Issue 518
9 January 2018:

GENERAL OCEAN NEWS

Teledyne TSS launches the HydroPACT 660 Pipe Tracker and HydroPACT 440 24VDC Upgrade Kit

Teledyne TSS, a division of Teledyne Marine, announces the expansion of its market leading range of subsea pipe and cable detection and tracking products with the launch of the new smaller HydroPACT 660 pipe tracking system. The 660 has been designed to help reduce the cost of subsea pipe surveys by allowing the use of smaller classes of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). In addition, TSS is also expanding the capabilities of its larger HydroPACT 440 pipe tracking system by introducing a new 24VDC upgrade kit.

The new, compact HydroPACT 660 sports a single small form factor coil array measuring 1,200mm x 600mm at a weight of only 15.8kg that offers an operating range of greater than 85% of that of the significantly larger HydroPACT 440 system. This smaller and lighter coil array suits smaller ROVs such as observation class or inspection class. Use of these smaller ROVs for pipe and cable surveys offers customers the opportunity to significantly reduce their operating costs on future projects.

Teledyne TSS is also pleased to announce a new 24VDC power supply pod for the HydroPACT440 system. This is the first time that a 24VDC option for the 440 has been offered, and it will help to increase the flexibility and use of the system on vehicles that only support DC power capability. This new power option is being offered in either 3,000m or 6,000m rated pods for both new 440 systems and as an upgrade kit for existing installations. This offers customers the choice of either 110VAC, 240VAC and 24VDC options for their tracking system.

For more information visit www.teledynemarine.com/pipe-cable-detection-systems

C-Innovation forms subsea projects group to offer fully integrated subsea solutions

C-Innovation, LLC (C-I), an affiliate of Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) and its family of companies, has formed a turnkey subsea projects group. Capable of providing a complete solution to its global customer base without sourcing outside the Chouest family worldwide, the new group is based in ECO’s Houston office, at the heart of the energy corridor.

C-I’s in-house project management team provides engineering support, procedure development and review, project execution and final reporting requirements. With access to ECO’s industry-leading inventory of mission-specific vessels, it provides greater flexibility in matching and scheduling of assets, delivering savings to the customer. The diverse group of companies also includes Chouest’s various port facilities, a logistics company, tank cleaning services, shipyards and dry-docks, located throughout the U.S. Gulf Coast and Brazil. With corporate headquarters in Mandeville, La., C-I’s advanced ROV capabilities provide a broad spectrum of support to subsea construction projects, as well as drilling, intervention, maintenance and heavy lift assignments.

For further information, visit www.c-innovation.com.

Kreuz Subsea wins major contract to support L&T and ONGC in India

Kreuz Subsea, a leading global integrated subsea services business, has announced it has been awarded its most financially significant contract in the company’s history. It will see the independent firm mobilise five vessels to deliver subsea completion works for Indian multi-national conglomerate, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) from the start of 2018.

The contract, which is worth an undisclosed eight-figure sum, will see Kreuz Subsea supporting L&T to install all riser clamps, risers, crossing works, tie-ins, subsea trenching and hydro-testing of pipelines which are part of the Oil & Natural Gas Corporation’s (ONGC) Pipeline Replacement Project (PRP4) and Daman Field development projects off the west coast of India.

The five vessels to be utilised throughout the campaign in the Mumbai High and Daman fields in the Mumbai Offshore region, include the DP2 purpose-built SURF vessel, Kreuz Installer, and the diving support and construction work barge, Kreuz Supporter.

In November, Kreuz Subsea bolstered its senior management team with the appointment of Phil Bradbury as QHSE director. Mr Bradbury has more than 27 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, and has held quality, health and safety related management roles at DSND, ISS, Harkand and most recently, Rocksalt Subsea ltd.

For further information, visit www.kreuzsubsea.com

BMT and MSI in joint Alexandroupolis FSRU Terminal Project Award

BMT and Metocean Services International (MSI) have been jointly awarded a contract by Gastrade to deploy an Environmental Monitoring System (EMS) and develop metocean criteria to be utilised for the design of the offshore moored FSRU and the subsea pipeline to shore.

The Alexandroupolis FSRU will be located offshore Greece in the northern Aegean Sea in approximately 40m water depth and will connect to shore via a 24km subsea pipeline. The FSRU is part of the Alexandroupolis Independent Natural Gas System which aims to create a new natural gas gateway to central and south-eastern Europe.

MSI will provide a site-specific measurement program to record metocean parameters including waves, currents, water levels and temperature offshore, as well as meteorological parameters onshore for a period of 12 months.

BMT will deliver the metocean criteria study to support the engineering design phase and will use its in-house, long-term wave hindcast and hydrodynamic modelling software TUFLOW-FV, to simulate local sea states and hydrodynamic conditions. TUFLOW-FV is a 2D/3D finite volume numerical model that simulates hydrodynamic, sediment transport and water quality processes.

For further information, visit www.bmt.org and www.metoceanservices.com

New tool for shallow water bathymetry

Unabara’s Hydro-2F™ Multi-Frequency Synthetic Beam Bathymetric & Sea Floor Sonar provides both 200 Khz. precision bathymetry and narrow beam low frequency bathymetry.  Particularly suited for shallow waters, the user may field select a low acoustic frequency of 30, 28, 24, 18, 12, or 10 Khz.. As a supplement to the bathymetric data, the Hydro-2F™ provides acoustic backscatter data from the sea floor for Bottom Contrasting™ differences in sediment types.

With all electronics and transducer elements housed in a single below surface unit (BSU), the Hydro-2F interfaces directly with the user’s Windows-based PC.  The user then utilizes his existing hydrographic mapping software; or Unabara can provide seamless integration to Hydromagic ™ survey software (by Eye4Software of The Netherlands).  This integrated package provides for not only dual frequency derived depth data, overlaid with GPS position and satellite photographs but also generates an augmented reality video and paper chart.  Sediment characteristics can be included on the resulting map presentations.

Further details available at www.unabara.us

Exciting new shuttle tanker concept with Wärtsilä solutions creates optimal economic and environmental performance

A new shuttle tanker concept developed by the world’s largest provider of shuttle tanker services; TEEKAY, in close cooperation with Wärtsilä, will offer a new level of ecological and economic solutions by using Wärtsilä’s smart technology in innovative ways. The concept has been endorsed with orders for four of these ‘next generation’ vessels for TEEKAY. The ships will be built at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) yard in South Korea and will feature a very broad assortment of Wärtsilä’s latest technology innovations, all of which are central to the concept’s overall performance gains. These orders with Wärtsilä, worth in total over 110MEUR, were booked in December 2017 and January 2018.

The concept offers a new level of economic and ecological performance, and is expected to reduce annual emissions of CO2 equivalents by more than 40 percent, compared to conventional shuttle tankers. In addition to operating on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as the primary fuel, the dual-fuel engines will also be able to run on a mixture of LNG and recovered Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) – the gas evaporating from the oil cargo tanks during loading.

By utilising the recovered VOC as fuel rather than venting it to the atmosphere, the harmful emissions will be eliminated and the ships’ bunker needs will be significantly reduced. The concept also means that Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions from the engines’ exhaust will be reduced by more than 80 percent, Sulphur Oxide (SOx) emissions will be almost entirely eliminated, while particulate emissions will be reduced by more than 95 percent. These environmental benefits are matched by equally important economic advantages, with a significant reduction in fuel consumption compared to conventional solutions.

Wärtsilä solutions are at the heart of this concept. Among the many innovative features is the Wärtsilä Hybrid system, on which the power distribution will be based. The Hybrid system uses batteries for fuel savings, peak load shaving, and added overall system redundancy. This directly impacts the main machinery, resulting in fewer running hours with correspondingly lower maintenance time and costs.

For further information, visit www.wartsila.com

EVENTS, TRAINING & DEMONSTRATIONS

2018 MTS 12th BUOY WORKSHOP, Michigan, April 9-12 2018

The 12th MTS Buoy Workshop will be held in the Michigan League on the beautiful campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The hosts this year are the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, and the Great Lakes Observing System, Regional Association.

An updated reminder:

Abstracts are due on Friday, February 16th

Presentation deadline is Friday, April 2nd

Icebreaker will be at the Graduate Inn on the evening of Monday, April 9th

Presentations will be Tuesday, April 10th through noon Thursday, April 12th

Gala Dinner will be at the Michigan League the evening, Wednesday, April 11th

Tour of GLERL Facilities will happen the afternoon of Thursday, April 12th

For further information, visit http://www.whoi.edu/buoyworkshop/2018/index.html

WHO’S ON THE MOVE

Subsea NE appoints leading industry figure as Regional Chairman

The regional advocacy group for the North-east of England’s subsea sector has appointed Bruce Heppenstall as its new chairman.

Heppenstall will take over the reins of Subsea North East from Andrew Hodgson to further strengthen the organisation’s position as a leading authority across the industry.

CEO of BEL Valves and former general manager for the GE Oil & Gas Wellstream division, Heppenstall will be tasked with promoting the North-east sector on a global scale to maximise opportunities, while working with Subsea UK, the national industry body to provide a forum for collaboration, diversification and technology development.

With the region’s subsea sector generating more than £1.5bn a year and accounting for 20% of manufacturing jobs, he will ensure the region is represented as a world class centre for offshore technologies and solutions on the national stage.

With subsea and offshore engineering recognised as one of four smart specialism areas within the North-east Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), Subsea North East, under Mr Heppenstall’s leadership, will focus on the development of professional engineering and technician skills among the next generation.

He will also oversee the effective adoption of the government’s apprenticeship levy by Subsea North-East member companies and local higher education institutions.

For further information, visit https://www.subseauk.com/

Greensea hires new Vice President, Business Development and Partnerships

Greensea, creator of OPENSEA™, the universal marine industry operating platform, has recently announced the creation of a new position and appointment of Galal Hamdy as Vice President, Business Development and Partnerships. Galal has spent the past 8 years working for Cox Automotive leading business development for their digital marketing business unit. While working at Cox, Galal was responsible for all external relationships and alliances, shepherding joint products to market, and developing the infrastructure needed to support these partnerships.

Greensea has increased their staff by 40% in the past six months and is poised to continue this growth trend in 2018.

For further information, visit www.greensea.com

Eric Siegel Joins RBR

RBR is delighted to announce that Eric Siegel has joined as Sales Director. Eric will focus on enhancing the highly-skilled sales and representative network to enable RBR to continue its global market growth with new products while maintaining excellent customer service and support.

Eric joins RBR with twenty years of experience in oceanographic and subsea technology, measurements, and science, and has been involved in academia, government and private industry.

For further information, visit rbr-global.com

GEOSIGHT specialist Dimension Control surveys strengthen their personnel and technology pool

GEOSIGHT Ltd are a UK based geospatial surveying firm, regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and members of the UK Survey Association. GEOSIGHT specialise in wide area land surveys, vessel dimension control surveys and precise engineering dimension control using total stations, 3d laser scanners and optical coordinate measuring machines (CMM).

During a successful first 12 months of survey operations, GEOSIGHT has delivered accurate dimension control survey data to multiple clients within the offshore industry, alongside providing added value accurate 3D models of vessels and structures. GEOSIGHT are now looking forward to the next 12 months of growth and being able to strengthen their survey offering to clients.

To achieve their goals of growth, GEOSIGHT have recently appointed 2 specialist geospatial surveyors with skills in both land and hydrographic survey. GEOSIGHT have also invested in the very latest laser scanning technology from leading equipment manufacturers Leica. In addition, where sub millimetre tolerances are required, GEOSIGHT has started working with highly accurate photogrammetry techniques, utilising precise 3D metrology technology from equipment manufactures GOM.

To find out more about GEOSIGHT and the specialist survey solutions they offer please visit: www.geosight3d.com or get in touch with Brian Gamet on +44 (0)1722 442302 or email: [email protected]

JOB POSTINGS

2 Project Tendering Managers, Fugro GB Marine Limited, Wallingford

Fugro are a world leading, independent provider of geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions for large constructions, infrastructure and natural resources. They provide the technical data and information required to design, construct and maintain large structures and infrastructure in a safe, reliable and efficient manner.

Based in Wallingford, Fugro are currently looking for two individuals to join Fugro GB Marine Limited as Project Tendering Managers, with 2 or more year’s industry related tendering or marine investigation experience.

The duties and responsibilities associated with these positions include:

Assessing the viability of every opportunity to bid and ensure recommendations are documented;

Author, write and coordinate the writing of the proposals;

Determine the best technical strategy for every bid;

Determine the cost and fee for tenders;

Ensure all tender clarification questions are submitted on time;

Oversee the review of all draft contracts and assist with contract negotiations/ agreements;

Liaise with others to determine bid strategies;

Represent the business line, as necessary, at sales meetings & client negotiation;

Maintain and update CRM systems with all projects and opportunities.

You will work with a strong and talented team in a challenging environment and will need the following skills, attributes and experience:

BSc in Marine Science or Engineering

Excellent verbal and written communication with a methodical common-sense approach;

Exceptional inter-personal skills;

Problem Solver;

Strong numeracy skills;

Good Excel capabilities.

Benefits for this role include a competitive salary and benefits package including contributory pension scheme, life assurance, 24 days annual leave, private medical insurance and a subsidised restaurant.

Please apply by submitting a CV and covering letter, indicating your anticipated salary requirements, to [email protected] quoting reference 3126. Closing date for applications Monday 29 January 2018 at 5pm.

Fugro GB Marine Limited is an Equal Opportunities employer. All applications are judged on the relevant skills and experience of the candidate only.

For further information, visit https://www.fugro.com/careers/search-for-vacancies/apply/view?vacancyId=3126

Systems Integration Engineer, Osil, Havant, Hampshire

Ocean Scientific International Ltd is a leading supplier of bespoke environmental monitoring and sampling equipment. Using state of the art technology and innovation we deliver tailored solutions to an international customer base spanning marine, freshwater and terrestrial applications.

Due to ongoing expansion OSIL are looking to recruit an additional Scientific Systems Engineer to assist with the design, build, installation of Met Ocean and scientific systems.

Joining the Systems Team, you will use your skills to assist in solving client problems then assisting with the design, build and install multi-instrument environmental monitoring platforms worldwide. This varied role will see you support the development of products, improve and add to the Systems Team capabilities. Teamwork is at the heart of this role as you work closely with the customer and experts from other organisations.

The role includes:

Assist with the design and build of environmental monitoring systems

Specifying and procuring components

Testing and integrating equipment

Configuring communications (VHF, GSM, Satellite)

Configuration and testing of real-time data acquisition software

Installation, commissioning and maintenance world-wide

Preparation of technical documentation

Remote support to clients

While you will be based at OSIL in Havant, Hampshire, you will also be required to work overseas and UK.

Position Requirements:

Experience with scientific or commercial instrumentation

Electrical/Electronic Engineering or Science qualifications

Strong computing and IT knowledge

Embedded Software Development

Able to work in the offshore environment

Candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English and confident working at heights

Accurate analysis skills for both data and with high precision scientific instruments

Salary: Starting salary according to experience

Please apply in writing with CV, to Kay Snooks, OSIL, Culkin House, C7/C8 Endeavour Business Park, Penner Road, Havant, Hampshire PO9 1QN, UK.  Email [email protected]

Sales Executive – Aquatech Group, Sediment? Solved product range, Basingstoke

Full time, 37.5hrs per week

Aquatec Group is a dynamic subsea instrumentation and systems company, with a global customer base and wealth of experience. They are looking for a talented and versatile Sales Executive for the Sediment? Solved product range to join their growing team.

The key responsibilities for this role include:

Achieving monthly and quarterly targets

Providing excellent customer service to new and existing customers

Planning and carrying out outbound calls to potential customers

Preparing and submitting quotations

Recording and updating records on a CRM system, and effectively managing enquiries

Identifying and pursuing sales opportunities

Representing the company at national and international events

Carrying out sales visits to customers and potential customers

Providing sales support for international representatives

Supporting the Sales and Marketing Director in optimising sales and customer service

Essential criteria for the role are:

Relevant degree, or previous experience in a similar role

Minimum 3 years’ experience in a sales role

Excellent IT skills, including Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and advanced knowledge of Excel

Enthusiasm and good organisational skills

Excellent telephone manner and customer service skills

Must be able to communicate clearly in English, both verbally and in writing

Able to work independently in the context of the wider company team

Willingness to travel

Desirable criteria for the role are:

Experience in subsea / marine industry

Additional details:

The job will be primarily UK based, but there may be opportunities for international business travel.

Candidates must have their own car and a full UK driving licence

Candidates must have entitlement to permanent work in the UK

Closing date is 31st January 2018.

Interviews will be scheduled in January and February 2018, and may commence before the closing date. To apply for the role, please send a CV and covering letter to [email protected] with the reference ‘SE2018’.

Hydrographic Surveyor, CMSourcing, Taunton UK

Due to increased demand, CMSourcing are expanding their team in the Taunton office.

Ideal candidate will be local, able to work offshore when required and in the office during data processing contracts.

Preferred software knowledge is QINSy (online and processing) and CARIS HIPS & SIPS with experience in acquisition and processing of MBES data.

Previous commercial experience required.

To apply, visit www.cmsourcing.co.uk