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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.”

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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.

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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.

Russian Fire Safety Certificate renewed for E2S Warning Signals’ key products

E2S Warning Signals, the world’s leading independent manufacturer of audible and visual warning devices, recently renewed its Russian Fire Certificate applying to a series of popular products.

The extended Certificate of Conformity to GOST 53325 -2012 issued by Fire Safety Technologies, the independent Russian Approval authority, is valid until July 2018 and is applicable over 50 different explosion proof, intrinsically safe and general industrial product versions from the comprehensive E2S portfolio. Alarm horn sounders, L.E.D. strobe beacons, combined audible-visual warning units, PA loudspeakers and manual call points comply to the Russian standards, giving fire system designers, integrators and installers the widest choice and assurance.

The approval covers selected models from the BEx explosion proof family and from the IS intrinsically safe range of signals. For industrial and commercial applications models from the Spectra, Sonora and AlertAlarm ranges offer both audible and combination audible and visual signals. In addition to the products approved as fire system components all key E2S products are EAC and EAC Ex compliant and therefore approved for use throughout the Eurasian Customs Union including Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.

Full technical information, detailed drawings, installation guides and certificate downloads for all worldwide approvals held by E2S can be found at Global approvals include ATEX, IECEx, UL, cULs, INMETRO, VdS, FM and MED ensuring that E2S warning devices can be specified with confidence wherever the application is located.



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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.


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3M completes sale of Its global library systems business


3M today announced that it has completed the sale of assets for the majority of its remaining global Library Systems business outside of North America to a fund advised by One Equity Partners Capital Advisors L.P. (OEP). 3M announced earlier that it had completed the sale of assets of its North American Library Systems business to OEP.

The business delivers circulation management solutions to library customers with on-premise hardware and software, maintenance and service, and an emerging cloud-based digital lending platform.

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Seatronics announces new partnership agreement with subsea tooling company, LateraL AS


Seatronics, an Acteon company, has formed a new partnership with LateraL AS, a Norwegian subsea tooling firm specialised in improving offshore performance through its innovative product range.

The new agreement will provide Seatronics’ global customer base with access to the FlexiCal product line. FlexiCal is an ROV mounted caliper that allows for direct measurements from point-to-point with real-time readout. Accurate live measurements provide clients with the knowledge needed to make swift decisions regarding their assets, as the measurements are taken without the need for post-processing. The caliper is frequently used for measuring wear and corrosion on mooring chains, but also performs excellently on flanges, plates, structures and numerous other subsea assets.

Phil Middleton, group managing director, Seatronics, said, “In this tight market, where there is a focus on asset integrity, Seatronics’ customers are demanding technology that will provide reliable, repeatable data, quickly. The FlexiCal is a proven system, which boasts an impressive track record. LateraL AS has several other innovative products, which we plan to bring to a wider market within this partnership.”

Keith Robertson, technical manager, LateraL AS, added, “LateraL AS has joined forces with Seatronics and looks forward to developing the relationship with access to other LateraL products. Furthermore, in addition to the FlexiCal product, an additional product, FlexiClean, (the tool of choice for pre-cleaning prior to FlexiCal use and high efficiency marine growth removal from any subsea asset) will also be available for rental from Seatronics’ global bases, with immediate availability.”

The addition of LateraL products further enhances the ROV tooling capabilities available from Seatronics in conjunction with Acteon sister company, J2 Subsea.

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Claxton celebrates 30 years of success



Claxton Engineering Services Ltd, an Acteon company, is celebrating its 30th anniversary of successful operations in offshore and subsea engineering. The company has grown extensively since it began in the UK in 1985 and now employs approximately 150 people in offices across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

In October, Claxton’s managing director, Laura Claxton, was nominated and shortlisted for the prestigious Businesswoman of the Year award at the 33rd Vitalise Women of the Year Luncheon & Awards. This was in recognition of her role in supporting Claxton’s successful growth in the UK and internationally; the company’s annual turnover almost quadrupled between 2006 and 2014.

Laura Claxton said, “I am very proud of what Claxton has achieved over the last 30 years. We are now a genuinely international business, having worked in 35 different countries across six continents. Our staff has 1000 years of combined industry experience between them. Our ethos of strong service and delivery and a commitment to our customers has enabled us to provide engineering and services that match and often exceed those of much larger competitors.”

Dannie Claxton, technical director, Claxton, added, “The oil and gas market has changed significantly over the last 30 years and Claxton’s customer requirements have changed with it. More so than ever, operators are under pressure to deliver projects safely, quickly and efficiently. Claxton continually adapts its offshore engineering and support services, and uses its extensive in-house capabilities and experience to deliver value for its clients through the development of new technologies to tight schedules or using smarter methodologies.”

Claxton has designed and supplied more than 3000 custom-built solutions to customers; installed more than 5,000 conductor guide centralisers; built up a rental pool of more than 4000 items; completed more than 280 decommissioning projects; and produced and run 1,460 m (1,129 t) of high-pressure, subsea drilling risers.

Claxton has also achieved several industry firsts. In 2009, Claxton supplied the world’s first 12,200-psi, high-pressure, high-temperature riser technology. The company also pioneered the positive-grip tension ring and designed and built the largest tensioning system in the world at 1000 t. Claxton also performed the first rigless well abandonment in the North Sea in the Leman field for Perenco and, in 2014, completed the first rigless removal of a stuck bottomhole assembly during slot recovery.

Laura Claxton concluded, “By continually striving to respond and adapt to customers’ needs, we have built an enviable reputation and a robust suite of products and services that we are truly proud of. Across our entire product range, from a pre-drilling template, to a complete riser system, to decommissioning and extending the life of assets, you will find innovation drawn from our team’s passion for solving operating challenges. We look forward to rising to the challenges that lie ahead over the next 30 years.”

Claxton has created an infographic of 30 company facts to mark its 30th birthday:


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.

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?

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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.
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Ferguson to showcase its material handling solutions at ADIPEC

Safe material handling specialists, Ferguson, are providers of offshore DNV 2.7-1 container, tanks and accommodation & workspace modules.  Ferguson will be showcasing its material handling solutions at Abu Dhabi’s ADIPEC in November.

The company is well represented in the Gulf States with bases in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. From there they supply tanks, baskets, waste skips and other offshore DNV 2.7-1 containers to the offshore energy industry.

Emile Bado, Ferguson’s Regional Manager Middle East and North Africa, said:
“Moving goods to and from a vessel carries inherent risks. Using appropriate cargo carrying units (CCU’s) protects the cargo and because it is efficiently packed, it significantly reduces the number of lifts on and off the vessel. We will be at ADIPEC to discuss with anyone who regularly sends goods offshore, how we can reduce the risks for them.”

Best practice material handling is vitally important for the busy quaysides of the Gulf.  Each lift to or from a vessel increases the risk to the vessel, the cargo and the people nearby.  Lowering the number of lifts, by using an appropriate CCU, therefore reduces the risks to all.

Ferguson’s CCU’s are packed in the yard and arrive quayside, ready to be lifted onto the vessel.  Prior to any lift, they are inspected for any issue, such as potential dropped objects and then they can be loaded.  The CCU’s are designed to be safely stacked on board.

Ferguson is keen to demonstrate how the use of their tubular transportation frames significantly reduces tubular handling time and improve safety when loading and unloading vessels.

Bado: “Our product range has been developed to offer the safest, most efficient and cost effective means of transporting goods and equipment offshore.”

They will be exhibiting at ADIPEC from 9th – 12th November at stand 8620E.


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Advanced Kongsberg Evotec ROV launch and recovery systems chosen for new diving support vessel

Kongsberg Evotec, a fully owned subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, has entered an agreement with CSSC Huangpu Shipyard in Guangzhou China for the delivery of two Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS) for Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV). The contract includes the first delivery of the recently patented K-LARS port frame solution, in addition to a tried and tested moon-pool LARS system. Both are scheduled for delivery in June 2016 and will be installed onboard Jumeirah Offshore’s advanced new Diving Support Vessel (DSV).

”Our newly patented K-LARS system, where both ROV hangar door and A frame is integrated, fits perfectly for the design of Jumeirah Offshore’s new vessel and many other DSVs,” says Torkjell Ringstad, Vice President Handling Solutions, Kongsberg Maritime AS. “We’re pleased to have won the first bid for our latest patented LARS technology, with support from Skipsteknisk, who we have collaborated with on seismic vessel projects in the past.”

Throughout the development of its various advanced LARS, Kongsberg Evotec has placed great emphasis on environment and safety both for the operator and on the equipment. In particular, the use of permanent magnet motor technology combined with a customised control system provides great operational advantages for the user.

Kongsberg Evotec LARS technology features very accurate heave compensation with a minimum of power use. The control system also gives the operator continuous information about capacity utilisation, amount of regenerated power, umbilical status and history among other things, all of which ensure the operational window can be utilised in a very environmentally friendly manner. Kongsberg Evotec has also emphasised minimalising the need for maintenance across its entire LARS product range.


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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.

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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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Kongsberg Maritime releases new K-Sim cargo handling simulator model

Kongsberg Maritime has released its latest K-Sim Cargo simulator model, SCC-II, based on a Suezmax crude oil carrier with 12 cargo tanks and two slop tanks. Shown for the first time at Kongsberg Maritime’s European Simulator User Conference in Gothenburg this September, the new simulator model enables integrated, real-time exercises based on actual ship specifications and performance data on liquid cargo handling operations.

The model is delivered with a sophisticated new Integrated Automation System (IAS) to replicate Cargo Control Room (CCR) operations. The CCR can be represented by different combinations of interactive mimic panels, operational panels or consoles or desk-top stations, allowing it to be laid out according to the specific requirements of any training facility.

The new model contains a Closed Circuit TV system with three camera angles providing a view from both manifolds and a third camera with view from the jetty to give students a complete training scenario.

The SCC-II model is equipped with an inert gas plant to provide training on cleaning the flue gas and replacing combustible gases in the cargo tanks with low or non-flammable gases. The pump configuration represents a typical crude oil carrier with three cargo pumps, two ballast pumps, three oil/gas separators, a stripping pump and ejector.

Kongsberg Maritime’s state-of-the-art load calculator, K-Load, is also integrated in the model. The system uses the various tank levels and corresponding specific gravity and calculates hydrostatic conditions, intact stability, longitudinal strain, tank content and damage stability. It can also produce ullage and loading reports.

“SCC-II is designed to enhance the quality of simulation training by providing complete, intuitive and user-friendly control of student exercises,” said Leif Pentti Halvorsen, Product Manager, Kongsberg Maritime. “The K-Sim Cargo architecture provides a new level of realism, giving students a complete training scenario.”

The new model, which is certified by DNV GL and exceeds current STCW requirements, is already in use by Buskerud and Vestfold University College in Norway and TMS Cardiff Training Centre in Athens, Greece.

CCTV view of the manifold in the new K-Sim Cargo model, SCC-II

CCTV view of the manifold in the new K-Sim Cargo model, SCC-II

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.

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