Offshore Oil & Gas

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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Hurricane Dora Forms Off Mexico's Pacific Coast

Hurricane Dora formed off the western coast of Mexico in the Pacific Ocean on Monday, but it was expected to slow and remain offshore, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Dora, the first hurricane to form in the Pacific so far this year, was carrying maximum sustained winds of about 80 miles per hour (130 km per hour) as it whirled about 170 miles (275 km) south-southwest of the port of Manzanillo, the center said. Dora was slowing and was likely to see some strengthening on Monday before weakening on Tuesday, the NHC said. The storm was expected to drop 1 to 2 inches (25 to 50 mm) of

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Aker Solutions to Supply Umbilicals for Coral South FLNG

Aker Solutions was awarded a contract to deliver three umbilicals and associated equipment at ENI's Coral South project, Mozambique's first offshore field development. The work scope includes three steel tube umbilicals that will total more than 19 kilometers in length and connect the Coral South floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility to the field's subsea production system. The umbilicals will be manufactured at Aker Solutions' plant in Moss, Norway, and are scheduled for delivery at the end of 2019. Discovered in 2012, the Coral South development is the first energy project offshore

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Statoil Decision on Castberg Field in late 2017

at NOK 49 billion ($5.78 billion) between 2017 and 2024   * Field size estimated at 450-650 mln barrels of oil equivalent   * Says Castberg operation will be supported by a supply and helicopter base in Hammerfest and an operations organisation in Harstad   * Says recruitment of offshore personnel from Finnmark county is also prioritised   * Expected to come on stream in 2022, the Castberg field will be operating for 30 years. A 2022 start-up is in line with previous Statoil statements   * The national employment during the development phase has been estimated at almost

Trelleborg Acquires Automated Dynamics

Trelleborg said it has, through its business area Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, signed an agreement to acquire the U.S.-based privately-owned Automated Dynamics, a specialist manufacture of advanced composite components.   The transaction, which is subject to the approval of the relevant authorities, is expected to be finalized in the third quarter of 2017.   Trelleborg said it sees composites as a strategic, adjacent technology with high potential in multiple industries, and the bolt-on acquisition is part of its strategy to strengthen its positions in attractive market segments.  &

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GoM Rigs Evacuated ahead of Storm Cindy

Facing incoming Tropical Storm Cindy, offshore oil and gas operators in the Gulf of Mexico have begun evacuating platforms and rigs as the storm moves north-westward toward the U.S. Gulf Coast.   Data from offshore operator reports submitted to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) as of 11:30 CDT today indicate that personnel have been evacuated from a total of 40 production platforms, or 5.43 percent of the 737 manned platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.    Personnel have been evacuated from one rig non-dynamically positioned (DP) rig, equivalent to 6.67 percent of

Faroe Islands Looks to Restart Hunt for Oil and Gas

Niels Christian Nolsoe said.   He declined to identify any of the companies but said bigger firms could put up the necessary cash, adding that companies present in the UK Shetland region also might be interested.   The seabed is mostly covered by thick basalt layers, which make the Faroese offshore areas difficult to explore despite promising geological and seismic surveys.   The seismic data now available and collected by companies such as Norway's PGS gives a much better understanding than when exploration started some 16 years ago, Nolsoe said.   In the fourth licencing round

Canyon Offshore Wins Wind Farm Trenching Work

Aberdeen based trenching solutions provider Canyon Offshore Limited said it has been awarded a contract by Siem Offshore Contractors to provide trenching services on DONG Energy’s Hornsea Offshore Wind Farm Project One.   In November 2016, and building further upon the recent establishment of its U.K. office in Aberdeen, Siem Offshore Contractors was awarded a contract for the installation of the inner-array grid cable system for the Hornsea Offshore Wind Farm Project One by DONG Energy Wind Power A/S.   Canyon Offshore’s award will require the trenching of approximately

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University of Gothenburg Selects HUGIN AUV

and price. We are confident that HUGIN will become an important tool in our on-going research in waters closer to Sweden, for example, in the Skagerrak and the Baltic Sea in addition to projects in the Antarctic and Arctic.”   “HUGIN AUVs are often seen as a commercial platform for offshore exploration and production operations or for naval applications such as mine countermeasures, however, they have also completed tens of thousands of survey kilometers and countless research projects for academic and marine science organizations,” said Atle Gran, Sales Manager Marin Robotics

Mexico Auctions Two-thirds of Blocks in Shallow Water Oil Tender

Mexico on Monday auctioned two-thirds of the shallow water oil and gas blocks up for grabs in the latest round of its energy market opening, surpassing the cautious estimates of officials last week.   Italy's Eni, Colombia's Ecopetrol and Capricorn Energy, a unit of Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy , were among the companies at the forefront of the bidding for 15 blocks in the southern Gulf of Mexico.   Ten of the 15 blocks were taken up in the auction.   Eni took one of the blocks by itself and two in consortium with other companies. One comprised Capricorn and Mexican oil firm Citla

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The Autonomous Future of Seabed Mapping

.   Traditionally, small survey vessels less than 16 meters long have been used to collect multibeam data in the inshore and coastal waters, with the larger vessels operating further out. Sometimes a multi-vessel approach is used whereby a field office is a setup for the inshore vessel while the offshore vessel works 24/7. The efficiency of shallow water surveys is reduced because the swath width becomes smaller in size and, because of potential hazards, surveys are nearly always daylight operations. The inshore vessels also have to transit from the local port, sometimes adding hours each way for

Aquatic Inks Two Regional Deals with DOF

completed five projects with DOF Subsea in the region.   In addition, Aquatic Americas signed a one-year frame agreement with DOF Subsea North America covering the hiring of equipment in the U.S., Guyana, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago. This comes after Aquatic Americas has recently completed an offshore installation campaign with DOF Subsea in June and anticipates more offshore work later in the year

Project to Standardize Subsea Processing Progressing

Subsea processing offers great potential for the oil and gas sector, but is also a relatively young field of technology, causing costly and inefficient tailor-made solutions. A DNV GL-led joint industry project (JIP) on standardizing subsea processing aims to reduce cost in a lifetime perspective. Initially focusing on subsea pumping, the partners in Phase 1 have now concluded the functional description of subsea pumping, while Phase 2 will deliver standardized guidelines. With all the four leading system suppliers on board, new operators are still welcome to join the project.    According

Charters Joins NOAI Staff

Tim Charters has joined the staff of the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) as Senior Director of Governmental and Political Affairs.   Charters comes to NOIA from the National Stripper Well Association (NSWA) where he represented more than 18,000 small business men and women in America’s upstream energy industry as Vice President of Governmental and Regulatory Affairs.    Charters brings nearly 20 years of Congressional experience to NOIA. From 2008-2015, he served as Staff Director of the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources

BluHaptics, J2 Subsea Forge Sales Partnership

– including real-time modeling, operator assistance and force feedback – into a unified platform for semi-automatic robotic control. Featuring a virtual interface and user-friendly controls, the system makes it easier for operators to interact with and control remote robots. Several offshore trials are currently underway.   “Augmented robotics marries the strengths of humans and robots to achieve more together than what each could do individually,” said BluHaptics CEO Don Pickering. “As companies begin to enjoy better control, improved safety, lower costs and

Norway Wants Oil Companies to Use Technology to Boost Output

potentially producing billions of extra barrels as well as tax revenues. Enhanced oil recovery (EOR), such as injection of polymers or carbon dioxide into reservoirs, could help to produce an additional 320-860 million cubic metres (2-5.4 billion barrels) of oil equivalents from the 27 largest fields offshore Norway, industry regulator NPD said. "We will try to use all the instruments we have to convince the companies to test (EOR) and to do pilot projects," Ingrid Soelvberg, the agency's director for development and operations, told Reuters. She said companies would be obliged to use

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Teledyne Optech Environmental Monitoring In Focus

Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar System (CZMIL) has been a critical rapid environmental assessment tool for both natural and man-made disasters   Teledyne Optech’s Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar (CZMIL) system is a critical rapid environmental assessment tool for monitoring natural and manmade disasters. From detecting sewage pipe leaks, mapping oil slicks and measuring coastline changes after hurricanes, to counting underwater debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, CZMIL identifies and monitors oceanic environmental changes, especially in emergency scenarios.   At

OCEANS Conference Returns to Aberdeen

The bi-annual MTS/IEEE OCEANS conference returns to Aberdeen, Scotland – June 19 to 22, 2017, at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre – with a focus on energy and offshore renewables.   OCEANS’17 Aberdeen will be the 60th Occurrence of the event. First presented in 1970 in Seattle OCEANS has become established worldwide as one of the major proponents of marine engineering, technology and science education.   The event also marks the second time that OCEANS has come to the U.K., both hosted in Aberdeen, a major maritime and offshore energy hub.   Neil

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BV Approvals Help Propel Floating Offshore Wind Sector

Bureau Veritas has issued a Preliminary Design Approval for a Floating Offshore Wind Turbine (FOWT) foundation designed by DCNS Energies. The floating foundation is based on a semi-submersible floater, designed to be competitive, adapted to mass production, easily towable, connectable and dis-connectable, and adaptable to site conditions and local industrial environments. This approval was provided as part of the General Electric (ex-Alstom) and DCNS Energies Sea Reed project, a FOWT product development initiative supported by ADEME, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency. A Preliminar

Picture from the dual control room at Bryne, Stavanger in Norway. This can easily be duplicated worldwide. (Photo: IKM Subsea)

World First: Commercial Onshore Remote WROV Ops

periodic maintenance. The Company Acceptance Test (CAT) with Statoil was completed on June 12 with the ROV at Snorre B and the dual control center is now up and running.     “We foresee a potential significant cost saving for our clients with less POB and increasing operational time offshore for the ROVs,” said Hans Fjellanger Business Development Manager at IKM Subsea. ”With this setup and proven technology in place we see this as the first of many stepping stones into the future of ROV technology for IKM Subsea.”    

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Tampnet Awarded Johan Sverdrup Contract

Tampnet, provider of high-capacity, low-latency based telecommunication infrastructure and services for the offshore oil and gas industry, was awarded a contract by Statoil for connecting the Johan Sverdrup field to their existing 2,500km subsea fiber infrastructure in the North Sea. This contract and turn-key project will optimize and strengthen the telecommunication infrastructure for this modern and digitalized field development.   Tampnet said its offshore network is built with continuous improvement and expansion in mind. Hence, throughout the North Sea the company has a number of potential

Statoil Eyes Japan, US for Floating Wind Projects

Norwegian oil company Statoil is targeting Japan and the U.S. states of California and Hawaii to expand its floating offshore wind turbine business, the head of its New Energy Solutions business told Reuters.   Statoil will later this year open the world's first floating wind turbine park off the coast of Scotland, a technology that allows wind energy to be harnessed further out at sea where wind speeds are typically higher.   Statoil's floating wind turbines are anchored in place, unlike other offshore turbines which need to be tethered to a permanent foundation on the seabed that is

Maersk Invincible in the fjord outside Stavanger before being towed out to the Vallhall field (Photo: Maersk Drilling)

Drilling Rig in Norway Gets All its Power from Land to Cut Emissions

An offshore drilling rig hired by Norwegian oil and gas producer Aker BP is getting all its power from electricity produced onshore, the firm said on Thursday, in a move that cuts carbon emissions and could be a world first. The Maersk Invincible rig, which is operating at the Valhall field in the North Sea, is connected with a 500-metre long cable to the field's Valhall platform which is in turn powered by a 294-kilometre long subsea cable linked to Norway's shore. "To our knowledge, this is the first one," said a company spokesman, citing data provided by the rig's owner, Denmark's

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James Fisher Subsea Excavation Unveils MultiROV

Mass/controlled flow excavation (M/CFE) specialist James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE) has launched the MultiROV system, bringing new levels of controllability and productivity for excavation requirements in the offshore oil and gas and renewable energy sectors.   The MultiROV reduces the services required from a vessel as it needs no stabilizing tuggers or clump weights. On-board thrusters allow movement and heading control which increase the operational window and productivity.   The system’s configuration means it can be deployed in water depths in excess of 3,000m bringing

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OSIL Awards Nortek Partnership Status

U.K.-based systems integrator Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL) has awarded Nortek AS status as an approved partner.   For over 20 years, Nortek’s Doppler technology has long been used to understand physical processes in the ocean, as well as in rivers, lakes and laboratories.   OSIL has produced and installed hundreds of systems that integrate Nortek equipment, and the approved partner status is an evolution of this long-standing collaboration, OSIL said. While data buoys represent the majority of systems installed, OSIL noted it also has vast experience with producing

Partners Aim to Advance Methane Harvesting Tech

national project was launched in FY2016. MES has joined it with MHWirth and other partners.    MES has wide range experiences of R&D on behaviors of gas hydrates and manufacturing of floating facilities.    MHWirth has significant expertise for subsea mining technology and offshore drilling systems including services.    This powerful collaboration will pave the way for the success of the hydrates harvesting.    In addition, MODEC, Inc. (MODEC), a leading specialist for Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) systems for the offshore oil

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Fugro’s Newest Survey Vessel Goes to Work

her maiden voyage that takes her to the deep waters of Ireland’s Atlantic margin and the far North of the Barents Sea.   The 72-meter vessel is a platform for technological innovation, where Fugro’s trademark technologies such as OARS (centralized command centers with direct access to offshore survey projects), Back2Base (enabling large amounts of survey data to be sent from offshore vessels to onshore processing centers and clients) and ROAMES (a powerful asset management solution streamlining subsea operations) are changing information delivery.   Fugro said it has secured a

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A Small Solution Solves a Big Problem

A clever idea has found a way to penetrate the labyrinth inside offshore production tanks in search of environmental contaminates prior to decommissioning.   Saab Seaeye customer Stinger Technology, a Norwegian firm known for finding innovative ways to work in confined underwater spaces, managed to squeeze a unique underwater robotic systems configuration loaded with sampling technology through a 150 cm square hatch to search the tank's internal maze of baffles, and navigate along 25.5 cm diameter pipe-runs of curves and bends.   Stinger's idea turned the already compact remotely operated

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BP Awards Angelin EPCIC Contract to McDermott

McDermott International, Inc. has been awarded an engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (EPCIC) contract from BP Trinidad & Tobago, LLC (bpTT) for the Angelin gas field, located 25 miles (40 kilometers) off the east coast of Trinidad and Tobago. This EPCIC contract follows the completion of a multi-phase engineering contract, including pre-front end engineering design (pre-FEED), front-end engineering design (FEED), and pre-execution engineering contracts previously awarded by bpTT to McDermott for the initial design and execution planning of Angelin. McDermott&rs

The 385 tonne topside of the Aquaterra Sea Swift being installed. It features a helideck and emergency accommodation with provision for six wells (Photo: Aquaterra Energy)

Sea Swift: New Platform Operational in Egypt

Global offshore engineering solutions provider Aquaterra Energy has designed, fabricated and installed a new Sea Swift platform for PICO Petroleum Integrated Services, the lead contractor for Amal Petroleum Company’s (AMAPETCO) Amal field in the Gulf of Suez, offshore Egypt. The Sea Swift is a Conductor Supported Platform (CSP) and is installed in 23 meters water depth. It included a 385 metric ton topside featuring a helideck and emergency accommodation with provision for six wells. The new topsides facility for the Amal-C platform involved designing process, piping, electrical

From left to right: Simon Harvey, Proserv’s head of operation at Great Yarmouth; David Lamont, CEO; and Iain Smith, region president  for UK and Europe; at the site of the company’s new facility in Great Yarmouth. (Photo: Proserv)

Proserv Opening New Subsea Tech Center

fund the remaining sum.   In a joint statement, the council’s political group leaders, Cllr Graham Plant, Cllr Kay Grey, Cllr Trevor Wainwright and Cllr Adrian Myers, said: “This landmark development on the Enterprise Zone reflects Great Yarmouth long-standing position as a global offshore energy capital and Beacon Park’s reputation as the location of choice for energy investment and growth.    “The borough council is committed to supporting any businesses with aspirations to relocate to or expand within the area. This success has come about through close partnershi

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Study: Monitoring Mooring Ropes’ Acoustic Emissions

acoustic emissions monitoring with the University of Exeter   Cohort company SEA said it is supporting the University of Exeter on a research project into how Acoustic Emissions (AE) signatures can be used to monitor the condition of synthetic mooring ropes widely used in securing floating offshore structures.   The research investigates using AE signatures to assess the degradation of mooring lines by subjecting the ropes to sinusoidal tension loading in a controlled environment, using a large-scale dynamic tensile test rig. Widely used for condition-monitoring in air, AE shows great

Ocean Infinity Buys Two Additional USVs

to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017. Prior to delivery, Ocean Infinity will begin sea trials on the simultaneous operation of multiple autonomous vehicles used in the exploration of the seabed. This seabed exploration command and control system will be located on the 115 meter multipurpose offshore vessel equipped with two ROVs and a 250 ton recovery crane

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Valeport: Tide Gauge Sales on the Rise

Valeport has reported a surge in sales of tide gauge equipment in its most recent quarter.   The U.K. manufacturer of oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric instrumentation said that sales of tide gauge equipment rose 22 percent over the same period in 2016, reporting that sales across its portfolio of tide gauge instrumentation including TideMasters, Radar sensors and the TideStation are significantly ahead of forecast.   Valeport’s tidal observation hub, TideStation, optimizes performance of instrumentation and is designed to be flexible in its configuration and has Valeport&r

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Collaborators Aim to Optimize ROV Operations

Two Norwegian companies have embarked on development and testing of a new underwater power and data connection system that will reduce cost and improve efficiency of vessel-based offshore remotely operated vehicle (ROV) operations.   Integrated subsea services provider DOF Subsea and subsea solutions company WiSub have begun cooperation on the development and testing of WiSub’s pinless connection systems in an international initiative to set a new standard in subsea connection.   WiSub patented pinless connection systems deliver power and data electromagnetically across a seawater

New 300L Fluid Bath from Guildline

 Guildline Instruments Ltd. announced it is accepting orders for its new 300L Fluid Bath through global resellers Ocean Scientific international Ltd (OSIL).   The new 5600 Series larger design was implemented in response to customer requests for a larger fluid bath. The 5600 Series has 50, 75 or 100L configurations currently available.    The bath uses an EMI shielded fiberglass tank allowing for multiple fluids including salt water, mineral oil and freshwater. This 5600 model comes as two separate units: the 300 liter tank; and a separate mechanical housing that contains the

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Precision Underwater Laser Scanner for Divers

Aberdeenshire-based Savante Subsea Lasers has miniaturized its dynamic laser scanning (DLS) technology into an integrated diver-operated 3D laser measurement solution.   The CTS-3D underwater laser scanner, a handheld diver operated tool, integrates Savante’s 3D laser scanning technology into a compact, lightweight unit. It quickly creates an accurate, digital-virtual representation of submerged structures using a cloud of precisely-determined 3D points (a "surface point cloud"). Accompanied with photometric measurement of the intensity of optical energy at each measured point

MMT Appoints Regional Executive in Russia

Andrey Voronov has started as MMTs representative in Russia from May 1, 2017, responsible primarily for increasing MMT’s regional presence in Russia and strengthen business relations on this market. He will be stationed in Moscow.     Voronov brings to the role leadership experience from subsea operations and survey technologies, having worked in the offshore industry for 25 years at companies such as Nord Stream AG, Blue Stream and a leading Russian survey company.  

Noble Globetrotter I (Photo: Sonardyne)

Noble Drillship Gets a DP Upgrade

Offshore drilling contractor Noble Corporation plc has selected acoustically-aided inertial navigation technology from Sonardyne Inc., Houston, for its ultra-deep water drillship Noble Globetrotter I. The Marksman DP-INS system is being used to provide a high integrity, independent subsea position reference for the vessel’s GE DP3 dynamic positioning (DP) system as it drills exploration wells in water depths up to 10,000 feet.   Built in 2011, the Noble Globetrotter I is significantly smaller than a conventional drillship but has the same operational capacity. The reduction in size has

Multi-Physics Imaging routinely provides geologically consistent Earth models, such as this Magnetotelluric conductivity inversion integrated with drilling data to define a hydrocarbon prospect. (Image: CGG)

CGG Launched Multi-Physics Imaging Group

understanding of the subsurface by optimizing the value of non-seismic geophysical data in their exploration workflows.   The Multi-Physics Imaging team provides processing, analysis, modeling, inversion and interpretation expertise across the full range of geophysical methods, onshore and offshore. Geoscientists use a proprietary imaging toolbox to produce geologically-consistent earth models which integrate available well, seismic and satellite data to improve subsurface understanding and reduce exploration risk.   Multi-Physics Imaging is also a provider of commercial software for

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Seadrill Names Dibowitz CEO

Oslo-listed rig firm Seadrill named a new chief executive from within its own ranks on Wednesday and said its talks to restructure $14 billion of debt and liabilities had reached an advanced stage.   Once the world's most valuable rig firm, Seadrill's business was hard hit when oil companies sharply cut investments and exploration in the wake of a 2014 crash in oil prices.   Anton Dibowitz, current chief commercial officer, will take the top job from July 1, succeeding Per Wullf who will remain a board director, the company said. Dibowitz, a U.S. citizen, joined the company 10 years ago.

(From left to right) Christian Cabos, Head of Department Information Management Technologies at DNV GL – Maritime, Marco Bibuli, Researcher at the Italian research centre CNR-ISSIA, and Volker Bertram, COMPIT Coordinator and Project Manager Engineering Services Newbuilding at the DNV GL Maritime Academy, at the COMPIT awards ceremony in Cardiff. (Credit: Felix Selzer). Photo: DNV GL

Italian Maritime Robotics Expert Bags DNV GL Award

for increased safety and efficiency.   COMPIT is the abbreviation for “Computer Applications and Information Technology in the Maritime Industries”. The conference, which took place for the sixteenth time, offered information on advanced IT applications for the lifecycle of ships and offshore structures.    Topics such as autonomous maritime systems, virtual reality and augmented reality, Yards 4.0 and big data, among others, were discussed by the participants. As in previous years, DNV GL was a main sponsor of this event.  

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Cannon Tapped to Lead FLIR Systems

FLIR Systems, Inc. has appointed James J. “Jim” Cannon as its new president and chief executive officer, effective June 19, 2017, succeeding Andy Teich, who will retire after 33 years of service. Cannon previously served for more than 16 years in a variety of senior leadership positions at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., most recently as president of Stanley Security North America & Emerging Markets. Prior to that, he was president of the company’s Industrial & Automotive Repair (IAR) business unit, first in North America and subsequently in Europe and Latin America

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New Split Hoist System from Bosch Rexroth

showed interest in the concept, the protoype was tested in real life conditions.   “We had to overcome a number of technical and operational challenges for the split hoist system in the two and a half years from concept to construction,” said Patrick Verbakel, Technical Sales Manager Offshore. “Numerous simulations and tests were carried out to confirm the prototype could achieve the expected performance, and to ensure it would comply with the required safety standards.”   In June 2017 further testing will be carried out, again with help of Seaway Heavy Lifting, for

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Innovative Subsea Crane Ordered for RSV Conversion

 Brazilian ship owning company CBO’s vessel CBO Manoella is currently being retrofitted from an offshore platform supply vessel (PSV) into a ROV Support Vessel (RSV).   As part of the conversion project, CBO has assigned Rolls-Royce to equip the vessel with a new patented hybrid dual draglink (DDC) subsea crane, marking the first installation of a subsea crane designed to be able to use either fiber or steel wire rope.   Marcelo Martins, CBO, Technical Director said, “This is one of two vessels CBO is now retrofitting from PSVs to RSVs, and we are very satisfied about

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RV Sally Ride Enters Dry Dock for Maintenance

The Sally Ride, a Neil Armstrong Class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) vessel, dry docked at Bay Ship and Yacht on April 15, 2017, to carry out modifications to superstructure and to perform general vessel maintenance. Named for the late astronaut Sally Ride, the ship is 238 feet long and incorporates the latest technologies, including high-efficiency diesel engines, emissions controls for stack gases, and new information technology tools both for monitoring shipboard systems and for communicating with the world. It will serve to provide scientists with the tools and capabilities

Cherry Paton, Innovation Park Estate Manager and 1CSI’s founders, Aleksandra Tomaszek, Chief Operating Officer and Matthew Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer (Photo: 1CS1)

New Subsea Consultancy: 1CS1

by Matthew Kennedy and Aleksandra Tomaszek and offers solutions to global subsea challenges. This, includes, but is not limited to, fit-for-purpose assessments of deep water flexible risers through the inspection of concrete coated subsea pipelines, to ROV deployed examination of subsea welds inside offshore wind turbine monopiles.   Matthew Kennedy, the company CEO, holds over 30 years of experience within the nuclear, renewable and subsea integrity industries. Most recently, he spent ten years at Oceaneering where he delivered numerous international projects. Matthew was also the originator

Kraken Invests in German Subsea Components Firm

Kraken Sonar Inc. said it has acquired a minority interest in ENITECH Subsea GmbH, renamed Kraken Power GmbH, a provider of specialized deep sea components for underwater robotics based in Rostock, Germany.   Kraken Power GmbH, led by Dr. Carl Thiede, has been working on pressure tolerant technology and products for the subsea market for the past 10 years and is a specialist in deep-sea components for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Pressure tolerant components are electronic components or assemblies that can operate satisfactorily under high pressure

Sulzer’s Middlesbrough Service Center has a dedicated work area which ensures high quality components are correctly assembled and tested. (Photo: Sulzer)

Sulzer: Total Supply Service for ROV Manufacturer

Manufacturing a hydraulic power unit (HPU) that is destined to operate on the ocean floor up to depths of 2,500 meters requires considerable expertise and design excellence in order to deliver reliable and sustained performance. Having provided the build and test service for some time, Sulzer has now taken on the procurement phase of the process to release the client from this time intensive task.   The design and construction of remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) is a specialist field and the components used to create the HPUs need to be carefully selected in order to produce a

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Semco Wins Order for Culzean Hook-up

is expected to commence in 2019. In Singapore Semco Maritime will even now set up a team of hook up specialists to prepare the installation work in order to have everything planned when the platforms arrive in the North Sea next summer, said Carsten Nielsen, vice president at Semco Maritime Ltd. The offshore work will be carried out from the base in Aberdeen, where Semco Maritime expects to employ 75-150 people for the approx. 8-9 months it will take to prepare Culzean. The order is a continuation of the positive development in the activities, which Semco Maritime has experienced in the UK during

Using a new method to distinguish fresh water from oil or salt water, scientists are exploring beneath the continental shelf off New England to look for large pockets of trapped fresh water. This water may be continually filling from groundwater flowing from land or, alternatively, may have been left behind by ice-age glaciers. (Image: Eric S. Taylor, WHOI Graphic Services)

Fresh Water below the Seafloor?

places many people wouldn’t expect: under the ocean. By some estimates, nearly 120,000 cubic miles of fresh water lies buried beneath the seafloor—more water than the sun evaporates from the Earth’s surface each year.   These subsea reservoirs could someday be tapped like vast offshore wells to provide additional freshwater resources to an increasingly water-scarce planet, say Rob Evans and Dan Lizarralde, scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.   Evans and Lizarralde have been investigating what they think may be big pockets of fresh water sitting right off

Sonardyne said tight integration between its Syrinx DVL and SPRINT INS will provide accuracy, precision and integrity for Kasetsart University’s long range AUV (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Navigation Chosen for Thai AUV Program

A new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) being developed by a joint-research program between PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited (PTTEP) and Kasetsart University (KU), Bangkok, Thailand will feature marine robotics navigation technology supplied by Sonardyne Asia Pte. Ltd, of Singapore.   The order for Sonardyne’s SPRINT inertial navigation system (INS) and Syrinx Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) was placed by the PTTEP-KU and will be integrated on a 4,000 meter rated, long endurance AUV being built for applications including pipeline maintenance and oil-spill detection.

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Roan Joins IMCA in North America

industry regulators and within our extensive network of members in the United States.” Based in Houston, Roan has worked in a variety of regulatory compliance and advocacy roles for several oil companies and drilling contractors in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. He has over 20 years of marine and offshore oil and gas industry experience, including four years as a U.S. Coast Guard Port State Control Officer. Prior to joining IMCA Eric was a Program Manager at the Center for Offshore Safety where he facilitated industry groups tasked with implementing U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

John Underhill (Photo: Heriot-Watt University)

Industry Funding to Boost UK Offshore O&G Research

A major funding package for the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) at Heriot-Watt University will directly support research and training for the future of the industry in U.K. offshore waters.    Heriot-Watt’s Chief Scientist, Professor John Underhill, has secured funding of £416,000 (approximately $537,000) from Verus Petroleum, an independent oil company active on the U.K. Continental Shelf (UKCS).    The award will support a number of oil and gas related training and Applied Geoscience research activities in IPE including the NERC Center for Doctoral

Topaz Resolve (Photo: Topaz Energy and Marine)

Topaz Resolve Goes to Work in the Mediterranean

International offshore support vessel company Topaz Energy and Marine said its multipurpose supply vessel (MPSV) Topaz Resolve has commenced a charter in support of geophysical and geotechnical survey operations in the Mediterranean Sea for a European oil major.  Topaz Resolve is operating from Limassol, Cyprus for an initial period of one month. The vessel is a multi-functional ROV, dive and survey vessel and is equipped for deep and shallow water operations, in DP2 or by 4-point mooring. The 50m vessel, which was built in late 2015, is equipped with a 25 metric ton offshore subsea crane.

Dorothy Shepherd (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Shepherd Joins Bibby Offshore's Renewables Team

Bibby Offshore, a subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has appointed Dorothy Shepherd as general manager, renewables.   Shepherd joins Bibby Offshore with more than 15 years’ experience in the energy industry. Having spent a significant time at The Crown Estate - a key player in supporting the delivery of energy supply for the U.K. - Shepherd brings with her a wealth of offshore renewables knowledge, including the delivery of new developments and supporting infrastructure.   In her new role, Shepherd will be instrumental in the delivery of new business in the

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Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop: Call for Speakers

and technologies.   A key component of this users’ conference is presentations given by customers sharing their field and laboratory experience utilizing Teledyne products. The three-day workshop will include four concurrent morning tracks dedicated to the following broad topic areas: offshore energy; oceanographic research; hydrography; defense/security; aquaculture/fisheries; and civil engineering/river monitoring.    Teledyne is encouraging customers to submit abstracts sharing their experience using Teledyne products in any of these applications. Abstracts can be submitted

Photo credit: Arctic Council Secretariat / Linnea Nordström

Arctic Council Meeting Stirs Hidden Tensions

As foreign ministers from countries with territory in the far North celebrated an agreement on fighting climate change this week, one topic seethed below the surface: growing competition for Arctic resources and sea lanes as the ice melts.   Russia, one of eight members of the Arctic Council which includes the United States, Canada and the Nordic countries, has been pouring money and missiles into the Arctic as well as reopening and building bases there. This is bringing its Arctic military presence to the highest level since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.   Although the Arctic

Marine Technology Reporter -- May 2017 Edition

Reporter is now available here.   This edition includes features on:   Subsea Defense: The move toward autonomy is in full force, particularly in anti-submarine warfare   Ireland's Blue Economy: The Emerald Isle taps into is burgeoning blue economy   Offshore Renewables: BOEM's Jim Bennett discusses the present and future of U.S. offshore wind   Port Infrastructure: Port infrastructure projects lie at the heart of American commerce and security   Read more at http://digitalmagazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MarineTechnology/201705/.  

ICEHORSE Submersible Skimmer recovering oil during prototype testing at BSEE’s Ohmsett Facility. This BSEE-funded research project is part of an effort to improve oil recovery in icy Arctic waters. (Photo: BSEE)

Partners Advance Arctic Oil Spill Response Technology

Continually working to help improve oil spill response technologies, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) presented details on its latest efforts at the Arctic Oil Spill Response Research and Technology Workshop on April 26.   There, Bureau staff presented results of several BSEE-funded projects including the development of a submersible skimmer prototype for oil recovery in and around broken ice.   “At the workshop, we all worked together to collectively understand the suite of response technology possibilities that are available today as well as

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