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Pulse opens new US facility to support growth plans

Pulse Structural Monitoring Inc., (Pulse), an Acteon company, has opened a new, purpose-built facility in Katy, Texas, that will provide modern office, production and testing facilities in an established industry hub.

The modern 740-m2 facility will support Pulse’s expansion plans in the North American market, while enabling the company to maintain exceptional levels of customer service for all its integrity monitoring projects. Read more…

J2 Subsea opens new US facility and extends ROV tool offering

J2 Subsea, an Acteon company, has opened a new facility in New Iberia, Louisiana, to make its extensive range of remotely operated vehicle (ROV) tools more readily available for subsea operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more…

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Aquasign – The world’s best underwater marking solution

The leading global provider of anti-fouling subsea signage.

Our underwater markers are unique, utilising a controlled oil-release system that mimics natural fish skin. We are the preferred identification solution by operators, delivering a range of real benefits to clients looking for longevity and added value. Aquasign is the recognised expert in subsea signage as we continually invest in research and development to supply a product that is innovative, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable. Read more…

New Aquasign Profile

Aquasign, previously known as Champion Environmental Technologies, is a global company specialising in the manufacture of subsea antifouling markers. Currently used on more than 800 oilfield projects worldwide, our underwater identification solution has a track record that stretches back over 30 years. Subsea Identification is our core business. We are the recognised experts in subsea markers as we continually invest in research and development to supply a product that is innovative, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable. With a range of fixings available, Aquasign provides a unique solution for all types of subsea assets, including ROV marking. In addition to underwater markers, Aquasign also offer a signage solution for topside applications. From surface to seabed we deliver all your signage needs. View the new Aquasign profile, featured in Your Subsea News:

Unique Maritime Group Secures Strategic Investment from Blue Water Energy

Unique Maritime Group (UMG),oneof the world’s leading integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solutionsprovider, is pleased to announce a pivotal strategic equity investment from Blue Water Energy.

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Nautronix Strengthen Sales Team

Through water communication and positioning technology company, Nautronix, is pleased to announce three new appointments within the sales team.

Bob Barrett, joins Nautronix as Sales Manager at the company’s global headquarters in Aberdeen. He will be responsible for developing awareness and understanding of all Nautronix products including NASNet® positioning technology. Prior to joining Nautronix, Bob gained his experience in sales through previous positions within the aerospace and Oil & Gas industry.

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Subsea 7 cover song on African vessel is big hit on YouTube

Subsea 7’s crew on the Bourbon Peridot vessel, operating in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa, have recorded a cover video of the 1983 hit song “Africa” by Toto. Posted on YouTube, the video has become a huge hit, generating nearly 20,000 views and 250 likes.

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Bowtech Products Ltd announces contract award with ROVOP to equip two ROV systems with high powered LED lights and underwater cameras

Bowtech Products Ltd, a global market leader in subsea vision systems, today announced that it has been awarded a contract by ROVOP to supply cameras and lights, which will equip two new ROV systems.

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Expro wins $10mn award for full service offering in Brazil

Leading international oilfield services company Expro has been awarded a contract to provide equipment and services in support of a client’s offshore project in Latin America. Read more…

Allspeeds supply decommissioning tools to Sellafield

Within the Sellafield Seascale site the Pile Fuel Storage Pond (PFSP) dates back to 1948, PFSP is the oldest fuel pond and is currently being decommissioned. In order to complete a decommissioning project at the PFSP, Sellafield Ltd needed a tool to cut multiple steel sections. Having known about the capabilities of Allspeeds, Sellafield Ltd approached them for a cutting solution. Click here to read more

UK company design and manufacture world leading cutting and gripping tools for the subsea industry

In January 2013 Britain’s manufacturing production rose to a 16-month high, this is encouraging in the hope that the UK will not dip back into a recession for the third time. Despite being slight, the growth is a positive indicator for the economy and British based companies. Click here to read more

Schneider Electric successfully qualifies technology for breakthrough project Åsgard

Schneider Electric has successfully qualified all equipment for the Controls Power Distribution Units (CPDU) for the Åsgard subsea compression project on schedule.

The selection of electronic components used in the CPDU was critical since they had to pass the stringent Technology Qualification Program which refers to the ISO 13628-6 standard relative to subsea production control systems. The ISO standards specifies shock, vibration and temperature tests.

Schneider Electric designed a specific generic test bench for all equipment from the qualification process to the environmental stress screening tests for each individual component installed in the CPDU. The successful testing was the key to launching the fabrication of the first CPDU.

This ONS 2012 Innovation Prize awarded project for subsea compression is located off the coast of Norway at a depth of 300 meters. Åsgard is designed and built by Aker Solutions and operated by Statoil.

Source: Schneider Electric

Jee realises further growth goal

Jee Ltd, a leading subsea engineering and training firm, has achieved a significant growth milestone by opening the company’s first London office.

Jee took the decision to open a central London office to aid the company’s overall growth strategy, which will see the firm create 150 jobs in the UK over the next 4 years, spread across its bases in London, Aberdeen and Tonbridge, near London.

Mike Hawkins, Technical Director, who will head up the London office, said: “Opening an office in central London has long been a goal for Jee and the whole team is thrilled to be taking this next step in expanding the company.

“The new location will allow us to better serve existing clients, and will be a hub from which we can attract more high-calibre employees, building on the wealth of knowledge the company already possesses as our client portfolio rapidly increases.

“These are exciting times at Jee and the London office has already proven to be the right decision to help drive forward growth plans, with two skilled senior engineers recently appointed to work from the new Victoria site.”

Mr Hawkins is joined by Team Leader Graham Wilson as well as a team of engineers in the new space, which can initially accommodate 20 staff. The firm aims to create more than 40 jobs in the UK in 2013, and the new office is an integral part of this existing growth strategy.

Jee managing director, Trevor Jee said: “It is fantastic to be able to convey a positive message of company expansion and prosperity keeping in line with our development plans.

“The opening of the London office sees us well on course to meet our growth targets, as we aim to create 150 new jobs in the UK in the next four years. Revenue for 2012 was up 51% on 2011, pushing us ahead of our projected targets of increasing company turnover from £5million to £20million in the same time period.”

Jee is a multi-discipline subsea engineering and training company operating in the global oil, gas and renewables industries. Services span the whole life-of-field, from early concept studies, through FEED and detailed design, installation and construction support services integrity management, operations and maintenance, and lifetime extension and decommissioning.

Source: Jee

Reef Subsea awarded ROV service contract for seabed gravity measurements by Statoil and AS Norske Shell on several Norwegian subsea fields

Reef Subsea today announced that its subsidiary company, Reef Subsea Norway, based in Bergen, has been awarded a ROV service contract for seabed gravity and subsidence monitoring on Statfjord, Mikkel and Ormen Lange subsea fields offshore Norway operated by Statoil and A/S Norske Shell. The 21 day contract has an option for 24 additional days.

Reef Subsea Norway (previously known as Technocean) will provide all onshore and offshore project management for the ROV part of the project. The company has mobilised Reef Subsea’s newly built dynamic positioning subsea construction vessel Reef Larissa, which will use her permanently installed Triton XLX Work-Class ROV systems, as the contract requires a large number of dives to complete the measurements on the seafloor.

The dives will take place in depths ranging from 145 to more than 1100mwd to measure seabed gravity and subsidence monitoring on all three fields from stations typically 2-4km apart. Seabed temperatures at Ormen Lange are between 0 and -1°C. The ROVs will deploy a special gravimeter instrument package with deployment arm on the seabed, which is provided by the company Gravitude AS.

Tim Sheehan, Chief Operating Officer of Reef Subsea, said: “We are delighted with this first contract with both Statoil and A/S Norske Shell for our new vessel Reef Larissa. Our fleet of DP subsea construction vessels is versatile and can handle a large range of subsea services. We will do our best to demonstrate Reef Subsea is a reliable and trustful partner.”

Duncan MacPherson, Managing Director of Reef Subsea Norway, added: “We are very proud to be working for both Statoil and A/S Norske Shell and to bring them the best services we can on this challenging project.”

Reef Subsea is an international group providing cost-effective integrated subsea services – IRM and construction, installation and burial and dredging and excavation – to the oil and gas and renewables industries. Its specialised subsidiaries provide operators and contractors with highly experienced personnel, key subsea technologies and construction support vessels. Reef Subsea serves its clients in the deep-water or demanding environments of the North Sea, Americas, Middle-East and South-East Asia areas. Reef Subsea is a 50/50 owned company of GC Rieber Shipping and HitecVision.

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Source: Reef Subsea

Ecosse Subsea Systems cleans up on Laggan-Tormore seabed route

- 67km route cleared at depths of 640 metres -

Ecosse Subsea Systems has completed a major seabed clearance project on the Laggan-Tormore project west of Shetland on behalf of TOTAL E&P Ltd and its partner DONG E&P (UK) Ltd.

The Aberdeen subsea technology company deployed its SCAR1 trenching tool to remove up to 1000 boulders which were delaying progress on cable laying and umbilical installation work.

The SCAR1 cut a 10 metre wide swathe over a 67km route, displacing boulders up to two metres in diameter and removing soil to leave a flat seabed for pipe laying to commence.

Typically seabed clearance is done using a ‘boulder grab’ device and is a slow process as it displaces rocks one by one, with operators reluctant to tackle boulders larger than a half metre in size.

The SCAR system was originally developed as a subsea plough but was redesigned and fabricated to suit TOTAL’s requirements and mobilised within a ten day window. The clearing plough worked at depths of 640 metres, believed to be a record for this type of equipment, and at optimum performance was clearing up to 1000 metres of seabed per hour.

Ecosse Subsea Systems managing director, Mike Wilson, said he hoped the success of the project has created a fresh solution for other exploration companies faced with complex seabed clearance issues.

He said: “Boulder clearance during seabed preparation is a real problem for some operators and is so arduous and expensive that often they opt to move the route of the pipeline. Our method, including preparation, vessel charter and deployment is considerably less expensive than the traditional alternative methods.

“Our SCAR system is extremely robust, easily mobilised, can work in the harshest environments and in up to depths of 3000 metres. The success of this project has demonstrated there is a much more efficient and less costly way of tackling seabed clearance and we anticipate this will lead to work on similar projects in the North Sea and other major oil and gas producing regions.”

Issued on behalf of Ecosse Subsea Systems Ltd by Sure Public Relations

“Subsea High Voltage Power Distribution” technical paper receives 2nd prize at the PCIC 2012 New Orleans Conference

The technical paper “Subsea High Voltage Power Distribution” was awarded 2nd Prize among the 54 papers presented during the IEEE-IAS-PCIC (Petroleum and Chemical Industry Committee) Technical Conference which was held in Toronto Canada in September 2011.

The paper describes the cutting edge technology that is used to bring the megawatts of power to the ocean floor needed by the subsea production units that are being installed close to the reservoirs where oil and gas are extracted from below the sea bed.

The prize was awarded to the four co-authors Terence Hazel (Schneider Electric), Henri Baerd (Converteam), Jarle Bremnes (Nexans Norway) and Josselin Legeay (Deutsch Offshore).

Terence Hazel was present to receive the Award at the 59th Annual IEEE-IAS-PCIC Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana USA.

“Working with coauthors who are specialists in their fields to put together a technical paper is a very rich experience. Receiving this award is truly gratifying and shows that our work was well received by our peers.” he said when receiving the prize from Jim Rozsits (Rockwell Automation), PCIC Advisory and Awards Subcommittee Chair.

The IEEE-IAS-PCIC annual conference has over 1000 attendees from countries around the globe. During 3 days industry specialists present some 50 technical papers covering a wide range of electrical and electronic engineering topics in that are of particular interest in the oil and gas industry.

Source: Schneider Electric

Professional Diving Academy has been awarded with a new Kirby Morgan 47 Rex demand helmet from renowned diving equipment manufacturer, Kirby Morgan

A world leading Commercial Diving Training Academy been awarded with a new Kirby Morgan 47 Rex demand helmet from renowned diving equipment manufacturer, Kirby Morgan.

Kirby Morgan President, Connie, Lyn Morgan, chose the recent Seawork 2012 Exhibition in Southampton, England, to present the Professional Diving Academy’s clearly delighted Training Manager, Neil MacMillan, with the gleaming new helmet on their stand during the opening day of the exhibition. Connie is the daughter of the legendary Bev Morgan, who alongside partner Bob Kirby founded the famous diving helmet company over fifty years ago in Santa Barbara, California. The Kirby Morgan name is now synonymous with the commercial diving industry and their distinctive helmets can be found adorning diver’s heads on underwater worksites across the entire planet.

“Kirby Morgan has a long history of supporting training excellence and we particularly wanted trainee divers at the Professional Diving Academy to experience the very latest design innovation that our company has to offer, specifically the KM 47 which is fitted with our REX® Regulator” said Morgan. “The REX® Regulators full adjustment balanced piston is a breakthrough design that exceeds the requirements of all government or other testing agencies and it has the best work-of-breathing performance when compared to any other commercial diving regulator and we will be interested in the feedback which we receive from PDA delegates.”

“On behalf of the Professional Diving Academy I would like to thank Kirby Morgan for this very generous gift,” said MacMillan. “We are naturally delighted to be associated with such a highly reputable company whose expertise and commitment to the commercial diving industry is recognised across the world. I cannot wait to incorporate this new helmet into our equipment portfolio and to pass onto KMDSI the feedback which will be received from our delegates.”

The Professional Diving Academy is one of the newest and most modern diver training schools in the world and has a unique link to the diving industry through its ADC registered sister company Shearwater Marine Services, which is one of the UK’s largest inshore marine civil engineering diving companies. This vital interface with the commercial diving world allows PDA delegates to experience an unrivalled industry relevant training programme, which teaches fundamental diving and working skills in a job realistic environment. It has a well-established reputation for delivering highly-advanced diver training courses and its globally recognised certification continues to provide exciting and lucrative global employment opportunities for its graduates.

Source: Professional Diving Academy

Marin takes subsea debris recovery to full ocean depth with supersize grab

Subsea intervention specialist Marin Group has unveiled a versatile new high-volume grab tool designed for use across a range of applications, including large-scale brownfield clearance.

The tool — available from operating company Marin Subsea — forms part of the EVO Marin Debris Recovery System (MDRS) and serves as cutting-edge proprietary technology capable of operating in harsh subsea environments to full ocean depth for the recovery and removal of assorted debris.

With a mobilised capacity of 40 cubic tonnes, the hydraulically-driven, multi-tined Evo MDRS grab can be deployed by single wire or by a remote actuation pack and operated via clients’ ROV intervention systems.

The grab is the latest in a series of complementary proprietary tools in which Marin Group has invested £3 million to deliver a one-stop debris recovery and removal service. Design and development costs for the grab alone totalled £1 million, with a further £350,000 invested in the dedicated winch and £500,000 in the hydraulic power pack.

Group CEO George Stroud said: “This grab is unlike anything currently available and is of particular interest to clients in the decommissioning, renewables and route preparation sectors.

“It is extremely versatile, can be used at any depth, and can be configured to address a wide variety of subsea requirements, either as a standalone tool or in conjunction with our Evo JetProp high-volume excavation systems and Evo Shearpower cutting tool.”
The MDRS grab — for which a patent is pending — has interchangeable teeth and wedges can be fitted to secure uneven loads. It can be configured for diverse applications including the recovery and removal of

• rock dump
• mixed debris
• concrete mattresses, including bitumen
• protection covers
• pipelines
• cables.

Mr Stroud added: “Although we envisage the MDRS being primarily used within the energy industry, it can also be configured for other maritime jobs such as light aircraft and helicopter recovery.”

Marin Group is based in Ellon, near Aberdeen, with further bases in Asia Pacific, the Gulf of Mexico, Central and South America, and is underpinned by 30 years at the cutting edge of subsea excavation design, build and delivery.

Source: Cirrus Associates

Reef Subsea awarded seabed dredging contract by A/S Norske Shell on Ormen Lange for newly-built Scanmachine 4

Reef Subsea AS announced today that Scanmudring – one of its Norwegian subsidiaries – have been awarded by A/S Norske Shell a seabed dredging contract on Ormen Lange Mid-North field development. The task will be performed by the newly-built Scanmachine 4, the new generation of the highly experienced tool carrier developed and operated by Scanmudring. The water depth, challenging seabed conditions and high precision required in achieving the work are ideal to the new Scanmachine 4 capabilities.

The project objective is to perform final seabed preparation for pipelay within narrow geometrical tolerances (+/- 20cm) and with a curved route to follow. The dredging and rectification works will be achieved at the Ormen Lange Mid-North Field Development at a water depth of about 950m, with an uneven seabed mainly composed of hard clay. The contract has an option for similar work to be accomplished for Ormen Lange Further North development.

The Scanmachine 4, which has been available since January 2012, is the new generation of this robust, precise and flexible tool carrier platform. It has retained the existing proven design and added key improvements in technology and the ability to function in deep water up to 2500m. The Scanmachine 4 also benefit from a new generation of Control System to achieve high precision monitoring of the situation on the seabed. In this Project, the Scanmachine will be fully integrated with the Ormen Lange in-field LBL positioning system that improves positioning subsea.

Mark Preece, Reef Subsea Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are extremely pleased to have the brand-new Scanmachine 4 ready in time to support A/S Norske Shell on Ormen Lange challenging subsea gas field. Scanmudring has over the past few years performed work for Shell, sometimes repeatedly and as a subcontractor, on Inde, Draugen and Shearwater fields. The Scanmachine 4, which has been conceived for worldwide operations, has already found her market in one of the deepest and most demanding fields of the North Sea. We expect it to be attractive to all our clients around the world, who can now benefit from our extended presence and capabilities resulting from the friendly acquisition of Rotech Subsea and their current merger with Scanmudring”.

Reef Subsea AS is an international group providing cost-effective integrated subsea services to the Oil & Gas and Renewables industries. Its specialised subsidiaries – Technocean, Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical, Specialist Subsea Services and Scanmudring-Rotech Subsea – provide operators and contractors with highly experienced personnel, key subsea technologies and construction support vessels. Reef Subsea serves its clients in the deepwater or demanding environments of the North Sea, Americas, Middle-East and South-East Asia areas. Reef Subsea is a 50/50 owned company of GC Rieber Shipping and HitecVision.

Source: Reef Subsea

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