SMOOTH SAILING FOR HUMBER ELECTRICAL

The Humber Electrical Engineering Company (heeco) has consolidated its marine presence and developed into new oil and gas markets. The Hull-based electrical manufacturing business has a globally renowned reputation for the design and build of switchboards, motor control centres (MCCs) and control panels for the marine and energy sectors as well as the programming of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and the provision of electrical design solutions. Celebrating its 110th anniversary this year, it has undergone reorganisation with a six-figure sum invested in improvements and new manufacturing facilities. Neil Watson, the Managing Director of heeco said: “The company continues to have grea

SUBSEA 7 CELEBRATES BUILD MILESTONE AND ANNOUNCES VESSEL NAME

The keel laying ceremony for Subsea 7’s new reel-lay vessel took place at Royal IHC in Krimpen aan den IJssel (Netherlands) on 5 July. In line with this major milestone Subsea 7 announced the vessel will be named Seven Vega, which is the winning suggestion of an employee vessel naming competition. Stuart Fitzgerald, Executive Vice President Strategy and Commercial Subsea 7 said: “The vessel marks an important investment for the future. When delivered, Seven Vega will be one of the most capable and cost-effective reel-lay vessels in the market and a global enabler for Subsea 7. It has been designed to deliver economical technologies that address the growing market trend towards longer tie-bac

GALL THOMSON DELIVER ITS 2000TH MARINE BREAKAWAY COUPLING

Gall Thomson, the leaders in Marine Breakaway Couplings (MBCs) has reached a milestone by supplying its 2000th MBC. The MBC is the latest Petal17 design and is destined for Mundra Port in India. Adani Ports will use the MBC to offload crude oil on a Calm Buoy at one of its floating terminals. Adani Ports has used Gall Thomson MBCs on its Calm Buoy terminals in India since the year 2000. Of the 27 Calm Buoys operating in India, virtually all are fitted with Gall Thomson MBCs. Gall Thomson MBCs automatically activate and shut off product flow when there is undue tensile load on the hose string or an unacceptable surge in flow. The MBC then separates. It was very important for Adani Ports that

ULSTEIN VERFT TO CONSTRUCT LARGE CABLE LAYING VESSEL FOR NEXANS

Nexans Subsea Operations have announced a shipbuilding contract with Ulstein Verft on the construction of a large, DP3 cable laying vessel The vessel will be outfitted for power cable laying, including bundle laying, cable jointing and repair and cable system protection and trenching. The ST-297 CLV is designed by Skipsteknisk, Ålesund. The vessel is developed for operations in rough weather and has high manoeuvrability and station keeping capabilities. Ulstein Verft will construct the vessel and prepare for the topside equipment. The advanced cable laying vessel has a turntable with a large cable capacity of 10,000 tonnes, and the fibre optic basket holds 450 tonnes. The vessel is 31 m wide

NEWLY FORMED DECOMMISSIONING LEADERSHIP GROUP MEETS TO SET FUTURE DIRECTION

Industry leaders have joined together to shape the future of decommissioning through the formation of the Decommissioning Leadership Group (DLG). Conceived and managed by Decom North Sea, the DLG held its inaugural meeting at The Chester Hotel in Aberdeen in June with the mission to set out a strategy for leading the development of an efficient and effective oil and gas decommissioning sector. Providing strategic leadership to Decom North Sea’s Board of Directors, the DLG will also lead the strategy, direction and agenda of Decom North Sea, ensuring a continued connection to its members. The group also includes representation from key industry bodies and will give these and members the oppor

HARDIDE COATINGS INVESTS FOR FURTHER GROWTH IN NORTH AMERICA

Advanced surface coating technology company Hardide Coatings has appointed Mark Hanania as Business Development Engineer based in Houston, Texas to help drive growth in the oil, gas and energy sectors throughout North America. Strong growth in demand from oil and gas customers in North America and recent entry into the aerospace market is underpinning significant investment in coating technology and quality accreditation at the company’s US coating facility in Martinsville, Virginia. A third coating reactor will be installed by autumn 2018 to accommodate increased demand from major oil and gas operating and service companies. The Martinsville facility is on-track to receive accreditation to

DRAG CHAINS FROM THE TKHD SERIES

Designed for Heavy Duty Applications with Long Travel Lengths and High Loads With the TKHD series, KABELSCHLEPP Metool has developed extremely robust and stable drag chains which are particularly suitable for the crane industry and other demanding applications with long travel lengths – for example in the bulk goods area. The sturdy design of the TKHD cable carriers makes them ideal even for use in dirty and rough environmental conditions with a long service life. "Drag chains for cranes are one of the main focus areas of KABELSCHLEPP Metool,” Peter Sebastian Pütz, Head of Crane Business at TSUBAKI KABELSCHLEPP, explains: "The TKHD series now adds a real powerhouse to our range in this area

NEW WEST MIDLANDS TENSIONER CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR OEM HTL GROUP

Global Controlled Bolting OEM HTL Group are continuing their product development roll out with the launch of their new Tensioner Centre of Excellence in the West Midlands. Based in the heart of the West Midlands which is synonymous with bolt tensioning, the new facility represents the Group’s journey of growth and their technical capabilities to deliver customer first, innovative tensioning solutions to service the growing market demands. With several facilities globally, the UK headquartered HTL Group pride themselves on the design and manufacture of OEM, high quality, 100% British made controlled bolting equipment, backed up by their renowned levels of customer service. The West Midlands f

RENTAL FIRM MAKES FURTHER INVESTMENT TO MEET INDUSTRY DEMAND

Equipment rental specialist Hiretech Limited is investing over £1 million in additional equipment this year to meet industry demand. The firm has seen a dramatic upturn in business since mid 2017 and is celebrating another record breaking month by taking delivery of a new Zone 2 Well Service Pump. The unit, which was contracted to Prior Dieselin Great Yarmouth to package, will complement the existing rental fleet of pumping spreads, powered umbilical reels, hydraulic power packs and supporting equipment. John Milne, Engineering Manager at Hiretech, comments, “There are some great opportunities in the market at the moment as the industry plays catch up for lower investment levels through the

CUSTOM DESIGNS FOR SUBSEA SOLUTIONS

Subsea oil exploration started in shallow waters and has rapidly developed to astonishing depths. Pressure transmitters used at such extreme depths require specialist design to ensure long service life, safety and reliability. The ESI subsea range of pressure transmitters have been developed as compact, high performing instruments that can be permanently submersed for at least 20 years. Optional ATEX & IECEx certification is available for hazardous zones. Many of the customised designs are based on standard products with modifications to allow operation in underwater environments; seals, welded housings conforming to NACE corrosion resistance requirements and subsea connector assemblies ensu

BAHCO TORQUE TOOLS

Precision measurement you can depend on: No matter how challenging the task or workplace they have to deal with, engineers and technicians know they can always rely on Bahco torque wrenches and screwdrivers for precise measurement and quality ‘feel.’ Designed and manufactured to withstand the toughest conditions, they are ideal for oil and gas industry use. Electronic torque wrenches are available in several versions, including reversible head, fixed ratcheting or angle wrenches, manufactured in either aluminium or metal. Bahco also make electronic torque screwdrivers with fixed settings and an ergonomic screwdriver set with eight interchangeable blades, ideal for tightening precision fasten

DESTEC ENGINEERING

With 49 valuable years in the industry, Destec Engineering has experience in abundance to ensure that the products and services provided are of the highest quality each and every time. The PLC was founded by its current owners in 1969, and they haven’t taken a backward step ever since. The key strength of Destec is that no work is subcontracted out, unlike many of the competitors. This means that Destec has more control over its own products, with everything manufactured, inspected, tested and packaged on-site. Everything that leaves the Destec site is the fully finished article. Destec has developed a number of on-site portable machines which are to be stationed out in South East Asia this

STRONG MOTIVE TO PULL THOUGH TOUGH TIMES SECURES AWARD WIN

A leading North-East offshore services firm has come through its toughest three years to secure a respected business award. Motive Offshore Group, which is headquartered in Boyndie, near Banff, specialises in the manufacture, rental and services of high quality marine equipment and associated services to the onshore and offshore oil and gas and marine industries. Directors, James Gregg and Dave Acton, fought to drive the business through a challenging three years, against all the odds achieving its most successful financial year in 2017 since launching eight years ago. The company was recently announced as the winner of the Business Success Over Three Years award at the Elevator Awards in Ab

GWO CERTIFIED TRAINING PROVIDER HTL GROUP SUPPORT THE WIND INDUSTRY WITH BTT TRAINING STANDARD

March 31st 2018 marked a new standard for the global wind industry when members of the GWO announced that from the date they required Technician’s working on their wind turbines to have a valid GWO BTT certificate. As a certified GWO Training Provider, HTL Group recognised the demand for the Basic Technical Training and their team of Technical Trainers deliver BTT courses on demand at their Cramlington Training Centre of Excellence. Developed in response to the demand for basic technical training in the wind industry, the GWO BTT covers 3 modules focusing on Hydraulic, Mechanical and Electrical technical elements. Ideally suited to all Technicians who are involved in the installation, servic

THE IMPORTANCE & BENEFITS OF MECHANICAL TESTING

Rockatek Director James Crowley looks at the importance of mechanical testing, its benefits and how his company has become an important part of its customer’s development strategy. Mechanical testing can often be deemed as unnecessary, costly and time consuming and, in today’s world of vast computer modelling and simulation power, it can be hard to argue against this. To cut costs, companies may decide to reduce time and budget spent on testing. However, unanticipated failures of in-service products will have far greater cost and time implications. Test verification is a vital part of any engineering design and, in some sectors – and depending on the product and its application – it is often

ENGINE ROOM VENTILATION IN MARINE ENVIRONMENTS

There are two situations that can greatly reduce an engines life and efficiency; the use of dirty fuel and more relevant to this article, inadequate engine room ventilation and ventilation of engine components. In short, engines that ingest cool air burn more efficiently than those that ingest warm air. Engines produce a lot of heat, that’s how they operate and how they produce power. They must be adequately cooled to provide ample ventilation for continued operation. The warmer an engine room is, the harder it is on the components and systems housed there; heat encourages accelerated aging, higher failure rates, and greater operating expense due to the system working less efficient. In addi

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