ROV Planet Articles

Out-sourced procurement delivers considerable savings to oil companies

08.09.2015
Craig International’s research has revealed that typically oil company buyers spend 85% of their time on managing only 15% of their spend. Craig Group is re-launching its global oilfield procurement division at Offshore Europe tomorrow to demonstrate the major cost-savings it can offer the oil and gas industry. This is in response to the need for greater efficiencies to cope with the sharp drop in oil prices. Craig International, the new name for Craig International Supplies (CIS), has evolved from an oilfield supply company to a provider of out-sourced procurement services. These services are resulting in major savings for oil companies in time and resources, combined with considerable savings on spend on oilfield products

Proserv announces acquisition of Nautronix

08.09.2015
PROSERV GROUP LLC (“Proserv”), a leading energy services company, has acquired Nautronix, a leader in the supply of subsea digital acoustic communication products and positioning services to the oil and gas industry, based in Aberdeen, United Kingdom. Proserv is a portfolio company of Riverstone Holdings LLC, an energy-focused private equity firm based in New York. Employing 120 people, Nautronix is headquartered in Aberdeen where the main research and development, and manufacturing facilities are located. The company is internationally recognised for its through-water digital acoustic wireless communications and positioning systems, diver communications and vessel systems whilst also providing survey services. The technology focussed organisation which operates across the global subsea sector provides a range of products and services including; NASNet®, NASCoM, NASDrill, NASDive and Survey Services.

N-Sea Successfully Completes Maersk IMR Work Scope

07.09.2015
Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea Offshore Ltd, has successfully completed a fully integrated and managed service for Maersk Oil UK’s 2015 Subsea Inspection Programme. The work scope involved four field locations in the North Sea and utilised N-Sea’s IMR and subsea capabilities for a duration of 135 days. The four locations were combined within one scope which commenced on 1 March this year, thus achieving optimum levels of efficiency and productivity.

Market Leading Taut Wire becomes latest addition to STR’s Growing Inventory

04.09.2015
Subsea Technology & Rentals Ltd (STR); global specialists in the design, production and rental of advanced subsea technology for the offshore energy industry are pleased to announce the addition of SMT’s Light Weight Taut Wire to their equipment sales and rental inventory. STR have signed an exclusive sales agency agreement to promote and sell SMT Taut Wire product globally.

Subserv Pro Ltd and ORCA Offshore Ltd join Atlas Professionals

03.09.2015
Adding Scope to the ROV and Diving Industries Through the collaboration of our subsidiaries, Atlas Professionals has been able to grow and strengthen its presence within the Energy and Marine industries. Now, one year on, Atlas Professionals completed the acquisition of a 100% interest in Subserv Pro Ltd (SSP) and ORCA Offshore Ltd (ORCA). This acquisition will add further scope and options for both of Atlas’ clients and personnel. Based in Banbury, the office will expand Atlas’ UK network, bringing together two of the strongest agencies in the niche markets of ROV, Diving, Inspection and Renewable Energy. Sharing the Same Values When Atlas began proceedings of the acquisition, both companies found that they shared the same core values; to invest and help their professionals grow within their careers.

Oil & gas success supports Tekmar growth

03.09.2015
Subsea cable protection specialist, Tekmar Energy, is bucking the market trend after experiencing steady growth in the oil & gas sector during what has been a challenging time for the industry. Since the start of the year, and against the dramatic fall in the oil price, the company has expanded its reach into new global regions, won multiple orders of repeat business and brought in six new clients so far this year including JDR Cables, FlexLife and GE Oil & Gas.

Xodus Awarded North Sea Decommissioning FEED Contract With Nexen

02.09.2015
Xodus Group has been awarded a contract with Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited to provide Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) services in support of the decommissioning of the Ettrick and Blackbird fields in the central North Sea. The workscope will assess the best practice decommissioning methods for the main items of field architecture, including the structures, flowlines, umbilicals and risers. The work involves developing the decommissioning methodology for the field taking account of current industry best practice to ensure a technically robust decommissioning solution is developed.

SMD to Contribute to Offshore Wind Foundations Research Project

02.09.2015
SMD are pleased to announce that they are set to contribute to a major offshore wind research project lead by The University of Dundee. The project will look to determine whether cheaper, more environmentally friendly and more effective foundations can be developed for the offshore renewables industry. The project, funded by a £1million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, will look at the use of screw piles for offshore installations. These are foundations which are screwed into the ground and currently widely used onshore, for example, to support motorway signs and gantries.

Blue Whale photographed in English waters

02.09.2015
An incredibly rare sighting of a Blue Whale in English waters was captured on camera by scientists from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) on-board the RRS James Cook. The huge mammal, twice as long as a double-decker bus, was spotted on 24 August approximately 400 km southwest of Cornwall, over a deep-sea canyon on the northern margin of the Bay of Biscay.

New Collaborative Course launched at The Underwater Centre

02.09.2015
Stork to deliver ECITB certified MJI 21 bolt tensioning course Leading subsea training and trials facility, The Underwater Centre, is working in collaboration with Stork, global provider of knowledge-based asset integrity services focused on the oil & gas, chemical and power sectors, to deliver a brand new one-day certified course in bolt tensioning. The ECITB approved course, MJI 21 Hydraulically Tensioned Subsea Bolted Connections, addresses a key activity which every offshore construction diver should be familiar with and will be added to the Centre’s commercial diving training suite, firstly as a standalone course.


Bibby HydroMap completes survey operations on Holyhead Deep Green

01.09.2015
Seabed survey company Bibby HydroMap have completed survey operations on the €30 million Deep Green marine energy project based off Holyhead for consultant Xodus Group on behalf of developer Minesto AB.

Speak to us about our Safety by Design, Innovation in Action at Offshore Europe

01.09.2015
Conserve Oilfield Services, RentAir Offshore and Seanic Ocean Systems will be showcasing their product capabilities at this years Offshore Europe in Aberdeen, 8th - 11th September as part of the Centurion Group.

Impact Subsea launch the ISA500 – Altimeter, Heading & Attitude Sensor

31.08.2015
Impact Subsea is pleased to announce the launch of the ground breaking ISA500 – a 500kHz underwater altimeter which also provides heading, pitch and roll. With 120 meter (394 feet) altitude range measurement capability, the ISA500 is the longest range 500kHz altimeter available today. Making use of a composite transducer and advanced digital acoustic engine, the ISA500 is able to achieve significantly long range while providing sub-millimetre measurement accuracy. In addition to altitude, the ISA500 also provides heading, pitch and roll readings – ideal for basic AUV/ROV navigation or to monitor underwater equipment deployment.

Oceanology International London call for abstracts: Returning vacationers ask for more time

31.08.2015
Refreshed, and with ideas for presentations buzzing in their heads, vacationers from around the world are returning to their desks to find they have just days to submit their conference abstracts for Oceanology International 2016 – ‘give us more time’ is the constant plea. Therefore Reed Exhibitions, organisers of the biennial event being held at London’s ExCeL, Tuesday 15 – Thursday 17 March 2016, have extended the deadline for the submission of abstracts for the global forum for marine technology and ocean science until Friday 16 October 2015.

Seanic is exhibiting at Offshore Europe Visit us at stand 2E70

26.08.2015
Safety by Design, Innovation in Action Seanic Ocean Systems will be showcasing its product capabilities at this years Offshore Europe in Aberdeen, 8th - 11th September along side Conserve and RentAir Offshore as part of the Centurion Group.

Take your offshore industry knowledge to the next level – view our infographic

26.08.2015
This contains insights into the trends affecting the industry today, taken from the upcoming Next Level Report. The report analyzes recent research on the views of offshore professionals across the globe and will be launched at Offshore Europe in Aberdeen 8th - 11th September.

TES first to rent out Sonardyne’s new Mini-Ranger 2 and WSM 6+

26.08.2015
Abu-Dhabi based TES Survey Equipment Services LLC is to become the first company in the Middle East to rent the latest 6G underwater acoustic positioning technology from Sonardyne International Ltd. The order for multiple Mini-Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) systems and Wideband Sub-Mini 6 Plus (WSM 6+) transponders will be added to TES’ existing hire pool of Sonardyne equipment and used to support offshore survey and construction projects across the region.

SEAMOR Marine Remotely Operated Vehicle Finds Historic WWII Submarine.

26.08.2015
Canadian-built technology was recently used to locate and record images of a lost World War II submarine. In early August 2015, a team of experts and Japanese TV crew members discovered a missing World War II icon. Off the coast of Nagasaki, the 120 meter long submarine "I-402" was located using a SEAMOR Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). TOYO Corporation, SEAMOR's Japanese dealer, used their built-in-Nanaimo (British Columbia) 300 F 2/4 ROV system with high definition video to seek out and then document the sunken vessel. Found at 190 meters below the surface, the bright LEDs on the SEAMOR ROV were able to illuminate key features of this submarine. A pair of rails along the front of the ship were key identifiers as the I-402 as they provided a track upon which the three on-deck Seiran seaplane dive bombers were able to be launched (the I-400 and I-401, the only two other vessels of this kind, also had this capability).The crane/hoist system to retrieve the planes and the exhaust stack were also spotted and help confirm the identity of this ship.
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