ELA Container Offshore delivers Offshore Living Quarters to Jumbo “Fairplayer”

ELA Container Offshore GmbH has recently delivered two ELA Offshore Living Quarters, Type Allrounder, to Jumbo Offshore. The TLQs were installed on board their Construction Support Vessel MV Fairplayer. Jumbo is a heavy lift shipping and offshore transportation & installation contractor from the Netherlands and has been developing pioneering solutions for ocean transportation for more than 50 years. Since 2003, building on their heavy lift capability, Jumbo rapidly established a sound track record in the offshore subsea installation market. Today they operate versatile and in-house designed heavy lift vessels with a lifting capacity from 650t up to 3,000t. The ELA Offshore Living Quarters wi

RIMS GO FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH RECEIVING CLASS APPROVAL FROM LLOYD’S REGISTER

Drone and robotics specialist RIMS (Robotics In Maintenance Strategies) have received their fourth Classification Certificate as Recognized External Specialists, from Lloyd’s Register for the use of Remote Inspection Techniques (drones) during surveys of enclosed spaces. The Lloyd’s certification adds to RIMS’ CV of class approvals achieved during 2017. The practical audit was successfully executed on a large deep-water construction vessel. Prior to the demonstration, drawings of the tanks were reviewed to establish a flight plan and to indicate specific points of interest. During the demonstration the drone was able to be successfully manoeuvred around the tank according to the flight plan,

SAFE LIFTING EUROPE FIRST TO OFFER GREEN PIN POWER SLING SHACKLE FOR HIRE

Holland-based Safe Lifting Europe has become the first rental company in the world to stock the new Green Pin Power Sling Shackle range, available in capacities from 125t to 1,250t. The product, manufactured with maritime, energy and other heavy lift applications in mind, boasts a number of standout features, including eight lifting points that add versatility and convenience for rigging professionals. Currently Safe Lifting is the only supplier to offer the product, underscored by the tagline, ‘Power to the Wire’, on a rental basis. Mark Heick, Marketing Manager at Safe Lifting, said: “It’s important that we continue to respond to the market and stock product that meets its requirements. If

Oceanology International 2018, bigger and better than ever

It is only a couple of weeks to go until Oceanology International 2018 (Oi18) opens at ExCeL London, from 13-15 March. Established as the world’s leading forum where industry, academia and government share knowledge and connect with the ocean technology and marine science communities, Oi18 is set to break previous show records with even more international exhibitors and visitors registered than ever before. Oi18 already has over 500 exhibitors from over 79 countries confirmed for the show which is set to break the 46% overseas attendance record achieved at Oi16. Packed Conference Over the three day Oi18, many industry experts will take centre stage in The Technical Tracks conference programm

CORPOWER DEPLOY C3 WAVE ENERGY CONVERTER AT EMEC

CorPower Ocean has successfully installed their half-scale C3 wave energy converter (WEC) at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland. The C3 point absorber was installed at EMEC’s Scapa Flow scale test site in collaboration with local marine contractor Green Marine (UK) Ltd. The device was towed to site and the surface operated install sequence was successfully performed from the Green Isle multicat vessel. The C3 WEC was connected to a floating microgrid unit provided by EMEC. The microgrid has been designed to allow the C3 device to behave as if it were grid connected by providing a stable voltage and frequency reference, simulating the impedance of a typical grid conn

2G ULS-500 PRO SYSTEM DELIVERED TO KONGSBERG FOR NORWEGIAN MINE COUNTERMEASURES

2G Robotics is pleased to announce the first of four ULS-500 PRO laser scanning systems has been shipped to Kongsberg Maritime for integration into the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency’s (NDMA) newly purchased HUGIN AUV’s. The acquisition signifies the Royal Norwegian Navy’s transition to autonomous systems for mine countermeasures. During operations, Hugin AUVs will be used to complete surveys of subsea environments focused specifically on locating and identifying mines. The Hugin systems enable users to conduct fast and efficient operations with zero surface visibility while additionally improving safety conditions by allowing personnel to remain outside the minefield. In peacetime, the A

SIMMONS EDECO RECOGNISED FOR GREAT INTERNATIONAL GROWTH

SIMMONS EDECO, a leading supplier of wellhead and valve maintenance, asset integrity solutions and onshore drilling services to the global oil and gas industry, announced that it has received the Great International Growth Award 2017 at the 10th annual Spirit of Enterprise Awards in Great Yarmouth, England. Organised by enterpriseGY, Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s business support service, the awards aim to boost confidence in the local economy by recognising topperforming firms. SIMMONS EDECO’s European division, which is based in Great Yarmouth and specialises in wellhead and valve maintenance, received the award in recognition of increased overseas sales and international expansion achi

PIPETECH MAKES KEY APPOINTMENTS TO SUPPORT BUSINESS GROWTH

Independent pipe and process cleaning solutions specialist Pipetech has bolstered its team with senior appointments in Aberdeen and Stavanger. Gavin Booth joins the company as Sales Manager for UK and Holland while Thomas Karlsen is welcomed as Sales Manager of Scandinavia. The duo bring more than 20 years of oil and gas experience to Pipetech. Based at the company’s Aberdeen premises, Mr Booth will be responsible for driving key accounts for the business, working closely with the operations team in Aberdeen. He has held several senior positions within the energy industry including Hire Division Deputy Manager at ACE Winches and Key Account Manager at ATR Group. Mr Booth said: “I am delighte

INTRODUCING JW FISHERS’ NEW PROTON 5 MARINE MAGNETOMETER MAKE JWF PART OF YOUR TEAM; THE NEXT GENER

JW Fishers has specialized in the design and manufacture of underwater search equipment for almost 50 years. We’re proud to be releasing our new magnetometer in early 2018. We listened to our customers and have designed a 5th generation magnetometer with many new features; The NEW Proton 5 is a top performing, microprocessor driven, marine magnetometer detection system: • The system is fully digitized and displays the current 5-digit measurement on a new easy to read 6-inch LCD screen that is backlit for night operations. Up to 80 of the previous measurements are displayed graphically in a history plot on the screen. User friendly menus allow easy configuration of all operation settings. • S

TECHNOLOGY CENTRE INVESTS £1.3 MILLION IN TRANSFORMATIONAL WELL PLUGGING AND ABANDONMENT IDEAS

• 48 ideas submitted for ‘Call for Ideas’ and four selected for investment • Projects to help drive 35% reduction in decommissioning costs • BiSN, Strathclyde University, Heriot-Watt University, Baker Hughes, a GE company selected • Next Well Construction Call for Ideas launches later this month The Oil & Gas Technology Centre has taken the next step to transform well plugging and abandonment (P&A) by investing £1.3 million in four projects, selected from the original 48 submissions to its Call for Ideas initiative. Over the next decade, 1,400 wells are forecast to be abandoned on the UKCS, at a cost of c.£7 billion. Developing and deploying new technology to tackle this issue represent

NEW SERVICE APPROACH SAVES OPERATOR TIME AND MONEY

Ardyne, provider of innovative plug and abandonment and slot recovery technology, has saved more than a day of rig time on a planned three-and-a-half day operation and improved efficiencies by thirty-five percent for UK-based operator Fairfield, with the help of its unique Casing Recovery Toolbox. Currently working on the decommissioning of the North Sea’s Greater Dunlin Area, Fairfield’s fully funded, multi-phase decommissioning project includes complex challenges, with opportunities to apply advanced technological solutions and innovation to end-of-life work. The operator was seeking an oilfield services partner that could drive best practice in decommissioning, resulting in improved effic

TOP LINE-UP FOR REGION’S BIGGEST ENERGY EVENT

Some of the biggest names in UK energy will forecast the future of the industry in and around the Southern North Sea (SNS) at the sector’s most important event of the year in the East of England. Collaboration, innovation and rejuvenation are the themes of the East of England Energy Group’s (EEEGR) flagship conference and exhibition, SNS2018, on Wednesday February 28th and Thursday March 1st 2018. Industry leaders, oil & gas operators, developers of multi-billion-pound offshore wind farms off the east coast and nuclear experts will reveal the latest predictions, developments and opportunities for the East of England supply chain on the stage at the Norfolk Showground Arena, Norwich. EEEGR wi

ALERON SUBSEA TECHNOLOGY IN £145BN SALVAGE OPERATION

Aberdeenshire-based ROV solutions provider, Aleron Subsea has boosted its track record by recently taking part in a salvage project in the Atlantic Ocean, utilising its AUXROV subsea system. Aleron and the AUXROV were selected by James Fisher Marine and Britannia’s Gold Ltd to assist with a high-profile salvage operation, targeting wrecks that were sunk during the First and Second World Wars. During both wars, some 7,500 merchant ships were sunk of which approximately 700 were identified as carrying shipments of gold under UK Government direction. Britannia’s Gold Ltd has been established to finance the recovery of targeted cargoes and return them to the UK for the benefit of the government,

FINALISTS REVEALED FOR THE 2018 OFFSHORE ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Finalists for the Offshore Achievement Awards, supported by principal sponsor TAQA, have been revealed. The annual awards, which are hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section, shine a spotlight on the best talent, performance and innovation in the industry. This year’s shortlist recognises exceptional companies, both large and small, game-changing technology developments and individuals who go the extra mile in the offshore sector. Over 100 entries were received, with particular interest in the Collaboration, Emerging Technology, Innovator and Young Professional categories. Young Professional will once again see the finalists interviewed before a shortlist of three

OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS: ENGINEERING A BRIGHT FUTURE

AS offshore oil and gas reserves become ever more difficult and costly to recover, the demand for innovative technology has never been greater. Joe Orrell, Managing Director at RED Engineering, considers some of the challenges in subsea infrastructure design and the role of fast track engineering solutions. The offshore oil and gas industry, even in times of low prices and abundant supply, is driven by the almost relentless search for new fields to replace those coming towards the end of their natural productive lives. Often this forces exploration in ever more challenging environments and places huge demands on the boundaries of technology. And these challenges are no better exemplified th

NOVACAVI SUPPORTS DANISH DEFENCE SUBSEA DEMINING

Specialist cable manufacturer Novacavi has recently engineered, manufactured and supplied tough and size contained custom cables in support of the Danish Defence subsea demining program. Tasked by the Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation, Novacavi technical project team developed an high technology underwater hybrid cable that allows ROVs to enhance and extend operational capabilities in Baltic Sea water. This cable combines maximum strength with minimum diameter while guaranteeing efficient optical and data transmission, neutral buoyancy, hydrolysis and UV resistance and high friction to avoid slippage during use in the harsh tasks of ROV mine hunting. This extra performanc

NEW CAISSONS INSPECTION TOOL GETS RESULTS FIVE TIMES FASTER

An inspection provider for the oil and gas industry has created a new to industry subsea tool for inspecting caissons, which is five times faster than existing techniques. Aberdeen headquartered, Innospection designed and developed the MEC-Combi Pipecrawler which is the first of its kind to use two types of subsea inspecting methods simultaneously for the external inspection of caissons, to support ensuring their integrity. The scanner collects both UT (Ultrasonic) and MEC (Magnetic Eddy Current) data, as well as close visual data and uses rotatable wheels in the design which pivot 90 degrees on its axis, so it can seamlessly overlap scans of the entire caisson circumference. By collecting t

DOMETIC APPOINTS ADAM RAMSDEN AS NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR FOR UK AND IRELAND

Dometic has appointed Adam Ramsden as its new Managing Director for the UK and Ireland. He has replaced Marcin Klimczewski, who remains with the company as Territory Manager Emerging Europe. Adam Ramsden is based at the Blandford headquarters for Dometic UK Limited and reports to Bengt Thorsson, Regional President of EMEA, Dometic. As the UK and Ireland Territory Manager, Ramsden has targeted an increased focus on customer satisfaction and accessibility. He will also concentrate on developing opportunities with new partners created by the recent acquisitions of Oceanair and SeaStar. An experienced Sales and Marketing Manager with a strong technical background, Ramsden was previously the Dire

BLUESTREAM IS EXPANDING ITS ROV-FLEET TO SUPPORT FUTURE BUSINESS GROWTH

Netherlands-based Bluestream, one of the leading independent providers of innovative inspection, construction and refurbishment / decommissioning services to the oil, gas and renewable energy sector, is to immediately increase its fleet of 18 compact Work Class Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) systems by another two additional systems to meet ongoing customer demand. Both ROV systems, a Seaeye Panther-XT Plus and a Seaeye Cougar XT, are fitted with a Tether Management System (TMS), and are able to be operated from hazardous zoned areas on both platforms and FPSO’s. The systems are fully adapted to the high quality Bluestream standards and ready to execute the first contracts in the North Se

TRACERCO RECEIVE LLOYD’S REGISTER (LR) RECOGNITION FOR DISCOVERY™ – THE WORLD’S ONLY FIELD PROVEN SU

Tracerco, part of Johnson Matthey plc, has been awarded LR recognition for its acclaimed subsea CT scanner: Discovery™. The Qualification Trials of Discovery™ were conducted in a simulated subsea environment at Tracerco’s HQ in Billingham, UK and successfully determined the depth limit for reliable POD (Probability of Detection) and typical sizing tolerances for metal loss anomalies at the inner and outer positions of subsea pipes. These capabilities were determined in accordance with recognised guidelines for offshore pipelines and were further validated using Non-destructive Examination standards specifically for the technique of Computed Tomography (CT). Ben Metcalfe, Subsea Technical Man

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