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JWF Builds Upon a 136 Year Legacy

Have you ever wondered how the first metal detector was invented? On July 2, 1881, U.S. President James Garfield was shot in the back. While he managed to survive the assassination attempt, a problem arose in that doctors could not locate the bullet. Alexander Graham Bell (then 34 years old) learned of this unfortunate instance and set out to build a device that could detect the bullet lodged in President Garfield’s chest. Although the machine worked properly, Bell deemed it a failure because it was unable to locate the bullet and resulted in the untimely death of President Garfield. What Bell did not know was that the President’s mattress was filled with metal springs that interfered with the magnetic field surrounding the search area. While Bell’s detector didn’t manage to save President Garfield’s life, the technology was a precursor to modern metal detectors. Jack Fisher (1941-2015) expanded upon Bell’s legacy in 1968 by founding JW Fishers’ manufacturing and its complete line of underwater search equipment. Both Bell and Fisher’s legacies live on with daily search and recovery operations across the globe leading to countless lives saved, livelihoods secured, and historical treasures found.

Anglerfish - Miniature LED Flasher for AUVs and Gliders Released

Arctic Rays, LLC has released Anglerfish to the wider market - a proven robust miniature self-contained deep-sea LED flasher designed to aid in vehicle recovery. The 380 lumen LED with its 360 degree collimating optic can be seen from a distance as far away as 5 nmi from any direction. Its built-in daylight sensor prevents operation during daylight. Standard output is a double burst every 2 seconds, customizable upon request The Anglerfish easily mounts to vehicle masts and connects to power and control via a standard three pin connector.

Ideas set to be shared at learning lunch with INEOS

Industry experiences and upcoming opportunities will be shared at a lunch and learn event with INEOS, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of chemicals and oil products, in Aberdeen next week. Organised by industry body Subsea UK, attendees will be given an insight into why INEOS decided to move into the offshore sector and, as a new player in the field, its own observations about the supply chain process.

DeepOcean awarded long term IMR Frame Agreement from Aker BP

DeepOcean AS, a subsidiary of DeepOcean Group Holding BV (DeepOcean), today announced that it has been awarded a long term subsea inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) Frame Agreement by Aker BP ASA.

Ocean Infinity Reaches 5000+ Meters with Six HUGIN AUV’s Operating Simultaneously

On October 18th Ocean Infinity launched six HUGIN AUVs, each with an independent mission that has surpassed a water depth of 5200 meters. This is the deepest dive undertaken by multiple AUVs commercially known. It is also a first for six HUGIN AUVs to simultaneously descend further than 5000 meters. Upon the completion of Sea Trials in late July, Ocean Infinity has performed surveys at five different locations using the multiple AUV fleet all launched, monitored, and recovered from a 115-meter multiple purposes offshore vessel.

Subsea Technology & Rentals Strengthens Management Team with Appointment of Technical Operations Manager

Subsea Technology & Rentals Ltd (STR) are delighted to announce the recent appointment of Kirsty Ferris as Technical Operations Manager.

C-Kore Systems helping operator in Caspian region

C-Kore Systems recently deployed their fault-finding tools with a major operator working in the Caspian Basin. The units quickly located the fault in the subsea field, allowing the operator to replace the faulty equipment and bring the systems back on-line with a minimum of vessel time. The C-Kore Subsea testing tools offer substantial savings to operators by allowing them to quickly locate the source of low IR or high CR in their subsea systems. The hand-held tools allow the measurements to be made directly subsea, eliminating the need for down-lines with all their associated problems.

Mikes Jones to succeed Andrew Hodgson as SMD CEO

Andrew Hodgson is stepping down as CEO of Tyneside-based subsea engineering specialist Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd. (SMD). He will be will be succeeded by his deputy Mike Jones from 23 October. No stranger to the business, Jones has worked for SMD for over 25 years.

Dynacon and Scantrol Partner to Provide Active Heave Compensation

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: FET) announced today that its Dynacon business line, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of Launch & Recovery Systems (LARS) and Scantrol, a world recognized supplier of Active Heave Compensation (AHC) control systems are joining forces to offer AHC functionality to new and existing customers.

MCE Deepwater Development: Call for Abstracts

MCE Deepwater Development invites you to be a part of one of the industry’s most respected technical programs; submit your technical abstract today! No formal paper is due, simply fill out the information below and include a brief description of your topic. MCE Deepwater Development 2018 celebrates it’s 15th annual edition in Milan, Italy from 9-11 April, 2018!

ITF broadens scope of its annual open call for oil and gas technology proposals

The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) has issued its annual open call for proposals and this year all global developers of innovations in the oil and gas industry are welcomed at any technology readiness level (TRL). ITF has also made the submissions process for inventors and technologists simpler than ever, with only a short abstract required in the first instance.

Trelleborg Highlights Local Content Development with Event in Nigeria

Trelleborg’s offshore operation, along with its partner SDH Integrated Services, hosted its first local content event in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The purpose of this was to highlight how Trelleborg is complying with the provisions of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act of 2010 by training and hiring local talent in Nigeria to manufacture its range of innovative offshore solutions.

OceanWorks welcomes technical director

OceanWorks International is pleased to welcome back Harald Grob as Technical Director. Having spent almost half of his 30+ years of experience with OceanWorks, it’s a befitting role that Mr. Grob takes on; leading the technical staff and providing innovative solutions to OceanWorks customers in all markets.

Final Call for Subsea UK Award Nominations

Industry body, Subsea UK has issued a final call for entries ahead of its prestigious 2018 business awards. The awards recognise companies and individuals who are leading the way in Britain’s £9billion subsea sector.

KBR Diego Garcia LLC to Support Diego Garcia Navy Base Ops after GAO Protest Resolved

KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR) announced that, consistent with a decision by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the award of a $515 million fixed price with award fee contract to KBR Diego Garcia, LLC will stand. The work on the contract, awarded in May by Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific, will begin in November 2017.

Subsea UK conference to examine latest underwater technology

The latest subsea technologies and adaptations developed in response to increasingly challenging market conditions will be among the topics under the spotlight at Subsea UK’s 2017 Underwater Vehicles Conference.

Sonardyne acoustic technology used in hunt for flight recorder at helicopter crash site

A mission to search for the wreckage of an Irish Coast Guard helicopter which crashed into the Atlantic earlier this year killing all four crew members, was supported with underwater locating equipment from Sonardyne International Ltd.

New HT/HP subsea valve coating developed and deployed for first time

An international collaboration between Hardide Coatings and Master Flo Valve Inc (MFV) has developed a new solution to protect high temperature, high pressure (HT/HP) subsea choke valves. The valves are the first of their kind to feature the Hardide-T coating, which can be applied to choke valve stems so they can withstand temperatures up to 400°F and pressures of 20,000 psi.
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