Offshore Oil & Gas

AWI sea-ice physicists have ericted an ice camp to investigate melt ponds on Arctic sea ice. (Photo Alfred-Wegener-Institut  Mar Fernandez)

Threat from wandering greenhouse gas

autumn, when air temperatures drop, many areas of open water also begin to cool. “Sea ice forms on the surface of the Russian shelf seas, and is then driven north by the strong winds,” explains AWI sea-ice physicist Dr Thomas Krumpen, who also took part in the study. The ice formation and offshore winds produce strong currents in these shallow marginal seas, which stir up the sediment and carry the methane produced there into the water column. The methane can also be trapped in the ice that rapidly forms in these open areas of water – also known as polynya – in the winter. &ldquo

Bibby Offshore chief executive Howard Woodcock (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Offshore Groups Bibby, Rever Merge

The U.K.’s Bibby Offshore will merge with Norwegian firm Rever Offshore AS in a move targeting opportunities in the diving and subsea umbilicals, risers, and flowlines (SURF) markets. The transaction has been agreed and is expected to close soon, announced Bibby owner Fara Holdco Limited. The merger will combine Bibby and Rever subsidiary CECON Contracting to create a larger offshore installation delivery business both in the North Sea and internationally, currently focused on the Atlantic and Mediterranean regions. Howard Woodcock, chief executive of Bibby Offshore, said, “Combinin

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Xodus Delivers Tunisian Decommissioning study for TPS

Xodus Group has delivered a decommissioning and abandonment study for wells, surface and subsea facilities in Tunisia on behalf of Thyna Petroleum Services (TPS).   Xodus developed a decommissioning cost estimate for four onshore fields, one offshore field and two onshore storage and processing sites. The six-week study provided a high-level risk and opportunities assessment and reviewed regulatory and environmental aspects for facility and infrastructure removal.   The scope of work also included the creation of an asset register, the development of an abandonment strategy and site

Map showing CGG’s 3D data coverage in the pre-salt area offshore Brazil. (Photo: CGG)

CGG Begins Deepwater Survey Offshore Brazil

CGG said it has commenced acquisition of a large broadband 3D multi-client survey in the pre-salt area of the deepwater Santos Basin. Santos VIII is the most recent survey in CGG’s vast ongoing pre-salt program that delivers ultramodern seismic data, enabling exploration companies to better evaluate pre-salt opportunities in advance of Brazil’s pre-salt licensing rounds.   Santos VIII covers an area of over 8,000 km2 adjacent to the Peroba, Pau Brasil and Boumerangue fields. The resulting BroadSeis data will be imaged with CGG’s advanced full-waveform inversion (FWI) technology

Dudgeon offshore wind farm (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland / Statoil)

Statoil to Rebrand as Equinor

to spend on renewables in 2018, but the company has said previously that spending for renewable and low-carbon solutions are expected to total $500 million to $750 million from 2017 to 2020 and $750 million to $1.5 billion for the 2020-2025 period. Statoil developed the world's first floating offshore wind park off Scotland and is looking to install others off countries including the United States and Japan.    By Joachim Dagenborg and Nerijus Adomaiti

Globalstar Satellite Technology to Combat North Sea Pollution

Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. and satellite messaging and emergency notification technologies provider, announced  that SPOT Trace and Globalstar satellite communications are helping researchers at the University of Oldenburg in Germany better understand and combat plastic pollution in the North Sea. A team from the University’s Institute of Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment is studying the movement of floating plastic pollution to get a clear picture of the drift patterns. PhD student Jens Meyerjürgens explains:

Prysmian to Order Cable Layer Newbuild

it will invest more than €170 million ($210.3 million) in a new cable laying vessel to be delivered by the second quarter of 2020.   The group said the vessel  will support long-term growth prospects in the submarine cable installation business, strengthening its interconnection and offshore wind project execution capabilities.    According to the Prysmian Group, the vessel will offer deep water installation capabilities for depths of more than 2,000 m; increased cable loading capacity thanks to large cable rotating platforms; capability to perform complex installation operations

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M² Subsea Taps Imrie to Lead Sales and Marketing

M² Subsea has appointed Andrew Imrie as global sales and marketing director.   With a career spanning more than 20 years in the global oil and gas industry, Imrie joins M² Subsea from Ampelmann where he was commercial director, based in the Netherlands. Prior to this, he held a number of senior roles with Proserv, Amec, GE Oil & Gas and National Oilwell Varco. His broad industry experience, coupled with his strong commercial track record has seen him develop new and profitable business opportunities throughout his career.   As global sales and marketing director, Imrie

N-Sea Commercial Director Gary Thirkettle (Photo: N-Sea)

N-Sea Perfoming UXO Clearance for ScottishPower Renewables Campaign

dollar unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance campaign for ScottishPower Renewables. The contract for unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance works commenced in December 2017 and includes UXO inspection, identification and clearance on the array area and export cable route of the East Anglia ONE Offshore Windfarm, located in the southern North Sea approximately 45km southeast of Lowestoft. The workscope, which will be completed later in Spring 2018 requires a flexible multi-vessel approach in order to ensure completion in line with the timescale of windfarm construction. The Noordhoek Pathfinder

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Bibby Offshore Scores Contract Hat-Trick with Supermajor

Subsea services provider Bibby Offshore announced three individual multimillion dollar contract wins with an oil and gas supermajor.   The initial contract will see Bibby Offshore complete riser replacement works including a production/test riser and riser buoy connector pipe changeout at one of the major’s oil fields, situated in the Central North Sea.   Engineering work for this project commenced in Q4 2017, with dive support vessel (DSV) Bibby Polaris and a construction support vessel (CSV) scheduled to mobilize in Q2 this year with a reel lay spread and tensioner to deploy

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Next Generation AutoNaut USV Unveiled

The new generation of 5-meter AutoNaut unmanned surface vehicle (USV) boasts several new and upgraded features.   The latest wave foil technology enables speeds of 1-3 knots to be consistently maintained, with no need for fuel and for long endurance missions. The vessel has been ruggedized throughout and features improvements in the deployment system – for launch/recovery from ship or direct from slipway.   An enhanced rudder system makes the USV even more maneuverable – able to keep station within a 25-meter radius. Finally, the 5-metre has additional space and power to

InSTREAM Project Characterizes and Models Turbulence

the In-Situ Turbulence Replication, Evaluation And Measurement (InSTREAM) project. The three-year project was conducted by a research consortium comprising six commercial and academic entities in the UK and Canada. The project was given the prestigious EUREKA designation, and was co-funded by the Offshore Energy Research Association and InnovateUK. More information can be found on the Eureka project page. Objectives The main goal of the InSTREAM project was to determine the appropriate scaling between the turbulent flow conditions in a tank and in a tidal channel, so that numerical simulations

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BMT Rolls Out New Big Data Product: BMT Deep

BMT has introduced BMT Deep, an advanced interactive asset data platform designed to deliver deeper insights for enhanced offshore asset performance management.   “With 20+ years practical experience of working with marine structures, we have developed a platform that can monitor, review or forecast the performance of offshore assets,” said Soma Maroju, Product Development Lead for BMT Deep. “Using AI and machine learning we have been able to build advanced models that reinforce the platform’s capabilities. Couple this with our extensive global network of in-house naval

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BP Selects McDermott, BHGE for Subsea Contracts

 McDermott International and Baker Hughes (BHGE), a GE company  announced the selection of front-end engineering design (FEED) studies in advance of a substantial engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contract for BP’s Tortue/Ahmeyim Field Development, a major gas project located on the maritime border of Mauritania and Senegal.   During this initial engineering phase, McDermott will work on defining the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) scope for the project, while BHGE will focus on the subsea production system (SPS) scope.   The

Sonardyne 6G Wideband Acoustics allows simultaneous operations by  multiple platforms. (Courtesy Sonardyne International)

Digital Ocean: Making Subsea Data More Easily Accessible

optical communications technology field, presents examples of the many ways these technologies are being applied and considers how the digital ocean may work in the future.   U.K.-based subsea acoustics and digital communications specialist Sonardyne International has been a major player in the offshore energy sector for many years. Its technology portfolio has been applied to the high-precision positioning of structures and equipment, to the navigation of unmanned vehicles, digital acoustic and optical communication systems, to asset monitoring and data logging and for high-resolution subsea imaging

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US States Slow Trump Offshore Oil Drilling Expansion Plan

The Trump administration's plan to broadly expand drilling in U.S. offshore waters is moving slowly due to opposition from coastal states and indifference from oil companies that have turned their focus to other opportunities.   The administration hopes encouraging U.S. energy development outside of shale oilfields will further its goal of "energy dominance." But existing Obama administration lease rules remain in place through 2022 unless the new rules gain approval.   The Department of the Interior this year proposed opening vast new acreage in the U.S. outer continental

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ATLAS MARIDAN to Offer AUV Rental Services

ATLAS MARIDAN ApS. of Rungsted Kyst (Denmark), a subsidiary of the German naval systems supplier ATLAS ELEKTRONIK, has launched an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) rental service. The opportunity to rent ATLAS ELEKTRONIK’s latest unmanned underwater technology shall support customers within the offshore oil and gas, renewable energy, UxO and naval markets.   The AUV SeaCat has recently finalized its serial maturity process and concluded certifications covering a wide range of requirements for system robustness, environmental conditions, navigational accuracy and transport safety.  

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Laing Appointed NSRI Director

the reins from Dr. Gordon Drummond who has returned to Subsea 7 following his three-year secondment to NSRI.   Commenting on his appointment, Laing said: “NSRI has a major role to play as a knowledge hub for subsea research and development, not only within oil and gas but across the wider offshore renewable energy sectors including marine and ocean science. I believe I can apply my knowledge and experience to build upon the fantastic work that has been delivered to date, promoting technological innovation and ensuring the industry needs are met. I look forward to working with businesses,

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Subsea 7 Wins Offshore Azerbaijan Deal

Subsea 7 S.A. announced the award of a contract by BP Exploration for the provision of subsea inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) services on both the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) and Shah Deniz (SD) fields, offshore Azerbaijan. Under the terms of this five year agreement, the scope of work comprises the provision of a Life of Field support vessel complete with work class and observation class ROVs, capable of performing inspection, survey, intervention, light subsea construction, surface diving and emergency response services. The life of field support vessel will be supported by a Baku based

The Offshore Division, helmed by Keppel FELS, leads the industry in the design and building of high performance mobile offshore rigs. Photo Keppel

Keppel Bags Awilco's Semi-submersible Rig Order

Following the Letter of Intent signed by Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Keppel FELS Limited, with Awilco Drilling PLC, Keppel has secured the contract to construct a mid-water semisubmersible (semi) drilling rig for harsh environment use worth about $425 million. As part of the transaction, Awilco has independent options to order up to another three similar rigs to be exercised within 12, 24 and 36 months respectively. The prices of the three additional rigs are subject to cost adjustments and will only be finalised and announced separately if and when the

Shell Glider Subsea Jumper Leak courtesy Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Photo BSEE

BSEE : Investigation Report into Subsea Jumper Leak

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) released the panel investigation report on the May 11, 2016 subsea jumper leak on a platform operated by Shell Offshore, Inc. The leak from Green Canyon Block 248 occurred on Subsea Well #4, resulting in an estimated release of 1,926 barrels of oil. The BSEE investigation panel concluded that the loss of containment in the Glider subsea system was caused by the ductile tensile overload fracture of the Load Limiting Joint of the Glider #4 jumper.  The ductile tensile overload fracture was caused by the bending loads imposed as a result of

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BSEE: Report on Subsea Bolting Technology Released

problem with faulty connectors in critical safety equipment, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) commissioned a National Academy of Engineering study on the matter in September 2016. After 18 months of study, the report entitled “High-Performance Bolting Technology for Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Operations” was published Friday. BSEE sponsored this study to leverage the resources of the National Materials and Manufacturing Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine with BSEE’s Emerging Technologies program as we work to mitigate

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NOIA Comments Support Offshore Leasing Program

of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico as soon as the current moratorium expires, and recommends conducting lease sales early in the plan in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas as well as in the Mid, South, and North Atlantic and Southern California Planning areas.   “This is the first draft proposed offshore leasing program in nearly two generations to look at virtually all federal offshore lands. The United States has severely restricted oil and gas exploration off our shores, placing 94 percent of our nation’s outer continental shelf off limits, even as Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Norway, Russia

Manipulator control using Dex-OS software integrated to VMAX ROV simulator during engineering analysis (Photo: BluHaptics)

Simulation Meets Automation to Enhance ROV Training and Analysis

in place which allows us to maximise the synergies between VMAX and Dex-OS.”   Luke Wissmann, BluHaptics VP of Business Development, added: “Forum’s portable VMAX simulator has made it possible to demonstrate our new Dex-OS system in conference rooms around the world for offshore energy stakeholders, which allows us to show how the system functions in real-world scenarios. So demonstrations become very credible and the value proposition of Dex-OS becomes even more apparent.”   Forum will be demonstrating the two software packages operating side by side at Oceanology

Forum Majore ROV (Photo: Forum Subsea Technology)

ROV Sales for Forum Subsea Announced

Forum Subsea Technologies a subsidiary of Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. has announced a strong start to the year with three recent sales awards in Russia and Norway.   The deals will see the firm supplying four of its Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) to academia and the aquaculture industry. These wins are in line with the company’s continued growth strategy to diversify into new ROV markets across the globe and complement its work in the oil and gas and renewables sectors.   The first sale is to an academic research facility in Russia. Awarded through Forum’s local

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MH370 Report to Be Released after Latest Search Ends

.   Flight MH370, carrying 239 people onboard, became one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries when it disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.   Malaysia agreed in January to pay U.S. firm Ocean Infinity up to $70 million if it found the plane during an offshore search effort that is underway and expected to end in June.   The decision to engage the firm came after Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless A$200-million ($159.38 million) search across a 120,000 square-kilometre (46,332 square miles) area in the Indian Ocean last year, despite

XPRIZE Senior Director Dr. Jyotika Virmani, Ph.D., will give a closing keynote at Catch The Next Wave. Credit: XPRIZE

Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Announcements at OI2018

box, or if there’s work involved to reap the benefits,” Gordon remarks. Thursday, March 15 is Oi18’s designated ‘Careers Day’ featuring the SUT Women In Industry panel session (10-00-12.00). On the same day, a few key technical presentations will include ‘A Deep Offshore Geodetic Network’ (13.20-13.45), presented by Frederic Auger, Chief Surveyor, TOTAL; ‘Computer Vision Survey of Offshore Structures’ (15.15-15.35) with Diego Carvalho, Vision Engineer, Fugro Intersite; and ‘Towards Resilient Positioning’ (11.20-11.45) with Dr Nick Ward

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iSURVEY Investing in Training

iSURVEY, a provider of survey and positioning services to the global oil and gas, offshore renewables and telecommunications markets, said it has invested more than £40,000 in staff training.    In order to meet client demand, iSURVEY staff were educated in rapid and accurate acquisition and processing of seabed survey data, the company said.   During February and March, the staff gained a deeper understanding and awareness of the key elements of multi-beam echo sounder (MBES) acquisition and data management. Training was carried out through a combination of instructor-led

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BMT Supports Oil & Gas UK with New Guidelines

BMT has supported Oil & Gas UK with the new Financial Responsibility Guidelines released last week. Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry.   Louise O’Hara Murray, Environment Manager at Oil & Gas UK comments: ““These guidelines are part of the industry’s preparedness and response plan in the event of an oil release. They outline the level of financial liability required and how this should be declared or demonstrated to the UK’s Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning.” &nb

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Reach Subsea Charters Subsea Vessel Olympic Challenger

 Reach Subsea has entered into an agreement with Olympic Subsea for use of the subsea vessel Olympic Challenger for two years, with an option to extend for one year.   The commercial terms of the charter agreement are confidential between the parties, but is structured in a way that enables Reach to offer a competitive subsea service to our clients.    The vessel already has two ROVs mobilized on board, which Reach will lease initially. Thus, investments associated with this expansionary move are limited at the outset.   Reach will mobilize the vessel during April 2018

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Oceaneering Acquires Ecosse Subsea

tools.     Roderick A. Larson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Oceaneering, said, "We are pleased to complete the acquisition of Ecosse, which we believe offers Oceaneering the opportunity to expand our service line capabilities and grow our market position within the offshore renewable energy market, and provide our customers with proven tools to optimize installation projects. The addition of Ecosse reflects our commitment to expand into the adjacent renewable energy market to more comprehensively serve the offshore energy industry. We expect the acquisition to be accretive

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Maersk, McDermott Complete Contract off India

Maersk Supply Services said it has completed the first contract for one of its Stingray-Class newbuild subsea support vessel, Maersk Installer, with McDermott. Maersk Installer joined the project in January 2018, supporting the Vashishta development off the East Coast of India.This part of an ongoing development project by India's largest oil and gas exploration company, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation.   The contract utilized the Stingray's advanced capabilities, including its stationary DP3 to work in these challenging waters, and its 400t AHC crane with large outreach to load and install

The West Phoenix drilling rig. Photo Statoil

West Phoenix to Drill in UK and Norway

 Statoil and its partners have contracted the West Phoenix rig for exploration drilling on the U.K. and Norwegian continental shelves from the summer of 2018. The contract is awarded to the two Seadrill companies North Atlantic Drilling UK Ltd. and North Atlantic Norway Ltd. The semi-submersible rig West Phoenix will first drill an exploration well for the Ragnfrid North license on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS), followed by three wells on the U.K. Continental Shelf (UKCS). The rig has been approved by authorities for use both on the NCS and UKCS.   “We needed a high capacity

WiSub CEO Mark Bokenfohr (Photo: WiSub)

WiSub’s Universal AUV Connector

short gaps of seawater, reliably maintaining the ability to connect and disconnect without increasing the risk of connection failure or degraded performance, a potentially game changing subsea technology.   WiSub CEO Mark Bokenfohr’s early career was based in the development, delivery and offshore operation of work-class remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) and related systems, where the limitations of underwater connectors can be readily observed. “Having used low-speed inductive modems as an ROV pilot during oceanographic science operations, I was convinced that pin-less connectors

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Magseis: Seismic Survey Market to Surpass $1.2 Bln in 2018

Norway's Magseis, which maps out the seabed for oil and gas deposits, expects the global seismic market to grow in 2018, its CEO, Per Christian Grytnes, said on Wednesday. "We are fairly confident that we will see firm growth in 2018," Grytnes said during an oil conference. "We are on tender for an extension contract with Saudi Aramco in the Red Sea. I think we are well-positioned ... We are optimistic," he later told Reuters. "We expect the total market in 2018 to be above $1.2 billion." "With obvious technology driving down the cost... we see an uptake

Howard Woodcock, chief executive at Bibby Offshore Photo Bibby PR

Bibby Offshore: BP North Sea Projects completed

 Bibby Offshore has completed a contract worth more than £2million for BP in the North Sea.  The project, completed in December 2017, utilised Bibby Offshore’s diving support vessel Bibby Topaz to carry out inspection, repair and maintenance operations in the Rhum gas field, approximately 380 kilometres north-east of Aberdeen.   The scope included control system low insulation resistance diagnostics and component replacements, manual valve operations and ROV inspection works at BP’s Bruce platform, which is located 44 kilometres south of Rhum.   The project

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Subsea 7 Bags Offshore Norway Deal

, and the transport and installation of subsea production systems and umbilical system.   Fabrication of the pipeline will take place at Subsea 7’s spoolbase at Vigra, Norway. Project Management and engineering will commence immediately at Subsea 7’s offices in Stavanger, Norway. Offshore operations will take place in 2019 and 2020.   Phil Simons, Subsea 7’s Vice President North Sea and Canada, said: “This sizeable contract award recognises our record of strong execution with Wintershall. This project draws upon Subsea 7’s substantial experience of delivering

The offshore wind market is moving from niche to being one of the leading sources of renewable energy. Photo courtesy NorSea Group

Norsea, Wilhelmsen Bag Offshore Wind Deal

Management have secured a frame agreement running until 2022. The framework agreement is to provide a complete technical maintenance solution for TenneT’s off- and onshore transformer stations and AC electricity transmission systems.   Dennis Jul Pedersen, CEO of NSG Wind, says: “The offshore wind market is moving from niche to being one of the leading sources of renewable energy. Securing this contract enables our companies to deliver services in accordance with the high demands of health and safety standards that TenneT expects.”   The project is expected to commence in

Gravity Based Foundation  for the offshore wind farm Kriegers Flak in Denmark  KFBE Installation Photo courtesy Ian De Nul Group

Largest foundation for Kriegers Flak OWF installed

Only a few days after the first Gravity Based Foundation was installed, the project team of Jan De Nul Group floated off and installed the second and even larger GBF for the offshore wind farm Kriegers Flak in Denmark. The weather was favourable and the installation operation of this 10,000 tonnes masterpiece went according to plan.   The barge containing the GBF submerged, the heavy lift vessel Rambiz connected to the GBF through its crane hooks and towed out the structure once it started to float. An assisting tug subsequently towed the Rambiz together with the structure to its final installati

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Japan Seeks to Boost Offshore Wind Power

The Yomiuri newspaper reported on Tuesday that:      -Japan's government will submit legislation early next month to boost the use of offshore wind power      -Bill to allow operators to use sites for 30 years, from 3-5 years now      -Japan has high potential for offshore wind as it is surrounded by ocean (Reporting by Aaron Sheldrick)

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Coral Reefs at Risk of Dissolving: Study

Coral reefs could start to dissolve before 2100 as man-made climate change drives acidification of the oceans, scientists said on Thursday.   Acidification will threaten sediments that are building blocks for reefs. Corals already face risks from ocean temperatures, pollution and overfishing.   “Coral reefs will transition to net dissolving before end of century,” the Australian-led team of scientists wrote in the U.S. journal Science. “Net dissolving” means reefs would lose more material than they gain from the growth of corals.   Carbon dioxide, the main

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Schlumberger, Subsea 7 Mull Oil Services JV

Schlumberger, the world's largest oilfield services firm, and smaller peer Subsea 7 said on Friday they were entering exclusive talks to form a joint venture to deliver subsea installations and services for oilfields.   The news lifted Subsea 7 shares on hopes the talks could be the first step towards a full takeover, in a sector that has already seen consolidation with the 2016 merger of Technip and FMC Technologies.   In recent months, oil firms have returned to profits due to higher oil prices and the benefits of deep cost cuts they made during the downturn. But their suppliers are

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CEO Haugan Leaves Kvaerner to Lead Aker Energy

Jan Arve Haugan resigns as President & CEO of Kvaerner, and from March 1, 2018, he will start his new role as CEO of the newly established oil company Aker Energy. Idar Eikrem, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in Kvaerner, is appointed interim CEO.   Haugan has been President & Chief Executive Officer with Kvaerner since its demerger from Aker Solutions and stock listing in the summer of 2011.   "Under Jan Arve Haugan's management, Kvaerner has developed into a leading, renowned oil service company with EPC services as our specialty. Competitiveness

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Fugro Returns to China for Gas Hydrate Research

Dutch survey and geotechnical services firm Fugro said it has been awarded a contract by China’s Guangzhou Marine Geological Survey (GMGS) to perform gas hydrate investigation on the Northern Continental Slope of the South China Sea.   The contract is valued at approximately $40 million and is expected to commence in the second quarter of 2018.   The gas hydrate field research program is the fifth that Fugro will undertake for GMGS, and the two companies have worked together in this field of research since 2007. Gas hydrates, “frozen” gas-water solids resembling ice

Fig 1 – Echoscope XD, Echoscope and Echoscope C500 Sonars (Image: Coda Octopus)

Meet the Future of Visualization and Mapping Sonars

Coda Octopus launches the new Echoscope4G Surface; the future of visualization and mapping sonars   The uncertainty that lies below the surface of the sea provides a number of industries with incredible challenges when conducting their daily business. From offshore structure installation and inspection, to the defense of our ports, and construction of national power generation assets, all subsea industries are plagued with a dynamic set of problems they must address. The industry standard technology that is utilized for underwater inspection is the multibeam sonar which was introduced in the

“Next UKCS opens up many new and exciting possibilities for Next Geosolutions, allowing us to enhance our capabilities and offer unrivalled multidisciplinary expertise," said Giovanni Ranieri, CEO, Next Geosolutions. (Photo: Next Geosolutions)

Next Geosolutions Launches New UK Division

Next Geosolutions has launched a new division, Next Geosolutions UK Continental Shelf (Next UKCS), following its acquisition of RMS Submarine in 2017.     Operating within the cable and renewables industries, Next UKCS will provide solutions to the operations and maintenance market. The new division will bolster Next Geosolutions’ current offering, which includes Next Marine, Next Earth, Next Engineering, Next Remote, Next Innovation and Next Resourcing, to support the company’s existing UK business, as well as global client requirements.     In line with

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Titanic Survey Personnel to Receive Helicopter Safety Training

effectively exit the aircraft and survive at sea.    “This training will provide all crew members with an understanding of helicopter over-water transportation and the hazards involved,” explained Ben Rossong from Falck. “Whether landing on the helideck of a vessel, or an offshore platform, this course will prepare participants to safely respond in the unlikely event of an emergency water landing. Crew members will learn how to safely exit the aircraft on the surface, as well as the proper procedures to egress underwater.”   The HUET session includes both classroom

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Seas to Continue Rising Even if Climate Goals Are Met

Sea levels will rise between 0.7 and 1.2 metres (27-47 inches) in the next two centuries even if governments end the fossil fuel era as promised under the Paris climate agreement, scientists said on Tuesday. Early action to cut greenhouse gas emissions would limit the long-term rise, driven by a thaw of ice from Greenland to Antarctica that will re-draw global coastlines, a German-led team wrote in the journal Nature Communications. Sea level rise is a threat to cities from Shanghai to London, to low-lying swathes of Florida or Bangladesh, and to entire nations such as the Maldives in the Indian

Offshore inspection for Dubai Petroleum. Photo: Cyberhawk

Dubai Petroleum & Offshore Autonomous Inspection

As part of a framework agreement with Dubai Petroleum, Cyberhawk was appointed to inspect more than 350 risers on 63 offshore platforms. The inspection took only one month to complete, followed by the production of over 90 detailed engineering inspection reports.   The rationale behind Dubai Petroleum’s use of UAVs was to quickly complete detailed inspections of all their risers. Risers are traditionally a difficult area of an offshore platform to inspect; in the under deck and the splash zone, options for access, such as abseiling or scaffolding, are limited, extremely time consuming and

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NOAA Releases 2018 Hydrographic Survey Plans

Beginning in April, NOAA’s four hydrographic survey ships – Thomas Jefferson, Ferdinand Hassler, Rainier and Fairweather – will set out along with private contractors to tackle their assigned survey projects over the course of the 2018 field season.   Below are NOAA’s priority areas for planned survey projects 2018:   Alaska North Coast of Kodiak Island – Last surveyed in 1932, this survey project focuses on areas inadequate for safe navigation, particularly along the corridor of vessel traffic transiting from Kodiak.   West of Prince

ESS managing director Mark Gillespie, global business development manager Andy Readyhough and commercial director Iain Middleton. (Photo: ESS)

Readyhough Joins Ecosse

in seabed clearance and trenching operations in the renewable energy, oil and gas and interconnector sectors.   Readyhough has joined ESS having previously held senior management positions at Global Marine Systems and DeepOcean UK. He is a master mariner with more than 35 years maritime and offshore experience and for the last 18 years was engaged in submarine cable installation, trenching and maintenance operations.   ESS’s latest appointment follows Mark Brown joining as Engineering Manager and consolidates a management team which is focussed on international growth and rolling

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Wave Buoy Measurements on a Hexapod

MARIN has recently expanded its facilities with a hexapod. This system can be used to generate forced oscillations in six degrees of freedom, either on a standalone basis or under the carriage of one of our basins. It is a useful tool to assess the efficiency of anti-roll tanks, sloshing in liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanks, safety of cruise ship swimming pools or drop tests with a free-fall lifeboat from a moving platform.   As the positioning system of the hexapod is very accurate, another useful application is the validation of measurement equipment. Recently, MARIN used it to evaluate the

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Sparrows Wins BP Contract in Angola

deliver crane operators, maintenance, repair and refurbishment, complete deck services, as well as control and certification of fixed and portable lifting equipment. The company will also be responsible for full project management, planning and coordination, technical support and training.   Offshore personnel will also support helicopter operations, fire-fighting duties and maintenance of the on-board safety equipment.      

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Roadmap for Renewable Energy

. For example, enhanced technology allows for bigger wind turbines and foundations, which increases manufacturing and production efficiency. Taking advantage of these efficiency gains, undersea cables are thereby addressing the challenges of inconsistent supply and demand; they enable power generated offshore – or in remote geographical locations – to be transmitted to the urban areas that need it most. The Geography of Renewables Take the state of New York, for example, which has four densely populated counties, two that are part of New York City, located on Long Island. The island faces

The Ocean Cleanup system (Photo: Seatools)

Seatools to Supply Monitoring System for The Ocean Cleanup

Subsea technology company Seatools said it has won a contract to develop and deliver a 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

Photo from Oceanology International 2016, showing the Dockside Exhibition Area

Expanded Waterfront for Oi18

, which is a turn-key and easily deployable system for seabed mapping and monitoring of sheltered waters. RTsys, a specialist in underwater acoustics and drones, manufactures a range of underwater acoustics systems, such as hydrophone recorders and remote buoys supplying mainly research institutes, offshore renewables and oil & gas companies. The company will run a daily program to include demonstrations of new products including the SYPod buoy (real-time data online) and MULTHY its new 16-channel acquisition system. RTsys will also highlight its web interface RAISONNANCE, which enables users to

IKM Subsea work class ROV, Merlin WR200 (Photo: IKM Subsea)

IKM Subsea Singapore Starts 2018 with Multiple Contracts

remotely operated vehicles (ROV) for a floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) mooring installation in Bangladesh. IKM Subsea provided one Merlin WR200 and a Comanche with the necessary toolings onboard the vessel Jumbo Javelin. IKM said it was chosen due to previous experience with the client, Jumbo Offshore, and the ability to perform in strong weather conditions in Bangladesh. With the Merlin WR200, the operating weather window is extended to help and execute the project. The second contract is a repeat order from previous years. IKM Subsea has been working with the client, Solstad Farstad since

Bruce Stuart (Photo: Interventek)

Interventek Appoints Stuart as Business Development Director

Interventek Subsea Engineering has announced the appointment of Bruce Stuart to the role of Sales and Business Development Director. Stuart brings with him over 30 years of commercial leadership experience and in-depth operational knowledge of the oil and gas industry.  Stuart joins Interventek from Proserv where he was VP Business Development Subsea, having previously held a seven year tenure at FMC Technologies, responsible for U.K. and Canada sales and marketing for their subsea products and systems. This new position at Interventek will support increasing levels of commercialization

Photo: OEE

France Eyes Role as Tidal Energy Powerhouse

and called for the launch of a tender for tidal energy as soon as possible.   “The stage is set for France to become the powerhouse of a global tidal energy industry. It has one of the most powerful tidal resources in the world; it has world-leading tidal technology, and it has an existing offshore supply-chain ready for action. A tender for tidal energy will see the first manufacturing plants come to France, creating a strong domestic industry, with significant export opportunities globally”, said Mr Gruet.   “The French Government has clearly recognized this opportunity

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Enpro Subsea Wins Frame Agreement with Tullow

Production optimization specialist company Enpro Subsea has been awarded a frame agreement contract to support leading multinational exploration and production (E&P) company Tullow Oil as part of the operator’s strategic activities in Ghana.   The contract will see the Aberdeen-headquartered firm delivering its innovative subsea intervention technologies to support Tullow’s plans with new and existing wells in the Jubilee & TEN fields. The campaign will see a consignment of up to 15 of its patented flow access modules (FAMs) being deployed in phases during 2018 and 2019

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