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ESS Treble Profits on Back of 90% Revenue Hike

Diversification in to renewables and interconnector market rewarded

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

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

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

SMD supply Quasar MkII ROV to Jan de Nul

Industry leader in dredging and marine construction activities Jan de Nul have confirmed an order with SMD for a Quasar MkII 150hp 3000m rated work class remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The high specification system including Tophat Tether Management System, A-Frame, Umbilical Winch and dual control system (vessel bridge and control cabin) will be delivered in the second quarter of this year.

SMD is one of the world’s leading subsea engineering companies designing and manufacturing Work Class ROVs, trenching systems, and subsea mining machines. They have a worldwide customer base operating in oil and gas, telecoms, mining, salvage, renewables, defence and scientific markets, with offices in the UK, USA, Singapore and Brazil. Read more…

Unique System FZE in association with HYPACK Inc. Successfully Conducts Hydrographic & Offshore Survey Training Courses in the UAE

A division of the Unique Maritime Group (UMG) which is one of the world’s leading integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solution providers, Unique System FZE in conjunction with HYPACK Inc. has successfully conducted HYPACK’s hydrographic & offshore survey training course at its training centre in Hamriyah Free Zone, Sharjah, UAE. As a precursor to this hugely popular course, a string of training topics, both technical and operational remarkably influencing the current market trends in the survey industry were also discussed as a part of the training schedule. The training courses were held from the 16th to the 27th of November 2014. Read more…

Bowtech release new PIONEER multipurpose camera

Bowtech Products Ltd, a global market leader in subsea vision systems, is delighted to release the Pioneer multipurpose underwater camera with LEDs.

The Bowtech products Pioneer is a high resolution underwater colour CCD camera with six integral high intensity LEDs. It provides a cost effective solution to general underwater viewing observation, down to 4,000 metres ocean depth. Read more…

Aquasign – Experts in Anti-Fouling Underwater Marking Systems

With a 30 year global track record, Aquasign® underwater markers are proven in even the harshest environments.

Originally developed by Shell Thornton Research taking their inspiration from the secretion of oils through fish skin – Aquasign® is completely unique as it is the only underwater marker to use the combined performance of its hydrophobic surface and controlled oil release to prevent marine growth at the lowest level. The key features of Aquasign®  are: Read more…

Unique Wellube Announces its Expansion, Investment and Strategic Plans @ ADIPEC 2014

Unique Wellube, a division of Unique Maritime Group (UMG) which is one of the world’s leading integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solutions provider, is pleased to share its expansion, investment and strategic plans @ ADIPEC 2014 which is being held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC), from the 10th to the 13th of November 2014.

The ADIPEC exhibition is ranked amongst top 3 prominent shows for the oil & gas industry in the world. It is an unrivalled show which unites the oil & gas industry professionals under a common platform to showcase innovations in technology and highlight issues currently challenging the industry. It is a meeting point for industry leaders across the world to discuss the changing face of the industry. Read more…

Conductor Installation Services and Weatherford International Sign Global Master Services Contract

Conductor Installation Services Ltd (CIS), an Acteon company that provides hammer services to install conductors and drive piles, announced that it has entered into a global master services agreement with Weatherford International. The agreement requires CIS to supply conductor and pile installation services, and associated equipment to Weatherford. Read more…

Seatronics’ Predator ROV verifies identity of lost treasure liner, S.S. Connaught, off Northeast USA coast

Seatronics’ remotely operated vehicle (ROV), the Predator, has successfully verified the identity of lost treasure liner, the S.S. Connaught, off the Northeast coast of the USA. The Predator was deployed in a subsea mission organised and led by Endurance Exploration Group, Inc. (OTCQB: EXPL).

Seatronics’ Predator ROV was deployed by Endurance Group to verify the identity of the mid-19th century steamship, which carried a large cargo of gold coins, 100 miles from the shore. The S.S. Connaught, a 380-foot luxury liner carrying 592 people and 10,000 lbs of gold coins, suffered a fierce fire during a storm offshore Boston in 1860. The passengers and crew were rescued by a small fruit transport vessel, which sailed to intercept the burning, sinking ship. The S.S. Connaught became synonymous with courageous and successful maritime rescue efforts, as each passenger and crew member was safely returned to India Wharf, Boston, the next day. Read more…

Pulse motion and strain monitoring system validates new riser design in the Gulf of Mexico

Pulse, an Acteon company, has designed, manufactured and installed a powerful motion and strain monitoring system to verify the design of the first lazy-wave steel riser system to be installed in the Gulf of Mexico.

The monitoring program at Anadarko’s Constitution spar in the Green Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico started in 2012 and has enabled validation of the riser design against analytical models and verified riser system integrity during a hurricane event. Pulse was selected because of its understanding of the technical challenges and ability to meet a very tight deadline: the entire monitoring system was designed, manufactured and delivered in less than six weeks. Read more…

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


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…


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 anti-fouling 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.

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