Offshore Oil & Gas

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Regulatory Crewing Challenges for Offshore Wind Vessels

Every day we see more and more news about how the planning for new offshore wind projects continues to expand with the increasing investment from both domestic and foreign interests in these projects.  This is resulting in both developers and contractors making logistics plans to secure vessels and crew for the purposes of meeting the demands necessary to crew and operate vessels in support of future wind farm operations. Unfortunately, there are challenges associated with the evolving federal regulatory regime that are developing with this nascent industry facing both U.S.- and foreign-flag

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TechnipFMC Bags Seagull iEPCI Award

under the recently announced five-year strategic global alliance agreement between the two companies.Under the latest deal, TechnipFMC will manufacture, deliver and install subsea equipment including production and water wash pipelines, umbilicals, subsea structures and control systems, it said. The offshore construction campaign is scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2020.Arnaud Pieton, President Subsea at TechnipFMC, said, “We are delighted to partner again with Neptune Energy. Our alliance clearly demonstrates the importance and value of early engagement and collaboration as well as

6-MW Siemens Gamesa wind turbine. The same model will be installed at Coastal Virginia. (Photo: Business Wire)

SGRE Bags Largest U.S. OWP Order

The Spanish wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has received an order for 1,714 MW from Orsted and Eversource.Encompassing three offshore wind power projects, the signed conditional contract is the largest U.S. offshore wind power (OWP) order to date, it said in a press release.According to SGRE, the order encompasses the supply, delivery, and installation of SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines including service agreements in federal waters off the northeastern coast of the U.S. All deliveries are subject to Ørsted and Eversource’s final investment decision.Siemens Gamesa has

McDermott President and CEO David Dickson speaks on the impact the Bedfont Lakes relocation will have for company and its clients. (Photo: McDermott)

McDermott Opens Subsea Center in London

near Feltham in London, to strengthen its subsea offering there following BP’s award of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim natural gas roject.McDermott and BHGE were awarded subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines (SURF) and subsea production system (SPS) equipment contracts by BP for the project located offshore Mauritania and Senegal. The subsea engineering team as well as other support office areas from McDermott will be located in the new office.“The relocation of our subsea office positions us well for the successful execution of recent project awards and enables us to expand our subsea offering

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New York Awards Offshore Wind Contracts

New York on Thursday awarded two major offshore wind contracts to Norway's Equinor and a joint venture between Denmark's Orsted and U.S. utility Eversource, procuring more of the renewable power than it had planned as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's ambitious plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions.Cuomo made the announcement at a New York City news conference just before signing into law a landmark climate bill to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. The law mandates reducing emissions by 85% from 1990 levels by 2050, and offsetting the remaining 15%, making the

Crews aboard M/V SHELIA BORDELON offload more than 450,000 gallons of oil from the Coimbra shipwreck 30 miles offshore from Shinnecock, N.Y. U.S. Coast Guard responders discovered a significant amount of oil in cargo and fuel tanks during onsite assessments of the Coimbra in May 2019. (US Coast Guard photo by Michael Himes)

Oil Recovered from WWII Shipwreck

risk to the local environment and no risk to the shoreline.” said Steve Lehmann, senior scientific coordinator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Any further potential environmental impact will be monitored by NOAA and the Coast Guard.The wreck will remain in place 30 miles offshore of Shinnecock, N.Y. “Each agency involved during the planning, assessment and recovery stages of the response played a critical role.” said Capt. Kevin Reed, the Coast Guard incident commander. “Our federal, state, local and commercial partners and response crews ensured a safe

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Aker Solutions Beats Forecasts

Aker Solutions beat second-quarter earnings on Wednesday citing demand from the offshore oil sector despite price pressure from ongoing high capacity.Service providers are slowly recovering from a 2014 slump in oil prices that prompted companies to curb offshore projects.Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), excluding one-offs, rose to 629 million crowns ($73 million) from 441 million crowns a year earlier.That beat the 585 million crowns expected by four analysts in a Refinitiv poll."There is still a lot of capacity available in some areas, not all," Chief

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Saipem to Build Floating Wind Farm in Saudi Arabia

Italian services company Saipem said it will design and built a 500 megawatt (MW) floating offshore wind farm in Saudi Arabia under a memorandum of understanding and exclusive agreement with Abu Dhabi based renewables solutions firm Plambeck Emirates.The project phases will commence in the coming weeks via Plambeck Saudi, a Plambeck company located in Riyadh, Saipem said.Saipem plans to start operations after finalizing financial agreements at the end of the planning phase, after which the contract will be signed for Saipem to undertake the engineering, design, construction and installation of the

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Expro to Supply IRS Offshore Mauritania

Oilfield services company Expro said it has been awarded a contract by Pacific Drilling subsidiary Pacific Santa Ana for the provision of an Intervention Riser System (IRS) for PETRONAS’s Chinguetti Field Phase II plug and abandonment (P&A) contract, offshore Mauritania.The contract, valued at $20 million, will see Expro provide its IRS system with associated surface support equipment, to be deployed from Pacific Drilling’s drillship, Pacific Santa Ana. The contracted work will take place for an estimated 360 days.Worldwide Oilfield Machine (WOM) will support Expro with the provision

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Saipem Testing Hydrone-R Resident Vehicle

drone is being launched in water for a comprehensive qualification campaign that aims to test all components and subsystems, including the subsea docking base in a real subsea scenario, Saipem said.It was announced that endurance and qualification tests will be carried over several months in open sea, offshore Trieste in a "playground" that has been set up to serve the entire Hydrone Program.Hydrone-R, which can operate as a ROV, tetherless ROV and AUV and able to work down to 3,000 meters water depth, is part of a fleet of vehicles, called the Hydrone platform, designed to perform life of field

Edvard Grieg oil and gas production platform (Photo: Lundin)

NKT to Link Edvard Grieg to Johan Sverdrup

Power cables manufacturer NKT announced it has been awarded a contract to supply the high-voltage power cable that will connect the Edvard Grieg oil and gas production platform to the Johan Sverdrup field center in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.NKT said it was selected by Lundin Norway to supply 24 kilometers of 132 kV AC XLPE high-voltage power cable, expected to be commissioned in 2022.The connection of the two installations enables Lundin to benefit from the already planned power link in conjunction with phase 2 of the Johan Sverdrup development. The link connecting Johan Sverdrup phase 2

Fugro, AGI Sell Seep Data off Canada

Fugro and partner Amplified Geochemical Imaging (AGI) are reporting recent success selling multiple licences for data from frontier regions offshore east coast Canada.The data were acquired during two separate hydrocarbon seep surveys in the Orphan Basin (2017) and Carson Basin (2018), both situated on the continental margin of Newfoundland.The data packages are being licensed by Fugro and include multibeam echo sounder data (bathymetry, backscatter intensity and water column), sub-bottom profiler data, heat flow measurements and shipboard geochemical screening analyses, Fugro said, adding that

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Subsea 7 Scores North Sea Contract

Offshore services firm Subsea 7 announced it has won a contract from Equinor for installation and diving operations on the Europipe II, Heimdal and Statfjord (EHS) fields, located in the Danish and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea.The deal is worth between $50 million and $150 million, Subsea 7 said.The contract comprises engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of pipeline end manifolds (PLEM), bypass and tie-in spools for the Europipe II gas pipeline, Oseberg Gas Transport and Statpipe pipelines, operated by Gassco AS.Project management and engineering, including front end

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Asian Ports to Use Handheld XRF Analyzer

Port authorities in Asia are getting ready to enforce IMO 2020 with the help of Hitachi High-Tech Analytical Science’s X-MET8000 handheld XRF analyzer.The Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation informed that it has recently delivered X-MET8000’s to both the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) as they get ready to enforce the IMO’s (International Maritime Organization) MARPOL Annex VI regulation that will come into force on 1 January 2020.The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, required a fuel oil sulfur content test kit

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Atlantic Offshore Wind: Favorable Winds for Maritime

Now that the United States finally can envision steady winds blowing from the Atlantic Seaboard due to a pipeline of offshore wind farms on the horizon, the maritime industry can finally step up and earn some of the benefits. This includes shipbuilding, port construction, and worker training. This article reviews the key developments and forecasts the growth in maritime jobs.The federal and state governments share responsibility for developing offshore wind farms and bringing the wind into the power grid and, ultimately, to consumers.This shared responsibility arises from the fact that the federal

History: First MODU to Use Subsea Well Control

In 1955, the Western Explorer, owned by Chevron, is introduced in the Santa Barbara Channel as the first floating drilling MODU to use subsea well control. The unit, built by the CUSS group (Continental, Union, Shell, and Superior Oil (now Global Santa Fe)), measured 260 feet and had a 48-foot beam. It was retired in 1972. Marine Technology Reporter has been commissioned to publish the Official “Oceanology International 50th Anniversary Edition.” For information on advertising in this edition, contact Rob Howard @ howard@marinelink.com or Mike Kozlowski @ kozlowski@marinelink.com.

Sonardyne’s Compatt 6+ in action, subsea (Photo: Sonardyne)

Neptune Adopts Sonardyne’s All-in-one Platform

UK-based subsea technology company Sonardyne said Australian headquartered subsea services firm Neptune has become the latest to adopt its new, all-in-one acoustic and inertial positioning technology platform to support offshore survey projects.The order, made through Sonardyne’s Singapore subsidiary, includes the supply of Fusion 2 software, Compatt 6 seabed transponders and ROVNav 6 LBL (Long BaseLine) vehicle-mounted transceivers. The Compatt 6s and ROVNav 6s will be Sonardyne’s latest ‘plus’ hardware platform (6+), engineered to unlock the full capabilities of Fusion 2.

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Lukoil Scans for Treasures Ahead of Oil Exploration

project in the Black Sea has scanned for ancient shipwrecks and other archaeological treasures ahead of future oil exploration in the area.UK based services firm James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) said it completed the deep-towed subsea survey on behalf of Russian oil and gas company Lukoil in waters offshore Romania that are known to hold treasures dating back to Venetian golden era of centuries ago.The survey covered an 8- by 6.13-kilometer grid over three planned exploration wells in approximately 1,000 meters water depth, in the Ex30 Trident Block.Being the site of a recent discovery of 60 shipwrecks

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DeepOcean Wins Vigdis Work

Subsea services firm DeepOcean said it has been awarded a contract from Norwegian energy company Equinor for marine operations for the installation of the Vigdis boosting station.The award to covers project management, engineering and offshore installation activities, DeepOcean said. The offshore work includes marine operations for rock removal, installation and tie-in of subsea lines and installation of subsea structures at the Vigdis and Snorre offshore fields. Various options for the Vigdis campaigns are also included. DeepOcean said its onshore project team will work out of its offices in

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Imenco Buys Proserv's Nautronix Unit

Imenco, this acquisition broadens the Imenco subsea electronics portfolio and adds innovative subsea positioning and communication products to our extensive product range, offering an extension of services to existing and new customers in established markets, and emerging areas, such as fish farming and offshore wind.”Ewen MacLean, VP, strategic planning & marketing at Proserv, said, “Following the recent strategic review of our portfolio, providing digital acoustic communication products and positioning services to the subsea industry no longer equated to Proserv’s core offering,

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Kraken's OceanVision Moving Ahead

allow for increased uptime and profits, Kraken said. Alan Clarke, CEO, Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador (PRNL), said, “This project has the potential to significantly advance our capability to acquire high quality ocean information to support multiple ocean industries, including offshore oil and gas. We are excited to once again be working with Kraken, and now the Ocean Supercluster and other industry partners to realize the full potential of this project.”(Photo: Andrew Edwards, Kraken Robotics

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MDL Wins Follow-up Work in West Africa

Maritime Developments (MDL) said it has been awarded a follow-up flexible and umbilical installation job offshore West Africa.The work scope is a continuation of the EN-09 project, concluded in April 2019. The project is run by DeepOcean Ghana and the offshore execution will be performed using the VLS on vessel Polar Onyx mobilized with the MDL Third-generation Reel Drive System.The campaign aims to develop the West African discovery to deliver about 300 million barrels over a 20-year period, with 80% of the production consisting of oil.Dave Gardiner, MDL BD & Commercial Manager, said, “This

McDermott used its derrick lay vessel, DLV 2000 to perform its first S-lay piggy-back pipelay. (Photo: McDermott)

McDermott Wraps Up Reliance Campaign

McDermott International said it was able to mitigate impact of two cyclones en route to completing the first of two offshore campaigns for Reliance Industries Ltd. KG-D6 R-Cluster subsea field development, in the Krishna Godavari Basin, located off the East Coast of India.The recently completed campaign included McDermott’s piggy-back pipelay in S-lay mode (18-inch plus a 4-inch) offshore in India in approximately 1,300 meters water depth and the installation of 6-inch lines, pipeline end terminations (PLETs) and manifolds to water depths of approximately 1,920 meters, McDermott said. The

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TechnipFMC Wins MJ1 Subsea Contract

TechnipFMC announced on Monday it has been awarded "significant" subsea contracts from India's Reliance Industries to build and install flexible risers, rigid and flexible flowlines and umbilicals for the the MJ1 field located offshore India in the deepwater Krishna Godavari basin.The contract is worth between $75 million and $250 million, the UK-based contractor said in a press release.Reliance Industries is operator and holds 60% interest in the MJ1 field. Its partners are BP and Niko with 30% and 10% stakes respectively. This high-pressure high-temperature (HPHT) gas field is

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EMGS Wins BP Survey Off Senegal

.""This contract extends our already healthy backlog and puts us in a good position to secure additional work in the prolific MSGBC Basin and in West Africa,” Lindhom added.EMGS uses its proprietary electromagnetic (EM) technology to support oil and gas companies in their search for offshore hydrocarbons. The company supports each stage in the work-flow, from survey design and data acquisition to processing and interpretation

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Shearwater Kicks Off Survey for KrisEnergy

Independent upstream oil and gas company KrisEnergy announced the commencement of a 1,200-square-kilometer 3D seismic survey in the offshore Cambodia Block A concession, where the company is developing the Apsara oil field.Shearwater Geoservices' Singapore subsidiary was awarded the turnkey broadband seismic contract, and it has deployed the vessel SW Vespucci for the project.Around 200 square kilometers of the 3D program will be acquired over the Apsara development area to improve imaging of geological faults and sand bodies to aid in the finalization of the design of well trajectories

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Floating Wind: French, Japanese Firms Partner

French floating foundations developer Ideol and Japanese renewable specialist Shizen Energy have signed an agreement to jointly develop a commercial-scale floating offshore wind project (OWF) off the coasts of Kyushu in Japan.The agreement was signed in Tokyo today by Paul de la Guérivière, CEO of Ideol, and Masaya Hasegawa, Representative Director of Shizen Energy, during the state visit of Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic. Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of Economy, attended the signing ceremony.The wind farm will use Ideol's damping pool technology by, and Shizen

Shell, Hexcion to Develop Floating Wind Farm

Swedish floating wind farm designer Hexicon said it is teaming up with energy giant Shell to develop, construct and operate a floating wind farm approximately 40 kilometers offshore Ulsan.The project will be carried out under a joint development agreement signed by Shell and CoensHexicon. Initial project development has been underway since early 2019 and is being led by CoensHexicon, established in 2018 by Hexicon together with South Korean service provider Coens.Henrik Baltscheffsky, CEO of Hexicon AB and Director of CoensHexicon, said, “This is the start of our commercial journey in South

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Shearwater Wins Tyra Shoot

The geoservices company Shearwater GeoServices announced it has been awarded a 4D seismic survey by Total to be conducted this summer offshore Denmark.The survey will be conducted by Shearwater’s SW Amundsen vessel at the Tyra, Tyra SE and Roar Fields.Total has selected Shearwater’s multi-sensor Isometrix acquisition system, according to a press release from Shearwater.

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Subsea Plow Delivered to Global Marine

UK-based supplier of tailored equipment and engineering services to enable the execution of challenging offshore projects, Osbit has delivered a multi-function pre-lay and backfill subsea plow to offshore engineering company Global Marine Group.The offshore technology company has designed and built the plow, which will now be known as PLP240, over a 20-week program, following contract award in January. Final assembly and sign-off was completed at Osbit’s Port of Blyth facility, on time at the end of May, to meet an accelerated and demanding schedule driven by customer need.Osbit has worked in

The Aptara TOTEX-lite subsea system features lightweight, modular subsea technologies that are designed to reduce lead times for equipment delivery as well as total cost of ownership for the full life of the field. (Image: BHGE)

BHGE Opens Subsea Center of Excellence

Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) has opened its transformed Center of Excellence (CoE) facility in Montrose, Scotland to deliver engineering, manufacturing, test and assembly and services to advance deepwater technology for its customers.The upgraded and expanded campus, which sits on more than 35 acres, was officially opened on Tuesday during an inauguration ceremony with Scottish Minister for Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, as well as BHGE customers and employees. The expansion represents a £31 million ($39.2 million) investment by BHGE and was supported by a £4.9 million ($6.2 million) grant

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Poland Employs New Seismic Tech

The Polish state-controlled oil and gas company PGNiG said that its geophysical services provider Geofizyka Toruń SA became the first company in Europe to employ new seismic data acquisition technologies in searching for hydrocarbon deposits.The Polish oil and gas company said in a press release that the company is replacing the hitherto used cabled geophone networks with ultra-lightweight wireless nodal sensors. Their small size and low weight allow to conduct exploration with no harm to the natural environment and local communities.Seismic surveys are an important part of hydrocarbon exploration.

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SubseaPartner Tallies FPSO Work in the UK

Norwegian diving contractor SubseaPartner announced it has secured a contract from floating production, storage and offloading unit owner and operator Teekay Offshore for dive work offshore the UK.The contract includes ongoing subsea work on the FPSOs Petrojarl Foinaven and Hummingbird.Detailed planning and engineering have been completed, and SubseaPartner has chartered the vessel Olympic Zeus as support for the offshore diving campaign, SubseaPartner said. The mobilization has been executed in Haugesund, Norway, and a team of UK divers has went through a proper familiarization on the vessel prior

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Acteon Acquires TerraSond

UK based subsea Services group Acteon announced it has completed its acquisition of marine geosciences survey company TerraSond.US-headquartered TerraSond is a multidisciplinary geospatial and geophysical business with global experience working for clients in industries such as offshore oil and gas, renewables and marine construction — from inland works to deep ocean seabed exploration and mapping projects.Richard Higham, Acteon’s Chief Executive, said, “The addition to the group of TerraSond, with its early-cycle capability, alongside the recently announced acquisition of Benthic

Oceaneering's umbilicals facility in Panama City, Fla. (Photo courtesy: Oceaneering)

Oceaneering Awarded Work in Mozambique

approved in Africa to date.The Anadarko-operated Mozambique LNG project will be the country’s first onshore LNG development, initially consisting of two LNG trains with total nameplate capacity of 12.88 million metric tons per annum (Mtpa) to support the development of the Golfinho/Atum fields in Offshore Area 1

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Seaspace Race Underway at Saab Subsea Docking Demo

A subsea space race is now officially underway in the offshore oil and gas industry following successful trials of docking and inspection operations using a commercially available underwater vehicle and Norwegian energy firm Equinor’s open-standard subsea docking station (SDS).The trials, witnessed by a crowd of leading players in the subsea resident remotely operated vehicle (ROV) or autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and hybrid space, were carried out in Lake Vattern, at Motala, Sweden on Tuesday.The SDS, the second built for Equinor, was transported to Saab Dynamic’s Sweden facility

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PGS Calls off Debt Refinancing, Shares Fall

PGS, the world's largest seismic surveyor, called off a planned debt refinancing on Wednesday, citing worsening investor sentiment towards the oilfield services sector over the past weeks, sending the Norwegian company's shares down 24%.Oslo-listed PGS, which owns a fleet of seismic vessels that scan the seabed for buried hydrocarbons and sells the data to oil and gas explorers, had announced plans on May 27 to raise debt of $675 million as part of a refinancing.Brent crude oil prices have fallen by more than 10% since the company announced its refinancing plans."We see that the investor

Arnaud Pieton, President Subsea at TechnipFMC (Photo: TechnipFMC)

TechnipFMC Wins $1 Billion Subsea Contract

TechnipFMC said it has been awarded a number of subsea contracts by US-based Anadarko Petrleum for its Golfinho/Atum development offshore Mozambique.The UK-based firm said it was awarded a contract worth more than $1 billion for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of the subsea hardware system through its wholly owned UAE incorporated subsidiary, Technip Middle East FZCO.TechnipFMC will execute the offshore installation scope with its consortium partner Van Oord, through their wholly owned UAE incorporated subsidiary, Van Oord Gulf FZE, and in cooperation with strategic

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Floating Wind: Norway Seeks to Expand

Norway will seek to open two areas for the construction of floating offshore wind parks, which combined could hold a turbine capacity of up to 3.5 gigawatts (GW), the Norwegian oil and energy ministry said.Norway has recently been seeking to develop wind power, both onshore and offshore. The first offshore area, which the ministry will propose before July, is called Utsira North and is situated in the North Sea.  The ministry will also seek views about opening a second area, called Southern North Sea II, which is close to the offshore border with Denmark.He said that the year by when the offshore

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Mooring Monitor System for Coral Sul FLNG

Mooring solutions supplier SOFEC has selected an innovative mooring monitoring system (MMS) for a major new deepwater development offshore Mozambique.The new system, supplied under a teaming agreement between BMT and Sonardyne, will involve monitoring of the turret mooring system on a new-build floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility being built in South Korea for Eni’s Coral South project, in with water depths ranging from 1,500-2,300 meters.Above the waterline, BMT will supply the station-keeping turret monitoring system and local control panel with touchscreen interface. The control

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Kongsberg Inks First Deal for HUGIN Superior

to its manufacturer, the HUGIN Superior, introduced to the market in December 2018, is engineered to provide significantly enhanced data, positioning and endurance capabilities while building on the proven track record of the HUGIN AUVs. The complete AUV system will be delivered in DNV certified offshore containers along with a portable version of Kongsberg’s HiPAP 502 acoustic positioning system for easy mobilization onboard vessels of opportunity.The HUGIN Superior is equipped with the new HISAS 1032 Dual Receiver interferometric synthetic aperture sonar (SAS), which doubles the area coverage

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Offshore Wind – A Brief History

generation from renewables, again, primarily wind and solar.  These aren’t random, disconnected opportunities.  Like all progress, these choices are evolutionary, enabled by decisions made, and work started, years ago.In the spirit of looking back, here’s a brief review of offshore wind and how its development has tracked concurrent to Maritime Reporter’s 80 years of success.  Comparably, offshore wind is a newbie (okay, not counting wind power for ships and boats).  The first commercial offshore windfarm was built in 1991, in Denmark.  The first US project

Optimized drive: Fred Olsen Ocean’s Brave Tern. Image: Handout/Fred Olsen

Offshore wind: One-stop Power Conversion

With the United States and China about to start their respective offshore wind build-ups, grid operators wondering about the efficiency of their turbines or the emissions-areas compliance of their wind-service vessels will be warmed to know there’s someone they can talk to. Yaskawa’s The Switch — a Japanese industrial giant’s European environmental tech business — is offering one-stop wind-energy shopping. As with shipping, you can order permanent magnet generators, drives and converters for your wind turbines. Take heart. The lingo is the same. Yaskawa’s The

Deploying the Kraken Katfish.

Offshore Survey Vessels: Ready for Faster Sensors

every second of it.In light of that, I can postulate over this robotics conundrum with a reasonably experienced and increasingly discerning eye. I know with certainty how important unmanned systems will be in the geosurvey ecosystem of the future, I also know that the end clients (oil and gas producers, offshore wind farm owners, IT companies, national hydrographic agencies, etc.)  are increasingly confident in the data harvested by these machines. I watched real-time as Kraken Robotics’ KATFISH (towed synthetic aperture sonar, SBP, MBES) was hovering 10m above the ocean floor, being towed at

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Subsea 7 Wins Johan Sverdrup 2 Contract

.Subsea 7 described the contract value as “substantial”, defined to be in the range of $150-300 million.Project management and engineering will commence immediately at Subsea 7’s offices in Stavanger. Fabrication will take place at Subsea 7’s spoolbase at Vigra, Norway and offshore operations will be carried out in 2021 using a number of vessels, including one of the firm’s diving vessels and a reel-lay vessel specially designed to deliver flowline technologies that address long-distance and more complex tieback developments.Monica Bjørkmann, Subsea 7’s

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Saab Seaeye eRobotics Campaign Wins UTC Award

Erkers, sales director, for the Saab eRobotic Spring Campaign 2019, tonight at the Underwater Technology Conference annual dinner, held in Bergen.Siesjö has played a central role in the development of Saab Seaeye’s underwater robotics, including the development of a field resident system for offshore oil and gas fields, using the company’s 3,000-meter-rated Sabertooth autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Development of the concept dates back more than 10 years, to when Saab started investigating opportunities to work in the Norwegian market. Back then, the idea was ahead of its time.Now

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Robotics: The Next Gen in Subsea Vehicles

in 2010, with a prototype built in 2013/14. iDROP has also built a recovery system and performed an inshore test, for verifying the recovery system. A second pilot test, acquiring 3D seismic data, in deepwater, is planned for this year in the North Sea. Nine vehicles have been built and were due to go offshore for testing in the first half, with more planned to be built in the coming year.MUM’s the wordThyssenkrupp Marine Systems (MS), part of the German industrial conglomerate, is working on a different scale to both uSEA and uLARS. The firm is designing a very large (up to 50m-long) unmanned underwater

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C-Innovation to Perform RLWI for BP

US-based marine services firm C-Innovation (C-I) said it has been awarded a contract to perform riserless light well intervention (RLWI) activities for oil major BP in the Gulf of Mexico.C-I, an affiliate of Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) and its family of companies, said the initial contract calls for both mechanical as well as hydraulic acid stimulations, which will be executed from its flagship Gulf of Mexico assets, the offshore construction and light well intervention vessels Island Venture and Island Performer.Work is expected to begin as early as July 2019 and will be performed in water depths of

Offshore: New Project Pace Quickens

of new projects.However, haste can lead to less certainty of what the ultimate cost of any given project will be. Projects with high levels of so-called engineering definition are generally expected to remain within about 20% of the initial cost estimates, according to Rystad Energy.“For offshore operators, that means the expected variation for projects to be sanctioned during the period from 2019 to 2023 could be as high as $220 billion,” says Matthew Fitzsimmons, Vice President of Rystad Energy’s Oilfield Service Research division. “Historically, the ability of operators

Co-author Arnfinn Nergaard.

Book Review: Getting Down to It; 50 Years of Subsea Success in Norway

in history and this is a history I have been involved in from the start, so I really wanted to do it.” He’s worked on the book over the last two and a half years with Gjerde, who has also co-authored a book on the history of Norwegian diving and the pioneer divers; On the edge, under water: offshore diving in Norway.Research and writing the book has given Nergaard chance to reflect. “I’ve been involved in many projects over all of these years, but, to see all the things that I wasn’t involved in was quite amazing seeing how many innovations there were all the time, technologically

Bogi Vang, Deputy Country Manager UK & Senior Financial Adviser at DNO North Sea and Phil Milton, CEO at Well-Safe Solutions (Photo: Well-Safe)

Well-Safe Scores DNO Decom Project

in the UKCS, operated by DNO North Sea (ROGB) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of DNO ASA.The Schooner and Ketch fields, located in the UK Southern North Sea, ceased production in August 2018, with 20 platform wells and a single subsea well. The project will start immediately with a plan to commence offshore operations at the end of 2019. The campaign is expected to last approximately two years.Well-Safe said it will be responsible for the delivery of key aspects of the project including engineering, contractor management and logistics with DNO retaining well operatorship.Phil Milton, chief executive

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ForeCoast Software to Optimize Modus H-AUV

scheduling algorithm to enable efficient task prioritization and routing of the AUV, and to support day-to-day decision making with respect to the timing and sequencing of operations. According to JBA, this is particularly relevant when carrying out fully autonomous survey and inspection campaigns in offshore wind and oil gas sites, considering the field layout, simultaneous operations, environmental conditions and vehicle performance to achieve optimized and efficient programming.Jake Tompkins, Modus CEO, said, “Our investment in subsea vehicle operation using the ForeCoast Marine system will

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Offshore AUV, ROV Market to Grow 18.2%

The global market for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) and remotely operated vehicles (ROV) is predicted to propel at a robust compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.2% from 2017 to 2025, says a recent industry report.In 2016, the offshore AUV and ROV market was valued around worth of $2.07 billion, which is foreseen to reach nearly $9.12 billion by the end of 2025, according to a recent report by Transparency Market Research (TMR)."The global offshore AUV and ROV market is expected to register a consolidated market scenario, led by well-established firms. Owing to advancements in technologie

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Jedstone Starts RLWI Work at Montara

Asia Pacific focused Jadestone Energy announced Monday it has begun a riserless light well intervention (RLWI) campaign at the Montara complex, offshore Australia.The Sapura Constructor light well intervention vessel was mobilized to the field on May 30, 2019 and, after conducting pre-work safety checks, is now operating at the Skua-11 well, as planned, the independent oil and gas company company said.The RLWI program, which is said to be a first-of-its-kind project in Australia, is intended to restore gas lift to the Skua-11 and Swift-2 wells, perforate additional sands in the Swallow-1 well, and

MTR100: Profiles of 100 Subsea Leaders

Marine Technology Reporter will publish the 14th Annual "MTR100" -- profiles of 100 innovators and leaders in the subsea industry, including offshore, defense and academia.The process to apply takes less than 20 minutes, and your inclusion in this annual positions your company, your technology and your executives as global leaders in the subsea sectors.Marine Technology Reporter is the largest-circulation audited b2b publication in the world with a circulation of more than 25,000. Deadline to apply is July 5, 2019.Check out last year's edition here:https://magazines.marinelink.

The ‘helicopter cabin’ (blue box structure) positioned above the pool. The ‘offshore worker’ is inside the cabin. (Photo: Tom Mulligan)

Rapid Reaction: Emergency Training Saves Lives

training, competence and crisis management procedures.Accident simulationRelyOn Nutec Canada recently gave a demonstration of one example of its safety training expertise in a simulation of a helicopter accident at sea and the rapid reaction response that emergency response training (ERT) instills. Offshore workers, routinely transported to oil rigs and other offshore installations by helicopter, need to know what to do when their helicopter ditches into the sea and RelyOn Nutec, in association with Survival Systems Limited, has just the right facilities, equipment and personnel to show them what has

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Ideol Unveils Floating Electrical Substation

A new market-ready universal floating offshore electrical substation for offshore wind farms has been unveiled by project partners Ideol, Atlantique Offshore Energy and ABB, at a technical seminar in Paris on Friday.The new substation, a world-first solution developed over a two-year collaborative effort, is based on Ideol’s patented shallow-draft Damping Pool concept and on AOE’s certified electrical offshore substation concept SeeOs. It can be used for both bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind farms starting at depths of 40 meters.The floating offshore substation has been engineered

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Kraken Sets Up Unmanned Vehicles Facility

Kraken Robotics Inc. subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. said it has established a new facility in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to field test and support its range of underwater robotic platforms and technologies.The new 4,000-square-foot Unmanned Maritime Vehicles Facility (UMVF) is located at the Center for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE), a marine technologies innovation hub.Kraken said its Handling Systems Group has already moved into the new location and will continue to build the firm’s Tentacle Winch and Autonomous Launch and Recovery Systems there. The facility will also be used

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HMI to Develop AI-powered Subsea Manipulator Hands

robotic hands for subsea manipulators, under a recent award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR).As technology matures, subsea systems such as autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) and remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) are increasingly serving in more important roles for applications such as offshore oil and gas and underwater defense.However, despite many technological advances over recent years, robots in the ocean typically do not have the manipulation dexterity of their land-based counterparts and therefore are not capable of approaching human-level performance, HMI said.As part of an effort

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JDR Cables Wins SeaMade OWF Contract

JDR Cables reports it has signed a contract with DEME Offshore for the SeaMade offshore wind farm after a competitive tender. JDR, part of the TFKable Group, will design, manufacture and deliver 78.1 kilometers of aluminium core inter-array cables and a range of cable accessories, including repair joints and connectors.The inter-array cables connecting the 58 Siemens 8.4MW turbines, will carry electricity to an offshore substation for transmission to the offshore grid. The offshore wind power generated is transmitted by a 33kV cable system with hang-offs and connector terminations for 128 cable ends.

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