New technology collaboration lights the way for improved diver safety

A new on-demand wireless ribbon lighting system, designed to revolutionise diver safety and efficiency in remote subsea locations, has been launched following a collaboration between award-winning Scottish technology companies WFS Technologies Ltd and PhotoSynergy Ltd (PSL). Seatooth LIGHTPATH™ is a combination of two advanced technologies – WFS’s Seatooth, a subsea wireless communication system that can download and log information gathered on subsea installations remotely, and PhotoSynergy Ltd’s LIGHTPATH™, a side-emitting flexible fibre that projects a continuous line of light that carries no electrical power. The new product works for both diver and ROV operators working either near surf

ITF steps up action to solve costly pipe-walking problems

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. David Bruton, Director Subsea, Crondall Energy, said: “There is much uncertainty over wa

Subsea Expo to Explore How to Survive and Thrive in the ‘New Norm’

With a growing realisation that lower oil and gas prices are here to stay, Subsea Expo 2017, which kicks off this week (Wednesday 1st February) at the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, will examine what the UK industry must do to survive and remain globally competitive in the current environment. Organiser, Subsea UK, is gearing up to welcome over 5,000 delegates from all over the world to Europe’s largest, annual subsea conference and exhibition. This year’s theme - ‘Adapting to the New Norm’ - will look at the fundamental changes the industry must make to ensure it’s well positioned to maintain its world-leading position. Neil Gordon, Chief Executive of Subsea UK said: “Adapting to

Four-year plan to position Gaylin as market leader in Vietnam

Singapore-headquartered Gaylin, a specialist supplier of lifting, rigging and marine equipment, has initiated a plan to reposition its Vietnam facility to address changing trends in the local oil and gas, refining and chemical plant sectors. In essence, Gaylin will build on more than a decade of experience supplying slings and shackles to expand the portfolio, creating rental and labour-based revenue streams. Gaylin has five other global hubs in the region—South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and China—across which a dedicated training and competency programme has been rolled out to ensure personnel are trained on the latest legislation applicable to their respective geographies and m

Acta Marine contracts Ulstein for wind vessel

“We are expanding our services and fleet for offshore wind and chose Ulstein for our new construction support vessel. The dedicated SX195 design with the X-STERN, an integrated walk-to-work gangway system and 3D crane, and its accommodation, represents a next step in responding to the market needs,” says Rob Boer, Managing Director in Acta Marine. In-field flexibility, winter workability, safe transfer of people and cargo, optimized on-board logistics, high productivity and high comfort for charterers’ crews are of eminent value. “This vessel will be the next level in the market and very well suited to operate in the offshore, and specifically the renewable, market. Furthermore, Ulstein Ver

EnerQuip invests $1million in US expansion

EnerQuip, designer and manufacture of torque machines and associated products, has announced the opening of a new facility in Houston following a growing demand for its products and services. The company has invested $1 million in this strategically positioned facility, EnerQuip Torque Solutions Inc. This new operation - which officially launched this month - will improve response times directly into Canada and the Americas The US Operation will complement the facilities in Aberdeen and Caithness, Scotland and is key to the success and growth of the company as it expands international sales and service support for any make and model of torque machine. EnerQuip envisages the Houston headcount

Enpro Subsea drives plan forward with new £1.5m project

New action plan to cement Scotland’s leading position in £50bn global subsea market Enpro Subsea has announced a research and development grant from Scottish Enterprise which will see the firm investing £1.5million to develop its flow assurance technology further to address emerging markets in deeper waters. The news came as Scottish Enterprise revealed a new Subsea Engineering Action Plan with the aim of capturing an even bigger slice of the current £50 billion global subsea market. Scottish Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse, visited oil and gas firm, Enpro Subsea Ltd to announce its new £1.5 million investment to support innovation, a key theme of the

A Crude Awakening – Adapting to the New Norm

By Neil Gordon, Chief Executive of Subsea UK It is increasingly clear that the current oil crisis is fundamentally different in comparison to previous downturns. While no one can say how long the crisis will last, when looking at oil price trends over the years since the 1920s, it becomes apparent that apart from the cyclical spikes every few years, $100 plus was never going to be the norm. However, this is the new norm and the recovery is much more about how we deal with the current price. Conditions are creating both challenges and prospects - those who realign multiple aspects of their business and work hard to drive change will be best placed to take advantage of these opportunities. Tha

STR enters the inspection market with an innovative flooded member detention system

STR’s reputation as specialists in developing high quality technology for the subsea industry will be enhanced as they set to release their new SeaGamma Flooded Member Detection System at Subsea Expo Exhibition 2017. Gamma Flooded Member Detection has long been the method of choice for the inspection and monitoring of subsea structural members for the detection of water ingress. FMD inspection technique can also be applied to locating blockages in pipelines as a result of pigging or silt build up. With climate change warming our coastal waters, progressive marine growth means traditional methods of NDT inspection can be costly and inefficient. The STR SeaGamma FMD standard system has been d

Xodus wins subsea contract with Apache

Xodus Group has won a contract with North Sea operator Apache to deliver subsea engineering services for two new infill well developments at the Nevis and Skene fields in the Northern North Sea. The project includes a novel idea of designing and fabricating spools with no requirement for metrology focusing on time and effort savings. The latest win follows a number of successful projects delivered for the operator over the last 18 months, including the concept, Front End Engineering Design (FEED) and detailed design studies for the Beryl field’s Far North Triassic (FNT) subsea tie-back, which was 4km in length. This consisted of a production flexible, gas lift flexible and an electro-hydraul

Vessel Technology unveil new product the DPSS® Net to reduce cost, time and risk

Vessel Technology are proud to announce the launch of a new innovative product the DPSS® Net. The new DPSS® Net product allows customers to reduce operating costs, time and risk associated with Dynamic Positioning operations. The DPSS® Net allows network storm tests to be carried out to verify vessel control systems as well as identify any issues. David Milne, Director of Vessel Technology, said “The DPSS® Net compliments Vessel Technology’s DPSS® product which has been warmly received into the industry where no similar solution is available. Both of our products allow the vessel’s crew to perform functionality that was previously not possible without the attendance of the manufacturer’s s

Fugro attains authorised economic operator status

Through its operating company Fugro Subsea Services, Fugro has recently been awarded Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status, highlighting its role in the international supply chain. The demanding and extensive accreditation process began in the second half of 2015 and culminated in the award on 11th December 2016. UK Government department HMRC examined logistics, warehousing, purchasing, supply chain management, accounts and IT activities to ensure that they complied with all customs and tax requirements. Detailed checks and assessments were also carried out on key personnel. “Attaining this internationally recognised quality mark denotes that our position in the international supply chai

Iqarus strengthens leadership team with appointment of Dr Rikard Moen

Iqarus, the global provider of intelligent health solutions in demanding and complex operating environments, has today announced the appointment of Dr Rikard Moen as chief medical officer. In this newly created role, Dr Moen will oversee the company’s medical and clinical governance as well as provide strategic and technical operational support for the business and its clients. Dr Moen has extensive experience in healthcare management, having held senior roles at ExxonMobil, Qatar Petroleum, BUPA International and International SOS. He joins Iqarus from ADNOC, the national oil company of the UAE, where he held the role of OH Manager for ZADCO and their UZ750 ExxonMobil joint venture mega

Forum ROV to support University of Limerick’s pioneering Renewables Projects

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. has won an order to supply the University of Limerick with a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to support its subsea inspection and intervention work on renewable energy infrastructure. The University’s Mobile and Marine Robotics Research Centre (MMRRC) has purchased the Sub-Atlantic™ Comanche 2,000 metre Observation Class ROV and associated launch and recovery system for delivery in March 2017 under a MaREI Science Foundation Ireland infrastructure grant (15/RI/3232). The Comanche was selected due to its high thrust to drag ratio enabling it to operate in strong waves, currents and winds – typical conditions for the offshore renewables industry. The system wi

First Rigs to Arrive for Decommissioning in Great Yarmouth

The Veolia and Peterson partnership has been awarded two platform decommissioning contracts for recycling at their facility in Great Yarmouth. With an aim of reaching 96% recycling rates the work to recycle materials and assets is expected to begin in Spring 2017 when the platforms arrive onshore. The contracts include the onshore receipt and disposal of offshore materials and several assets for a major gas producer. The work will cover disposal options for a number of production complex and surrounding satellite platforms currently located around 40 miles off the coast of Great Yarmouth. Recycling is expected to start this year and will take around four years to complete. Recovering these p

ACE Winches secures spooling contract with Oceaneering

Leading global deck machinery specialist, ACE Winches, has secured a spooling contract with Oceaneering for Shell’s Prelude Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) project. The contract will be the first time ACE Winches’ newly developed 500te reel drive system is used. The tool is an upgrade of its existing 400te system that has been engineered and manufactured at ACE Winches facilities in Aberdeenshire. The product range has been developed for high tension spooling and the deployment and recovery of subsea products such as umbilicals, risers and flow lines, flexible pipelines, power cables, telecommunication cables, tubing, wire ropes and mooring lines. It can accommodate a gross weight of 5

Nick Search to lead Rodger & Hartnolls from January 2017

Rodger & Hartnolls, a leading business development consultancy providing sales and business development focused services in the Offshore, Subsea, Renewables and Technology markets is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Nick Search as Partner and Managing Director with effect from 3rd January 2017. Nick, based in our South London office, will take full responsibility for the leadership and development of Rodger & Hartnolls global business activity. Nick, who brings 36 years’ experience in the Offshore Energy and Marine industries, started out as a Shipbroker in City of London and has spent the last 26 Years in leadership roles focussed on the International Offshore Oil and Gas Indust

Proserv and SapuraKencana join forces in Asia Pacific

Proserv and SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad’s wholly-owned subsidiary, SapuraKencana Technology Sdn Bhd (SK Technology) are joining forces to provide enhanced technology services to clients in Asia Pacific. Both companies will be leveraging on their respective regionally-based assets, expertise, technology and infrastructure to offer clients a variety of innovative solutions. They will jointly provide a range of services across the drilling, production and decommissioning market sectors with a strong focus on subsea production and subsea maintenance services. The partnership will leverage on mutual strengths - Proserv’s suite of advanced subsea production equipment and controls and SK Technol

Controlled bolting specialist HTL Group opens its doors to impressive new facility

HTL Group Scotland opens its doors to showcase their full suite of capabilities with an open day on Thursday 2nd February 2017 at Raith’s Industrial Estate, Dyce, Aberdeen. The event will run from 10am – 3pm and is set to highlight HTL Group Scotland as the hub to deliver the Group’s comprehensive capabilities in Scotland. An exclusive tour of the new facility, demonstrations of HTL’s core OEM product range and Joint Integrity Software in addition to a sneak peak of the all new HTL Expo Vehicle all form part of the busy agenda for the day along with Q & A sessions with the HTL Team. Marc Gerrard, Business Manager, HTL Group Scotland comments: “The open day is the ideal opportunity for us to

Forum Energy Technologies Delivers 350th RT Torque Machine

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. revealed today that it has designed, manufactured, tested and delivered its 350th rotational torque (RT) torque machine to TAM International, a globally recognised downhole inflatable packer leader. The torque machine, or bucking unit as it is commonly referred, was manufactured at the Forum AMC facility in Aberdeen, UK. This represents the sixth unit that TAM has purchased from Forum in three years, and is a testament to TAM’s growth plans, as well as their trust in Forum’s equipment and global support network. The machine will be used to make up or breakout downhole completion and drilling tools with premium threaded connections. The machine can work autonom

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