Kongsberg Maritime Launches New Bathymetric Image Competition

Kongsberg Maritime has announced that its latest bathymetric image competition starts today, December 1st 2014 and will run through to March 1st 2015. All Kongsberg Maritime bathymetric echosounder system users are invited to find out more and upload their images at http://kongsberg.webprosjekt.com/contest/

The best three images chosen by a Kongsberg Maritime panel of judges will win an iPad Mini. Additionally, the top 12 images will be used in the 2016 edition of the Kongsberg Maritime Subsea calendar. Read more…

Deloitte: Licensing Rounds


The Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change announced a Call for Tenders for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the Official Journal of the European Union on 5 November 2014.

For more information, please visit Hellenic Republic announces call for tenders for onshore acreage


The Thailand Ministry of Energy launched the 21st Petroleum Bidding Round on 21 October 2014. 29 blocks comprising of 23 onshore and 6 offshore blocks have been offered in the round. Of the 23 onshore blocks 17 are located in the Northeast Region and the remaining 6 blocks are located in the North and Central regions.

For more information, please visit Thailand 21st Petroleum Concession Bidding Round

Gulf of Mexico

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced the Proposed Notice of Sale for the Central Planning Area (CPA) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 235. The sale is scheduled to take place in March 2015 in New Orleans, LA and will be the seventh sale under the 2012-2017 Five-Year Program.

For more information, please visit Gulf of Mexico Central Planning Area Lease Sale 235 announcement


The official Australia Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release for 2013 commenced in May 2013. A total of 31 blocks were released as part of the federal offering, spanning 6 basins, with the majority located offshore Western Australia in Commonwealth waters. In addition, four areas from the 2012 Acreage Release were re-released for bidding.

For more information, please visit Australian 2013 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release – Round II awards

North Sea

On 6 November 2014, a total of 134 licences have been offered by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) covering 252 blocks across the North Sea. A further 94 blocks are currently under environmental assessment which will have to be completed before any offer is made.

For more information, please visit DECC awards licences in second tranche of 28th Licensing Round


The State Service of Geology and Mineral Resources of Ukraine announced the second auction for the sale of special subsoil permits which includes five hydrocarbon blocks, on 11 October 2014.

For more information, please visit Second 2014 auction in Ukraine for sale of special subsoil permits


The State Service of Geology and Mineral Resources of Ukraine announced the third auction for the sale of special subsoil permits which includes five hydrocarbon blocks, on 1 November 2014.

For more information, please visit Third 2014 auction in Ukraine for sale of special subsoil permits

Anadarko, BHP Billiton, Marathon Oil, Stone Energy and W&T Offshore on Deepwater Decommissioning

On February 10-11 2015, leading offshore operators will come together to discuss the challenge of deepwater decommissioning and subsea abandonment at the Deepwater Decommissioning Workshop. If this is an area your company are active in – download the brochure to gain full details of the Deepwater Decommissioning Workshop program: Read more…

Historic WWII Landing Craft Salvaged With Seaflex

Unique Seaflex (Seaflex), a division of Unique Maritime Group, are delighted to report their key involvement in the re-floating of the only surviving landing craft from D-Day 1944. Working in conjunction with Salvesen UK, Seaflex deployed 230t of buoyancy from its office in The Isle of Wight to the operation in Birkenhead Docks Liverpool.

Ian McDonald, Dive Supervisor @ Salvesen UK observed, “Without the great help from Unique Seaflex this project would not have been possible, and whilst we recognise that there are other lift bag suppliers in the UK, our choice is made for us on this and other projects by the quality of Seaflex equipment and the professionalism and expertise displayed by their staff.” Read more…

North Sea industry needs a cultural shift to maximise UKCS potential

Companies operating in the North Sea require a cultural shift to make the most of the its potential, according to a new report from Deloitte, the business advisory firm.

The report, which gauges the oil and gas industry’s reaction to Sir Ian Wood’s Maximising Recovery Review, calls on the new regulator – the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), the Government and companies operating in the North Sea to adapt to a new reality in the basin. Read more…

RUD Chains Ltd Offshore Lifting Capabilities up to 200 tonne

RUD Chains Ltd, part of the RUD Group, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of round steel chains, producing top quality chain components and systems for over 140 years.

RUD manufactures a range of lifting and lashing applications that guarantee ultimate safety when lifting and moving heavy loads. Offering over 500 different tested and certified lifting/lashing points for bolting and welding. 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…

HUBER+SUHNER receives approval for FORD vehicles

HUBER+SUHNER has been officially approved as the cable supplier for FORD vehicles with immediate effect.

RADOX® 155S FLR (for 0.35 mm2 – 6 mm2 cross-sections) and RADOX® 155 (for 8 mm2 – 25 mm2 cross-sections) have been officially approved by the American group. The cables from these RADOX® product families are already been fitted in various Ford vehicles. They have now been officially listed. This official approval will help the company’s current and new customers to use the products in all Ford models around the world without any additional cable verification. Read more…

AVEVA opens office in Aberdeen to meet needs of North Sea Oil & Gas market

AVEVA today announced the opening of its new office in Aberdeen, further strengthening its growing global network. The office will offer sales and support for all of AVEVA’s solutions and services with a strategic focus on the region’s globally recognised oil & gas sector.

‘We have worked with our customers in Aberdeen for many decades,’ said Richard Longdon, CEO, AVEVA. Richard Longdon, CEO, AVEVA‘This office represents our continued commitment to these strategic companies and the wider region. Aberdeen is, and will remain, a key location for the oil & gas industry with the expertise in Aberdeen exported throughout the world.’ Read more…

Inductotherm Heating & Welding – Induction Heating Equipment and Tube Seam Induction Welding Systems

Applications Technology

From spring wire production through to mass manufacturing of stainless steel tube, Inductotherm Heating & Welding has gathered a wealth of applications experience. Each product line under our Heating & Welding umbrella has been developed to suit the evolving needs of our customers.

The company’s Applications Support Engineers are equipped with specialist software enabling them to conduct real time process simulation in order to assist prospective customers with feasibility studies. The benefits to a potential customer are considerable. Initial results can make all the difference when looking at return on investment as both energy efficiency and production rates can be predicted. Read more…

Kongsberg – Photo and Video Competition

KONGSBERG is celebrating 200 years in business during 2014.

To celebrate this milestone achievement we are launching The Full Picture Photo and Video Competition and invite you to send us your best images and SD or HD video clips taken with a Kongsberg Maritime Ltd Camera Product for the chance to win a prize*.

Prizes for the best photos and video clips include:
An iPad, an iPod and Digital Camera

*In order to qualify for entry all photos and video footage must be taken with a Kongsberg Maritime Ltd Camera Product and submitted materials must specify the model number with which they were taken and be cleared for our use by a responsible person in the competition entrant or their clients company.

Upload your photo and/or video and register to win.

The competition period is from 26th August 2014 to 30th November.

Click here to register
Click here to find out more about Kongsberg Maritime

CMP Products – Industrial, Marine & Explosive Atmospheres Cable Glands

CMP Products is a leading specialist manufacturer of Cable Glands, Cable Connectors and associated accessories, used extensively for power, control, lighting and instrumentation cable applications in connection with IEC, NEC & CEC cables.

Having the widest portfolio of Cable Gland products to meet every kind of environment, CMP offers a variety of solutions for use in Marine, Explosive and Non Explosive (Industrial) Atmospheres, for a large selection of cable types. Read more…

Aquaterra Energy – Riser Systems

Aquaterra Energy is renowned for innovation in its analysis and development of riser systems, pushing the boundaries of shallow and deepwater technology and enabling international customers to efficiently, safely and cost effectively tap into offshore reservoirs.

Our dedicated in-house team of riser engineers is experienced in delivering high pressure riser systems, surface riser systems, pipeline risers, VIV suppression systems, tieback engineering and centralisers. The team handles the complete scope of riser system supply, including analysis, structural design, FEA, project management, QHSE, inspection, testing, offshore procedure optimisation and offshore installation.Our reputation is supported by a robust track record of service delivery for customers including Apache and Petrofac – read more about our innovative work in riser systems in our product downloads section. Read more…

Unique Hydra Gears Up to Launch its Diving Daughtercraft System at the IMCA Annual Seminar 2014

Unique Hydra (UH), a division of the Unique Maritime Group (UMG), one of the world’s leading integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solution providers, is exhibiting at the IMCA Annual Seminar to be held on 19th and 20th November 2014 at the Landmark Hotel in London, UK. Unique Hydra will be present at stand number 26. It is also a bronze sponsoring exhibitor for the event. Read more…

Silver Fox Labels Endure Further UV Testing

Subjecting its labelling solutions to rigorous and highly demanding  independent tests is routine at Silver Fox. The UK based labelling company prides itself with only using the highest quality materials. The results from their extensive testing show that Silver Fox labels are exceptionally durable.

The Long Term Accelerated Ultra-Violet (UV) weathering test was conducted by an independent testing laboratory, on Silver Fox’s Fox Flo® tie-on cable labels in accordance with ISO 4892-3 Method A Cycle 1 (Outdoor Simulation) and has shown the labels to be highly resistant and durable. Read more…

L-3 MAPPS Participates in Opening of Upgraded Heysham 1 Simulator

L-3 MAPPS announced today that it participated in the official opening of EDF Energy’s upgraded Heysham 1 plant training simulator on October 22, 2014 in Lancashire, United Kingdom (U.K.). The ceremony was attended by numerous EDF Energy representatives, including Mark Gorry, EDF Energy’s Region 1 chief nuclear officer, and Ian Stewart, Heysham 1’s station director. L-3 MAPPS was represented by Michael Chatlani, vice president of marketing & sales.

“EDF Energy and L-3 MAPPS have collaborated on numerous simulator renovation projects for 14 years at four of our U.K. stations, and in every case, we achieved extraordinary success,” said Mark Gorry. “These renovation projects are key to ensuring that our training simulators are best-in-class. The relationship between our two companies is a model for what good customer-supplier relationships and the resulting successes should look like.” Read more…

Thought of everything? Professional tips for working in confined spaces

Narrowness, limited oxygen and hazardous substances: These are just some of the things that can await those who do maintenance in tanks, silos, shafts, and small spaces. This is why having the right equipment from the very beginning is so important.

Danger lurks in closed areas

The cleaning, maintenance and repair of tanks, silos, vats, and barrels is a daily procedure within the oil & gas industry. This said the work should be seen as anything but routine. Entering these spaces is still considered one of the most dangerous of jobs while working at plants and refineries. According to the official German definition a “confined space” is defined as: “A space that is mostly covered by permanent walls, which enclose the area, thus preventing adequate air circulation and providing a high, and beyond the norm danger potential from substances, impurities and other hazardous materials.”1 Working within confined spaces not only requires an experienced team and practice, but also the necessary technical equipment. Only then can the rooms be measured for toxic or explosive substances and the necessary precautions taken. In many countries, workers required to work in CSE must first successfully undergo the necessary training. This includes the use of gas measurement devices and full knowledge of personal protection wear. 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…

Successful landing on comet surface

On 12 November 2014, Rosetta, a space probe from the European Space Agency, successfully deployed the Philae lander on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This is the first time in the history of comet research that a landing has been made on a comet’s surface. HUBER+SUHNER supplied various cable assemblies for this space probe and its lander. Read more…

Travel Safe this winter with RUD Snow Chains

In many countries the use of snow chains during the winter months is compulsory. For mainland Europe there are snow chain regulations for all vehicles traversing mountain roads during the winter months. For instance, the use of snow chains across France & Italy is not mandatory; snow chains should legally be carried and used as instructed by the local road signs and regulations.

The UK does not currently have snow chain regulations; however do you want to risk your safety or the safety of others over the winter? Weather conditions can deteriorate quickly; snow and ice can appear rapidly turning an ordinary journey into a hazardous one.   Read more…

HUBER+SUHNER: RADOX cables in an electric excavator

HUBER+SUHNER’s Automotive unit has once again sponsored ETH Zurich. During the “Electric Excavator” project, students at the university converted a 15-tonne excavator. The aim was to drive the excavator electrically, rather than using diesel power. The Automotive unit donated various RADOX cables and RACS connection systems for all of the connections in the excavator’s engine compartment. During the course of the project, the students installed shielded RADOX battery cables, shielded multi-conductor RADOX cables and RADOX 155SFLR. Read more…

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