including a detailed understanding of underwater vehicles and their applications. He oversees Hydroid’s U.S. and international sales and marketing teams, as well as customer service and training. Additionally, he collaborates with other Kongsberg entities to develop

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Shipbuilding: C/S Aurora Steel Cut

our ability to deliver green power for the future”, said Vincent Dessale, Senior Executive VP Subsea and Land Systems Business Group at Nexans.  “Aurora will play a key role in the installation of our cutting-edge submarine cables to help bring more energy to the world, connect offshore wind farms to the grid, support electrification of offshore petroleum installations and create interconnectors between countries”, said Vincent Dessale.The hull is being built at Crist, Poland, while the engineering, outfitting and system integration, equipment preparations, testing, sea trials

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Offshore Pipeline Market to Grow 6.5%

The offshore pipeline market is expected to grow from $11.5 billion in 2018 to $15.8 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 6.54%, from 2018 to 2023.Increasing demand for safe, economical, and reliable connectivity expected to drive the overall offshore pipeline market, said a market research report by Reportbuyer."The offshore pipeline market is driven by various factors, such as increasing demand for crude oil & natural gas. However, growing demand for refined products can hinder the growth of the offshore pipeline market," it said.The greater than 24" segment is the fastest growing

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Subsea Electrification: Subsea Power Evolves

As subsea power needs evolve, so to must the batteries that provide the power.Operators of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) need longer survey runs, deeper dives, and lighter batteries, which result in lighter units in the water. Remotely operated vehicle (ROV) teams require electric-powered manipulators, high voltage and high power, and light batteries.Desires for manned underwater vehicles (MUVs) include safe operations, deeper dives, longer observation times, and lighter units. The oil and gas industry at large demands electronic control, electrical drives, precision and condition based

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Offshore ROV Market: $330m by 2025

The global market for remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), which are a vital part of underwater activities in offshore, is valued at USD 210 million  in 2018 is expected to reach USD 330 million by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of 6.3% during 2019-2025.In the coming years there is an increasing demand for offshore ROV in the regions of North America and Europe that is expected to drive the market for more advanced offshore ROV, said a report from QY Research. Increasing of underwater fields expenditures, recovery of oil & gas industry, launches in introducing new products, increasing

Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind turbines. (Photo: Øyvind Gravås / Woldcam - Equinor)

Equinor Lines Up Floating Wind in S.Korea

Equinor and South Korea's state-owned National Oil Corporation (KNOC) will explore opportunities to develop commercial floating offshore wind farms in South Korea, the Norwegian company said on Friday.South Korea aims to reduce its dependence on nuclear and coal power, targeting an increase in the share of renewable energy to 20 percent by 2030, compared with 7.6 percent in 2017, the country said last year.Equinor says this translates to a target of 49 gigawatts (GW) of new generation capacity.KNOC plans to develop a 200 MW floating offshore wind project 58 km off the coast of Ulsan City, the

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Saab Seaeye Progresses Vehicle Residency

instructions and battery charging.The underwater robotics company said its Sabertooth hybrid autonomous/remotely operated underwater vehicle (AUV/ROV) can now successfully dock in a safe and controlled manner at different kinds of remote stations.“This breakthrough is significant for both the offshore energy industry and ocean science who have been watching developments in residency technologies for the substantial operational and financial benefits possible from remote residency,” Saab Seaeye said in a press release.According to Jan Siesjö, chief engineer at Saab Seaeye, Sweden, &ldquo

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ROV: e-Robotic's Deep Water Dock

Saab Seaeye has shown that underwater e-Robotic vehicles can deep water dock at remote sub-resident resident docking stations for data transfer, assignment instructions and battery charging.This is significant for both the offshore energy industry and ocean science who have been watching developments in residency technologies for the substantial operational and financial benefits possible from remote residency.Saab Seaeye said that its iCON based Sabertooth AUV/ROV vehicle, fitted with a Blue Logic inductive device, can now successfully dock in a safe and controlled manner at different kinds of remote

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Unmanned Vehicles: 25 Years of Milestones

propeller turns for undersea positioning purposes.Commercially Hugin, and its competitors, are serving numerous markets. Military buyers use AUVs for mine hunting and physical oceanography. Science users search for shipwrecks and hydrothermal vents. But the most vibrant commercial sector for AUVs is in offshore energy. Both oil and gas and renewables such as offshore wind employ AUVs for many different types of mission from site characterization & inspection to pipeline inspection. Marine hydrography and 3D pseudo-seismic as well as archaeological studies are also common commercial applications. Today

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3D Mobile Laser Scanner for ABP Humber

ABP Humber continues to increase their technology for Hydrographic surveying in their ports and harbors with the purchase of a new Carlson Merlin Lidar Scanner supplied by Swathe Services.The Merlin is a vessel-based 3D mobile laser scanner system developed specifically for coastal, offshore and inland waterway surveying. ABP Humber intends to use the system for quay wall inspections and surveying offshore structures.The Merlin is designed to integrate with existing hydrographic systems to simultaneously produce an accurate dataset of the environment above the waterline while a Multi-Beam Echo-Sounder

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Boskalis Wins Subsea Cable Repair Work

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. announced Wednesday that it has signed a contract for the replacement and repair of a part of the inter-array cables at an unnamed offshore wind farm. The contract is valued at approximately $90.4 millionThe Dutch firm said it will conduct the work utilizing three anchored barge spreads, including the cable repair assets Bokabarge 82 and recently acquired BoDo Constructor from Bohlen Doyen accompanied by a variety of support vessels.

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Partners Designing Autonomous Seismic Nodes

subsea instrumentation, as well as our wireless through-water acoustic and optical communications technologies. Leveraging these will help to create a unique capability that will greatly enhance the cost effectiveness of on-demand seismic surveys and continuous seafloor deformation monitoring offshore Brazil.”The project is divided into three main phases: development, including design and initial testing of the new node, including communication with the underwater vehicle; manufacturing of a pilot scale system; and deployment of the pilot system for three years in a pre-salt field

Neil Manning, COO of 3D at Depth with Jason French, Business Development Director of Asia Pacific, Subsea Technology & Rentals Australia PTY Ltd (Photo: 3D at Depth)

3D at Depth Partners with STR

been formed to support its expanding customer base within the Asia Pacific region, and bundle 3D at Depth’s Subsea (SL) LiDAR laser systems with STR’s subsea technology. The new bundled offering provides a turnkey solution to help customers improve the efficiencies and reliability of their offshore operations. 3D at Depth said it will continue to maintain operational and technical resources within the region.Neil Manning, 3D at Depth’s Chief Operational Officer, said, “As we continue to experience rapid growth in the Asia Pacific region, we looked for a partner with technical expertise

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Kvaerner to Study Floating Wind Structures

Norway based Kvaerner said it has signed a contract with Norwegian energy company Equinor to study how floating concrete substructures for offshore wind turbines can be designed and constructed for the planned Hywind Tampen project in the North Sea.The objectives of the front-end engineering and design (FEED) assignment are to further mature the design of the concrete substructures, to identify appropriate construction site(s), and to develop a plan for construction, method and cost for production of 11 floating concrete substructures, Kvaerner said.“Another important part of the FEED contract

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High-tech Buoy Launched in New York Bight

A high-tech, specialized buoy has been launched to collect useful information for developing wind farms offshore the U.S. East Coast.Equinor Wind US said it deployed the cutting-edge buoy as it works to develop its offshore wind lease site in the New York Bight.The Floating LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) device will measure wind speed, wind direction, wave conditions and several other marine characteristics that help inform critical decisions in regard to the resource potential and eventual development of the wind farm. It will be deployed to record this information for two years.The floating

Skandi Neptune. Image: DOF Group

DOF Bags Multiple Offshore Vessel Deals

Norwegian offshore vessel provider DOF has won several contracts from undisclosed clients for work in Guyana, Saudi Arabia, and the Mediterranean.The Skandi Neptune has already commenced operation in Guyana for survey work and planning a second campaign within 2019 for Field Development Construction Support activities.In addition, the DOF group is secured award for two PSVs, the Skandi Foula and Skandi Buchan, and both vessels will join the Skandi Neptune in the second quarter of 2019 carrying pipe and subsea hardware to the main installation vessels. The forecast assets utilization is estimated close

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European Offshore Wind Capacity up 18%

Europe installed 2.6 GW of new offshore wind energy capacity in 2018, according to statistics released by the European Wind Energy Association, WindEurope. That translates to a 18% increase in Europe’s offshore wind capacity.According to WindEurope, 15 new offshore wind farms came on line. The UK and Germany accounted for 85% of the new capacity: 1.3 GW and 969 MW respectively.Europe now has 105 offshore wind farms across 11 countries with a total capacity of 18.5 GW. This is around 10% of the total installed wind energy capacity in Europe – the rest is onshore.The size and scale of

Claxton Expands Norwegian Base

Claxton, a supplier of engineering and services for shallow-water, jackup-depth markets in subsea services group Acteon, has opened a new office in Stavanger, Norway.The company has had a presence in Norway for six years and a local business development manager who acted as a focal point for clients in the region. The new office is alongside that of sister company InterMoor in Dusavik, Stavanger. The facility gives Claxton access to a yard and warehouse providing repair and maintenance capabilities for its own and client-owned equipment. There is also the potential for Claxton to expand its operational

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