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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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Balltec Flangeless Subsea Plug Launcher in Statoil Pipeline Upgrade Project

Balltec Engineered Solutions has successfully completed work using its subsea smart plug launcher.  The flangeless subsea plug launcher technology played a critical role in Statoil’s ambitious infrastructure upgrade methodology for the Åsgard Millom pipeline.

Balltec established a close working relationship with Statoil whilst working on a new lifting systemfor the Åsgard subsea gas compression project.  It was during this time that Statoil asked Balltec to investigate the possibility of designing and manufacturing a subsea plug launcher to their unique specifications.

The plug launcher was built on technology used in Balltec’s recently developed flangeless subsea PIG launcher, a subsea tool used to deploy a PIGinto a pipeline without the need for a bolted flange connection or diver intervention.  The existing technology was significantly re-designed to accommodate a larger smart plug of 4.5 m in length with a mass of 1500 kg. The plug launcher gripping mechanism was built to withstand pressure of up to 120 bar from within the pipeline.

Jon Jackson, Balltec Engineering Manager said, “This is a unique piece of subsea equipment.  The subsea plug launcher is flangeless and allows the insertion of plugs without any existing infrastructure by gripping and sealing the end of a cut pipe. The plug can be launched via a simple hydraulic system andoperated with minimum ROV intervention. This allowed our client to have no production loss during tie-in.”

The whole project was delivered to Technip, the installation contractor, within an onerous time frame which included all FAT procedures and Statoil technical approval.  The plug launcher was successfully deployed and used in the Åsgard field in August 2015.

Gunnar Paulson, Senior Technical Advisor at Statoil said, “The Balltec Plug Launcher was used for launching a Smart Plug into a producing 20” pipeline at the Åsgard field in Norway. The objective was to isolate the gas producing part of the pipeline from the water filled section at the end, facilitating installation of a pipeline end module while the main part of the pipeline was in normal production. The technology went through an extensive development and testing process before the launcher was qualified by Statoil for operation on a live pipeline. Several parties contributed to a safe and successful launching operation this summer. Statoil would like to thank Balltec for their efficient design, fabrication and testing of the Plug Launcher.”

The subsea plug and PIG launcher are part of the pipeline engineering solutions offered by Balltec, which includes the original PipeLOK™ pipeline deployment & recovery tools. Both solutions are suitable for deployment across a wide variety of pipeline operations.

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JDR scoops two gongs at Subsea UK Awards

Achievement cements company’s commitment to growth and employee development

  JDR, a leading supplier of subsea umbilicals and power cables to the global offshore energy industry, is celebrating today after winning the Global Exports and Young Emerging Talent categories at the Subsea UK Awards.

The awards ceremony – hailed as the most prestigious in the subsea sector – took place at the AECC in Aberdeen last night. Attended by over 600 industry professionals, the highly-coveted awards highlight the achievements of individuals and companies throughout the subsea industry, and bring together peers in mutual celebration of the UK’s leading position on the global stage

JDR took home the Global Exports Award for its successful global exports strategy and its adaptability to foreign markets, and the Young Emerging Talent Award, which recognises an individual under the age of 35 who has significantly contributed to the development of the subsea sector. Robert Weeks, lead engineer at JDR, was presented with the award for his contribution to the development of subsea umbilical design calculation tools.

Weeks says: “It’s an absolute privilege to be recognised by my peers in the industry. At JDR, I have the fortune of working alongside a number of very talented individuals who, in sharing their experience, have enabled me to develop my own skills and expertise, and make a real contribution to the industry.”

David Currie, CEO at JDR, adds: “These awards are a fantastic recognition for the whole JDR team. Over the past year, we have continued to secure and deliver a large number of overseas projects, which we can only achieve with the hard work and dedication of our employees. Special thanks also go to Robert and all of our young engineers who continue to help JDR position for future growth.”


JDR recently announced its contract with Marathon Oil for the design and manufacture of power and static subsea umbilicals with accompanying hardware for the West Brae field. The company is exhibiting at Subsea Expo 2016 on stand 81 in Aberdeen this week.

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C-Kore Systems awarded contract for BP for Subsea Monitoring Tools

C-Kore Systems Ltd, has been awarded a contract for BP to purchase their C-Kore Subsea Monitoring tools.

BP trialed the tools on earlier umbilical installation projects and will now purchase a number of units for their prestigious Quad 204 project in the North Sea. Due to their unique design, the CKore units can monitor the insulation resistance and continuity of umbilicals during the complete installation process, even with both ends of the umbilical submerged to full deployment depth.

Tim Overfield, managing director of C-Kore Systems, “This is a fantastic endorsement of our technology that a major oil company such as BP understands the benefits of the C-Kore monitoring system. Our units provide valuable information previously unattainable, ultimately saving our customers money by reducing their required vessel time on installation and intervention projects.”

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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.


National Hyperbaric Centre offers a range of innovative medical solutions, including DanMedical’s D-MAS HyperSat medical monitoring system for offshore workers and divers.

The D-MAS system will be available for demonstration on NHC’s stand 126 at SubSea Expo 2016 in Aberdeen.

DanMedical’s solution enables real-time medical monitoring of patients offshore, including divers in saturation. So specialist doctors based onshore can now provide real-time, expert medical diagnosis and advice to support a patient who is working offshore. The D-MAS device enables compliance with the requirements of OGP 411 and DMAC 28 by measuring the patient’s heart rhythm and ECG, blood pressure, blood oxygen content and core temperature, as well as medical images in still or video format. D-MAS is now deployed by many leading offshore energy contractors and medical advisors, worldwide. The equipment is also installed at the NHC’s hyperbaric facility, to enable diagnosis and medical support of any injured diver brought in to the NHC’s chambers.

Laura Stuart, General Manager of NHC said: “NHC is committed to improving the safety of subsea operations through promoting world class equipment and training. We share this commitment to safety with DanMedical, and we look forward to demonstrating the D-MAS system at SubSea Expo 2016.”

Peter Couldery, CEO of DanMedical added: “In these tough times, implementing innovative medical practice can both save lives and deliver business benefits. I’m looking forward to SubSea Expo to meet the leading offshore operators to talk through these issues.”.



Repair of Live Subsea Pipeline in Java Sea
Completed on Time for Less Money
DELFT, The Netherlands –January 25, 2016 – IRM Systems, the independent authority on emergency pipeline repairs, announced that as a result of a new and innovative approach to pipeline repair, it contributed to achieving dramatic cost-savings on the recent repair of a live subsea pipeline in the Java Sea, Indonesia.  The objective of the operation was to seal a tear on a weld seam by installing a permanent repair solution.
IRM Systems began providing engineering services for the project in January 2015. Normally, the operation would have been executed by a major EPIC company – and nearly was – but in this instance, the operator decided to do something different. It decided that it should be executed by a smaller service contractor, drawing upon the services of a constellation of specialist providers, including IRM Systems.
New approach reduces costs without lowering margins
The “constellation” approach involved using vessels of opportunity, independent diving and survey contractors, engineering specialist IRM Systems, the equipment manufacturer, and the regulator. Despite the organizational challenges, this method allowed the operator to interface with one lean, flexible primary contractor.  Because margins were not compounded by the multiple layers of contracting that traditionally make up the structure used by an EPIC company, the operator immediately realized the financial benefit. As for those companies executing the project, rates were not squeezed and risk was more equitably distributed.
Innovative method offers cost-effective alternative
“This project is solid evidence of great innovation, in which out-of-the-box thinking really produced dramatic cost-savings,” said Wander van Weerden, Project Manager for IRM Systems. “Much of what we are seeing in response to today’s low oil prices is contractors and their subcontractors taking more and more risk to offer a compounded savings to the client. The approach that was used to complete this complex repair project proves that it is a realistic, completely viable alternative.”
To ensure that the project would succeed, the operator brought a certification body on board to assist with the engineering and advise on overall quality. Working with IRM Systems, the primary contractor selected the manufacturers and fabricators of the repair clamp, and conducted offshore surveys in cooperation with specialist survey contractors. The components of the repair solution were tested in Norway and the Netherlands in August, and successfully installed on to the live gas pipeline in October 2015, well within schedule.
Given the success of this project, the operator plans to use the approach used for this project as the standard template for more projects throughout the region. Not just repair projects, but for routine maintenance and inspection tasks.
Optimum results for less money
According to IRM Systems, the operator received the same high quality service and materials in the same amount of time, but for less money. “As for the service providers, it’s business as usual.  It’s the way forward for the industry, whether oil prices are high or low,” said Rutger Schouten, General Manager of IRM Systems.
The key to the success of this project is twofold.  “First, you must have a highly organized body to coordinate the project.  It’s essential that it has a strong grip on all of the players,” said Rutger Schouten.  “Secondly, the team must have hands-on experience that duplicates – or exceeds – that of bigger players.  Without that, you will not achieve the same quality targets as those completed by bigger players.”
Light in the darkness
When it comes to effective project management, the industry has longed for value-added creativity. “This project illustrates that costs can be reduced while maintaining quality standards and operational excellence.  When led by a reliable independent source, collaboration can be very powerful and extremely effective,” said David Obatolu, General Manager of IRMS UKWA. “For the industry, this approach offers a light as we navigate through – and beyond – the dark tunnel of low oil prices.”
Innovation holds key
Globally, low oil prices have boosted a jittery world economy. On the other hand, oil and gas exploration costs money.  In order that the world economy and energy industry thrive, traditional practices must change.  And change calls for innovation.  For IRM Systems and its partners, innovation has resulted in a more cost-effective, professional approach to pipeline repair.  Whether the industry rises to the occasion by challenging the status quo remains to be seen, but the future is clear for IRM Systems:  innovation holds the key.
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B) Graphic - IRM Systems - live pipeline repair in Java Sea, Indonesia 2016

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.

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Rob Spillard joins Bibby HydroMap as their new Technical Director

Bibby HydroMap Technical Director Rob Spillard

Rob Spillard joins Bibby HydroMap as their new Technical Director

Seabed survey company Bibby HydroMap continues to strengthen their executive board with the appointment of Rob Spillard as Technical Director.

Rob Spillard brings over twenty-five years’ experience in the offshore survey industry and will take overall responsibility for the technical direction of the Wirral-based company. Having previously performed key roles at Fugro EMU, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, Rob will play an intrinsic part in the continuing growth of the company.

As part of the company’s focus on efficiency, the newly created role has followed a restructuring of the senior management team, which included the appointment of Mick Slater to Operations Director earlier this year. Bibby HydroMap Managing Director Andrew McLeay comments: “We are very pleased to have Rob join us as a key member of the executive board. I am looking forward to working closely with him during what is a very challenging time for much of offshore industry but one which also throws up a series of exciting opportunities for Bibby HydroMap as we continue to develop our range of services.”

Rob comments: “I’m both excited and delighted to join the company.  Bibby HydroMap’s focus on a quality product, together with their investment in new, state-of-the-art vessels and innovative technologies like the d’ROP survey platform were all aspects that made me keen to join the team.  I am thrilled to be a part of the company and look forward to working with our customers 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.”

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.

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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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:


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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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

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