Standards in Offshore Survey

The offshore industry has a range of standards in common use. As survey contractors/subcontractors, how far should we aim for standardisation in the work we do and how much scope should we leave for differentiation between ourselves? In common with most industries, the offshore survey industry has its fair share of standards that are defined by clients, standards bodies, trade associations and legislative bodies, to name but a few. These can relate to data exchange, work practice, quality management systems or health and safety matters. Good standards can be beneficial; they may improve safety and quality of work, reduce unnecessary... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Offshore AIS Network Complete

Norcontrol IT has supplied Petroleos Mexicanos Exploration (PEMEX) with a large offshore AIS network. Whilst AIS is generally considered a tool for port and coastal applications, the offshore industry can benefit from the extra data it offers. The project is located in the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico and spans some 150 platforms throughout the entire area. Norcontrol IT has installed eight AIS base stations supplied by Kongsberg Seatex, a subsidiary of Kongsberg maritime. PEMEX is currently in the process of installing AIS transponders on supply vessels and other ships serving the oil production facilities in the... (read more)
2004-02-02 12:00:00

Digital Video Offshore

A Review of Current and Future Technologies
The advent of digital video introduces a new era for the offshore oil & gas industry. Digital methods of data acquisition have permeated most offshore survey techniques. The Offshore Survey and Remote Systems and ROV divisions of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) have published a review of the field in Digital Video Offshore: A Review of Current and Future Technologies, for offshore contractors and their clients. The adoption of digital encoding and recording of video data has gathered pace over recent years and many annual inspection campaigns now include digital video deliverables. This step has been dictated either by... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

HTMV Solutions for Offshore

One of the great challenges for cables in offshore applications is the combination of high temperatures, harsh environments and high voltages. The demands put on the materials are intense and the need for longevity in offshore doesn't make it any easier. Habia Cables’ new HTMV (High Temperature - Medium Voltage) range enables smarter and more economical solutions in different applications, such as heating cables and power cables for pipelines, pumps and ROVs. Habia Cables use fluoropolymers to attain higher temperature and chemical resistance than traditional XLPE-based insulation systems. Some of the development challenges included three layer bonding of the materials... (read more)
2017-03-30 04:40:33

Offshore Business Director

IXSEA has appointed Richard Parkinson as Offshore Business Director. Parkinson, an Oceanographer and Surveyor, was the founder, Managing Director and major share holder of UTEC Services Ltd, a start-up offshore survey company set up in 2003.   After attracting investment in UTEC's survey services from a Houston based investment group, which allowed the company to expand, he became Sales and Marketing Director of UTEC Survey Ltd and now brings extensive experience in the offshore industry to IXSEA.     (read more)
2008-05-19 04:41:44

Offshore Survey Registration Open

The Offshore Survey 09 conference will be held alongside Ocean Business 2009 at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton from 1 to 2 April 2009. The conference features two days of technical presentations focusing on the essential sciences and data management critical to any offshore exploration or development project: from the first requirement of precise positioning to the acquisition and processing of geophysical data below the seabed and wider.   "The impact of dramatic oil price swings on the global Ocean Industry business make Offshore Survey 09 extremely timely. Over two days the OS09 Conference programme includes papers on market opportunities,... (read more)
2009-01-08 10:44:27

Offshore Vessel Personnel Transfer

Personnel transfers at sea can be a risky business. With ever-improved offshore safety in mind, it is a topic that has led to the publication of ‘Guidance on the Transfer of Personnel to and from Offshore Vessels' (IMCA SEL 025 / IMCA M 202) by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). "One of the activities specific to offshore operations is the transfer of personnel between vessels and other offshore structures," explains IMCA's Chief Executive, Hugh Williams. "Such transfers can include movements of personnel at crew change and shift change from vessel to vessel and also between vessels, offshore structures, barges... (read more)
2010-05-17 02:24:45

Veripos for ER Offshore

Veripos has extended its long-term working agreement with Hamburg-based ship management organisation, ER Offshore. The agreement, which has been in place since early 2008, covers the provision of a wide variety of globally available precise positioning services. They are delivered via Veripos LD2 fully integrated hardware platforms utilising Verify DP, a state-of-the-art graphical user interface.   Veripos currently provides high-accuracy services and support facilities for six of ER Offshore’s UT755 LN Platform Supply Vessels (PSVs). Designed to transport supplies to drill sites and production facilities, the vessels have been operating on behalf of leading exploration and production companies in Brazil,... (read more)
2009-12-02 09:36:37

Offshore Renewables Symposium

NortekUK is organising the 2011 NortekUK Offshore Renewables Symposium at the Sheraton Skyline Hotel, Heathrow, London from 26th to 27th October 2011. The symposium offers two days of presentations, technical discussions and networking opportunities focused around the use of acoustic Doppler measurement technology in the field of offshore renewable Energy. The 2011 Symposium invites participation from all disciplines of oceanography and ocean engineering from the academic, government and commercial sectors. A number of keynote speakers already has been arranged to set the scene. Nortek is seeking submissions from additional speakers from areas such as the measurement of current flow in-front... (read more)
2011-07-08 12:00:00

Deepwater Offshore Wind Turbine

The Engineering Business (EB) has celebrated the succesfull installation of the second deepwater offshore wind turbine. EB's BOWTIS - Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Turbine Installation System - was used by Talisman Energy (UK) Limited in the Moray Firth in Scotland. The REpower 5MW turbine was installed in a single lift from a floating barge, and forms the second half of the Beatrice Wind Farm Demonstrator Project.   The first REpower 5MW turbine, also installed using BOWTIS last year, was fully commissioned on 8 May.   EB began campaigning for the concept of installing offshore wind turbines in a single lift in... (read more)
2007-07-18 02:00:03
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