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Okeanus Launches SeaCatalog.com

2sea catalog logoOkeanus Science & Technology, LLC (Okeanus) has announced the launch of its highly-anticipated online marketplace, SeaCatalog.com (SeaCatalog). Through SeaCatalog, suppliers of subsea survey and oceanographic equipment and products can sell to a targeted audience of customers online. Customers will be able to search for gear, interact with manufacturers, receive quotations, and make purchases through SeaCatalog’s shopping platform.

SeaCatalog will offer customers a simple, convenient resource to purchase products from multiple manufacturers, simplifying sourcing and decreasing procurement expenses. “SeaCatalog’s goal is to be the single place for customers to go to equip a team or vessel to undertake a survey or other scientific project in the marine environment,” said Benton LeBlanc, President of Okeanus.

Customers of SeaCatalog will also be able to obtain rental quotes from Okeanus for scientific equipment in its inventory.

“We’re extremely excited to see SeaCatalog launched and open for business,” stated LeBlanc. “It opens an entirely new channel for equipment providers to broaden their customer reach and makes it easier for them to access markets that they may not otherwise have entrance to.”

“Having watched the tremendous changes that have occurred in our industry over the last forty-five years, I can say that an e-commerce site like SeaCatalog is long overdue,” added Ted Brockett, Okeanus’ CEO. “From the perspective of a marine equipment manufacturer or system integrator, the concept of “one-stop-shopping” is very appealing. I believe that SeaCatalog represents a great sales tool for all of us who develop and manufacture products for the industry, as well as a powerful resource for end users and buyers.”

Vendors and customers are encouraged to visit the SeaCatalog website to learn more about the products and services available.

Sulzer Offers Complete Supply Service for Subsea ROV Manufacturer

Manufacturing a hydraulic power unit (HPU) that is destined to operate on the ocean floor up to depths of 2,500 metres requires considerable expertise and design excellence in order to deliver reliable and sustained performance. Having provided the build and test service for some time, Sulzer has now taken on the procurement phase of the process to release the client from this time intensive task.

The design and construction of remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) is a specialist field and the components used to create the HPUs need to be carefully selected in order to produce a reliable, long-lasting unit. Furthermore, specialist equipment such as this is only built to order so a timely delivery is essential to ensure that the build schedule is maintained. Sulzer is now providing a complete service that delivers a fully guaranteed HPU to the world’s leading independent designer and manufacturer of work class ROVs.

7 1SulzerDMA113 SMD Pic1 JPG PR3945 40453Sulzer’s Middlesbrough Service Centre has a dedicated work area which ensures high quality components are correctly assembled and tested.

Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD), based in Wallsend, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne is a leading designer and manufacturer of work class and specialist subsea remotely operated vehicles that are used in oil and gas exploration as well as maritime exploration and mining. The company has designed and built over 400 subsea vehicles as well as delivering the control systems, umbilical systems and launch and recovery systems (LARS).

7 2SULZERDMA113 SMD Pic2 DR DENISsized PR3945 40996SMD Hydraulic Power Unit

The ROVs require hydraulic power to drive a number of on-board systems, depending on the configuration and prime purpose of the vehicle. SMD specialises in subsea equipment that can be fitted with a range of tools that rely on the hydraulic power generated by the HPU assembled and tested by Sulzer.

Initially, Sulzer was contracted to assemble and test new components, but this service was soon expanded as Paul Richardson, Service Centre Manager at Sulzer’s Middlesbrough facility, explains: “A few years ago we would have been sent a kit of parts that had been sourced by SMD and it was our responsibility to assemble the unit and carry out the performance and quality tests. Our working relationship has developed to such a point that we have now been handed the responsibility of the procurement phase as well.

“This new arrangement means that SMD simply place an order with Sulzer and we build the new unit according to SMD specifications. The new and fully guaranteed unit will be delivered on the agreed date, which fits neatly with the build programme. In this way SMD will use Sulzer as a one-stop shop, no longer needing to spend time and money chasing the numerous suppliers.”

Sulzer’s Middlesbrough Service Centre, which recently moved to new purpose-built premises on Middlehaven, has a dedicated work area for this operation, which ensures high quality components are correctly assembled and tested. This is supported by a team that provides the necessary logistical and engineering support to ensure all the required performance criteria and quality standards are met.

Paul Richardson concludes: “Currently we are equipped to manufacture all seven models of the standard hydraulic power units, which range in output from 11.5 kW to 185 kW. This new arrangement provides an assured delivery of components and allows SMD to concentrate on creating new solutions.”

About Sulzer

Sulzer is the leading worldwide, independent service provider for large rotating equipment. With technically advanced and innovative service and maintenance support solutions, Sulzer provides a turnkey service that provides its customers with the peace of mind to focus on their core operations.

Included in this package is a highly efficient and dependable high-voltage coil manufacturing and supply service, delivered from a purpose built facility within the Birmingham Service Centre, UK. It is recognized for producing very high quality coils for high voltage motors and generators; designed, manufactured and shipped by a highly skilled and dedicated team to ensure fast and reliable service.

With an in-house copper rolling mill, Sulzer customers can benefit from round-the-clock manufacturing to ensure that every coil is delivered on schedule. In conjunction with constant quality control and full HV on-site testing facilities, Sulzer can deliver quality, precision and speed, any time, day or night.

Wild Well Purchases Equipment and Expands Subsea Capping Stack Presence

Wild Well Control, Inc., a Superior Energy Services company and a global leader in well control and engineering services, has purchased subsea capping equipment from Shell EP Wells Equipment Services B.V.

The addition of this inventory enhances Wild Well’s current global equipment and response capabilities for the WellCONTAINED™ subsea containment systems and provides added capabilities for its 7Series Subsea Well Intervention group. The newly purchased equipment will be staged strategically in Houston, Aberdeen, Singapore and elsewhere, as needed, for global deployment.

10Wild Wells pioneering WellCONTAINED capping stack located in SingaporeWild Well’s pioneering WellCONTAINED™ capping stack located in Singapore.

Wild Well and its WellCONTAINED™ program provide the most comprehensive package of subsea emergency response services in the industry. Wild Well leads with more than 40 years of experience in conventional and subsea well control, pre-event planning, engineering work and emergency response training and drills.

Along with dedicated subsea containment equipment, capping stacks and other support equipment, such as specialized debris clearing equipment and critical dispersant injection equipment, Wild Well's highly qualified emergency response well control personnel and well control/subsea engineering personnel deliver innovative solutions in a timely manner.

Wild Well's current WellCONTAINED™ inventory is staged in a ready-to-deploy state in both Aberdeen and Singapore. The equipment at each location includes full subsea well intervention systems, including a subsea capping stack, debris removal shears, hardware kits for the subsea application of dispersant and inhibition fluids and other ancillary equipment.

Wild Well is the global leader in the provision of specialized well control services – providing emergency response services, special services, engineering services and training – onshore, offshore and in deep water.

Bosch Rexroth Launches Split Hoist Heave Compensation System

Bosch Rexroth, a leading company in drive and control solutions, has developed a new ‘split hoist‘ heave compensation system. It combines active heave compensation (AHC) and passive heave compensation (PHC) elements with a sophisticated control system enabling AHC functionality to be added to new and existing hoisting installations. Using a modular and mobile design, the new split hoist system is especially interesting for use with existing multi-part reeved hoisting equipment.

12 1SplitHoistThe Split hoist system ready to be installed on the Oleg Strashnov

The new split hoist heave compensation system supports a much higher working load, while also improving system efficiency by as much as 80%. A passive in-line heave compensator, supports the load and passively compensates for some of the ship’s movement. The passive in-line system is hoisted and held by an existing winch or crane.

An actively controlled winch, typically mounted on the ship’s deck, then compensates for the remaining movement of the load. A motion reference unit measures movement of the vessel, and the system reacts to control the load’s position relative to the seabed. In this way, the system requires only 20% of power compared to conventional AHC systems.

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The new system was developed and designed fully in-house by Bosch Rexroth, and a first prototype has been built. With the help of Seaway Heavy Lifting, who also showed interest in the concept, the protoype was tested in real life conditions.

“We had to overcome a number of technical and operational challenges for the split hoist system in the two and a half years from concept to construction,“ said Patrick Verbakel, Technical Sales Manager Offshore. “Numerous simulations and tests were carried out to confirm the prototype could achieve the expected performance, and to ensure it would comply with the required safety standards.“

In June 2017, further testing will be carried out, again with help of Seaway Heavy Lifting, for offshore deep water operation. While these operations have been simulated and thoroughly analyzed, real-life testing will provide proof of concept.

The crane vessel Oleg Strashnov will be fitted with the split hoist heave compensation system to test performance and collect data. The control system is designed to control load position down to 2000 m below sea level, based on vessel position and forces on the cables.

“It has been a very interesting and successful project,“ said Patrick Verbakel. “In addition to bringing a new solution to the market, we have also increased our know-how and experience in several areas, including passive compensation systems. We are certain that the clear benefits of the Bosch Rexroth split hoist system will appeal to customers with demands for lifting a wide range of applications, possibly even exceeding 1,000 metric tonnes.“

Delmar Unveils the new RAR Plus™ and the MOOR‐Max™ Releasable Mooring System

Continuing with its strong tradition of developing innovative mooring solutions, Delmar Systems unveiled the new RAR Plus™ and the MOOR‐Max™ Releasable Mooring System at the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference.

The RAR Plus is the next generation of Rig Anchor Release (RAR), building on a 35‐year history of proven acoustic release technology by adding key features such as a manual backup release method and increasing the ultimate and release load ratings. In addition, the RAR Plus transmits both direct and indirect line tension measurements from internal sensors for real‐time display onboard the rig in a user‐friendly graphical user interface.

9Delmar RAR PlusThe RAR Plus is a key component in the new Delmar MOOR‐Max Releasable Mooring System. The MOOR‐Max system provides a revolutionary mooring system for MODUs to avoid storms or improve rig move efficiency. It is the only mooring system that combines proven acoustic mooring release technology with efficient proprietary methods that come from over 40 years of rig move experience.

“The MOOR‐Max Releasable Mooring System and RAR Plus expand the capability of moored and DP/moored rigs to operate in mixed shallow and deepwater programs in areas with extreme environmental considerations,” explained Delmar Systems Vice President of Engineering, John Shelton. “Not only does the MOOR‐Max system allow rigs to significantly mitigate risk by evading cyclonic storms or ice floes, it also reduces critical path time when disconnecting rigs for transit to the next location.”

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Vestdavit PAP-16000 Brings New Davit Lifting Force to Market

Vestdavit has completed its largest ever single-point A-frame davit for over the side boat handling, rising to the continuing challenge set by customers to be able to launch and retrieve ever larger workboats from their ships.

The first PAP-16000 davit, which features a safe working load of 16t, will be installed on board a service operation vessel destined for a specialized segment in the offshore industry for an unspecified owner. The 58.5 m length vessel, due delivery by the end of 2017, will operate off north continental Europe.

10VestdavitThe new PAP-16000 single point davit from Vestdavit

The Norwegian boat-handling specialist said it had received approval from DNV-GL for the new PAP-16000, which can handle workboats in conditions of up to sea state 5. It features an anti-pendulation docking head and guiding arms to limit load sway in adverse weather.

“Vestdavit has supplied bigger davits, but the PAP-16000 is our largest single point davit with docking system for lifting over the side of a ship to date,” said Atle Kalve, Vestdavit Development Director. “We have delivered dual-point/winch davits of up to 36t SWL and a 30t single point davit for stern operations, making us the market leader in handling very large workboats. However, single point handling of larger and larger workboats over the side without compromising stability presents particular challenges.”

The first installation will be onboard a vessel designed for flexibility, needing to lift one crew boat able to carry up to five personnel, but another able to carry a complement of up to 10 persons plus one ton of cargo, Mr. Kalve added.

In its first delivery, the new davit will also be distinguished by its high operating speeds, with the customer requesting lifting speeds of 45 m/min, which Mr. Kalve said demanded a comparatively high oil flow to achieve max hoisting speed at SWL.

In addition to service operation vessels, the PAP-16000 offers a new and innovative option for owners of emergency response and rescue vessels, pilot ships, standby vessels, multi-purpose offshore vessels and other types of construction vessel.

Ampelmann Introduces S-type Walk-to-Work System for the Crew Change Market

9Ampelmann S typeAmpelmann has designed its latest access system, the S-type, as a cost effective and safe option in the transportation of workers and luggage to and from offshore platforms.

The company, a leader in the provision of safe offshore access to the energy industry, is launching the new Walk-to-Work system as an alternative to using helicopters or baskets.

In total, the cost of using the system will be around 30% cheaper than helicopters. The S-type builds on Ampelmann’s track-record of innovative design by incorporating a lightweight system that uses a low amount of energy to operate.

Aimed at the global oil and gas market where volume of crew is high and the sea state can be severe, the S-type can continuously transfer 50 people and luggage in five minutes in significant wave heights of up to three to four metres. The S-type design includes a separate luggage belt, can be tailored for installation to individual vessels and is expected to be a particularly attractive option on current or new build fast or light-weight medium-sized vessels; such as mono-hulls, catamarans and trimarans.

Gerbrand Marbus, Crew Change Market Manager, said: “The S-type can easily transfer more people at a time than helicopters and is a safe alternative. As the industry continues to look for ways to work more effectively, we have listened to operators requests and developed a system that should be an attractive option for companies as well as providing more comfortable transportation for their workforce.

“In developing the S-type we worked closely with vessel designers to provide an integrated package that has a reduced footprint and is lighter than comparable systems. With this integrated package, different clients can share logistics and see walk to work as an offshore bus service reducing their crew transportation costs by 30 to 40%. The technology used in the transportation system will place the S-type as a leader in the Walk to Work crew change market.”

The S-type provides a wide operational range thanks to its 360 degrees access and is a lightweight system with low energy consumption. In comparison, it is approximately half the weight and uses 50% less energy than typical similar systems.

In addition, the S-type occupies a small deck space and can be fully integrated with its host vessel. It requires no alterations to the receiving platform.

BMT Launches New Hybrid Approach to Management of Big Data

11logoBMT Scientific Marine Services (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, the leading international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, has launched its Data Exploration and Analytics Platform for Actionable Insights (DEAP-AI), an initiative driven by over 20 years’ experience of measuring and modelling data for the global oil and gas industry.

DEAP-AI is an intelligent studio capable of processing large and small datasets using a rich set of processing libraries. The solution has been developed with support from a leading IT company, Capgemini and hosted by an industry leading cloud service provider Amazon Web Services (AWS).

BMT’s Soma Maroju, product development leader of DEAP-AI explains: “Our goal with this platform is to unify data acquisition, transmission, quality control, processing, system documentation and exploration of measured and modelled data and in turn, provide near real time access to information. Ultimately, we want to bring all the expert knowledge and data together on this platform. By doing so, we can create actionable insights, such as mooring fatigue damage accumulated over the years, met-ocean analysis, long term trends and even the system status of the monitoring systems to our clients, data analysts, service engineers and user groups with similar requirements.”

A virtual environment, DEAP-AI benefits from a powerful scalable and reliable global computing infrastructure. DEAP-AI is powered by a distributed computing engine, which can process large batches of data, as well as stream real time data. The user interface includes custom charts and screens that are fit for purpose.

Soma continues: “The platform provides customers with a full suite of exploration and analysis tools and a holistic approach to the management and analysis of data. Having taken a modular approach to the software development, it can be applied to multiple operational requirements including jacket integrity, operational met-ocean forecasts and preventative maintenance of safety critical instrumentation.”

The DEAP-AI platform is already being used by operators to monitor near real-time data from the independent remote monitoring systems, which provide critical information, particularly from offshore platforms during hurricanes.

AMETEK Solidstate Controls Launches SlimLine Product Enhancements for Offshore Oil Rigs

14AMTEK 20kVA DPP Slim AMETEK Solidstate Controls, Inc. (SCI), a leading manufacturer of highly customized uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, announced the first release of its SlimLine product line enhancement, designed to meet the highly specialized need for smaller UPS units for offshore oil and gas rigs.

AMETEK SCI’s SlimLine cabinet design has the smallest footprint in the industrial UPS industry. That design can be applied across many of AMETEK SCI’s product lines, including its Digital ProcessPower (DPP) UPS, industrial digital battery chargers/rectifiers (DCR), bypass solutions and stand-alone Digital ProcessPower inverters (DPI).

“To meet our customer’s demands, SCI engineers have implemented the SlimLine cabinet design on many of our major product lines without sacrificing the existing quality and integrity of AMETEK SCI products and their features,” says Dan Huey, SCI Product Manager. “In the offshore drilling market, as well as in many other applications where saving space is saving money, the SlimLine products are a perfect fit.”

AMETEK SCI’s new SlimLine product enhancement allows for more efficient operations within the oil and gas market, while maximizing the limited square footage on drilling platforms where space is at a premium. SlimLine products provide the same continuous, clean, regulated power as the existing larger AMETEK units.

Houston Technology Company Helps Major Operator Hear New Depths During Completion

5 1XACT LogoXACT Downhole Telemetry, in conjunction with a major operator in the Gulf of Mexico, recently completed a multi-run completion deployment with real-time data coverage from a record-breaking depth of over 30,000 feet onsite in the Gulf of Mexico.

Working with the operator’s completion operations, XACT’s acoustic network successfully provided real-time data throughout multiple runs giving the operator insight into critical downhole conditions allowing for an optimal completion installation.

5 2XACTUsing XACT’s proprietary acoustic telemetry network, the operator was able to make informed decisions based upon actual downhole measurements throughout the completion. The real-time downhole data confirmed critical tool settings, gun firing and actual valve positions. Additionally downhole pressure and temperature data allowed for real time decisions that directly impacted the frac pack execution. These and other downhole and along string insights helped the operator to achieve their goal of a more reliable, efficient and productive completion in extremely challenging conditions.

“We are thrilled by the results we have received from this project,” said Jason Roe, President and CEO of XACT. “This milestone is another example of the insight XACT’s technology can give operators during complex situations downhole. We are grateful to the operator and their team for this opportunity.”