Roy Bampton as VP Marine Operations NASA at Dolphin Geophysical

Dolphin Geophysical has named Roy Bampton as Vice President Marine Operations NASA. Roy, based in Houston and reporting to president Western Hemisphere Tim Wells, will be responsible for acquisition projects and development of this business in the region. Roy has 28 years of experience in marine geophysical operations with his career starting in 1983 with Digicon Geophysical in the EAME region.     He was later transferred to the APAC region where he established an office in Perth, Australia for Veritas DGC to support the shallow-water and towed-streamer operations. Roy moved to Houston with Veritas DGC in 1997 taking the... (read more)
2011-04-28 11:58:33

Health and Safety

This is the last page to go to press each month, so I can make it apt. Thus I was planning to tell you a juicy tale of my spooky night on a sailing vessel taking refuge from a giant thunderstorm. However, I have just received an interesting letter that needs mentioning in this issue, and none of the other splendid items can be postponed. The letter, from a Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) professional, concerns our cover photos from the January/February 2009 and June 2009 issues respectively. Before taking each cover in turn, he starts off by saying, “While... (read more)
2009-06-26 12:00:00

Recent Orders for NETmc Marine

NETmc Marine announces two yearend orders for their range of digital video recorders. Rovtech Limited have placed an order and taken receipt of their first DVR Inspector for use with their Panthers, Tigers and Lynx ROV fleet. The unit Rovtech have bought includes all the new options from NETmc Marine: Black Box operation allows a separate video file to be stored on another hard drive, which overwrites itself after a certain time, ideal for HSE requirements. built-in video overlay; this is configured to accept a range of industry standard formats including Taylor-Lann, Coabis and SCOPE. The Rovtech unit is configured... (read more)
2006-02-03 12:00:00

Success for First Offshore Job

Ocean Installer, Norway, has successfully completed survey and intervention work at the Balder field, as contracted by ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Norway. The work was performed in May 2012, on schedule and in line with Ocean Installer’s quality and HSE standards and requirements. This job was the first project to be executed from Normand Clipper under the Ocean Installer charter, as well as Ocean Installer’s first offshore job in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. The conducted work encompassed inspection and maintenance of the subsea control system at the Balder field, with Ocean Installer making use of the long-term... (read more)
2012-06-28 09:36:13

Successful Deployment and Recovery of 50th ADCP

UK metocean survey contractor Partrac has been deploying ADCPs in support of the tidal and wave energy sector since 2008. The recent recovery of one unit from the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth in the UK marks the 50th successful deployment and recovery completed by Partrac at tidal energy sites. This milestone has been reached thanks to a dedicated marine team who have focused on every detail of acquiring ADCP data in such complex and dynamic regions. The team has worked tirelessly through every aspect of the projects, developing the equipment and methodology required that has led to such... (read more)
2013-07-09 11:13:33

Internet Based Survey Services

Fugro announces a major step forward with the launch of their Remote Services based on FANS technology. FANS, short for Fugro's Advanced Navigation System, enables remote connections to offshore survey systems - either from the office or from other vessels in the offshore working area - and facilitates a new series of services, ranging from Remote Monitoring to Stand Alone Navigation with remote support and Remote QC.   Amongst other benefits, the new services result in reduced costs and HSE exposure, improved QC capabilities and greater flexibility in personnel resource planning and allocation.   Fugro's Remote Services have allready proven... (read more)
2008-09-16 02:37:33

Large Metocean Mooring Array off Tanzania

MSI has been awarded a major metocean contract and successfully deployed a large metocean mooring array offshore Tanzania for Shell (formerly BG). With water depths ranging from 53m to 2,620m, the array comprises 2 AXYS Technologies Watchmate metocean buoys as well as 12 subsea moorings, measuring waves, currents and water quality parameters. The project is expected to last 12 months and the data will be used as input for engineering design of surface and subsurface structures. Extensive preparations in both South Africa and Tanzania ensured that all operations were conducted to MSI and the client’s high QHSE standards, with zero HSE... (read more)
2016-05-10 08:52:19

AUV Users’ Conference Hosted by C & C Technologies, Inc.

The first AUV Users’ Conference sponsored by C & C Technologies attracted worldwide participants from the oil & gas industry, as well as government agencies. It provided an opportunity for AUV manufacturers, integrators, and customers to explore opportunities for the advancement of AUV technology. The forum included technical papers and panel discussions interspersed with social activities that promoted an exchange of ideas and sharing of experiences between a diverse group of AUV advocates. Presentation topics included advances in AUV sensor technology, seismic data collection with an AUV, military applications for AUVs, HSE risk assessment, and the use of AUV data... (read more)
2005-04-08 12:00:00

MSI to Support Hywind Scotland Pilot Park Development

Metocean Services International (MSI, Australia) has recently deployed a current profile mooring in 107m water depth approximately 25km off the coast of Peterhead, Scotland, to support Statoil’s Hywind Scotland Pilot Park development. The measurement programme is expected to last for 1 year and the mooring will be serviced initially in March 2014 to provide preliminary data for engineering design. Although current profile measurements are relatively straightforward in this water depth, the challenge on this project was to design a system to enable recovery of the anchor weights, this in order to comply with environmental legislation. MSI’s project management team therefore... (read more)
2014-01-20 03:41:30

New Wire Rope Guidance for Offshore

A key new document 'Guidance on Wire Rope Integrity Management for Vessels in the Offshore Industry' (IMCA SEL 022/M 194) has been produced by a cross-industry workgroup and published by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). The document provides guidance on the necessary elements of an integrity management system required to achieve an acceptable level of ongoing safety for the use of wire ropes in a marine environment.   It takes account of the range of environments including the sometimes harsh conditions experienced in the global marine environment. "It is a staggering fact that some of the wire ropes under... (read more)
2008-11-17 10:52:34
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