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Namaka Subsea launch FMECA Awareness Course

Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) is a term used more and more frequently throughout the diving industry, but exactly what is a diving system FMECA?

Namaka Subsea, a subsea consulting company offering innovative solutions to the oil and gas industry throughout the world, has developed a one-day FMECA awareness course. The course is designed to provide awareness of the methodology and process of completing a diving system FMECA as well as guidance on how best to review current diving system FMECA’s.

The course is made up of sixteen modules, which are discussed in depth and contain essential information required not only to understand how a FMECA should be carried out but also how to manage a FMECA upon completion and is aimed at all diving operational personnel.

Sandy Harper (Namaka Subsea, Managing Director) said “Studies carried out by Namaka Susea of current diving system FMEA and FMECA assessments has identified failures of the assessments and how they are managed. Therefore, we decided to develop this course to provide awareness of how a systematic assessment can be carried out on diving systems and support vessel interfaces, with the emphasis on diver and operational personnel safety”.

The FMECA of a diving system shall assess the effects on different failure modes on the diving system operating equipment and where required the support vessel interfaces. The resultant quantification may highlight deficiencies in design, lack of redundancy and failure to maintain the recommended critical spares to ensure safe and efficient diving operations.

Namaka Subsea has recently completed a FMECA awareness course, which was attended by ten representatives of the UK Health & Safety Executive. Feedback was positive with the consensus that the course provided a good overview on the FMECA process and while it is recognised that one course does not produce experts, the attendees are now able to ask the right questions when reviewing FMECA assessments and understand the process and methodology.

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Gemini 620pd is a high-resolution multibeam echosounder and with an angular resolution of 0.5 deg. Standard features include automated bottom tracking, variable gate setting and gate tilting as well as roll compensation.

Nick Hewlett, Senior Survey Coordinator and Survey Lead SD2, Saipem S.p.A, commented:

“We buy from Tritech because they are a successful and experienced sonar manufacturer, producing reliable field-proven underwater sensors, backed up by world class support. Our initial investment of a suite of sensors and ancillary equipment furthered our commitment to investing in high-performance technology. The latest purchase of a Gemini 620pd dual-head profiling system will provide accuracy in our operations as we conduct cross-sectional profiling of pipelines and trenches.”

Angus Lugsdin, Business Development Manager, Tritech International Ltd commented:

“We are delighted that Saipem has selected our Gemini 620pd multibeam profiling sonars for their important project and that they continue to adopt our latest technologies for their global operations.”

Saipem S.p.A, (a division of Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi Saipem Società per azioni, ENI S.p.A), established in 1957, is a global engineering, construction and drilling business.

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Saipem Purchases_Gemini620pd & SeaKing

Come and see us at Subsea Expo 2016!

At this year’s Subsea Expo, at Aberdeen AECC 3rd to 5th February, we will be exhibiting at stand 152.

Our newly appointed Sales Executive, Mark Dalziel, will be on hand to greet you and take your enquiries.

On display we will have a number of our portable subsea video and communications systems, as well as our newly promoted 4000m range of underwater cameras and LED lights. We also welcome you to interact with our user friendly products and familiarise yourself with the systems that countless dive supervisors are using across the world today.

 C-Tecnics attracts clients from a wide range of industries, from marine and scientific research, tunnelling, film, all the way to military and search and rescue services.

C-Tecnics products are designed to exceed the expectations of our customers who operate in some of the harshest and most challenging environments, and who rely on their equipment to complete their operations effectively and efficiently. Our knowledge in this area has been honed through over 40 years in the design and manufacture of subsea electronics.

C-Tecnics welcomes Mark Dalziel as their new Sales Executive

C-Tecnics, a UK high quality subsea equipment manufacturer, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Dalziel as its new Sales Executive. Mark brings with him 22 years of Business Development Management and Account Management success. Mark will be a great asset to the professional team at C-Tecnics, as he has spent the last 15 years’ working in electronic design and has a successful background of managing key accounts and supplier relationships.

“C-Tecnics was always going to be my number one choice, as they are an ambitious forward thinking company with an excellent reputation, who want to grow their market presence globally. For me personally, this is an exciting career move and one that will be both challenging and rewarding. The team has the right attitude and C-Tecnics has a great product range which sets it apart from its competitors,” said Mark Dalziel.

C-Tecnics has many years of experience in the design, manufacturing and supply of diving equipment for marine environments. The team welcomes Mark aboard at a time of growing and sustained demand for C-Tecnics’ range of cost effective subsea video and communications equipment.

C-Tecnic Mark

Oil and Gas in Review: Prepping for 2016 by Reviewing 2015

For anyone dependent on oil and gas for energy — which is to say nearly everyone in the developed world — 2015 has been a confusing year. Even as people rally for more renewable forms of energy, the demand for fossil fuels has never been higher. Yet, gas prices have vacillated all year long, dropping more than 40 percent and sending many companies into a tailspin of layoffs and cutbacks. Throughout the year, the oil and gas industry has suffered quite a bit from standing on uncertain ground, which makes it all the more imperative for companies to lay a solid foundation for the year ahead.outsourse1

2015 Reality Check

This year has been one of the most turbulent for the oil and gas industry in recent memory. As prices slipped, power exchanged hands, and the fundamental structure of our field is forever changed.

Shifting supply and demand. At the end of a four-year oil expansion, the United States now claims 20,000 shale wells, boosting the country’s production to nearly 9 million barrels per day and roughly 3.7 percent of the world’s oil supply. More and more, we find that LNG suppliers are finding consumers closer to the source ­— in the U.S., the Middle East, and elsewhere — and these fluctuating dynamics of supply and demand have swung long-held global distribution channels all over the map.

Changing trade patterns. Mexico is strongly considering a lift to its oil monopoly, which only strengthens the bond amongst the North American countries, providing them more resource independence. Further, Russia, China, and India have forged an alliance, swapping oil for natural gas in mutually beneficial trade. Yet, even as such cooperation leads to regional strength, these developments severely impact OPEC’s global market, disrupting traditional trade patterns and causing it to look elsewhere for opportunities.

Increasing pressure on OPEC. Since time immemorial, OPEC has maintained a stranglehold on the world’s supplies of oil, controlling the market in nearly every way. However, with many countries seeking alternatives to OPEC fuel, the cartel is struggling to retain its influence. Because of 2015’s drastic changes to oil and gas fundamentals as well as the various OPEC nations experiencing political, financial, and cultural upheaval, few experts expect OPEC to continue its primacy in the industry for very long.

2016 Outlook

Even with such drastic changes on the industry’s horizon, 2016 promises to be as profitable as prior years — as long as companies become agile and forward thinking.

Keep costs low. It is undeniable that the biggest oil and gas news story of 2015 was the breathtaking drop in summertime prices — from about $100 per barrel to below $45 — and as the industry continues to shift and change, we may expect similar price events in the coming months. Thus, companies should hunker down in preparation for a tumultuous year, market-wise.

It is wise to invest in projects that are unlikely to demand repeated expenses in maintenance and utility; for example, instead of concrete and metal structures — which take forever to build and cost a fortune to preserve — companies may opt for inexpensive, enduring fabric structures. It is always wise to keep spending to a minimum, but the lower costs can go in these unpredictable times, the better.

Remain flexible. The oil and gas industry is nothing if not cyclical. We have seen before similar fluctuations in price and struggles to garner resource independence. Though the developments of 2015 have been perhaps more intense than others in recent history, companies will be able to weather the new systems with the same strategy of the past: flexibility. An ability and willingness to adapt to the new market will protect companies from most of the damage inflicted by the changing fundamentals.

Consider renewable energy investments. For the foreseeable future, oil and gas has a prominent place in the energy sector. Still, changing consumer tastes — as well as the ever-diminishing availability of fossil fuels — indicate that oil and gas companies should diversify with more Earth-friendly endeavors. Industry leaders around the world have committed in one way or another to renewable energy: Exxon committed more than $100 billion to algae biofuel; Shell and Chevron have some of the largest solar farms in the world; and Statoil’s wind turbines provide energy to more than 220,000 homes every year. For public approval as well as insurance against future oil failure, companies should certainly start turning green in 2016.


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


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.”

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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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.

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

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.

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.


Launch of James Fisher Subsea Excavation, the leading subsea excavation specialist worldwide.

 James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE) becomes the trading name and brand of James Fisher’s mass flow excavation business

  • Brings together existing capability with specialist expertise and technology from KDM Marine and the recent acquisition of the assets of X-Subsea.
  • Combination of experienced personnel, specialist equipment and global asset base means JFSE is the world’s sole dedicated provider of mass flow excavation (MFE) services



James Fisher and Sons plc is pleased to announce the launch of James Fisher Subsea Excavation, the new trading name and brand of the sole dedicated MFE service provider worldwide.

The launch follows an exciting period of growth and development in James Fisher’s MFE business over the last 15 months that commenced with the combination of the assets and knowledge of KDM Marine with James Fisher’s HydroDigger fleet, as well as the assets of X-Subsea being acquired in May 2015, to deliver the current JFSE capability. JFSE is now able to deploy a significant range of MFE tooling and other assets from within the wider James Fisher group to support subsea projects globally.

“The launch of JFSE reflects our continued commitment to deliver the very best mass flow excavation services to our global client base. It also demonstrates the company’s strength in the marketplace and reassures our customers of our global reach, financial stability and position of strength for future growth” explained Kenneth Mackie, managing director of James Fisher Subsea Excavation.


James Fisher Subsea Excavation, led by a team with unrivalled experience, will support its customers from principal locations in Aberdeen, North America, Mexico, Dubai and Singapore with access to James Fisher’s facilities in more than forty countries to fully support customer operations globally.

“JFSE now has the world’s largest subsea mass flow excavation capability, meaning we can provide a comprehensive and value added service, with access to new regions and opportunities by leveraging the footprint and capabilities of the wider James Fisher Group. Our aim is to provide clarity and confidence to our customers, while developing our position in the global marketplace.” Concluded Aidan Douglas, group operations director at James Fisher and Sons plc.

Professional Diving Academy announces strategic training partnership with Ramora UK

Commercial divers will be trained to detect unexploded ordinance (UXO) in a new partnership between leading explosives disposal experts Ramora UK and the Professional Diving Academy, Dunoon.

 The partnership means the Professional Diving Academy will be fully accredited by Ramora UK to enhance its existing commercial diver training courses with a 2 day module in underwater UXO detection and identification techniques.

The possibility of the presence of unexploded ordnance is a very real threat during the construction phase on many offshore windfarm projects in North West Europe, and that threat has to be managed. As well as vessel based magnetometer and high frequency side-scan sonar surveys, commercial Divers and ROV’s are used routinely to identify suspicious items on or around production platforms or turbine locations and cable routes during the pre-construction phase. Major operators such as E.ON have stipulated that divers who wish to participate in this area of diving works, must first have undergone a suitable training programme.

Ramora UXO Clearance

The course will focus on awareness and identification of unexploded items and will include the use of diver operated magnetometers. The Aquascan DX 300 Magnetometer has been chosen for this purpose, as it’s arguably the most commonly used in this field. The DX300 is a highly-sensitive detection tool which can pinpoint the location of suspect items underwater, even when buried.



The course content draws on Ramora UK’s world-renowned expertise in explosives detection and disposal. The PDA, which has a global reputation for delivering high-quality, internationally recognised training for divers, will provide this course within its Premier Career Package, or alternatively as a 2 day standalone course for divers who wish to enhance their skills.

David Welch, Managing Director at Ramora UK, said: “We are delighted to be entering into this strategic partnership with the Professional Diving Academy.” “As leaders in our respective fields we see this as a perfect fit, combining Ramora UK’s expertise in explosive ordnance disposal with the PDA’s leadership in commercial diver training.”

Neil MacMillan, Training Manager at the Professional Diving Academy, said: “For commercial divers, this is an area that has not been covered in great detail by traditional training courses and this partnership will ensure that divers trained by us can now be given proper awareness in UXO surveying, detection and identification.” “It also cements the Professional Diving Academy’s reputation as a worldwide leader in recognising the current trends of the diving industry and delivering the required training courses that enables divers to achieve competence in their specific field of operations.”

Ramora UK, based in Hampshire, operates a round-the-clock emergency helpline with immediate response to incidents by specialist Bomb Disposal teams. The company’s highly-experienced ex-military experts also offer explosives-related training services to governments, corporations, military and law enforcement agencies around the world.

The Professional Diving Academy, which is based in Dunoon, Scotland delivers HSE accredited (IMCA recognised) offshore commercial diver training.

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Heskins Thick Safety Grip Now Available


Heskins are proud to announce that H3404 2mm safety grip is now available for order. Thick Safety Grip™ now allows business to kit out their factories to ensure effective slip prevention, that also provide slight cushioning and reduce leg fatigue on a production line. It can also be applied into recesses that are considered trip hazards.

Heskins made the decision to produce thick Safety Grip™ after the demand became great. The reason Heskins had to ensure the demand was there, was simply due to the commitment that would have to be made to produce it. Many of our production and post production machines were modified to produce thick Safety Grip™ to the same quality standards as all the other Heskins products.

Investment was also made into a new range of high-volume crush cut blade holders. The reason this was necessary was due to the thickness. Heskins anti slip tapes are generally no thicker than 1.4mm. While the difference of .6mm doesn’t seem great, the adhesive applied to the base increases this thickness further, making it more difficult to cut.

Now the modifications are in place, Heskins have added a versatile new anti slip product into the range, and like all others, can be slit in rolls ranging from 20mm up to 1170mm, all 18.3m in length.

Heskins H3404 thick Safety Grip™ is available at a very competitive price, and if you would like to place an order, or enquire further, you can contact Heskins by phone or email.

Floor Demarcation and Colour Referencing in the Workplace

Floor Demarcation and Colour Referencing in the Workplace

When it comes to 5S and floor demarcation in the workplace, there are many guidelines, of which many provide very little insight.

A quote often used is ““In lean manufacturing, the general rule of thumb is that anyone should be able to walk into a workplace and identify the flow of work being done within 60 seconds.”

Keeping this quote in mind, for someone venturing into this for the first time, finding the right information before implementation is a tough task. Many options are available for floor marking and signage products to allow you to begin optimisation of floor demarcation, which in the first instance will be a tough task without the correct information to hand.

Depending on the function of your workplace will naturally determine how you proceed, do you want to optimise what is currently working? Or do you want to start from scratch to improve the whole process? We believe that Heskins can help you provide a strong starting point by defining the regulated and approved colours to identify and optimise key workflow areas in your business.

Heskins products are always manufactured in regulation colours, from anti slip tape, to floor marking systems, Heskins products can be used to create a full, optimised workflow demarcation system. heskins-ltd-colour-guidelines

Demarcation Area Black

Demarcation Area Black

Workplace 5s Walkway

Workplace 5s Walkway

5S colours are as follows:

Yellow – Highlights an area that is to be treated with caution. Mainly used for aisleways and walkways, more often than not because these areas could cross with other working processes, such as forklift traffic or other foot traffic.

Red – Highlights danger or can relate to fire. Red alerts people or vehicles that they need to stop before proceeding, or to notify people where fire fighting equipment is available, if it of course can.

Blue – Marks out information, or can be used to hold equipment or machinery that is out of order.

Green – Notifies an area of safety, whether that be a first aid point or notice, or a walkway that is out of the way of potential dangers.

Orange – Used to mark out zones where vehicles are stored or for areas where vehicles operate. Combining yellow and red with this creates a traffic system that is safe and organised.

Black/Yellow – Notifies of potential hazards and to proceed with caution. Areas that store potentially harmful chemicals or areas that can only be entered with additional safety measures.

Red/White – Notification to keep an area clear at all times. Emergency access or electrical points are two such areas that benefit from these markings.

White – Indication of an area where production or work processes are ongoing.

Black – Completed jobs are put in these areas, indicating the job is complete.

For a full colour reference guide for Heskins products and general 5S colour references, you can download the colour reference guide heskins-ltd-colour-guidelines. The Heskins colour guide refers to regulations for all of Europe.

Heskins offer other colours, as well as custom production, so dependent on order quantities, you can get the perfect anti slip or floor marking solution for your workplace. Get in touch


ESS Treble Profits on Back of 90% Revenue Hike

Diversification in to renewables and interconnector market rewarded

Ecosse Subsea Systems Ltd (ESS) more than trebled profits to £3.4 million and increased revenue by 88% to £15.6 million according to its latest published accounts.

The Aberdeenshire-based subsea engineering specialist attributed the phenomenal growth to a diversification from its traditional oil and gas market in to renewables and interconnectors.

ESS has developed technologies which are in high demand for seabed clearance work, trenching and cable laying projects. In the past two years the company has made huge inroads in to the emerging renewables sector which now accounts for 55% of projects and builds upon an earlier focus on oil and gas contracts. Read more…

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