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NORBIT Establishes Oceans Business Unit

across the entire ocean space domain,” says Per Jørgen Weisethaunet, chairman and group CEO of NORBIT.NORBIT is an international technology corporation headquartered in Trondheim, Norway, and has operations in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Sweden, Poland, Italy, Iceland, U.K., Brazil, Singapore and U.S.“The creation of NORBIT Oceans gives our customers access to a much more diversified ocean-related technology portfolio. Plus, our global marketing and distribution network allows us to support the same customers wherever they are located,” adds Per Jørgen Weisethaunet

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Singapore's Offshore Industry Recovering

A big drag on Singapore's growth in recent years, the embattled offshore and marine industry, has broken a three-year losing streak. Yet industry executives aren't betting on a return to the glory days anytime soon.The industry, along with a top-class finance sector, has been a key pillar of Singapore's economic transformation into a first world economy since independence from British colonial rule in 1965 and a source of national pride. But a 2014 collapse in oil prices has resulted in thousands jobs lost, several defaults and billions of dollars in debt restructurings.Now, as oil prices

An ROV monitors the Moskito during oil recovery from the Thetis (Photo: MIko Marine)

Oil Removed from Decades-old Swedish Shipwreck

.The Moskito system has now been demonstrated on three separate occasions when it has been used to penetrate the oil tanks of a wreck, attach a hose and pump and then extract the oil in a single operation.Miko Moskitos recently removed 400 metric tons of oil from the wreck of the Thorco Cloud in the Singapore Strait.Speaking after the completion of the Thetis project, Nicolai Michelsen, general manager of Miko Marine, said; “In addition to the ships and boats that have been lost in recent years, there is a huge number around the coasts of Europe and elsewhere that were sunk during the second world

Harbin Engineering University from China takes first place in the 2018 International RoboSub Competition. RoboSub is a robotics program where students design and build autonomous underwater vehicles to compete in a series of visual-and acoustic-based tasks. (Photo by Julianna Smith, RoboNation)

Students Face Off in Underwater Competition

to seamlessly integrate more unmanned systems into the naval services and across all domains, having a well-rounded generation of engineers and scientists is essential to the Navy’s future force.Harbin Engineering University (China) took this year’s top prize, while National University of Singapore and École de Technologie Supérieure (Canada) placed second and third, respectively.Smaller awards in specially judged categories went to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; École de Technologie Supérieure; Texas A&M University; Washington State University

WAM-V USV (Photo: Marine Advanced Research)

Drone Boats to Face-Off in Global RobotX Challenge

and control; obstacle detection and avoidance; station keeping and docking; and observation, identification and reporting of a specified target.The competition, set to take place in Oahu, Hawaii from December 8-15, will include students from 13 universities representing Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and the U.S.The purpose of the challenge is to foster innovation as students develop their skills in systems engineering and autonomous command and control, while collaborating with the engineers and organizations that develop the required sensors and technologies.The WAM-V USV platform

(L-R) Phil Middleton, Seatronics Group MD, with Andy Williamson from Underseasense (Photo: Seatronics)

Seatronics Doubles Its Stock of R2 Sonic Multibeam Systems

surveyors experience.”Seatronics are official representatives for R2 Sonic in the Middle East region working collaboratively to provide service and local support. The Sonic 2024 Multibeam Echosounders are available globally to rent or purchase from Seatronics' bases in Aberdeen, Houston, Singapore and Abu Dhabi

OSIL piston corer (Photo courtesy MacArtney)

MacArtney, OSIL Partner in China

to extending business relations and activities in the growing Chinese market, MacArtney has entered into a business partnership agreement with Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL).The newly established strategy and business plans applying to the Asian markets, among others, have led MacArtney Singapore to enter into the exclusive sales agreement with OSIL, a provider of tailored integrated systems for environmental monitoring in all marine environments, from shallow coastal waters to full ocean depth.With such an agreement, MacArtney said it is confident of being able to cover the ocean science

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New Onboard Hull Cleaning Solution Launched

“Cleaning in international waters with the HullWiper is not a problem. Vessels can also clean in port, during loading and unloading and in most weather conditions, eliminating the need for unnecessary downtime.”Launched in Dubai in December 2013, HullWiper now operates in ports in Sweden, Singapore, Spain, Netherlands, Norway, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and - on an ad hoc basis - at key locations across the Middle East

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ST Marine Winds Up Brunei Environmental Subsidiary

ST Engineering today announced that Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd has placed its subsidiary, STSE Engineering Services (B) Sdn Bhd (STSE Engineering), under members’ voluntary liquidation under the laws of Brunei Darussalam. STSE Engineering was formed to manage an integrated waste management facility project in Brunei. The project has since been completed in June 2016, hence the decision to wind up STSE Engineering.   This exercise is not expected to have any material impact on the consolidated net tangible assets per share and earnings per share of ST Engineering for the

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IKM Subsea Secures PTTEP Drilling Contract

IKM Subsea Singapore signed a contract with PTTEPI for their appraisal campaign offshore in Myanmar.   IKM Subsea will be providing a Merlin WR200 electrical propulsion system together with a BOP intervention tool and an IKM Technology designed and built diamond wire cutter for this project onboard the rig.   This marks as IKM’s second deepest dive in South East Asia as the water depth ranges from 200mtrs to 2000mtrs.    “This award definitely boosts IKM’s ROV utilization for 2018/19. With ongoing projects with SolstadFarstad, the IKM designed, built and

Pradeep Verma (Photo: Kreuz Subsea)

Kreuz Subsea Strengthens Senior Management Team

Global integrated subsea services business, Kreuz Subsea, has strengthened its senior management team with two key appointments at its Singapore headquarters to support its global expansion plans.   Pradeep Verma has joined the company as chief commercial officer while Marek Kaminski is welcomed as director of marine assets. The duo brings more than 50 years of combined oil and gas experience to Kreuz Subsea.   Verma will be responsible for strengthening the company’s position in its core markets of India, Asia Pacific, and the growth of business into the Middle East market.  

Tool Deployment (Photo: JFSE)

JFSE Launches 'Excavation Plus' Package

in the Middle East, Eastern Asia and Gulf of Mexico and is planning to roll out the ‘Excavation Plus’ service worldwide. Clients will be able to tailor the package to suit their particular project requirements – providing a flexible approach.   With bases in UK, USA, Africa, Singapore, Mexico, UAE, China and Venezuela, JFSE a CFE provider with more than 28 strategically based equipment spreads and a team responsible for the successful completion of more than 490 projects over the past 20 years

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Maersk Establishes Decomissioning Company

Executive Officer of the JV and will join the company from Total in June 2018. Banke has a background in mechanical engineering from Denmark’s Technical University and has worked in various Maersk companies since 2001, most recently acting as site manager for the construction of the Ailsa FSO in Singapore, for the Culzean project.  Jens Klit Thomsen, currently Head of Decommissioning Business Development at Maersk Supply Service, has been appointed Chief Commercial Officer of the JV as of April 1.Carsten Sander Jacobsen has been appointed Chief Technical Officer as of May 1. He is currently

Thorco Cloud - preparing a Moskito for deployment Photo Miko Marine

Oil Recovered from Sunken Ship Thorco Cloud

More than 440 tons of heavy fuel oil was extracted from the tanks of the sunken general cargo vessel Thorco Cloud. The wreck lies in two sections 1,730 meters apart and 70 meters down in the middle of the eastbound traffic lane of the Singapore Strait following a collision in December 2015. The heavy oil in the fuel tanks and in trapped compartments was seen as a major pollution hazard. Both the bow and stern sections contained fuel tanks that required emptying, so the Thorco Cloud’s owner, Marship GmbH, supported by the P&I insurance company Standard Club, contracted Jaya Salvage

The EMO DOMINO-7 fibre optic multiplexer (MUX) installed on an ROV.  (Photo: MacArtney)

MacArtney: Custom EMO Multiplexer

Upgrading the subsea survey and camera interfaces of an ROV represents the primary purpose of the MUX having been deployed in Singapore. The requirements for reliable transmission of large amounts of data and video from ROVs, ROTVs, ocean observatories and instrumentation packages are contantly being sharpened. Gathering high-quality data from the deep sea is an im¬mense undertaking, which calls for ensuring that multiple sensor and equipment types work in perfect unison and that all data are efficiently transmitted to the surface for analysis.    Custom ROV MUX System A custom

Hydro Group Managing Director Doug Whyte Photo courtesy Rory Raitt, Hydro Group

Hydro Group Scoops Queen’s Award

engineered cable/connector assembly solutions for subsea applications, Hydro Group has employed a consistent strategy of international growth for over 30 years. The streams that make up Hydro Group – Hydro Bond Engineering and Hydro Cable Systems – are supported by Hydro Group’s Singapore-based division Hydro Group Asia (launched in 2015), and Hydro Group Systems, which launched in North America in 2017. Commenting on the award, Hydro Group Managing Director Doug Whyte said: “Since inception, investing in the establishment of new territorial markets has been critical

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Taiwan: The Next Battleground for Offshore Wind

director of the energy technology division at Taiwan's Bureau of Energy, said Chinese bids were excluded "due to concerns of national security".Alongside Orsted and wpd, other bidders included Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Canada's Northland Power, Yushan Energy, a subsidiary of Singapore based Enterprize Energy and Taiwanese firms China Steel Cooperation and Taipower.After awarding 3.8 GW capacity on Monday, a further 2 GW will be allocated through a competitive price tender this summer. Monday's auction had included an assessment of factors such as the amount of local content

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