Issue 533
1 May 2018:

GENERAL OCEAN NEWS

Fugro provides seep hunting expertise offshore brazil

Working for multi-client geoscience data company, TGS, Fugro continues the hunt for hydrocarbon seeps, this time offshore Brazil. Two modern, purpose-built vessels – Fugro Brasilis and Fugro Searcher – have been deployed to acquire high-resolution multibeam echosounder and sub-bottom profiler data in the Campos and Santos Basins. The survey is designed to mirror TGS’s successful 2016-2017 Gigante and Otos projects in the Gulf of Mexico in which Fugro provided similar services. Covering an area of approximately 200,000 square kilometres, Fugro will use these data to identify and recommend the most prospective locations to target for geochemical sampling.

Fugro has reported increased confidence in identifying seabed expressions of hydrocarbon seeps and this has led to continued vigorous demand for its combined multibeam mapping and surface geochemistry sampling services.

For almost two decades Fugro has been at the forefront of modern marine seep-hunting operations in the energy sector and has led the market in integrated multibeam and geochemical coring campaigns.

Project deliverables will be used by energy companies to help optimise and refine their exploration and development activities in this prolific region.

For more information, visit https://www.fugro.com/

OFG Self-Compensating Magnetometer (SCM) added to Teledyne Gavia sensor suite

Teledyne Gavia, manufacturer of the Gavia autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), has completed trials of the AUV Self-Compensating Magnetometer from Ocean Floor Geophysics (OFG).

Following successful integration and field trials in Iceland of the OFG Self-Compensating Magnetometer (SCM) on the Teledyne Gavia AUV the sensor system is now being offered as part of the ever expanding suite of tools available to Gavia users.

Equipping the Gavia with the OFG SCM system for AUVs enables the collection of real-time compensated data that removes the magnetic signature of the AUV ensuring that the ambient field is being measured rather than the AUV itself. Combining the compensated three-vector magnetic data of the SCM with other sensors such as side scan imagery, bathymetric survey data, sub-bottom profiler data, and water chemistry sensors further increases the value of AUV data. The OFG SCM systems for AUVs are being used around world on various applications ranging from geological mapping, mine-countermeasures, and vessel signatures, to unexploded ordnance (UXO), and marine archaeology.

For further information, visit www.oceanfloorgeophysics.com

NOAA to Use ASL’s Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler in Proposed Strategy to Examine Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Krill in Antarctic

The Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division (AERD), of the NOAA Fisheries Service has managed and implemented the U.S. Antarctic Marine Living Resources (AMLR) Program since 1986. Data collected from this Program are used to advise the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) on establishing catch limits and the spatial distribution of these limits for the Antarctic krill fishery. Climate changes have altered the distribution, intensity and timing of the krill fishery when compared to historical data. The fishery season, for example, has expanded as both sea ice extent and distribution have declined. This expansion leads to a potential negative impact on ecosystem health such as known areas of krill-dependent predators.

Several fishing companies such as those from Norway, China and South Korea have worked through the Association of Responsible Krill harvesting companies (ARK) to provide acoustic surveys to estimate krill biomass prior to and during the fishing season. Although these data have been useful, the acoustic data collected come from a variety of vessels and may have varying quality, making it difficult to compare datasets year to year. In an effort to systematically provide research-based independent surveys outside of the commercial fishery, and over a longer sampling season, the U. S. AMLR Program has implemented a krill research program that will utilise an array of moorings and gliders around the Antarctic Peninsula. Data collected from this research will replace traditional ship-based surveys and will provide standardised spatial and temporal data to better understand the consequences of overlap among krill, predators, and the krill fishery, and provide other dynamic oceanic attributes of the study area. Along with ADCPs and CTDs, the gliders will be equipped with ASL Environmental Sciences’ Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profilers (AZFP) using three acoustic frequencies (38, 67 and 125 kHz) to record backscatter of krill biomass.

For further information, visit www.aslenv.com

OSIL Marine Snow Catchers for NASA research project

Oceanographic equipment manufacturer Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) have equipped the NASA EXPORTS Field Campaign with three Marine Snow Catchers and will contribute to the upcoming PACE (Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem) Mission that aims to provide insight into Earth’s ocean and atmosphere using remote sensing.

Marine Snow Catchers are large volume water samplers with separable top and bottom sections that allow researchers to collect and characterise suspended and sinking particles in the water column. This provides a greater understanding of the export processes of the oceanic organic carbon cycle (removing carbon from the upper ocean), and can help to predict how these processes may change in the future.

The design of the OSIL Marine Snow Catchers has been subtly altered, guided by user feedback, with the intention of making them easier to operate in extreme conditions. OSIL constantly strive to improve and develop their range of products and are guided by invaluable customer feedback and a vast wealth of experience.

For further information or sales enquiries please contact: [email protected] or call +44 (0) 2392 488 240.

MacArtney Underwater Technology turns 40

The family-owned MacArtney Group has been carrying on a prosperous business during its forty years of existence and intends to continue the development of the company in the years ahead.

After the humble beginning on May 1st, 1978, where the late founders Martin ‘Mac’ MacArtney and his wife Winnie worked out of their home, MacArtney Underwater Technology has turned into a market leader within the underwater technology industry. At the beginning MacArtney was solely a distributor of cables and connectors for offshore use but gradually focus was directed towards engineering and research and development of own products. Today, the MacArtney Group is accessible around the world and around the clock with 20 Group operations supplemented by a distributor network of 25 companies spread across the globe.

Since its foundation in 1978, the MacArtney Group has been supplying underwater technology solutions to operators and developers within several industries. The cornerstones of the MacArtney fields of operation are oil and gas, ocean science, defence, marine renewable energy, civil engineering and fishery. Possessing vast engineering competences, the company manufactures high-quality products, fully integrated systems and innovative custom solutions, from design to installation, supported by training, after-sales service and local workshops. Its competences range from mechanical, electrical and software engineering to specialised fibre optic and moulding expertise as well as project management.

For additional information visit www.macartney.com.

Moog Focal Launches New Pneumatic and Hydraulic Fluid Rotary Union

Moog Focal has launched a new Pneumatic and Hydraulic Fluid Rotary Union, designed for industrial and marine applications. The Model 810 FRU is designed for industrial and marine applications where multiple fluid passes need to be transferred across a rotational interface. There are a number of design options, depending on the application. The standard Model 810 FRU is available with two or four threaded ports of size 1/2 or 3/4 inch. A 1/2 inch on-axis bore enables easy integration with an electrical slip ring, fiber optic rotary joint or both.

The Model 810 utilises sealed-for-life rolling element bearings, ideal for long endurance applications and low maintenance. Filled PTFE based seals run on a hardened surface to provide long service life, minimising frictional heat generation and operational torque. For marine applications, the Model 810 is available in hybrid and fully stainless steel versions for added corrosion protection. This Fluid Rotary Union can be combined with Moog electrical and optical slip rings, contains pass isolation and cross channel flow prevention, and has been tested up to 5 million revolutions.

Visit www.moog.com/focal/810 for more details.

World’s first Autodocking installation successfully tested by Wärtsilä

The technology group Wärtsilä has successfully carried out testing of its innovative autodocking technology. The tests were carried out with the ‘Folgefonn’, an 83-metre long ferry owned by leading Norwegian operator Norled. The vessel has hybrid propulsion and is already fitted with a Wärtsilä wireless charging system. The installation of autodocking on a ferry is a world first.

The autodocking tests took place commencing in January of this year and were completed in April with actual harbour docking trials. At no time during the tests did the captain need to take manual control.

The procedure means that the system is activated some 2000 metres from the berth and the vessel continues at normal transit speed. The system then performs a gradual slowing of speed, and activates the line-up and docking manoeuvre fully automatically until the ship is secured at the berth. When the ship is ready to sail again, the system may be used for the departure procedure in an identical but reverse manner.

Full manoeuvring of the vessel, including the steering and propulsion, is automatically controlled by the software. However, manual intervention and control is possible at any time. The automatic function allows the ship’s officers to focus on situational awareness outside the wheelhouse, thereby improving the safety and reliability of the operations.

For further information, visit www.wartsila.com

Houston Mechatronics unveils revolutionary underwater robot

Houston Mechatronics announced their revolutionary new subsea robot, Aquanaut.  Aquanaut is a multipurpose subsea robot which employs a patented shape-shifting transformation from an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), removing the need for vessels and tethers.  The vehicle enables both the efficient collection of data over long distances as well as manipulation of subsea objects at a significantly lower cost than today’s technology.

For more information, visit www.justinnovationinc.com

Will the carving of Donald Trump’s face on an arctic iceberg melt or last for a thousand years?

Project Trumpmore is aiming to demonstrate climate change in a monumental way. A Finnish NGO wants to commission a 115-foot tall ice sculpture of Donald Trump’s face in the arctic region to demonstrate that climate change is happening. Like the former US presidents on Mount Rushmore, Donald Trump will have his face carved onto an arctic glacier, in order for it to melt.

Global warming is one of the most important issues and topics of today. There are still people who ponder whether it’s a real issue. We want to build the monument for all of us, so we can see how long the sculpture lasts before melting. Often people only believe something when they see it with their own eyes, says Nicolas Prieto, the chairman of the association Melting Ice, which is behind Project Trumpmore.

The project started when three young men working in the creative field got enough of talking and wanted to act instead. Instead of filling the world with fake news and alternative facts, this project aims to actually show climate change taking place.

Our starting point was to create something concrete, something people can see and something that makes climate change visual. In general, we believe that a DIY-attitude appeals to people, and it’s certainly the same thing which got us started, Prieto sums up.

Project Trumpmore’s goal is to generate conversation and hopefully catch the eye of anyone who is willing to fund our project.

This project is a huge challenge and we can’t do this without help. We are now asking everybody to join this movement. It can be made by talking, liking, sharing, funding etc. All possible help is more than welcome.

For further information, visit www.projecttrumpmore.com

Precision Measurement at Depth Solves Industry Issues

For the first time in subsea industry history, it is now possible to have true 0.1 mm or better resolution measurement at depth. Newton Labs is proud to report that in the short time since its high precision at depth underwater laser scanner was introduced, it has been able to solve a number of industry issues; ones that could not have been previously accurately measured. The revolutionary M500UW provided the accuracy needed to solve these industry requirements. The ultra-high resolution M500UW underwater scanner is available for purchase and is also available for rental at major rental suppliers. Other models with depths to 4000 meters and the same ultra-high accuracy are also now available.

For further information, visit http://www.newtonlabs.com/index.html

FLIR Technology Keeps One of Canada’s Largest Container Ports Safe and Secure

The Port of Prince Rupert in British Columbia is Canada’s second largest container port and North America’s fastest growing port for transpacific trade. As such, the Port of Prince Rupert is committed to providing mariners with safe, efficient, and productive port operations.

To ensure the port operates safely and securely, rotating crews work day and night aboard the Charles Hays patrol boat, a vessel outfitted with a full complement of FLIR thermal and Raymarine navigation technologies.

That equipment includes two 12-inch Raymarine MFDs, Raymarine radar, Raymarine AIS, five visible security cameras (two forward-looking, one port, one starboard, and one stern), and a FLIR M400 multi-sensor marine camera.  The FLIR M400 and the visible cameras are integrated with a network video recorder for real-time HD video recording of vessel operations.

In addition to improved port safety, thermal-enhanced search and rescue operations, and amplified situational awareness, the FLIR M400 saves the Port Authority money, helping them avoid costly log strikes.  The port is situated along British Columbia’s rugged, forested coastline and the extreme 25-foot tides frequently bring fallen trees off the shoreline and into navigation pathways.  Using the M400, the crew of the Charles Hays easily identifies these floating log hazards.

For further information, visit http://www.flir.co.uk/home/

UKHO purchases NORBIT iWBMS Multibeam Survey Capability

NORBIT are proud to announce their appointment by the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) as the single framework supplier until August 2020 for survey equipment and associated engineering support to enable British Overseas Territories and other Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) develop their own hydrographic survey capability to meet IHO standards.

NORBIT iWBMS equipment installations will be conducted in cooperation with local government authorities who will provide suitable vessels and facilities, ultimately enabling the growth in knowledge and capability of local hydrographic services. NORBIT will provide through the UKHO, storage, shipping, installation and support of multibeam echo sounder and survey systems on a country by country basis worldwide.

With fully integrated multibeam survey systems, NORBIT will ensure high data quality and ease of operation for NORBIT trained local agencies in often challenging environmental and economic conditions.

For further information, visit http://www.norbit.com/subsea

Researchers investigate ultra-low Mediterranean nutrient levels

Researchers at Haifa University’s Marine Biological Station in Israel are exploiting the ultra-low detection limits of advanced laboratory equipment to measure extremely low nutrient concentrations in marine water.

The SEAL AutoAnalyser 3 (AA3) is a 4 channel system, measuring Phosphate with a long flow cell which has a detection limit of 2 nM. Ammonia is measured using a JASCO fluorometer with a similar ultra-low detection limit, and Silicate, which has a higher concentration, is measured using SEAL’s high resolution colorimetric technology. The measurement data are being used to determine the season nutrient cycling in the system, which will then be used to help understand the nature of the food web and the effects of global environmental and climate change.

The eastern Mediterranean Sea (EMS) has an almost unique water circulation. The surface waters (0-200m) flow into the Mediterranean through the Straits of Gibraltar and from there into the EMS at the Straits of Sicily. As the water flows towards the east it becomes increasingly saline and hence denser. When it reaches the coast of Turkey in winter it also cools and then flows back out of the Mediterranean under the surface waters to Sicily, and then eventually through the Straits of Gibraltar to the North Atlantic. This outflowing layer exists between 200m and 500m depth.

Phytoplankton grow in the surface waters (0-200m) because that is the only layer with sufficient light.  This layer receives nutrients from the adjacent land, from rivers and wastewater discharges, and also from aerosols in the atmosphere. When the plants die (or are eaten) their remains drop into the lower layer and are jetted out of the EMS. Because the water flows are so fast (it takes just 8 years for the entire surface layers of the EMS to be replaced), these nutrient rich intermediate waters rapidly expel nutrients from the basin. The result is very low nutrient concentrations and very low numbers of phytoplankton – some of the lowest values anywhere in the world.

The low levels of plankton caused by low nutrient levels, result in a low biomass of fish. Nevertheless, coastal areas generally support more fish than offshore, so the research will seek to quantify and understand the nutrient cycle in the coastal regions, which is poorly understood at present.

For further information, visit www.seal-analytical.com

Marine Hub Cornwall agrees new collaboration with Marine Energy Wales

Marine Hub Cornwall, which was set up to help grow the marine industry in the county and to promote its world-class marine capabilities, has formally agreed a new collaboration with Marine Energy Wales. Funded by the Welsh Government, Marine Energy Wales aims to make the country a global leader in marine renewable energy.

The two organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on areas of common interest and to share their knowledge and expertise. This is in line with a global trend for more cross-regional collaborations, in order to get maximum benefit from the available resources and to develop new technologies more quickly than might otherwise be possible.

For further information, visit www.marinehubcornwall.co.uk and www.marineenergywales.co.uk

i-Tech services and Leidos partner to drive digitalisation subsea

i-Tech Services, a Subsea 7 company, and Leidos announced a five-year digitalisation partnership agreement.

The partnership will increase efficiencies in i-Tech Services’ Life of Field capabilities by providing clients with greater insights into operations through the field lifecycle. This relationship will leverage Leidos’s multi-sector expertise in digitalisation and enable i-Tech Services to significantly automate manual processes, reduce operating costs and utilise innovative technologies and capabilities to further differentiate i-Tech Services’ offerings.

For further information visit www.subsea7.com and www.Leidos.com.

Ampelmann’s Nigerian growth ambitions continue with two new gangway contracts for L.A.T.C Marine

Ampelmann, a leader in the provision of safe offshore access to the global energy industries, has secured two contracts with vessel owner L.A.T.C Marine Limited, on behalf of ExxonMobil, for the supply of two L-type gangway systems, offshore Nigeria.

Following successful sea trials of the L-type gangway system, the integrated solution was approved for operations. Vessel owner L.A.T.C Marine has installed the personnel transfer system on its Damen FCS-5009 Fast Crew Supplier vessel Dijama for infield operations with ExxonMobil. The L-type is particularly suited to small, crew change vessels and allows a continuous flow of up to 50 personnel every five minutes.

An updated version of the L-type is currently being fabricated at Ampelmann’s dedicated production facility in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This is planned to be installed onboard another Damen-built FCS-5009, the Chilosco, to support further maintenance operations offshore Nigeria for L.A.T.C Marine. It is expected to be delivered later this year. Compared to the original L-type, the enhanced version is lighter, boasts a smaller footprint and higher working range.

The company has been operational in Africa for more than four years and has performed over 70,000 personnel transfers across eight projects in the region.

For further information, visit https://www.ampelmann.nl/

Sami smashes marathon fundraising target

The Grants Manager of national maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, has raised more than £1,400 for the organisation, having completed the gruelling London Marathon.

Sami Raeburn completed the course in the hottest marathon on record in five hours and 12 minutes, comfortably surpassing her £1,000 fundraising target in the process.

Since 1839, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society has provided financial and practical help, assistance and advice to fishermen and mariners and their dependants who have suffered hardship, misfortune or poverty, as a result of being at sea or on retirement.

For further information, visit https://shipwreckedmariners.org.uk/

Seabird Scientific would love your feedback

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EVENTS, TRAINING & DEMONSTRATIONS

Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop (TMTW) Europe - Call for Speakers

Building upon Teledyne Marine’s highly popular TMTW event hosted biennially in the USA, Teledyne Marine has decided to host this event in Cannes, France on October 9-11, 2018 to address the needs of customers in Europe and the surrounding area. As with the US based TMTW, this event will allow speakers, influencers, and attendees from around the globe to explore, learn, and share their experiences on a broad range of marine and inland technologies.  This three-day workshop will once again include customer presentations, product/software training, networking opportunities, and on-water demonstrations provided by Teledyne Marine’s top-tier manufacturers.

A cornerstone of this users’ conference is presentations given by customers sharing their field and laboratory experience utilising Teledyne products.  The three-day workshop will include three concurrent morning tracks dedicated to the following broad topic areas:  Offshore Energy; Oceanographic Research; Hydrography; Defense/Security; Aquaculture/Fisheries; and Civil Engineering/River Monitoring.

Teledyne’s customers are encouraged to submit an abstract sharing their experience using Teledyne products in any of these applications.  Abstracts can be submitted for speaking slots or poster paper presentations. All accepted speakers will receive free admission to the event; poster paper presenters will receive a €75 discount off their registration fee.  Abstracts are due May 15, 2018.

Full details and an online abstract submission form can be found on the Teledyne Marine website at:  www.teledynemarine.com/events/TMTW2018

Register now for Marine Tech Expo 2018

The Marine Tech Expo is returning on Thursday 21 June at the Roland Levinsky Building on the University of Plymouth campus.

The event is designed to bring together senior decision makers, scientists, academics and entrepreneurs involved in the latest marine innovations in ocean technology and aims to support marine businesses to innovate and grow. The programme features 34 high profile, inspiring speakers, including international keynote Ralph Rayner, non-executive chairman of Sonardyne International and Michael Jones from USA’s biggest Marine Cluster, The Marine Alliance. There will be networking opportunities and a ‘Question Time’ event, enabling discussion about autonomous platforms and their impact on workforce and skills, technology and the physical impact on ocean landscape.

Find out more about the Expo and register at: www.marinetechexpo.co.uk

Testing the Waters for Ocean Wind, Wave, Tidal Energy Development in New England

Taking place at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, this conference will bring together representatives from industry and research to share updates on the progress, opportunities and challenges of commercialising ocean energy in the US.

Ocean energy is seen as a large, untapped frontier with initial successes demonstrated in Europe in the form of large offshore wind farms, with more modest testing and demonstrations of more nascent wave and tidal technologies. There are many risks and high costs to developing devices that can survive in the harsh ocean environment. One fundamental solution to de-risk the development of new technologies is to provide developers with a place to test their devices in the ocean waters, close to shore near infrastructure, a ready supply chain and a capable workforce, to facilitate commercialisation.

The conference will be keynoted, by Galen Nelson, Sr. Director Innovation & Industry Support, MassCEC who will provide an overview of what the State of MA is thinking with regards to creating a business environment for clean energy technology development, specifically, ocean energy (wind, tides, waves).

Experts from Vineyard Wind, Resolute Marine, Littoral Power will talk about their devices and paths to commercialisation that will serve as examples of how to get things done in the marine environment. They will share lessons learned and offer advice for startups considering entering the space.

For further information, visit https://www.umassd.edu/innovate/events/marinerenewableenergyconference/

ReCAAP ISC and RSIS Co-organises Maritime Roundtable on “Single Reporting Centre” for Piracy and Sea Robbery

The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) co-organised a Maritime Roundtable co-moderated by Mr. Masafumi Kuroki, Executive Director of ReCAAP ISC and Amb. Ong Keng Yong, Executive Deputy Chairman of RSIS.

The topic of discussion, “Is a Single Reporting Centre the Answer to Timely Reporting, and Prompt Response against Piracy and Sea Robbery?” draws on a feedback pertaining to the International Maritime Organisation Maritime Safety Committee (IMO MSC) Circular MSC.1/Circ. 1334. This circular recommends that ship masters report all incidents of piracy and sea robbery to the Rescue Coordinating Centre of the coastal states immediately. Notwithstanding, some sectors within the shipping industry feel the need to further simplify this reporting procedure.

The Maritime Roundtable acknowledged that whether or not a “Single Reporting Centre” was feasible, the welfare of seafarers and safety of sea lanes are important, and that piracy must be effectively addressed. The Maritime Roundtable also affirmed the importance of continuing to build the capacity of Coastal States to combat maritime crimes, as well as ways to continue to enhance the cooperation between the regional authorities and the shipping industry.

For further information, visit http://www.recaap.org

All-Energy ‘the Four Government Minister Show’

All-Energy, the renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference, and the co-located Smart Urban Mobility Solutions (SUMS 2018), open on Wednesday (2 May) having broken a record even before the doors open. For the first time in the show’s history four government ministers will be speaking at the event.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP will be speaking on Wednesday in the opening plenary session which begins at 09:00. At 11:00 Humza Yousaf MSP, Scotland’s Minister for Transport and the Islands will be speaking in SUMS 2018.

Then on Thursday (3 May) Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy will be speaking at 09:10 his keynote address setting the scene for the panel discussion that will follow on ‘Electric free for all – Anarchy or ecstasy? Will decentralised generation, digital disruption, decarbonisation of transport and customer choice bring benefit to the UK or our power system to its knees?’

Following this it is the turn of the UK Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, Claire Perry MP to be in the conference spotlight. Then at 11:00 (on both days) the conference switches from plenary mode to parallel sessions.

All four Ministers, the 460+ other speakers, nearly 50 chairmen and 300+ exhibiting companies in the major exhibition will all reflect the four ‘pillars’ of All-Energy – renewable power, low carbon heating, energy efficiency, and low carbon transport (covered by SUMS).

All elements of both events – the conference, showfloor quick fire theatres, exhibition, ‘Meet the Buyer’ Share Fair with its 1-2-1 meetings; and Giant Networking Evening are free to attend for all with relevant business/professional interests. Online registration is at www.all-energy.co.uk

Full information on both events is at www.all-energy.co.uk and www.smarturbanmobilitysolutions.com

WHO’S ON THE MOVE

New Business Development Manager joins Swathe Services team

Ex Naval Captain and Marine Consultant Jon Holmes joins the team at Swathe Services as their new Business Development Manager. The new role was created to maintain and increase product sales and services as well as managing long-term strategic growth.

Swathe Services are a Hydrographic Survey services company based at Hayle Marine Renewables Business park, Cornwall UK. A steady increase in products and services meant the large customer base and support had to be met with additional staff.

Jon has had a full naval career as a Hydrographic Surveyor and was made ship’s captain of six naval vessels during that time. He left the Navy to work at the University of Plymouth’s Hydrographic Academy and then as a Marine Consultant.

Jon’s final role in the navy before he finished his career saw him in charge of a multi-role survey and oceanographic vessel called HMS Enterprise.

For further information, visit https://swathe-services.com/

Ampelmann opens dedicated offshore wind base in Hamburg

Ampelmann, a global leader in offshore access solutions, has opened its first office in Germany, in response to growing business in the offshore wind sector. The new base, located in Hamburg, will be led by Tim Börner, who has been appointed as Business Development Manager Offshore Wind Germany for Ampelmann.

Mr Börner joins the company from Global Renewables Ship Brokers GmbH where he most recently held the role of Offshore Shipbroker for more than five years, focusing on the offshore wind market.

Also part of the Hamburg office is Kris Benne, Senior Project Engineer, who will focus on operational matters and support local clients with the planning and execution of campaigns.

For further information, visit https://www.ampelmann.nl/

First Marine Solutions Appoints Key Senior Roles to Support Growth

First Marine Solutions (FMS) has made two senior appointments to bolster the firm’s ambitious global growth plans. Dave McGinlay and Paul Crichton join the Aberdeen based mooring services provider as Business Development Director and Sales and Marketing Manager, respectively.

FMS was established in 2008 to provide mooring equipment for global drilling operations. This latest announcement comes in response to a growing requirement for service expansion across the oil and gas, renewable and decom industries.

Dave joins FMS having held key roles within the oil and gas sector for over ten years. Most recently, Dave was Business Development Manager at InterMoor (part of Acteon Group), identifying market opportunities and ensuring mooring equipment was utilised to meet the requirements of global rig companies and operators. In tandem to this, Dave’s expertise and knowledge resulted in him being part of a specially selected team to build and develop Acteon Group’s (decom and integrity – management of assets) profile.

Dave’s skillset will lead the firm’s growth plans and position the firm as the mooring equipment supplier of choice, on a global basis.

Paul Crichton takes on the role of Sales and Marketing Manager from the firm’s sister company, First Integrated Solutions. Having been in the mooring sector since 1994, he has worked at Offshore Rentals, Balmoral Group and Viking Seatech and brings a wealth of valuable industry experience.

For further information, visit www.firstmarinesolutions.com

JOB POSTINGS

The Ocean Business Team are Hiring! Join us as Operations Executive, Gloucestershire

Diversified Communications UK is part of a rapidly growing, highly successful trade exhibition and media group, with their head office in Maine, USA. Here in the UK, Diversified Communications organise 15 highly successful trade shows, all of them leaders in their sectors as well as publishing several market leading trade magazines.

This exciting position requires the successful applicant to jump head first into a hands on, busy role with a dynamic events company who pride themselves on offering the best customer service in the industry. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone with 2 – 3 years event experience within an operations background who wants to progress to the next step within a growing team.

For further information on the role, visit http://www.divcom.co.uk/vacancies/were-hiring-operations-executive-cotswolds/

Logistics Coordinator, UTM, Cornwall

Permanent, Salary negotiable

UTM is a fast-growing business based in Cornwall with a proven track record in the marine energy industry supplying contract personnel solutions to global clients. Due to continued growth there is a fantastic opportunity to join a dynamic recruitment business, specialising in the provision of highly technical personnel on a worldwide basis.

Job Summary: You will assist in performing logistics functions to include but not limited to: maintenance and update of personnel profiles, and other related operational and administrative duties or tasks as required.

The Successful Applicant will:

Be qualified to degree level or demonstrate performance at this level through previous experience.

Have previous experience of working in a fast-paced sales environment.

Be responsible for the administration of client and candidate related documentation ensuring compliance.

Develop strong relationships with candidates by providing the highest level of service.

Be able to prioritise work load to meet deadlines and deliver maximum operational efficiency.

Be competent in use of Microsoft Office applications.

Possess excellent communication skills both oral and written.

Have excellent organisational skills with the ability to work using own initiative and as part of a team, and the ability to react to short notice changes to suit operational requirements.

Be able to effectively manage own workload, and work within given timescales (both internal and external), ensuring client requirements are met.

Salary: Competitive salary, negotiable, depending on experience plus bonus potential. Pension and 20 days’ holiday.

To Apply: Please send your CV and covering letter to Tara Matthews – [email protected]

Account Manager/Recruitment Consultant, UTM, Victoria, Nr St Austell, Cornwall

Permanent, Salary negotiable

UTM is a fast-growing business based in Cornwall with a proven track record in the marine energy industry supplying contract personnel solutions to global clients.

Due to rapid growth, an excellent opportunity exists for an inspiring, growth orientated individual to join their sales team, working directly with the Operations Director who will train and support you to make this a success. The successful candidate will already be employed as a high achieving professional in a sales orientated business environment. Experience within the industry is not essential, they are interested in the individual and how they will develop with their business. If you do have relevant industry experience, all the better.

UTM demands the best and offers unlimited potential, so if you are a highly motivated, ambitious, experienced professional who is driven to succeed in their professional life they want to hear from you.

Job Summary: As Account Manager/Recruitment Consultant you’ll be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with clients and consultants to ensure UTM provide the highest quality service offering in the market. You’ll be measured against KPI’s to ensure UTM drive their performance and maintain their level of service to customers.

The Successful Applicant will:

Manage a portfolio of accounts – build strong relationships and exceed client expectations to ensure client satisfaction.

Candidate attraction, engagement and retention through superior service levels.

Increasing sales through proactive account management.

Attend client and candidate meetings in the UK and Globally as required.

Managing candidates’ performance and troubleshooting any issues to ensure that clients and candidates are consistently satisfied.

Delivering against service level agreements.

Working towards key performance targets.

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