Gall Thomson launches neutral buoyancy float for Marine Breakaway Couplings

Gall Thomson, world leader in the application, design and supply of Marine Breakaway Couplings (MBCs) has introduced a neutral buoyancy float for MBCs. UltraFloat has been specifically designed to fit around the external profile of the MBC. When two are fitted to an MBC they provide neutral buoyancy, eliminating any reduction in buoyancy on the adjacent hoses. UltraFloat is the most advanced and operationally efficient float on the market. Shaped to reduce drag it also provides a simple secure attachment and features four inspection windows to assist inspection of the MBC split line. UltraFloat will provide increased operational efficiency in all Marine Breakaway Coupling applications whethe

Vibration Sensing Solutions with Transmitter Interface

Machine Protection and Condition monitoring specialists SENSONICS has developed its range of 4-20mA sensing devices to a level which now represents one of the most comprehensive sets of vibration sensing solutions available for critical items of plant and equipment, such as motors, fans, pumps and compressors. The sensor range includes the PZDC piezoelectric and VEL/GDC electrodynamic, absolute velocity vibration transmitters and the DNX80 relative shaft vibration, thrust position and speed proximity probe transmitters. The VEL/GDC has been introduced to compliment the widely used PZDC velocity vibration transmitter to ensure the Sensonics product line can cater for all machine types and ind

Oceans 17 attracts hundreds of delegates from across the globe

Almost 800 delegates from over 25 countries attended the 60th OCEANS '17 MTS/IEEE conference at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) in Aberdeen last week. Sponsored by the Marine Technology Society (MTS) and the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (OES), Oceans is the premier ocean engineering forum for the international marine community to meet and discuss topical issues. The four-day conference featured over 43 exhibitors from across Europe, Canada, the US, China, Japan and Singapore. The Gold Patron for Oceans 17 was industry body, Subsea UK. Over 480 marine technology papers were presented on a range of topics including subsea engineering and operations, optical sensing, im

New CTO boosts Rovco’s senior management team

UK-based subsea company Rovco has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Dr Iain Wallace as chief technology officer (CTO). The move reinforces the firm’s strategic vision to deliver subsea services that increase value and reduce risk through the use of innovative technologies. A former technical lead for the European Space Agency, Wallace will drive the development of a real-time 3D vision system for ROVs and AUVs. He will also explore how artificial intelligence can be used to solve asset integrity issues by extracting actionable information from traditional video survey data. As CTO, he will enhance Rovco’s state-of-the-art underwater photogrammetric 3D modelling

Aquaterra Sea Swift platform installed and operating in Egypt for PICO Petroleum Integrated Services

Aquaterra Energy, a leading global offshore engineering solutions provider, has designed, fabricated and installed a new Sea Swift platform for PICO Petroleum Integrated Services, the lead contractor for Amal Petroleum Company’s (AMAPETCO) Amal field in the Gulf of Suez, offshore Egypt. This will open new opportunities for future cooperation between the two entities in large projects both in Egypt and the Middle East. The Sea Swift is a Conductor Supported Platform (CSP) and is installed in 23 metres water depth. It included a 385 tonne topside featuring a helideck and emergency accommodation with provision for six wells. The new topsides facility for the Amal-C platform involved designing p

Long awaited record breaking figures announced from Ocean Business!

With the Ocean Business team now back from organising another international event held just six weeks after the largest Ocean Business event to date – they have now had time to review and analyse the figures. The 10th anniversary Ocean Business, held in April at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton UK, has once again exceeded all expectations with 4350 attendees through the door from an incredible 61 countries. Versha Carter, Group Director of Diversified Communications confirmed that “Visitor numbers were up by 3% with an amazing 38% coming from outside of the UK. Not only did we have more actual bodies through the door but they stayed for longer which added to the show being th

RED Engineering puts new rubber pads to the test

Fast track testing services provided by RED Engineering have helped to confirm the viability of new rubber coated tensioner pads under development for the offshore energy sector. The North East-based firm of engineers completed the work for Metflex Precision Mouldings Ltd, which needed to validate the performance characteristics of its new EM range of natural rubbers. The project has involved a small-scale test rig to complete a set of comparative friction coefficient tests of a 50mm x 50mm x 5mm sample against a polyurethane (PU) section already in use for tensioner track pads. Initial results have been encouraging and used to validate the improved friction and wear characteristics of the r

Caspian success sees ATR unveil new facilities and staff in Kazakhstan

ATR, a Centurion company, has opened a new base in Kazakhstan as the company looks to capitalise on recent business growth in the region. The business will initially employ 12 new personnel, 10 of which are local content, with plans to double the team over the next 12 months. The purpose-built facilities at Aktau include offices, workshops and a yard area with the location selected to enable the company to support clients operating in the Caspian region. The decision to increase its presence in the country comes after ATR secured business to supply lifting equipment and regulatory inspection and maintenance services to support projects for some of the world’s leading energy services companie

Global OEM HTL Group on the road

HTL Group, OEM of Controlled Bolting Equipment are bringing their complete product and service offering direct to customers with their brand new Mobile Expo Unit. Demonstrating ultimate customer convenience, The HTL Expo Mobile Unit is fitted out with the OEM’s comprehensive product range as well as product literature and product presentations. With the aim of providing customers with a physical opportunity to handle equipment minimising interference to the daily schedule, the HTL Expo Unit can travel direct to customer sites to showcase their innovative solutions to any number of individuals in one visit. Paul Storey, Group Managing Director comments: “At HTL we appreciate that our customer

Flexitallic unveils new offshore corrosion sealing innovation

Flexitallic, the global leader in static sealing solutions, has unveiled its latest technology innovation, Corriculite, for use in corrosion sensitive applications, including those prevalent in the offshore industry. A newly-developed gasket filler material, Corriculite tackles the problem of flange face corrosion on bolted joints in seawater and hydrocarbon applications supporting industry’s focus on maximising asset integrity, the extension of equipment life and increased operational productivity. In response to customer demands for an improved material with strong anti-corrosion characteristics, Flexitallic has created the filler material for a range of spiral wound gaskets, specifically

Heightec: Integrity – Excellence – Innovation

Heightec is a leading authority within the professional height safety and rescue industry, designing and manufacturing innovative equipment and delivering specialist training. These are the three core values of Heightec’s mission statement - to be the most sophisticated supplier for specialist work at height, by joining these values of elegant, innovative products and expertise in methods of use. Heightec was founded in 1997 by people with extensive practical experience of rope access, caving and mountain rescue. Their sole purpose to design and manufacture technical safety equipment. It was clear that existing equipment for work at height was not sufficiently adapted for more technical or i

‘Your safety is our concern,’ says boss of global tool brand Bahco

Engineers and technicians working at height, often in challenging offshore conditions, are well aware of the possible consequences of hand tools or equipment falling or being dropped. As well as creating a major risk to anyone working below, falling tools can also cause serious damage and expensive downtime to vital systems and machinery. Dropped objects are consistently the third most frequent cause of death or serious injury in the oil and gas industry. According to Government figures, more than one million British businesses and 10 million workers carry out jobs involving some form of work at height every year. The main objective of the Health and Safety Executive’s legal requirements for

Total deck machinery solutions supplied to support changing industry

Having the right type of deck machinery to support subsea projects may improve operational time, improved efficiencies and potential cost savings. However, every project will have its own challenges that need to be resolved. This can include issues such as operational location, sea conditions, vessel type, deck space, load requirements, footprint available and compatibility with other equipment being used alongside the deck machinery. Aberdeenshire-based, ACE Winches is a global supplier in the design, manufacture and hire of winches, marine deck machinery and the provision of associated hire personnel for the offshore oil and gas, marine and renewable energy industries. As an expert partne

Diversifying in times of regression

What do you do when the main industry you supply your products to, rapidly declines into a period of regression? It’s a question that many companies have had to ask themselves in light of the downturn in the Oil & Gas market. For Outreach Ltd the answer was to focus more on individual project work and equipment life extension and service support for the Outreach Ltd and Palfinger product ranges, rather than merely selling products. A recent example of a turnkey project that the Aftercare Service Department undertook focused on the complete re-fit of a Palfinger PKM700T pipe handler crane for a major service provider to the oil and gas industry. As the downturn has affected most companies, th

North Sea Winches & MJR Controls collaborate to launch 'Active Winch'

Active winch is a joint venture between two long established leaders in the manufacture and control of winch projects, North Sea Winches and MJR Controls. Active winch has been established to provide solutions to an expanding market, providing safe, efficient and reliable machinery and controls for offshore, marine, Oil and Gas, renewables, oceanographic and equipment handling markets. Robert Gretton at North Sea Winches and Paul Cairns of MJR Controls have over 50 years’ experience in the winch and controls market, delivering bespoke handling and control projects to the likes of BP, Total, Shell, Technip, Subsea 7, DeepOcean, Saipem and many others. Both companies have built up a workforce

Duty holders must take responsibility for preventing age-related crane failures

Within the lifting industry – and beyond – there is growing concern over the risks posed by age-related crane failures. In response, LEEA is seeking to highlight the need for effective measures to be put in place to identify and assess the critical components that will degrade over a crane’s life, and replace or overhaul them before they present a danger to health and safety. LEEA is also keen to stress that ultimate responsibility for making sure this is done invariably lies with the duty holder: the employer or self-employed person providing lifting equipment for use at work, or the person in control of use of lifting equipment. All cranes have a finite lifespan Overhead cranes typically s

Meeting current and future needs of the Oil and Gas Industry with subsea well intervention response

OSRL is working hand in hand with its industry partners and regulators to continuously improve the effectiveness of well capping and containment equipment in the most challenging locations. Various forms of subsea capping and containment systems have been available to the O&G industry for several decades. In the event of a blowout, they are used to temporarily prevent crude and natural gas from entering the marine environment until a relief well or other intervention can permanently solve the situation. The Macondo incident in 2010 raised several concerns, however. Deep-water environments potentially presented significant complications, such as the formation of gas hydrates, and made effecti

QMI Scotland - Leading is not easy

As we all know leaders can no longer depend upon medium-term or even long-term stability in the markets or fields in which they operate; customers’ preferences can shift dramatically, the complex networks in which many organisations are now operating can experience significant shocks, customers search for better deals, stock markets fluctuate rapidly and reputations can be shattered overnight as a result of, what on the face of it, seems like a simple quality or environmental failure. So what are the consequences for the leaders of the organisations in which our quality and environmental professionals work today? Leaders face the constant expectation that they will deliver solutions to meet

FIRST Female Inland/Inshore Commercial Diver in Singapore Certified Under the ISO 29990:2010 Standar

New Course Funding Available with subsidies of up to 95% for eligible candidates! Commercial diving has always been predominantly a male-dominated industry, due to the nature of the working environment which can be harsh and both physically and mentally demanding. However, we are seeing a twist in this sixth run of the KBAT Commercial Diver training course that has come to an end as of late May 2017. KBA Training Centre is proud to announce its FIRST female Singaporean diver – Ms. Siti Naqiah Binte Tusliman who has completed both the Level 1, Commercial Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (CSCUBA) Diver course and Level 2, Surface Supplied Diving Equipment (SSDE) Diver course. The

Satellite Technology to Support Decommissioning Projects

Handling offshore assets during the decommissioning of an asset’s lifecycle can be expensive and challenging. Michael Hall, Senior Geologist at Airbus Defence and Space explains how satellite monitoring services can help. The golden age of offshore exploration, which began in the 1970s, is finally reaching a stage where ageing infrastructure must be mothballed. According to consultancy Douglas Westwood’s latest market forecast, $105 billion will be spent on final stages and decommissioning assets in Western Europe in the next quarter century; the vast majority of which will be spent on offshore surface platforms and subsea infrastructure and wells. This comes as no surprise to operators. Off

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