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Tekmar Trial Proves Successful at The Underwater Centre

Tekmar Energy, which supplies cable protection systems (CPS) to the offshore windfarm industry, has successfully carried out a full-scale demonstration of its products at The Underwater Centre, the subsea training and trials facility based in Fort William The objective of the demonstration was to prove the ability to rapidly and reliably remove a CPS without the need for divers. This is particularly key for the future as offshore windfarm projects are being installed in increasingly deeper waters where diving becomes more dangerous and costly.

NSRI to showcase UK’s academic expertise

The National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) is bringing together academic experts from across the country to come up with a collaborative approach to unlocking the potential of small pools of hydrocarbons in the North Sea. NSRI is hosting an event in Aberdeen on 22 June to highlight the expert skills that are housed in the UK’s top universities which will help recover 1-1.8 billion barrels of oil which currently cannot be exploited economically. Universities, technology developers and the wider industry will come together to hear about the capability the UK academic community has to meet the challenges, and the developments which can ultimately help progress concepts through to infield implementation.

Subsea Survey Shows Sales Down in £9bn Sector but Investment in Technology and Exports Vital to Secure Sector’s Future

A snapshot survey by industry body, Subsea UK, has revealed that, while sales have dropped since the oil price collapse, the UK’s subsea industry is maintaining its investment in technology and looking to increase exports.

North Sea infrastructure deals in the pipeline, says Deloitte

The North Sea will see a rise in infrastructure deals this year, with private equity funds playing an increasing role in midstream assets, according to business advisory firm Deloitte. Against the backdrop of a low oil price, more oil and gas companies are looking to rationalise their portfolios and divest non-core assets in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), the firm said – with private equity and specialist infrastructure funds likely purchasers.

Swathe Services becomes HYPACK Dealer for UK and Ireland!

Swathe Services is pleased to announce that they are now a HYPACK dealer for the UK and Ireland. This means that they can now offer HYPACK hydrographic survey software to customers purchasing R2Sonic packages and also to anyone operating within the offshore industry. The HYPACK 2016 software system provides surveyors with all of the tools required to design surveys, process data, reduce it and generate a high quality end product. It can be used for a wide range of tasks, from collecting hydrographic survey data or environmental data to simply positioning a vessel in an engineering project.

Technip awarded major natural gas field development contract in Mediterranean Sea

- Leveraging its broad-based solutions - Technip has been awarded a major(1) contract to develop the Bahr Essalam, Phase II development in the Central Mediterranean Sea. This natural gas field development, which is operated by Mellitah Oil & Gas B.V. Libyan Branch, a consortium between National Oil Corporation and ENI North Africa, will be tied back to the Sabratha platform, which is situated approximately 110km off the Libyan coast in a water depth of approximately 190m.


OXNARD, CA – BIRNS, Inc., an ISO 9001:2008 certified global leader in the design and manufacture of unique lines of high performance lights, connectors, penetrators and custom cable assemblies, has announced the hire of Xin Lian as Manufacturing Engineer.

IMCA publishes revision to safe & efficient ROV OPS guidance

Technical developments and operational experience are fundamental to the latest revision of the International Marine Contractors Association’s (IMCA) ‘Guidance for the safe and efficient operation of remotely operated vehicles’ (IMCA R 004 Rev 4). This can be downloaded free of charge from the IMCA website at or via the home page at

Nautilus Minerals Chairman Retires

Nautilus Minerals Inc. (TSX:NUS, OTCQX:NUSMF, OTC:NUSMF Nasdaq Intl Designation) (the "Company" or "Nautilus") announces that Mr. A. Geoffrey Loudon has advised the Board that he is retiring and will not stand for re-election at the upcoming Annual General Meeting on June 1, 2016 (the "AGM").

Trelleborg's UK Roadshow to explore Liquid Silicone Rubber capabilities

An advanced simultaneous injection of Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) in combination with technical plastics, which has revolutionized high-tech fields of application, is to be showcased at a technical road show. The event, which will travel across the UK and Ireland, will give industry experts a chance to learn more about the pioneering technology capabilities developed by Trelleborg Sealing Solutions

Aquabotix introduces new mini Inspection Class ROV - The Endura

Intuitive software and robust hardware make the Aquabotix Endura the most innovative and advanced mini-ROV on the market. Aquabotix, a marine technology company delivering the accessibility of today’s electronics products to the complex world of underwater ROVs, announces the immediate availability of the Endura. The Endura has been engineered for dependability and functionality across a wide range of underwater applications. It surpasses other mini ROVs in thrust, dependability and software performance

C-Kore Systems deploys Subsea Monitoring Tools for Shell

C-Kore Systems Ltd, a UK based company, recently deployed their C-Kore subsea monitoring tools for Shell E&P.

2016 IEEE OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Call for Papers

Every two years the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (IEEE OES) sponsors a collaborative workshop to bring together those working in the field of autonomous underwater vehicles. In 2016 this diverse group from around the world will meet in Tokyo, Japan at the University of Tokyo for AUV 2016

N-Sea Offshore - DOF Subsea Cooperation Agreement Announced_FINAL

Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea and Subsea Projects and Engineering provider, DOF Subsea have entered into a two-year cooperation agreement to provide an Integrated Saturation (SAT) Dive Service. The Cooperation agreement reflects both companies’ strategic decision to increase their overall service offering through Saturation diving across Europe, Africa, and Mediterranean.

Forum Energy Technologies delivers nine of its largest subsea PLR systems to North Africa

Forum Energy Technologies Inc. has successfully delivered a number of its largest subsea Pig Launchers and Receivers (PLRs) and laydown heads to a project in North Africa. The nine PLRs have been deployed as part of a development of nine subsea wells, which vary from four to 24 inches in size, with water depths ranging from 300 to 800 metres. Manufactured at Forum’s Moffat subsea engineering business in Northumberland, UK, the custom-designed units will be used in the completion of flooding, cleaning, gauging, strength test, intelligent pigging and dewatering activities.

Horizon Launch High Spec Nearshore Survey Boat

Horizon Geosciences recently launched a bespoke, economical nearshore survey boat in tune with client demand. Weighing only 4 tonnes, the Horizon Echo is a flexible nearshore survey option, suited to a wide range of jobs, remote locations and she’s just about to commence work on her first project in Abu Dhabi.

Topaz secures contract for 15 vessels for oil field in Kazakhstan

TCO contract worth in excess of US$350 million Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company, has in a consortium led by Blue Water Shipping A/S, secured a contract to supply and operate 15 vessels for the Tengizchevroil (TCO) joint venture in Kazakhstan for a contract value in excess of US$350 million.

JFD launches pioneering medical training course to improve diver safety

JFD, the leading global subsea operations and engineering company, has today announced the launch of the Offshore Medic Diving Awareness course at its National Hyperbaric Centre (NHC), Aberdeen. The course has been pioneered by JFD experts at the NHC to drive improvements in safety standards in offshore diving, and will ensure that the designated offshore medic has the necessary skills and knowledge to deal with emergent and potentially life-threatening situations.

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