Issue 564
11 December 2018:

OCEAN BUSINESS NEWS

Offshore Survey 2019 Call for Abstracts – Deadline 14 December 2018

There is still time to submit an abstract for the Offshore Survey conference taking place at Ocean Business in Southampton, UK from 9-10 April 2019. The deadline is this friday, 14 December 2018! Don’t Miss Out!

 

Offshore Survey is one of 2019’s unmissable industry and professional conferences.  It’s always a popular event and has gained a reputation for attracting the very best papers, with a unique mix of global technology and business.  The conference offers a golden opportunity to share cutting edge information and the committee welcomes submissions for sessions on:

Subsea Positioning

Hydrographic and Seabed Systems

Survey Operations

Data Processing and Visualisation

Industry and Professional Issues

 

Each abstract will be peer-reviewed and a final programme will be announced in January 2019.

Click here for more information on submitting an abstract: www.oceanbusiness.com/conferences-meetings/offshore-survey-call-for-abstracts/

 

Offshore Survey 2019 runs alongside Ocean Business, the hands-on ocean technology and training forum held at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK from 9-11 April 2019. For more information on Ocean Business and Offshore Survey 2019, please visit www.oceanbusiness.com

GENERAL OCEAN NEWS

Fugro’s IRM Efficiencies Reduce Costs and Attract New North Sea Clients

Reaffirming its market-leading position in the UK North Sea ROV inspection market, Fugro has attracted seven new clients for its IRM services.

 

Recent work includes significant pipeline and structure inspections for Centrica Storage, Chrysaor, Dana, Petrofac, Premier, Repsol and Spirit Energy. Workscopes also include light repair and maintenance and decommissioning, utilising Fugro’s multi-role vessels and broad in-house environmental, geotechnical and geophysical expertise.

 

This year’s additional contracts join the long-standing ROVSV framework agreements and regular inspection work Fugro carries out for four other UK North Sea operators. The company also performs annual platform asset-based ROV inspections for six clients in the UK and regular North Sea ROVSV pipeline inspections for operators in the Irish, Danish, Dutch and Norwegian continental shelves.

 

Elsewhere in Europe this year, Fugro has also completed several major trunk line pipeline inspection projects.

 

For further information visit https://www.fugro.com/media-centre/news

Call for Subsea Companies to Forge New Partnerships with Japan

Companies with an interest in developing innovative subsea technologies are being invited to take part in the second call for a three year initiative which forges R&D partnerships between Scotland and Japan.

 

Industry body Subsea UK and NSRI, in partnership with Scottish Enterprise has announced the latest call for companies to drive forward R&D between Scotland and Japan, as part of a partnership between Scottish Enterprise and the Nippon Foundation.

 

The second call for projects follows the success of the first phase of the initiative, which saw Scotland and Japan invest a total of £8.8million into five collaborative R&D projects. Companies can now step forward to be part of the second annual call, which will see up to a total of £15million invested into R&D projects over three years.

 

Organisations are being asked to get involved by identifying how their offerings meet the needs of the evolving subsea sector under the theme of the ‘Blue Economy’. The call will include the wider underwater industries, focussing on renewables, aquaculture and carbon capture storage. The current market value of the ‘Blue Economy’ is valued at £50billion with Scotland currently achieving £7billion, mainly from oil and gas. The global market is projected to reach £140billion by 2035.

 

The opportunity exists for Scottish or Japanese companies to lead or partner within a project team. Companies can submit an initial expression of interest via the Subsea UK website which has a closing date of 15th February 2019.

 

Successful projects are planned to be announced in September 2019 at Offshore Europe and will see Scottish and Japanese companies join forces to further develop innovative technology.

 

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

Partrac Deliver Site Characterisation Geophysical Survey for Tidal Energy Site

Partrac were commissioned by Menter Môn, developers of the Morlais Tidal Demonstration Zone Project off the western seaboard of the Isle of Anglesey (Wales), to undertake a detailed geophysical survey as part of a wider site characterisation project.

 

Tidal energy, no longer a nascent industry with developments now providing electricity to the grid in Northern Ireland and in the north of Scotland, is growing. New developments in the English Channel, the Bay of Fundy in Canada and at international sites in places as far flung as Indonesia, are being developed. Characterisation of the physical environment is critical to developers to minimise project build risks, facilitate engineering design and gain consent.

 

Successfully managing the complexities of tide and weather for the Client, Partrac delivered detailed multi-beam echo-sounder, side scan sonar, magnetometer and single channel seismic hydrographic and geophysical survey datasets of the Morlais Project, an area of approximately 70 km2.

 

For further information contact Kevin Black [email protected]

Rovco Live 3D Visualisation Project Awarded Second Phase of Funding

Leading ROV and hydrographic survey company, Rovco, has been awarded further funding to develop the next stage of its integrated live 3D vision and artificial intelligence (AI) survey technology. This brings the combined total in technology grants for the UK subsea services company to £1.46 million.

 

The funding has been awarded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency. The next stage, AUV3D Phase 2 continues from the successful Phase 1 project and trials proving the technology at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s test centre.

 

In collaboration with ORE Catapult and ScottishPower Renewables, the funding will support additional research into the cutting-edge 3D vision technology by applying machine learning and AI based analysis to 3D survey and cable burial data.

 

During the 18-month project, Rovco aims to achieve live transmission of 3D subsea models to shore. As the project progresses Rovco will also commercialise its proven technology, bringing pioneering subsea survey technology to market in live 3D computer vision.

 

Rovco predicts the integrated technology, which utilises advanced computer vision and AI systems with ROV platforms, could transform the way offshore inspections are carried out and reduce costs by millions each year.

 

For more information, please visit www.rovco.com

MacArtney France Partner With Kongsberg Maritime To Supply Technology For Royal Hydrographic Vessel

After a long partnership with SHOM – the French Service hydrographique et océanographique de la marine – the King of Morocco has commissioned a new hydrographic vessel for the Royal Moroccan Navy. The new DAR AL BAIDA launched from Concarneau, France late last year is a 72 m hydro-oceanographic and multi-mission vessel.

 

The romantically named DAR AL BAIDA meaning Casablanca does not necessarily portray its scientific purpose. This research vessel will be focusing on mapping Morocco’s Exclusive Expansion Zone (EEZ) – an area of up to 200 nautical miles off the coast of Morocco to be explored and utilised for marine resources including energy production from water and wind, as outlined by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

 

Working in close cooperation with Kongsberg Maritime, MacArtney France were involved from the early stages of the tender process to provide a fully integrated oceanographic and hydrographic sensor package for the main vessel and two launches.

 

For further information visit http://www.macartney.com

Swathe Services Provides Innovative New Product to ABP Humber

Swathe Services are delighted to announce a new bespoke custom Peli-case product which has been designed to fit the surface components of an R2SONIC Multi-Beam Echo-Sounder (MBES) SIM box and Inertial Navigation System.  This product is specifically designed for use in open boats such as ABP Humber’s 5 metre RIB.

 

The Peli-case incorporates all the required bulkhead connectors for external cable fittings; an inverter for operating off a DC battery power and a shrouded cooling system.  As part of this small boat solution, ABP Humber also purchased a bespoke designed and built transom transducer mount for the SONIC series of sonars.  This innovative creation by C4R Systems, a supplier of Swathe Services, carried a SONIC 2024 SONAR, I2NS and Valeport MiniSVS.

 

This purchase follows the delivery of a second R2Sonic 2024 Multi-Beam Echo-Sounder with Integrated Inertial Navigation System (I2NS) earlier in the year.

 

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

McLane Research Announces New WTS-LV Deep Option

McLane Research Laboratories, Inc. announces a new a 7,000m (23,000ft) deep option for WTS-LV samplers. The WTS-LV Deep option is available on the Standard, Dual Filter, and High Capacity WTS-LV models. Existing WTS-LV systems can also be retrofitted with the new deep housing option.

 

WTS-LV samplers with new 7,000m deep housings were deployed as the deepest two pumps on every cast during the recent U.S. GEOTRACES GP15 cruise. WTS-LV samplers with dual Vertical Intake filter holders are specified by the GEOTRACES program, a global effort to better understand the world’s oceans through their trace elements. Cruise GP15 was the first meridional section of GEOTRACES through the Pacific Ocean between Alaska and Tahiti.

 

WTS-LV samplers collect a single water sample onto 142mm filter media. The Dual Filter model features separately metered, modular 142mm vertical intake filter holders for parallel filtration. In addition to the new Deep feature, other options for this single event sampler include 4L/min, 8L/min or 30L/min pump heads, 3-tier filter holder for an additional level of pre-filtering, 293mm filter holder, cartridge filter holder, or vertical intake filter holder.

 

McLane Research Laboratories manufactures time-series in situ oceanographic instrumentation for scientific deployments in the open ocean, and freshwater environments. Three main oceanographic product lines are available: profilers, samplers and flotation.

 

McLane instruments have been deployed worldwide in some of the most remote oceans on earth. Products are delivered worldwide both directly and through international sales representatives.

 

Learn more about the WTS-LV and other McLane instruments at http://www.mclanelabs.com 

New Survey Vessel Showcases Blyth and Durowipers Expertise

Blyth Catamarans Ltd has handed over its largest vessel to date, an 18m survey vessel for the UK’s Swansea University, a project that has been in the making for nearly 14 months.

 

‘Mary Anning’ features a large A frame, dive lift and survey station for Swansea University. And it boasts hard-wearing DuroWipers pantographs, synonymous with the new Shannon class lifeboat builds.

 

For further information visit www.durowipers.co.uk

Idronaut Unveils the New OCEAN SEVEN 311 Ph Probe

IDRONAUT, a market leader of underwater instrumentation, is enhancing its product portfolio by introducing the OS311 pH probe. Specifically designed to simplify the monitoring of pH in fresh and saline waters. A temperature sensor is included to automatically compensate the pH readings. High quality long life IDRONAUT pH and reference (AgCl or NaCl) sensors. Digital interface (RS232 or RS485) and simple protocol for easy integration with third party CTD, AUV, ROV and SAV. A detailed description of the product can be found at the following link:http://www.idronaut.it/cms/view/products/multiparameter-ctds/environmental-ctds/ocean-seven-311/s297

EVENTS, TRAINING & DEMONSTRATIONS

IMCA Holds Highly Successful Annual Seminar

The International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) Annual Seminar was enthusiastically greeted by delegates in a packed theatre at The World Forum in The Hague last week. Nearly 300 managers and executives from across the globe attended the two-day sell-out Seminar with its theme ‘Working together – getting back to business: Oil companies and contractors finding new ways of working’.

The Seminar brought together an impressive line-up of speakers with senior executives from operating companies BP, Equinor, Neptune Energy and Shell; leading contractors in the industry, including Allseas, McDermott, and Subsea 7; and speakers from world-leading management consultants Bain & Company and Boston Consulting Group.

 

The Seminar was opened by IMCA’s President, Iain Grainger of McDermott. He spoke of current trends and challenges, of the need for collaboration between oil companies and contractors; and the need to be competitive against onshore shale.

Speaking of the transformation within the industry, he highlighted how IMCA has become leaner, fitter, retained its strong membership base and is moving quickly forward towards its ambition to be a high-profile influencer and shaper of the marine energy sector.

 

This ambition was also central to IMCA’s CEO Allen Leatt’s update on the Association’s activities, and its new strategic themes of digitalisation, environmental sustainability and standardisation.

 

Further information on IMCA and its work on behalf of the global offshore marine construction industry is available from www.imca-int.com and [email protected].

Call for Papers! Current, Waves, and Turbulence Measurement and Applications Workshop Catamaran Resort, Mission Bay, San Diego, California March 10 - 14, 2019

Objectives of the CWTMA Workshop are to provide the ocean community with a forum for technical information exchange and to promote coordination among those concerned with measuring current, waves and turbulence. Our goal is to ensure that the CWTMA Workshop remains the “go-to” forum for people who need to know how to measure ocean motions and how to translate those measurements into meaningful information.

 

SCOPE – Development of sensors for measuring currents, waves, turbulence; use of these sensors to study transport, coastal erosion, wave climate, and currents that affect marine operations. New technologies to make flow and wave observations such as radar remote sensing, correlation sonar, drifters, and satellite observation are included.

 

KEYWORDS – Current measurement, surface waves, turbulence, ocean instrumentation.

TOPIC AREAS – For the 2019 workshop we are soliciting the submission of papers on topic areas that address emerging technologies or issues of timely interest to the oceanographic community, including:

Direct Measurements of Currents, Waves, and Turbulence

Indirect Current and Wave Measurement Techniques

Measurement Platforms and Applications

Operational Systems

 

We also continue to encourage technical papers on Currents, Waves, Turbulence Measurement and Applications topics traditionally covered in previous CWTM workshops.

Papers presented and uploaded to the CWTMA website will be published in IEEE Xplore. This is a citable reference.

Deadline 17 December 2018

 

Submit an abstract – http://cwtm2019.org/

JOB POSTINGS

Hydrographic Surveyor – Teledyne Marine (UK and US)

Due to continued growth Teledyne Marine is looking for a Hydrographic Surveyor to join the UK and US team. The Hydrographic Surveyor plays an integral role in the success of Teledyne Marine’s Engineering Services department and are looking for a highly motivated, skilled, quality minded and well organised individual, who is willing and able to see technically complex projects through to their completion.

 

Responsibilities / Activities:

Manage the installation and commissioning of integrated multibeam survey systems, involving:

Sensor integration design.

Vessel installation management, dimensional control and calibrations.

Authoring and executing acceptance test protocols.

Training and customer support.

Precise, prompt and courteous customer support, technical help and training.

Assigned to the 24/7 after-hours support hot lines on a rotational basis.

Provides same-day response for customer-support related calls and emails during normal working hours.

Prepare technical documentation and drawings for hydrographic survey solutions.

Perform internal product testing, support and feedback into research and development.

The position is expected to include between 120 and 150 travel days per year.

Daily availability, to include evenings and weekends when necessary, to reach goals and deadlines.

 

Qualifications, Experience & Skills:

Degree level qualification in a hydrographic survey related discipline. (Cat A or similar)

Multibeam surveying experience in the hydrographic industry at a minimum of 3 to 5 years.

In depth knowledge of at least one of the leading hydrographic software packages for multi­beam survey.

Experience installing and configuring hydrographic equipment and software is an advantage

Excellent communication and customer liaison skills, both written and oral.

Experienced speaking effectively before groups of customers or employees of an organisation in presentations, training and Q&A seminar.

Self-motivated, and able to work independently.

Ability to work internationally in a team environment and build relationships with internal and external partners.

Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

 

Special requirements:

Please only apply if you are eligible for work and permanent residence in the UK or US.

 

More info

UK vacancy – http://bit.ly/2w8gZXH

US vacancy – https://careers-teledyne.icims.com/jobs/7073/field-service-engineer-certified-hydrographic-surveyor/job

Gardline Limited are hiring…Come and join the team!

Whilst expanding its core business areas, marine survey experts Gardline Ltd are looking to recruit the following full-time, permanent personnel -:

Geophysicists (all levels)

Geophysical Engineers

Geotechnical Operators

Geotechnical Engineers

Acoustic Equipment Technician

Seismic Processing Geophysicists

Surveyors

Roughnecks

Drillers

Calibration Technician

Marine Mammal Observer

Marine Acoustic Technician

Marine Environmental Scientist

Environmental Reporting Scientist

Environmental Project Managers

Logistics Supervisor

PAT Engineer

 

As an experienced professional, you will join the class-leading Gardline team to deliver high-quality, data-driven insight to industry, across the Oil and Gas and Renewable Energy sectors.

For more information and to apply for these positions please visit the website www.gardline.com/careers/vacancies

 

Similarly, please feel free to send your CV and covering letter to: Gemma Coote, Recruitment Coordinator at Gardline Ltd, Endeavour House, Admiralty Road, NR30 3NG or email [email protected]

Gardline can offer the right candidate a rewarding career in the marine science survey industry. This is offered alongside a competitive salary, including company pension and private healthcare as well as the opportunity for development and progression.

 

Project Manager, Fugro GB Marine Ltd, Portchester, Hampshire, UK

As a Project Manager you are responsible and accountable for the delivery of projects. The prime responsibility is to ensure both an effective and efficient execution of the agreed work in such a way that the QHSE, technical, commercial and contractual requirements are met. You will be managing offshore projects utilising specialist survey vessels and equipment in a global market.

 

The duties and responsibilities associated with this position include, but are not limited to:

To plan, organise, control, co-ordinate, lead, motivate to achieve optimal balance between cost, time, quality, benefit and risk in marine geophysical projects;

To support the development of a positive safety culture; to develop project documentation including project execution plans;

To monitor project budgets, schedules and performance against KPI’s; to supervise and motivate project teams;

To communicate with clients, internal partners, and sub-contractors; to support the tendering process; to support and promote a Team Fugro culture.

 

Fugro are looking for candidates who are excellent, reliable and efficient. They require first class communicators that adopt a proactive and systematic approach with a competitive attitude.

 

To apply and for more details please visit: https://www.fugro.com/careers/search-for-vacancies/apply/view?vacancyId=4163

Oceanographer, Fugro GB Marine Ltd, Portchester, Hampshire, UK

The Coastal Oceanography Department has the following vacancy for an Oceanographer based within the team in the Portchester office.

 

Fugro are one of the world’s 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. Working around the globe, predominantly in energy and infrastructure markets, they employ approximately 10,000 employees in around 65 countries.

Their office in Portchester delivers a number of key services supporting projects in both the marine and land environment.

The Oceanographer duties and responsibilities include:

Metocean survey – setting up metocean equipment, preparing moorings, mobilising vessels, deploying equipment, collecting metocean data.

Equipment selection and preparation prior to survey work, and demobilisation following survey.

Processing and quality control of measured metocean data.

Writing technical reports.

 

Attributes will include:

Degree in Oceanography or related discipline.

Ability to work well as part of a team.

 

Fieldwork experience is desirable, but not essential. Understanding of metocean equipment and knowledge of the offshore renewables industry is also desirable, but not essential.

For more information please visit the web site: https://www.fugro.com/careers/search-for-vacancies/apply/view?vacancyId=4191

Business Development Manager, Fugro GB Marine Ltd, Wallingford, UK

Fugro are an, independent provider of geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions for large constructions, infrastructure and natural resources.  As a result of our continued growth, they are seeking a Business Development Manager (BDM) to join the team in Wallingford.

 

The office in Wallingford delivers a number of key services supporting projects in both the marine and land environment.

 

The metocean measurements service line collect oceanographic data via deployment of an interesting variety of metocean instruments ranging from small temperature sensors to large wave buoys and provide this data to oil & gas, renewables and coastal infrastructure clients.  We are currently looking for a suitable candidate to join the team to assist our Business Development & Sales activities.

Roles and Responsibilties:

The duties and responsibilities associated with this position include, but are not limited to:

Liaise with client relationship managers, commercial managers and sales representatives of other Fugro service lines to ensure regular co-ordinated client visits are undertaken and knowledge of projects is provided

Client visits in UK, Europe & Africa

Maintain awareness of client group projects, covering all phases of the offshore sector in which Fugro provides metocean services

Prepare press releases and marketing material

 

The ideal candidate will have:

Degree in Ocean Science or Marine Surveying

Experience in customer focussed sales

Knowledge of marine survey techniques

Desirable:

Relevant offshore and/or oil & gas industry experience

Metocean career background

 

What we offer:

Benefits for this role include a competitive salary accompanied by an attractive package including contributory pension scheme, life assurance, 24 days annual leave and private medical insurance.

If you are interested to join Fugro’s talented team, please apply by submitting a CV to: [email protected] quoting ref 4156.

Instrumentation Engineer, Fugro GB Marine Ltd, Wallingford, UK

Fugro GB Marine Ltd is a provider of commercial meteorological and oceanographic monitoring, measurement, assessment and consulting services.

 

They are enjoying a sustained period of growth and as a result we have a vacancy for an experienced Instrumentation Engineer based in our office in Wallingford.  If you are looking for an exciting and varied role which offers you the opportunity to work for a growing global company, then this could be the job for you.

 

As an Instrumentation Engineer you will assist in and undertake the design, build and maintenance of high specification, integrated, real-time metocean and response monitoring systems for the offshore industry.  You will be assigned to projects to design, build, commission and service systems, support existing real-time data acquisition and monitoring systems through maintenance and defect investigation.

 

Responsibilities include:

Assisting or leading in the design and build of monitoring systems for offshore installations meeting O&G industry specifications

Specifying and procuring equipment

Testing and integrating equipment

Configuration and testing of company real-time data acquisition software

Visits to offshore installations to conduct installation, commissioning and maintenance duties

Offshore travel required

 

The role is based in the Wallingford (UK) office and will require some offshore field trips.

The ideal candidate will have:

Degree in Ocean Science, Electronic Engineering or Instrumentation discipline, or similar experience/qualifications

Previous experience of electronic instrumentation and real-time data collection systems

Sound high-level IT and network understanding

 

What we offer:

Benefits include a competitive salary and offshore allowance accompanied by an attractive package including contributory pension scheme, life assurance, 24 days annual leave and private medical insurance.

If you are interested to join Fugro’s talented team, please apply by submitting a CV to: [email protected] quoting ref 4024

 

Deadline for application submission is 2 December 2018.

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