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OCEANS'15 MTS/IEEE Washington Hotel Reservation Deadline and Conference Updates

15.09.2015
The Oceans '15 Organizing Committee has negotiated a group rate of USD $289/night, including in-room internet access (but no meals), at the Gaylord National hotel. The conference block is open and reservations can be made through September 18, 2015 at 5:00pm EST.

Leading subsea training centre unveils new collaborative training model

15.09.2015
A new model for increasing workforce competency in the ROV industry, using a realistic offshore instruction environment, has been unveiled by The Underwater Centre at the Subsea UK ROV conference in Aberdeen.

OE 2015 confirms a positive outlook for the industry and the next generation

14.09.2015
SPE Offshore Europe 2015, held in Aberdeen, Scotland from September 8-11, sent out a very clear message that the oil and gas industry has a future for many years to come. The theme of the 2015 event, inspiring the next generation, allowed the industry to address the technical, business and people challenges it faces now and into the future. At the heart of this is the need to attract and encourage the next generation of talent into the industry.

SubC Imaging Introducing the SubC 4K Suite

14.09.2015
SubC Imaging is excited to reveal the latest result of its constant push for innovation and research – a suite of 4K equipment which dramatically increases inspection quality and effectiveness.

New Improved Temperature Range for Wire Rope and Umbilical Grease

14.09.2015
New independent testing of the recently launched BIOGEN WIRESHIELD® wire rope and ROV umbilicals lubricant demonstrates consistently high lubrication performance within an industry-leading temperature range of -50ºC to +180ºC.

Award-Winning scottish company is leading light for offshore safety

11.09.2015
Industry requests for new compact light source to benefit saturation divers New technology which aims to enhance safety for deep sea divers in the oil and gas industry has been produced by a Scottish research and development company. PSL, a spin out company of the University of St Andrews, has further developed its award-winning unique fibre lighting system LIGHTPATH, which offers an innovative technical solution to many sectors where safety of life is paramount.

Ocean Installer awarded first UFR contract in Africa

11.09.2015
Ocean Installer has been awarded a contract for deep water UFR installation work with Total E&P Congo at the Moho Nord field off the coast of the Republic of Congo. The contract is Ocean Installer’s first major operation in West Africa following the creation of the Africa, Mediterranean and Middle East regional office in the second half of 2014.

IMCA names new chief executive

09.09.2015
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed Allen Leatt as Chief Executive. He will be joining on 1 October 2015 from Subsea 7 where he has been Senior VP for Engineering and Project Management. Looking forward to joining IMCA with its thousand-plus member companies in over 60 countries at a challenging time for the industry, Allen said he is “delighted to be joining IMCA and determined to strengthen and build upon the organisation’s special position in the marine contracting industry”.

Stop over-engineering to reset the cost base, says industry chief at Offshore Europe

09.09.2015
The chief executive officer of Proserv today (Wednesday, September 9) called for the industry to make dynamic changes to the way it acts and behaves. Speaking at Offshore Europe, David Lamont said the North Sea has many years of profitable life ahead if the sector urgently adopts more collaborative and efficient business practices. He said: “We must embrace and rekindle the pioneering spirit that made the North Sea great in the past to ensure the North Sea industry doesn’t fade out prematurely, but really flourishes in its latter years.

OceanTools announces appointment of new Business Development Manager

09.09.2015
Subsea engineering company OceanTools has announced the appointment of Kris Yorke as Business Development Manager. In this key role, Kris is tasked with the development of new business opportunities both across the UK and internationally. The Aberdeen based firm specialises in the design and manufacture of high technology support equipment for the ROV, survey, IRM and drilling sectors of the offshore oil and gas industry.


New Technical Director Appointed for IMCA

08.09.2015
Richard Benzie has been appointed Technical Director of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) to replace Jane Bugler who retires at the end of this month (September 2015) after 18 years in the role. He will join IMCA in the near future. “More than any other individual past or present, Jane’s name is synonymous with the IMCA brand and the objectives of the association. Replacing Jane is therefore a big challenge, but one that I relish.” says Richard. “In these testing times for our industry I am delighted to be joining an organisation I know well, whose track record I respect, and which is firmly committed to the principle of helping its 1,000+ members in more than 60 countries add value rather than cost to their ongoing business around the globe.

Total saves times with Sonardyne Fusion 6G at Egina

08.09.2015
French oil major Total, operator for the Egina oil field offshore Nigeria, together with its construction and survey partners, has successfully installed a Fusion 6G subsea positioning network to support its development of the $15 billion project. Supplied by Sonardyne International Ltd, UK, the acoustic technology specified for Egina, which is still ongoing, included a field-wide array of Compatt 6 seabed transponders that were deployed and made ready for work eight days ahead schedule. Located 150 kilometres off the coast of Nigera, in water depths of up to 1,750 metres, the Egina field covers an area of around 500 square miles. Infrastructure will include an FPSO, an oil offloading terminal and subsea production systems that will included 52 kilometres of oil and water injection flowlines, 12 flexible jumpers, 20 kilometres of gas export pipelines, 80 kilometres of umbilicals, and subsea manifolds. Production at the field is expected to reach 200,000 barrels per day at its peak.

Meet us in London next week and we'll tell you how to reach the global marine science and ocean technology community

08.09.2015
The Oceanology International team is visiting DSEI in London from Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 September. We will be on site at DSEI to answer any questions you have about Oceanology International 2016, and will be networking with leading suppliers of maritime security solutions there. Several DSEI exhibitors are already exhibiting at Oceanology International 2016 including, the BMT Group, English Braids, ESRI, Flir Systems, Glenair, IXBlue, Northern Diver and Nova Scotia Business.

Fugro wins cable installation contract at Rampion Offshore Wind Farm

08.09.2015
Fugro has been awarded a contract for the installation and burial of array cables at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. The development in the English Channel, 13 kilometres off the Sussex coast, is being built by E.ON alongside partners, the UK Green Investment Bank plc. The engineering and planning will start immediately with installation being carried out in two phases in 2016 and 2017. Fugro will lay and bury 122 array cables with its construction and installation vessels Fugro Symphony and Fugro Saltire and using one of its two Q1400 trenching systems to bury the cables.

Technip wins flexible pipe contract in offshore East Malaysia

08.09.2015
- Leveraging its unique subsea integrated approach - Technip has been awarded an engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning contract by PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB) for D18 Project. The project covers the procurement and installation of two 8” water injection flexible pipes totalling 9.5 kilometers. The flexible pipes will connect three fixed jacket platforms which form the existing D18 infrastructure offshore Sarawak, Malaysia, at a water depth of 36 meters. This contract is part of the 5-year Framework Agreement signed with PETRONAS in late 2014 and is in line with Technip strategy to strengthen its partnerships with its clients to drive cost optimization.

Out-sourced procurement delivers considerable savings to oil companies

08.09.2015
Craig International’s research has revealed that typically oil company buyers spend 85% of their time on managing only 15% of their spend. Craig Group is re-launching its global oilfield procurement division at Offshore Europe tomorrow to demonstrate the major cost-savings it can offer the oil and gas industry. This is in response to the need for greater efficiencies to cope with the sharp drop in oil prices. Craig International, the new name for Craig International Supplies (CIS), has evolved from an oilfield supply company to a provider of out-sourced procurement services. These services are resulting in major savings for oil companies in time and resources, combined with considerable savings on spend on oilfield products

Proserv announces acquisition of Nautronix

08.09.2015
PROSERV GROUP LLC (“Proserv”), a leading energy services company, has acquired Nautronix, a leader in the supply of subsea digital acoustic communication products and positioning services to the oil and gas industry, based in Aberdeen, United Kingdom. Proserv is a portfolio company of Riverstone Holdings LLC, an energy-focused private equity firm based in New York. Employing 120 people, Nautronix is headquartered in Aberdeen where the main research and development, and manufacturing facilities are located. The company is internationally recognised for its through-water digital acoustic wireless communications and positioning systems, diver communications and vessel systems whilst also providing survey services. The technology focussed organisation which operates across the global subsea sector provides a range of products and services including; NASNet®, NASCoM, NASDrill, NASDive and Survey Services.

N-Sea Successfully Completes Maersk IMR Work Scope

07.09.2015
Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea Offshore Ltd, has successfully completed a fully integrated and managed service for Maersk Oil UK’s 2015 Subsea Inspection Programme. The work scope involved four field locations in the North Sea and utilised N-Sea’s IMR and subsea capabilities for a duration of 135 days. The four locations were combined within one scope which commenced on 1 March this year, thus achieving optimum levels of efficiency and productivity.
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