ROV Planet Articles

Tests Confirm that New Patented Buoyancy Design Eliminates VIV in High Currents and Minimizes Drag

24.08.2017
A major milestone is successfully completed under the joint development agreement between Diamond Offshore, Inc. and Trelleborg that focuses on creation of a helically grooved buoyancy design with enhanced performance for drilling riser operations in high current conditions. Test results revealed that, when using the patented design, Vortex Induced Vibration (VIV) is effectively eliminated in high currents, with the added bonus that drag loading on the riser is also reduced to a level comparable with fairings. In June of this year, tow tank testing on the patented helically grooved design was performed at SINTEF Ocean’s Tow Tank facility in Trondheim, Norway. The joint facility, under SINTEF and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), is one of the premier hydrodynamic research facilities in the world, allowing testing of the new buoyancy design in the supercritical flow regime representative of offshore current conditions.

Spotlight on the Latest Subsea Technology

23.08.2017
Date: 14th September Opening hours: 11.00 – 16.00 Location: Ashtead House, Discovery Drive, Westhill AB32 6FG

Cathie Associates Strengthen Commitment to US Energy

23.08.2017
Leading offshore geoscience and geotechnical engineering consultancy, Cathie Associates, are pleased to announce the opening of operations in the USA with the appointment of a Vice President. The move is part of the company’s drive for international expansion and will enable them to better serve the US offshore energy industry, following creation of Cathie Associates Inc., at the turn of the year.

M2 Subsea achieves ISN approval in US for employee safety management programme

23.08.2017
M2 Subsea, the global independent provider of ROV services, has secured the seal of approval from ISNetworld (ISN) in the US for its Safety Management System. Following an evaluation of the company’s internal system for managing its health and safety, M2 Subsea met the required standards from the global leader in contractor and supplier management. ISN is an internationally recognised resource for connecting companies with safe, reliable contractors and suppliers and is designed to meet internal and governmental record keeping and compliance requirements. It measures key performance indicators among workers in meeting industry needs and regulations.

SPE Offshore Europe set to welcome UK Government minister and new technology pioneers

23.08.2017
SPE Offshore Europe 2017 has secured Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Andrew Jones MP as a speaker at the opening plenary and has also confirmed a strong line up for its all new Tech Trek. As Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Mr Jones oversees UK growth and productivity, with interests in industrial strategy and North Sea oil and gas.

Specialist well abandonment company bolsters management team with commercial and technical expertise

23.08.2017
Well-Safe Solutions has announced the appointment of two more directors to lead the recently launched business which aims to become a market-leader in North Sea decommissioning. A specialist well abandonment company, Well-Safe Solutions will help oil and gas operators to meet the challenges of safe and cost-efficient decommissioning of subsea wells.

Sonardyne acoustic positioning technology selected for Royal Research Ship Sir David Attenborough

22.08.2017
Ocean science technology company, Sonardyne International Ltd, UK., announced today it has been awarded the contract to supply Britain’s new polar research vessel, RRS Sir David Attenborough, with subsea acoustic tracking and position reference equipment.

IMCA Publishes ROV Personnel and Vehicle Stats

22.08.2017
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has long collected information both on personnel working on remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and also on the types of ROV in operation. There has now been a thorough reassessment of the original reported data going back to 2010 in order to identify long-term trends.

Sidus Solutions releases a new Subsea Camera with 4K UHD Image Quality.

19.08.2017
Sidus Solutions, a leader in subsea video cameras and technology, has once again engineered a ground-breaking subsea camera. The SS490 is a 4K UHD camera that provides superior video image quality at four times the resolution of 1080 full HD images. This subsea camera maintains full 4K resolution while providing excellent focus with a 20x zoom and a combined optical and digital zoom of 144x. The SS490 delivers better picture quality than non-4K models due to its use of HDR (high dynamic range). This is especially helpful with varying lighting conditions such as working with multiple ROVs or reflectivity from stainless steel objects.

Growth opportunity for UK Subsea Firms Down Under

17.08.2017
Australasian Oil & Gas (AOG) in conjunction with Subsea UK, the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) and Subsea Energy Australia (SEA) are seeking abstract submissions for presentations to be considered for the AOG 2018 Subsea Forum, as part of the AOG Conference. AOG 2018 returns again to Perth, Australia and will feature an exhibition in addition to conference content that will ensure attendees have an unsurpassed opportunity to learn about the latest developments that are happening in the oil and gas industry, both in Australia and across the world.


Trelleborg Exhibits Innovative Eccofloat Materials at Oceans 2017

15.08.2017
Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation will be exhibiting its innovative Eccofloat® TG30 and TG32 materials at Oceans 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska in the U.S.. Trelleborg’s applied technologies operation manufactures various grades of syntactic foams, called Eccofloat®, to meet customer requirements for deep-sea buoyancy applications. While at the show, attendees will be able to have a firsthand look at the new Eccofloat® TG30 and TG32 materials, which have depth ratings of 5,000 and 6,000 meters respectively.

Subsea UK events to explore opportunities in international waters

15.08.2017
Industry body Subsea UK is hosting two briefing sessions with the Department for International Trade (DIT) ahead of SPE Offshore Europe 2017. The first briefing on August 28 will focus on the post-energy reform oil and gas sector opportunities in Mexico. Mariana Garay, energy senior officer for the DIT team in Mexico along with Chris Wall, DIT Business Specialist will give an in-depth view on developments within the Mexican market.

Trelleborg Improves Safety through Collaborative Innovations at SPE Offshore Europe 2017

14.08.2017
In the second annual roundtable hosted by Trelleborg, industry experts agree that the silver lining in the low barrel price is the willingness of the industry to embrace innovative solutions that can lower overall costs while not compromising safety. The roundtable explored issues raised from Trelleborg’s 2017 ‘Next Level Report’ that gathered views from individuals involved in the offshore oil & gas industry.

CSS, QHSE Certified Agency for Maritime Crewing Services

11.08.2017
CSS Limited, recently received certification in a further two internationally recognised QHSE standards Environmental, ISO 14001:2015 and Occupational Health and safety, OHSAS 18001:2007. The accolade was in recognition for the hard work and commitment in providing quality marine crewing services to their existing clients and contractors. (CSS Limited) Channel Ship Services, received their first QHSE ISO certification in November 2016, Quality, ISO 9001:2015, which was quite an achievement.

Universal AUV Connection through international R&D collaboration

10.08.2017
A universal interface to facilitate Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) docking with subsea structures is being developed through international collaboration between companies and universities in Brazil, Norway, Poland, Sweden and the UK. The consortium, led by WiSub, includes leaders from industry and academia; Bergen University, DOF Subsea, easySubsea, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Kongsberg Maritime, Saab Dynamics, Sonardyne, Statoil, Swire Seabed and Warsaw University of Technology.

Xodus appoints new director to drive decommissioning strategy

10.08.2017
Xodus Group has appointed Enrico Salardi as its decommissioning director to lead the company’s experienced ‘decom division’ which was formed in 2015. Mr Salardi has more than 20 years’ experience in the management of oil and gas assets. He joins Xodus from operator Quadrant Energy where he was senior project manager for a number of decommissioning programmes in Australia.

ITF hosts decommissioning debate during SPE Offshore Europe to fast-track technology solutions

10.08.2017
The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF)’s latest Innovation Network Tech Talk event will bring together technology developers, industry bodies, service companies and operators to discover the opportunities for efficient and cost-effective decommissioning and well abandonment. The free event will be held during the week of SPE Offshore Europe at the Chester Hotel, Aberdeen on Tuesday, September 5 at 6pm.

M2 Subsea Secures Vessel Alliance in Gulf of Mexico

10.08.2017
M2 Subsea, the global independent provider of ROV services, has formed an alliance with leading vessel operator, Harvey Gulf Marine International to provide subsea ROV services in the Gulf of Mexico. The alliance will see M2 Subsea’s ROVs utilized on board Harvey Gulf’s DP2 survey support vessel, the Harvey Bronco. The offshore supply ship will focus on the survey and inspection market and will be equipped with M2 Subsea’s 150HP Triton XLX34 ROV system.
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