United Arab Emirates News

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Trident Opens UAE Diving Center

Trident, a subsidiary of Wärtsilä, is strengthening its underwater-related servicing capabilities with the opening of a new diving center facility in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. This expansion into a major global shipping region will enhance Wärtsilä’s ability to serve its  customers with underwater repairs, refurbishments and maintenance. The UAE center became fully operational in February 2019.Wärtsilä already has strong underwater servicing capabilities in Europe through its acquisition of the Trident Group in February 2018, and its subsequent

Boskalis Acquires Horizon

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has acquired a 62.5% majority stake in the Horizon Group (Horizon) from the United Arab Emirates. Horizon's main activities include marine geophysical surveys and geotechnical services."Through this transaction, we are adding an important strategic position to our existing marine survey and subsea geotechnical business," said Peter Berdowski, CEO Boskalis. "Horizon is a market leader in the Middle East and we are committed to continuing and expanding the high quality of services they deliver to their clients. Furthermore, Horizon with its

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New Onboard Hull Cleaning Solution Launched

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

HR Wallingford built a large scale wooden segmented model of the Louvre Abu Dhabi in its Oxfordshire laboratories (Photo: HR Wallingford)

The Art of Coastal Engineering in the Louvre Abu Dhabi

as areas of a restaurant that is open to the sea. Offshore structures included submerged walls and reduced water depths, plus aesthetically-placed emergent structures that, in combination, attenuated the wave heights.  The Louvre Abu Dhabi project came about in 2007, when France and the United Arab Emirates came together to develop a unique cultural project, a universal museum, the first of its kind in the region, combining in its architecture by Pritzker prize winning architect Jean Nouvel, French design and its Arabic heritage

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New Tide Gauge, Water Temperature Monitoring Network in UAE

A three year project to design, install and deliver a fully operational network of 34 water level and temperature monitoring stations for Bayanat LLC in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been completed by OceanWise working with its licensed partner, Seatronics, an Acteon company,   The stations are positioned at strategic locations within UAE from the Western Region to the border with Oman, a distance of over 400 km.   Water level is being measured using Valeport VRS-20 Radars with water temperature being measured using PT100 sensors from General Acoustics. All equipment is solar

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TechnipFMC wins EPC Contract

TechnipFMC  has been awarded by Zakum Development Company (ZADCO) an Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract (EPC3 project) for a sulfate reduction plant on West Island located offshore Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).   The objective of the EPC3 project is the installation of a sulfate reduction plant module (SRP) along with new installations and tie-in to existing facilities in West Island.    The SRP module incorporates cutting edge water treatment technologies with advanced filtration and nano-filtration systems.    These systems are used for

NOAA scientist recovers Fishers TOV towed video system after completing survey, Inset: Sterling Fire Department diver exits reservoir with their Fisher DV-1 drop video. (Photo: JW Fishers)

Underwater Video Aids Scientists and Search Teams

to customer service and their ability to go above and beyond has been nothing short of outstanding.”   A few of the many other agencies and dive teams using Fishers video systems are the Rochester Police and Wayne Fire Departments in New York, Environmental Agency Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Missouri Highway Patrol, Boston Police Special Operations Unit, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept., University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center, Hartford Police Dept. in Connecticut, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Solano Dive Rescue

CH2M diver with Fishers DHC-2, Inset – Grieg Seafarms aquaculture technician with Fishers DV-2 drop video (Photo: JW Fishers)

Underwater Video Aids Aquaculture and Marine Research

the equipment purchased from Fishers. The video quality is great and the camera and monitor are easy to operate.”   A few of the many other environmental groups and marine researchers using Fishers underwater video systems are Envitech Middle East and Environmental Agency Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates, California Dept. of Fish and Game, University of Maine, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Aquafact Environmental Consultants in Ireland, United States Environmental Protection Agency Atlantic Ecology Division, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrati

A plaque is presented by Massimo Brebbia, Fugro Subsea MD, to Samir Al Gharbi, GASOS General Manager, with Chris Blake, Director FSME (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro Opens Middle East Training Facility

to create a subsea training center, to work in partnership with our U.K. colleagues,” explains Subsea Division Training Manager, Darren Walley. “Locating the facility alongside our highly successful ROV training center here in Abu Dhabi builds on Fugro’s close ties with the United Arab Emirates and brings us the benefits associated with an abundance of local specialist personnel and equipment suppliers.”   Fugro said it expects hundreds staff from around the world, along with clients requiring specific training, to visit the new Abu Dhabi facility each year

Side scan image of concrete encased pipeline, Inset – Hydromax team with their JW Fishers side scan. (Photo: JW Fishers)

Police, Dive Companies Find Many Uses for Side Scan Sonars

can be almost photographic. The department recently upgraded their sonar system with the latest revisions and sent two officers to Fishers facility in Massachusetts for a free day of factory training.    Another law enforcement agency using the side scan is the Dubai Police in the United Arab Emirates. This desert kingdom between Saudi Arabia and Oman is small by geographic standards, but holds the world’s 7th largest oil reserves and is one of the wealthiest countries in the middle east. Situated on the Persian Gulf is UAE’s most populous city, ultramodern Dubai, which is a

Maryanne Burke (Photo: U.S. Commercial Service)

Global Markets Ripe for US Marine Technologies

with pending sales to the Philippines.   DSC continues to take advantage of the U.S. Commercial Service offices in New Orleans and worldwide in leveraging export programs, trade shows, market research and business matchmaking. To date, this assistance has directly led to sales to the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Canada, Nigeria, Guatemala and other countries.   Bob Wetta, CEO of DSC, has expressed appreciation towards the DOC, “for all they do to facilitate our expansion into foreign markets. Their help has enabled us to dramatically increase our export sales, increase revenue

Maritime Spy Kit Installed on New Bombardier Planes

in a region where complex territorial disputes between China and several Southeast Asian nations are fuelling security concerns.   On Tuesday, Saab formally launched another militarised Bombardier business jet, dubbed GlobalEye, after selling the early warning and control system to the United Arab Emirates in November.   China has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system to one of the disputed islands it controls in the South China Sea, Taiwan and U.S. officials said on Wednesday, ratcheting up tensions. U.S. President Barack Obama urged restraint.   On maritime surveillance

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Middle East's Ageing Structures a Challenge - DNV GL

viable operations, according to Anupam Ghosal, newly appointed regional manager for Middle East and India, DNV GL - Oil & Gas. “Of the 700 to 800 fixed platforms and bridges in the region,  we believe more than 70% are older than 25 years and some even exceed 40 years. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) alone has about 450.” The structural integrity management challenge is complex and critical for many operators seeking to extend the economic life of assets. Life extension of ageing structures needs to ensure continued operation within regulatory requirements, and to limit

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Tekmar Says Bucking O&G Market Trend

to grow into new regions, there are an increasing number of opportunities and everyone at Tekmar is looking forward to realizing this potential.” Tekmar’s growth has seen the company expand into the Gulf of Mexico and Middle East for the first time. To support its expansion in the United Arab Emirates, Tekmar has also appointed Emdad as its strategic, local partner. Tekmar’s renewable energy division has also announced success in the past month. The firm was selected to provide its TekTube on a wind farm in the Netherlands as well as supplying TekLink cable protection systems on

Steve Macmillan (left), Global Project Director of Unique Group; and Darren Brunton, Managing Director of KBA Training Center Shake Hands to formalize the partnership for training in UAE and South Africa. (Photo: Unique Group)

New Health, Safety & Diving Courses in UAE

Unique Group, an integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solution provider, has collaborated with Singapore –based KBA Training Centre (KBAT) to offer a series of health, safety and diving courses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).   KBAT is a training provider in Asia Pacific offering health and safety consultancy and courses approved by international accrediting bodies such as NEBOSH, IOSH, CIEH, IMCA and IRATA. The courses that will be delivered in the UAE are NEBOSH, IOSH, CIEH, IMCA and other bespoke trainings in the offshore marine, diving and safety industries.   With an

Signing of agreement between GAC EnvironHull and Statoil at Statoil’s Headquarter in Stavanger, Norway. From left to right: Åshild Eltervåg, Nadia Nikmanesh, Elin Haave, Karl Ingvar Jorgensen and Robert Anderson. (Photo: Simon Doran)

Statoil Awards Hull Cleaning Contract to GAC

in an environmentally-friendly manner instead of being discharged into the sea as done using traditional methods.   GAC EnvironHull’s agreement with Statoil ASA comes after the Norwegian-based company used HullWiper to clean the hull of one of its chartered vessels at Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.   Launched in late 2013, GAC EnvironHull’s diver-free hull cleaning technology is now available in the Swedish port of Gothenburg, the ports of Jebel Ali, Sharjah and Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, the port of Sohar in Oman and most recently in Singapore.  

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ENSCO 110, ENSCO 104 Contracted for UAE & M.E.

  Ensco plc has entered into a three-year contract with NDC for a new premium jackup, ENSCO 110. This newbuild rig is scheduled to commence operations later this month offshore United Arab Emirates at a rate of approximately $114,000 per day. NDC has also contracted ENSCO 104 for a three-year term at a day rate of $114,000. The rig is mobilizing to the Middle East from the Asia Pacific region and is scheduled to commence its new contract in late-June 2015. Chief Executive Officer Carl Trowell commented, “We are pleased to extend our relationship with NDC. The Middle East is the

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