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HUGIN AUV System (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Swire Seabed Orders a HUGIN AUV

an evolving industry.”In October 2018, Swire Seabed completed its first commercial autonomous inspection of offshore pipeline systems for Equinor using Kongsberg Maritime’s HUGIN AUV and, shortly after in December 2018, was awarded a frame agreement with Equinor for provision of offshore survey services.Now, the firm will have a HUGIN AUV of its own. Due for delivery in 2020, the vehicle will be rated to 4,500 meters and equipped with Kongsberg Maritime’s HISAS 1032 synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) and EM2040 multibeam echosounder, as well as a CathX Ocean 48.5-degree field of view still

Swathe Services Takes Over as HYPACK Distributor

Technology.U.S. company HYPACK – A Xylem Brand is a supplier of hydrographic survey and data processing software for single beam, multibeam, side scan sonar and many other applications in the hydrographic survey and dredging industries.Swathe Services, the Cornwall, U.K. based hydrographic survey services company specializing in Multi-Beam Echo Sounder (MBES) surveying, takes over HYPACK distributor duties for Del Norte, which closed with the retirement of its Managing Director, Laurie Smith. Del Norte ceased trading in July 2018.A spokesperson from HYPACK said, “Del Norte grew the market

Photo: JW Fisher

JW Fishers Pipe Tracking Made Easy

JW Fisher’s PT-1 Pipe tracker on a project in the Caspian region of Eurasia. Lighthouse was founded in 1986 and has grown into a large surveying company with locations on four continents. Industries such as oil and gas, telecommunications, and power generation all utilize Lighthouse’s survey services. Lighthouse works for major utility groups around the world, assisting with survey projects from power line corridors and wind farms to complex underground cabling and utility management. With state of the art equipment and expertise in all surveying functions, Lighthouse provides their customer

Jon Holmes (Photo: Swathe Services)

Holmes Joins Swathe Services

Ex naval captain and marine consultant Jon Holmes has joined Swathe Services as business development manager.The U.K. based hydrographic survey services company said created the new role to maintain and increase product sales and services as well as manage long-term strategic growth. Holmes was made ship’s captain of six naval vessels during his full career as a hydrographic surveyor. After his time with the Navy, he worked at the University of Plymouth’s Hydrographic Academy and then as a marine consultant.

Partners Set Out to Drive Subsea Digitalization

management of the field by reducing OPEX.”“The partnership has already identified and initiated the first two development phases, which will see a focus on data acquisition, processing, analytical insight and data visualization of i-Tech Services’ integrity, inspection and survey services,” Wisely added.Neil Walton, VP & Managing Director, Civil, Defense and Health, Leidos UK, said, “The oil and gas sector is under significant pressure to optimize production and deliver services as efficiently as possible and this is a clear example of how Leidos can help transform

Tool Deployment (Photo: JFSE)

JFSE Launches 'Excavation Plus' Package

completed its largest integrated services project in the Middle East. Its Twin R2000 with ancillary jetting spread was contracted for shallow water post-lay trenching and backfilling. Additionally, JFSE chartered the vessel, project personnel and crew, as well as the positional and bathymetric survey services.    As part of the ‘Excavation Plus’ offering, JFSE is the single point of contact for a range of areas including project management, geotechnical services and naval architects as part of a full-vessel mobilization package.  JFSE also draws upon the wider expertise

Photo:  Oceaneering International, Inc.

Oceaneering Acquires Ecosse Subsea

Ecosse Subsea Limited for approximately GBP 50 million (US$69 Million).   Headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland, Ecosse builds and operates seabed preparation, route clearance and trenching tools for submarine cables and pipelines on an integrated basis that includes vessels, ROVs and survey services.     Enabling technologies acquired in the transaction include Ecosse's modular SCAR Seabed System, capable of completing the entire trenching work scope (route preparation, boulder clearance, trenching and backfill), and its newly developed SCARJet trenching system.  

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Fugro Boosts Offshore Wind Projects in Taiwan

in January 2018. In addition to its surveying activity, IOVTEC will provide logistic and operational support to Fugro’s offshore metocean projects.   The agreement will see the two companies cooperate on marine survey projects in the waters surrounding Taiwan, with IOVTEC expanding survey services in the country and Fugro providing fit-for-purpose technology, equipment and expertise.   “IOVTEC brings to the MoU its specialist skills in domestic hydrographic and bathymetric surveys for coastal mapping, government port and harbor agencies, dredging and marine contractors and

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Saudi Aramco Buys Teledyne Gavia AUV

The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) has acquired an autonomous underwater vehicle from Teledyne Gavia.   The Gavia Offshore Surveyor AUV system is expected to enhance Saudi Aramco's agility in meeting high demands for hydrographic survey services through the company's in-house survey operations. The Gavia system will be utilized predominantly for debris survey and pipeline inspection in the Arabian Gulf, with a potential service extension for other type of surveys in water depths up to 1,000m in the Red Sea region.    Saudi Aramco selected the AUV due to its modularity

Team Surveyor Interceptor 2. From the left, Erik K Bakkevig (CEO Kystdesign), Ola Oskarsson (founder & CTO, MMT) and Jostein Alendal (CEO, Reach Subsea). (©MMT)

MMT Plots for Growth

to continue its growth, having chartered a new vessel M/V Olympic Delta and invested in ROV Surveyor Interceptor no 2.   The chartered DP 2 survey/IMR vessel M/V Olympic Delta is on a long-term contract with the Norwegian ship owner Olympic Subsea ASA. MMT will use the vessel for ROV Survey services and the first project will be in Biscay.   The investment in a new Surveyor Interceptor – made together with an industry partner, Reach Subsea – will increase MMT’s capacity to customers, to bring the revolutionary technology and services that this new concept represents

Dorothy Shepherd (Photo: Bibby Offshore)

Shepherd Joins Bibby Offshore's Renewables Team

business in the renewables sector. The position includes supporting existing business development and tendering efforts, while collaborating with Bibby Offshore’s sister companies Bibby Marine Services, which offer SOV and Walk to Work vessels and Bibby HydroMap, which offer a range of seabed survey services. The appointment follows the formation of Bibby Offshore’s new business optimization team, led by Graeme Wood, as part of the company’s strategic growth strategy. The primary purpose of the team is to facilitate a number of key business initiatives, accelerating the business through

Frontera Offshore loading M² Subsea’s ROVs onto the MPSV Tehuana (Photo: M² Subsea)

M² Subsea, Frontera Join Forces in the GoM

, to facilitate pre and post lay surveys for Frontera Offshore. The survey work will be carried out along a 7.5km section of the KMZ-94 pipeline to be stabilised for the Mexican pipeline contractor, Permaducto.   Two Triton work class ROVs will be deployed from the MPSV Tehuana to deliver the survey services, with 277 mattresses being installed at a depth of approximately 250ft.    With over 100 years’ global subsea experience between the executive team at M² Subsea and strong financial backing, chief executive officer Mike Arnold said the company is well on track to meeting

Oceaneering Expands AUV Survey Services in West Africa

Oceaneering International, Inc. will expand its presence for autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) survey services to the West African region, the Houston-based company announced.   Oceaneering, which currently serves the U.S Gulf of Mexico with a fleet of commercial AUVs designed for high resolution survey operations in water depths reaching 4,500 meters, said it is mobilizing one of its 3,000 meter rated AUVs to the region. The AUV is capable of performing deepwater geophysical hazard and pipeline inspection surveys, and provides clients with the necessary deepwater survey capabilities for

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MTR100: N-Sea

provider N-Sea serves all major North Sea operators and service companies, supporting customers through survey, inspection and assessment of their assets. N-Sea also installs, inspects, repairs and maintains infrastructures throughout the entire lifecycle, in addition to near shore, offshore and survey services.   The company’s personnel and fleet deliver a range of subsea activities and subsea interventions including: air diving services and the innovative TUP Diving System (Transfer Under Pressure); construction and positioning support; excavation services; inspections by diver/ ROV

Fugro deployed its WARIS to monitor bpTT’s subsea equipment integrity in an area of strong currents (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro Enables Safer Drilling for BP in Strong Currents

(fatigue) monitoring, metocean measurements and positioning services.   The positioning activities were carried out onboard the drilling vessel as well as on the three supporting anchor handling tugs (one tug had subsea acoustic ROV positioning). Fugro provided bpTT with dimensional control survey services, DGNSS verification, gyrocompass calibration and offset measurements, navigation at the well locations, and final positioning of the drilling vessel within the required tolerance of 3 metres. This position accuracy was required because the five wells were being drilled in a cluster (with separation

SensorView (Photo: Sonardyne)

SensorView Reduces Non-productive Rig Time at Ichthys

facility, the largest of its kind anywhere in the world, and an FPSO connected by 890 kilometers of gas export pipeline to an onshore processing and storage facility at Bladin Point near Darwin.   As part of a 40 month contract, INPEX contracted Neptune to provide rig positioning and survey services during the drilling and completions phase of the project, work that is being undertaken by the Jack Bates and Ensco 5006 mobile drilling units.   At each of the five drill centers, Neptune installed a seabed array of Sonardyne Compatt 6 Long BaseLine (LBL) acoustic transponders to accurately

Harkand North America Salvaged by MBO

move also could potentially safeguard more than 100 jobs across North America, Africa and Mexico.   The MBO has ensured that Ethos Offshore is able to deliver the full scope of subsea services to established clients, including ROV and diving, inspection, engineering, project management and survey services. This will provide a sound platform for growth as new opportunities arise. Operations in the three regions will continue to be led by AJ Jain as chief executive officer, supported by Brian Schacht, head of business development and communications, James Parker, head of North America operations

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