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Kongsberg Maritime: New DP Maintenance Refresher Course meets latest IMCA guidelines

Kongsberg Maritime has launched a new Dynamic Positioning (DP) Maintenance Refresher Course for personnel involved in the maintenance of a vessel’s DP System. The new two-day course will be available at KONGSBERG training centres globally and has been developed to provide the technical and refresher training as recommended in the latest International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) guidelines (M117 Rev.2) in addition to compliance with IMO-STCW Part B section B-V/f.

The first Dynamic Positioning (DP) Maintenance Refresher course took place last week at Kongsberg Maritime’s training centre in Kongsberg, Norway. Kongsberg Maritime Ltd’s Aberdeen training centre will host its first Dynamic Positioning (DP) Maintenance Refresher course starting on 18th January, with courses in February, March and April already scheduled to meet predicted demand for this unique training.

KONGSBERG’s new DP Maintenance Refresher Course offers in-depth training to reduce the risk of accidents involving the DP system on board and to ensure that Electrical/ Electronic Engineers (ETOs) and maintenance personnel can continue to identify faults and perform periodic maintenance in a competent and safe manner. The course is also suitable for personnel who have not worked with a DP system for a long period or are due to work with a vessel that has been upgraded from legacy KONGSBERG DP systems to the current generation K-Pos DP systems and K-Master workstations.

A task-centred approach created in accordance with DNV-GL standard ST-0008 Learning Programmes, the DP Maintenance Refresher Course combines theoretical lessons and practical exercises, with the main part focused on technical aspects and fault finding. The technical bridge in the training centre will be used for theoretical and practical exercises. Participants must have previously attended a DP Maintenance course for KONGSBERG systems and in order to benefit fully, participants should have general knowledge of electronics and computer-based control systems.

“Competence and awareness leads to increased operational safety, which is why training has been a core aspect of our work since KONGSBERG led the DP revolution in the 1970s and we are committed to continually improving and updating the course offering at our training centres worldwide,” said Eirik Hagensen, General Manager, Global Customer Training, Kongsberg Maritime. “The new DP Maintenance Refresher Course directly addresses the latest IMCA guidelines while meeting high demand for training on Kongsberg Maritime’s latest generation of DP systems.”

For further information, please contact:

Eirik Hagensen

Kongsberg Maritime

Tel: +47 3228 3247

eirik.hagensen@km.kongsberg.com

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New Business Manager set to continue HTL Group growth

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As part of HTL Group’s continued growth, HTL Group Scotland are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Business Manager, Marc Gerrard.

Marc joins HTL with a very strong 22 years’ background in rentals, sales, maintenance and management within the oil and gas arena. After serving his apprenticeship as a Plant and Equipment Engineer, he progressed through various Supervisory and Managerial roles before joining EnerMech in 2008.

Marc’s time at EnerMech began with the role of Equipment Rental Manager; which then lead to being appointed as General Manager for the Equipment, Lifting, Wire Rope and Inspection Services Business Unit.

As Business Manager, Marc will take full responsibility of all HTL group activity in Scotland, including raising awareness of the Group portfolio locally. Traditionally, the company’s presence in Scotland was under Hire Torque Ltd, but following a recent premises relocation the company is now trading as HTL Group Scotland. Growing the entire Group offering in Aberdeen allows HTL Group to have a greater presence in Scotland, and ensures that they are able to serve the market place with their vast and continuously expanding product and service portfolio.

Marc Gerrard, Business Manager HTL Group Scotland comments:

“The HTL Group has significantly expanded its footprint both in the UK and internationally over the last few years. I am unbelievably excited to be joining the team at such an important time in the company’s evolution and look forward to driving business growth in Scotland”.

This is yet another new and exciting appointment for HTL Group and a further sign of their commitment to meet the demands placed on them as a world class service provider.

An upcoming customer event early in the New Year will officially launch HTL Group Scotland and allow customers to visit the new premises in Dyce, Aberdeen. To register your interest and to receive further updates please contact aberdeen@htlgroup.com.

 

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Unique Group’s On-Site Engineering Division announces collaboration with KSB Group

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Unique Group, the leading integrated subsea and offshore solution provider, has announced today that its On-Site Engineering division, through its Wellube brand, has partnered with KSB Group to offer a new service to its customers in the Middle East and Africa region. On-Site Spark Erosion is the latest addition to the division’s wide portfolio of services that include hot tapping & line stopping, on-site machining, and safety valve testing among many others.

The KSB Group, headquartered in Germany, is a leading supplier of pumps, valves and services. KSB also continues to remain the world market leaders in the spark erosion industry supplying their services for over 20 years to a wide variety of sectors ranging from oil and gas to marine.

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Removal of the coupling bolts on a 9E gas turbine using spark erosion technique

Spark erosion, also known as metal disintegration or electro discharge machining (EDM), is a technique that’s primarily used for tap, stud, bolt and drill removal or seized fasteners. The cutting action of a metal disintegrator is accomplished by creating a series of intermittent electric arcs that break down the hardest metals into minute particles in a safe and controlled manner.

An electrode, held in the head of the disintegrator, vibrates as it cuts while a coolant is pumped through the electrode to wash away the powdered metal. The technique chiefly employs electrical energy to remove metal from the work piece without creating any contact with it. The technique can also be used for marine and marine engine repairs.

As there are no cutting forces involved in a spark erosion process, delicate operations can be performed on thin work pieces. The technique can produce shapes unobtainable by a conventional machining process and can also be used to provide a texture on the inside of mold tools for plastic products.

Sahil Gandhi, Director at Unique Group’s On-Site Engineering division commented, “Our Wellube brand is widely recognised as a leader in the provision of on-site machining services. As a world-renowned brand, we’re continuously on the lookout to grow our reach by offering new services to customers the world over. The decision to partner with KSB was imminent considering their in-depth experience in the spark erosion industry.”

“Their spark erosion machines are powerful and highly reliable, thereby ensuring maximum material removal in minimum time, thus keeping the customer on schedule.”

Paul Eccles, Spark Erosion Sales Manager at KSB asserted, “We’re pleased with our new association with Unique Group. We at KSB have always aimed at giving our customers the best possible service to suit their business needs backed by a 24hr support plan and the same ideology resonates with the Unique Group team. Their strong customer base and sound knowledge of the market is instrumental in establishing the best-in-class metal disintegration service to customers in the region.”

Please direct your queries to:

Unique Group Marketing Department: marketing@uniquegroup.com

Walter Fernandes, Department Manager – Sales (On-Site Engineering), Unique Group: walter@uniquegroup.com

Paul Eccles, Spark Erosion Sales Manager, KSB: paul.eccles@ksb.com

4 Channel Helium Unscrambler. Now we are Talking!

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C-Tecnics continues to expand its communication range adding its new 4 Channel Helium Unscrambler unit.

Not want to compromise on quality but looking to save money?

The C-Phone HE 4R is the lowest priced 4 Channel Helium unscrambler on the market.

The C-Tecnics Unscrambler is Suitable for diver’s communication and Saturation Diving system communications. C-Tecnics also offer Bunk Boxes and chamber speakers. The unit can also be supplied with the C-Tecnics Wireless headset.

C-Tecnics, a UK based company are market leaders in the manufacturing of subsea Video, cameras, lighting, and communications systems for the diving, ROV, and Scientific markets. C-Tecnics also manufacture a range of diver equipment and Hyperbaric equipment.

Please contact our sales team for more information at marketing@c-tecnics.com

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Cranemaster partners with Unique Group to extend presence in the Middle East and India

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Cranemaster, the global market leader of passive heave compensators and shock absorbers for offshore lifts, are expanding their sales and support network and are pleased to announce the appointment of Unique Group as representative in UAE and India.

For fast and easy dispatch, Cranemaster units will be stored locally and Unique Group can also provide service technicians if assistance is needed. This will ensure easy access for Middle East and Indian customers to Cranemaster products and services. The new partnership supports Cranemaster’s strategy to strengthen its positions in attractive market segments.

“Our partnership with Cranemaster will help us strengthen and expand our innovative portfolio of products and services and we are looking forward to helping Cranemaster increase sales and visibility within this important region.” Ian Huggins, Group Commercial Manager, Unique Group

For more information, please contact:

Unique Group Marketing Department: marketing@uniquegroup.com

Hege Kongstein, Marketing Manager, Cranemaster: hege@cranemaster.no

Shock loads from pile runs are efficiently reduced by the Cranemaster shock absorbers.

 

HTL Boxer represents England at Youth World Boxing Championships

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Ben Rees, Workshop Apprentice at HTL, an industry leading provider of controlled bolting, flange working and portable machine solutions is off to St Petersburg, Russia to represent England in the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.

Following a bronze medal win at the EUBC European Youth Championships earlier in the year, Ben has continued to impress coaches with the skills and attitude he has relentlessly demonstrated during world selection camps.

Running from 14th – 27th November at the Sibur Arena, the Championships welcome more than 400 competing boxers from over 70 countries. At only 18, Ben will represent England in the Middleweight 75 kg category and compete against other international middleweight components.

An intensive training programme and various preparation camps with a dedicated Lead Coach have fully equipped Ben to compete for the 5th Edition of the legendary AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships.

Ben comments: “I went to the EUBC European Youth Championships confident and returned proud to own a bronze medal. Now I am delighted to have been selected to represent England by competing in the Youth World Championships;  I feel I have worked extremely hard to prepare to step up to the challenge and represent England; I’d love to return home with another medal.

I would like to thank HTL for their continued support and sponsorship.”

No matter what the outcome is, competing in the Youth World Boxing Championships is a major achievement in Ben’s boxing career.

All at HTL continue to support and wish Ben the best of luck

For more information please visit:www.htlgroup.com

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PTTEP to present findings with C-Kore Subsea Monitoring Tool at IPTC 2016

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PTTEP evaluated C-Kore with excellent results and will be presenting their findings on Subsea Insulation Resistance Monitoring at the International Petroleum Technology Conference, IPTC in Bangkok on Wednesday 16th of November 2016.
PTTEP found “Offshore testing can be significantly simplified with this meter, and overall schedule reduced. This in turn would save substantial costs during offshore inspection and fault finding campaigns. The result of the test by the new technique is more reliable, consistent and cost effective method to confirm insulation resistance in a subsea cable system.”
Different technologies were evaluated by PTTEP, including the C-Kore Subsea Monitoring Tool to determine the integrity of subsea cables during intervention operations. They trialed the patented C-Kore low-voltage technology in the field as an alternative to conventional subsea testing methods.
To download the complete abstract click here: http://bit.ly/2fHvOri
For more information about the C-Kore technology, please visit: www.c-kore.com

Pommec are appointed C-Tecnics new Netherlands Distributor

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Pommec is a leading European manufacturer and worldwide supplier of commercial diving equipment based in the Netherlands. ‘’Teaming up with C-Tecnics as our stocking distributer was a natural route’’, says Pommec Sales Director Kees Voogd.

Kees added, “C-Tecnics has the knowledge, the experience and the flexibility to find the solutions our clients are looking for. Pommec has extensive expertise in producing diving systems which find customers all over the world. Working closely together with C-Tecnics means that our clients will benefit of the expertise of both companies.”

C-Tecnics, a UK based company are market leaders in the manufacturing of subsea Video, cameras, lighting, and communications systems for the diving, ROV, and Scientific markets. C-Tecnics also manufacture a range of divers equipment and Hyperbaric equipment. The partnership with Pommec expands our distributor network and will help C-Tecnics products reach a bigger market.

For more information please visit; http://www.c-tecnics.com/

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HTL Group expand in Aberdeen with HTL Group Scotland

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UK based HTL Group have relocated to a high profile facility on Raith’s Industrial Estate, Aberdeen.

HTL Group are one of a number of companies who believe that even in challenging times there are still opportunities to serve the market with a range of high quality products and services delivered in today’s cost sensitive market, supported by a very high level of customer service.

The move from HTLs facility in Dyce to Raith’s Industrial Estate is the perfect opportunity to introduce the Group’s complete range of products and services delivered via HTL Group Scotland.

From the new facility, HTL Group Scotland will continue to offer an even more comprehensive range of controlled bolting equipment, joint integrity tooling, portable machines, cutting and maintenance tools for hire and sale.  The move will also allow HTL Group Scotland to introduce new products and services such as flushing and testing equipment, an asset management service, HAVs, PAT and load testing, and an increased calibration capacity.

In addition and to support the market needs, HTL’s range of globally recognised ECITB approved, mechanical joint integrity courses, amongst many others will be delivered from their new training centre of excellence at HTL Group Scotland’s new facility.

Stephen Jones, Group CEO, comments:

This move and the introduction of HTL Group Scotland with its wider offering will ensure our clients receive timely and cost effective solutions, whilst also receiving the high level of customer service associated with HTL.

We welcome you to visit our impressive new facility to meet our team, learn about our innovative solutions and allow HTL to partner with you to help meet challenges in an ever changing industry.

The new HTL Group Scotland address is Raith’s Industrial Estate, Kirkton Drive, Dyce, Aberdeen, AB21 0BG, for further information please contact HTL Group Scotland on + 44 (0) 1224 728 820, email aberdeen@htlgroup.com or visit www.hiretorque.com.

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Unique Group appoints Felix Peña as Business Development Manager for Subsea Rentals and Sales

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Unique Group, the leading integrated subsea and offshore solution provider, has appointed Felix Peña as the new Business Development Manager for Subsea Rentals and Sales. He will be based within the Operations Team at Unique Group’s Houston office.Felix has nineteen years of experience in increasingly responsible roles within sales and operational management. In his most recent position, he managed, planned, and coordinated multiple large rental projects for Forum Subsea Rentals at a global capacity. His career started with Kongsberg Maritime, which then moved on to BMT Scientific Marine and he has spent the last 12 years growing Forum Subsea Rentals.

Andy Doggett, Director for Unique Group’s Survey Equipment Division commented, “I am delighted to have Felix join our US business to focus on North and South America. He brings with him deep understanding of the market and excellent customer relationships in the sector. Adding Felix to the US team is part of the business development strategy for the Survey Equipment Division, as we continue to grow our US operation with key appointments.”

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For more information, please contact:

Unique Group Marketing Department: marketing@uniquegroup.comAndy Doggett, Director – Survey Equipment Division: andy.doggett@uniquegroup.com

Unique Group will exhibit across two stands at OSEA 2016 29 Nov to 2nd Dec 2016

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We’d love for you to join us for discussions and a range of refreshments. We will be joined by the team from our latest acquisition, Oceanvision, in addition to our engineering and industry experts from across our global operation.

Where to find us

Stand 1J4-10 will be located at EIC’s UK Pavilion. Our staff will be present to discuss how Unique Group and its six multi-site divisions can deliver bespoke, off-the-shelf engineering solutions and cost-efficiencies for your business.

We’ll have several models and pieces of kit on display from our Specialised Boats, Survey Equipment, and Buoyancy & Ballast divisions.

Stand BQ6-01 will be found close to the Subsea Pavilion, located on the lower level of the venue. Our On-Site Engineering team will be available to demonstrate our Wellube brand’s hot tapping demo unit and discuss any requirements your business has for on-site engineering products and services. Our Diving & Life Support and Oceanvision teams will also be displaying a SAT system model and an ROV unit respectively.

For more information please visit: www.uniquegroup.com

Safety and quality effortlessly combined

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Incorrect measurements and tool inaccuracies in all industrial sectors can lead to hazardous consequences not least of all risk to personnel safety. So ensure operator safety and minimise downtime with HTL Worldwide’s range of Torque Calibration rigs.

A common misunderstanding is that only used tooling must be calibrated, when in actual fact calibration should also be carried out on new tooling to ensure accuracy is maintained from the beginning of use.

HTL, a Global OEM of controlled bolting equipment, recognises the critical importance of tool calibration, and have therefore designed highly safe, premium quality torque calibration rigs to allow clients to entirely control their own in-house calibration.

Mike Johnson, Group Director of Engineering, HTL Group comments:

The reality of accurate calibration is that it’s a necessity for industry but it mustn’t come at the expense of project downtime. The new range of torque calibration rigs bring to market a fully integrated piece of equipment incorporating unique safety features. The ability to calibrate tools to a planned schedule effectively contributes to reducing downtime, allowing client projects to run as planned.”

Technically suited to any industry or business who frequently calibrate torque tools, the HTL range of torque calibration rigs enhance the existing market offering by introducing a standardised range of quality torque calibration rigs, with the ability to customise to meet every individual requirement.

As part of the Premier range, the enclosure incorporates Norbar torque measurement equipment, an interlocked safety canopy, a heavy duty and robust modular frame, lockable pump cupboard and safety interlocks to ensure operator well-being during use. The Premier Rig also includes an integrated control panel, electric pump, a precision gauge and an emergency stop mechanism to further promote safe operation.

For further information please visit htl-worldwide.com call + 44 (0) 1670 700 018 or email sales@htl-worldwide.com.

 

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Impact Subsea and Unique Group launch new generation of flooded member detection system

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A ground breaking underwater Flooded Member Detection (FMD) system has been launched today by Impact Subsea in collaboration with Unique Group.

The ISFMD offers a significant advancement in flooded member detection, providing a new level of clarity in non-destructive testing for the presence of water in underwater structures.

For use by divers or ROVs, water level, depth of reading, position of the sensor probe and temperature of water are all monitored and recorded. With 1mm accuracy and a range in excess of 100m, the ISFMD system provides an exceptionally high accuracy reading.

An advanced software suite provides a visual indication of all sample points along the underwater member or structure being surveyed. Upon completion of the survey, the software automatically generates a survey report with all recorded readings.

Following collaboration in the development of the system, Unique Group has been appointed as exclusive rental partner for the ISFMD system.

Commenting on the launch of the new system, Andy Doggett, Survey Equipment Divisional Director, Unique Group, stated, “We are delighted to collaborate with Impact Subsea on this exciting new FMD system. Following significant investment in Impact Subsea Altimeters, Depth Sensors and FMD systems we are able to meet customer demand for the latest underwater technology”.

For more information, please contact:

Unique Group Marketing Department: marketing@uniquegroup.com
Andy Doggett, Director – Survey Equipment Division: andy.doggett@uniquegroup.com
Ben Grant, Managing Director, Impact Subsea: ben.grant@impactsubsea.co.uk

Click here to visit Unique Group’s Industry Profile

Preventative maintenance made simple

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Controlled bolting equipment manufacturer HTL Worldwide Ltd have released a specialist coating to extend the life of any structure or assembly; HTL Pro-Tect.

Offering complete joint preservation and corrosion prevention, HTL Pro-Tect is suitable for any mechanical and electrical application which is subject to climatic corrosion in any industry sector. With easy application and a life span of up to 25 years, the product will protect all mechanically exposed assemblies in the harshest environmental conditions including subsea.

The high strength nature of the product comes from its silicone base which forms a strong, resilient, and rubberised coating; averting moisture, debris, and water or oxygen ingress, therefore resulting in the workpiece being kept in its “as installed” condition. Non-marine pollutant, or toxic to the environment, HTL Pro-Tect is 100% recyclable.

The external part of any mechanical joint is highly vulnerable to the ingress of debris and moisture which can result in the degradation of bolted joints as well as corrosion damage. Excessive corrosion is hazardous and repair could mean unscheduled downtime for machining, failure and potentially replacement of damaged flanges, gaskets and fasteners.

Supplied as a complete kit with everything needed for application, this product promotes best practice engineering and is a major contribution towards maintaining critical joint integrity.

Easily removed by cutting and peeling back, HTL Pro-Tect is applied and removed as desired. Complete or partial reinstation is a simple secondary application.

Paul Storey, HTL Group Managing Director Comments:

An increasing demand from our client base to protect mechanical joints introduced us to the development and addition of HTL Pro-Tect to our complete portfolio of joint integrity solutions. With an unlimited amount of uses, the product is an essential inclusion for any joint preservation programme to maximise efficiency and cost savings. Additionally what has become clear is the unlimited potential for effective use of this product in any application subject to climatic corrosion.”

Contact HTL Worldwide today to find out more.

Visit htl-worldwide.com, call +44 (0) 1670 700 018 or email sales@htl-worldwide.com.

 

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Three new Waterbag sales, rental & service centres for Seaflex’s European network

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  • Seaflex waterbags now are stocked in France, Germany and Greece to service local demand for the testing of cranes, lifeboats, gangways and other load-bearing structures.

  • The number of Seaflex rental locations within Europe now increases to eight, stretching across the continent from Stavanger to Athens.

  • The sale of waterbags and convenient local through-life servicing support is also available from all these bases, to customers who prefer to purchase rather than hire such equipment.

Three New Waterbag Sales, Rental & Service Centres for Seaflex's European Network

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  • Seaflex have been helping contractors worldwide work more safely, efficiently and profitably since 1987.

As of early October 2016, the Seaflex brand of Unique Groups Buoyancy & Ballast division is delighted to welcome three new waterbag partners to their European network.

Seaflex WaterLoad™ bags and Seaflex-trained service technicians are now deployed at Acebi SAS of Saint Herblon, Nantes (France), Woell Marine Safety of Ahrensburg, Hamburg (Germany) and Navaltech of Piraeus, Athens (Greece).

The equipment servicing standard in each of these locations is exactly the same as in all other bases in the Seaflex network. Each and every bag will be thoroughly inspected and tested by a trained technician between rentals, so users can be assured that the bags they receive will do the job required of them straight out of the crate, first time, every time.

Alongside offering rental of this equipment within their domestic markets, these new partners are also able to offer the sale and subsequent local support of Seaflex waterbags up to the new and market-leading 100t WaterLoad™.

Chris Sparrow, Unique Group’s Buoyancy & Ballast Global Sales Manager commented, “We are extremely happy to have Allan, Sascha, Iraklis and their teams onboard as part of our ever-expanding Seaflex network. Their companies are well-known and well-respected within their markets, the Seaflex business model is a very neat fit with their current range of activities, and we are sure that the presence of Seaflex equipment combined with first-rate back-up will be of great interest to those involved in the testing of cranes, lifeboats and other load-bearing structures within the French, German and Greek markets.”

Contact:

For more information, please call Seaflex on +44 (0)1983 290525 or email seaflex@uniquegroup.com

C-Kore Subsea Testing Tools supplied to PTTEP Australasia

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C-Kore Systems successfully completed another campaign with PTTEP Australasia by supplying them with their C-Kore Subsea Testing Tools.

The C-Kore tools speed up and simplify subsea testing. They were used to fault-find electrical cables subsea where traditional measurement methods would have taken much more time to deploy and given less accurate results. The C-Kore units saved the customer a substantial amount of time with their repeatable results and streamlined reporting.

C-Kore is a subsea measurement tool used to test insulation resistance (IR) and confirm the integrity of subsea cables. It can be deployed remotely by ROV or diver.

Tim Overfield, managing director of C-Kore Systems commented, “It is satisfying to see our C-Kore units proving their worth to our customers. We are able to save them time and money on both fault finding and commissioning campaigns. In an environment where cost savings are so crucial, it just makes sense to use C-Kore.”

C-Kore Systems is sponsoring and exhibiting at SUT’s Subsea Controls Down Under Conference: Enhancing Value Through Technology on 19-20 October in Perth. Come and visit us!

For more information, please visit: www.c-kore.com

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Unique Group’s Nigeria-based JV training centre secures pivotal accreditation

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Unique Group has recently announced that its training centre for Dynamic Positioning (DP) systems has obtained an accreditation from Nautical Institute. The training centre is located in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and is a joint venture between Unique Group and Nigeria based Charkin Maritime & Offshore Safety Centre.


Charkin Maritime & Offshore Safety Centre is a local and privately-held maritime training institution focused on providing the best-in-class safety and maritime training, anywhere in the world. It is a part of Charkin Group headquartered in Nigeria.

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The training centre will offer the DP Basic Operator and DP Simulator Courses which are now certified by the Nautical Institute. The DP Basic Operator course will mainly focus on defining the principles of DP and the components of a DP system. It will also impart knowledge about the relationship between vessel movement, position reference systems, sensors, computers, propulsion units and feedback. The DP Simulator course will help trainees to further enhance their DP knowledge and skills through hands on experience of simulation tasks. The other courses offered are the DP Introduction and DP Technical Courses.

Sharad Kumar, Group BDM at Unique Group commented, “We’re delighted to obtain an accreditation from the Nautical Institute and the accreditation comes at a time when Unique Group is significantly investing in its training division to impart world-class training standards by providing industry-specific individuals with top-class facilities and experienced trainers. The location of Port Harcourt is also of strategic importance to the Group and this is in line with empowering the local youth to enhance their maritime skills, thereby opening the path to improved maritime job prospects in Africa.”

Sir Charles K. Wami, CEO/MD at Charkin Group further asserted, “We’re happy to be partnering with Unique Group to offer trainings related to dynamic positioning. The initiative has been introduced due to the demand from the growing Sub-Saharan Africa maritime and offshore industry and will include a string of DP trainings so as to diversify our own portfolio of safety and maritime courses, all accredited to the best of quality and safety standards. Unique Group has vast experience and in-depth knowledge of the maritime industry and we’re eager to begin our training partnership.”

The accredited courses are scheduled to run on a monthly basis. The details will be divulged soon on uniques group’s training website:

https://www.uniquegroup.com/important-links/training

To view Unique Group’s Industry Profile, please click here

Trelleborg partners with Unique Group to extend presence in India

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Unique Group’s India office has been selected by Trelleborg’s offshore operation as one of its agents in India. As a part of the agreement, Unique Group’s base in India will offer the full range of solutions from Trelleborg’s offshore operation to customers within the region.

The decision was based on Unique Group’s successful track record and their dedicated, proactive team in the region.

Andy Hey, Key Account Manager at Trelleborg’s offshore operation, commented, “We are glad to partner with Unique Group’s India office as they have been our value added partner for the Middle East region for several years now. As they are renowned for their global presence, seamless sales and support structure along with a broad client reach, we are confident that Trelleborg’s offshore operations will have an even greater presence in the Indian market over the years to come.”

 

Sharad Kumar, Managing Director at Unique Group’s India office further added, “Our team in India is continually growing its presence in the region. India is a strategic market for the offshore industry and our partnership with Trelleborg will help us strengthen our global reach and help expand our innovative portfolio of services in the Indian subcontinent.”

Trelleborg is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, damp and protect critical applications in demanding environments. Its innovative engineered solutions accelerate performance for customers in a sustainable way. Using advanced polymer material technology, Trelleborg’s offshore operation provides high integrity solutions for the harshest offshore environments and specialises in the development and production of polymers and syntactic foam, for all levels of the offshore industry.

This new partnership supports Trelleborg’s strategy to strengthen its positions in attractive market segments.

For more information please visit: www.uniquegroup.com/

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VABH-B excavator hook for bolting

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RUD Chains offers over 500 different tested and certified lifting and lashing points which cover a working load capacity range of 0.6 to 250 tonne. RUD’s lifting equipment is used across a wide range of working environments from Heavy Lifting, Engineering, Materials Handling, Offshore, Construction, Rail, MOD and many more.

The VABH-B VIP Excavator Hook for bolting offers a range of advantages and lifting options for the user. Firstly they can be used as lifting points on cross bars and beams or for wire rope slings and round slings. They can also be used for lifting means with loop or oval suspension rings.

The VABH-B Excavator Hooks are known as the threaded hook for all lifting means due to the fact they can be used with most commercial lifting means without the need for additional connecting elements.

The ICE-Bolt is made out of RUD patented steel and offers a higher toughness, higher bending strength as well as less wear occurrence.

RUD patented wear marking indicator helps highlight when the lifting equipment is no longer fit for service and needs to be replaced. Therefore, offering an ultimate safety factor to the user.

The VABH-B Excavator Hooks offer a safety factor of 4:1 and are operational from temperatures as low as -40° to plus 350°. They also come with RUD RFID chips embedded into them to help make management of all lifting equipment a quick and easy process should you wish to use the RFID technology.

RUD provide standard and tailored solutions to meet even the most demanding environments. Top quality products combined with technological innovations and experience make RUD a top choice for all your lifting requirements.

For more information please call 01227 276 611 Email: Katie.crane@rud.co.uk or visit www.rud.co.uk

Artificial lift systems market characterized by ongoing alliances and expansion activities in vendor landscape

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Driven by the rising production of deepwater oil and the high volume of crude oil in matured reserves, the global artificial lift systems market is poised to expand at a 6.20% CAGR from 2014 to 2020. The value of the global market was pegged at US$13 bn in 2014 and this is projected to rise to US$19.8 bn by 2020.

Some of the top companies competing in the global artificial lift systems market are Flotek Industries, Inc., Weatherford International Ltd., Superior Energy Services, Inc., Kudu Industries, Inc., Schlumberger Limited, Halliburton Company, Borets Company LLC., Baker Hughes, Inc., Dover Artificial Lift, and National Oilwell Varco, Inc.

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Here’s a snapshot of some of the recent developments in the artificial lift systems market:

Weatherford’s Expanded Artificial Lift Systems Portfolio: Texas-based oil and natural gas service company Weatherford International Ltd. recently added a new product to its portfolio of existing artificial lift systems. The sand-tolerant pump is aimed at slowing production declines, optimizing the life of oil wells, and reducing workovers, and serves as a substitute for standard rod pumps in wells that have high sand production. The accumulation of sand in the plunger or barrel results in abrasions and the sand-tolerant pump prevents this accumulation, thereby reducing the chances of pump failure or inefficiency. The sand-tolerant pump has demonstrated the improvements made in the design of artificial lift pumps and the overall working in harsh and sand-laden environments.

Cimarron and Keane Group’s Acquisition Activities: Oklahoma-based oilfield equipment provider Cimarron Energy recently acquired North Dakota’s Diverse Energy Systems, bringing in significant design and production experience for operators in North Dakota’s oil and gas industry. Cimarron acquired Diverse’s field and manufacturing assets in North Dakota as well as Texas for an undisclosed amount and the company will now be able to offer artificial lift systems to its clients, along with other offerings such as processing, production, vapor handling, measurement/custody/transfer, and rental equipment. US-based well completion services company Keane Group acquired all of the US assets of Canada-based Trican Well Services for US$247 mn. These ongoing alliances have been significantly driving the North America artificial lift systems market.

Baker Hughes’ New Approach to Artificial Lift Systems: Texas-based Baker Hughes, one of the largest oil field services companies in the world, recently trialed a new adaptive production system, which it says, is a completely new approach to artificial lift systems. The Leap system was first installed in the Mississippi Lime play in Oklahoma at a depth of 5,200 feet. This new system is designed to adapt to changing production profiles that are typical in some of the most unconventional oil wells. Baker Hughes had set up its artificial lift research and technology center in 2014 and has been dedicatedly working on developing new artificial lift technologies.

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