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Seatronics successfully activates world’s first P.A.N. disrupter subsea with Predator ROV Elite System

Seatronics, an Acteon company, has successfully triggered a Percussion Actuated Non-electric (P.A.N.) disrupter, subsea, with its Predator Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), whilst maintaining station keeping during a live fire mission.

Manufactured and developed by Seatronics, the Predator ROV has been designed to function in all market sectors due to its compact and portable structure, ensuring easy deployment and operation.

Seatronics established the Predator ROV Elite System as a Bomb Squad Capable Improvised Explosive Device (IED) ROV specifically designed to perform demonstrations in conjunction with Great Eastern Group (GEG) for the US Maritime Bomb Squads. A demonstration of the unit was conducted in April 2015 in response to requirements outlined by the nation’s bomb squad community and the Port of Los Angeles / Long Beach Port Dive Operations Group (PDOG).

Euan Mackay, vice president – sales, Seatronics Inc., said, “Feedback received from the demonstration proved to be very positive, categorising the Predator ROV Elite System as a very capable ROV with great potential for underwater counter IED projects. The attendees recognised the system’s power, effective station keeping ability and low cost basis as key beneficial features. The Predator’s ability to hold station was made possible with the use of the SeeByte CoPilot software, which was developed in conjunction with Seatronics and refined to address the specific needs of the FBI and PDOG teams. The trials and client comments enabled the Seatronics and GEG team to identify areas for ROV enhancement to capitalise on the functionality for counter IED missions, including lowering the overall system weight, improving mobility as well as successfully integrating the P.A.N. disruptor function onto the unit.”

Initial demonstrations resulted in an invitation for Seatronics to demonstrate the Predator ROV Elite System at the Underwater Post Blast Investigators Course in Bluffton, South Carolina, USA, hosted by the FBI Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Unit (C-IEDU), along with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s (SLED) Bomb Squad. Attending the course offered the opportunity to demonstrate the Predator ROV Elite System to a variety of Public Safety entities in a real world environment.

Derek Donaldson, vice president of global operations, Seatronics, said, “The Predator ROV Elite System performed flawlessly, aiding the dive teams in finding post IED explosions debris in near black-water conditions.

“The capability demonstration culminated with the Predator successfully live-firing a P.A.N. disruptor subsea, while maintaining full control using the vehicle’s SeeByte CoPilot system. The Predator is the first ROV in its class to achieve this prestigious accolade.”

Robert Von Loewenfeldt, senior special agent, South Carolina Law Enforcement, added, “The Predator ROV Elite System’s cameras positively identified a suspected IED and the P.A.N. was fired from the ROV’s Operator’s Control Unit. The firing of the P.A.N. had little effect on the Predator’s ability to maintain station keeping, making it easy for the operator to see the effect the P.A.N. round had on the target. Unlike most ROVs, the Predator ROV Elite System offers a truly remote solution to the underwater IED problem.”

Click here to see the Predator ROV Elite System in action:

Predator ROV Elite System


Ferguson Offshore DNV 2.7-1 4000 Litre Tote Tanks Available out of South East Asia

Ferguson , a leading supplier of offshore DNV 2.7-1 / EN12079 certified containers, tanks, refrigeration modules, accommodation and workspace modules, supplies DNV 2.7-1 offshore tote tanks from their South East Asian bases in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam.

The 4000 litre tank is used to store and transport most chemicals used in oil and gas production as its construction makes it more able to withstand the rigours of offshore work and has a lower transport cost per litre than an IBC. The tanks are part of Ferguson’s offshore DNV 2.7-1 chemical tank range, introduced in response to client demand.

IBCs are durable and light, but they are susceptible to damage and possible leakage during shipment and can burn rapidly in fire conditions.  The DNV 2.7-1 offshore tank can withstand both fire and substantial impacts due to its design and its 316 stainless steel construction weathers well in the tropical climate of the region.

Quayside, on and offloading drums of chemicals involves a significant amount of handling and once used, the drums are difficult to clean, re-use or even dispose of.  The larger capacity of the tank means that there are fewer lifts.

Simon de Koning, General Manager, Singapore welcomed the tanks.

“The tote tanks are a very cost efficient way to move cargo.  When a 1000 litre IBC is lifted as loose cargo, it takes four lifts to get 4000 litres of product on board the vessel, and thereafter onto the offshore installation, while it only takes one lift when using the 4000 litre tank. Additionally, the 4000 litre tank has a lesser footprint than four IBCs.”

Each lift increases the risk to the vessel, the cargo and the handlers, therefore a reduction in the amount of lifts means a reduction in risk.

If small volumes of product require to be transported in IBCs, the IBCs can be shipped in specially designed IBC carriers or mini containers that are designed to carry two IBCs. The Ferguson IBC mini container comes with internal tie down points and a cargo net.

When handling materials offshore, it is essential to reduce the risk to the cargo, the environment and the handlers.  Ferguson believes that their new 4000 litre tote tanks will be a key part of this process.

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Ferguson Tote Tanks Available out of Singapore

Chemical Tank 4000L


Unique Group expands into Saudi Arabia

Unique Group , the leading integrated subsea and offshore solution provider, is making its first move into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the opening of two new facilities in Riyadh and Dammam. With the opening of the two new sites, Unique Group is signalling its commitment to growth in the Kingdom, as well as the wider Middle East.

The move is being made in response to customer demand for products and support services to be provided locally.  Ten skilled engineering roles will be created throughout 2016, some of which will be filled by local people, in line with the Kingdom’s aspirations to increase opportunities for its indigenous workforce.

The teams will be led by sales manager Egon Oltmans, who brings a wealth of experience gained in similar roles with companies such as Nortek SeaDarQ and Nortek Oceanografische Instrumentation in the Netherlands, and Trio DataCom in Melbourne.

The Riyadh office is already open, Dammam will follow in early 2016, and services provided will include those offered by Unique Group’s five divisions: Survey Equipment; Marine & Subsea; Buoyancy & Ballast; Diving Equipment; and On-site Engineering. These new bases will also open up further opportunities for Unique Group’s recently-acquired GSE Rentals, a rental specialist of high quality Geophysical, Hydrographic and Oceanographic marine survey equipment.

Sharad Kumar, group business development manager for Unique Group, said: “This expansion has been motivated by the need to deliver a streamlined service, available locally, to our customers.  We already have a strong presence in UAE and a growing customer base in Saudi Arabia: now we can offer a faster response to deliver sales and rentals of hydrographic equipment, as well as on-site support.”

Sahil Gandhi, director of Unique Group, added: “Unique Group is in an exciting period of growth that has dramatically extended our global footprint, increased our access to emerging markets and given our customers access to a wider range of services.

“Establishing two facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a clear indication of our intentions: to strengthen our presence in the Middle East, to acquire new partners for our portfolio and to recruit the best talent.

“We have long, successful relationships with our customers because we offer a quality, streamlined service that operates globally.

“Opening new facilities enhances our service and it was with customers in mind that we selected our recent acquisitions, GSE Rentals and Oceanwide SAS. Our customers’ requirements are at the forefront of our business strategy.” Unique Group is headquartered in Sharjah, UAE and also has presence in Oman and Qatar.

Sahil Gandhi (left) with Sharad Kumar (right) (2)



Seatronics secures first UK sale of 2G Robotics’ ULS-200 underwater laser scanner

Seatronics, an Acteon company, has secured the first UK sale of 2G Robotics’ ULS-200 underwater laser scanner. The system was purchased by HR Wallingford; a world-leading independent civil engineering and environmental hydraulics organisation, based in Oxfordshire.

Sale of ULS 200 - HR Wallingford



Adil Ali, product sales manager, Seatronics, said, “HR Wallingford is a leader in global hydrological research, and purchased 2G Robotic’s ULS-200 system based on the impressive level of resolution and accuracy it delivers. Seatronics has an excellent track record of customer service and technical support and provided close client liaison in both commercial and technical matters leading up to the sale.”


The ULS-200 is 2G Robotics’ mid-range underwater laser scanner. The system has a lightweight, compact design and low power and bandwidth requirements, enabling simple integration and operation. The system generates 3D point cloud models. From these models, highly accurate and precise measurements can be captured for detailed analysis of underwater structures and environments.


HR Wallingford recently opened the Fast Flow Facility, one of the world’s largest marine test facilities, with a unique, dual-channel flume for wave-current-sediment modelling. The company conducted trials with the ULS-200 at the facility, with technical support from Seatronics and 2G Robotics. HR Wallingford subsequently purchased a ULS-200 and has successfully deployed it in marine renewables projects and scour research.


Prof. Richard Whitehouse, technical director,HR Wallingford, said, “We were impressed with the ULS-200′s capabilities and results during our trials. The 3D visualisations generated by the ULS-200 are providing highly accurate models from which detailed analysis and research can be conducted. The ULS-200 is greatly assisting with our projects – including those in the marine renewables sector – delivering significant benefits in accuracy and efficiency. The ULS-200 is a definite asset to our facility.”

Heskins Introduce Marine Anti Slip Tape

Heskins are proud to announce their new marine specific anti slip tape. Like Heskins Safety Grip™, it is an abrasive anti slip material, but the comparisons end there, as this is an abrasive material that is comfortable to walk on with bare feet.

Where Heskins Safety Grip™ uses aluminium oxide, a very sharp material, marine anti slip tape uses S2, a derivative of sand, that are more like round, glass beads. Not only is this more comfortable to bare skin, but it provides exceptional slip resistance in the most demanding of conditions also.

This feature makes marine anti slip tape suitable for all water-fairing vessels, from pleasure crafts to commercial ships.

Heskins H3460 marine anti slip tapemarine-anti-slip-tape-blue

is also the first product in the Heskins range to be 100% salt resistant, ensuring it provides exceptional slip prevention for a long time. A beneficial feature for a product intended for vessels that spend huge amount of time on the open seas.

Heskins currently stock marine anti slip tape in black, blue and grey, available in pre-cut rolls or die cuts.

Dependent on order quantity, Heskins will be happy to discuss a custom solution should you require it, as the post-production facilities available allow for a cost effective solution that minimises waste.

For more information, or to order, please contact the Heskins sales team.

Unique Group acquires Aberdeen marine survey equipment firm GSE Rentals

(left to right) Andy Doggett, director of Unique Group’s survey equipment division; Stan Moroney, former owner of GSE Rentals; and Ray Hughes, managing director of Unique System UK Limited.

Unique Group has acquired GSE Rentals (Geophysical Survey Equipment) a rental specialist of high quality Geophysical, Hydrographic and Oceanographic marine survey equipment.

GSE Rentals is now wholly owned by Unique Group and the company’s workforce will be retained. Former owner, Stan Moroney, will continue as business advisor and consultant to Unique Group.

Unique Group has more than 20 years of survey rental experience globally. By acquiring GSE Rentals, it can strengthen its presence in non oil and gas markets, with a focus on offshore renewable energy projects, submarine cables, dredging, ports and harbours and civil projects.

Andy Doggett, director of Unique Group’s survey equipment division said: “GSE Rentals is a well respected company that offers a high level of technical support and knowledge to its global customers.

“The advantage to GSE Rentals’ customers is that it will now be able to provide enhanced global support through Unique Group’s bases in the Middle East, South Africa, India, the Netherlands, Singapore and the USA.

“We are well aware of the high-quality service provided by GSE Rentals and by committing additional capital to increase its fleet, we will enhance its place as the preferred marine survey rental company in Europe.”

Stan Moroney, the now former owner, of GSE Rentals said: “Becoming part of Unique Group will allow us to invest further in our rental pool and ensure that we have all the skills and equipment to meet our clients’ needs now and in the future. For the past 25 years we have been supplying the latest technology, supported by our dedicated staff and we will continue to supply the same high level of expertise and support to our clients”.

Harry Gandhi, founder of Unique Group said: “We offer the very best in the offshore and subsea sectors and the addition of GSE Rentals to our team is great news for our existing and potential customers.

“Our acquisition Of GSE Rentals will help us consolidate and expand into key markets that complement our existing offering, from Aberdeen to Singapore.”

Unique Group recently acquired Oceanwide Safety at Sea, the market leader in the design, construction and maintenance of self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboats. Oceanwide’s Rotterdam office has increased Unique Group’s access to new clients across the Antwerp, Hamburg and Bremen seaports.

GSE Rentals will continue to operate from its facility in Aberdeen, a short distance from Unique Group’s UK headquarters in Dyce.


For more information, please call +9716 513 0333
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Israel Defence Forces Reveal Social Media Tactics in a Special Guest Address Next Week

SMi’s 5th annual conference on Social Media within Defence and Military takes place next week and will include a special guest address from military engagement pioneers, Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

The IDF is active on 30 platforms in six languages including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, and has been approached by several western countries, keen to learn from its expertise.

The presentation entitled: Communicating Conflict – Social Media Challenges on the Battlefield, will be delivered by an Official IDF Spokesman, who will provide a comprehensive overview of the IDF’s current social media presence and activities. With a focus on cutting edge social media strategy, the keynote address will offer guidance on building a strong organic following in support of war/crisis, and look ahead into the IDF’s future digital strategy.

A snap shot of those confirmed include:

Airbus Defence & Space , British Army , British Forces Broadcasting Service , College of Policing , Cranfield University, Cycurity Vision , Danish Defence, Defense Media Activity, DEU BwOCC, DND Canada, Echosec, Elbit Systems, EU Naval Force, European External Action Service, French Joint Defence Staff, HootSuite, Israel Defense Forces, Italian Navy, MINDEF, Singapore , MOD, NATO ACT, NATO Headquarters, NATO SHAPE, Navy Information Center, Norwegian National Security Authority, QinetiQ, Royal Netherlands Army, Ruag, Saab, Selex, Singapore Armed Forces, Swedish Armed Forces, U.S. Department of Defense, US AFRICOM, US Army, ZC Social Media

Further details are available online at:

Social Media within the Defence & Military Sector

19 – 20 November 2015

Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, London UK

Follow the conversation at #milsocialmedia

Sponsored by Cycurity Vision and Echosec

H3453 Corrosion Protection Tape Now Available


If two different metals come together, as well as being exposed to moisture, galvanic corrosion can occur. Things such as trailers can be made from different materials, and when this reaction happens, the lifespan can be dramatically reduced. Galvanic corrosion occurs when two metals are brought together in an electrolyte, causing one ( anode ) to corrode faster than normal, and the other ( cathode ) to be inhibited.

Heskins have created H3453 corrosion protection tape to eradicate this reaction, prolonging the service life and reduce costs. Its simple application only increases its appeal, a self-adhesive backing allows it to be applied to one metal, and the other metal can be applied without risk of galvanic corrosion.

H3453 corrosion protection tape is available in large rolls which can be cut down to sheets or die cuts, and custom options are available dependent on order quantity to meet your requirements.

For more information, or to order, get in touch via phone: +44 (0) 1254 832266, email or Live Chat on the website.

Military Leaders take the next step into digital deployment and address the rise in Extremist Recruitment and Radicalisation

London based conference organisers SMi Group, will open doors to host the 5th annual conference on Social Media within the Defence & Military Sector in a fortnight.

The one of a kind event will draw from an array of leading social media gurus and digital experts as well as senior military from around the world, to discuss the latest developments in operational use; ROI; recruitment; crisis communication; and offer creative and strategic guidance on campaign success, content and engagement.

With the rise of extremist groups becoming more pervasive through sophisticated use of social media, this year’s conference will include a featured presentation on the use of digital platforms for recruitment and radicalisation, presented by retired Brigadier General, Mark Goldblatt.

In current times when online platforms are being hijacked and used as channels for promoting extremism, Mark Goldblatt, Founder and CEO of the business intelligence and cyber security specialists, Cycurity, will ask questions such as; What new tactics should democracies adopt in order to protect themselves? Why have democracies failed thus far? How is Implementing the “Iron Dome principle” in overcoming numbers with technology, relevant? Can key points of intervention be identified to form a coherent strategy?

Countering social media terrorism will also be discussed by the US Department of Defence, where the Director of DoD Social Media, will look ahead into future trends and patterns of engagement and assess the methods used by terrorist organisations to spread ideals.

Set to open with a host nation address from the British Army’s 77th Brigade, other event highlights on the agenda include a special guest address from a senior military spokesperson from Israel Defence Forces, plus exclusive updates from Hootsuite, Saab, NATO and the Home Office College of Policing.

For those who are interested in attending, further details and a snapshot of confirmed attendees are available online at

Social Media within the Defence and Military Sector
19 – 20 November 2015
Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, London UK
Follow the conversation on Twitter #milsocialmedia
Sponsored by Cycurity Vision and Echosec

18th Century Sailing Ship Transports Ethical Low Emission Cargo

shipMILLBROOK, Cornwall, England – 2 November 2015 – Grayhound Lugger Sailing, which provides sustainable cargo transport onboard the only 18th century lugger sailing ship in the world, announced that Grayhound is now flying the flag of sustainable cargo, along with Netherlands-based Fairtransport Shipping and France/Breton-based shipping company Trans Oceanic Wind Transport (TOWT).

By joining with up to twenty small businesses to create the Sailing Cargo Alliance (SCA), Grayhound Lugger Sailing, one of the world’s first modern day low emission sailing companies, is strengthening its already fierce commitment to sustainable shipping.

Back to the future

For those unfamiliar with Grayhound, she is a replica of an 18th century three-masted Cornish lugger sailing ship. When she carries organic ale, wine, tea and honey across the English Channel, she does so in the tradition of sailors hundreds of years ago:  with minimal engine usage. The products transported are labeled individually to identify the specific amount of COemissions saved, as well as route characteristics.  (See the TOWT website

One cargo run alone can save up to 5 tonnes of CO2.

“Onboard Grayhound, we are passionate about treading as lightly as possible on our planet’s resources. We wanted to start a small family run business that would reflect this, so operating as a sailing cargo ship is ideal.  We are actively living it, while offering others a practical way to get their specialist goods to market while reducing the release of harmful emissions,” said Freya Pomeroy-Rowden, Partner at Grayhound Lugger Sailing. “With the support of Fairtransport and TOWT, we are very excited, especially with regard to what it means to the future of sailing cargo and low emission transport and our ability to contribute to it. Together we are stronger and more powerful. Plus, as neighbouring countries, we work together in to support one another through the SCA,” she added.

Practically speaking, the French broker TOWT organises the UK and Breton products that the ship carries. Grayhound’s own office will assign the cargo crew that it receives, with the help of its agents. As a result, Grayhound is well supported, so that she can do what she does best: transport cargo safely and efficiently, while TOWT liaises with the cargo owners and organises the best shipping option and market  for this specialist service.

Ethical organic cargo sails across Channel using low emissions

Sailing low emission cargo is just part of the story.  The cargo that Grayhound carries in her hold is distinctive. Organic wines, ales, tea and food – such as Muscadet and Bordeaux bio dynamic wines,  specialist local Breton tinned sardines, salted caramel and honey- that have been organically produced by merchants who want to ensure that their goods are transported to market via clean shipping. Since May, Grayhound  has sailed nearly 20 tonnes of cargo from West Country ports Brixham, Plymouth and Falmouth to Douarnenez and Nantes in France. A selection of organic Bordeaux and Muscadet wines travelled across the Channel to Falmouth, destined for Cusgarne Organic Farm near Truro, near the Cornish coast. The last delivery took place in September when three tonnes of wine were offloaded for the winter trade.

Looking ahead, the service will resume at Easter. Grayhound’s new 2016 schedule is now online and will sail eight cargo runs from April to October the 2015 model.

Sparking discussion, raising awareness

Freya and her husband, Marcus Pomeroy-Rowden, Partner at Grayhound Lugger Sailing, became aware of Fairtransport when they saw one of its fleet, the brigantine Tres Hombres, sailing and working.  “Ever since, we wanted to work with Fairtransport.  We all have very similar values and are working ships, loading and offloading cargo,” said Marcus.

For Marcus and Freya, cargo sailing is much more than delivering goods safely and on time. “It is our hope to make our trainees and onlookers think, if but for a second, ‘there really are people out there doing something that challenges old ways and breaks the mould.’ If what we do simply kickstarts a discussion, then it is worth it. Working with our buyers and producers, we take pride in trying to achieve ‘fair transport.’ It’s what we are all striving towards. We look forward to sailing with more trainees next year and building sail cargo’s future,” added Marcus.

Merchants interested in shipping cargo sustainably across the English Channel should contact TOWT or Grayhound.  Individuals keen to join as a trainee or crewmember on the Grayhound should visit Grayhound’s website

CRU’s Copper team is seeking an experienced Senior/Principle Consultant to join its dynamic team



Wire and Cable Senior Analyst/Principle Consultant


Copper Team, Non-Ferrous Metals Department

Location :

CRU London Office

Reporting to: 

Head of Wire and Cable Team

Summary of Position:

CRU’s Copper team is seeking an experienced Senior/Principle Consultant to join our dynamic team. The successful candidate will have experience in wire and cable; either with a wire and cable manufacturer or another company in the industry, such as a major distributor, system integrator, or a supplier to the wire and cable industry.

This challenging and exciting position involves leading and developing CRU’s wire and cable market analysis. Working alongside industry experts, you will play a key role within our Wire and Cable division, providing in-depth and insightful knowledge. For the right person, this position will provide the opportunity to become part of a dynamic, supportive and truly international team and provide unrivalled commodity exposure and experience.


Main Responsibilities:

  • Lead and develop CRU’s Wire and Cable market analysis
  • Compile data forecasts and written content forCRU’s quarterly Wire and Cable Market Outlook and other bi-annual reports, and contribute to other wire and cable reports as required
  • Develop a deep understanding of the current and future drivers of wire and cable markets
  • Undertake travel for field research and to meet key market participants
  • Develop, maintain and nurture contacts with key industry players
  • Maintain a structured and accurate approach to data collection, storage and analysis
  • Perform detailed analysis and interpretation of data to generate views and forecasts
  • Respond to ad-hoc client and internal requests for information and opinions in a timely and professional manner
  • Present market outlooks at seminars, conferences and to clients
  • Liaise with sales and marketing in promoting CRU’s products


Essential Qualifications:

  • Undergrad degree from a top ranking university
  • At least 5 years experience of the wire and cable industry in roles involving planning, strategy, marketing, sales management, product development
  • Numerate with the ability to critically analyse data to identify trends and key drivers
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Good presentation skills


To apply for the position, please email your CV and covering letter to:

Compliant employment solutions for Oil and Gas contractor personnel



Acumen International is a single regional Employer of Record, umbrella payroll company and Oil and Gas contractor for employment services in the former Soviet Union, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe plus Central Asia.

We assist Oil and Gas companies expanding to the remotest areas within our region in search of natural resources. We also help international Oil and Gas contractor recruitment agencies meet the needs of their clients fully and compliantly. We provide employment outsourcing and umbrella payroll solutions for Oil and Gas contractors in the energy rich countries in our region, acting as a Professional Employer Organization.

Oil and Gas is one of the fields that has a great need for agility in the workforce. The projects may not always require hiring an in-house staff! That is where our Oil and Gas contractor employment solutions come in place.

If you’re looking to extend your company’s capabilities, place more contractors at your or your clients work sites, in any country within our region, resulting in more profit gain, our solution is just for you. Instead of putting interim project workers on your company payroll or setting up offices in countries where you find the fitting skill and expertise, our Oil and Gas contractor employment services will benefit your business allowing you to stay compliant with the local legislation.

What makes us unique?

  •   Unmatched speed  

Very often having remote Oil and Gas contractor personnel working for you remotely is time critical as it underpins wider business objectives to grow business and increase competitiveness. A single agreement with our UK company allows you to enter as many countries as you want whether it is 1 country or all 33 that we cover, whether it is one person or a hundred or as many as you need.

  •    Narrow Specialization highly valued in Oil and Gas field  

Nowadays it is crucial to trust Oil and Gas contractor employment to a company with project experience and narrow specialization in the Oil and Gas industry as this ensures compliant employment of the best experts as well as timely payrolling them onsite.

With our help, you or your client Oil and Gas companies get rid of any administrative hassle and gain peace of mind that their workforce are paid timely and compliantly. We render cost effective international employment, payroll and immigration services: we are officially registered as a professional employer organization (PEO) and payroll provider in a range of countries and have reliable partners in the rest of them.

  •     An unprecedented guarantee in employment outsourcing and international payroll field

We guarantee you that your or your clients personnel are paid correctly and on time. If we delay a payday even for 1 day, you receive a full 100% fee refund for that period.

With our fully compliant single point of contact services and profound understanding of your local needs, you access a pool of talent and cover wider territories gaining more profit as a result. 

We bear full responsibility for your project, employing expatriate and local personnel and payrolling them correctly on time.
For more information please contact our London Office.

UK, London, 30 Percy Street, W1T 2DB

+44 203 468 87 77


Contact person: Nataliya Oprya

Website link

Trelleborg signs framework agreement with Statoil

Trelleborg’s offshore operation signed a framework agreement with Statoil for the delivery of Passive Fire Protection solutions for use on flanges and bolts. The products will be manufactured at Trelleborg’s facility in Krokstadelva, Norway.

Under the framework, Trelleborg will supply FireNut™, a protection system for flanges and bolts used to extend service life in the event of a fire. The FireNut™ system simplifies installation, inspection and maintenance of flanges and is manufactured from Trelleborg’s unique rubber with FireStop™ technology.

Jørgen Sletten, Business Group Director for Trelleborg’s offshore operation in Norway commented, “We have a long history of working together with Statoil, and we believe they have seen firsthand that our products and solutions can increase efficiency and reduce costs. This framework will lay the foundation for FireNut™ to become a preferred bolt protection solution on all Statoil offshore installations in operation.”

FireNut™ prevents damage to bolt threads and reduces elongation of bolts even after direct impact from a jet fire at 1,300°C/ 2,372°F. The rigid and tough design of the product means that it has extremely good resistance to mechanical damage and can be tailor made to accommodate almost any bolt size.

Trelleborg signs framework agreement with Statoil2Trelleborg signs framework agreement with Statoil






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Trelleborg adds further support for its customers in Brazil

Brazil remains a development area for the oil and gas industry, so to effectively service its customers in the region, Trelleborg’s offshore operation has invested in two new regional appointments.

Project Manager, Rafael Campos handles local contracts to provide clients with quicker and more efficient support on the ground. Sales Manager, Bruno Matos aims to grow relationships with local customers and associations, as well as support the business by building a knowledge of local market trends.

Richard Beesley, Commercial Director of Trelleborg’s offshore operation in Brazil, comments: “We understand that our presence in Brazil is vital to providing high quality communication, understanding and support for our local customers. Since our customers are hugely important to us, we are investing in training and developing our Brazil-based teams to support the growing needs of the region.”

Trelleborg has secured a contract to supply Drill Riser Buoyancy Modules (DRBM) for drill ships that will operate in Brazil in Q2 2016 and is scheduled for delivery from late 2015 into early 2016 to one of the major leading drilling companies in the world.

Beesley continues: “This contract firmly establishes Trelleborg as a leading supplier of Drill Riser Buoyancy Modules for the Brazilian new build market. Through our ongoing focus and investment in ground breaking innovation, technology and skilled personnel, we strive to perform at every level to meet our customer’s needs globally.

“This is a continuation of our long-standing commitment to developing innovative products and sophisticated materials designed specifically to exceed market requirements and meet the demands of increasing service depths for the global offshore drilling segment.”

In order to reduce a drilling riser’s net weight in water, and ensure that the structure and drilling vessel are supported, Trelleborg offers tailor made DRBMs which are fitted around the length of the riser pipe, improving the riser’s buoyancy and protecting it from service damage.

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Unique Group acquires Oceanwide S.a.S.

Unique Group, the leading integrated subsea and offshore solution provider, has acquired Oceanwide Safety at Sea in a deal that joins two global leaders in the diving industry.

Oceanwide is market leading in the design, construction and maintenance of self-propelled hyperbaric lifeboats. Its integration into Unique Group represents great opportunity for investment in new products and better access to its global customers.

Founded in 2002, the company will be wholly owned by Unique Group but will continue to be managed by its founders, Rob Bunders and Klaas Kapteijn, with the current workforce being retained.

Oceanwide will be able to expand its services across the regions where Unique Group has existing facilities, including the Middle East, Singapore and the USA. Oceanwide will use Unique Group’s capital to invest in research, development and continued innovation. This is Unique Group’s first acquisition since it announced an ambitious growth plan earlier this year, and the acquisition of a Rotterdam office will open up access to new clients across the Antwerp, Hamburg and Bremen seaports.

Harry Gandhi, founder and CEO of Unique Group said: “As a customer of Oceanwide’s for many years, we are well aware of the quality of its products. No other company can match Oceanwide’s position in the market.

“This acquisition brings a true global market leader into the Unique Group and provides Oceanwide with the platform to extend its capabilities internationally and pursue a number of new and exciting growth opportunities.

“Unique Group has a reputation for expertise in the offshore diving sector and this acquisition can only enhance that.”

Rob Bunders, joint founder of Oceanwide S.a.S said: “This transaction gives Oceanwide a partner to take our business to the next level.

“As well as bringing operational and financial benefits, we can also invest in innovation with a specific focus on new materials and new technology for the next generation of our product.

“Our customers will continue to receive a quality service, but with presence in new locations, we can be even more responsive and faster to market.”


Unique Group acquires Oceanwide Safety at Sea

Bibby HydroMap to present d’ROP® to The Hydrographic Society in Scotland


Seabed survey company Bibby HydroMap will be presenting their survey ROV d’ROP to The Hydrographic Society in Scotland later this month in Aberdeen.

Titled “The d’ROP®; a new approach to shallow water survey and asset inspection operations”, Bibby HydroMap Project Manager Simon Baldwin and Engineering Manager Colin Burke will discuss the capabilities and performance of the system since its launch earlier this year. The d’ROP has been designed to offer a remotely operated survey platform capable of operating effectively and cost efficiently in dynamic marine environments, whilst accommodating various survey sensors, including PanGeo’s SBI.

Simon was responsible for the successful completion of a large integrated marine survey utilising the d’ROP platform with PanGeo’s SBI in challenging environmental conditions, and has worked closely with the development team. Commenting on recent results, Simon states: “We have been very impressed with the quality of data acquired using the combination of d’ROP and SBI. This has been the first real test of its capabilities and we are very pleased with its performance on the project.”

The presentations take place on the 28th October at 19:00 at the Carmelite Hotel in Aberdeen.


The innovative d’ROP system.
d’ROP equipped with the PanGeo Sub-Bottom Imager (SBI).

Panalpina and JDA help customers increase asset velocity


Three years ago, Panalpina announced its intention to deploy a single warehouse management system (WMS) across all of its logistics facilities throughout the world. The roll-out of the RedPrairie – now JDA – WMS is progressing ahead of schedule thanks to Panalpina’s experts in all regions and a specially developed and unique fast deployment model. To date, JDA WMS has been rolled out at more than 30 Panalpina sites globally – enabling Panalpina to optimize service levels and inventory for customers.

The WMS roll-out builds upon Panalpina’s logistics strategy to become the first 3PL (third-party logistics provider) to improve inventory management by helping customers increase asset velocity – moving products more quickly and reducing warehoused stock.

JDA WMS provides for various scan-and-validate check points throughout the warehousing process, allowing Panalpina to offer its customers a highly customizable solution. Panalpina also uses the system to track and compare the performance of its four-wall operations globally and then works towards benchmarks, for example in terms of very high inventory accuracy. JDA WMS has so far been deployed in 33 sites worldwide.

“The fast roll-out of the JDA warehouse management system worldwide is another way that Panalpina demonstrates its strategic commitment to growing in the logistics arena,” says Mike Wilson, global head of Logistics at Panalpina. “We have developed an unmatched level of in-house expertise, which we will use for the benefit of our customers to further accelerate the roll-out at our remaining logistics facilities.”

Panalpina developed its own rapid deployment model for JDA WMS in order to offer customers a standardized approach and consistent implementation process across the globe. This unique model is particularly useful to international customers whose products have short life cycles, as the deployment of the system takes place quickly and cost effectively.

Data from JDA WMS is used for advanced inventory forecasting

JDA WMS also includes a feature-rich reporting and analytics module, which can be integrated into Panalpina’s data analytics services for more accurate customer inventory and demand forecasting. Panalpina uses customer data extracted from JDA WMS to map inventories across product life cycles. Using sophisticated proprietary algorithms, Panalpina then calculates at what stage the inventory changes in order to better estimate minimum and maximum inventory holding, where to position inventory and what services to offer. Customers benefit by having a partner that can keep their products moving and minimize working capital requirements in their supply chains. Panalpina calls this approach Demand-Driven Inventory Dispositioning (D2ID).

While JDA WMS can be deployed for all industries, Panalpina has so far implemented the program mainly for its fashion and technology customers, which rely on a fast time to market. These customers benefit from the high levels of configuration available in JDA, and from specific features including multi-channel dispositioning, rapid returns processing and cross-docking.

Panalpina most recently deployed JDA WMS for a new high-end fashion customer in Italy. Panalpina’s Mendrisio fashion hub in southern Switzerland uses JDA WMS to provide the customer with inventory management and distribution services around the world. The fashion house’s merchandise is produced in northern Italy and then imported to Mendrisio, where Panalpina’s bonded warehouse can facilitate distribution within Switzerland or re-export it to Europe and other key markets.

Panalpina also offers a full returns logistics program at Mendrisio, accepting returned goods back into the facility and determining their quality, in order to return them quickly to stock in boutiques or outlet stores and maximize sales.

“JDA and our unique rapid deployment model have allowed us to offer our customers agility, speed and the flexibility to meet their needs across regions and industries. We efficiently track and manage their inventories and move their products as needed,” says Mario Leuverink, Global Head of Logistics Systems at Panalpina.

Dräger attends PILOT Share Fair for sixth year in a row


Blyth – The PILOT Share Fair will be held on Wednesday, 4 November 2015, in Aberdeen and is an opportunity for major oil and gas players to showcase ongoing oil and gas projects.                                                                                

This year’s fair will take place at the AECC (Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre) and is expected to attract thousands of delegates, exhibitors and presenters.

Dräger, which has a dedicated site in Aberdeen and offers specialist safety training, repair workshop facilities and a base for customers to hire, purchase and maintain Dräger products, is attending the event.

The fair, which is widely regarded as the foremost business development event in the UK oil and gas industry calendar, aims to enable purchasers and suppliers to do business better by providing the opportunity to network and learn about the latest UK oil and gas business development opportunities from the major industry players.

Representatives from Dräger will be on hand to meet and talk to delegates and share information and updates on the company’s cost-saving products and services.

Michail Tzouvelekis, Regional Segment Manager for Dräger Marine and Offshore, said: “We’ve been attending the PILOT Share Fair for six years now as it is a key event in the Dräger calendar.


“We are delighted to be attending this year’s event and hope it will be a huge success. For us, it’s helpful to understand what it is our customers are hoping to achieve themselves and to roadtest the ways in which we can help them in the future by coming up with innovative solutions. We’re more than happy to have a conversation with companies that are looking to take steps to reduce costs and become more efficient, and we believe that being safe is by definition being more efficient.

“We want our customers to be prepared for any eventuality. It’s about zero accidents and more safety in the workplace and we are looking forward to sharing our newest innovations with our peers.

“Depending on a company’s needs, we can share our expertise, resources and ideas to develop a long-term safety strategy which will ultimately reduce safety equipment inventories and standardise detection and protection across multiple offshore assets. This can save hundreds of thousands of pounds per year in operating expenditure.

“At Dräger Marine and Offshore, we can offer equipment for purchase or rental, services and training out of our facilities at key hubs in the UK, the Netherlands, Norway and Denmark.”

Key discussions and highlights include:

Delegates at this year’s PILOT Share Fair will get the opportunity to hear first-hand from major industry players about the diverse range of oil and gas opportunities in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) from major redevelopment projects and new field developments, to investments targeted at extending the life of existing oil and gas infrastructure and the need for new technology solutions.


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E2S Warning Signals launches two new product families at MARINTEC 2015, Shanghai

E2S Warning Signals launches two new product families at MARINTEC 2015, Shanghai

E2S Warning Signals will be attending MARINTEC China, held in Shanghai from the 1st to the 4th of December 2015. The show is the main gateway to the Asian maritime market with 58,000 visitors from 88 countries and more than 1,700 exhibiting companies from 32 countries; this year’s show is even larger.  Acknowledged as the world’s leading independent signalling manufacturer E2S will be present on Stand N3H41h within the UK pavilion and will be launching two new ranges of hazardous area signals with ATEX and IECEx approval. The stand focuses on explosion proof and intrinsically safe warning signals developed to meet the challenging needs of the oil, gas and marine industries.

The centrepiece of the stand is a preview of the new premium ‘STEx’ stainless steel explosion proof warning signal range featuring a corrosion proof 316L steel enclosure suitable for the most aggressive environments. On display for its official launch there will be the new ‘GNEx’ signal range of GRP enclosure devices ATEX & IECEx approved for Zone 1, 21; the GNExB1 and B2 beacons and the J2 junction box. Also on show is the new ‘D1x’ range, intended for NEC/CEC Class I and Class II Division 1 and Zone 1 & 20 applications. All new hazardous area signals from E2S feature seven lens colours with a UV stable polycarbonate, field replaceable filter; the alarm horns with either traditional flared horns or an omni-directional compact radial horn. Threaded flame paths enable quick installation and simplify maintenance inspection whilst the innovative internal arrangement maximises wiring space.

Accompanying the new product ranges are the ‘D2x’ and ‘E2x’ alarm horns and combination signals approved to UL, cULs, ATEX & IECEx Class I & II Div 2 and Zone 2 & 22 alongside the industry standard ‘BEx’ explosion proof and the IS intrinsically safe product ranges.

UK-based Sales and Marketing Director Neal Porter will be present to answer questions and talk about the new product releases and to introduce Colin Tan, the company’s new Sales Manager for the ME and APAC regions.


Rubb UK to refurbish and regenerate facilities for Ministry of Defence


UK’s Ministry of Defence has been working together closely with the innovative fabric buildings specialist, Rubb for over 35 years. Rubb has recently showcased benefits of the company’s Expeditionary Forces Aircraft Shelter System (EFASS) including post-use storage and refurbishment.

Rubb began work on the construction of six military warehouses for Operation Herrick in Afghanistan during 2010. These impressive structures measured 100m by 25m each.

Military storage warehouses were supplied to the Output Section of the Expeditionary Campaign Infrastructure (ECI) project team – responsible for successfully establishing equipment infrastructure in Helmand Province.

These structures will be returned to Rubb throughout 2015/2016 with the first two shelters to be converted, at the Gateshead Rubb plant, into five new aircraft hangars following inspection, necessary repairs and cleaning.

Rubb Sales Manager, Andy Knox, commented on the refurbishment of these hangars in Gateshead saying: “We will then add the components needed to turn these buildings into two shorter hangars measuring 25m x 40m, each featuring one Heli-Door and one closed gable end”.

With numerous military shelters deployed around the world many are scheduled to be returned to UK. The modular nature of fabric structure buildings means that their aluminium framing system, steel components and PVC covers can be reused to modify their nature as required.

Rubb Managing Director Ian Hindmoor said: “We are always looking for ways to add value to the products and services we provide. This process is an excellent example of the varied way we can service our client base.”

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