How can Marine and Ship Management companies utilise a more flexible workforce?

As offshore-focused businesses weather the unprecedented industry downturn, many companies servicing the sector are looking for ways to more efficiently manage costs in order to survive. Since the oil price started to contract in June 2014, radical cost reductions across all upstream businesses began in earnest as capital expenditures were slashed by 40% in the period up to 2016 (PWC). Almost half a million employees were made redundant or released from contracts around the world. This doesn't account for industries indirectly associated with, but reliant on, Oil & Gas – HR, IT, logistics, construction… A number of high profile marine companies have liquidated over recent weeks, highlighting

Evolve iMS aims to revolutionise UK firms with latest cloud-based technology

New Microsoft Dynamics Company Positioned for Success A new Aberdeen-based company which aims to help businesses transform their processes and dramatically improve productivity with the latest Microsoft Dynamics technology has officially launched. Evolve iMS (information Management Systems) is an independent start-up focussed on supporting companies in the oil and gas, construction and consultancy sectors to manage their business with an easy-to-use global ERP (enterprise resource planning) solution. Evolve iMS has the ability to change the way firms do business with their customers and their suppliers, allowing all financial, inventory management, project management and human resource infor

Brimmond Group Invest in new large marine crane to rental fleet

Brimmond Group have invested heavily in adding new rental assets, most recently an Effer 175000 6S marine crane capable of duties such as mattress recovery, boulder removal, subsea equipment deployment and general deck lifts. Along with its sub division, Preffered Marine Cranes, Brimmond have been official Effer agents for over 5 years and have built up a sizable fleet of rental, new stock and second hand cranes. The new crane will be available from this month onwards and can be supplied with a DNV 2.7-3 base skid and HPU. With the cranes variable lifting capacity of over 20 Tonnes @ 7 metres and over 5 Tonne @ 21 metres, this crane aims to fulfil the markets demand for larger outreach and

Society of Petroleum Engineers Regional Award made to Heriot-Watt University Oilfield Production Exp

The 2017 North Sea Regional Award for Productions and Operations from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is this year awarded to Professor Eric Mackay of Heriot-Watt University’s Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE). Professor Mackay was nominated for his contribution to bringing together the areas of reservoir simulation and oilfield chemistry. As a PI in the Flow Assurance and Scale Team (FAST) at Heriot-Watt he oversaw research into a range of oilfield production chemistry issues such as mineral scale deposition and its prevention. He has been examining the detailed differences between the full chemistry of the injected, in situ and produced brines including the brine/rock geoch

Tapping into new technology a key focus at SPE Offshore Europe 2017

The Oil & Gas Technology Centre’s Technology Zone at SPE Offshore Europe 2017 will present a series of technologies used in alternative sectors to encourage the oil and gas industry to think differently about the adoption of new products. The Centre believes technologies such as robots, composite materials, additive manufacturing and augmented reality are all currently underutilised in offshore oil and gas, despite being part of a general industrial transformation in other industries. The industry-led research and knowledge organisation, backed by the UK and Scottish Governments, aims to inspire, accelerate and fund innovative technologies that will help unlock the potential of the UK North

Aberdeen students to exhibit work at OCEANS 2017

Students from the University of Aberdeen and RGU are among 20 students from around the world selected to present their work at a major marine technology conference taking place in the city. Zonghua Liu and Jincy Johny, from the University of Aberdeen and RGU respectively, will present their work as part of the Student Poster Competition taking place as part of the OCEANS 2017 conference. The event, which will be held from June 19 - 22 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, is recognised as the premier forum for the international marine community to present new technologies and discuss their work. Around 150 PhD and Masters students from across the world submitted abstracts to the

Probe to extend I-Wheel™ range with conveyance tool for slim open hole applications

Field-proven conveyance optimization technology continues to improve safety and efficiency of downhole tool deployment I-Wheel for slim open hole applications With the rise in deviated and extended reach wells, demand for effective conveyance applications continues. In response, Probe is launching a new I-Wheel with a 5.3 inch outside diameter for slim open hole applications that pose deployment problems due to friction produced by the low flow area surrounding the tool, causing conveyancing tools to stick. The tool will be field-trialled this summer. It will offer a reliable, cost-effective way to deploy logging instruments in restricted diameter environments, solving an expensive and cha

Proserv Norway secures significant decommissioning project awards

Energy services company Proserv has recently been awarded three contracts worth a combined value of more than $2.5million (approx. 21.5m Norwegian Krone) for decommissioning work in the Norwegian North Sea. The firm’s Stavanger facility will provide cutting services as part of a full severance package covering subsea and topside work. Compared to more traditional approaches, the cutting technology solutions deployed by Proserv can save hours in well severance and plugging, which can lead to significant savings in day rates over a campaign. These awards build upon decommissioning successes for the company globally in recent months with around $8million worth of work secured in Asia Pacific, t

Integrated Emergency Cutter for Fibre Rope Winch

Hydraulic cutting tools specialist, Webtool, has developed an integrated fibre rope emergency cutter for maritime winches. In the event the winch gets into difficulties during towing and lifting, the softline cutter provides an instant emergency disconnect, preventing further risk to the vessel. Fibre ropes are an attractive alternative to steel wire in towing, lifting and salvage operations. Easier to handle, lighter and stronger, they allow ship operators to maximise winch load capacity. The Webtool softline cutter is a lightweight aluminium construction. Mounted on a transverse arm, this allows free movement of the rope through the closed mouth without affecting normal operations. When th

New Timer and Clocks: control the moment and last for years

BEKA associates extensive new range of Timers and Clocks simplify process timing in both hazardous and non-hazardous areas. Including panel and field mounting models which can be configured to function with most sensors, they feature easy to read dual displays. These versatile instruments can be configured on-site as a Timer or as a Clock. As a Timer they can measure and display the elapsed time between external events using sensors connected to one or both inputs. Optional dual control outputs enable the instruments to control external devices. Control cycles can be repeated continuously or a specified number of times with a configurable delay between each cycle. When configured as a Cl

MD appointment positions SengS for further growth

Engineering firm buoyant after £600,000 of new contract wins A leading engineering services firm, SengS, has announced significant new deals which will take its turnover for this financial year past the £2million mark for the first time. The Ellon-based business has also strengthened its senior team with the appointment of a new managing director. Formerly the company’s operations manager, Peter Thomson has taken on the key strategic role to drive continued growth both in the north-east and further afield. With more than 15 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, Peter initially joined SengS in 2014 as workshop manager before being promoted to operations manager last year. Since assum

ACE Winches provides mooring system on the Iron Lady Barge

Leading global deck machinery specialist, ACE Winches has successfully mobilized a 6 point mooring system to anchor the Iron Lady Barge being used on the Brent decommissioning project. The equipment, designed and manufactured by ACE Winches at their global headquarters, Turriff, Aberdeenshire is now in situ and being supported by a team of ACE Winches offshore personnel. ACE Winches manufacture a range of standard and bespoke drum winches, available in single or double drum configurations. Drum winches are designed to be utilized for hoisting, deployment, mooring and general pulling applications and, depending on the size and power requirement, can be hydraulically, electrically or pneumatic

Trelleborg’s Latest FFKM Material Meets Demanding Enhanced Oil Recovery Requirements

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions used the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, USA, May 1-5 as a platform to launch its latest Isolast® perfluoroelastomer (FFKM) material development. Specifically engineered for the offshore industry, Isolast® J9554 matches up to the most demanding of upstream requirements and is ideally suited for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) systems. Chris Busby, Product Manager for Isolast® material, says: “To achieve extended sealing life in demanding environments, it is important that sealing materials specified match up to the conditions likely to be faced. A particular focus for development of Isolast® J9554 was ensuring long seal life in EOR systems. This includes t

OAASIS to offer a one stop servicing solution

OAASIS, a DistributionNOW company, Great Yarmouth have secured a partnership with Marine Rescue Technologies which enables them to offer a one stop servicing solution to the offshore, wind energy and marine industries. OAASIS is a leading UK distributor of PPE and MRO equipment supplying clients worldwide, and operating an extensive industrial distribution network for clients in energy sectors. Based in strategic UK locations in Great Yarmouth, Aberdeen and Lowestoft, OAASIS has chosen the latter as the base for the new dedicated facility. The partnership sees the supply chain provider become England’s only PPE and lifesaving equipment service centre to be able to offer the service and annua

Sparrows Group lands Centrica crane refurbishments

Sparrows Group has been awarded a contract to fully refurbish two offshore cranes for Centrica in the East Irish Sea. The 27-year-old cranes are sited on the Morecambe field’s DP6 and DP8 platforms off the coast of Lancashire and Cumbria. Centrica today announced it is set to invest up to £60million to completely refurbish both platforms and boost overall production at Morecambe Bay. Crossing a range of engineering disciplines, the project work includes the complete removal of each crane from the platforms and their transfer onshore for full refurbishment before re installation. Stewart Mitchell, chief executive officer at Sparrows said: “A full refurbishment will enable these well-used and

M² Subsea and Frontera Offshore join forces in Gulf of Mexico

M² Subsea has joined forces with Frontera Offshore to deliver remedial pipeline work for Permaducto, a subsidiary of Grupo Protexa, in the Ku-Maloob-Zaap (KMZ) oilfield in the Bay of Campeche, 65 miles north east of Cuidad del Carmen, Mexico. This contract also marks the first award for M² Subsea in the Gulf of Mexico region. The project will see personnel from M² Subsea’s Houston base on-board Frontera Offshore’s chartered multi-purpose support vessel (MPSV) Tehuana, to facilitate pre and post lay surveys for Frontera Offshore. The survey work will be carried out along a 7.5km section of the KMZ-94 pipeline to be stabilised for the Mexican pipeline contractor, Permaducto. Two Triton work cl

Oilfield Services Group announces company name change and new technology services at OTC

OES Oilfield Services Group, a global Third Party Audit, Inspection and Project Management Company, which has UK offices in Aberdeen and Teesside, has become OES Asset Integrity Management launching a suite of new specialist lifecycle inspection technology for the offshore industry. Unveiled at OTC in Houston, Texas, the new technology and the company’s new brand identity reflect OES’ growing focus on comprehensive end-to-end asset inspection. OES has unveiled the latest generation ARCUS platform to provide a suite of specialist services that span the life cycle of a range of assets and facilities, from the planning and construction stage, reactivation and through all phases of operation and

Costain Oil and Gas appoints Director of Front End and Advisory

Leading technology-based engineering solutions provider, Costain is delighted to announce the appointment of Tim Martin as Director of Front End & Advisory Services within its oil and gas team. Tim joins Costain from Ramboll, where he was the Managing Director. As a leading proponent of industry improvement and transformation throughout his 20-year career within the sector, Tim has directed the delivery of multiple innovative solutions for client organisations and is a Member of the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) Asset Stewardship Board. His achievements include a 50-60% CAPEX reduction for a particular UKCS small pool tie back challenge, and delivering a 10% ABEX reduction on an ongoing decommis

InterMoor UK expands their decommissioning services

InterMoor Ltd, a leading provider of mooring services, foundation solutions, and offshore installations in subsea services group Acteon, has added rigless well abandonment capabilities to its UK-based services. Consolidating the capabilities of former sister company OIS Ltd, InterMoor UK can now help their clients to plan and execute turnkey suspended well decommissioning campaigns. This includes vessel charter and project management of all onshore and offshore operations from the initial review of well schematics to the production of end of well reports. Mike Kearney, Decommissioning Lead, InterMoor Ltd, says, “In the current industry downturn, not owning a vessel is an advantage, as it mea

Lindapter's Type AF clamps were used to secure a subsea platform

Atlantis Resources Limited is pioneering the development of tidal current power as the most reliable, economic and secure form of renewable energy. The structural design manager from Atlantis recently specified Lindapter clamping systems for securing a steel platform onto a tidal turbine foundation on the MeyGen project, the world’s most high profile tidal stream project. Atlantis Resources was commissioned to design the electrical and mechanical infrastructure needed to tie several subsea measurement instruments into one system in order to monitor the marine environment. The instruments were hard-wired to the structure and therefore had to be installed with the foundation. The engineer de

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