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Pole Star Awarded USCG LRIT ASP Contract

Pole Star Space Applications announces that it has been awarded a prestigious contract by the US Coast Guard for the provision of LRIT ASP services.

"We are very honored to have been awarded this contract from the US Coast Guard to provide LRIT ASP services in support of the United States’ National Maritime Domain Awareness Plan and wider National Strategy for Maritime Security program" said Julian Longson, Managing Director at Pole Star.

Pole Star currently provides LRIT services to 47 maritime administrations, including 4 of the 5 largest fleets in the International Maritime Organization’s LRIT network - those of Panama, Singapore, Liberia, and the Marshall Islands. In securing this contract, Pole Star has added the US Coast Guard to those of Australia, Canada and others that form the backbone of international LRIT data users network.

“It is an honor to be working with the US Coast Guard today and into the future. Our technical teams are working very well together. We look forward to supporting the US Coast Guard’s needs by providing them with robust maritime domain awareness services in today’s challenging maritime environment”, said Nick Salvi Head of Government Sales - North America.

Benthic Appoints New Chairman

Houston, January 7, 2016 - Benthic, a global geosciences company, has announced the appointment of Chris Braithwaite as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Russell Staley, who has served as Benthic’s interim Chairman following the resignation of the late John Smith in August of 2015, remains on the Board as a Director.

“I was both delighted and honored to be approached about the Chair position at Benthic,” stated Chris Braithwaite. “This is a fascinating, innovative business with a world leading technology in the PROD seabed drilling units. Allied to that is a fast developing range of geotechnical and geophysical capability. I realize that times are tough in the oil & gas business right now, but it is clear that Benthic is well placed and has a great future. Benthic has an impressive track record and even in these times, the opportunities are very significant.”

Mr. Braithwaite’s 30 year career in project management, engineering and manufacturing businesses include many board and leadership roles in the service sector of the oil & gas industry. He has extensive international experience creating and implementing innovative growth strategies and has led global businesses ranging from 50 to 2,000 people. In late 2004, Chris joined Wellstream International and played a critical role the successful IPO in 2007.

Chris currently holds roles as the Non-Executive Chairman of Ashtead Technology, Non-Executive Director of Signum Technology and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Ampelmann.

“Chris’s long history of leadership and experience in the service sector of the industry makes him the ideal person for this role. We are confident Chris’s expertise and commitment will prove beneficial to the Company and its future. The board looks forward to working closely with Chris to ensure Benthic makes a positive impact for stakeholders, employees and clients,” stated Russell Staley, Director.

Energy Marketing Communications Specialists Fifth Ring Announce Norwegian Alliance

Global energy marketing communications specialists Fifth Ring has announced it has entered into a strategic alliance with Norwegian corporate communications agency Iteo, in a move that will see both companies expand their presence in the world’s oil and gas producing regions.

The alliance creates a unique proposition to oil and gas firms operating on both sides of the North Sea, and further afield, by offering a truly integrated specialist energy marketing resource with local market expertise across the world’s major oil capitals in the UK, Norway, North America, South America, the Middle East and Asia.

Ian Ord, founder and business development director, Fifth Ring said of the agreement: “At a time where the industry is focused on increased collaboration and efficiencies, it felt right that Fifth Ring looked at how we could develop in these areas, and our partnership with Iteo exemplifies this. Fifth Ring’s worldwide reach and energy sector experience, along with Iteo’s market expertise in Norway is a formidable combination for our clients and those companies entering or operating in the oil and gas sector in Norway, or indeed for Norwegian oil and gas companies looking to expand internationally.”

Andreas Thue, managing director at Iteo commented: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Fifth Ring as we know our companies operate with the same beliefs and models with regards to marketing communications that are focused on generating measurable sales outcomes.”

Ian Ord continued: “What this alliance presents is an agency who can talk oil and gas marketing in any language. Not only does this offer clients’ greater consistency across their global communications, it delivers efficiency and cost savings that will enable marketing budgets to go further and work harder. With no sign of a recovery in the commodity price, companies will have to sharpen their messaging, aggressively promote what makes them different, better or more relevant in today’s economic climate and be more innovative in their routes to market. In my opinion, 2016 will have a better outlook for the smartest marketers. ”

The two agencies are already collaborating on a new model for oil and gas marketing, founded in driving efficiencies through digital marketing techniques and a greater emphasis on measurement and outcomes, and will be unveiling this in early 2016 with a series of seminars to be hosted in Norway and Aberdeen.

Fifth Ring and Iteo are both members of BBN, the world’s B2B agency, consisting of 800 B2B specialists in 18 markets and 23 different B2B sectors.

BMT Nigel Gee Designs First UK Flagged HS-OSC Wind Farm Vessel

BMT Nigel Gee, a leading independent naval architecture and marine engineering design consultancy, is proud to announce the delivery of Sure Diamond, which is the first ever UK flagged vessel to be certified under the Interim Code for High Speed Offshore Service Craft (HS-OSC). The vessel is a 26m StratCAT build by Strategic Marine in Vietnam.

Under the new code which was released by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) in September, the vessel can carry up to 12 passengers and a further 12 offshore personnel in addition to the ship’s crew. The vessel also has a certificate of compliance with the new German Code for Offshore Service Craft which was released in December 2014.

The vessel is powered by MAN D2862 Engines with a Servogear Controllable Pitch propulsion system offering excellent fuel efficiency and exceptional bollard pull capabilities. A second StratCAT 26 vessel, Sure Dynamic has completed sea trials in Vietnam and is being shipped to the UK along with a further 24 technician Quad IPS StratCAT 26 for Opielok Offshore Carriers , both vessels are designed by BMT and built by Strategic Marine.

Ed Dudson, Technical Director of BMT Nigel Gee comments: “Delivering a vessel that can carry more than 12 technicians is a huge achievement and we’d like to thank the MCA, the National Workboat Association and of course, BG Verkehr for all of their hard work in developing the new code which enabled this to happen.”

Finalists Announced for Annual British Subsea Awards

Aker Solutions, N-Sea and Saab are in contention for the Subsea Company of the Year award at this year’s Subsea UK Awards, held during Subsea Expo – Europe’s largest subsea focused exhibition and conference.

A selection of the country’s most dynamic and successful subsea businesses have made it on to the final shortlist for the annual awards which seek to recognize companies and individuals who are leading the way in Britain’s £9billion subsea sector. The awards dinner will take place on Wednesday 3rd February at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

In the Global Exports award category, Flowline Specialists and JDR have been shortlisted and the Innovation for Safety award will see JDR, Fathom Systems and Oil Spill Response Limited compete to take home this coveted accolade.

The shortlist for the Innovation and Technology award comprises Aker Solutions, EC-OG and Innospection.

Nadine Stanistreet of Hughes Sub Surface Engineering, Robert Weeks from JDR Cable Systems and Nicolas Pellerej from OMS Ltd are the individuals short-listed for the Young Emerging Talent award.

This year saw the launch of a new category to recognize small companies that have shown outstanding performance in the subsea sector. Vying for the Small Company of the Year award are Fathom Systems, ITC Hydraulics and Subsea Supplies.

The individual who has made the most outstanding contribution to the subsea sector will be announced on the night.

Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, said: “2015 was a challenging year for everyone in the subsea sector. Despite the downturn however, there have been some outstanding subsea successes, which truly underlines the strength of our sector both at home and overseas. It’s crucial that we continue to recognize the ongoing efforts of our companies and the individuals who are making a concerted effort to contribute to the long-term sustainability of our industry.

“It is vital that we continue to come together and celebrate the expertise, leadership and innovation for which the £9billion subsea industry is renowned. With intensified scrutiny on cost, value and innovation, the finalists have all demonstrated how they are going the extra mile to support the subsea industry in an increasingly challenging market.”

More than 500 are expected to attend the awards dinner, with around 6,000 delegates from across the globe attending the three-day conference and exhibition.

Award-winning writer and broadcaster John Sergeant will be the guest speaker at the awards dinner. Mr. Sergeant has been a guest on a wide range of radio and TV programs, including Have I Got News for You, Room 101, QI and Question Time.

With over 200 exhibitors, Subsea Expo is an opportunity for those in the industry to showcase new technology and services. The 2016 program is packed with high profile industry speakers delivering leadership messages at the plenary session. The main topics to be explored are maximizing global opportunities, key projects around the world, standardization and optimization, pipelines, ROV and inspection and technology and R&D.

Subsea Expo will run from 3rd-5th February with the final day offering an opportunity to engage with the next generation of subsea engineers, project managers and technicians.

Entrance to the exhibition is free of charge; pre-registration is recommended via the website.

German Hydrographic Society to Stage Hydro 2016

Abstracts of papers for presentation at the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies’ (IFHS) 24th symposium and exhibition to be held in Rostock-Warnemunde from 8-10 November are now required by organisers of the major three-day event, The German Hydrographic Society (DHyG).

Staged in the spacious Yachthafenresidenz Hohe Dune Hotel overlooking the Baltic Sea and expected to attract a worldwide audience drawn from all sectors of the hydrographic and related professions, main conference proceedings will be supported by an extensive exhibition of equipment and services in addition to specialist workshops and on-water demonstrations.

HYDRO 2016 venue: "Yachthafenresidenz Hohe Düne", Warnemünde with it's sand beach in the background.

Conference proceedings are to include an exclusive dedicated session for student and graduate presentations for which a prize of £500 and a framed certificate will be awarded to the author of the one adjudged the best by delegates. Main topics to be generally featured will cover wide-ranging issues affecting Latest Technological Advances & Emerging Markets, Capacity Building, Data Processing & Management, Nautical Charting, Coastal Mapping & Seafloor Classification, Marine Renewables, Education & Training.

Abstracts of up to 300 words plus an optional illustration on any of the designated topics are required by no later than 30 March and should be forwarded to the organizers at

Further general information on Hydro 2016, including paper submission guidelines, is available at Sponsors of the English-language symposium, which will be the second such event to be held in Rostock-Warnemunde under the auspices of the DHyG on behalf of the eight-member IFHS, include Atlas Elektronik, Caris, Fugro, German ROV, Innomar, QPS, SBG Systems, SevenCs and Wartsila Elac Nautik.

Free downloads of previous Hydro conference presentations are available here.

Fishers Pulse 8X Metal Detector Rated #1 by Homeland Security

JW Fishers Pulse 8X has been rated the best underwater metal detector by the US Department of Homeland Security’s SAVER program. The System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) program was established to assist emergency responders making procurement decisions. Located within the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, the SAVER Program conducts objective assessments and validations on commercial equipment and systems and provides those results along with other relevant equipment information to the emergency responder community. In a comparison of the 8 top underwater detectors on the market, Fishers Pulse 8X was rated number one.

The tools law enforcement agencies use to investigate crimes and ensure public safety are critical to their success. Police departments and sheriff’s offices around the country are adding underwater metal detectors to ensure their dive teams have the right equipment to effectively do their job. An essential tool for locating evidence disposed of in a waterway, metal detectors routinely assist public safety divers in finding weapons, shell casings, stolen objects, and explosive devices.

One agency having great success with the underwater metal detector is the New Mexico State Police. The NMSP Search and Recovery Dive Team was established in 1963 in response to increasing demands for law enforcement divers to respond to drownings and underwater recovery of property and evidence. The team currently consists of nineteen officers stationed throughout the state.

Photo attached: New Mexico State Police officers search shallow waters of Rio Grande with their Pulse 8X detectors looking for a gun.

Although most people think of New Mexico as a desert state, within its borders are numerous recreational waterways as well as thousands of miles of irrigation and drainage canals. Recently the team was called out to find a weapon used in homicide and thrown into the Rio Grande River. Dive team member Sgt. Ryan Carr reported, “We used three of our Pulse 8X detectors in the search that day, and located the gun in less than an hour.” NMSP retired captain and former dive team commander Mike Waring said, “If we’re looking for a weapon, we know the Pulse 8X will find it.”

Underwater metal detectors are so effective, and their use has become so widespread, that agencies training public safety divers are developing courses on how to best utilize these devices. One is the Underwater Crime Scene Investigation team at Florida State University. They developed a program that provides advanced training in crime scene investigation for aquatic environments. The focus is on operational techniques and protocols available to the underwater investigator. Students learn how to use a variety of the high tech tools including Fishers Diver Mag magnetometer and Pulse 8X detector to locate weapons and explosive devices.

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Impact Subsea Announces Distribution Agreement with Oceanvision

Impact Subsea is delighted to announce the appointment of Oceanvision as a distributor of Impact Subsea products.

The appointment of Oceanvision will significantly increase the local support of the ISA500, ISA500-L and future products from Impact Subsea. Based in Singapore, Oceanvision will represent Impact Subsea in the local and surrounding areas.

 8-2Oceanvision-Logo1Oceanvision has a strong background in the supply of specialized equipment to various sectors of the offshore, marine and petrochemical industries. The company's well established client base, together with strong technical capability 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 to encompass a HMRU. Impact Subsea has further ROV and AUV sensor products due for launch in early 2016.

Commenting on the appointment, Ben Grant, Managing Director of Impact Subsea, stated: 'We are very pleased to form this distribution agreement with Oceanvision. The distribution agreement will enable exceptional support to be provided to users of Impact Subsea's products in the Asia Pacific Region.'

Oceaneering Appoints Martin J. McDonald as Senior Vice President, Remotely Operated Vehicles

Oceaneering International, Inc. (“Oceaneering” or the “Company”) (NYSE:OII) announces the appointment, effective January 1, 2016, of Martin J. McDonald as Senior Vice President, Remotely Operated Vehicles, with global responsibility for Oceaneering’s Remotely Operated Vehicle (“ROV”) business.

Mr. McDonald’s career spans 26 years with Oceaneering. He most recently served as Vice President and General Manager of Oceaneering’s ROV operations in the eastern hemisphere from 2006.

Rod Larson, Oceaneering’s President, stated, “I am pleased to announce Martin’s appointment. He is a seasoned executive with an impressive track record in our international ROV operations. Martin’s broad operational knowledge, firm grasp of market conditions and commercial acumen will enable us to continue to provide our customers with exemplary service and technologies. In his new role at Oceaneering, Martin will report to Chief Operating Officer, Clyde Hewlett.”

The Company also has announced that Kevin F. Kerins, who currently holds this position, will become Oceaneering’s Senior Vice President, Underwater Vehicle Technologies, responsible for managing the Company’s initiatives to innovate and develop future ROV and Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (“AUV”) capabilities to create superior customer value.

Oceaneering is a global provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications. Oceaneering is a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “OII.”

New Appointments Further Strengthen Subsea UK Board

Subsea UK has unveiled its new Board, following a members’ ballot at the industry body’s Annual General Meeting.

Following an unprecedented number of member nominations, two new Board members were appointed and seven members re-elected.

Cameron Mitchell, technical disciplines assurance manager for Shell UK, and Mark Richardson, projects group manager for Apache North Sea, join the board of Subsea UK

Bill Edgar, chairman of Subsea UK, said: “Our members’ willingness to engage with each other to ensure the sector’s future expansion is vital if we are to respond to the market challenges and add real value going forward.

“Cameron and Mark bring a range of experience and viewpoints from the operators. As we approach the New Year, the focus for all of us is now on collaboration and co-operation in a major drive to boost efficiencies and find better ways of working. I am sure with their input we can look to further enhance and develop our organization to help members meet the challenges ahead.”

Mr. Mitchell, a chartered mechanical engineer, has worked for Shell in Aberdeen and internationally for 27 years. With a passion for driving performance improvement through collaboration, development of people and deployment of technology, Mr. Mitchell is also the Shell UK and Ireland representative on Subsea UK’s recently-launched Subsea Asset Stewardship Group.

He said: “Even with the current oil price, the industry is operating at too high a cost base. Given the maturity of the fields and the integrity issues that come with ageing facilities, it is imperative that the industry works together to take costs out of the business without destroying longer term value. I believe there is an ongoing challenge for UK supply companies to expand overseas in the deep water sector and there are opportunities to run the supply chain more cost effectively.”

Mr. Richardson’s Board appointment adds to a number of industry roles. He is leading the Co-operation, Culture and Behaviours work stream for the Efficiency Task Force for Oil and Gas UK, is a member of the ECITB Offshore Project Management Steering Committee and has recently joined the OGA Supply Chain and Exports Board.

“The world is a dynamic environment, where the speed of change is increasing,” said Mr. Richardson.

“This has led to the development of new tools and techniques creating new opportunities. The oil price decline has made a complex situation more complicated, but a crisis is the best time for change.

“In order to face the challenges and maximize the opportunities, we need to invest more time and resource into management thinking and by encouraging the right culture at industry, company and individual level in order to capitalize on export opportunities across the globe.”

Mr. Edgar added: “Our mission for 2016 is to make sure we are in a strong position to continue to meet industry needs and deliver a valuable service to both individual members and the subsea sector. We will continue to help companies succeed in international markets, offering expert advice, detailed market insights, local knowledge and in-country support to help secure contracts and build stronger links, both at home and overseas.

“We will also continue to represent the specific needs and issues of the subsea sector among government, industry and other stakeholders, and to add new initiatives and services which support members in their efforts to face the challenges that the next 12 months will bring.”

Teledyne BlueView Partners with Measutronics Corporation

Teledyne BlueView is pleased to announce the selection of Measutronics Corporation as their Strategic Marine Partner for distribution in the Americas. Founded in 1997, Measutronics is a solution provider that brings additional expertise in marine positioning, guidance, mapping and underwater imaging to the Teledyne Marine portfolio.

“We’ve been watching the evolution of the BlueView product line since their acquisition by Teledyne a few years back”, states Lou Nash, President of Measutronics. “Their ability to provide a complete solution of hardware, user interface and final deliverables has allowed us to offer more advanced solutions to our customers.”

Chosen for their experience and reputation within the marine construction industry, Teledyne BlueView has timed the new partnership with Measutronics to introduce BlueView’s most recent system offering, MotionScan. MotionScan allows the BV5000 Multibeam Scanning Sonar user to collect motion corrected 3D point clouds from a moving platform.

“We look for MotionScan to be a game changer for the marine contractors that we support”, says Nash. “We’re excited about what the BlueView portfolio adds to our ability to provide complete system solutions; from hardware, user interface to deliverables. We’ll also be able to better service our Teledyne SeaBotix customer base as well.”

Ted Germann, Chief Sales & Marketing Executive at Teledyne BlueView adds, “We’re excited to have the Measutronics organization as part of our team – their technicians bring a wealth of additional experience and industry knowledge to our organization. We’ll be relying on their inputs and feedback for future product enhancements and development. In addition, we look to utilize Measutronics’ capabilities to provide on-water system demonstrations, as well as class room training, in supporting our customer base.” Germann adds, “They’re a clever group of guys. With our engineering backing and their systems integration skills, we’re sure to be continually moving forward in the marine construction industry.”

Fugro Wins International Business Award from State of Alaska

Alaska Governor Bill Walker has announced Fugro as winner of the 2015 Governor’s North Star Award for International Excellence in the category of scientific exchange. This important accolade follows the ‘Spotlight on Arctic Technology’ award announced during the annual Arctic Technology Conference last year.

Fugro was honored for its development of an airborne sea-ice management capability that enables ice thickness mapping, characterization, and monitoring over large geographic areas. Utilizing a unique radar mapping system known as GeoSAR, the ice management capability is designed to reduce risk in Arctic operations.

Fugro’s Alaska Division Manager Rada Khadjinova accepted the award, saying, “It is an honor to be recognized by Governor Walker for this important work. This is truly an Alaska-born discovery, made during our early work on the Alaska Statewide Digital Mapping Initiative (SDMI), and now being utilized in other Arctic regions.”

Originally designed as a regional-scale topographic mapping solution, Fugro deployed the GeoSAR system to Alaska in 2010 to help update the state’s baseline mapping data. It was during this project that Fugro realized the depths to which its GeoSAR system could penetrate snow and ice. Efforts to exploit this capability began in 2012 and have continued every summer since then. In 2016, Fugro anticipates bringing the capability into commercial operations.

In accepting the award, Khadjinova noted the value of partnerships in moving technology forward, both from a state and federal funding perspective with regard to the SDMI, as well as from a research and development perspective, an effort which has included multiple industry, academia, and public-sector partners.


Underwater Rudder Repair in Rotterdam with Hydrex Dive Support Workboat

In the beginning of December a Hydrex diving team mobilized to a 170-meter container vessel with one of our workboats. The team installed a doubler plate over the cavitated area of the rudder during the ship’s scheduled maintenance stop in Rotterdam.

An earlier inspection carried out in Algeciras had revealed the damage to the rudder. A condition of class was imposed on the vessel and a custom solution was needed. We proposed a repair plan to the class that would allow the vessel to keep sailing until the next scheduled docking.

Deployment to the vessel was done using a Hydrex workboat loaded with all the needed equipment. The catamarans are fully equipped as dive support stations with hydraulic cranes, winches and a dive control room. They can be used for a wide range of operations in Belgium, the Netherlands and France. This increases flexibility of operations.

After our team arrived on-site with the workboat, they performed an underwater inspection of the leading edge of the rudder, where the damage was situated. The divers then started preparing the affected area for the installation of the doubler plate.

The plate had been prepared in advance. This was done with the information of the preliminary inspection in Algeciras combined with the drawings of the rudder, provided by the owner.

When the rudder had been prepared our certified diver/welders fitted the plate and secured it. The team then installed anodes on both sides of the rudder for further protection. This concluded the repair.

Our dive support workboat allowed for a very fast mobilization to the ship’s location in Rotterdam. The diver/technician team worked in shifts and finished the operation in 24 hours. By doing this the repair fitted in nicely within the schedule of the container vessel.

During the operation a representative of the classification society was present. He gave his approval for the repair. The owner can now sail his ship until the next scheduled drydocking without having to worry about further unscheduled delays or repairs to its rudder.


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