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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

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

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

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  

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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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

Public Affairs Office: Allied Maritime Command

Submarine Warfare: NATO Strengthens Anti-Sub Skills

MANTA 2016 (DYMA 16) began today off the Sicilian coast, with ships, submarines, and aircraft and personnel from 8 Allied nations converging on the Central Mediterranean Sea for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare training. Submarines from France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States, under the control of NATO Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO), will join 4 surface ships from France, Italy and Spain. Host nation Italy is providing support from the Augusta Naval Base, Catania Harbour and the Sigonella Air Base in Catania.   “NATO’s annual

Olympic Ares

Bibby Offshore Wins Total Contract

Bibby Offshore has won a multimillion pound contract award by Total E&P UK Limited for services in the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS). The project, including associated project management and engineering, will be carried out on the Ellon and Grant field, located 270 miles northeast of Aberdeen and in water depths of up to 135 meters. The scopes will see Total utilize two of Bibby Offshore’s vessels, the dive-support vessel (DSV) Bibby Polaris and the construction support vessel (CSV) Olympic Ares, to deliver the services between July and September 2015. This is the latest

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Boskalis Wins Portsmouth Channel Expansion Order

  Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded a contract from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation of the Ministry of Defence for the capital dredging of the approach channel to the port of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. The contract has a value of approximately EUR 35 million and the activities are due to commence in the second half of 2015. The dredging activities are related to the deepening and widening of the 7 kilometer long approach channel. A total volume of approximately 3 million cubic meters of hard clay, sand and gravel will be removed over an 8 month period.

Electric Boat is a wholly owned sugsidiary of General Dynamics

General Dynamics Lands $84 Million Naval Award

  The U. S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $83.8 million contract modification to continue development of the Common Missile Compartment for the Ohio replacement submarine and the United Kingdom's Successor ballistic-missile submarine. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics The contract provides funding for 17 tactical missile tubes: 12 for the U.K. Successor submarine; four for the Ohio Replacement submarine; and one for the Strategic Weapons System - Ashore test facility. A total of 241 missile tubes will be manufactured over the course of 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

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McDermott Signs Agreement for North Sea Spoolbase

, Inc. announced that one of its subsidiaries has signed an option agreement with PD Ports which gives it the exclusive right to operate a spoolbase to serve projects in the North Sea. McDermott expects to have the facility available for projects in early 2015. Located in Hartlepool, in northeast United Kingdom, the spoolbase is expected to support McDermott’s reentry into the North Sea Reel-Lay market. The Port of Hartlepool is a well-established working port with a history of fabrication for the oil and gas industry and has excellent access from harbor to the open sea. “This agreement

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