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UNL drillers help make new Antarctic discoveries

 Using a hot-water drill and an underwater robotic vehicle designed, built and operated by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineering team, scientists have made new discoveries about Antarctica's geology and biology.

In addition to new observations about how Antarctica's ice sheets are affected by rising temperatures, the expedition also uncovered a unique ecosystem of fish and invertebrates living in an estuary deep beneath the Antarctic ice.

 

ROV NEWS

Mojo, IKM Get Funds for Hi Flo ROV

Mojo Maritime and IKM Subsea, Norwegian ROV manufacturer and operator, have jointly secured an EU Horizon 2020 Grant to support the development of an ROV for use in high energy tidal sites, and capable of being operated from Mojo’s tidal energy vessel, the Hi Flo 4 (HF4).

SURVEY NEWS

Tenders out for Potential MH370 Recovery

 The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) on Thursday called for expressions of interest in the recovery of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 from the bottom of the Indian Ocean - should the aircraft be found.

GENERAL NEWS

Saudi King Abdullah Dies

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died early on Friday and his brother Salman became king, the royal court in the world's top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam said in a statement carried by state television.

GENERAL NEWS

Panama Canal Preps for LNG Carriers

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) signed a cooperation agreement with the Port of Lake Charles in Louisiana earlier this week, which aims to attract new customers from the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry to soon to be the expanded Canal.

Currently, LNG vessels cannot transit through the waterway due to their beam dimensions, which are too wide to fit the existing locks.

The agreement will promote cooperation in marketing activities, information exchange, market research, training and technology, among other initiatives that will benefit both the Canal and the Port of Lake Charles.

 

 

MARINE/VESSEL NEWS

Oceaneering Announces Shell Vessel Charter Agreement

Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE: OII) announces that it has entered into a two-year, multi-service vessel charter agreement with Shell Offshore Inc. (Shell) for use of the Ocean Alliance in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GOM) commencing January 1, 2015.

The Ocean Alliance is a state-of-the-art, U.S. flagged vessel built in 2010. It has an overall length of approximately 309 feet (94 meters), a Class 2 dynamic positioning system, accommodations for 69 personnel, a helideck, a 150-ton active heave compensated crane, and a working moonpool. The vessel is outfitted with two Oceaneering work class remotely operated vehicles and is equipped with a satellite communications system capable of transmitting streaming video for real-time work observation by shore personnel.

 

 

CONTRACT AWARDS

N-Sea Extends Charter Agreement with Siem Offshore

Following 3 years of successful operations, N-Sea - the Inspection, Maintenance and Repair (IMR) specialist - has extended its charter agreement with Siem Offshore, concerning its offshore subsea construction vessel, Siem N-Sea, previously Siem Stork. The agreement has a duration of up to 6 years, having begun on January 1, 2015.

The Siem N-Sea is a dive, multi-support and construction vessel, designed to meet the needs of the offshore subsea industry. It is one amongst N-Sea's fleet of six dive support and specialist intervention vessels, designed to deliver a range of subsea services for offshore assets, platforms, FPSOs and renewables operations, with minimal impact made upon production.

 

 

ROV NEWS

BOURBON Expands its Fleet by Three Subsea ROVs

BOURBON expands its fleet by three subsea ROVs, continuing its growth in offshore oil & gas subsea services.

UPCOMING PROJECTS

Odfjell Eyes Over USD 100 Mln in Cost Savings

The Board of Norwegian shipping company Odfjell has approved a restructuring plan which is estimated to improve the company’s net result by in excess of USD 100 million on a yearly basis within 2016.

 

 

ROV NEWS

Deep Trekker to unveil new Product at Underwater Intervention 2015

AYR, ONTARIO CANADA. January 13, 2015. Deep Trekker Inc. is pleased to announce their return to Underwater Intervention for the third time at booth 210 with exciting new advancements you won’t want to miss. The show, which runs from February 10th – 12th is focused on commercial diving contractors, manned and unmanned submersibles and has been the hub for remotely operated vehicle (ROV) technology since its beginnings. With this opportunity, Deep Trekker will showcase to the world for the first time, their new product line at New Orleans’ UI 2015.

 

 

 


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