Offshore Oil & Gas

The CARTHE drifter (Photo: GreenWave Instruments LLC)

Meet the CARTHE Drifter

version, using a biodegradable parachute, is coming out next year to increase the deployment capabilities of the instrument.   Typical applications are physical and biological oceanography, search and rescue missions, marine pollution tracking, as well as surface current monitoring for the offshore industry and the Navy for purposes of navigation and operational risk reduction. More than 1,500 of these drifters were recently deployed in two large scale experiments (named LASER and SPLASH) conducted by CARTHE to study the upper ocean processes that control the transport of hydrocarbons in the

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Oceaneering Adds New Reel Drive System

flexibility of operator position.   This latest third-generation unit is the biggest delivered by MDL to date, and takes the flex-lay equipment provider’s tally of fully-electrical deck systems across the 50th mark. The original third-generation 350-metric-ton unit, forming part of MDL Offshore Service, was first used as part of a complete MDL flex-lay spread on North Sea’s Kraken field in autumn 2015.   Conrad Picou, Global Supply Manager at Oceaneering, said, “Oceaneering’s mission is to provide the best value and service to our customers, regardless of market

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Advanced Monitoring Proves Its Capabilities Offshore

New monitoring technology developed by RED Engineering has been used for the first time to improve accuracy, speed and safety during the installation of jacket foundations for wind turbines at the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Ltd project in the Moray Firth, Scotland.   The development by the North East-based firm of engineers features remote proximity sensors to confirm the correct engagement of an internal lifting tool (ILT) in use by Seaway Heavy Lifting, a Subsea 7 company.   These are connected to a remote monitoring system providing improved control of the lifting tool and confirming

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Grob Rejoins OceanWorks as Technical Director

OceanWorks International has welcomed back Harald Grob as Technical Director.   Having spent almost half of his 30-plus years of experience with OceanWorks, Grob rejoins the company to lead the technical staff and providing innovative solutions to OceanWorks customers in all markets.   During his previous time with OceanWorks Grob played a key role in the development of the U.S. Navy Pressurized Rescue Module System (PRMS) as well as numerous other subsea projects for OceanWorks’ scientific, and oil and gas clients.

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Fugro Boosts Offshore Wind Projects in Taiwan

Fugro has completed geotechnical and geophysical surveys for feasibility studies, installation, commissioning and cost-effective operation of offshore wind farms in U.K., European and North American waters. In 2016 it undertook the first geotechnical and geophysical survey and metocean study project in Taiwanese waters for a major offshore wind developer for engineering design and environmental impact assessment purposes.   With 30 years of Taiwan offshore experience under its belt, Fugro counts among its successful projects in the region’s oil and gas sector a large-scale clearance

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Sonar Technology to Be Used to Detect Sharks in the US

A state-of-the-art sonar system first developed and deployed by Shark Mitigation Systems (SMS) in Australia is now being recommended for use in Southern California, where an increase in the shark population has been observed.   While shark attacks in California are rare (there have been 177 documented shark incidents in California since 1950, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife), the number of shark sightings has been on the rise. Some of the predators on the western U.S. coastline can measure up to 12 feet in length, posing a threat to surfers and beachgoers.   In

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Buoy Network Monitors Kiel Canal Project

A network of seven off 1.9m data buoys supplied by OSIL to DHI in Denmark will be deployed to support a long term monitoring project in Kiel, Germany, starting in October.    The sturdy buoy systems each incorporate two Sea-Bird Scientific WET Labs multiparameter water quality sensors; one mounted at the surface within the robust central buoy structure to prevent damage to the instrument, and the other securely located on a unique mooring frame suspended 2m above the seabed that also accommodates a Nortek AWAC on a gimbal to monitor currents and waves. The exclusive mooring design includes

New Study Will Examine Hydrate Blockage in Subsea Jumpers

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is leading a joint industry project (JIP), supported by the Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF), to provide industry with a better understanding of the mechanism of hydrate growth and blockages.   The 12-month study, entitled ‘Hydrate Deposit Growth in Subsea Jumpers (HyJump)’, currently has the support of industry partners, including Chevron, Total and Woodside, and is welcoming more participants to join the project.   To simulate the flow geometry and risk of hydrate blockage in subsea equipment, the project will see the development

BP, SOCAR to Ink Caspian Sea Exploration Deal

. Block D-230 covers areas in a water depth of up to 300 metres, with a reservoir depth of 3,000-5,000 metres. BP is a main investor and operator of two major projects in Azerbaijan - the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli (ACG) oilfields, which account for most of Azerbaijan's output, and the Shah Deniz offshore gas field, which is estimated to contain 1.2-1.5 trillion cubic metres of gas.   Reporting by Nailia Bagirova; Writing by Margarita Antidz

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GMG Acquires Fugro’s Trenching, Cable Laying Business

24 percent in the combined business valued at $65 million, and a one year secured vendor loan of $ 7.5 million. Fugro said it will realize a gain on this transaction, valued at approximately $73 million.   GMG is a supplier of subsea cable installation and maintenance services in the telecoms, offshore renewables, power and oil and gas market segments. The acquisition of Fugro’s trenching and cable laying business provides added high-end capabilities that strengthen its service offering. The transaction involves the transfer of the vessel Fugro Symphony, two trenchers and two work class

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Underwater Vehicles Conference Set for November

sustainability and efficiency improvements, as well as market drivers and restraints.   Recent market research revealed that the underwater vehicle market is expected to grow significantly over the next five years, due to the increased demand for underwater robotics for survey and seabed mapping, offshore drilling, and pipeline inspection.   Sponsored by ROV service provider ROVOP, Tritech, Teledyne Marine, Omega Subsea and ROV Planet, the conference will take place on Tuesday, November 21 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.   Bringing together representatives from the

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Seaweed: Fuel of the Future?

Scientists envision a future where fuel made from seaweed grown at large-scale offshore farms will be used to provide green power for homes and vehicles.   Now with help from U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) funding, researchers are working toward making that scenario a reality. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) received $5.7 million from ARPA-E's Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) Program for two projects that have set out to develop tools and technology to advance the mass production of seaweed for

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First Ever USV-supported Cable Route Survey

For the first time ever, a seabed cable route survey has been performed with support from an unmanned surface vehicle (USV).   The survey route included various water depths and strong currents, while facing difficult wind and sea conditions in the Bering Sea offshore Alaska. The project was mobilized immediately following a 9,000km nautical charting survey by Terrasond, of which 4,750km (53 percent) was executed by an ASV Global C-Worker 5 autonomous surface vehicle (ASV). The cable route survey required a new payload including a hull mounted multibeam sonar, a sub-bottom profiler, and a towed

Marine Technology Reporter - October 2017 Edition

technology used to find and explore the long-lost USS Indianapolis Deep-sea mining: the promises of subsea riches pose a threat to subsea environments   Unmanned forces: building a multi-domain autonomous fleet   Aerial drones improve safety and performance offshore   The Arctic “Roomba”: new technologies for recovering oil spills in icy waters   Read more at http://digitalmagazines.marinelink.com/nwm/MarineTechnology/201710

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Research Vessels: The Fleet is In

the vessel for scientific or educational purposes.  Duke said its marine lab has been without a large research vessel since two of its boats were retired—the 135-foot Cape Hatteras in 2013 and the 50-foot Susan Hudson in 2014. Faculty members have since been unable to regularly take students offshore or participate in oceanographic work.   The new vessel will allow researchers and other institutions to conduct research along the Atlantic seaboard in a wide range of vital fields, including marine ecology and conservation, biological oceanography and renewable ocean energy development.

Becoming a NVIDIA member will allow Rovco to enhance its 3D reconstruction capabilities and inspection techniques. Picture – 3D reconstruction of jacket structure. (Photo: Rovco)

Rovco Joins NVIDIA Inception Program

modern computer graphics, and revolutionized parallel computing. It has since ignited modern AI with graphic processing units to enhance computers, robots and cars. With an expanding fleet of ROVs, sized from micro to large inspection vehicles, Rovco has the resources required to provide inshore/offshore services and inspections anywhere in the world. Offering a unique approach to technical subsea challenges, Rovco has the expertise to deliver a high quality, extremely innovative solution for underwater hydrographic survey and inspection services, using state-of-the-art cameras, scanning 3D sonars

Aker BP recently awarded a contract worth up to $68 million to Odfjell Drilling for the lease of the semi-submersible drilling rig Deepsea Stavanger in the Norwegian Sea and the Barnts Sea (Photo: Aker BP)

Offshore Rig Firms See End to Historic Downturn

Demand for offshore rig rental globally is starting to recover from its worst ever downturn, led by oil firms' growing demand for harsh-environment exploration and triggering multi-billion dollar tie-ups among drillers hoping to profit, executives said.   While the 2014-2016 oil price crash caused firms to cut exploration budgets, ending a boom in rig demand and bankrupting many owners, energy companies are now seeking to replenish their hydrocarbon reserves.   The nascent demand for harsh-environment rigs, particularly for North Sea drilling, could lead to increased rates for these

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Baltic Pipe Route Survey in the North Sea

MMT has been awarded a contract by the Danish energy transmission system operator Energinet as part of the Baltic Pipe project. The assignment includes a route survey for a new offshore pipeline in the North Sea and in Lillebælt, the inner Danish Seas.   The pipeline is planned to have landfall on the west coast of Jutland and the total length of the North Sea offshore part of the pipeline is approximately 105km, the Lillebælt area is approximately 5 km . The entire route is located within the Danish EEZ and the scope includes geophysical seabed survey, geotechnical investigations

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Safety Zone Management Assurance for Offshore Installations

An Aberdeen-based maritime specialist has launched 500m Zone Management assurance and auditing for offshore Installations following the success of its training courses for offshore installation personnel to help address safety concerns.   Seacroft Marine Consultants has developed a new assurance process to continue to monitor operational safety standards after providing initial training to help installations manage ship movements when they come close to platforms.   It is the latest development from the leading marine assurance providers which builds upon training it launched earlier

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New Solution Simplifies Relief Well Operations

vessels to the system. This enhancement excludes gate valves, accumulators, ROV panels and a BOP, reducing the complexity of the subsea hardware configuration. In addition, the deployment method is a duplicate of the original set up of the RWIS, so it can be run off a vessel of opportunity or a mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) using either a drill pipe or a wire line.    “When the RWIS Lite is used alongside an RWIS, it requires one less drill ship and utilizes the existing BOP emergency disconnect system for maximum efficiency,” said Morten Haug Emilsen, Managing Director

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Royal IHC to Build Reel Lay Vessel for Subsea 7

a pipe lay system, also designed, engineered and built by IHC.    Delivery of the vessel is planned for early 2020.    Dave Vander Heyde, CEO Royal IHC, said, “Our integrated approach to vessel design will give Subsea 7 an industry leading asset that sets a new standard in offshore pipe lay. Based on the ratio between top pipe tension and payload to displacement, this will be one of the most cost effective vessels to enter the market.” 

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Energy Industry Says 'No Thanks' to Trump Offer of Marine Sanctuaries

it.   But interviews with energy industry representatives signal the effort will likely miss its target. Opening up these areas would likely help wind power companies - which Trump has lambasted - more than oil producers, they say. And neither industry is interested because of the high costs of offshore development, comparatively rich opportunities on land and the public relations headaches of developing protected oceanscapes.   The White House did not respond to a request for comment.   The U.S. Commerce Department is scheduled to issue its recommendations on the sanctuaries, located

Exxon's Big Bet on Brazil Oil Could Signal Major Pre-salt Role

Exxon Mobil Corp's big bet on Brazil's offshore Campos basin shows its willingness to pay up to replenish its reserves and may pave the way for hefty bids in October auctions in the country's rich pre-salt areas, analysts said.   Marking a return to Brazilian exploration after a five-year absence, Exxon took eight blocks in the coveted basin, one of Brazil's most productive, at an auction on Wednesday. Six were taken in partnership with state-run Petroleo Brasileiro (Petrobras).   The auction's record take included an Exxon bid of 2.24 billion reais ($704 million) for one block, Brazil's

TechnipFMC Wins Peregrino 2 Contract

 TechnipFMC  has been awarded by Statoil an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation contract.   It covers the execution of the subsea pipeline connection for the new production platform in Peregrino Phase II Project, located in Campos Basin, offshore Brazil. This new fixed platform will be connected by the in-field lines to the existing platform.   TechnipFMC will be responsible for the overall execution for engineering, procurement, manufacturing, construction, installation and pre-commissioning of the rigid pipelines, flexible lines and the required subsea

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New Offshore Oil Investments Needed to Avoid Shortages -Hess

Higher investments in offshore oil production are critical to avoiding a supply squeeze by 2020, as expanding shale output will not match projected demand increases in the next few years, U.S. oil producer Hess Corp said on Thursday.   The past four years of low oil prices have major producers pulling back on needed offshore investment, and the gap between supply and demand should help prices rebound, Hess Chief Operating Officer Greg Hill said at an energy conference at Rice University's Baker Institute.   "The world is going to have to invest in more than shale," said Hill

The overall effect diagram of New Buoyant Tower solution with storage (Photo: Wison)

Wison Launches Buoyant Tower Solutions with Storage

Wison Offshore & Marine has developed a new Buoyant Tower solution with condensate or oil storage, adopting Wison’s proprietary Buoyant Tower technology. This floating concept provides a new economic and reliable option for the oil and gas development in the shallow to medium-depth waters.   Originally invented by Ed Horton and Lyle Finn, the Buoyant Tower technology was first applied to BPZ CX-15 project offshore Peru when both Ed and Lyle worked for Horton Wison Deepwater Inc. (HWD), now renamed as Wison Offshore Technology Inc. with 130+ patents originated by Ed Horton and his

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Hovem Named CEO of DNV GL Oil & Gas

Europe, the Middle East and India in DNV GL’s Oil & Gas business. She has more than 25 years of experience in international management, technical advisory and engineering services, research and development in the oil and gas and maritime industries. She has an MSc in Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering from UC Berkeley (1990) and an MSc in Civil Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (1987).   Commenting on her appointment, Hovem said, “I look forward to leading the Oil & Gas business area in its next phase of development. The oil and gas

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Maersk Oil CEO to Step Down after Total Takeover

The chief executive of Maersk Oil, Gretchen Watkins, will leave the company when Total's acquisition of the company has been completed, Maersk said Wednesday.   Watkins joined Maersk Oil as Chief Operating Officer in January 2014 and took the role of CEO in October last year. Prior to joining Maersk Oil, she had worked at Marathon Oil and BP.   Total agreed last month to buy the oil and gas business of A.P. Moller-Maersk for $7.45 billion, strengthening the French major's operations in the North Sea.   The current COO at Maersk Oil, Martin Rune Pedersen, will become vice president

CGG Completes Perdido Subsalt Survey for Pemex

CGG has completed ahead of schedule an 11,500 sq km wide-azimuth (WAZ) survey on behalf of Pemex in the deepwater Perdido area. This new survey has been acquired perpendicularly to existing WAZ data and the combined Imaging of this first large-scale orthogonal WAZ data set is expected to provide significantly enhanced subsalt imaging results. A fast-track TTI RTM image for the first block of approximately 5,200 sq. km was delivered earlier than planned, helping to guide the client’s drilling operations. This landmark survey also saw the first deployment of Sercel’s QuietSea next-genera

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Jenkins Joins Well-Safe

Well-Safe Solutions has appointed a director of well abandonment to its growing list of decommissioning experts, bringing the senior team to nine since launching this summer.    Matt Jenkins has joined Well-Safe from Conoco where he led its UK P&A (plug and abandonment) Engineering and Strategy and was pivotal in the Southern North Sea Decommissioning project.    As director of well abandonment at Well-Safe, Jenkins will lead the technical team to design safe and efficient well P&A operations for clients, ensuring the best possible solutions are implemented to mitigate

Fast-track data from CGG’s latest Santos VII BroadSeis survey (image courtesy of CGG Multi-Client & New Ventures).

Building a National Resource Offshore Brazil

, CGG also opened a technology center in Rio with a world-class R&D team, working with Petrobras and other local agencies to focus on solving local geoscience challenges. The company’s commitment to Brazil is demonstrated by its investment in over 170,000 km2 of 3D multi-client seismic data offshore, which it continues to upgrade and increase.   Currently, CGG is spending considerable time and effort in the pre-salt area, reprocessing its conventional 3D surveys with the latest technology, including 3D deghosted broadband processing and TTI (tilted transverse isotropy) FWI (full-waveform

Moog Focal Small Form-Factor Pluggable (SFP) Optical Transceiver (Image: Moog Focal)

Moog Focal Introduces a New Optical Transceiver

Moog Focal has launched its new 4 Gbps, pressure tolerant (PT) small form-factor pluggable (SFP) optical transceiver as part of its increased portfolio of qualified pressure tolerant technology, including pressure tolerant electronics and optical products for use in subsea applications.   Focal’s PT products feature a standard rating of 4,000 m (6,000 psi / 430 bar), and options for even higher pressures. To ensure reliability, all designs undergo rigorous qualification testing, and each product is test screened above the design rated pressure during factory acceptance, the manufacturer

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Phoenix Hires Long, Turner in Manager Roles

Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. announced that Matthew Long has joined the company as General Manager (GM) of its Largo, Md. headquarters office, and Troy Turner has been appointed as Area Manager for our Bayou Vista, La. Location.   Long will oversee all aspects of Phoenix’s government and commercial deep ocean search and recovery service lines, as well as the company’s Engineering and R&D work, while Turner will be responsible for overseeing and directing the day-to-day activities of the Bayou Vista office, and actively pursuing growth opportunities for all Phoenix

GeoSphere data log shows the layered formation structure in the well. (Image: SLB)

GeoSphere: Mapping-while-drilling Evolution

improvement and better field development strategies.   What are the main advantages of using the GeoSphere service in relation to traditional pilot drilling? One of the main advantages of the service is to avoid drilling a pilot hole, which is a costly operation, especially when drilling offshore. Pilot holes are often drilled to evaluate the formation, but that doesn’t necessarily mitigate risks in shallow or complex reservoir. Productivity of the well can be impacted by shallow landings, where too much of the section is drilled in the overburden, which becomes a major challenge for

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Total, Chevron Team up in Gulf of Mexico Oil Exploration

. Total values Chevron’s performance as a GoM deepwater company and this agreement expands a successful co-ownership already in place on the Tahiti field”, stated Arnaud Breuillac, President Exploration & Production. “As a continued effort to highgrade its portfolio, Total won six offshore exploration licenses in the August Lease Sale.”   Total has been active in exploration and production in the United States since 1957. In the Gulf of Mexico, Total focuses on the deepwater with a participation in two producing fields, Tahiti with 17 percent, operated by Chevron, and

Aker Solutions Wins Troll FEED Contract With EPCI Option From Statoil

on the next phase of this important development and look forward to collaborating with Statoil to optimize value from this field," said Aker Solutions Chief Executive Officer Luis Araujo. The Troll field, located about 65 kilometers west of Kollsnes, contains around 40 percent of Norway's offshore gas reserves. Production from the field is expected to continue beyond 2050. The contract will be booked as part of Aker Solutions' third-quarter orders

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New York Noise: A Risk for Endangered Whales

Noise in New York has always grated on people and now, with the cacophony engulfing surrounding waters, it is threatening the city's newly discovered neighbors: endangered whales. Rare North Atlantic right whales and other species that use tonal and pulsating songs to find food and mates have been detected in New York waters by an underwater monitor that the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society installed last year. Aerial surveys since March have revealed 61 whales, including eight right whales, four sperm whales and 21 fin whales, all endangered species

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M2 Subsea Unveils Purpose-built ROV Test Tank

Remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services provider M2 Subsea has recently commissioned a purpose-built tank for testing ROVs and ancillary equipment at its base in Westhill, Aberdeenshire.    Located within M2 Subsea’s existing workshop, the indoor fresh water test tank can accommodate both work-class and observation ROVs. It can hold 73,600 liters of water and measures 8 x 4 x 2.3 meters. It features a gantry crane which has a S.W.L 15t and an independent 415v three phase 200a power supply to accommodate testing equipment. 2t and 16t forklifts are also onsite at all times for any

Oceanscan Invests in Applanix Multibeam and INS

water.    The 3,000m-rated Sonic 2022 unit is fitted with the 700 kHz UHR Option, Truepix backscatter and raw water column detect, making it an ideal high-resolution sonar. When UHR is selected, the beam width is 0.6° x 0.6° providing narrow beam widths – invaluable for detail offshore site surveys such as pipeline inspections, trench mapping, cable lay operations, wreck surveys or other micro bathymetry/hydrographic applications.   User-selectable frequencies from 170 to 450kHz and swath coverage from 10° to 160° are selectable on the fly, during survey operations

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BP's Thunder Horse Platform Shut Temporarily on Power Issue

BP Plc halted production at its Thunder Horse platform in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico on Monday following a power outage, a company spokesman confirmed on Tuesday.   The benchmark for sour crude rallied to its strongest in more than two years on the disruption.   BP evacuated its workforce of about 300 people from the facility after the power outage as a precaution, according to the statement. Technical and essential personnel were scheduled to return to the platform on Tuesday.   The platform has the ability to produce up to 265,000 barrels of oil a day, and was producing about 180

Hopes Lifted for Norway-Scotland Power Cable Project

The prospects for a planned 1.4 gigawatt (GW) power interconnector linking Norway and Scotland have improved following the re-election of Norway's right-wing government this month, the project's chief said.   NorthConnect's 650-km subsea cable could meet about a quarter of Scotland's peak demand with clean energy from Norwegian hydroelectric dams and wind turbines.   Opposition Labour leader Jonas Gahr Stoere had said before the election he would not back the NorthConnect concession application if his party took power.   "The election result is a positive result for NorthConnec

RTsys Deploys Acoustic Buoys in Europe

.   A species of porpoise endemic to the German coast is very sensitive to sound waves, because this species mainly uses its hearing to position itself. In order to avoid disturbing its natural habitat, German legislation imposes a maximum sound level that must not be exceeded, especially in offshore wind farms.   Since 2014, RTsys has been providing buoys equipped with acoustic recorders, which analyze data in real time. These buoys are based on underwater acoustic recommendations and standards. Thanks to this way of working, innovative technology developed by RTsys is now recognized

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Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Design Passes ABS Review

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has completed the design review of the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) documentation for the VolturnUS, a floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT), developed by the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center.   “UMaine is pleased that its innovative design became the first floating wind turbine concrete semisubmersible hull to be reviewed by ABS, and found to meet the ABS requirements,” said Dr. Habib J. Dagher, P.E, UMaine Composites Center executive director and principal investigator.    “After 10

The Central Azeri Platform. (Photo: Stuart Conway / BP)

25 More Years in the ACG Field

Statoil, together with co-venturers and the Azerbaijan Government sign amended and restated Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli PSA.   The Azerbaijan Government and the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) together with BP, Statoil, Chevron, INPEX, ExxonMobil, TPAO, ITOCHU and ONGC Videsh today sign the amended and restated Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) which will be effective until the end of 2049. The agreement was signed today in Baku and is now subject to ratification by the Parliament (Milli Majlis) of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Oil from Sunken Tanker Spreads to Athens Riviera

is going to sink and set in the sand. We'll step in and (our feet) will turn black."   The coast guard said authorities had sealed the shipwreck on Tuesday and there was no further spillage. Privately-owned tank trucks were working to clean up the pollution assisted by floating cranes and offshore anti-pollution vessels, it said.   At a small beach near Greece's biggest port, Piraeus, workers shoveled thick layers of black oil that washed ashore.   "You can't go near now. It stinks of oil," said Yannis Trikaminas, a local resident. "Who's going to go in there

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New Industry Association IOSTIA Launched

and explore the Earth’s oceans, as well as businesses that provide technology and services for sectors such as renewable ocean energy, environmental monitoring protection, fisheries and aquaculture, marine science, maritime security, ocean mining, marine telecommunications, autonomous vehicles, offshore wind energy, oceanography, subsea mining, sensors, arctic change, marine archeology, ocean observation, hydrography, ports and infrastructure, and diving and manned exploration.   “There are tremendous organizations, foundations and institutes committed to our oceans, and we look forward

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Ashtead Names Lestrange UK Regional Director

executive officer. Prior to this, he was a founding partner of Frontrow Energy Partners and held a number of senior and technical positions at Expro Group, including head of subsea. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Lestrange began his career in the oil and gas industry in 1992, when he joined Woodside Offshore Petroleum as a graduate engineer. 

A comparable Bosch Rexroth electrical wave generator system (Photo: Bosch Rexroth)

New Wave Generators for Indonesian Hydrodynamic Lab

replace the original hydraulic system supplied by Rexroth 25 years ago.   IHL has sophisticated facilities, including experimental tanks, for testing many types of ocean vessels. The laboratory conducts research and development of propulsive, seakeeping and maneuvering performances of ships and offshore structures of all types. Talks with Rexroth for a new wave generator began three years ago and after the tender beginning this year, the contract was signed in March this year. Delivery of the new systems will be end of this year.   While the existing basin will remain, the old hydraulic

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MOU for Offshore Wind Development in Taiwan

Global Maritime, a provider of offshore marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a number of Taiwanese organizations to develop closer cooperation on offshore wind technologies including marine warranty surveys, inspections and testing services.    The signatories to the MOU with Global Maritime included Taiwan’s CR Classification Society (CR); the Metal Industries Research and Development Centre (MIRDC); the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER); the Taiwan Electric Research & Testing Center (TERTEC);

Designed by Keppel Offshore & Marine and built by Baku Shipyard, the state-of-the-art subsea construction vessel, Khankendi, will install the biggest subsea production system in the Caspian Sea (Photo: Keppel)

Subsea Construction Vessel Launched in Azerbaijan

The vessel was named Khankendi by the President of Azerbaijan, H.E. Ilham Aliyev, at a ceremony in Baku Shipyard and launched by the Shah Deniz consortium.   Baku Shipyard LLC, a joint venture between Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M), State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) and Azerbaijan Investment Company (AIC), has completed a Subsea Construction Vessel (SCV) for the Caspian region.   The Khankendi will be deployed to the Shah Deniz field where it is expected to perform subsea installation and construction work over the next eleven years. The SCV was specifical

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Wood Group Wins Ichthys Subsea Deal

 Wood Group has secured a new, five-year contract with INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd (INPEX Australia) to provide subsea engineering services for the integrity of the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG Project, offshore Western Australia.  The operations of all subsea assets and the gas export pipeline will be supported under the contract which includes two, one-year extension options and is effective immediately.   It continues Wood Group’s 12-year support of the Ichthys LNG Project development; providing subsea engineering and project management services during the concept

Margaret Leinen, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, will be a keynote speaker. (Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Teledyne Marine Workshop Set for San Diego

around the globe, who will converge to explore, learn, and share their experiences on a broad range of technologies and applications.   This year’s TMTW will include more than 50 industry speakers spanning four concurrent morning tracks focused on the utilization of marine technology for offshore energy, oceanography / hydrography, civil engineering / water resources, and defense / security. Each afternoon will be comprised of product and software training, panel sessions, operational tips, and new technology, as well ongoing on-water demonstrations.  The event will commence with two

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Pharos Offshore Names Warder COO

Pharos Offshore announced Andy Warder has joined the team as Chief Operations Officer with immediate effect.   Warder joins Pharos with over 25 years’ experience in the offshore industry holding senior and executive management positions with a track record of successfully growing his business units and providing strong support and solutions to Clients predominantly throughout the Asia Pacific regions.  

Barry Macleod, UKCS managing director at Bibby Offshore (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Bibby Offshore Wraps up North Sea Work

Subsea services provider Bibby Offshore said it continues to strengthen its presence in the North Sea with the completion of two further contracts with oil and gas majors, Perenco and Endeavour Energy UK    Perenco appointed Bibby Offshore to perform subsea integrity inspections and maintenance works on the Inde Joint pipeline, which runs to the Bacton Gas Terminal in the Southern North Sea. Completed in early July, the 15-day workscope saw Bibby Offshore install a total of 94 concrete mattresses over the pipeline to assist in preserving the remaining rock dump mounds.    The

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Global Marine Group Extends UK Footprint

Offshore engineering services provider Global Marine Group (GMG) has expanded its operations base in the United Kingdom to include the Port of Blyth, Northumberland.   Blyth, a modern, well-specified port, has emerged as a major support base for U.K. offshore energy projects. Operating from the Port of Blyth, both of GMG’s two business units, CWind, which provides services to the offshore wind industry, and Global Marine, which provides fiber optic cable solutions to multiple sectors, will be able to offer regionally-focused support, resulting in faster mobilization, greater flexibility

Well Drilling at Fogelberg Gas Discovery to Start in Feb/March

Centrica said drilling will start on an appraisal well at its Fogelberg natural gas discovery in the Norwegian sea in February/March to gain a better understanding of volumes and reservoir quality.   Norwegian company Island Drilling has won the drilling contract, Centrica said in a statement on Friday.   The agreement also includes an option for two additional wells.   The Fogelberg discovery was made in 2010 and is estimated to hold around 60 million barrels of oil equivalent. Production is scheduled to start in 2021.   Centrica Norway is the operator for the Fogelberg

Phoenix International Holdings Celebrates 20 Years

a provider of underwater solutions worldwide. Formed in 1997 with six underwater operations experts dedicated to the waterborne repair of U.S. Navy ships, the company has evolved into an international underwater solutions provider with a staff of almost 250 personnel and multiple service lines including offshore oil and gas IRM, ship repair, engineering, submarine rescue and deep ocean search, survey and recovery operations.   An employee owned ISO 9001-2008 Management System certified company with headquarters in Largo, Md., Phoenix operates out of seven regional office facilities on the East, Gulf

Borr Drilling Aims to Expand Fleet, Keep Costs Low

Chief Executive Simon Johnson told Reuters after its shares started trading on Oslo's main market. They were previously listed on the over-the-counter market. "That might change in the future, depending on the financing needs, but we can control what we pay for assets," Johnson said. Offshore drilling companies have come under pressure as oil companies have cut back on spending to cope with lower oil prices. Seadrill, part of Norwegian billionaire John Fredriksen's business empire, is trying to restructure its debts. Borr Drilling, which is led by former Seadrill executives, has acquired

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TechnipFMC Wins West White Rose Contract

recently announced West White Rose Platform to the existing SeaRose FPSO (Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading) vessel. Hallvard Hasselknippe, President Subsea Projects for TechnipFMC, said, the contract "continues TechnipFMC’s strong positioning within Canada’s East Coast offshore industry.” The Husky West White Rose Project will use a fixed platform tied back to the SeaRose FPSO vessel. The main White Rose field is located approximately 217 miles east of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, on the eastern edge of the Jeanne d’Arc Basin in water depths

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UK Subsea Sector Eyes Offshore Wind Opportunities

With global offshore wind expenditure expected to rise to over $450 billion between now and 2026, there is a huge opportunity for subsea companies to step up and play their part in helping to meet the world’s renewable energy targets.    This will see a significant number of developments taking off over the next few years, and with world renowned experience in offshore oil and gas engineering, the UK has the skills and expertise to lead the way - delivering investment and creating jobs.   Subsea UK will be running an event on September 20, to explore the offshore wind developmen

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