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EnQuest Selects Technip for Mega Subsea Contract

of 3 umbilicals totaling 14km, - installation of 7km of flexible risers and jumpers , - template and manifold installation at three drill centers, - diverless tie-ins to pipelines and manifolds, - pipeline flooding, hydro testing and leak testing. Technip’s operating center in Aberdeen, United-Kingdom, will execute the contract. The Group will leverage its unique vertical position in the subsea business. The Group’s spoolbase in Evanton, United-Kingdom, will weld and load-out the rigid pipe and Technip Umbilicals, Technip’s wholly-owned subsidiary in Newcastle, United-Kingdom

Future Unmanned Naval Systems for MMCM Program

Thales, BAE Systems and their partner SAAB, ECA Group and ASV Global welcome the confirmation by the Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) that the UK Ministry of Defense (MOD) and French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) will continue its collaboration for the combined United Kingdom and France MMCM (maritime mine counter measures) program. Initiated in 2010 under a cooperation agreement between France and the United Kingdom, the MMCM program develops a prototype autonomous system for detection and neutralisation of sea mines and underwater improvized explosive devices (UWIEDs).

Australian Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne Photo RAN

Australia, France Meet to focus on Future Submarine Program

discussed a range of issues including developments in Iraq and Syria, and broader security and stability issues. Minister Payne also acknowledged the UK's BAE Systems interest in Australia's Future Frigate program and welcomed the broader value of Australia's defence industry cooperation with the United Kingdom.   "Australia welcomes the outcomes of the recent Australia-United Kingdom Ministerial Consultations as evidence of the continuing strong defence relationship with the United Kingdom."   The meeting with Italian Minister of Defence, Roberta Pinotti, provided an opportunity

Tom Hiller (Photo: EdgeTech)

Hiller Joins EdgeTech

Tom Hiller has joined EdgeTech as director of international business development.   Hiller is a technically experienced sales and business development professional with over 16 years in the marine sector.   Working out of the United Kingdom, Hiller will help continue to strengthen the growing Multi Phase Echo Sounder (MPES) vessel mounted, AUV, ROV and ASV-based sonar products in addition to business development activities with other core EdgeTech sonar products. Hiller’s reach will extend beyond the U.K. and is expected to help the company with recent growth in Europe, Russia

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How Could a ‘Sand Motor’ Help the Great Lakes?

been involved in this work.   The group has been studying a potential site just south of Port Washington, where there is a beach known to have problems retaining sand.   While the Netherlands is currently home to the world's only sand motor (sometimes also called a sand engine), the United Kingdom will soon be implementing one along its eastern coast. Said Shea, "I’m really interested in green infrastructure and nontraditional ways to incorporate nature more, so this sand motor idea is really interesting to me."   Shea is one in a series of undergraduate research

European Commission Finances Renewable Energy Projects

power and geothermal power to wind power, ocean energy and distributed renewable management (smart grids). The projects will be hosted in 16 EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Offshore projects supported include: France Wind VertiMED The project comprises a floating offshore 26 MW wind farm located 50 km from Marseille. Thirteen wind turbines will be installed on 13 moored floating structures which will transfer power to an onshore substation connected to the

Market and Technology Trends in Underwater Sensors & Instumentation

or geophysical instruments and appliances, while navigational instruments represented 37%, or $5.8 billion. As shown in Table 1 (page 36), the United States was the world’s leading exporter in navigational and survey instruments, representing 22% of exports in 2011. It was followed by the United Kingdom, Germany and France. Canada was the world’s fifth largest exporter of underwater instruments in 2011. In navigational instruments, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the United States form the leading group of exporters. In surveying instruments, the United States (26.4%) is the leader

Ashtead’s calibration laboratory in Aberdeen. (Photo: Ashtead Technology)

Industry First for Ashtead Technology

Aberdeen-based Ashtead Technology has become the first subsea services company to be accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for its state-of-the-art calibration laboratory.   This official seal of approval from UKAS demonstrates that Ashtead delivers professional and technically competent calibration of survey, positioning and oceanographic sensors crucial to their customers’ subsea operations.   UKAS assesses a laboratory’s calibration and measurement capability to produce precise and accurate test results by scrutinizing the technical competence of

Project Blue Nodules Deep Sea Mining Concept Courtesy EC

European Consortium Launches Blue Nodules Project

advisory board. An independent ethics advisor will safeguard the ethics standards of the project. The consortium consists of 14 leading industry and research partners from nine European countries: Royal IHC – IHC Mining B.V. The Netherlands Dredging International Belgium Continental AG United Kingdom & Hungary IHC MTI The Netherlands De Regt Marine Cables The Netherlands Uniresearch The Netherlands Seascape Consultants Ltd. United Kingdom GSR Belgium Bureau Veritas France NIOZ The Netherlands RWTH Aachen Germany NTNU Norway Aarhus University Denmark UPC Spain  

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Navy Awards Contract for Columbia Class Submarine Development

Product and Process Development (IPPD) of the Columbia Class submarine Sept. 21.   The IPPD contract award is for the design, completion, component and technology development and prototyping efforts for the Columbia Class Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBNs). This work will also include United Kingdom unique efforts related to the common missile compartment.   "The Columbia class submarine is the most important acquisition program the Navy has today," said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. "This contract represents a significant investment in maintaining our strategic

Sean Fowler, UTEC Survey’s managing director for East Asia and Australia

UTEC Opens Indonesian Office

consulting services to the oil, gas and energy industries. In addition UTEC offers dimensional control surveys, laser scanning, 3D modeling and the iSITE asset management software. UTEC has offices located around the world including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States. utecsurvey.com  

Vice Adm. Louis-Michel Guillaume, left, commander of French Submarine and Strategic Oceanic Forces, Vice Adm. Kevin M. Donegan, middle, commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, and Rear Adm. Robert K. Tarrant, commander Operations of the Royal Navy, sign an agreement to increase coordination for anti-submarine warfare activities between France, the U.S. and the United Kingdom.  Photo: United States Navy

UK, France, US Sign Trilateral Submarine Agreement

 Naval leaders from the United Kingdom, France and the United States signed an agreement June 1, designed to increase coordination for anti-submarine warfare activities of the three countries as they operate in the 5th Fleet area of operations.   Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) Vice Adm. Kevin M. Donegan signed the trilateral agreement with Vice Adm. Louis-Michel Guillaume, commander, French Submarine and Strategic Oceanic Forces (ALFOST) and Rear Adm. Robert K. Tarrant, commander, Operations of the Royal Navy, at Donegan's headquarters in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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UKHO Supports HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has supported the safe arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth into Portsmouth by providing specialist marine geospatial and hydrographic expertise and data capabilities.   Following initial dredging operations to make Portsmouth’s navigation channel and entrance deeper, hydrographic data was collected by the survey launch HMS Gleaner using modern multibeam echosounder technology to confirm the available water depth.   As well as providing advice during data collection, the final dataset was then validated by the UKHO to ensure it was the to the

Christopher Pyne MP Photo Parliament of Austraila website

Thales Awarded Collins Sonar Upgrade Design

that Thales Australia has been awarded a $100 million contract  to design a major sonar system upgrade for Collins class submarines.   Minister Pyne said Thales Australia will engage other Australian-based companies including Sonartech Atlas and L3 Oceania, as well as suppliers from the United Kingdom (UK) and France to design the Collins sonar system upgrade.    "The sonar system upgrade will install improved sonar sensor arrays aboard each of the Collins submarines, as well as improved signal processing systems," Minister Pyne said.   “Under the contract

Proactive Accreditation for etpm

its ISI 9001:2008 and 12001:2008 four months ahead of target. etpm also decided to take a proactive approach to gain Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) 2006 certification. The MLC 2006, which covers maritime labor law, came into force internationally in August 2013 and will come into force in the United Kingdom next year. While certification is not yet mandatory, recruitment companies can request that they be audited to show that their practices are already MLC compliant. etpm volunteered for audit and has been certified a year before implementation

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Huntington Ingalls Industries Acquires UPI

of engineering and project management services to the domestic and international energy markets. The value of the transaction is not being disclosed. UPI was a privately held company headquartered in Houston. It also performs work in Oklahoma, Illinois and Louisiana, as well as Canada, the United Kingdom, and Trinidad and Tobago. Huntington explains that UPI has provided a broad range of engineering and project management services to the energy industry for over 50 years. Whether onshore or offshore, from the wellhead to processing facilities to delivery points, UPI delivers the project management

VSMC Wins Cable-laying Contract for Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm

of two 42-kilometer export cables in 2016. The scope of work also includes the design, supply, installation, terminations and testing of 67 infield cables with a total length of approximately 100 kilometers. The Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm is located 32 kilometers off the coast of North Norfolk in the United Kingdom. The 67 wind turbines can generate a total capacity of 400MW. boskalis.com  

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