Issue 534
8 May 2018:

GENERAL OCEAN NEWS

Coastal/Inshore seminar session at GEO Business 2018

GEO Business is the UK’s largest geospatial event and is being held in London from 22-23 May 2018. Organised by the same team as Ocean Business, the event combines an international exhibition of 200+ companies and more than 189+ free to attend seminars and workshops.

Professionals engaged in conducting or commissioning coastal and inshore surveys will learn more about the latest geospatial technologies both in the marine and above water environment. www.geobusinessshow.com/topics/coastal-inshore/

  • James Williams of Unmanned Survey Solutions will be introducing their Inception Class of autonomous vessels, designed for hydrographic surveys in enclosed, shallow, coastal and inland waters for the marine, scientific, commercial and environmental industries.
  • Duncan Mallace of 4D Ocean will explain how 2017 was first year when it became possible to conduct a fully autonomous coastal survey for bathymetry and topography using a combination of Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) and a UAV, both deployed directly from the survey location.
  • Mark Combes of Severn Partnership will explain how LEAN Geomatics provided above, below and marine data sets that allowed civil infrastructure teams to hold back the sea in the Great Western Railway Dawlish to Teignmouth project.
  • Other seminars at GEO Business will include topics like ocean garbage patch detection in 3D using hydrographic LiDAR and Video from Space.

While a series of workshops run by the event’s 200 plus exhibitors will focus on a range of subjects related to the coastal and inshore sector. Typical are marine asset integrity and structural monitoring surveys; Unmanned surface vehicles with single beam echosounder for topographic/hydrographic survey workflow; Underwater tracking and positioning, in inshore and near-shore environments.

To find out more information visit www.GeoBusinessShow.com

Teledyne Marine and Research Products Development Company Sign Agreement for Technology Collaboration, with Initial Contract to Commercialise Customised Inspection ROVs for Saudi Aramco

Teledyne Marine and Research Products Development Company (RPDC) announced an agreement to collaborate on global commercialisation of new technologies developed within Saudi Arabia.

A first success under this agreement is the award of a development contract, which will integrate a unique sensor design developed by Saudi Aramco. The integrated sensor can perform both ultrasonic thickness readings and cathodic protection voltage measurements at a single touchdown reducing inspection costs for shallow water pipelines, minimise inspection safety hazards and enable the inspection of hard-to-reach sections.

These advancements in small remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) capabilities, for shallow water inspection, were first developed within Saudi Aramco by members of the Network Integrity Team within the Research & Development Center.  Collaboration with Teledyne has provided improvements in reliability and opportunities for global commercialisation of these groundbreaking capabilities on an inspection-class ROV.

For further information, visit www.teledynemarine.com

Teledyne RESON SEABAT T50-R Extended Range delivered to Greenland

Teledyne RESON A/S is proud to announce that Greenland’s Institute of Natural Resources has taken delivery of a SeaBat T50-R Extended Range multibeam sonar system.

In collaboration with OSK Shiptech, Teledyne RESON’s own naval architects, and Nuuk Shipyard, R/V SANNA was modified to accommodate the new SeaBat T50-R Extended Range multibeam system.

Even with an integrated Teledyne Type-20 Inertial Navigation System, the SeaBat sonar processor only occupies 2U in the 19” rack onboard R/V SANNA, which left plenty of space available for other scientific instruments.

With assistance from Teledyne RESON Engineering Services the physical sonar installation was carried out in mid-March, and while R/V SANNA was slipped at Nuuk Shipyard, a full dimensional control survey was performed. Customer training was completed before embarking R/V SANNA for the first ever SeaBat T50-R Extended Range sea trial.

The sea trials were undertaken north of Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, the northernmost capital on the planet. The beautiful system of fjords is made out of some of the oldest known rock formations on the planet – and is known for its 600 meters water depth.

The sea trials were extremely successful and the SeaBat T50-R ER performed according to specifications. Water depths of around 600 meters were no problem for the powerful SeaBat T50-R ER and beautiful datasets were acquired.

Greenland’s Institute of Natural Resources are looking forward to their first pre-season scientific cruise onboard R/V SANNA in early May – now with a new and powerful SeaBat multibeam sonar to assist them on many of the scientific projects.

For more information, visit www.teledyne.com/reson

Fugro’s innovative partnership with Kaust to train Saudi students in marine technology

Fugro’s new partnership with KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) was marked recently with the inauguration of the KAUST – Fugro Center of Excellence for Marine Technology. Beginning a mutually beneficial partnership, the new centre will provide training in ROV operations and hydrographic survey within the Kingdom as part of the Saudisation programme.

KAUST’s facilities and location, on the shore of the Red Sea, are ideal for addressing the challenges associated with mapping the Red Sea, large tracts of which remain unexplored due to extreme depths, temperature and salinity.

Extreme environments demand cutting-edge technology and trained professionals, and Fugro will provide these, together with access to its most advanced technologies, enabling the collection of data and samples from previously inaccessible sites. It will also establish an ROV Training Academy (ROVTA) at the KAUST Coastal and Marine Resources Core Lab. At this academy, the only such facility in the Kingdom, Fugro will train Saudi students to become ROV pilots and engineers for work in both industry and marine research. Support from Fugro’s ROVTA in Abu Dhabi will bring the highest standard of training and technology to the region to sustain new developments in the Red Sea and surrounding areas.

The KAUST – Fugro alliance will place Saudi Arabia at the forefront of international scientific advancements in marine technology whilst the new Center of Excellence will not only benefit the KAUST academic community but will also support the university’s industrial partners and bolster Fugro’s future technological innovations.

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

N-Sea set to clear WWII UXOs as part of Viking Link project

UK and Netherlands-based subsea provider N-Sea has secured a contract which is estimated to be in excess of €6million with National Grid and Energinet to deliver an unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance campaign for the Viking Link Project.

Due to start mid-May, the contract is part of a high profile project for the installation of a subsea power cable between the UK and Denmark. The project consists of a proposed 473 mile long electricity interconnector between Bicker Fen near Boston and the substation Revsing in southern Jutland, Denmark.

Mobilising the Noordhoek Pathfinder and MagSense, N-Sea’s UXO detection system developed in conjunction with EIVA, the initial phase will see N-Sea conduct a seismic sonar, multi-beam and gradiometer survey along the Viking Link route. The second phase will involve the identification and on-site detonation of any UXOs found in the area.

N-Sea specialises in subsea services for the renewable, oil and gas, and telecom/utility industries, as well as for civil contracting communities. With a focus on safe and efficient operations, N-Sea provides near shore, offshore and survey services to asset operators and tier 1 contractors.

For further information, visit www.n-sea.com

Bibby Offshore secures Spirit Energy Contract

Bibby Offshore, a leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has secured a fixed term framework agreement with leading independent oil and gas operator, Spirit Energy.

Awarded in April, the two-year agreement, which follows on from a previous five-year agreement, will see Bibby Offshore carry out inspection repair and maintenance (IRM) works, ROV inspection and subsea survey operations across a number of North Sea structures and pipelines.

The project will utilise Bibby Offshore’s diverse fleet capabilities, including its multi-role diving and ROV support vessel, Bibby Sapphire, a Quasar MKII work class ROV and two Seaeye Lynx observation class ROVs.

Howard Woodcock, chief executive of Bibby Offshore, said: “The award of a further two-year framework with Spirit Energy is a clear demonstration of the strength in relationship between Bibby Offshore and the client.

For further information, visit  www.bibbyoffshore.com.

PSA Marine’s new LNG-fuelled harbour tug to be designed and equipped by Wärtsilä

The technology group Wärtsilä will design and equip one of PSA Marine (Pte) Ltd (“PSA Marine”)’s newest harbour tugs. Operating on clean-burning LNG fuel and incorporating fuel efficiency features, the harbour tug, which will be built by PaxOcean Shipyard, will be aligned with the maritime industry’s increasing emphasis on environmental impact. The order with Wärtsilä, booked in March 2018, to build its first LNG-fuelled harbour tug is also in line with PSA Marine’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint as a leading service provider of marine services.

The 28-metre long, 50-tonne bollard pull harbour tug will operate with two Wärtsilä 20DF dual-fuel engines running primarily on LNG fuel. Wärtsilä will also supply its LNGPac fuel storage and supply system as well as steerable thrusters and the Wärtsilä ProTouch control system. The equipment will be delivered to the yard at the end of 2018 and the harbour tug is slated to commence operations in the port of Singapore around mid-2019.

For further information, visit www.wartsila.com

C-Tecnics grows European network with Ocean-Net as new distributor

C-Tecnics has recently announced the appointment of subsea equipment and services provider Ocean-Net – Consultoria y Sistemas Ambientales SL, as their newest European distributor. Ocean-Net, based in Valencia, Spain, will cater exclusively to the Spanish and Portuguese markets, stocking C-Tecnics range of subsea video and communications systems.

Ocean-Net Consultoría y Sistemas Ambientales Sociedad Limitada, founded in 2004 focusses in specialized environmental consulting in terrestrial, coastal and oceanographic areas. Ocean-Net boasts a multidisciplinary team of professionals with more than 30 years of experience, composed of specialists in the areas of science, technology, and environmental services. Ocean-Net deals with clients from the public and private sector in Spain and more than a dozen other countries, providing a complete advisory service, both in the execution of environmental projects and in the selection of the most suitable and capable equipment.

C-Tecnics, based in Aberdeen, U.K., are market leaders in the manufacturing of subsea video, cameras, lighting, and communications systems for the diving, ROV, and scientific markets, as well as offering a range of diving and hyperbaric equipment. The partnership with Ocean-Net further expands C-Tecnics’ network of worldwide distributors and strengthens their market present in Europe.

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

Plymouth University Marine Science Students Using SonarWiz 7

Chesapeake Technology, Inc provides affordable academic licenses of SonarWiz data collection and processing software to leading universities worldwide to support education and research. Dr. Tim Scott, Lecturer in Ocean Exploration at Plymouth University shared a brief case study with us recently.

As part of this introductory process they run an intensive module where students are introduced to marine acoustic theory and go on to map and classify the sedimentary characteristics of Plymouth Sound in Devon, UK. The survey spread includes a GeoAcoustics PULSAR sidescan sonar with SonarWiz 7 software for acoustic backscatter data acquisition, supported by seabed ground truthing using drop camera video.

For more information, visit www.plymouth.ac.uk and www.chesapeaketech.com

Coast guard solves vibration problem with Thordon propeller shaft bearing system

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) has again selected Thordon Bearings’ COMPAC water lubricated propeller shaft bearing system for two icebreakers, one of which has recently completed extensive upgrade work at the Chantier Davie Canada shipyard, in Lévis, Québec.

CCG, a long-standing customer of Thordon Bearings, decided to retrofit the award-winning COMPAC system to the 6098gt Des Groseilliers following more than 17 years’ operational experience with the Thordon solution. The new COMPAC bearings were supplied and machined by Thordon distributor RMH Industries of Québec, Canada, and fitted by the Chantier Davie Canada shipyard.

Des Groseilliers’ 5910gt sister, CCGS Pierre Radisson, is scheduled to have its existing dovetail staves replaced with Thordon full form COMPAC bearings later in 2018. These will again be supplied and machined by RMH Industries, along with supply of a Thordon Water Quality Package which maintains the correct seawater flow rate to the bearings, and removes any abrasives in the seawater ensuring a long bearing wear life.

Thordon’s Scott Groves, Regional Manager for the Americas, pointed out that for once the environmental advantages of water-lubricated bearings, particularly for vessels engaged in Arctic voyages, were not a factor, as this class of ship has always had seawater lubricated screwshafts.

For further information, visit https://thordonbearings.com/

Cortland launches newly developed load transfer hook

Cortland, the global heavy lift and rope slings specialist, has launched a new load transfer hook, specifically designed for the oil and gas and marine markets, at OTC in Houston.

The patented Selantic® Hook, first developed for a major operator in the Gulf of Mexico, is compatible with synthetic fiber slings and will be used for load transfer and pull-in operations where a compact rigging assembly is necessary.

Transferring subsea loads, such as risers, manifolds or flowlines, from pipelay and construction vessels to floating structures such as FPSOs over deep water is consistently a major logistical challenge, demanding versatile equipment and accurate techniques.

Use of the hook became a key differentiator at one of the world’s deepest subsea production sites offshore USA. It was used with a custom fiber-fiber hook and combined with Selantic® fiber slings, reducing the length of the total working assembly. It was also designed to be low snag and narrow for efficient operation through an FPSO i-tube.

Selantic slings are known in industry as a cost-effective and light-weight alternative to heavy chains and wire rope. They can be handled safely by personnel without the need for power driven assistance. In combination with hardware products, the slings will be used for the transfer of any equipment loads destined for subsea, including Pipeline End Termination (PLET) and Pipeline End Manifold (PLEM) infrastructure systems.

Constructed from high performance fibers, they are up to eight times as strong, weight for weight, as wire rope. The slings can be fabricated to tight tolerances and to break-strengths above 2000 tons.

For further information, visit www.actuant.com

EVENTS, TRAINING & DEMONSTRATIONS

NSRI to explore wave and tidal opportunities at industry workshop

In a bid to harness opportunities in the wave and tidal market, The National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) is hosting a MasterminingTM workshop in Aberdeen on Wednesday 16 May for subsea supply chain companies.

Scotland is playing a leading role in the commercialisation of wave and tidal stream energy, including via the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney and the world’s first large-scale tidal stream array, MeyGen, in the Pentland Firth, which generated first power in 2016. The emerging sector is already generating significant commercial opportunities. More than £450m has been spent across the UK wave and tidal supply chain to date and the global industry is forecast to be worth up to £76bn by 2050, subject to successful commercialisation.

The workshop – comprising speakers, case studies and technical sessions – is aimed at technical specialists, businesses and researchers within the subsea, wave and tidal communities and will draw upon research undertaken by NSRI and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult & Energy Technology Partnership to explore current and future technical challenges and commercial opportunities.

Targeted at technical specialists, the workshop aims to explore the challenges and opportunities within the growing wave and tidal energy industry, increase supply chain awareness of opportunities in the sector and allow for technical expertise to be shared amongst industry peers.

The MasterminingTM Workshop will take place on Wednesday 16 May from 8:30 – 5pm at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. Tickets can be booked at www.subseauk.com/9466/mastermining-wave-and-tidal-workshop-nsri

OceanWise will be facilitating a one-day workshop on 12th June 2018 in Liverpool titled ‘From liability to asset- why your data matters’.

The workshop is designed exclusively for anyone working within the Ports and Harbours sector using marine, environmental and other information and data to support decision making and operations. This free one-day event will seek to explore the challenges related to data and information management and show how, by using modern improved management systems and governance, data can become an asset rather than be seen as a liability.

Places are limited to around 30 delegates.

To find out more and register, visit www.whereyourdatamatters.com

2018 Sediment? Solved Roadshow

Aquatec is pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 Sediment? Solved Roadshow – a series of lunch and learn events across the UK during June and July.

With a wide variety of measurement methods available, selecting the most suitable instrumentation for observing and collecting suspended, deposited and bedload sediment can be a challenge. The Sediment? Solved roadshow features talks on the benefits and limitations of different techniques, including optical and acoustic suspended sediment measurement, grabs and corers, and options for collecting water samples.

The roadshow starts in Aberdeen on 6th June, includes events in London, Hull and Southampton, before finishing in Liverpool on 10th July.

The events are free to attend and include networking and lunch, as well as talks on sediment instrumentation, observation techniques and collection methods. Places are limited and pre-booking is essential.

More information can be found at www.sedimentsolved.com, or by emailing [email protected].

WFS Technologies Receives top honors at the 4th annual Rice Alliance

WFS Technologies Ltd was recognised as one of the Rice Alliance 10 Most Promising Companies at the 2018 Rice Alliance Startup Roundup at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship in Houston on April 30, 2018. The companies were chosen by industry experts and investors.

More than 50 startup companies presented their two and one-half minute business plan presentations at the event to qualified investors and industry representatives attending the OTC; the largest offshore technology conference in the world.

This is the fourth year for the Startup Roundup event at the OTC. The OTC Startup Roundup showcased 50 promising emerging energy technology companies. Participating startups held several one-on-one meetings with more than 40 investor groups during investor office hours. These companies were in diverse areas within the energy sector and stage of development. It offered a great opportunity for OTC attendees to learn more about these emerging technologies and businesses and enable potential partnerships and investment opportunities.

For further information, visit http://www.wfs-tech.com/

IMCA Advisers to update Vessel Inspectors on eCMID and Dynamic Positioning Vessels at spring Seminar

Two members of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Secretariat will be making contributions to the forthcoming eCMID Accredited Vessel Inspectors (AVIs) Seminar to be held on 22 May in London.

IMCA’s Technical Manager, Mark Ford, will give an update on the eCMID system, while Captain Andy Goldsmith will look at the reactivation of DP vessels.

Since the new system was introduced on 1 January there has been a 30% increase in live eCMID and eMISW reports in the system, and a 12% increase in vessels on the system (over 2,500 are now registered).

At the Seminar, Andy Goldsmith will be speaking on the work of IMCA’s Marine DP Committee last year. This includes work on how a reactivated DP vessel should re-enter service in better condition than when laid up, and the expected safety and efficiency benefits of reactivation.

The full programme and registration information is at http://www.ecmidvesselinspectors.com/ecmid-avi-spring-2018-london-seminar-invitation/

WHO’S ON THE MOVE

Fara Holdco strengthens executive team

Fara Holdco Limited, owners of Bibby Offshore, CECON Contracting and Rever Offshore, has appointed Mark Bessell as Chief Executive with effect from Tuesday, May 1st.

Mark joins the executive team at Fara Holdco following four years as COO with Songa Offshore AS in Norway.  Previously, Mark held positions with Ocean Rig as Senior Vice President, and as Managing Director of Transocean’s Mediterranean Division. He has over 30 years in the Oil and Gas Industry holding a number of positions worldwide.

Fara Holdco’s objective is to position the Company as a market leader in the areas that it operates, ensuring a continuation of high quality service to our customers and creating new opportunities in the market.  Mark’s role, along with the rest of the organisation, is to support this objective.

As part of the new role Mark will also become Chair of the Bibby Offshore Holdings and CECON Contracting boards and work closely with Howard Woodcock, Chief Executive of Bibby Offshore and Jo Braadlie, Managing Director of CECON and both management teams, to grow the market position of the combined business.

For further information, visit www.bibbyoffshore.com.

CGG's Board of Directors meeting elected Philippe Salle as Chairman of the Board of Directors

CGG’s Board of Directors, meeting on April 26, 2018, elected Philippe Salle as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Sophie Zurquiyah took up her position of CEO of the Group and was appointed director by the general meeting on the same day.

For further information, visit www.cgg.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/

EGS International Ltd are recruiting a Reporting Manager, Bordon, Hampshire

An experienced Reporting Manager is required to join the EGS International survey team, covering all aspects of technical report preparation and submission, including the collation of all supporting electronic data. You will be part of a hard-working and dedicated team, working on a wide range of marine survey projects.

This role is critical to ensuring delivery of data to EGS’ high-quality standards. The successful candidate will be a meticulous, organised, team player, with the ability to work under their own initiative to tight deadlines while managing multiple projects.

You will be required to:

Organise and manage required resources for report input while liaising with other internal departments

Manage reporting schedules and deadlines

Ensure Quality Control and Quality Assurance procedures are strictly managed and adhered to at all times

Ensure that all the deliverables meet or exceed the Client specification

We are looking for a candidate with a keen eye for detail and the necessary technical skills and experience to fulfil an integral team role.

Desired skills, knowledge and experience:

Minimum 2 years of experience in a Senior or similar reporting position

Strong relevant geosciences or hydrographic background (related university degree and/or relevant experience)

Excellent, proven technical report writing skills with a meticulous attention to detail

Well organised and self-motivated, ability to work within high pressure situations and to tight delivery deadlines

Proficient user of Microsoft Office

Ability to ensure consistent in-house document style/format is maintained

Knowledge of industry standard geophysical and/or hydrographic processing/interpretation software packages (SonarWiz, IHS Kingdom, Oasis Montaj, Caris HIPS & SIPS, QPS QINSy, Qimera and Fledermaus) is an advantage

Knowledge of GIS software packages would be desirable

To apply for this position please send your CV and covering letter to: The HR Manager, EGS International Ltd, Unit 27 Woolmer Way, Bordon, Hants GU35 9QE or email: [email protected]

Marine Contract Manager – Marine Services, Briggs Marine, Peterborough Area

An opportunity currently exists to join Briggs, an established and expanding company specialising in the supply of Marine and Environmental services. Based in the Peterborough area office, the role will require frequent travel within the UK including occasional attendance at the Head Office in Burntisland, Fife.

The Marine Contract Manager will be responsible for all aspects of a long-term contract managing a fleet of five coastal survey vessels. The successful candidate will ensure high operational standards and customer satisfaction at all times.

Principal Responsibilities Include;

Ensuring the safe, effective and profitable delivery of the contract based on customer KPIs

Line Management of vessel crews and administrative staff

Implementing operational processes and procedures

Recruitment and development of personnel

Budget management – annual planning in accordance with operational and technical requirements

Business development of third party opportunities

Managing specialist sub-contractors

Preparation of operational and customer defined reports

Administering commercial charters

Essential Skillset:

Previous experience in similar role

Excellent organisational, time management and communication skills

Marine operations experience

IT Skills – Microsoft Office experience, in particular Word, Excel (Advanced)

Full UK Driving Licence

Experience in the following areas: Crew Management; Knowledge of vessel operation, including legislation and applicable regulations; Previous experience of managing remote teams; Previous experience of successfully managing client relationships

Desirable skillset:

Contract Management and commercial experience

Educated to degree level in relevant discipline i.e. Marine or Business subjects

STCW 95 Sea Survival / Personal Survival Techniques

ENG1 or ML5 Seafarer Medical Certificate

IOSH or equivalent Managing Safely

The ideal candidate will have a proactive and flexible approach to operate the on-call rota system and travel regularly throughout the UK.

You will receive an excellent package commensurate with your experience and the opportunity for career development within the organisation.

Closing Date: Friday 18th May 2018

To apply, please send your CV to [email protected] or by post:

Briggs Marine and Environmental Services,

Seaforth House

Seaforth Place

Burntisland Fife KY3 9AX

For further information visit www.briggsmarine.com

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