Three Key Contracting Documents

Properly formulated contracts form the foundation of any commercial relationship, and better relationships help deliver safe and efficient projects through prevention of incidents. With these essential principles in mind, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA, UK) has published three key contracting documents: ‘IMCA Marine Construction Contract'; ‘IMCA Decommissioning Contracting Principles'; and an updated version of ‘IMCA General Marine Contracting Principles'. All are available for downloading in pdf format from the IMCA website. The documents were launched at a seminar held in London in late May attended by over 60 delegates from oil companies and legal/insurance organisations where they were roundly... (read more)
2011-06-07 02:27:22

Report on ROVs in the Energy Industry 2014-2024

Visiongain, UK, forecasts strong spending growth on remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services and new builds of ROVs for use in the energy industry. Visiongain calculates that spending on ROVs will total USD2,496m in 2014. Europe is the only region that will see declining demand for ROV services as North Sea production and drilling activity declines. However, decommissioning and maintenance activity will support spending levels. The ROV market is composed of spending on (1) ROV operations and services and (2) new build ROVs. The latter is driven by demand for the former, although low retirements for ROVs and the ability to... (read more)
2013-12-18 11:20:43

Chartwell Marine Launches Scanwell Shallow Draft Survey Vessel

In response to calls from the scientific community, ports and industrial surveyors, Chartwell Marine, a pioneer in next-generation vessel design, has announced the launch of its Scanwell shallow draft survey vessel providing unparalleled standards of versatility and safety in one and half metre waters. The Scanwell range is available in multiple hull sizes – 10m, 12m, 15m and 19m – enabling use in a wide variety of applications, such as offshore energy, port infrastructure and scientific expeditions. There are already two vessels on order, the company says, the first of which has been recently delivered, a 10m survey vessel and... (read more)
2020-02-26 08:34:48

DeepOcean awarded contract by TSMarine

TSMarine (Contracting) will use DeepOcean's Normand Flower, two work ROV systems and personnel. Contract duration is for a 12 months fixed term starting January 2008 with a further two, 6 months options.   The 12 months base scope is valued at GBP15 million (US$30 million) while the options hold a value of GBP15 million (US$30 million) if exercised.   The vessel will be employed on subsea decommissioning, rigless intervention and general subsea support operations by TSMarine in the North Sea region.     (read more)
2007-08-14 10:10:42

Keynote Speakers Subsea Survey IRM

The keynote speakers for the conference Subsea Survey Inspection, Repair and Maintenance, to be held from 9th to 11th November 2010 in Galveston (USA), have been announced. Randall Abadie of Shell Exploration and Production and Steven Kopits of Douglas Westwood will share their vision on subsea survey aspects. Randall Abadie is employed by Shell Exploration and Production Company in New Orleans, Louisiana where he serves as the Offshore Structures Technical Authority, Marine Technical Authority, and Diving Technical Authority for Shell Upstream Americas. He is responsible for all diving activities for Shell Upstream in the Americas, all underwater inspections for Shell... (read more)
2010-08-26 09:55:22

TSMarine’s Subsea Well Intervention Firsts

TSMarine has successfully completed phase one of its rigless intervention activity on Woodside’s Vincent project, offshore Western Australia. This marks the first ever fully integrated rigless subsea well intervention project in the Asia Pacific region. TSMarine’s Perth subsidiary operates a multi year service contract with Woodside Energy Ltd and this milestone project has seen TSMarine’s offshore well intervention vessel, the Havila Harmony successfully deploy, install and test seven subsea trees and carry out wireline intervention on all seven wells.   This is the first phase of a campaign by TSMarine which will include the installation and completion of up to... (read more)
2008-06-11 01:34:24

Unique Group Signs Agreement with iXblue to Acquire Five DriX Units

Subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group has signed an agreement to acquire five Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) DriX units from French company iXblue, marking an investment in the Group’s global portfolio of survey products. With an aim to continually introduce latest cutting-edge technology for offshore survey operations, Unique Group’s new addition is designed for a wide range of tasks such as geophysical and hydrographic surveys, touchdown monitoring of pipelines, subsea positioning, and ROV/AUV tracking.  DriX, with its long endurance, increased hydrodynamics and flexible sensor payload, can significantly improve the efficiency of offshore operations and act as a true force... (read more)
2019-10-10 11:12:53

Keel Marine Celebrates 50 Years

Keel Marine, UK, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The firm was founded in the City of London in 1962 before moving to Hampshire in 1972, and is now established worldwide with offices in India, Japan and Australia. Over its 50 year history Keel Marine Ltd has been involved in all aspects of shipbuilding, from concept through commissioning and beyond to operations. It has delivered projects across the marine world working on vessels of all types including bulk carriers & tankers, research vessels, passenger ferries, dredgers, tugs, pollution control craft, military patrol craft and inland waterway vessels. At various times it... (read more)
2012-04-12 09:41:06

Echoscope Technology Access Programme

CodaOctopus and rental company Seatronics have signed an agreement with an initial investment worth over USD1.5m to increase the number of Echoscope systems available for rent worldwide through a joint Technology Access Program (TAP). The programme means clients can contact any CodaOctopus or Seatronics base office directly to hire the real-time 3D sonar technology that is transforming applications from marine construction through to port security, dredging and decommissioning. Over and above access to revolutionary sonar technology, TAP also makes available a pool of trained operators who can deliver a host of service provisions to suit every client’s requirements. Whether for... (read more)
2012-03-27 04:23:41

NOC Launches Collaborative Platform for Oil and Gas Industry

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC, UK) has launched a collaborative way of working with the oil and gas industry. NOC will provide science and technology to enable industry to work safely and efficiently, with minimum impact on the marine environment. NOC has expertise in marine autonomous and robotic systems and sensors, for operations in challenging, hazardous and deep-sea environments. NOC’s fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles, remotely operated vehicles, unmanned surface vehicles and submarine gliders have all been developed to operate in extreme conditions. NOC’s science teams have had many years of experience in testing and demonstrating the capabilities of our... (read more)
2016-09-13 01:43:15
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