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Study examines ban on development offshore the Arctic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure (AII) has issued a new report exploring the impact and economic benefits created by infrastructure development in the Arctic.

Entitled, “Arctic Promise: Challenges and Opportunities in Realizing the Next Generation of U.S. Arctic Infrastructure,” the report emphasizes the role that the oil and gas industry has historically played in developing the economy of the region.

INSPECTION NEWS (Topside)

Chinese dredger ship impounded offshore, crew investigated

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Arturo Valdez said a dredger vessel docked near the Aklan River has been barred by the government from leaving Philippine waters until an ongoing investigation is completed.

GENERAL NEWS

Hyundai Merchant Expects Losses Until Mid-2018

Hyundai Merchant Marine CEO Yoo Chang-keun said Monday that the firm expects to post losses through the first half of next year due to poor market conditions. 

“This year will be the year to strengthen our financials,” Yoo told Bloomberg. “We are targeting to make an operating profit in the third quarter of next year. By early next year, we expect much of the overcapacity in the market will be resolved . . . We are cautiously expecting rates this year to recover." 

INSPECTION NEWS (Subsea)

The Lost Expedition of Sir John Franklin

For the first time since it was lost, HMS Erebus has been examined inside and out to lend clues into Franklin’s tragic expedition

CONTRACT AWARDS

Mediterranean Pipeline Inspection Work for MMT

MMT has entered into a contract with Medgaz in Spain for inspection of the offshore pipeline between Algerie and Spain.

CONTRACT AWARDS

Merger Success for UES Seanic with First Contract Win

The newly merged Aberdeenshire-based Underwater Engineering Services (UES) and Houston headquartered Seanic Oceans Systems has secured its first contract in Tunisia, a region which neither firm had previously operated in.

CONTRACT AWARDS

Oceaneering wins Statoil E-ROV contract

Statoil has awarded a subsidiary of Oceaneering International a technology development contract to provide the development, manufacturing, testing, and mobilization of a self-contained, battery-powered work class remotely operated vehicle (E-ROV) system deployed on the seabed of the North Sea.

JOB NEWS

M² Subsea to Continue Hiring Spree After Opening New Office in Aberdeen

Subsea services business M² Subsea has opened its new office in Aberdeen and created 30 jobs. The company expects to create an additional 150 jobs by the end of the year. 

PRODUCT NEWS

Pelagic Research Services (PRS) Redesigns its ROV System, Odysseus

Pelagic Research Services (PRS) recently completed an extensive redesign of its 6000-meter ROV System Odysseus, which included in-water commissioning and verification of all ROV systems, including endurance and full power tests. Odysseus is now available to support projects on a global basis. Completed by MPH Engineering, the new system is designed to serve the offshore industry as well as ocean research and exploration communities around the world.

PRODUCT NEWS

HullWiper ROV Expands to Valencia Port

The Spanish port of Valencia could be set to break Algeciras’ virtual vessel maintenance services monopoly in the country, thanks to the availability of the eco-friendly HullWiper hull cleaner, according to the Managing Director of the company behind the diver-free system.

CONTRACT AWARDS

Two GulfMark PSVs start contracts in the North Sea

HOUSTON – GulfMark Offshore has won two new long-term vessel contracts.

One, running for two years plus options, involves a charter of the platform supply vessel M/V Highland Prince, built in 2010, to ASCO Marine for use in the UK sector.

MARINE/VESSEL NEWS

Ship Repair Giant Discusses Current Market Conditions

Maritime Reporter TV interviews Graham Couser, VP - Grand Bahama Shipyard, who discusses the ship repair yard, its operations and place within key global markets.

PRODUCT NEWS

Subsea well intervention cutter ROV-operable

 Webtool has developed a resettable emergency disconnect cutter for light and medium subsea well intervention.

This can be used either as part of a workover system or as a dedicated emergency disconnect package, and can be reset subsea by an ROV, avoiding the need to return the cutter to the surface vessel for this operation.

PRODUCT NEWS

Fife technology firm in subsea lighting breakthrough

The light is engaged automatically when the diver or the ROV comes within 5m of a structure, and provides instant illumination of subsea architecture and delineating features against the natural darkness of the underwater environment.

SALES NEWS

ROVOP enjoys a strong recovery in a challenging market

Because of multiple contract wins in 2016, independent subsea Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) service provider, ROVOP, has recovered strongly from the downturn in the oil and gas industry.

CONTRACT AWARDS

MMRRC PURCHASED A NEW ROV UNDER THE MAREI SCIENCE FOUNDATION IRELAND INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT

Mobile & Marine Robotics Research Centre (MMRRC), operating at the University of Limerick (UL), has purchased a new Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV), and associated launch and recovery systems, under a MaREI Science Foundation Ireland infrastructure grant (15/RI/3232). 

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