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A diamond wire saw, one of the new assets in Ashtead Technology’s fleet following its acquisition of Aqua-Tech Solutions (Photo: Ashtead Technology)

Ashtead Acquires Aqua-Tech Solutions

Ashtead Technology announced Wednesday it has acquired Louisiana based subsea equipment rental and cutting services specialist, Aqua-Tech Solutions.According to Ashtead Technology, the combined business will offer clients in the Gulf of Mexico region a more robust and enhanced offering, allowing more timely and cost-effective access to the group’s full range of equipment and services from locations in Broussard and Houma, La.Ashtead Technology said the acquisition strengthens its remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) and mechanical tooling offering, broadening its survey sensor rental fleet.

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Salvors Survey Grande America Wreck

search, inspection and operations on the wreck of the MV Grande America, which sank in the Bay of Biscay on March 12.Grande America capsized and sunk last month after its cargo of containers and vehicles caught fire during a voyage from Hamburg to Casablanca.Having entered into an agreement with marine services and salvage company Ardent, Ocean Infinity deployed its fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) to locate the wreck. The firm then used its remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) to conduct a program of inspection and operations, in order to determine the state of the sunken container

Ocean Evolution (Photo: Oceaneering)

Support Vessel Delivered to Oceaneering

subsea tooling all built for work in up to 4,000-meter water depths.Mike Ellis, Vice President, Subsea Projects, said, “The Ocean Evolution is a world class vessel ready to service the construction and intervention needs of our customers in deepwater. We are excited about the upcoming integrated services that will be provided with this vessel when combined with Oceaneering’s portfolio of subsea products and services. This combination will provide unmatched productivity, safety, and value for many years to come.”Measuring 108 meters long, 22 meters wide and Light Ship weight 6,900 tons

Export Licensing: Tips U.S. Exporters Shouldn’t Overlook

. Export licensing requirements can apply to a wide array of products, including marine technologies. A license may also be required because of the end use or end user. Items not licensed by BIS may still require a license from other agencies, including the State Department for defense articles and services subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations which are listed on the United States Munitions List (USML). When it comes to determining whether your export might need a license, there are a few sometimes overlooked aspects that U.S. businesses should be aware of before they export. After

Images: Modus Seabed Intervention

Flying new Routes Subsea

task,” says Nigel Ward, Modus’ chief commercial officer. Based on the battery capacity of Modus’ current HAUV, surveys covering about 60km can be run on a single autonomous charge, with survey time depending on speed and payload.Modus’ background is in subsea trenching services. When the company was looking to invest in new technology, it felt that the ROV market was mature, if not saturated, so Modus looked to diversify and acquired a Remus AUV with a view to providing lower cost survey and inspection services from vessels which were already out working. The intention

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Ocean Infinity Names Paul Helmore as CCO

most recently he was Director Global Accounts, responsible for overseeing relationships with many of the company’s fastest growing, technology led, customers, said the seabed survey and ocean exploration company.During his career at Schlumberger Helmore held senior positions in Data Consulting Services leading a consulting led organisation providing world class advice and support in complex oilfield related projects.He also managed global business in the Schlumberger Information Solutions group, providing world class software product, data management and consulting services to the Oil and Gas

Two Join Deep Down Board

Houston based deepwater oil and gas production and distribution equipment and services company Deep Down announced on Tuesday that it has appointed to experienced small cap investors to its board of directors.David J. Douglas and Neal I. Goldman fill two recent vacancies on the board, expanding from two to three the number of independent directors on Deep Down's four person board.Douglas is the Principal of Jamaka Capital Management, Deep Down's largest institutional investor, with ownership of approximately 11% of total shares outstanding.Goldman is the President and Founder of Goldman

Benthic’s PROD system working offshore (Photo: Benthic)

Acteon Acquires Benthic

Subsea services group Acteon announced Thursday it has agreed to acquire offshore marine geotechnical and geophysical survey company Benthic. The transaction is expected to complete in May 2019.Houston headquartered Benthic adds deepwater and ultra-deepwater surveying capabilities to Acteon through its proprietary portable remotely operated drill (PROD) technology. Benthic’s latest generation PROD system can conduct in-situ penetration testing and collect samples and cores in extremely challenging conditions, including seabed slopes greater than 20° and water depths exceeding 3,000 meters.

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OceanGate Names Shuman COO

Manned submersible services provider OceanGate said it has named Robert Shuman as Chief Operating Officer effective immediately.As COO, Shuman is responsible for ensuring operational excellence and positioning the company for future growth. He is tasked with overseeing strategic prioritization, resource alignment, and accountability across the company.Shuman brings with him over 15 years of senior level management in business development, project management and operations. His previous experience has been in satellite communications, cloud-based products, smart antennas, online education, and VoIP

Map showing location of the current 2D and recent 3D surveys with blocks available in the 12th round. (Image: CGG)

CGG Completes 2D Survey Offshore Gabon

French-based geophysical services company CGG said it has completed acquisition of 9,800 km long-offset broadband 2D multi-client seismic survey in the highly prospective Gabon South Basin.Fast-track data sets will be delivered in batches from the end of April, giving interested oil companies sufficient time to understand offshore petroleum systems and appraise blocks offered in Gabon’s 12th offshore licensing round planned for September 2019.This modern data set will help define the full extent of existing and new plays in the region. It will also aid in understanding the thickness variations

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Unique Group Debuts New Survey USV

Unique Group, a provider of  services and solutions for the offshore, subsea and life support industries, has designed and developed its first Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) called Uni-Cat.With proven hydrographic survey capabilities, the Uni-Cat can be used effectively for bathymetry survey offshore and in shallow waters, claimed a press release from the integrated subsea and offshore solution provider."It is ideal to be used in locations where conventional survey methods are not feasible," the release said.The Uni-Cat USV is purpose built with a long-lasting battery and the endurance

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Seabed Leveling Completed at Newhaven

Tug masters from Shoreham Port’s marine team have been carrying out vital seabed leveling works in nearby Newhaven Port this week. Bed leveling is one of the many services the port offer, alongside diving, crew changing and operational services.Seabed leveling is a modern-day dredging technique used in ports and harbors, by which a plough is towed behind a tugboat along the seabed to level high spots and ridges, moving the material to nearby low spots. The plough is fitted with teeth to cut into the seabed material and is very efficient in moving materials such as clay, sand, silt and gravel

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EDS Scores 15-year O&M Contract

High voltage engineering specialist EDS HV Group, part of the UK marine services company James Fisher and Sons, announced Friday it has secured a 15-year operations and maintenance (O&M) contract for OFTO assets at the Greater Gabbard wind farm off the coast of England. The contract has been awarded by Equitix Investment Management which own the concession and who will rely on EDS to help maximize the availability of the high voltage network.EDS said its team of engineers and technicians will provide a full turnkey solution for two offshore platforms, the onshore substation and grid connection at

OPT, Acteon Exploring Joint Opportunites

US based ocean energy solutions company Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) and UK based subsea services and solutions company Acteon Field Life Service, an Acteon Group subsidiary, have entered into a nonexclusive memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop, explore and exploit mutual opportunities in the global oil and gas and renewables markets, the companies announced on Thursday.“We see a strong potential in this collaboration, where OPT’s PowerBuoy products and services and Acteon’s integrated subsea services and solutions, coupled with its global network of facilities, personnel

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Underwater Metal Detectors Get the Job Done

the time, the operator does not have the necessary tools to find the missing equipment and must hire an outside diving company to aid in the search. These companies utilize a varying degree of equipment from sonar systems to underwater metal detectors.Marine Diving Service, which provides marine diving services to customers on the east coast of the United States, utilizes JW Fishers’ Pulse 8X in its daily operations. Marine Diving Service's salvage track record includes everything from small objects to big vessels, and even a historic tug boat engine.In a recent search, Captain and diver Zdenek

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OPT Scores Oil and Gas Study Contract

US based ocean energy solutions company Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) said it has signed a contract with an unnamed oil and gas exploration and production company to complete a 12-week paid feasibility study that will examine the use of OPT’s products and services in monitoring subsea wells during decommissioning activities.“This study will evaluate the use of our PowerBuoys in monitoring multiple customer wells during oil field decommissioning activities in the very deep and challenging waters of the Gulf of Mexico,” said George H. Kirby, President and Chief Executive Officer of

Cable layer Isaac Newton (Photo: Jan De Nul Group)

Subsea Cables Installed for NASR Phase 2

Jan De Nul Group said it has completed the cable installation scope for the Phase II Full Field Development of the NASR offshore oil field approximately 130 kilometers northwest of Abu Dhabi.The dutch services company said it was subcontracted by South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries for the cable loading, transport, laying and protection of three 132-kilovolt subsea power cables (total length 147 kilometers) and 10 11-kilovolt subsea power cables (total length 57 kilometers) for the NASR oil field project, part of the ADNOC strategic development program to increase the field’s capacity to

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