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BIRNS completes successful ISO 9001:2008 recertification audit

BIRNS, Inc. has announced that its Quality Management System (QMS) recently had its successful ISO 9001:2008 recertification audit carried out by DNV-GL, an international certification body and classification society created as a result of a merger between Det Norske Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd. ISO 9001:2008 is a globally recognized standard for QMS implementation from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). During the audit, BIRNS' QMS was thoroughly reviewed across all applicable company departments and all standard elements to ensure proper implementation, procedure compliance and proof of continuous process improvements, as required by the Standard.

Harkand awarded contract with Technip in Ghana

15th September 2015, A NEW joint venture between Harkand and Consolidated Shipping Agencies Ltd has resulted in its first contract win in Ghana, West Africa. The award will see the global inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) company delivering onshore and offshore support to Technip in the region. Having formed a strategic alliance with Consolidated Shipping Agencies Ltd, the company’s Aberdeen-based Harkand Andrews Survey team will deliver services to Technip on the Tullow Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (TEN) project situated in the deepwater Tano block, approximately 60km off the coast of Ghana.

Robots help to map England’s only deep-water Marine Conservation Zone

The first true three-dimensional picture of submarine canyon habitats has been produced using a unique combination of marine robotics and ship-based measurements. The information captured in this new set of maps ranges in scale from the 200km canyon down to the size of an individual cold-water coral polyp, and will be used to inform the management of the only English Marine Conservation Zone in deep water. This ‘nested map’ is the result of a recent scientific expedition to the Whittard Canyon in the Bay of Biscay, led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). It works in a way not unlike a set of Russian dolls, with the most detailed map sitting within a larger scale one, which sits within a larger map still.

OceanTools Launches Cutting Edge Subsea Optical 3D Scanning System

Aberdeen based engineering firm OceanTools has released C-Scan, its new laser based optical 3D scanning system and latest innovation to enter the offshore energy production market.


Independent subsea remotely operated vehicle (ROV) service provider ROVOP has revealed more than £2.5 million worth of new contract wins in the last month from its Aberdeen and Houston offices across the oil, gas and offshore wind markets.

OCEANS'15 MTS/IEEE Washington Hotel Reservation Deadline and Conference Updates

The Oceans '15 Organizing Committee has negotiated a group rate of USD $289/night, including in-room internet access (but no meals), at the Gaylord National hotel. The conference block is open and reservations can be made through September 18, 2015 at 5:00pm EST.

Leading subsea training centre unveils new collaborative training model

A new model for increasing workforce competency in the ROV industry, using a realistic offshore instruction environment, has been unveiled by The Underwater Centre at the Subsea UK ROV conference in Aberdeen.

OE 2015 confirms a positive outlook for the industry and the next generation

SPE Offshore Europe 2015, held in Aberdeen, Scotland from September 8-11, sent out a very clear message that the oil and gas industry has a future for many years to come. The theme of the 2015 event, inspiring the next generation, allowed the industry to address the technical, business and people challenges it faces now and into the future. At the heart of this is the need to attract and encourage the next generation of talent into the industry.

SubC Imaging Introducing the SubC 4K Suite

SubC Imaging is excited to reveal the latest result of its constant push for innovation and research – a suite of 4K equipment which dramatically increases inspection quality and effectiveness.

New Improved Temperature Range for Wire Rope and Umbilical Grease

New independent testing of the recently launched BIOGEN WIRESHIELD® wire rope and ROV umbilicals lubricant demonstrates consistently high lubrication performance within an industry-leading temperature range of -50ºC to +180ºC.

Award-Winning scottish company is leading light for offshore safety

Industry requests for new compact light source to benefit saturation divers New technology which aims to enhance safety for deep sea divers in the oil and gas industry has been produced by a Scottish research and development company. PSL, a spin out company of the University of St Andrews, has further developed its award-winning unique fibre lighting system LIGHTPATH, which offers an innovative technical solution to many sectors where safety of life is paramount.

Ocean Installer awarded first UFR contract in Africa

Ocean Installer has been awarded a contract for deep water UFR installation work with Total E&P Congo at the Moho Nord field off the coast of the Republic of Congo. The contract is Ocean Installer’s first major operation in West Africa following the creation of the Africa, Mediterranean and Middle East regional office in the second half of 2014.

IMCA names new chief executive

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has appointed Allen Leatt as Chief Executive. He will be joining on 1 October 2015 from Subsea 7 where he has been Senior VP for Engineering and Project Management. Looking forward to joining IMCA with its thousand-plus member companies in over 60 countries at a challenging time for the industry, Allen said he is “delighted to be joining IMCA and determined to strengthen and build upon the organisation’s special position in the marine contracting industry”.

Stop over-engineering to reset the cost base, says industry chief at Offshore Europe

The chief executive officer of Proserv today (Wednesday, September 9) called for the industry to make dynamic changes to the way it acts and behaves. Speaking at Offshore Europe, David Lamont said the North Sea has many years of profitable life ahead if the sector urgently adopts more collaborative and efficient business practices. He said: “We must embrace and rekindle the pioneering spirit that made the North Sea great in the past to ensure the North Sea industry doesn’t fade out prematurely, but really flourishes in its latter years.

OceanTools announces appointment of new Business Development Manager

Subsea engineering company OceanTools has announced the appointment of Kris Yorke as Business Development Manager. In this key role, Kris is tasked with the development of new business opportunities both across the UK and internationally. The Aberdeen based firm specialises in the design and manufacture of high technology support equipment for the ROV, survey, IRM and drilling sectors of the offshore oil and gas industry.

New Technical Director Appointed for IMCA

Richard Benzie has been appointed Technical Director of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) to replace Jane Bugler who retires at the end of this month (September 2015) after 18 years in the role. He will join IMCA in the near future. “More than any other individual past or present, Jane’s name is synonymous with the IMCA brand and the objectives of the association. Replacing Jane is therefore a big challenge, but one that I relish.” says Richard. “In these testing times for our industry I am delighted to be joining an organisation I know well, whose track record I respect, and which is firmly committed to the principle of helping its 1,000+ members in more than 60 countries add value rather than cost to their ongoing business around the globe.

Total saves times with Sonardyne Fusion 6G at Egina

French oil major Total, operator for the Egina oil field offshore Nigeria, together with its construction and survey partners, has successfully installed a Fusion 6G subsea positioning network to support its development of the $15 billion project. Supplied by Sonardyne International Ltd, UK, the acoustic technology specified for Egina, which is still ongoing, included a field-wide array of Compatt 6 seabed transponders that were deployed and made ready for work eight days ahead schedule. Located 150 kilometres off the coast of Nigera, in water depths of up to 1,750 metres, the Egina field covers an area of around 500 square miles. Infrastructure will include an FPSO, an oil offloading terminal and subsea production systems that will included 52 kilometres of oil and water injection flowlines, 12 flexible jumpers, 20 kilometres of gas export pipelines, 80 kilometres of umbilicals, and subsea manifolds. Production at the field is expected to reach 200,000 barrels per day at its peak.

Meet us in London next week and we'll tell you how to reach the global marine science and ocean technology community

The Oceanology International team is visiting DSEI in London from Tuesday 15 to Friday 18 September. We will be on site at DSEI to answer any questions you have about Oceanology International 2016, and will be networking with leading suppliers of maritime security solutions there. Several DSEI exhibitors are already exhibiting at Oceanology International 2016 including, the BMT Group, English Braids, ESRI, Flir Systems, Glenair, IXBlue, Northern Diver and Nova Scotia Business.

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