Australian Department of Defence confirmed to speak at Global MilSatCom 2016.

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SMi Reports (2016.09.21, London, UK): SMi are excited to announce David Greaves, Commander Defence Strategic Communications, Australian Department of Defensewill speak at Europe’s leading military communications event for satellite professionals

The Defence White Paper, released in February 2016 by the Turnbull government, says that access to space intelligence will become increasingly important over coming years. The paper flags that Australia will spend an extra $3 to $4 billion on enhanced satellite imagery capability as well as up to another $2 billion on space situational awareness systems and radars out to 2039. (Source: The Sydney Morning Herald*)

SMi Group are delighted to announce Commodore David Greaves, Commander Defence Strategic Communications, Australian Department of Defense, has joined the 18th annual Global MilSatCom conference and exhibition, taking place in London, UK, on the 8th-10th November 2016.

In his unique presentation entitled “An Overview of the Australia Defence Force’s Future and Current SatCom Capabilities” Commodore Greaves will discuss: The Australian Defence Force’s operational use of SatCom and the unique challenges faced (concurrent operations; dispersed locations); The future requirements and why are they critical to the Australian Defence Force’s civil and international commitments; The potential for further international collaboration after the success of the US Australia Wideband Global SatCom Satellite; How Australia will satisfy next-generation MilSatCom requirements.

Commodore Greaves will also be co-chairing a panel discussion on day three of the conference on “Ensuring Effective Communication Capabilities in Polar Regions and Harsh Environments.’

Further information available at www.globalmilsatcom.com/yourdefencenews

This year’s Global MilSatCom will bring together over 450 of the industry’s key senior military representatives alongside the world’s leading SatCom solution providers and operators. There will be over 120 military and government attendees from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and USA.

The three-day event agenda includes unique presentations from UK Ministry of Defence, U.S. Department of Defence, Brazilian Air Force, NATO NCIA, Department of National Defence Canada, Italian MoD, Danish Defence Command, Joint Staff, UAE Space Agency, Hungarian Defence Forces, European Space Agency, Belgian Defense, Australian Department of Defence, New Zealand Defence Force, DISA, DGA France, Norwegian Defence Logistics Association, U.S Marine Corps Forces for Europe and Africa, Airbus Defence and Space, Eutelsat, Intelsat General, Viasat, Boeing, Thales, Newtec, OneWeb, Lockheed Martin, Northern Sky Research, O3b Networks, Advantech Wireless, Avanti Communications, GovSat and many more.

Some of the important topics that will be covered by these speakers include; SatCom for governmental use, the SatCom AoA in the U.S, the renewal of European programmes and how emerging markets are satisfying their MilSatCom requirements, transforming MilSatCom with commercial technologies, evolution of protected resilient SatCom, TNS and HTS, Wideband Global SatCom, allied partnerships and interoperability and so much more.

For a full list of speakers and agenda please visit www.globalmilsatcom.com/yourdefencenews

SMi have also introduced two new pre-conference workshops taking place on the 7th November at this year’s event:

  • Workshop A: Architecting Space Systems, hosted by The Aerospace Corporation
  • Workshop B: The Low Earth Orbit Small Satellite Constellation Revolution, hosted by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd

Global MilSatCom 2016 is proudly sponsored by: Lead Sponsor: SES | Gold Sponsor: Airbus Defence & Space  |  Sponsors: Advantech Wireless, Avanti Communications, Boeing, Eutelsat, Hughes, Intelsat General, Lockheed Martin, GovSat, Newtec, O3b Networks, Raytheon, Thales and ViaSat Exhibitors: COMSAT, Comtech Telecommunications, Datapath, GATR Technologies, iDirect, Iridium Communications Inc, Spacepath Communications, Spectra Group UK, The Aerospace Corporation, Unique Broadband Systems and Xtar.

Delegate places now over 92% sold out for Global MilSatCom 2016! Those who are interested in attending are advised to contact SMi, the organisers, today to secure participation, alternatively you can register online at www.globalmilsatcom.com/yourdefencenews

 

18th annual Global MilSatCom

8th-10th November 2016

Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London, UK

www.globalmilsatcom.com/yourdefencenews
Sponsors/Exhibitors: Contact Alia Malick on +44(0) 207 827 6168, amalick@smi-online.co.uk
Delegates/Groups: Contact James Hitchen on +44 (0) 207 827 6054, jhitchen@smi-online.co.uk
Media: Contact Julia Rotar on jrotar@smi-online.co.uk

*Source: The Sydney Morning Herald http://bit.ly/1WRvALN

AFL launches new cable technology solutions at SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo

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New products include Wrapping Tube Cable, FlexScan OTDRs and TITAN RTD™ FTTx System

Spartanburg, SC – September 21, 2016 AFL, an industry-leading manufacturer of fiber optic cable and accessories, is launching new cable telecommunications solutions at the SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo, Booth #840. New products include Wrapping Tube Cable with SpiderWeb® Ribbon (SWR®), the TITAN RTD™ FTTx system and FlexScan PON OTDRs.

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AFL’s newest product, Wrapping Tube Cable (WTC) with SWR is an ultra-high density outside plant cable designed for FTTH or access markets. Using new ribbon technology called SpiderWeb Ribbon, WTC provides the smallest cable diameter and lowest weight, high-fiber count ribbon cable in the industry. WTC is available in dielectric or double jacket single armor with fiber counts from 144 to 1,728.

The TITAN RTD FTTx System consists of both the TITAN RTD Multiport and AFL TRIDENT™ connector. The product set allows for quick and easy subscriber connections anywhere in the OSP network—underground, in pedestals, on poles or on aerial strand or ADSS cables. Unlike other solutions in the market, the TITAN RTD Multiport is designed to allow for re-entry to ease connector repair in case of damage incurred in the field.

AFL representatives will also demo the award-winning FlexScan PON OTDR. The FS200-304 PON OTDR provides 1310, 1550 and 1650 nm OTDR testing to verify and troubleshoot both in-service and out-of-service FTTH PONs. The FS200-300 FlexScan supports 1310 and 1550 nm out-of-service testing for both PON and point-to-point networks. All FlexScan OTDRs include SmartAuto™ multi-pulse acquisition and the icon-based LinkMap® view.  

These products along with Fujikura fusion splicers, connectivity solutions and fiber optic cable will be showcased. Visit AFL in Booth #840 at the SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo, Sept. 26-29 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

To learn more about AFL, its products and services, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

About AFL
Founded in 1984, AFL is an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise and industrial markets as well several emerging markets. The company’s products are in use in over 130 countries and include fiber optic cable and hardware, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectivity, test and inspection equipment, fusion splicers and training. AFL also offers a wide variety of services supporting data center, enterprise, wireless and outside plant applications.

Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

 

L-3 MAPPS Participates in the Tihange 1 Simulator Inauguration Ceremony in Belgium

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L-3 MAPPS announced today that it participated in the official inauguration ceremony of ENGIE Electrabel’s (Electrabel) Tihange 1 full scope operator training simulator on September 21, 2016. The new simulator, declared Ready For Training on March 4, 2016, is housed in the expanded training center located at the Tihange nuclear power plant in Huy, Belgium. The inauguration ceremony was attended by numerous Electrabel and ENGIE Tractebel representatives. L-3 MAPPS’ team was led by Vincent Gagnon, sales manager of Power Systems and Simulation.

“Electrabel is very impressed with the state-of-the-art Orchid®-based Tihange 1 full scope simulator,” said Jean Brognez, Tihange simulator training manager. “The project success is the result of the L-3 MAPPS team’s focus, dedication and commitment to a quality simulator. The atmosphere of collaboration and trust developed over the course of the project between Electrabel and L-3 is a key factor to the simulator being delivered on schedule and on budget.”

“This project is a fine example of excellent large-scale simulator project management and execution in which the stakeholders all worked in an open environment to address challenges head-on and keep the project advancing while never compromising quality,” said Michael Chatlani, L-3 MAPPS’ vice president of marketing & sales. “We would like to thank all the contributors that made this effort a great success, including Electrabel, Tractebel, the L-3 MAPPS project team and our main subcontractors, ENGIE Fabricom and Macq Traffic & Automation.”

The Tihange 1 full scope simulator, equipped with full replica control room panels, is based on L-3’s state-of-the-art graphical simulation PC/Windows-based tools for the plant models and instructor station. Most plant systems are simulated in the Orchid simulation environment, including the reactor, nuclear steam supply systems, balance of plant systems, the electrical AC and DC distribution systems, and I&C systems. The electrical grid, including the main generators and transformers, is modeled with FAST, a product of Tractebel.

Electrabel is one of Europe’s front-runners in the energy sector and the Benelux market leader and is active
in the production of electricity, the sale of electricity, gas and energy-related services and energy trading. Electrabel is part of ENGIE Group, an international industrial and services group engaged in the energy and environment sectors. Electrabel employs approximately 4,800 people and has a generating capacity of
9,020 MW. The company operates seven nuclear reactors in Belgium, four at Doel and three at Tihange, with
a total nuclear capacity of almost 6,000 MW. Tihange is located 95 kilometers southeast of Brussels along the Meuse River. Tihange 1 is a three-loop Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) with an electrical output of 962 MW. The plant was commissioned in 1975 and, on July 4, 2012, the Belgian government decided to extend the operational life of Tihange 1 by 10 years until 2025.

L-3 MAPPS has over 30 years of experience in pioneering technological advances in the marine automation field and over 40 years of experience in delivering high-fidelity power plant simulation to leading utilities worldwide. In addition, the company has more than four decades of expertise in supplying plant computer systems for Canadian heavy water reactors. L-3 MAPPS also provides targeted controls and simulation solutions to the space sector. To learn more about L-3 MAPPS, please visit the company’s website at
www.L-3com.com/MAPPS.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms. L-3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems. The company reported 2015 sales of $10.5 billion. To learn more about L-3, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com.

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UK MoD to provide an opening ministerial address and a host nation address with an update on UK MoD Strategic SatCom at Global MilSatCom 2016

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SMi Reports (2016.09.19, London, UK): SMi are excited to announce Harriett Baldwin, Minister of State for Defence Procurement, UK MoD will provide and opening ministerial address at Europe’s leading military communications event for satellite professionals.

SMi Group are delighted to announce Harriett Baldwin, Minister of State for Defence Procurement, UK MoD has joined the 18th annual Global MilSatCom conference and exhibition, taking place in London, UK, on the 8th-10th November 2016, to provide the opening ministerial address.

Air Commodore Nick Hay, Head Capability C4ISR, Joint Forces Command, UK MoD has now confirmed his attendance and will be providing a host nation address with an update on UK MoD Strategic SatCom.

Global MilSatCom Official web site: www.globalmilsatcom.com/yourdefencenews

“Global MilSatCom has built a fantastic following over its 18 year history and is now recognised as the leading event in Europe for satellite professionals. We are very proud to have this level of support from the UK Ministry of Defence. This level of involvement will attract even more interest and further establish Global MilSatCom as the industry’s leading event. Once again we thank the UK MoD for their continued support”. Dale Butler, Managing Director, SMi Group.

This year’s Global MilSatCom will bring together over 450 of the industry’s key senior military representatives alongside the world’s leading SatCom solution providers and operators. There will be over 120 military and government attendees from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and USA.

Some of the important topics that will be covered by these speakers include; SatCom for governmental use, the SatCom AoA in the U.S, the renewal of European programmes and how emerging markets are satisfying their MilSatCom requirements, transforming MilSatCom with commercial technologies, evolution of protected resilient SatCom, TNS and HTS, Wideband Global SatCom, allied partnerships and interoperability and so much more.

“As a newcomer to Global MilSatCom, I can tell you that I absolutely got a lot out of the event and I hope to get to future meetings. It was an excellent event and the SMi team did a fantastic job, ” – Senior Representative, U.S Air Force, Global MilSatCom 2015 attendee.

The three-day event agenda includes unique presentations from UK Ministry of Defence, U.S. Department of Defence, Brazilian Air Force, NATO NCIA, Department of National Defence Canada, Italian MoD, Danish Defence Command, Joint Staff, UAE Space Agency, Hungarian Defence Forces, European Space Agency, Belgian Defense, Australian Department of Defence, New Zealand Defence Force, DISA, DGA France, Norwegian Defence Logistics Association, U.S Marine Corps Forces for Europe and Africa, Airbus Defence and Space, Eutelsat, Intelsat General, Viasat, Boeing, Thales, Newtec, OneWeb, Lockheed Martin, Northern Sky Research, O3b Networks, Advantech Wireless, Avanti Communications, GovSat and many more.

For a full list of speakers and agenda please visit www.globalmilsatcom.com/yourdefencenews

“This is my first Global MilSatCom Conference and it has been a very informative learning experience. I look forward to coming back as a delegate from Canada and contributing further,” – commented a senior representative from Canadian Department of National Defence after Global MilSatCom.

SMi have also introduced two new pre-conference workshops taking place on the 7th November at this year’s event:

  • Workshop A: Architecting Space Systems, hosted by The Aerospace Corporation
  • Workshop B: The Low Earth Orbit Small Satellite Constellation Revolution, hosted by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd

Global MilSatCom 2016 is proudly sponsored by: Lead Sponsor: SES | Gold Sponsor: Airbus Defence & Space  |  Sponsors: Advantech Wireless, Avanti Communications, Boeing, Eutelsat, Hughes, Intelsat General, Lockheed Martin, GovSat, Newtec, O3b Networks, Raytheon, Thales and ViaSat Exhibitors: COMSAT, Comtech Telecommunications, Datapath, GATR Technologies, iDirect, Iridium Communications Inc, Spacepath Communications, Spectra Group UK, The Aerospace Corporation, Unique Broadband Systems and Xtar.

Gerard Donelan, Vice-President Defence and Security, SES: “Dear Industry Colleagues, On behalf of SES, I would like to welcome you all to SMi Group’s 18th annual Global MilSatCom conference & exhibition. As a long standing member and lead sponsor, SES is happy to be part of this prominent military satellite conference and exhibition in London.

This is an exciting time for our industry with new technologies and technical innovations becoming more available, from planar antennas to software defined modems and  High Throughput Satellites just to name a few. These technologies are a result of our industry responding to the ever changing requirements of our defence and governmental customers. With many governments reducing spending budgets whilst increasing their requirements for information superiority, a challenging environment has been created for us all. Our aim as an industry is to respond to these challenges to ensure flexibility for the missions of the defence and governmental customers, whilst remaining within these budget constraints. New technologies and new ways of doing business are paving the way for exciting opportunities within the industry.

This conference is an ideal platform to hear about these ideas in a knowledge sharing environment, involving decision makers, government representatives, military and other leading international industry professionals.”

Delegate places now over 92% sold out for Global MilSatCom 2016! Those who are interested in attending are advised to contact SMi, the organisers, today to secure participation, alternatively you can register online atwww.globalmilsatcom.com/yourdefencenews

 

18th annual Global MilSatCom

8th-10th November 2016

Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, London, UK

www.globalmilsatcom.com/yourdefencenews
Sponsors/Exhibitors: Contact Alia Malick on +44(0) 207 827 6168, amalick@smi-online.co.uk
Delegates/Groups: Contact James Hitchen on +44 (0) 207 827 6054, jhitchen@smi-online.co.uk
Media: Contact Julia Rotar on jrotar@smi-online.co.uk

AFL Showcasing New FTTx Solutions at ISE Expo

New products include TITAN RTD™ Multiport Terminal, TRIDENT™ Hardened Drop Cables and FlexScan PON OTDRs

Spartanburg, SC – September 14, 2016 AFL, an industry-leading provider of fiber optic products, engineering expertise and integrated services, is featuring an end-to-end FTTx solution at the 2016 ISE Expo, Booth #1024. New products include the TITAN RTD FTTx system and FlexScan PON OTDRs

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The TITAN RTD FTTx System product set allows for quick and easy subscriber connections anywhere in the OSP network—underground, in pedestals, on poles or on aerial strand or ADSS cables. The sealed and rugged design of both the TITAN RTD Multiport and AFL TRIDENT connector allow for long-term reliability cables. Unlike other solutions in the market, the TITAN RTD Multiport is designed to allow for re-entry to ease connector repair in case of damage incurred in the field.

AFL representatives will also demo the new FlexScan PON OTDR. The FS200-304 PON OTDR offers 1310, 1550 and 1650 nm OTDR testing to verify and troubleshoot both in-service and out-of-service FTTH PONs. The FS200-300 FlexScan supports 1310 and 1550 nm out-of-service testing for both PON and point-to-point networks. All FlexScan OTDRs include AFL’s SmartAuto™ multi-pulse acquisition, enabling users to detect closely spaced events before a PON splitter while still testing effectively through the splitter. FlexScan OTDRs also display test results in both AFL’s icon-based LinkMap® view and OTDR trace view, allowing users to quickly and easily locate faults and identify necessary corrective action.

These products along with Fujikura fusion splicers, fiber management solutions and fiber optic cable will be showcased. Visit AFL in Booth #1024 at the ISE Expo, Sept. 21-22 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX.

To learn more about AFL, its products and services, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

 

RUD INOX Star Stainless Steel Eyebolt with Full Working Load in All Directions

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RUD Chains offers over 500 different tested and certified lifting and lashing points which cover a working load capacity range of 0.6 to 250 tonne. RUD’s lifting equipment is used across a wide range of working environments from Heavy Lifting, Engineering, Materials Handling, Offshore, Construction, Rail, MOD and many more.

The INOX-STAR stainless steel eyebolt is made from a pentagonal shape and the body and the bolt is made out of duplex steel 1.4462; which offers a high resistance in sea water and across working environments with a high concentration of chloring ions. It also offers an impressive full working load limit in all load directions.

The innovative lifting point has the ability to rotate 360° offering an easy adjustment in the load direction. It offers a safety factor of 4:1 and is operational from -40° to 280°. Clear marking of the minimum working load limit for all loading directions is marked on the lifting point.

The INOX-STAR comes with a non-removable special bolt which reduces the risk of non-standard bolts being used. The bolt head possesses clear markings of the thread size, batch number and class of strength.

The INOX-STAR is quick and easy to install with just one bolt connection. For permanent installation and recurring lifts a special socket wrench can be supplied to apply the requested torque.

RUD INOX-STAR is typically used across offshore, oil, engineering, construction, shipbuilding & chemical industries to name a few.

For more information please visit: http://www.rud.co.uk/

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Marex Supports Clients with Industry Legislative Compliance Verification Schemes and SECEs – SCR15

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Safety is a top priority in the oil and gas industry. Marex employs a team of highly qualified Risk and Safety Engineers, Master Mariners, Marine Engineers and Naval Architects to oversee the delivery of a professional, consultative and cost effective solution to the offshore industry’s marine and safety needs.

In 2015 the EU directive on Safety of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations introduced changes to UK Safety Case regulation, resulting in the implementation of the Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc.) Regulations 2015 (SCR15). These regulations apply to all installations engaged in oil and gas operations in territorial sea adjacent to Great Britain and any designated area within the United Kingdom Continental Shelf. The regulations aim to reduce, as far as possible, the occurrence of major accidents relating to offshore oil and gas operations and to limit their consequences. One of the major changes from the previous regulations was the requirement to consider the potential environmental impact of a major accident.

Since the implementation of SCR15, Marex has completed over 10 safety cases for major drilling contractors in the industry and conducted thorough reviews of safety cases for some of the biggest names in oil and gas. This puts Marex’s highly skilled team members in an excellent position to assist companies with the revision of safety cases for SCR15.

One of the key requirements of SCR15 is that each offshore installation should establish a verification scheme to ensure that the installation’s Safety and Environmental Critical Elements (SECEs) remain in good repair and condition.

SECEs are defined as those parts of an installation or of its plant, the failure of which could cause or contribute substantially to a major accident, or the purpose of which is to prevent or limit the effect of a major accident.

Verification Schemes

The verification scheme is a statement of the suitability of the record of safety and environmentally critical elements and the scheme of maintenance.

The verification scheme establishes a system which ensures efficient operation of the installation through the continual review of the SECEs. Each SECE has an associated performance standard, which demonstrates their suitability, state of repair and condition based on function, reliability and availability.

For non-production installations, a verification scheme must be in place before commencement of any oil and gas operations in UK offshore waters.

The verification scheme is a live document, which must be reviewed and updated as often as appropriate and the provisions for such should be outlined within the document. As a minimum the following should be considered during the review of the verification scheme:

  • Any development which could alter the SECEs
  • Anything which affects the verification arrangements appropriate to them
  • Matters which change the nature or frequency of verification activities

This review could potentially lead to a revision or replacement of the verification scheme.

Any changes to the operation of the installation that may change the requirements of the SECEs will result in a revision of the verification scheme and the associated performance standards, for example the conversion of an installation from non-production to production.

By ensuring the SECEs meet their required performance standards the duty holder provides some assurance that the SECEs are suitable and remain in good repair and so minimise the likelihood and potential consequences of a major accident.

A performance standard is developed for each SECE and included within the verification scheme. The performance standard states the required performance of the system described in terms of functionality, reliability, availability and survivability, against which the suitability and condition of the equipment can be assessed.

It is required by SCR15 that a description of the verification scheme is provided within the installation’s safety case, including the following details:

  • Examination and testing of SECEs by independent and competent verifiers
  • Verification of design, standard, certification or other system of conformity of SECEs
  • Examination of work in progress
  • Reporting of any instances of non-compliance

Identification of SECEs

The safety and environmentally critical elements for the installation must be identified before an effective verification scheme can be developed.

It is necessary to undertake a systematic approach to identify those systems which are SECEs. Within these systems many of the individual components may by SECEs, but others may not. SECEs include those systems for detection, control and mitigation of major accidents along with those systems which increase reliability through redundancy. This list of SECEs will vary depending on the installation’s design and operations. There may also be SECEs introduced for limited activities such as combined operations.

For example the BOP on an offshore drilling unit would be considered a SECE and a performance standard for it would be included in the verification scheme.

The starting point for the exercise to identify SECEs would be the identification and qualitative risk assessment of the major accident hazards associated with the installation operations. The risk assessment should identify the threats and potential consequences associated with each major accident hazard, as well are the measures which are in place to prevent occurrence of the major accident and to mitigate the potential consequences.

Bowtie Workshops

In order to help our clients demonstrate compliance with the safety case regulations and to show that the major accident hazards associated with the operation of the installation have been subject to appropriate risk assessment, Marex facilitates bowtie workshops which are designed to enable the identified major accident hazards to be qualitatively risk assessed by relevant stakeholders, including the rig crew. In order to do this BowtieXP software is used. When running workshops to align with the new requirements of SCR15 one of the main aims is to identify the equipment barriers associated with the control of major accident hazards, including those which could have a major environmental impact. It is therefore important to qualitatively assess the environmental risk associated with each major accident hazard, as well as ensuring that sufficient barriers are in place such that all risks associated with identified major accident hazards continue to be as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP).

Each scenario is represented by its own bowtie, such as the one below.

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A bowtie diagram presents the hazards and their controls in a logical and structured manner. It can serve several purposes, e.g. as a methodology for identifying barrier functions and elements related to present hazards as well as communicating risks and control mechanisms efficiently.

Any structure, plant, equipment, system or component part whose failure could cause or contribute to a major accident is a safety and environmentally critical element, as is any which is intended to prevent or limit the effect of a major accident. The bowtie diagram is made up of the following components:

  • Hazard – an intrinsic property of anything with the potential to cause harm
  • Top-event – initial consequence that occurs immediately after the hazard is released
  • Threat – potential to cause the top event
  • Consequence – event or chain of events that results from the release of a hazard
  • Barrier – measure that reduces the probability of releasing a hazard
  • Escalation factor – condition that can cause a barrier to fail

The barriers can be classed as people, plant or process barriers. With regards to the verification scheme, the most important of these are the plant barriers as they will help us to identify SECEs. Details of the personnel responsible for the operation and/or maintenance of the barriers are also included. A typical plant barrier is shown below.

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This barrier is for the BOP system and tagged on it are the two relevant SECEs (SECE 01 – BOP and SECE 02 – BOP Control System), as well as the person responsible (in this example the Subsea Engineer). Every barrier for each of the identified major accident hazard scenarios is tagged similarly to the barrier shown here with the appropriate associated SECE.

Conclusion

Oil and gas is a fast paced industry where low probability events with catastrophic consequences could easily be overlooked. It is important to ensure that every eventuality has been identified and assessed for all potential outcomes. The introduction of SECEs and the emphasis placed on the verification scheme and performance standards through SCR15 has helped to prevent and mitigate these major accident hazards.

Marex continues to provide a high standard of work for its clients, which in turn enables them to fully demonstrate compliance with SCR15 ensuring all aspects of workplace risk and safety have been accounted for through identifying, minimising and eliminating the risks to their employees, their assets and the environment.

For more information please visit: www.mmass.co.uk

Disruptive technology has a flagship.

New class of vessel to shake up decommissioning.  Topsides and jacket removed in a single lift, without breaking the bank.  This is a floating dry dock with a twist.

Using some of the same principals as their game changing semi-submersible MPSS (Multi-Purpose Semi-Submersible), Seaways Engineering International have changed Heavy lift forever.  With the Novel Extended Semi-Submersible for Installation and Decommissioning (NESSI/D).   This is an economical purpose built workhorse.

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A zero heave vessel

Nessie is a supremely capable vessel.  Envisioned as an economical (by comparison) Installation & decommissioning vessel, her abilities are evident. By lifting from below a great deal of the expensive and dangerous practices associated with heavy lift is eliminated.

Starting with our MPSS building method we designed a massive drydock with a removable center deck/submersible barge and a floating gate at one end. Then we added some “off the shelf” lifting gear to customize on the fly for any lifting situation.  Because Nessie starts as a zero heave vessel we can eliminate motion compensation, a very expensive and elusive process.  This allows us to work as if on land unlike any other vessel.  Even in severe weather, Nessie would not have to run for cover.  She could back away from the rig to a safe distance and sit at anchor to wait the storm out, saving transit time.

A floating dock with a gate at one end and a removable deck will allow NESSIE to operate as a traditional drydock but also allow the vessel to surround a rig and lift from below, much like a forklift.  This method of lifting is much safer and more efficient.  Others build a vessel to hold a crane we use the vessel as the crane.  Getting over the load has always presented problems, we eliminated the need.

The topside lift.  Nessie can surround a rig, that changes everything.  Using ballast water Nessie gets low enough to get under preinstalled structural supports she dumps ballast lifts the topsides.

The heaviest topsides weigh Between 20,000 & 30,000 tons.  What is an impossible lift for a standard crane would be easy.  Simply by draining some of her 300,000 tons of ballast in a controlled manor she will simply lift and carry that weight.

With the Jacket still low in the water, we attach lifting cables to the jacket by ROV.  The anchoring pylons are cut, we deballast and lift the jacket free of the seabed.  Our programing will control the winches in a manner that will lift then rotate the Jacket under water.  Once horizontal the jacket is secured in position between the pontoons.  The process is reversed for installation and delivery.

Although typically much lighter than the topsides, the heights of some Jackets can be difficult for a traditional crane vessel to handle.  Cranes simply don’t have the reach to lift a tall tower onto the deck of a barge.

Safety, always on everyone’s mind, is a byproduct in Nessie’s case.  Traditional cranes operate on at perceived safe margin.  Figuring in things like “acceptable risk” is all part of it.  As we all know on a crane, if anything goes wrong, everything goes wrong.  We don’t have those problems.  Our lifting capacity is far beyond any actual required lift in the North Sea.  Our topside connections are solid and over engineered.  Our Jacket “sling” is made of far more connections than needed.  So if one breaks, it is a surprise and the program compensates for the loss and nothing more.

Avoided because we can.  Motion Control systems, high volume ballast balancing systems, operating at vessel limits, they are all unsafe and they all cost a lot of money.  Nessie can lift many times the stated limit of even the largest SSCV or purpose built Decom Vessel.  She carries 300,000 ton of ballast at her low operating draft.  That translates a theoretical lift >300,000 ton.

We have a smaller version for the shallow southern North Sea.  Wee Nessie is suitable for Topside only lift or vertical lift in shallow areas where she won’t need to rotate the jacket.  Depending how tall the jacket is we can lift the entire rig topsides and all and transport to the desired location.

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Decommissioning with NESSIE presentation:

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Serving the needs of the training sector; HTL Training Services

 

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HTL Group are delighted to have Bob Fogerty BSc CMIOSH as Director of Training for HTL Training Services.

Personally delivering training alongside a team of highly skilled Technical Trainers, Bob is responsible for developing a training programme to serve the growing training demands of the oil, gas, and renewable energy sectors.

With over three decades of experience in engineering and a team of Technical Trainers with expertise in a number of industries, Bob ensures that HTL Training Services consistently delivers training which exceeds industry standards.

World class training facilities based in Cramlington, Aberdeen and Great Yarmouth coupled with an ever increasing portfolio of approved courses ensures delegates have the best learning experience with HTL Training Services whether they are looking to reskill, upskill or transfer skills.

A full suite of approved courses can all be delivered onsite at client’s premises globally or at any dedicated HTL training facility with flexible study periods to suit individual requirements.

Worldwide recognised courses available include the ECITB’s Mechanical Joint Integrity training (Topside, Subsea & Wind Energy), Gas Turbine Introduction and Operations, Mechanical Valves and Maintenance, Effective Communication in Construction Engineering, CCNSG Safety Passport, NEBOSH National General Certificate in Health and Safety, IOSH Managing Safely and QNUK First Aid training.

Bob Fogerty comments:

Having spent the past 25 years in the Controlled Bolting Sector, the role of Director of Training for HTL Training Services felt like a natural step for me. The position allows me to take the successful HTL business model and apply it to the training services arena, ensuring that HTL will continue to develop its training course portfolio in response to its clients and industry needs.”

To view the full course portfolio available from HTL Training Services visit http://www.htl-trainingservices.com/upcoming-courses/.

To enquire about individual or group course bookings please call +44 (0) 1670 700 005 or email info@htl-trainingservices.com.

Bob Fogerty

 

AFL launches FlexScan PON OTDRs for testing In- or Out-of-Service

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Lowell, MA and Spartanburg, SC – August 24, 2016  AFL expanded its FlexScan family of pocket-sized OTDRs adding two PON OTDR models. The FS200-304 PON OTDR offers 1310, 1550 and 1650 nm OTDR testing to verify and troubleshoot both in-service and out-of-service FTTH PONs. The FS200-300 FlexScan supports 1310 and 1550 nm out-of-service testing for both PON and point-to-point networks.

All FlexScan OTDRs include AFL’s SmartAuto™ multi-pulse acquisition, enabling users to detect closely spaced events before a PON splitter while still testing effectively through the splitter. FlexScan OTDRs also display test results in both AFL’s icon-based LinkMap® view and OTDR trace view, allowing users to quickly and easily locate faults and identify necessary corrective action. With up to 37 dB dynamic range, both models verify PONs with split ratios up to 1:64.

FlexScan PON OTDRs include 4.3-inch indoor/outdoor touchscreen display, Bluetooth®/WiFi wireless interfaces and an integrated Visual Fault Locator (VFL). The integrated Optical Light Source (OLS) and Optical Power Meter are optional.

FlexScan OTDRs are available in several pre-configured kits combining a user-selected FlexScan with additional fiber verification and troubleshooting tools:

  • FlexScan Basic Kits: combine FlexScan with TRM® 2.0 Basic Test Results Manager reporting software, USB cable and a soft carry case. 
  • FlexScan Plus Kits: adds a fiber ring (launch cable) and One-Click® cleaner plus upgrades TRM to TRM 2.0 Advanced.
  • FlexScan PRO Kits: includes a fiber ring, TRM 2.0 Advanced, One-Click cleaner and adds a FOCIS Flex connector inspection probe with user-selected inspection adapter tips. The carry case easily accommodates additional adapter tips.
  • FlexScan Complete BI/BIPM Kits: includes a fiber ring, TRM 2.0 Advanced, FOCIS Flex with adapter tips and adds a user-selected Optical Fiber Identifier for bend-insensitive fiber (OFI-BI or OFI-BIPM). The OFI-BIPM includes an integrated power meter.

The FlexScan PON OTDRs join previously announced FS200-50 (1550 nm only troubleshooting) and FS200-100 (1310/1550 nm point-to-point verification and troubleshooting) to provide the industry’s smallest, easiest-to-use handheld OTDRs for network installation verification and troubleshooting.

To learn more about AFL, its products and services, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, factory, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting OEM, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

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Bamboo Composites for Wind Power Market

The global wind power industry is research and technology intensive and witnesses innovations at a rapid pace. Bamboo fiber composite materials are among the most recent and interesting innovations aimed at improving operational efficiency of wind turbines. These composites are known to reduce the overall weight of turbine blades, while still keeping mechanical and physical properties of the turbines in line with wind power requirements. Bamboo composites devised for wind power applications also demonstrate characteristics such as good corrosion resistance, high strength, high density, good weathering resistance, and high abrasion resistance.

The global bamboo composites for wind power market is the focus of study of the TMR market research report. This research study gives comprehensive insights into the market. It presents a 360-degree overview of the present state of the crucial elements of the market. The report forecasts the future growth prospects of the market over the period between 2013 and 2019.

The report also analyzes the projected effect of the major growth drivers, challenges and trends on the development of the global bamboo composites for wind power market over the forecast period. Key segments of the market have been explained with the help of vast qualitative and quantitative data, making the report a data repository that can help decision makers formulate efficient business strategies.

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Global Bamboo Composites for Wind Power Market: Overview

The global bamboo composites for wind power market has been segmented in the report on the basis of geography into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the Rest of the World.

Europe is expected to dominate the global bamboo composites for wind power market over the forecast period. The region is expected to increasingly adopt biodegradable and reusable materials to make its flourishing wind power sector more sustainable and environment friendly in the coming years. Wind power companies in the European Union are more receptive to innovations that can improve operational efficiency majorly owing to the vast incentives and funds granted by governments to strengthen the green energy sector.

China is one of the strongest players in the market due to its vast bamboo resources. China is also amongst the world’s leading countries in the wind power market, with wind power generation capacity higher than the combined wind power installations in many regional markets. Thus the global bamboo composites for wind power market is expected to witness significant growth in the country over the report’s forecast period. Abundance of bamboo resources in other countries in Asia Pacific will also lead to significant development of the bamboo composites for wind power market in the region over the forecast period.

Global Bamboo Composites for Wind Power Market: Key Market Players

Some of the most prominent vendors in the global bamboo composites for wind power market are Lianyungang Zhongfu Lianzhong Composites Group Co., Jizhou Khan Wind Power, Jilin Chemical Fiber Equipment Co., Windey, Dezhou Shijiweineng Wind Power Equipment Co., Dasso Industrial Group Co., Hebei KNT Group, Chengdu Huaming Cellophane, and Miracle Zhufeng.

The report segments the industrial protective footwear market on the basis of geography as:

  • North America
  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe
  • Rest of the World

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CMP Launches New Website and Cable Gland Selector

CMP Products, a worldwide leading cable gland and cable cleat manufacturer, is inviting online visitors to explore its new cable gland website and online product selector. The revamped site, www.cmp-products.com, has been designed to provide a more engaging user friendly experience, with all the technical knowledge and industry expertise that the business is renowned for.

Created with the user experience firmly in mind, the website has been developed with improved navigation and functionality throughout, allowing customers to access a wealth of product and technical information with ease.

As well as ensuring that CMP’s vast portfolio of products is easier than ever to browse, the inclusion of the intuitive cable gland selector, an enhanced feature in the industry, will aid users in specifying the most appropriate product for their installation.

David Saxon, Marketing Manager at CMP Products, said:

“Ultimately, our customers are at the heart of what we do at CMP Products and a website which is more focused on the needs of our customers better reflects those values. The new website and product selector allows customers to benefit from richer online content, which can assist the specification process.”

The new gland site complements the company’s recently launched cable cleat website; both having recently been developed and designed by North East Based digital design agency, Inspired.

The new cable gland website, www.cmp-products.com,  launched 17th August 2016.

Sasol disposes of its investment in the Iranian joint venture Arya Sasol Polymer Company (“Arya”)

JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – On 16 August 2013, Sasol Investment Company (Pty) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sasol, entered into a definitive sale and share purchase agreement pursuant to which Main Street 1095 (Pty) Limited, a South African subsidiary of an Iranian investor, completed and effected the acquisition of 100% of the shares of SPI International (Pty) Limited (“SPII”)(“Transaction”).  SPII is the indirect owner of a 50% interest in Arya. Read more…

Praxair to expand Kirtland, New Mexico nitrogen facility

Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX), announced today that it has started up a second nitrogen plant at its facility in Kirtland, New Mexico to support growing nitrogen demand in the San Juan basin, which includes southwestern Colorado and northwestern New Mexico. The new plant, along with an additional liquefier expansion to be completed later this year, will increase total capacity at the site to 300 TPD (tons per day) of liquid nitrogen, in addition to gaseous nitrogen that is being supplied to local pipeline customers under long-term contracts. Read more…

Chevron introduces GST® Premium 32 turbine oil

Chevron Products Company, a Chevron U.S.A. Inc. division, maker of technologically advanced engine oils, lubricants and coolants, today introduced its new GST® Premium 32 turbine oil. The new oil has exceptional thermal and oxidative stability and meets strict requirements of a wide variety of turbine OEMs, including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Siemens and Alstom. The product is well suited for power generation applications in markets like petrochemical production, utilities and heavy industry. Read more…

Cobalt International Energy, Inc. provides operational update on its West Africa and Gulf of Mexico drilling operations

Cobalt International Energy, Inc. (“Cobalt”) (NYSE:CIE) today provided an update on its deepwater drilling operations in West Africa and the Gulf of Mexico, and announced that it has entered into a new rig contract. Read more…

Scana Offshore Services signs a contract for BOP Stacking services

Scana Industrier ASA has through its subsidiary Scana Offshore Services Inc been awarded a contract for BOP stacking services of approx. 2,7 MUSD to a non-disclosed customer. Read more…

ABB to provide power distribution and automation solution for Sevan offshore accommodation vessels

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order to provide integrated solutions that include the electrical propulsion system, Azipod® CZ and automation system onboard two offshore accommodation vessels. Read more…

Unique System FZE appoints new division head for its oil & gas division

Unique System FZE, a Unique Maritime Group company, which is one of the world’s leading integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solution providers, has announced the joining of Martin Bolton as the new Division Head for its Oil & Gas Division for the Middle East Region.  He will be based at Unique’s head office in Sharjah in the UAE. Read more…

Dundee Corporation acquires further interest in Eagle Hill Exploration Corporation

In accordance with regulatory requirements, Dundee Corporation (TSX:DC.A) (“Dundee”) announces that it has acquired in a private placement, 62,346,000 units (“Units”) of Eagle Hill Exploration Corporation (“Eagle Hill”) at a price of $0.075 per Unit. Each unit consists of one common share (“Share”) in the capital of Eagle Hill and one-half of one transferable common share purchase warrant (“Warrant”). Each whole Warrant entitles the holder to purchase one Share at a price of $0.10 per Share at any time within 48 months. Read more…

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