‘Adapt to the New Norm’ Says Subsea UK as 2017 Subsea Expo Programme is Revealed

With a growing realisation that lower oil and gas prices are here to stay, Subsea UK today urged the industry to embrace the ‘new norm’ to safeguard the future of the UK’s £9billion subsea sector. The call was issued as Subsea UK announced the final speaker line-up and programme for its 12th annual conference and exhibition, Subsea Expo. Europe’s largest annual subsea event takes place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre from 1-3 February 2017. This year’s theme ‘Adapting to The New Norm’ will look at the behavioural changes the industry must make to deliver the cost savings and efficiencies needed to sustain the sector for decades to come. More than 5000 people from the subsea

GMC Limited Wins Two More North Sea Caisson Fabrications Contracts

GMC Limited is delighted to announce that following their First Caisson Installation in the North Sea earlier this year, they have been awarded two more caisson fabrications contracts. These new awards reflect the industry’s recognition and confidence in GMC’s Handling and Installation Methodology. Both contracts are from North Sea Operators who will utilise GMC’s unique multi-tooth connector, specifically designed for replacement caisson applications. GMC continues to expand its caisson replacement service in providing Operators with a fully managed Caisson Fabrication Service; including client specific coating requirements and often working within tight delivery schedules. The GMC Offshore

Rovco Awarded Innovate UK Funding

ROV services company, Rovco, has secured Innovate UK funding which will enable the firm to carry out extensive research and development activity and perform a full feasibility study into the advancement of underwater 3D modelling technology. Once developed into a real-time inspection system this technology has the potential to revolutionise the way energy companies manage and inspect their subsea assets, potentially saving hundreds of millions of pounds in subsea inspection costs each year. The project will be 70% supported by Innovate UK and the remaining 30% will be funded by Rovco. The newly-formed company will be seeking further equity investment in the 2nd quarter 2017 as it looks to en

Iqarus launches interactive medical training for media working in remote and dangerous locations

Bespoke medical kits linked to 24/7 doctor on call for added protection A new interactive training course for media and production crews operating in dangerous environments has been launched aiming to provide life-saving skills through dynamic simulations. Designed by former Special Forces medical experts at Iqarus, who have decades of experience of supporting media teams, the Media Operations Emergency Training provides the equipment and skills to manage life threatening traumatic injuries and acute illness. According to the International News Safety Institute, more than 100 journalists and media staff have been killed so far in 2016. The specialist training course covers incidents that can

OPOL announces executive team appointments

The body responsible for the offshore oil and gas industry’s voluntary pollution compensation scheme has announced two appointments to its executive team. The Offshore Pollution Liability Association Limited (OPOL) has appointed a new managing director, Jacquelynn Craw, with effect from 1 December. OPOL also confirmed the reappointment of its current chairman, Colin Wannell, with effect from 1 January 2017. Ms Craw succeeds Niall Scott as Managing Director, who has held the post since 2011. Mr Scott will step down at the end of December after completing his handover. All offshore operators currently active in exploration and production on the UKCS are party to the voluntary oil pollution com

OINA 2017: Oceanology International North America Conference to Provide Valuable Insight into the La

A series of technical sessions taking place during the inaugural Oceanology International North America in February will explore the latest developments in ocean science and technology in five key disciplines Reed Exhibitions, organizer of the Oceanology International North America 2017 (OINA 17) conference and exhibition has released full details of the comprehensive technical track program that will run throughout the three day event, which takes place February 14-16 at the San Diego Convention Center in association with The Maritime Alliance. The series of topical technical sessions will explore the latest developments in ocean science and technology and their application in support of sa

AISUS Offshore Wins Raft of Overseas Contracts

Aberdeen-based AISUS Offshore has made significant progress in growing its global footprint following the award of 15 contracts and work scopes over the past three months. The company has reported that 20% of its revenues are now generated by business secured overseas. Most recently, AISUS completed four J-Tube inspections on a platform located in the Mediterranean Sea for a world leading oil services firm. More than 750m of inspection data was gathered using AISUS’ bespoke crawler-driven inspection system. AISUS has also completed internal caisson inspection projects in Norway and Denmark, utilising its custom engineered Aquarius system to perform corrosion mapping over the entire internal

Finalists revealed for 2017 British subsea awards

Industry body Subsea UK has today (Wednesday 14th December) announced the finalists who are in the running to triumph at its 2017 business awards. Some of the country’s most innovative and successful subsea businesses have made it on to the final shortlist for the annual awards which seek to recognise companies and individuals who are leading the way in Britain’s £9billion subsea sector. The awards dinner will take place on Thursday 2nd February 2017 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, during Subsea Expo – Europe’s largest subsea focused exhibition and conference. Among the finalists, Hydro Group, JDR Cable Systems and N-Sea are in the running to win the coveted Subsea Company

Petrofed and RGU join forces to support India's oil and gas skills ambitions

Robert Gordon University (RGU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Petroleum Federation of India (Petrofed) to enhance the sharing of industry knowledge and best practice between the regions and promote joint training programmes and study visits. The MoU has come on the back of Robert Gordon University receiving funding from the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office to develop a training framework for the Indian energy sector and a visit from the Indian Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan, to Robert Gordon University in September 2016. The main objective of the MoU is to enhance the relationship between RGU and the member companies of PetroFed for de

Global Marine Announces Offshore Oil Field Communications Contract With Tampnet

Global Marine Systems Limited, a UK-based specialist in subsea cable engineering projects, announced this week that it has secured a contract from Tampnet, a global leader in high capacity communications, who operates the largest offshore high capacity communication network in the world. The contract, with work being undertaken in 2018 by one of the Company’s key installation vessels, is designed to further enhance inter oil-field communication networks in the North Sea. The project, which is the sixth contract award to Global Marine from Tampnet, focuses on the installation of a platform to platform fibre optic cable. It will incorporate the laying and burial of approximately 75km of fibr

Oil and gas industry skills organisation responds to Scottish Government announcement on Apprentices

Oil and gas industry skills organisation OPITO has issued a stark warning about the impact on apprenticeships in the energy sector after the Scottish Government today announced it would not be ring-fencing funds allocated via the new UK-wide Apprenticeship Levy. Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Employability and Training, confirmed during a speech at the Scotland Policy Conferences in Edinburgh this week that the £221million allocation the Scottish Government is set to receive from the UK Government in 2017/18 will not be safe-guarded in its entirety for investment into a flexible skills fund which supports wider workforce development and meets businesses’ growth needs. From April 2017, all e

Submarine Manufacturing and Products Ltd wins contract with Norwegian Company Alf Lea

Submarine Manufacturing and Products Ltd (SMP) continue their success in the subsea industry after winning a contract with Norwegian company Alf Lea to supply a complete Wet Bell System to Bergen University. Alf Lea approached SMP to design and manufacture a Wet Bell Launch and Recovery System with supporting 20ft DNV containerised machinery and dive control. All aspects of the project are to be designed, manufactured and tested by the company’s skilled workforce at the workshop site located in Preston, Lancashire. The Wet Bell Launch and Recovery System has been designed to operate within a compact footprint to minimise the required operational deck space on board a vessel or barge. Emphasi

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