ROV Planet Articles

Industry stars recognised at national subsea awards

06.02.2017
The Hydro Group was named subsea company of the year at the Subsea UK’s annual awards while Enpro’s Ian Donald was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the industry. The awards, which celebrate the achievements of companies and individuals in the UK subsea industry, were presented at a gala dinner in Aberdeen during Subsea Expo - Europe’s largest subsea-focused exhibition and conference. The awards were presented in front of over 500 leaders from the subsea sector. Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK hosted the ceremony with former England rugby captain Matt Dawson as guest speaker. The top award, Company of the Year, was presented to The Hydro Group. With over 100 employees, the company is at the forefront in the development and innovation of subsea product technologies. In a period of tough external dynamics, The Hydro Group has focused on market diversification, while delivering profitable and steady growth based on its people and technology.

First offshore installation work completed on Johan Sverdrup

03.02.2017
Ocean Installer has recently completed the very first permanent subsea installation at the Johan Sverdrup field, marking the kick-off of the Johan Sverdrup offshore work. The offshore campaign took place late January in line with project plans and schedule and involved the installation of a subsea template for water injection. The template weighed 290 ton and was installed making use of the CSV Normand Vision.

Hundreds of International Exhibitors Set to Showcase the Latest Ocean Technology at Ocean Business 2017

02.02.2017
Ocean Business 2017, which takes place in Southampton at the National Oceanography Centre on 4-6 April 2017, is shaping up to be a vibrant international event for the ocean technology industry. Now larger than ever before, the team are delighted to be welcoming over 340 exhibitors; of these, almost 50 are first time exhibitors at the show, and from 26 countries around the globe.

Merger success for UES Seanic with first contract win

02.02.2017
THE newly merged Aberdeenshire-based Underwater Engineering Services (UES) and Houston headquartered Seanic Oceans Systems has secured its first contract in Tunisia, a region which neither firm had previously operated in. As part of the merger between their parent companies ATR Group and Centurion Group last year, the newly formed business of UES Seanic will support Oceana Subsea on a decommissioning campaign in Tunisia, North Africa.

Major Improvements on the Ellipse Series, the Popular Line of Miniature Inertial Sensors from SBG Systems

02.02.2017
SBG Systems releases a new version of the Ellipse Series, its popular product line of miniature inertial sensors. The Ellipse has been greatly improved, showing unmatched performance in attitude and heave measurement while adding Galileo constellation to its GNSS receiver. After thousands of Ellipse miniature inertial sensors operational on the field, SBG Systems proves again its capability of continuous innovation. With major improvements, the Ellipse line of miniature inertial sensors strengthens its position as “best combination of innovation, performance, and reliability” while keeping the same form factor and price level.

Subsea 7 completes fleet investment programme

01.02.2017
Subsea 7, a global leader in seabed-to-surface engineering, construction and services, has taken delivery of Seven Arctic and Seven Kestrel, successfully completing a substantial and targeted fleet investment programme that has added six new-build vessels to the Subsea 7 fleet since 2014. Seven Arctic is a heavy construction flex-lay vessel designed to meet the demands of deep water and harsh environments. Capable of working at depths of 3,000 metres, the vessel features a 1,000t offshore crane and a 600t top tension (tiltable) lay system.

M² Subsea on the Crest of Wave Fast-growing subsea business invests in people and premises

01.02.2017
M² Subsea has opened its new office in Aberdeen and created 30 jobs. The fledgling subsea business, which secured private equity investment towards the end of 2016, has moved people and equipment into substantial, headquarter premises in Arnhall Business Park at Westhill in Aberdeenshire. Set to become one of the largest independent providers of ROV services globally, M² Subsea has got off to a flying start in 2017, recruiting onshore commercial and operational personnel, taking possession of 27 remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and mobilising 10 of them onto a diverse fleet of subsea vessels. The company, which is also based in Houston, expects to create 50 onshore and 100 offshore jobs by the end of the year. Around 30 people have joined the management team in the UK and the US with more expected to be recruited as imminent contracts are signed.

Ashtead Technology to Solve Efficiency Challenge with New Engineered Solutions Group

01.02.2017
Solutions-based approach could see £6million boost to company revenues Global leader in subsea technology and services, Ashtead Technology, is launching a new service to increase efficiency and drive down risk and cost in subsea and marine operations. By applying its engineering and technical know-how to solve specific subsea challenges, Ashtead has already delivered integrated product applications to several of its clients and is currently using this approach on projects worth £6million. This has spurred Ashtead on to establish a dedicated Engineered Measurement Solutions Group to focus exclusively on this solutions-based approach to complex applications, including attitude monitoring, vibration and stress monitoring, optical metrology, data communications, engineering data analysis and integrity management

Join MATE Center on Facebook LIVE!

01.02.2017
Competition Technical Manager, Matt Gardner, will broadcast live on February 2 at Noon PST/2p.m. CST. He will review the 2017 SCOUT class mission tasks and describe and demonstrate the mission props. Teams will have the opportunity to see the actual mission props and ask questions so that they are prepared to tackle them on competition day!

SMD Wins Contract with Subsea Cable Installation Service Provider SBSS to Provide MD3XT Submarine Telecom Cable Plough

31.01.2017
Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) are pleased to announce the signature of a contract with S.B. Submarine Systems Co., Ltd. (SBSS) for the design, manufacture and delivery of the next generation MD3XT submarine telecom cable plough. The complete plough system will come equipped with an optical umbilical and SMD purpose-designed and manufactured umbilical winch. This will be supplied together with the control and power cabins to provide a complete turnkey solution.


ITF steps up action to solve costly pipe-walking problems

31.01.2017
The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) is welcoming additional participants to a new joint industry project (JIP) to develop pipeline anchoring and monitoring systems which could mitigate the risk of pipeline walking and cut pipeline anchor installation costs in half. The Anchoring Pipeline Technology (APT) JIP will bring together major global operators and pipeline installation companies to collaborate with ITF and Crondall Energy, an independent oil and gas consultancy, to investigate alternative and less costly solutions and create a roadmap on how to manage and mitigate the pipe-walking challenge.

Cathie Associates Commits to US Offshore Wind

31.01.2017
Leading offshore geoscience and geotechnical engineering consultancy, Cathie Associates, have formed a US entity: Cathie Associates Inc in Boston, Massachusetts. The move is part of the company’s plans for international expansion and will enable them to serve offshore wind development in the USA.

Oceaneering Announces Contract with Statoil for E-ROV Concept Development and Testing

31.01.2017
January 31, 2017 – Houston, Texas – Oceaneering International, Inc. (“Oceaneering”) announced that one of its subsidiaries has been awarded a technology development contract by Statoil Petroleum AS (“Statoil”). The contract provides for the development, manufacturing, testing, and mobilization of a self-contained, battery-powered work class remotely operated vehicle (E-ROV) system deployed on the seabed. The system will interface with Oceaneering’s onshore Mission Support Center via a 4G mobile broadband signal transmitted from a buoy on the water’s surface, without a surface vessel required onsite.

FOCAL Technologies launches product line with latest technology in condition monitoring.

31.01.2017
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada – Focal Technologies, a Moog Inc. Company, is pleased to announce the launch of our new condition monitoring product line. The first product in this product line, the Model 923 Slip Ring Sensor, is a miniature, ruggedized, health monitoring and data logging system for Focal rotary products.

C-Kore & Shell give joint presentation at Subsea Expo

31.01.2017
C-Kore Systems and Shell UK will give a joint presentation at the Subsea Expo Conference Thursday the 2nd of February in Aberdeen. The presentation will focus on the use of the C-Kore Subsea Testing technology during intervention operations on Shell’s Corrib field. Subsea interventions are challenging operations. The C-Kore Subsea measurement tool simplifies the subsea testing process for subsea engineers during intervention campaigns. It provides far more accurate data readings than traditional testing methods and saves customers money by reducing days of vessel time.

ROV Planet Magazine Issue 10

30.01.2017
ROV Planet Magazine Issue 10 The magazine of choice for Subsea Construction and ROV Professionals. Featuring the Saipem Innovator 2.0 – Underwater Mobile Mapping Technology – 2017 MATE International ROV Competition Briefing – Poster – OSEA2016 Post Show Review – M2 Subsea: New Name in the Subsea Market Makes Waves – STR – QSTAR ROV Pilot Training: Module 01 – Making the Right Underwater Connections – Ocean Business Preview.

Trelleborg leads the way in posting oil & gas sealing test certification online

27.01.2017
For the first time, test certification for almost 30 of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions best-in-class materials for the oil and gas market is made available online, enforcing the company’s commitment to quality and safety credentials. The material grades are compliant with international industry standards and have been subjected to comprehensive third-party testing, qualifying materials from elastomers to PEEK and PTFE based compounds to a range of specifications including NORSOK M-710, ISO 23936-2, ISO 10423/API 6A Annex F.1.13.5.2 and Total GS EP PVV 142.

Steatite formally partners with NOC's Marine Robotics Innovation Centre

27.01.2017
Steatite, a leader in the development of power solutions for extreme environments, has formally become a partner with the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre. With over 30 years’ experience in the development of lithium batteries, Steatite’s move into the Innovation Centre is a sign of the company’s potential to secure their position as global leader for innovative power solutions for deep-sea Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS). The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and Steatite already form part of a UK consortium, using the latest lithium-sulfur chemistry to research and develop safe, pressure tolerant, rechargeable batteries with increased endurance and reduced payloads, optimizing their potential for integration with MAS.
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