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JFC Acquires Ortega Submersibles

impact of the insertion or extraction operation and ensures divers are able to keep fatigue to an absolute minimum.Development, testing and trials of JFD’s existing range of SDVs has taken place in the Stockholm archipelago, the Baltic Sea, Portland harbour and the waters off the west coast of Scotland. Fully tailored to customer requirements, the vehicles combine the Swedish commitment to safety-led design and the ship-building heritage of the Clyde; all underpinned by a unique operational pedigree with operator input at all stages of this process. The expansion of this through the acquisition

SharkCam Reveals Secrets of UK Basking Sharks

An autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) known as the REMUS SharkCam has been used in the UK for the first time to observe the behavior of basking sharks in the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland.The groundbreaking technology, designed and built by the Oceanographic Systems Laboratory at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), is set to reveal the secret lives of the world’s second largest fish—a species that little is known about, despite being prevalent in the region’s waters.The research team, which included colleagues from the University of Exeter, World Wildlife

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

Flowline Specialists' new CEO, Ross Whittingham (Photo: Flowline Specialists)

Flowline Specialists Names Whittingham CEO

Scotland-based energy equipment manufacturer and service provider Flowline Specialists announced changes to its senior management team, including the appointments of Ross Whittingham as CEO and Graeme Chalmers as COO.Whittingham, who was previously the firm’s engineering manager, has been with Flowline Specialists for 10 years. The new CEO will lead Flowline Specialists alongside the firm’s existing senior management team, which includes group operations manager and now COO Chalmers – who is based in Dubai and leads the firm’s Middle East division Flowline Specialists DMCC

WFS Technologies’ Riser Monitoring system (Image: WFS Technologies)

WFS Unveils Riser Monitoring System

and braces.The new Seatooth Assure Riser Monitor products allow for the measurement of 9-axis motion (vibration, orientation), local analytics and the reporting of real-time information through the water-air boundary with WFS’ patented Seatooth technology; a first of its kind for the industry, the Scotland-based subsea technology company said.Seatooth communicates through the water-air boundary removing the need for traditional dunkers.WFS founder and CEO Brendan Hyland said the Seatooth Assure Riser Monitor provides operators with real time, actionable information on riser condition in all operating

Alla Weinstein, CEO, Castle Wind, a joint venture with EnBW North America.

Offshore Wind: California's New Gold Rush

that conflict with maritime traffic routes.”Floating platforms are not yet in widespread use.  However, wind energy companies believe these platforms, in various configurations, are on the cusp of being market ready.There is one project – called Hywind, built by Equinor – in Scotland using platforms; it’s small, just five turbines.  Equinor is one of the companies which responded to BOEM’s Call. Equinor writes that it will utilize the “competence, lessons learned, and experiences gained from these Hywind projects in the development of larger scale floating

Dan Scoville (Photo: OceanGate)

OceanGate Hires Scoville

located in Houston, TX. In his most recent position as Global Manager of Subsea Inspection and Global Service Line Manager Drill Support, he was responsible for providing subsea inspection services to clients and all profit and loss for the global business including responsibility for offices in Scotland, Norway and Texas. Prior to his inspection role, he held management level positions at Oceaneering’s Deepwater Technical Solutions Group, and Hydroacoustics Inc.Scoville holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. He has personally discovered

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UK Govt Backs Aberdeen Subsea Engineering Hub

Business Minister Andrew Stephenson said, "As the UK continues to transition towards a low-carbon economy, the Global Underwater Engineering Hub can help the region rise to the challenge of this transition, helping to anchor the UK’s expert engineering supply chain here in the north east of Scotland."It will build on the UK’s position as a world-leader in underwater technology and skills, which can be exported around the globe in growing sectors like renewables and decommissioning."The UK, which already claims a 40% share of the global market in underwater engineering, will

The North Sea is currently home to approximately 11,000 oil and gas wells with 2,379 expected to be decommissioned over the next 10 years. (Photo: Heriot-Watt University)

Partners Find a New Way to Detect Well leaks

in the sector, OGIC continues to actively engage with those companies that see the benefit of investing in these important niche market technologies. A continued investment and collaboration in these projects is not only vital for the future of the sector, but also vitally important to maintain Scotland’s lead in innovative technologies for the oil and gas sector - both in the UK and globally.&rdquo

Balmoral’s senior test technician, Mike Royl, and Michael Oswald of the University of St Andrews (Photo: Balmoral)

Subsea Monitoring Equipment Put to the Test

;Although it’s not generally recognized, we carry out many different types of tests from outwith the oil and gas arena and work closely with the academic, defense and oceanographic sectors.”MeyGen is developing the tidal stream project of up to 398 megawatts which lies 2 kilometers from Scotland’s north-east tip. To the north of the site is the uninhabited island of Stroma which creates a natural channel with the mainland to accelerate millions of tonnes of water flowing between the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean every day.This site was originally identified in 2007 following a

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