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Underwater Intervention 2017 : Call For Papers

The Call for Papers for Underwater Intervention 2017 is being extended. Due to a series of unforeseen technical difficulties in the abstract portal, that have now been resolved, the UI 2017 Leadership Committee has determined to extend the deadline for submitting abstracts to December 16, 2016.


James Fisher Subsea Excavation brings the world’s most powerful mass flow excavation tool to the market

•       The world’s leading mass flow excavation provider has launched the SP12000 as part of its range
•       SP12000 is the world’s most powerful hydraulically-driven mass flow excavator
•       Tool will be operated for clients by an expert team on large scale excavations utilising the same precision capabilities as its other market-leading tools


Judgement day as workers’ involved in ‘modern day slavery’ await payment

Indian nationals left stranded on an offshore supply vessel in Aberdeen will find out today if they will finally receive cash after they were left unpaid for months of labour.

Both the Malaviya Seven in Europe’s oil capital and the Malaviya 20 in Great Yarmouth have been docked since they were stopped by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency last month.

Negotiations have been done on behalf of the workers’ by the International Transport Federation (ITF) to collect the payment from GOL Offshore.

Ken Fleming, ITF coordinator for Great Britain and Ireland, said: “We promised those on board these vessels we would make sure they received the payment they were due.


Ocean Installer Secures FSU Mooring Deal in Malta

Ocean Installer has been awarded a turnkey project for procurement and installation of a spread mooring chain system for a floating storage unit (FSU) in Malta.

The mooring installation and hook-up takes place in Marsaxlokk Bay, where the FSU will be providing re-gasified LNG for the fueling of electricity generators onshore at Delimara power station.

As the company informed, the client is ElectroGas Malta.


Maersk Group May Split Up

Danish shipping and oil group A. P. Moller-Maersk could be split up into separate companies, its chairman said on Thursday after naming Soren Skou, the head of its container business, as chief executive.

Maersk shares rose more than 10 percent on the news with investors speculating on a break-up of the company and seeing the appointment as a sign of a more profound restructuring.


Statoil Completes Efficient Exploration Drilling Campaign Offshore Newfoundland

Statoil, along with its partners, has finalized a 19-month exploration drilling program offshore Newfoundland. The purpose of the drilling program was to increase the robustness of the Bay du Nord project and to test new areas of the Flemish Pass Basin.

Nine wells were drilled safely and efficiently by the Seadrill West Hercules in the Flemish Pass Basin, located approximately 500 kilometers east of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The results have improved Statoil’s understanding of the frontier Flemish Pass Basin.


Bibby Offshore moves into offshore wind cable installation

Bibby Offshore, a well known owner and operator of vessels in the offshore oil and gas sector has announced a move into the offshore wind array cable installation market. The company has acquired a power cable lay carousel from Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS), which will enable it to lay power cables for offshore wind projects from its vessels.


Shell Targets Doubled Deepwater Production

THE HAGUE, the Netherlands – Shell plans to apply the brakes to capital spending between now and 2020. CEO Ben van Beurden said the aim was to “re-shape Shell into a more focused and more resilient company…”

Integrated gas, previously a growth priority for the company, has reached critical mass following its recent acquisition of BG, he added. “The pace of new investment will slow here, and integrated gas will now prioritize the generation of free cash flow and returns.”

Instead, Shell plans to prioritize deepwater production, in particular offshore Brazil and in the Gulf of Mexico.


Bibby Offshore Steps into Offshore Wind Cable Installation Arena

Bibby Offshore is moving into the offshore wind array cable installation market with the acquisition of a power cable lay carousel from Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS).

Bibby Offshore and ESS have also entered into strategic alliance by way of a framework agreement.


GAC’s HullWiper Coming to Port of Rotterdam

GAC EnvironHull’s hull cleaning system, HullWiper, will be available for vessels berthing in the Port of Rotterdam next month.

HullWiper, which will be demonstrated at the Port of Rotterdam on June 23, is a diver-free remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that eliminates the need for divers to clean the vessel.


1Cam installed on submarine volcano

SubCImaging writes:  

As part of the National Science Foundation Ocean Observing Initiative (NSF-OOI) Cabled Array project SubC Imaging was selected as the vendor for providing underwater High Definition Video Cameras (1Cam) and Lights (Aquarea LED) to the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington for the CAM HD instrument.


Fair Head Tidal Project Works to Begin in 2018

Fair Head Tidal is planning to submit a marine licence application this summer for the proposed 100MW tidal energy scheme located off the north Antrim coast of Northern Ireland, near Ballycastle. The team behind the Fair Head Tidal Energy Park, a joint venture between Cork-based DP Energy and Bluepower NV, a Belgium company whose shareholders include the offshore contractor, DEME, and utility, Nuhma, has concluded a series of extensive surveys offshore and onshore.


DTG2 Explores Below the Ice in the Arctic

Last March Dr. Alex Nimmo Smith and Mr. Peter Ganderton from the Plymouth University Marine Physics Research Group set out on a research trip to the Norwegian Arctic. Among the materials that they took with them to perform their research project was a Deep Trekker DTG2 ROV supplied from Planet Ocean who resell Deep Trekker ROVs in the United Kingdom.


Craig Group halts investment in ships, ROVs

Aberdeen’s Craig Group has halted investment in new ships and ROVs as it as it battens down hatches to weather the industry downturn. The family-owned oil services and shipping group said capital investment reached £36.5million in the year to the end of April 2015. In the same period, it enjoyed an 11% rise in profits.


Commercial diving

A common misconception surrounding ROVs within the commercial/salvage diving industry is that ROVs are being used to replace divers. At Deep Trekker, it is not our goal to take over the jobs of divers but to simply offer a tool that can be used in conjunction with divers to save time and improve safety during jobs.


MH370 Search Unveils Another Shipwreck

Search operations for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have revealed another shipwreck following Fugro Equator’s discovery in May last year.



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