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Impact Subsea Announces Distribution Agreement with Seascape Subsea Technology BV

Impact Subsea announces the appointment of Seascape Subsea Technology BV as distributor of Impact Subsea products for The Netherlands and Belgium.

Seascape will provide local support for Impact Subsea's range of innovative underwater products including the ISA500 and ISD4000 sensors.

Founded in 1992, Seascape has established itself as a leading supplier of underwater equipment, systems and services. Seascape's strong technical capability and customer focus make them an ideal partner of Impact Subsea.

Located in Aberdeenshire, UK, Impact Subsea is a provider of highly innovative underwater products, primarily for ROV and AUV applications. The company pioneered the ISA500 - the worlds first underwater Altimeter with integrated Heading & Motion Reference. Impact Subsea launched the ISD4000 early in 2016 – a survey grade depth & temperature sensor with integrated HMRU.

Commenting on the appointment, Ben Grant, Managing Director of Impact Subsea, stated: 'We are delighted to announce this distribution agreement with Seascape. Seascape provide the ideal partner to support our innovative underwater products within The Netherlands and Belgium'.

Impact Subsea Announces Distribution Agreement with Seascape Subsea Technology BV

Impact Subsea is pleased to announce the appointment of Seascape Subsea Technology BV as distributor of Impact Subsea products for The Netherlands and Belgium.

Seascape will provide local support for Impact Subsea's range of innovative underwater products including the ISA500 and ISD4000 sensors.

Founded in 1992, Seascape has established itself as a leading supplier of underwater equipment, systems and services. Seascape's strong technical capability and customer focus make them an ideal partner of Impact Subsea.

Located in Aberdeenshire, UK, Impact Subsea is a provider of highly innovative underwater products, primarily for ROV and AUV applications. The company pioneered the ISA500 - the worlds first underwater Altimeter with integrated Heading & Motion Reference. Impact Subsea launched the ISD4000 early in 2016 – a survey grade depth & temperature sensor with integrated HMRU.

Commenting on the appointment, Ben Grant, Managing Director of Impact Subsea, stated: 'We are delighted to announce this distribution agreement with Seascape. Seascape provide the ideal partner to support our innovative underwater products within The Netherlands and Belgium'.

For further details of Impact Subsea, please visit www.impactsubsea.com

For Seascape B.V. Please visit www.seascape.nl

 

Van Oord Selects Valeport SVPs

Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors, a leading contractor for dredging, marine engineering and offshore energy projects has selected Valeport’s SWiFT SVP for its various survey activities.

The SWiFT SVP is designed to ensure a seamless workflow and has an integral GPS to geo-locate every profile. The compact unit features high accuracy sound velocity, pressure, temperature, salinity and density measurement, plus integral GPS and re-chargeable battery. Suited for coastal, harbour and inland hydrographic survey use, Van Oord is to deploy the SWiFT SVP as part of their operations worldwide.

Valeport has been leading the way in sound velocity technology for over a decade and the SWiFT incorporates Valeport’s world leading high accuracy sensor technology and has been designed for easy handling weighing in at 2kg. Data from the SWiFT SVP can be easily and quickly downloaded, reviewed and translated to common SVP formats wirelessly via Bluetooth Smart, which uses the SWiFT APP on iOS devices where data can be instantly shared via FTP, email and cloud services. Valeport’s standard DataLogX2 software for PC use will also support the SWiFT SVP.

Wim Balvert, Survey Workshop manager for Van Oord commented: “We bought the SWiFT SVPs from Valeport because they are a successful and experienced sensor manufacturer, producing reliable field-proven underwater sensors, backed up by world class technology and service. Our initial investment in these SWiFT SVPs strengthens our commitment to investing in high-performance technology and will provide the highest levels of accuracy in our operations.”

Valeport sales and marketing manager Kevin Edwards commented: “We are delighted Van Oord has selected our SWiFT SVP for their important project and that they have adopted our latest technologies for their global operations.”

Okeanus Announces the Addition of Applanix POS MV to Rental Portfolio

Okeanus Science and Technology (Okeanus) announced the addition of the POS MV Surfmaster (POS MV) by Applanix, a Trimble Company, to their portfolio of positioning equipment available for rent. The POS MV brings Okeanus clients georeferencing capabilities with acute accuracy in difficult conditions.

The POS MV produces accurate altitude, heading, heave, position, and velocity data of marine vessels and onboard sensors. Alongside compatibility with multibeam sonar systems, the POS MV offers georeferencing for both manned and unmanned platforms. The POS MV system provides accurate results in challenging settings for harbor mapping, seafloor mapping, dredging, wreck and salvage charting, and surface mapping. A full six degrees-of-freedom position and orientation is achieved through its combination of GNSS data with angular rate and acceleration data from an inertial measurement unit (IMU), and heading from GPS Azimuth Measurement System (GAMS).

The POS MV enhances the current positioning equipment offerings to track underwater assets with the highest level of precision. Equipment rental packages from Okeanus can be completed by integrating the POS MV with the Kongsberg M3 Multi-beam Sonar; USV sonar applications with RTK water level; vessel mount ADCP surveys; and vessels of opportunity, single beam and multi-beam. Okeanus’ portfolio available for rent includes metocean, water collection, geophysical, hydrographic, flotation, positioning, launch and recovery, and sediment sampling equipment.

"We are extremely excited to add this new POS MV system to our fleet of rental equipment,” said Benton LeBlanc, President and General Manager of Okeanus. “This system adds a new dimension to our growing line of marine positioning equipment, and it is a great compliment to some of our other remote sensing product offerings. Being able to provide all of the necessary components to our customers who are actively engaged in performing single beam and multi-beam surveys allows us to offer turnkey solutions in a rental capacity which gives our customers more flexibility in this economic climate by eliminating the need to invest valuable capital into the acquisition of these highly technical assets."

SeeByte and OceanServer are Now Offering the Iver3 EOD-XO Neptune Edition

SeeByte, a global leader in creating smart software technology for unmanned systems, and OceanServer, a leading manufacturer of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), are pleased to announce a new commercial partnership.

The companies recently successfully delivered three Iver3 systems with SeeByte’s software to the United Kingdom’s (UK) Ministry Of Defence (MOD) Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S).

Following that success SeeByte and OceanServer are now offering the Iver3 EOD-XO Neptune Edition. This package offers OceanServer’s Iver3 AUV equipped with SeeByte Neptune, an open architecture enabling autonomous multivehicle collaboration. Designed to enhance Mine Counter-Measure (MCM) missions, the system offers launch and recovery software management, water column flight management, static and dynamic exclusion zones, survey and re-acquire tasks, and real-time progress and status monitoring. The Iver3 MCM systems come equipped with a Klein UUV 3500 side-scan sonar, RDI Explorer DVL w/ADCP, WHOI Micro modem, Iridium Communications and operator console.

Bob Anderson, President of OceanServer, said “The Iver3 EOD-XO Neptune Edition offers our customers the opportunity to operate multiple systems from a single control station. The systems are assigned tasks and they collaborate to fulfil the mission.”

Ioseba Tena, Sales Manager of SeeByte, said “Our customers in the MCM domain are looking at ways in which to more effectively operate fleets of AUVs. The Iver3 EOD-XO Neptune Edition is designed for that purpose and it delivers!”

WOC Advances Consideration of Marine Spatial Planning in North Sea Region

Ocean businesses gathered online to discuss the challenges and perspectives of marine spatial planning (MSP) in the North Sea region at a World Ocean Council (WOC) and Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) webinar on Monday, 29 February 2016. Industry representatives were able to inform the approach to MSP in the North Sea and beyond and strengthen the network of ocean industry leaders in the region.

With the North Sea as an increasingly industrialized and crucial region for the EU maritime economy, both governmental bodies and companies have emphasized the need to minimize conflicts between existing and new offshore uses. With growing intensity of marine activities, increased demand for energy and space, and a number of maritime states bordering a shared sea area, North Sea states are pursuing development of MSP processes and considering harmonizing plans across the region.

To foster increased industry MSP understanding and engagement, the WOC/SAMS webinar hosted a diverse group of companies to identify: key challenges regarding MSP as a new tool, the opportunities and benefits MSP could create for industry, and ideas for industry leadership in MSP.

The WOC/SAMS webinar summary consolidates key points for marine planning leaders in the North Sea region to consider regarding the private sector. The summary is available on the WOC website and contributes to the development of industry perspectives on best practices, for existing and future MSP.

As the international, multi-industry leadership alliance on Corporate Ocean Responsibility, the WOC facilitates industry participation in MSP projects and other projects of the EU, e.g. Horizon 2020, and other government and inter-governmental bodies. WOC and SAMS appreciates the support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for the webinar.

For more information on WOC’s MSP Program, click here.

Industry Code of Conduct for Maritime Autonomous Systems Launched by UK Marine Industries Alliance

The UK Marine Industries Alliance (MIA) has launched an industry Code of Conduct in respect of surface Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS(S)). The aim of the Code is to establish pan industry agreement on aspects of MAS(S) development, design, production and operation in advance of and alongside the establishment of governing regulations.

An output of the MAS Regulatory Working Group (MASRWG) of the MIA the Code outlines practices to support safety and professionalism within the industry, advance self-regulation in advance of official direction and support improved communications between companies, regulators and the wider maritime community.

James Fanshawe, Chair of the MASRWG, commented “unmanned vessels are already being operated safely and responsibly within the existing regulations, conventions and procedures. This Code of Conduct sets down nine ‘Industry Principles’ which demonstrate a clear commitment to ensuring that MAS are operated safely and responsibly whilst ensuring compliance with all applicable regulations as far as practically possible.”

James continued “I am delighted that we have been able to launch this Code at such a major event for the industry as Oceanology International, particularly as we wish it to be available to companies in all nations with an interest in maritime matters. Importantly the document is not exclusive and will be kept under regular review and, therefore, feedback will always be welcome.”

Sailbuoy Collision Testing

The Sailbuoy is a long endurance unmanned surface vehicle for the oceans. Field proven to stay for months at sea, it navigates the oceans autonomously - transmitting back data at regular intervals. The Sailbuoy can be used for a wide variety of ocean applications. From measuring ocean and atmospheric parameters to tracking oil spills or acting as a communication relay station for subsea instrumentation. You can follow the Sailbuoy and update tracks in real-time from your computer.

After many enquiries regarding the risk of collision on the open sea Offshore Sensing has performed extensive realistic testing for this purpose. The collision testing was performed using an offshore standby vessel, Havila Troll, in the North Sea. The Sailbuoy has previously proven that it can navigate for weeks in storm conditions and has now proven that it can stand a direct hit by a large offshore vessel.

A video of this test can be seen here or here.

Next Geosolutions Secures Major Survey Contract in the Adriatic Sea

Next Geosolutions, an independent geoscience and engineering service provider, has secured a £12million (€15million) survey contract from Prysmian Group for the MONITA Project in the Adriatic Sea.

The project, which is due for completion in Q3 2016 and is the company’s biggest contract win since its establishment in 2014, consists of a 500kV power cable interconnection being constructed between Montenegro and Italy.

Next Geosolutions is contracted to undertake a large geophysical, UXO (Unexploded Ordnance) and geotechnical survey in support of the cable route design and engineering in water depths up to 1200 meters. The scope will be completed using two DP (Dynamic Positioning) Class 2 vessels: the DP Cirrus, currently fitted with a Schilling Robotics HD (Heavy Duty) Work-Class ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) for the geophysical and UXO survey, and the Ievoli Grey for the geotechnical survey.

Carlo Pinto, Next Geosolutions Sales and Marketing Director said: “The large scale MONITA Project represents a milestone in Next Geosolutions’ establishment. We are currently at the survey stage, searching for a viable path for the cables through a challenging section of route, which is made up of a complex seabed and extremely dense presence of debris and UXOs.

“The survey results are extremely interesting and detailed so we are adopting a combination of our state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge processing methodologies to deliver almost online results and drive productivity on a fast track.”

SeeByte Provides Advanced Target Tracking Capabilities for Tritech’s Gemini 720is Sonar

SeeByte, a global leader in creating smart software technology for unmanned systems and Tritech International Limited [Tritech], a Moog Inc. Company, providers of imaging and ancillary equipment for underwater applications, have integrated SeeByte’s target tracking capabilities into Tritech’s Gemini 720is multibeam imaging sonar software.

Image courtesy of Tritech: Gemini 720is

This agreement sees the integration of Tritech’s Gemini 720is sonar with SeeByte’s advanced tracking analytics; providing users with enhanced target tracking capabilities. In realtime, users are able to track and follow objects within a wide 120deg view. This advanced feature is now available as standard with the commercial off the shelf Gemini 720is.

Ioseba Tena, Sales Manager at SeeByte, commented “Forming successful partnerships and collaborations with hardware manufacturers has always been a key part of SeeByte’s business. This allows us to work with the best names in industry to bring to novel solutions to the market. We are looking forward to continue working together with Tritech to deliver a value-adding capability to their customers”.

Scott McLay, Sales Director at Tritech, said “At Tritech we are always looking to make sure that our customers are getting the best possible value from our products. SeeByte’s tracking software integration allows us to do exactly that for the Gemini 720is”.

Corporate Excellence Award for Saab Seaeye

Saab Seaeye have won the Corporate Excellence Award from the Washington-based Marine Technology Society.

The award is given in recognition of an organisation’s considerable contribution to the industry and to ROV technology.

Chair of the Marine ROV Committee, Chuck Richards, presented the award at the Underwater Intervention show in New Orleans to James Douglas of Saab Seaeye.

James Douglas of Saab Seaeye received the Corporate Excellence Award from The Marine Technology Society at the Underwater Intervention show in New Orleans.

The Marine Technology Society exists to promote awareness and advancement of marine technology in the fields of global issues, education and technological development.

The Society’s Marine ROV Committee promotes the exchange of technical information concerning ROVs, robotics and artificial intelligence across industry, defence, academia and other organisations, on an international basis.

Saab Seaeye is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric underwater vehicles and is responsible for creating many industry leading technological innovations in its 30 year history.

It has many vehicles of all sizes and capabilities operating with numerous clients in North America at tasks across a range of defence operations and commercial enterprises including oil and gas, hydro resources and marine science.

Horizon Surpass Traditional Drilling Expectations With Revolutionary 200kN Seabed CPT in Denmark

Horizon Geosciences’ revolutionary, 200kN Seabed CPT system was used recently with great success on a complex geotechnical site investigation for Vattenfall, offshore Denmark. Horizon’s scope of work centered around turbine locations in the North Sea windfarm as well as infield cable routes. The program of work included downhole sampling and CPT testing, seismic CPT testing, pressuremeter testing, P-S Logging, vibrocoring and seabed CPTs.

Project Manager for Vattenfall, Mr Wolfekart Semm confirmed;

“Works conducted included 7 combined geotechnical sampling boreholes. Seabed CPT testing in excess of 1300m was completed.”

Horizon’s digital CPT System is designed to achieve a continuous profile to depths in excess of 40m into the ground. Senior Project Manager for Horizon Geosciences Limited, Mr. John Cudden highlighted the importance of this feature;

“Building an accurate ground model is crucial to the development of offshore wind farms, therefore a high volume of quality CPT data is needed, often within tight timescales. This is where Horizon’s 200kN CPT can surpass traditional drilling expectations in terms of production and cost.

Coupled with the ability to conduct seismic CPT tests with this seabed system, tied in to pressuremeter and borehole logging data from adjacent boreholes, we provide the data for the full determination of both lateral and horizontal engineering properties across the site.”

The 200kN Seabed CPT System can be deployed from any DP1 or DP2 vessel, the Horizon Geobay was assigned in this case due to her full Geophysical and Geotechnical spreads, containerized laboratory and capacity to operate in shallower waters.

Project Manager for Vattenfall, Mr Wolfekart Semm concluded;

“ The Horizon Geobay was used as a platform throughout the whole campaign and has proven to be a very capable DP2 vessel, especially as shallow water conditions were prevalent. All operations were conducted safely and in-line with HSE requirements with a very positive HSE attitude and awareness of safety shown by the entire crew.”

Visit Horizon Geosciences on stand H350 to find out more about this project, the Horizon Geobay and their continued work in the Renewables and Oil & Gas sectors in the North Sea and beyond.

Shell, Chevron and Anadarko to Deliver Critical P&A Insight at Annual Deepwater Decommissioning Workshop in Houston

On May 25-26, 2016, key decommissioning players including Shell, Chevron, Anadarko, BHP Billiton, Freeport McMoRan and Stone Energy will come together in Houston at the Deepwater Decommissioning Workshop to discuss how to improve efficiency and maximize safety during P&A campaigns.

While low oil prices are affecting most parts of the oil & gas industry, stringent regulations and market conditions mean that decommissioning in the Gulf is set to increase despite the glut as equipment becomes available and slow producing platforms become uneconomical.

In this market, some believe collaboration is key. Endeavor Management’s Bruce Crager and Keith Caulfield certainly agree. Their 2016 Decommissioning JIP is an excellent example of what can be achieved when operators and service companies work together: 10 subjects ranging from MODU capabilities to cement bond logging technologies are being studied and Keith explains how, “to date, we have been amazed by the quality and technical excellence of the subject matter experts assigned to the project by the member companies, as well as [their] commitment to freely collaborate on these issues of prime importance to the decommissioning industry.”

Endeavor will be presenting the results of this ground breaking JIP at DDW 2016 while Anadarko’s Tim Byers will explore 30+ P&A projects undertaken in the Gulf of Mexico and offer attendees an insight into major lessons learned. Similarly, Foster Lanie, Subsea Well Intervention Engineer for Chevron, will detail the researched rig based and lightweight intervention alternatives for a well abandonment project in the Gulf and discuss differences in risk profiles with varying P&A designs.

From a regulatory perspective, 2015 saw major changes in financial assurance guidelines for decommissioning projects and BOEM will give an update on this process to ensure that your company is prepared to comply with new bonding requirements. As a result of these changes, accurate cost estimation for deepwater P&A is now more important than ever before. Ahead of his presentation at DDW 2016 on probabilistic cost estimation, Robert Byrd, Vice President of TSB Offshore, explains that “with our increasing focus on deepwater well P&A and decommissioning in general, it’s important that we adjust our cost estimating methodology to account for the increased level of uncertainty and the resulting higher risk. Probabilistic methods allow us to consider the uncertainty in the decommissioning processes and to quantify the risk in our cost estimates.”

Register now and ensure that you also benefit from:

• An insight into Shell and BHP Billiton’s approach to cost estimation and collaborative P&A planning and execution

• An analysis of changes to the Rig-to-Reef program as Freeport-McMoRan and Stone Energy detail how this will affect the planning of your future P&A campaigns

• Key lessons from regional P&A projects undertaken by Schlumberger, Weatherford, Baker Hughes, Aker Solutions, Wright’s Well, Helix and many others

DDW 2016 will ensure those who wish to profit from the opportunities offered by deepwater decommissioning are able to access the required business critical information, vital networking opportunities and best practice approaches that will help improve P&A operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

For more information, download the full conference agenda

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