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ROV Planet Magazine Issue 05

The magazine of choice for Subsea Construction and ROV Professionals. Welcome to ROV Planet | ROV Demand Update | Interview with Andrew Hodgson, CEO of SMD | Sub-Atlantic Tether Management Systems (TMS) | The Power of Four: J2’s Innovative Tool Changer | The 7 Steps to Success – Site Integration Tests | ROV Planet Poster – Oceaneering NEXXUS ROV | ROV Hall of Fame – WSP/PIV | Double Eagle Down Under | QSTAR Providing Stellar ROV Training | ROVs for Marine Research | MATE’s 2015 Underwater Robotics Competition.

Market Leading Multi-Phase Echo Sounder Enhances STR’s Rental Inventory

Subsea Technology and Rentals Ltd (STR), has increased its portfolio of specialist rental equipment with the acquisition of EdgeTech’s 6205, an enhanced and fully swath bathymetry and dual frequency side scan sonar system which utilises next generation bathymetric technology.

Wood Group appoints Robin Watson as CEO

Wood Group announces the appointment of Robin Watson as chief executive officer (CEO), effective 1 January 2016. Robin succeeds Bob Keiller who has decided to retire from Wood Group on 31 December 2015. Robin has served on the Board since 2013, initially as CEO of Wood Group PSN and, since April 2015, as Group chief operating officer. His appointment represents a natural evolution in the Group’s leadership.

Join Jim McFarlane, President, ISE at his workshop - "The Evolution of Subsea Vehicles"

Join Jim McFarlane, President, ISE at his workshop - "The Evolution of Subsea Vehicles" at the OCEANS '15 MTS/IEEE CONFERENCE Gaylord National Resort & Convention Centre, National Harbor, Maryland on Monday, October 19, 2015 - 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Fugro awarded extension of geophysical and geotechnical contract by PEMEX

Fugro (Mexico) in conjunction with long-time associates, Diavaz, has been awarded an extension of the ongoing offshore geophysical and geotechnical campaign by the Mexican national oil company, PEMEX.

OCEANOLOGY INTERNATIONAL 2016 well set for record-breaking success

With still over five months until it opens, Oceanology International 2016 (OI) being held at ExCeL London, Tuesday 15 – Thursday 17 March 2016, is well set to be a record-breaker. It has already matched the size of OI 2014 and, with hundreds of additional metres on reserve and due to be confirmed soon, the 2016 event will be the biggest OI of all time!

OCEANS'15 MTS/IEEE Washington Conference Updates

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National Oceanography Centre: A Year of Discovery – unlocking the secrets of the shelf seas

The Royal Research Ship Discovery has completed her first year of research. Over a series of nine research expeditions, scientists studied the seasonal events taking place in UK shelf waters throughout the year. The vessel, procured by the Natural Environment Research Council for UK science is the latest in marine technology.

Total deploy Sonardyne LBL acoustic network at Kaombo in record-breaking time

Following on from the installation of a Long BaseLine (LBL) acoustic positioning network at the giant Egina oil field off the coast of Nigeria, French oil major Total and its project partners have repeated their success using the same Sonardyne Fusion 6G technology offshore Angola at the even larger, even deeper, Kaombo oil field.

Fugro Scout completes maiden project in the Middle East

Fugro Scout, the new 83-metre geotechnical drilling vessel, has completed its maiden project in the Middle East. Since its maiden project in the Persian Gulf it has been successfully deployed in the Arabian Sea and the Red Sea, completing several geotechnical and geophysical survey scopes for various clients. The vessel is currently in transit to The Netherlands to execute a geotechnical survey for an offshore windfarm in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.


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Changing the game of subsea video

For the first time, live subsea, video can be digitally transmitted via Ethernet without significant latency. The SubVIS platform is based on embedding a computer into the camera,making it ready for advanced image enhancement and Computer Vision. We have effectively made a dedicated computer especially designed for low latency video processing,based on Smart Phone technology. Full digital video transmission opens up an array of applications in the control room.

Technip awarded additional subsea contract for the Stones project development in the Gulf of Mexico

- Leveraging its subsea vertical integration - Technip was awarded by Shell Offshore Inc. (“Shell”) a contract for the development of subsea infrastructure for the Stones project. Included in the service are two subsea production tie-backs to the Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel. The Stones field is located in the Walker Ridge area in the US Gulf of Mexico, at a water depth of 2,930 meters along the pipelay route.

Sonardyne Ranger 2 USBL delivers spectacular positioning for MBARI expedition

ROV tracking technology supplied by Sonardyne Inc. in Houston to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) provided spectacular performance during an expedition to study recently discovered deep sea hydrothermal vents in the Gulf of California.

Fugro integrates and rebrands UK based geotechnical specialists

UK geotech companies restructured as Fugro GeoServices Ltd. The renaming completes the integration of key UK specialists - Fugro Seacore, Fugro Engineering Services, EM Drilling, Fugro Loadtest, Fugro Instrumentation & Monitoring and Fugro Aperio.

Harkand appoints General Manager for Africa

EXPANDING global inspection, repair, maintenance (IRM) and light construction company Harkand has united its African presence under the leadership of Doug Fieldgate as Africa General Manager.

Novacavi repetitive custom cables supplier for MOSE activities

Novacavi is pleased to report continuous support in designing and providing special cables for the MOSE (Experimental Electromechanical Module) project.

Aker Solutions to Provide Subsea Production System for Rotan Development in Malaysia

Aker Solutions has been awarded a contract from Murphy Sabah Oil Co., Ltd. (Murphy) to deliver the subsea production system for the Rotan deepwater natural gas development offshore Malaysia.
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