Offshore Oil Platforms News

Resourceful: Norwegian AUV and oceanographic researchers work in sync. Photo Credit: Professor Martin Ludvigsen, NTNU AMOS

The “Disruption” in AUV Trends

the software and electronics of the smaller, proven, multi-role REMUS 100, the larger REMUS is sure to impress a U.S. Navy contemplating missions as mind-blowing as patrolling transatlantic cables; knocking out seabed listening posts or hardening vital national infrastructure like harbors and offshore oil platforms. Mission possibilities, especially recce, are as boundless as the imagination.Yet, despite the financial clout of Kongsberg Maritime and its worldwide researcher ties, the pioneering ISE, with its scalable units, sees itself as a credible rival even on contracts for large, deep-diving AUVs:

Vessel position using Sonardyne and Guidance Marine technology compared with RTK Global Positioning System data. (Image: Sonardyne International)

Project to Enable Autonomous Navigation in Denied Environments

Global Positioning System (GPS) data.Trials later this year will to incorporate water track velocity data, using Sonardyne instruments, to further aid the INS positioning. Guidance Marine will also deploy its recently launched SceneScan product, which maps surface features of structures, such as offshore oil platforms, processes the point cloud data and applies simultaneous localisation and mapping (SLAM) techniques to provide relative position data – further expanding autonomous navigation capability.  “By proving and demonstrating these technologies, we will enable autonomous vessels

Scripps alumnae Amber Jackson and Emily Callahan. (Photo: Theresa Stafford / Black Hand Gallery)

Diving Deep for Conservation

;s thesis advisory panel. “The Rigs-to-Reefs program’s goal is to save industry money, while at the same time having them share the savings with environmental groups. It’s a win-win for the two factions, but an even bigger win for the organisms that have made these underwater offshore oil platforms their homes, as they will, hopefully maintain the deeper parts of these structures.”   The future looks bright for the ladies of Blue Latitudes, and they already have plans to expand their expertise to international waters. They have an expedition planned in March 2017 to Malaysia

Macro-Sensors-CiA443-PR Credit TE Connectivity

TE Debuts Subsea CiA LVDT Position Transmitter Featuring CANopen Interface

. Macro Sensors SSBR-937 Series CANBus LVDT Position Transmitter can be used in a variety of subsea measurement systems, including elongation measurement as part of long-term finite element analysis of pipelines, derricks, moorings, choke valves and other critical high-stress members on offshore oil platforms that must be constantly monitored to ensure ongoing drilling platform stability.  The position sensor also can measure the extension of structural members of oil platforms to a fraction of a microstrain. To ensure oil platforms don’t shift, movement is measured to less than 2mm.  

Finite Element Analysis of Pipelines on Offshore Oil Platforms Offshore LVDT Linear Position Sensors

Macro Sensors Unveil Offshore LVDT Linear Position Sensors

, Macro Sensors Offshore LVDT Linear Position Sensors are quickly becoming the preferred technology in marine and offshore applications, especially for elongation measurement as part of long-term finite element analysis of pipelines, derricks, moorings and other critical high-stress members on offshore oil platforms that must be constantly monitored to ensure ongoing drilling platform stability. In addition to providing measurement from micro inches to two feet with excellent repeatability and precision, Macro Sensors Offshore LVDT Linear Position Sensors are built to operate for at least twenty years

Victaulic Debuts Delta-Y Assembly for Offshore

Victaulic  introduces the Style DLY Delta-Y assembly, a combination of preassembled Victaulic cast grooved fittings, rigid couplings and butterfly valves. The Delta-Y assembly is designed specifically for bulk cement/barite systems on offshore oil platforms and is also ideal for drilling mud and other associated systems. The Delta-Y assembly offers quick and simple installation, space and weight savings, efficient operation and reduced maintenance downtime. The Victaulic Delta-Y assembly speeds fitting and valve installation. Each preassembled unit is delivered complete with all fittings and

Photo: Petrobras

Petrobras Likely to Miss 2014 Output Goal

Brazil's state-run Petrobras will probably not meet its oil and gas production target for 2014 because of continued delays in the startup of new offshore oil platforms, a government source with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters on Monday. Petrobras set a 2014 goal of increasing output by 7.5 percent, plus or minus one percentage point, hoping to break a string of missed targets caused by declining output from its largest existing fields and delays in new areas. (Reporting by Roberto Samora and Leonardo Goy; Writing by Jeb Blount; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

Blake Sanchez

Preparing Engineers for Lucrative Ocean Related Careers

been preparing generations of students for ocean and coastal engineering careers. With degrees in offshore and coastal systems engineering, graduates design marine structures for ocean environments and oversee coastal process projects. As offshore engineers, they produce and maintain hardware for offshore oil platforms, breakwaters, sea walls and bulkheads. As coastal engineers, they direct beach nourishment and shore protection projects. Sanchez claims he wants to be a well-traveled and seasoned professional engineer one day. “I want to get involved with subsea hardware,” Sanchez said. &ldquo

Geoje Shipyard: Image courtesy of SHI

S. Korea Invests to Increase Share in Offshore Plant Market

, whose global market share jumped from 18.3 percent in 2012 to 30.8 percent for the January-August period, according to the ministry. To further strengthen its global leadership, South Korea will seek to localize most parts and equipment for offshore plants, ranging from drilling systems for offshore oil platforms to valves and even bolts, reports Yonhap. Source: Yonhap News  

Photo: Lankhorst

Lankhorst Tug Bollard Pull Rope Test

pull testing for its new platform supply vessels (PSV) and anchor handling tugs. The rope was used recently to test the company's most powerful tug-to-date with a bollard pull of 220 metric tons. Based in Ravenna, Italy, Rosetti Marino specializes in PSVs designed to provide assistance to offshore oil platforms and safely transport equipment and material to and from the platforms—even those located in very rough waters, such as the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, particularly in adverse weather conditions. Since 2010, bollard pull testing has become standard practice for newly built steel

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