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Deepwater subsea infrastructure

Deepwater subsea infrastructure includes many key subsea systems and components, connecting wells, manifolds and subsea templates to flowlines, pipelines and risers, which are then connected to the production vessel. The subsea developments in the North Sea are both shallow and deepwater, and although producing oil and gas from deepwater is not new to the industry, it is becoming more essential as the operators are forced to explore and then produce deeper and harder to reach oil targets.

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C-Kore Jumper & Umbilical Monitoring Device

Zetechtics, a market leader in Subsea Control Systems for ROV Tooling Interventions, has launched a new company, C-Kore Systems Ltd. to promote their new C-Kore technology.

C-Kore is a compact, easy-to-use unit that electrically monitors jumpers, umbilicals and modules, and can do this all subsea. C-Kore is a fully patented product developed entirely in-house. Read more…

Kongsberg to Deliver Ocean Observatories for Seabed Research

CAGE, Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate has selected Kongsberg Maritime to develop and deliver two ocean observatories. The observatories will be deployed off the coast of Svalbard (Norwegian islands in the Arctic Ocean) during 2015, to monitor methane leaks from the seabed. The contract for this project was signed 6th October 2014. Read more…

Unique Maritime Group Board Introduces New Member to its Family @ The Annual Strategic Board Meeting

Unique Maritime Group (UMG) which is one of the world’s leading integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solutions provider has recently held its annual strategic board meeting in Dubai, UAE from the 8th to 10th of October. At the meeting, the Group has formally announced the joining of a new member to its family – Steve MacMillan as the Global Project Director for its Diving Division and the Global QHSE Director. He will be based at UMG’s head office in Sharjah, UAE. Read more…

Nautronix Secure Major Order for NASNet® in Deepest Norwegian Offshore Field so Far

Leading provider of through water communication and positioning technology to the offshore industry, Nautronix, have secured an order to supply NASNet®, an underwater positioning system for Subsea 7. The system will be used on the Aasta Hansteen field, which is located in the northern part of the Norwegian Sea approximately 300km west of Bodø, at 1,300m water depth. The field is developed by Statoil. Read more…

SMD – Work Class ROV Systems

CONFIGURABLE, CAPABLE, CLASS LEADING ROV SYSTEMS

Building on a strong and unique legacy of over 40 years in subsea engineering, SMD entered the work class Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) market in 2004 following the acquisition of Hydrovision. Since then SMD have designed and manufactured over 125 ROV systems for the oil and gas, oceanographic, defence, salvage, telecoms, special projects and renewables markets. Read more…

NASNet®

A fundamental difference between NASNet® and conventional Long Baseline (LBL) systems is in NASNet®’s use of a broadcast, or one-way ranging technique which allows the use of passive receivers. This approach successfully overcomes the limitations of conventional LBL systems and provides a true multi-user system.

NASNet® combines its advanced signalling technology with a unique, patented, implementation to provide acoustic range measurements of up to 5,000m for seabed positioning and up to 10,000m for surface positioning. This allows any area to be covered by greatly reducing the number of units, thereby reducing vessel time needed to install and calibrate the seabed array. Read more…

Energising the Future of the Next Generation

SMD were joined a host of local businesses and education establishments at the Skills North East event held at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle last week. The two day event allowed local businesses to showcase career opportunities for young people.

SMD are keen to dispel stigma surrounding apprenticeships, and the myth that this type of qualification limits young people to low level roles, with little opportunity for career progression. Read more…

Ultimate Trenching Spread Delivers

Long-standing SMD customer DeepOcean, have now received delivery of their 1000hp QTrencher (QT) 1000 and successfully completed a number of projects. The recently upgraded T-3200 heavy duty trenching tractor is set to sit alongside the industry‐leading free flying, jet trenching ROV on DeepOcean’s Havila Phoenix vessel. Read more…

Unique System FZE Appointed as the Authorized Service Centre for Teledyne’s Meridian Gyros

Unique System FZE, a division of , which is one of the world’s leading integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solutions provider, has been appointed as the authorized service centre for Teledyne TSS’ Meridian Gyros in the Middle East region. Unique System FZE is already an authorized sales agent for TSS products in the region.

Teledyne TSS is Specialists in Marine Sensors and Controls. Teledyne TSS designs and manufactures world renowned motion sensors, navigation systems and pipe and cable detection equipment. Read more…

Aquasign – The world leaders in antifouling subsea markers

Aquasign® is a unique antifouling signage solution that provides highly visible identification, orientation and position markings for all types of subsea assets which can significantly reduce maintenance and intervention time.

Biofouling, which is the build-up of marine growth, can occur in all geographically locations and water depths causing both financial and safety issues to subsea operations. Unlike traditional methods Aquasign® offers a completely non-toxic, environmentally friendly approach to marine growth prevention.

Although most commonly supplied as pre-cast rectangular yellow signs with black text, Aquasign® is available in all shapes, sizes and colours from small choke dials to complete ROV panels. Offering guaranteed performance for up to 60 years – Aquasign® is the Operators choice in subsea marking.

For more information please visit http://www.aquasign.com

SMD Release Advanced ROV Training Simulator

SMD are delighted to announce the release of the new advanced ROV Training Simulator. SMD’s R&D department have been working together with technology partner TreeC to develop a new dynamic and intuitive simulator which addresses current training market needs and requirements, with a particular focus on operator/pilot training and mission planning and rehearsal. Read more…

Fugro completes two key tasks on Gwynt Y Môr

Fugro successfully completes the trenching and burial of inter-array cables for CT Offshore and provides unexploded ordnance (UXO) survey support at the Gwynt y Môr offshore wind farm.

Once complete, RWE Innogy’s 160-turbine Gwynt y Môr, in the Irish Sea off the North Wales coast, will be the second largest offshore wind farm in the world.  Read more…

Unique System LLC (USA) Completes Successful Mobilization of Hyperbaric Reception Facility

Unique System LLC (USA), a division of Unique Maritime Group (UMG) which is one of the world’s leading integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solutions provider, has successfully completed the first mobilization of its Unique Hydra purpose-built Hyperbaric Reception Facility (HRF) within the Gulf of Mexico region of the United States. Read more…

Versatility of a Modern Work Class ROV

Work Class ROV models have historically been configured to satisfy requirements for distinct market sectors.  Smaller units were aimed at Drill Support, medium sized units at IRM (Inspection Repair and Maintenance) and Survey, whereas large units were intended for Heavy Construction.  These distinctions were mainly driven by contractors who were purchasing equipment to fulfill their particular corner of the market.  Read more…

QT1400 Over 100km Trenched

Fugro Salt Subsea took delivery of the 40t tonne QTrencher 1400 pipeline and Flexible product trenching ROV in summer 2012. The vehicle has since trenched over 100km of subsea Products (cables umbilicals, flexible pipelines), achieved trench depths from 400mm to 1800mm and speeds of up to 800m/hr. SMD talked to Fugro to find out a little more about the vehicle and its track record… Read more…

Forum Energy Technologies Awarded Contract for Eight Remotely Operated Vehicles

HOUSTON, Sep 02, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) – Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. FET, -0.24% today announced that it has received an order from Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”) to supply eight Perry XLX 150HP work-class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) systems. The ROVs are to be mobilised on four new-build pipeline supply vessels (PLSV) for the joint venture formed by DOF Subsea and Technip that was awarded four contracts by Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) for operations in Brazilian waters. The ROVs will be delivered throughout 2015. Read more…

Unique Seaflex Offers Free Trial of Pipelaying Buoyancy Modules

A division of Unique Maritime Group (UMG) which is one of the world’s leading integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solutions provider, Unique Seaflex has a new and exciting proposal for those who have yet to benefit from the many technical, operational and commercial benefits of the use of their style of pipeline buoyancy modules on pipelaying projects: “Try Before You Buy (Or Hire)”.

The basis of the offer is that Unique Seaflex will supply a mutually-agreed style and quantity of their modules free of charge to new customers for use on an upcoming project, so that those contractors may assess for themselves the benefits of the Seaflex solution alongside their existing steel or solid plastic units. Read more…

The INTEGRIstick: rapidly deployable drilling riser strain monitoring

In order to understand the fatigue caused by metocean factors and to estimate remaining life of drilling and completion risers, riser monitoring systems are often installed. Although the global response data delivered by motion sensors make them the most popular approach for riser monitoring applications, strain gauges can also be used to measure local bending and curvature. These can be particularly useful where riser analysis highlights a specific area of concern. Strain gauges have been used for many years in the offshore industry, with a large number applications installed on a range of riser types. However, although strain gauging remains an important technology for riser monitoring systems, there are certain downsides to using this approach: Read more…

New addition to the Bowtech lamp family

Bowtech Products Ltd, a global market leader in subsea vision systems, is delighted to announce the arrival of the LED-S-Series lamp, a smaller, 10,000 lumen “baby” version of our 20,000 lumen LED-V-Series underwater floodlight.

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