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Hydro-Electric Wave Energy Device

The wave energy industry took a major stride forward last week when the world’s largest working hydro-electric wave energy device, known as ‘Oyster’, was officially launched by Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond MSP at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)..

Real-Time Riser Tension Monitoring

Schlumberger has been awarded a contract by Heerema Marine Contractors to supply a real-time riser tension monitoring system for nine single leg hybrid risers (SLHR) for a major project offshore Angola.

Sevan Driller Completes Sea Trials

The Sevan Driller completed the sea trials off the coast of China on November 23, 2009, and has started its voyage to Brazil for commencement of a six-year contract with Petrobras S.A. The rig has undertaken an extensive commissioning and..

Pearl GTL Project Completed

Jumbo Shipping has completed a two-year project for the Pearl GTL project of Qatar Shell GTL Ltd. From 2007 to November 2009, 24 reactors of 1200 tonnes each have been transported to the Port of Ras Laffan. With 28,800 tonnes..

Oil Field Becomes Gas Field

Thirty years after the Statfjord field started production, one of the largest oil fields in the North Sea has now become a gas field. “On 24 November 1979 we brought one of the North Sea’s largest oil fields on stream,” says..

Faroe Pre-qualified

Faroe Petroleum, the independent Oil and Gas Company focusing principally on exploration, appraisal and undeveloped field opportunities in the Atlantic margin, the North Sea and Norway, is pleased to announce that, in advance of potentially submitting applications for licences, it..

Alnmaritec Wind Farm Support Boat

Alnmaritec, the aluminium boat builder based in Northumberland, recently announced the successful launch of the second in a series of four sister ships to be delivered for duties in wind farm support roles. The Endeavour has been built for the..

Jaap den Ouden Wins IRO Award of Excellence 2009

Jaap den Ouden, founder and co-owner of Mercon, received the IRO Award of Excellence 2009 during the IRO (Association of Dutch Suppliers in the Oil & Gas Industry) Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 17 November 2009 at Damen Shiprepair Rotterdam..

New Appointment Wärtsilä

Mr Markus Pietikäinen (MSc, Economics) (34) has been appointed Vice President, Group Treasury and Financial Services as from 1 January 2010. Effective from the same date, the Group Treasury and Wärtsilä Development & Financial Services (WDFS) will operatively merge to..

A Match for Any Climate

Bachmann introduces M1 automation system with condensation proof electronics Where most manufacturers guarantee electronics to operate according to specifications in a non-condensing environment, Bachmann electronic is now going one step further: A new process enables the safe operation of the..

Successful Acoustic Fiobuoy Trials

After using Time/Date Fiobuoys for almost ten years, the Royal Australian Navy’s Australian Hydrographic Service has successfully trialled Fiomarine‘s Acoustic Command model Fiobuoys. After supplying them with six acoustic models, the Company now hopes the AHS will upgrade their entire..

SV Noordhoek Pathfinder Launched

The launch of the Noordhoek Pathfinder, a 62m DPII ROV and Survey Support Vessel, took place at the De Hoop Shipyard in Foxhol, The Netherlands, on 7th November. The launching ceremony was officiated by Miss Julia Anna Noordhoek, granddaughter of..

Introducing Endurance

Gulf Marine Services, a Middle East region elevating support vessel operator, along with MSC Gusto, has developed a uniquely designed self-propelled self elevating jack-up barge currently under construction in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The Gusto 2500X vessel, named the GMS Endurance,..

Building the Biggest

The Swiss-based Allseas Group announces the building of the platform installation / decommissioning and pipelay vessel Pieter Schelte. The company, free of debt, has sufficient funds for the building of Pieter Schelte, and will award the contract to a shipyard..

Subsea Precommissioning Operation Completed

BJ Services Company recently completed a major subsea pipeline precommissioning operation for Saipem S.A. in Nigeria on the Akpo development, one of the largest deepwater developments ever undertaken.The Akpo field lies in the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 130 Block approximately..

Opening Design Office in Singapore

IJmuiden-based Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) has strengthened its global network by opening a design office in Singapore. The office will provide a local liaison point for customers building ships in Asia which were designed in the Dutch and UK offices..

Royalty and Rich New Opportunities

The Subsea UK delegation from a major deepwater exhibition in Monaco returned today buoyed up by new opportunities for their technology. Industry body, Subsea UK, led a delegation of seven companies to showcase their technologies and expertise at Deep Offshore..

Seabird Exploration Calls on HB Rentals

Global offshore accommodation specialist HB Rentals has delivered a specially-modified safe area sleeping quarters to Seabird Exploration’s operations in Angola, on a three-year contract. HB Rentals prepared and delivered the eight-man solution to West Africa with only 10 days notice,..

Development of Offshore Wind Farm Capacity

Scotland leads by example in Europe’s first large-scale offshore wind collaboration. Offshore wind farm developers today announced their plans for major development in the outer Forth and Tay areas at a stakeholder event held in Edinburgh. The proposed sites have..

Detect and Prevent Leaks on Ships

In response to elevated safety and environmental regulations on ships, Allweiler AG, a Colfax business unit, has begun equipping its ‘SNS’ series of screw pumps with the optional ‘Allseal’ intelligent leak-detection and -collection system. These pumps are used primarily to..

Sophisticated eBird Streamer Control System

Kongsberg Seatex, Kongsberg Maritime’s specialist in position reference systems, and attitude determination has redefined lateral steering with the introduction of eBird to the marine seismic acquisition market at The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) annual meeting in Houston, 25-30th October.

Back at Base

Swedish Navy Corvettes HMS Stockholm and HMS Malmö together with support vessel HMS Trossö are now back in Karlskrona. “Having left Djibouti on 25 September the journey has gone according to plan,” said Naval base project manager William Nordström who..

New Business Developer for Oil and Gas

Tim Eley has been appointed by IHC Engineering Business Ltd (EB) as Business Developer Oil and Gas. Tim’s role will be to build on the successes of EB within its existing customer base and product ranges, and to identify new..

New Discovery Offshore Angola

The well was drilled to a total depth of 2,830 metres and encountered oil in sands of Miocene age with excellent reservoir characteristics. During production tests, the well produced oil at rates in excess of 6500 barrels of oil per..

New DP Vessel

Houlder Ltd in the UK says that, in a move away from traditional floating production, Vampire Production Ltd has engaged Houlder to design a vessel to work on new and marginal oil fields. Unlike traditional FPSOs, the vessel is designed for short..

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