Eversendai Offshore selects AVEVA Marine for Integrated Engineering & Design

AVEVA today announced that Eversendai Offshore, a brand new customer, has made a significant investment in AVEVA’s Integrated Engineering & Design solutions through its deployment of AVEVA Marine. The agreement includes the full suite of AVEVA Marine engineering and design applications that will be used on a series of new marine and offshore projects, including topsides, platforms and ships. Rapid installation and minimal training requirements have allowed Eversendai Offshore to immediately begin using AVEVA Marine on major new contracts. The software was up and running in a matter of days with minimum disruption to engineering and business processes. Read more…

Sideflex: Innovative Sidewall tyre protection for earthmoving machines

Sideflex provides a cost-effective solution to the problem of sidewall damage to expensive and valuable dumptruck tyres, for construction and mining equipment in particular earthmoving machines.

Anyone in the industry knows the continuous vulnerability truck tyres face to sidewall damage from haul road rock debris and accidental impact. Tyre protection chains would not be a compatible option; slowing the trucks down, raising fuel consumption, damage to tyres through blowout and delays in production time, a solution was needed. Read more…

Ferguson Group Boosts Executive Team with Key Appointment

Aberdeenshire-based Ferguson Group, specialists in the rental of DNV 2.7-1/EN 12079 containers, tanks, refrigeration units, accommodation and workspace modules to the global offshore energy industry, has started the New Year by strengthening its executive team with the with the appointment of David Mair as Group Sales and Business Development Director.

David has over twenty years’ experience and brings an enviable track record across sales, commercial management, business acquisition and strategic development within the international oil and gas industry, working for E&P companies and major service contractors. He is currently on the Board of Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce and will continue to be based in Aberdeen, with his family. Read more…

Agility, operational excellence & innovation among key challenges for Australian miners

As mining companies – in Australia and around the world – continue to grapple with challenging market conditions, they need to drive productivity, embrace innovation, and get more adept at balancing short-term investor expectations with long-term business imperatives.

Price volatility, geopolitical turmoil, rising costs, declining grades and a general lack of financing will make this year another one of challenges, but also opportunities, for the sector, according to Deloitte’s Tracking the Trends 2015 report.

Now in its seventh year, Tracking the Trends takes a global look at the pressing trends facing miners in the year ahead, and offers strategies they can employ to adapt to changing industry dynamics. Read more…

Nothing Sour about latest Test Results from Silver Fox

Silver Fox is a leading UK manufacturer of labelling solutions and has been successfully supplying to the Energy, Oil and Gas, Power and Data & Telecom industries worldwide for over 30 years, and more recently into the Rail industry, Silver Fox has been modernising the way cables can be labelled in all sectors, with the key drivers being quality and durability, time saving and prompt delivery.

One of the ways Silver fox can demonstrate their commitment to quality is from testing their solutions at independent laboratories for a variety of critical and extreme conditions. Read more…

Heavy Duty Lifting 85-200 Tonnes

RUD Chains Ltd is a leading manufacturer of lifting and lashing applications that guarantee ultimate safety when lifting and moving heavy loads. Offering more than 500 different tested and certified lifting/lashing points for bolting and welding RUD have a wide product range to suit a variety of project requirements.

RUD’s wide range of lifting applications are used across a variety of working environments from offshore, heavy engineering and construction. Their products have been increasing popular across the offshore industry, due to their heavy lift capabilities of up to 200 tonne, and their robust resistance to corrosion. Read more…

Announcement of New Company – Inductotherm Group Italy S.R.L. Turin

Inductotherm Group, the world’s leading supplier of thermal processing equipment to industry, has opened a new Group company in Turin, Italy.  Italian customers will benefit from timely and direct access to Inductotherm Group product brands, covering the many active market segments in Italy.  The company will provide local qualified, trained service and parts support for Induction Heating and Thermatool Welding equipment to Italian manufacturers with fast response.

Inductotherm Group Italy, S.r.l. has appointed Sales Manager, Vincenzo Tosetto, who brings over 25 years of induction heating experience to the local team. Mr. Tosetto is responsible for delivering to Italian customers the latest technologies Inductotherm Group offers, including Inductoheat Europe’s induction heating process technology and pacesetting new equipment such as Inductoheat’s latest line of Crankshaft Hardening machines. Read more…

Investment from industry and government crucial for UKCS, says Deloitte

The North Sea needs continued investment from businesses and government through its current period of transition, according to a new report from Deloitte, the business advisory firm.

Deloitte’s Petroleum Services Group’s latest North West Europe Review, which details drilling, licensing, and deal activity across the region for the whole of 2014, follows a year of change on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf (UKCS), along with volatility in commodity prices over the last five months.

The report found that 40 wells were drilled offshore UK throughout the year. This is down on the 50 wells reported in 2013 but largely consistent with expectations given recent trends and market conditions. Read more…

AFL Receives Four Patents for New Technologies

AFL has been awarded four patents for new technologies used in the enhancement of AFL’s Optical Connectivity and Apparatus (OCA), fiber optic cable and test and inspection products.

The first patent is for “Integrated Distribution Enabling Access Solution” or IDEAA®, a small module that changes how passive optical splitters are deployed in a network. IDEAA’s unique design enables customers to utilize standalone mounting capability. The modular distributed splitting platform allows for minimal deployment costs and immediate cost savings for FTTx, cross-connect and WDM applications. Read more…

Kongsberg Maritime: New Quick-Deploy ‘PulSAR’ Side Scan Sonar for SAR Operations

Kongsberg Maritime has introduced a new tow fish side scan sonar for use in Search and Recovery (SAR) missions as well as underwater inspection, engineering and scientific surveys. Developed by Kongsberg Geoacoustics and available now, PulSAR is designed for intuitive operation and easy deployment by non-specialised personnel, enabling effective short-notice surveys using vessels of opportunity.

The PulSAR system acquires high resolution acoustic images of the seabed using a compact, rugged stainless steel tow fish that is operated with a water protected (IP66) deck unit and small cable hand reel. The system can be deployed on small vessels such as open RIBs. Large areas can be surveyed efficiently revealing small objects and structures in great detail. PulSAR operates in a frequency range of 600 kHz to 1 MHz and both FM and CW source signals can be selected in order to optimise the range and resolution for the given survey task. Read more…

Working to maintain much of the UK’s infrastructure

In 2014 alone, Amey PLC have purchased a large number of Cygnus 2 Hands Free ultrasonic thickness gauges to maintain much of the UK’s infrastructure that people rely on every day.

Cygnus Instruments Ltd are the leading manufacturer of multiple echo ultrasonic thickness gauges that are used in many industrial applications worldwide. So far this year, Cygnus have sold over 60 thickness gauges to Amey PLC who provide a wide range of services to the public and regulated sectors. Read more…

AVEVA opens new office in Saudi Arabia

AVEVA today announced the opening of its new office in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new office strengthens its presence in the Middle East and further enhances its growing global network. The office will offer sales and support for all of AVEVA’s solutions and services, with particular focus on Owner Operators (OOs) and Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPCs) contractors in the very important oil & gas and power sectors. Read more…

Monitoring HMS A7 using a Cygnus underwater thickness gauge

A team of divers from the A7 Project purchased a Cygnus DIVE underwater ultrasonic thickness gauge so that they could measure the metal thickness of the HMS A7 submarine to determine the current condition of the submarine and to monitor its deterioration over time.

The A7 Project is part of The SHIPS Project (Shipwrecks and History in Plymouth Sound), which is being run by a local group of divers and shipwreck enthusiasts.  The main aim of the project is to record the long maritime history of Plymouth and the nearby area and in doing so also raise awareness of their historic and varied maritime heritage.  By documenting, recording, mapping and publishing this information it will help to ensure these archaeological sites are preserved and  appropriately maintained.  This is important for a whole host of reasons including, remembrance, conservation, historic value and for future generations. Read more…

Total, BG Group and Repsol join well intervention conference

Did you know only 37% of North Sea well intervention demand is met by current supplier capability? Due to this over 300 key operators and contractors will meet at the Offshore Well Intervention Conference in Aberdeen (April 15-16: http://goo.gl/rfqoDp ) to address this challenge and plan future projects.

Intervention decision makers from Total, BG Group, Repsol, Tullow Oil and Wintershall will be sharing project case studies, best practice and new analysis, showing you exactly how to position your company for future well work, including:

• Total, and BG Group delivering new planning and contracting models that can cut costs and support the economic execution of intervention projects with tight budgets

• A detailed North Sea market forecast with an in-depth analysis of intervention demand for 2015/2016, technology needs and contractor requirements to aid business planning

• Exclusive operator case studies from Repsol, Wintershall and Tullow Oil, giving you access to the latest lessons learned to drive efficiencies across your future well programmes

Download the full brochure to access the detailed agenda and exclusive discounts at http://goo.gl/rfqoDp

With other analysis and case studies from AKOFS Offshore, Altus Intervention, Baker Hughes, Helix, Schlumberger, Island Offshore and many more I know this is a vital opportunity for your business.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask,

Tommy Angell

Director | Offshore Network Ltd.
t: +44 (0) 203 411 9184 | e: tangell@offsnet.com

For more information, please visit http://www.offsnet.com/

Offshore Well Intervention Report

In conjunction with the Robert Gordon University, Offshore Network have released a focussed North Sea well intervention report. I thought you’d be interested to have a look as the report contains:

• A full subsea well intervention analysis, including a review of past trends, project types and contracted vessels to help you develop your subsea strategy

• An examination of intervention risk management, and specifically how collective well data can greatly reduce component failure rates and improve project success

• A review of future technology and process requirements needed to ensure well interventions are executed efficiently and contribute to the sustainability of the UKCS market

You can access the full report at http://goo.gl/w91Xkx

I hope this information aids your North Sea intervention strategy, and I welcome any feedback or comments you may have.

Tommy Angell

Director | Offshore Network Ltd.
t: +44 (0) 203 411 9184 | e: tangell@offsnet.com

For more information, please visit http://www.offsnet.com/

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…

AVEVA boosts Promer’s project quality and efficiency

AVEVA today announced that Promer Consultancy and Engineering Company has selected its Integrated Engineering & Design solutions for major engineering projects, with customers including Turkey’s largest oil & gas Owner Operator. In order to meet the requirements for increased project efficiency and higher quality deliverables, Promer will deploy the AVEVA solutions on greenfield energy and mining projects. It will also utilise the out-of-the-box capabilities of AVEVA Everything3D™ to read LFM Software Limited’s laser scan datasets to reduce rework on brownfield oil & gas revamp projects. Read more…

Kongsberg Maritime: Aalesund University College Upgrades to All-New K-Sim Navigation Simulator

Aalesund University College has become one of the first Kongsberg Maritime simulator users to migrate to the cutting-edge new simulator technology platform, K-Sim Navigation. In a contract signed on January 6th 2015 following an open tender by the College, Kongsberg Maritime will deliver a new K-Sim Navigation aft and forward bridge configuration, which is DNV Class B compliant with an integrated DP2 simulator. Installation is scheduled for May 2015. The University College has also signed a contract for an upgrade of all hardware of the College’s existing KONGSBERG Polaris ship’s bridge simulators to K-Sim Navigation. Read more…

General Cable Enhances Leadership Team with Promotions and Names Chief Compliance Officer

General Cable Corporation (NYSE:BGC) today announced that the Board of Directors has approved the promotion and appointment of the following executives, effective immediately.

  • Emerson C. Moser has been named Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and a member of the Operating Committee. Emerson was previously Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary and had been serving as the Company’s interim Chief Legal Officer since July 2014.
  • Sonya Reed has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). Sonya was previously the Company’s Senior Vice President, CHRO.
  • Kurt L. Drake has joined the Company as Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and will be a member of the Operating Committee. Kurt has 19 years of experience in compliance and finance and held the Chief Compliance Officer position at PPG Industries immediately prior to joining General Cable.

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Kongsberg Maritime Completes Supply of High Performance CCTV System Upgrade for USNS Zeus (T-ARC-7)

Kongsberg Maritime has successfully completed a project to supply a new Horizon Marine CCTV System upgrade for the ‘USNS Zeus’. The new system replaces the first large vessel CCTV System supplied by Kongsberg Maritime, originally delivered to the USNS Zeus in 2002.

The CCTV system has been fully upgraded in two phases culminating in final delivery in November 2014. The Kongsberg Horizon CCTV range is a scalable harsh environment marine platform that incorporates a combination of high quality in-house design with modified off the shelf (MOTS) video camera stations, telemetry and control components. Read more…

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