Bibby Offshore continues North Sea success with triple contract win

Bibby Offshore, a leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has successfully completed three further contracts from global oil and gas operator, Apache North Sea. The multimillion pound contracts utilised Bibby Offshore’s diving support vessels, Bibby Polaris and Bibby Topaz, and its construction support vessel, Olympic Ares. Operating across North Sea assets during Q3 2017, the vessels engaged with project activities, which included supporting field development and inspection repair and maintenance. Commenting on this most recent win, Barry Macleod, UKCS managing director at Bibby Offshore, said: “Securing a triple win from Apache reinforces Bibby Offshore’s key objectiv

Texo Drone Survey and Inspection deploys world’s first UT integrated UAV system

Texo Drone Survey and Inspection (UKCS), the dedicated Oil & Gas services division of Texo DSI - owner-operator of the world’s most comprehensive and dynamic fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles is pleased to announce the deployment of the world’s first UT (Ultrasonic Thickness Testing) integrated UAV system. The system has been designed to undertake a wide range of thickness measurement applications and is able to ascertain precise measurements on both flat and curved surfaces. This UAV integrated UT payload has been deployed across a wide range of sectors, including both offshore and onshore wind turbine structures, telecoms and maritime assets. With the ability to indicate, via a unique spot

CGG Congratulates Sam Gray on Receiving the SEG Maurice Ewing Medal

Sam Gray, who recently retired as Senior Researcher, Subsurface Imaging, CGG, has been distinguished with the Society of Exploration Geophysicists’ (SEG) Maurice Ewing Medal “in recognition of his impressive work with major contributions in the areas of depth imaging, velocity estimation, and seismic modeling, his ability to convey complicated mathematical formulas behind seismic imaging, and inspiring newcomers to the geophysical industry to carry the torch to further advance imaging technology”. The Maurice Ewing Medal is awarded from time to time to a person who, in the unanimous opinion of the SEG Honors and Awards Committee and of the Board of Directors, is deserving of special recognit

N-Sea strengthens renewable capabilities with German office

As part of its continuing global growth strategy, subsea IMR provider N-Sea has announced the opening of a new office in Stralsund, Germany. The new base will support the country’s offshore renewable energy market, with N-Sea undertaking on-going maintenance and repair services to existing and planned windfarms. The company has appointed Jörg Butgen as Business Development Manager, who will be responsible for the establishment and growth of N-Sea’s services and products in the region. N-Sea Chief Operating Officer, Roddy James said: “In order to meet the increasing needs of the German offshore renewable market, and service our clients to the optimum degree, it was essential to establish a pe

Saudi Aramco and AccessESP to present paper on The First Slickline Rigless Deployed High Rate Slim D

AccessESP, a leading provider of rigless electric submersible pump (ESP) conveyance solutions for the worldwide oil industry, is pleased to announce its participation at The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC) 2017, a paper detailing a successful technology implementation with Saudi Aramco. During ADIPEC 2017, held from Nov. 13 – 16, 2017 in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., Saudi Aramco and AccessESP will discuss the successful deployment of the first slickline rigless high rate slim design ESP in the Middle East. The paper will be presented on day one of ADIPEC, Nov. 13. Session Name: Drilling and Completion Technology - Well Intervention Advances: Innovation in Wireline, R


Neptune has recently provided integrated Survey & ROV services in support of SMIT Salvage’s project to remove the Harita Berlian 18 wreck in the Traffic Separation Scheme area of the Singapore Straits. To support the scope, Neptune provided project management and a 7-man strong team to seamlessly deliver the integrated services. Neptune’s Survey team maintained surface positioning of the SMIT Cyclone crane barge and utilised Neptune’s proprietary NepSMART Tug Management System to maintain positioning of the Pacific Warlock, Pacific Viper and Pacific Valour support vessels. Positioned by Sonardyne’s latest Mini-Ranger 2 USBL System, Neptune’s ROV team operated the Swift Work Class ROV around

LMK Thermosafe provide perfect solution for safely heating Gas Cylinders

LMK Thermosafe have manufactured robust hazardous and safe area industrial heaters for drums and containers for over 30 years. Standard product groups include a selection of sizes for pressurized gas cylinders, using designs with adjustable surface temperature thermostats for safe areas or their new INTELIHEAT™ Flexiplus models where there is risk of explosion. These new jackets are fully ATEX certified for use in Zone 1 and 2 Hazardous Areas and come in a variety of sizes. Custom sizes can also be designed and produced quickly. Many industrial processes require a constant flow of gas to be delivered, and this is normally supplied from pressurised cylinders containing gas in liquid phase. If

CGG Starts New CWAz Survey in Gulf of Mexico

CGG announces the start of acquisition of its first Complementary Wide-Azimuth (CWAz) survey, known as AC CWAz, a BroadSeis™ 3D multi-client program in southern Alaminos Canyon, Gulf of Mexico. Extending over 130 OCS Blocks and covering Great White and the recent Whale discovery, AC CWAz is supported by industry funding and complements CGG’s existing surveys in the area by adding azimuth and offset coverage to the historic wide-azimuth data. All the data will be combined and reprocessed using the latest 3D deghosting, Full-Waveform Inversion (FWI), especially Reflection-based FWI (RFWI), and Tilted Transverse Isotropy (TTI) imaging technology. Fast-Trax PSDM products will be available shortl

Pryme Group strengthens team with key appointments

Pryme Group, which provides integrated manufacturing solutions, has announced the appointment of two experienced industry figures who will play key roles in the diversification of the firm into new sectors. Business development managers Steve Batsford and Geoff Harmer will be responsible for supporting growth in Pryme’s traditional service lines and beyond, while also promoting its capabilities for developing innovative, cost-effective solutions. Steve has joined from precision engineering specialist, Nasmyth Group, where he was sales and business development manager, and brings a vast amount of knowledge and contacts within the aerospace industry. In his new role, Steve will be responsible

InterMoor moors first non-Pemex rig off Mexico’s coast

InterMoor, a leading provider of mooring services, foundation solutions, and offshore installations in subsea services group Acteon, has moored the first privately-operated rig in Mexico’s offshore waters since 1938. InterMoor was contracted by Talos Energy to moor semisubmersible ENSCO 8503 in the Bay of Campeche, offshore Mexico. The asset is the first privately-operated rig to be moored in the area since the energy reform of 2013 opened the Mexican waters to the private sector. InterMoor’s scope provided Talos Energy with engineering services, mooring equipment, shorebase loadout services, and experienced personnel to deliver the project. Tom Fulton, global president, said: “InterMoor i


Van Beest – manufacturer of Tycan®, Excel® and Green Pin® lifting equipment – has acquired the majority of the shares of Irizar Forge, based in the Basque Country of Spain. Irizar Forge is one of the foremost forging companies of premium quality, heavy duty crane hooks and blocks in the world. Irizar Forge has state of the art manufacturing facilities that produce hooks, crane blocks and related accessories with a lifting capacity of up to 5000t. The company offers customers a one stop shop solution for specialist lifting and mooring applications: design, manufacturing, inspection and testing are all done in-house. Irizar Forge develops its tailor-made solutions for offshore and onshore appl

SeaDrone Inc. Introduces Inspector 2.0 Doubling down on aquaculture inspection

Bay area based robotics startup, SeaDrone Inc, announces the launch of Inspector 2.0, the latest innovation in underwater robotics. Inspector1.0 was launched at TechCrunch Disrupt 2016 and was the first sub-6 kg underwater vehicle capable of tackling1.5 knot ocean currents using its omnidirectional drag design and high thruster to weight ratio. Since the pre-order launch at TechCrunch, SeaDrone has sold hundreds of units of Inspector 1.0 units all over the world with primary markets being Japan, Chile, Norway, with aquaculture as the primary use case. Based on customer feedback, SeaDrone is doubling down on investment with the Inspector 2.0. We are continuing to improve our product and are d

Churchill Drilling Tools nominated for prestigious industry award

Churchill Drilling Tools, a global oilfield service company specialising in drilling innovation, has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2017 Oil & Gas UK awards. Churchill has been selected for recognition in the Workforce Engagement category of the awards. This award recognises the outstanding steps taken by companies to involve their people, give them a voice in the organisation and develop an empowering culture, delivering tangible commercial and reputational benefits for the company. CEO Mike Churchill said: “With regional offices in Aberdeen, Houston and the UAE, and multiple distributors around the world, the people within Churchill are vital to the success of the organisation. “Th

M² Subsea unveils purpose-built test tank in Aberdeenshire

M² Subsea, the global independent provider of ROV services, has unveiled its recently commissioned purpose-built test tank at the company’s base in Westhill, Aberdeenshire. The indoor fresh water tank, which can hold 73,600 litres of water, has been created for the primary purpose of testing ROVs and ancillary equipment. The facility will allow the company to be in total control from the planning to completion of asset testing, ensuring the quality and rapid turnaround of results before they are deployed for both domestic and international projects. The tank is commercially available for subsea manufacturers and service providers to rent, along with or without M2 Subsea’s ROV fleet. The faci

Ecosse Subsea Systems Scoop Seabed Project On World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has been awarded a major seabed clearance project on the world’s biggest offshore wind farm. The project scope for Hornsea Project One export cables, located 120km off the Yorkshire coast, is the latest in a number of renewable energy sector awards secured by the subsea technology company. On completion, Hornsea Project One will generate enough clean energy to power more than one million UK homes, generated by 174 giant wind turbines and transported along a 900km long network of cables. ESS will deploy its patented SCAR2 Seabed System along a 25-metre corridor from an anchor handling vessel on behalf of client Tideway BV. Mobilising from Sunderland, ESS will also


The TTE Technical Training Group has secured a prestigious new agreement with the Saudi Council of Engineers to deliver vocational training to 200 of the Kingdom’s engineering graduates. Four cohorts of 50 graduates will each spend six months on residential programmes at TTE’s specialist training facility in Middlesbrough, North East England, gaining technical vocational skills to complement their academic qualifications. The training agreement is part of the Saudi Council of Engineers’ commitment to enhancing the employability of its graduates, who have gained engineering-based degrees at some of the world’s leading universities. It will ensure the graduates are armed with a broader range o

Texo Drone back Dons with six-figure sponsorship deal

Texo Drone Survey & Inspection (UKCS), world leaders in UAV technologies for the global energy sector, has thrown its weight behind Aberdeen Football Club with a six-figure sponsorship deal. The partnership will see both the club and the youth academy benefit, with Texo also becoming the Dons official young player Talent Partner for the 2017/18 season. Texo’s financial commitment to AFC is clearly represented by their increased visual presence at Pittodrie, both internally and externally. Commenting on the new deal, John Wood, Chief Operating Officer, Texo Drone Survey & Inspection UKCS said: “I am extremely proud of our close relationship with AFC and this is reflected by becoming the first

Robust mechanical seal for subsea pumps

In cooperation with a well-known pump manufacturer, EagleBurgmann Germany GmbH & Co. KG, Wolfratshausen, Germany, has developed a mechanical seal for High Pressure / High Temperature (HP/HT) applications. The seal has been specifically optimized for subsea pumps designed for an absolute pressure of up to 1,000 bar and ambient temperatures of up to 180 °C. It seals the motor and bearing unit in the pump against the multiphase medium crude oil. More than twenty years of experience with subsea applications have gone into this development. The result is a product that is robust against diverse, extremely fluctuating operating conditions. Different process media, changing speeds, pressure ratios

Webtool Cable Gripper gets thumbs up from DNV GL

The CRT200 Cable Retrieval Tool, developed by hydraulic tools specialist Webtool, has received design verification approval from international certification body and classification society, DNV GL. It is the first cable and umbilical retrieval tool to meet the exacting design codes and standards for marine operations, and offshore and platform lifting appliances. Designed to allow the safe and controlled recovery of damaged cable and umbilical, up to 8” (203 mm) diameter, the CRT200 meets the requirements of DNVGL-ST-N001 Marine Operations & Marine Warranty, June 2016 and DNVGL-ST-0378 Standard for Offshore & Platform Lifting Appliances, May 2016. The CRT200 cable gripper provides a streamli

Matt Corbin joins Sparrows Group as Director of European Operations

Sparrows Group has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of Matt Corbin as its regional operations director for the UK and Europe to support the company’s continued growth in the oil and gas, renewables and industrial sectors. Mr Corbin, who has more than 20 years’ experience working in the oil and gas industry, has held several leadership positions including UK managing director for the subsea division of Aker Solutions and UK regional general manger for GE Oil & Gas. Most recently, he was supply chain consultant to the UK Government’s regulatory body, the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) and contributed to Oil & Gas UK’s Efficiency Task Force. Mr Corbin, who has been a board mem

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