Company Updates

neptuneNeptune announces it has been awarded a contract for the provision of 350 concrete mattresses by McDermott Australia Pty Ltd (McDermott International (NYSE: MDR)).

The mattresses, which will be utilized for flowlines walking mitigation on the INPEX operated Ichthys LNG project, will be manufactured at Neptune’s yard in Batam utilizing heavy density concrete and will weigh approximately 60 ton each in the air. Works commenced in April 2016 under an accelerated production schedule.

Neptune Chief Executive Officer, Robin King, said “the award of this contract follows the successful completion of other related scopes of work for McDermott on the Ichthys project by our stabilization service line. Additionally, Neptune has also performed survey and ROV campaigns on this project in recent years and we are pleased to provide ongoing support to McDermott on this milestone development.”

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.

5Skandi Achiever1Skandi Achiever

The principles of the agreement are set out with DOF Subsea providing the Dive Support Vessel, Skandi Achiever, whilst N-Sea will provide saturation diving resources. Project Management, Engineering and Diving Manual/Procedures will be provided through an integrated team. N-Sea chief operating officer Roddy James said: “This Cooperation agreement with DOF Subsea reinforces N-Sea’s key objective; to fully appreciate our clients’ requirements and provide them with the safe, sound and swift service they have come to expect.

“The MOU allows both N-Sea and DOF Subsea to offer an integrated - and highly efficient - SAT diving service to our client; something we regard as particularly important in the context of current market conditions.”

Commenting on the agreement, Robert Gillespie, managing director of DOF Subsea UK Ltd Services said: “We are very excited to work with our partner N-Sea. Teaming up with N-Sea to provide an Integrated Diving Solution will enable us to provide yet another service offering from one of our high specification vessels, namely the Skandi Achiever.

“This Cooperation Agreement exemplifies both N-Sea and DOF Subsea commitment to the Subsea market and reflects our desire to collaborate with companies to the benefit of our respective organisations and clients.”

U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, has presented LAGCOE (Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition) with the President’s ‘E’ Award for Export Service at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s ‘E’ Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

In her congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection as an award recipient, Pritzker said, “LAGCOE has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The ‘E’ Awards Committee was very impressed with LAGCOE’s work to promote sales opportunities for oil and gas companies in international markets. The company’s extensive support of matchmaking activities was also particularly notable. LAGCOE’s achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs.”

13Penny Pritzker presents award to LAGCOEs Angela Cring and Claire ThomFrom left to right: U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, presents President’s ‘E’ Award for Export Service to Angela Cring, Executive Director, LAGCOE, and Claire Thom, Industry Relations Director, LAGCOE.

LAGCOE, located in Lafayette, Louisiana, is a non-profit organization which supports the stability and growth of energy companies (in the U.S. and globally) through a biennial exposition and conference and ongoing programs. LAGCOE’s presentations, receptions, luncheons and programs promote education about new technologies and ventures, and provide invaluable opportunities for energy companies to display their products and network with potential buyers.

Angela Cring, executive director, LAGCOE, said, “We are thrilled to receive this recognition of our hard work in assisting U.S. companies with their international business development efforts; reducing barriers to foreign markets and opening the door to more trade around the world. The combined efforts of our international committee, LAGCOE volunteers, staff and community partners play a major role in effectively serving our companies. We look forward to continuing to grow our international business development programming to further assist energy companies with export efforts.”

LAGCOE has increased the focus on international expansion annually since 2003 and has been selected to participate in the Department of Commerce International Buyer Program since 2007. Statistics from LAGCOE’s most recent biennial exposition tracks increasing efforts to support U.S. companies’ export success. As a result of this extensive outreach, countries with international buyers attending LAGCOE grew from 26 in 2011 to 40 in 2015. At the most recent exposition in 2015, international buyers from 40 countries attended LAGCOE and 71 counseling sessions were held with 28 U.S. companies. Additionally, 95 international companies met in 286 business-to-business meetings with U.S. exporters.

In 1961, President Kennedy signed an executive order reviving the World War II ‘E’ symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America's exporters. Secretary Pritzker honored 123 U.S. companies with the President’s ‘E’ Award for their outstanding work to reduce barriers to foreign markets and to open the door to more trade around the world.

In 2015, U.S. exports totaled $2.23 trillion, accounting for nearly 13 percent of U.S. GDP. Nationally, exports contributed to the U.S. economy, supporting an estimated 11.5 million jobs.

U.S. companies are nominated for the ‘E’ Awards through the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service office network, located within the Department’s International Trade Administration, with offices in 108 U.S. cities and more than 70 countries. Criteria for the award is based on four years of successive export growth and case studies that demonstrate valuable support to exporters, resulting in increased exports for the company’s clients.

For more information about the ‘E’ Awards and the benefits of exporting, visit

Hoover Container Solutions Norway AS (“Hoover” or the “Company”), a subsidiary of Hoover Group, Inc., and Consult Supply, a Hoover company, have appointed Tor Olav Schibevaag as managing director for Europe and Kjetil Skaaren as general manager for Norway. Jan Sekse, vice president global procurement, will continue to support the efforts of the Hoover Norway management team.

20Hoover Tor Olav SchibevaagTor Olav Schibevaag

Schibevaag will report to Hoover’s president, Paul Lewis, and joins Hoover with more than 12 years experience from Euro Offshore, where he developed and led the company as one of the leading cargo carrying unit (CCU) rental businesses in Norway.

Lewis said, “Tor Olav’s intimate knowledge of the CCU rental market will support Hoover’s position as a true market leader in Norway and globally. As an experienced leader with a history of developing and managing successful businesses within the oil and gas industry, he has a successful track record of implementing business process improvements and defining strategic direction.”

Schibevaag commented, “Hoover Norway has been active in the North Sea for more than 20 years, and continues to invest in the equipment and the people to serve this region. I look forward to supporting the development of Hoover and the team throughout the business.” Reporting to Schibevaag as general manager for Norway, Kjetil Skaaren has more than 15 years of experience in effectively managing and building highly complex and detailed projects for the oil and gas market.

Jan Sekse, vice president global procurement, will continue to support the efforts of Hoover Norway, providing input on relationships and design criteria for specialized and standard equipment.

The Hoover Norway management team is working on a global project to standardize the worldwide Hoover rental fleet design and procurement of cargo carrying units, chemical tanks and related offshore equipment. When this project is complete, Hoover will offer a global library of all DNV 2.7-1 type approvals and designs that specifically meet the requirements and standards for each geographical market the company serves. This directive will also serve as the basis for selecting partners to manufacture Hoover products, which will in turn drive lower cost and improve Hoover’s competitive position.

19jdr steel tube leeds contract 870x400JDR, a leading UK based supplier of subsea umbilicals and power cables to the offshore energy industry, has been awarded a contract by GE Oil & Gas, on behalf of operator ONGC, for the Vashishta & S1 project.

The Vashishta & S1 fields are located in the KG Basin, 30 – 35 kilometers off the east coast of India, at water depths of 250 to 700 metres. JDR’s scope of supply includes the engineering, design and manufacture of 12 steel tube flying leads and associated hardware. JDR’s technical services team will also provide design analysis for the project including flow and structural analyses and free spanning vortex induced vibration (VIV) analysis.

JDR CEO, David Currie, said: “This contract highlights our world-leading expertise in the supply of specialist umbilicals and cables to the offshore energy industry. We are delighted to support GE and ONGC by providing the critical links to their subsea control system. This contract award is testament to our expert teams who are leading the charge in developing advanced and innovative technologies for the offshore energy sector.”

Flying leads are used to connect subsea trees to umbilical termination arrangements, manifolds and subsea distribution units. They will be manufactured at JDR’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Hartlepool, UK, where the company is currently undertaking a major site expansion, including the commissioning of a world-leading helical assembly machine and additional covered large capacity carousels.

Metocean Services International (MSI) has recently completed the first annual service of McDermott Australia Pty Ltd’s (MAPL) AXYS WatchMate™ current and wave buoy. The buoy was sold to MAPL in 2014 accompanied by an installation and service contract for an initial 3 years.

The buoy is installed in 270m of water in the ICHTHYS field. The INPEX operated ICHTHYS LNG Project in the Browse Basin offshore Western Australia is ranked amongst the most significant oil and gas projects in the world. In field, construction is well underway with the first production targeted at third quarter 2017.

8MSI Weight on deck courtesy of McD1Weight on deck: Photo courtesy: McDermott

Real-time meteorological, current and directional spectral wave data is telemetered back to MSI via Inmarsat satellite and posted onto a client specific website. Data is also posted to an FTP site to allow MAPL personnel to use it to support the ongoing infield construction where accurate, reliable and timely data is essential to ensure safe operations.

The WatchMate™ buoy is a solar powered precision instrument incorporating advanced technologies that make it an easy to use, reliable and rugged buoy for accurate measurement of directional waves. The wave sensor unit comprises three accelerometers, three rate gyros, a fluxgate compass, and the proprietary TRIAXYS™ Processor. Current data is provided via a fully integrated Nortek 600KHz profiler whilst meteorological data can be measured using a variety of sensors.

The WatchMate™ was specifically proposed to MAPL at the tendering stage due to the extreme local metocean conditions at site meaning a standard wave buoy was unlikely to survive. The WatchMate’s™ additional flotation combined with a site specific mooring designed by AXYS make it an ideal solution for these trying conditions proved by the exceptional data return provided over the last 12 months.

The project is expected to last 3 years before the buoy is recovered by MAPL following completion of their offshore work.

A spokesperson for MAPL commented “Reliable and accurate data from the WRB was essential for our offshore operations, as limiting sea states were critical for a number of the structure and spool installations. The WRB provided by Metocean Services International has been very reliable, provided the accurate data required, and the support provided from Metocean Services International for maintenance and any troubleshooting has been very professional and punctual.”

MSI owns and operates a number of similar systems so was confident in its recommendation of the Watchmate. Having been AXYS’s exclusive representative for marine environmental monitoring systems in Australia since 2009, MSI has extensive 'hands on' experience, as both an owner and user, with the AXYS product line and is therefore well qualified to fully support the end user. MSI systems are available on either a purchase or a rental basis and all measurement equipment can be deployed individually or integrated as part of a larger metocean system.

17LQTLQT Industries, LLC, a full-service provider of high quality accommodation facilities, design-build construction services, and support services to the oil and gas industry, has been awarded the construction of modular buildings from four (4) companies in the upstream and downstream market.

“We are pleased to continue to be a key supplier to our clients in a difficult market,” said John Alford, President of LQT Industries. “We appreciate the confidence our customers show in us and continue to gain customers due to our design-build capabilities and our on-time delivery of projects.”

The fabrication and outfitting of these customized buildings will be completed at LQT’s Fabrication Facility in Abbeville, LA, which specializes in designing and fabricating various types of modular structures including blast rated buildings, MCC buildings, and accommodation buildings.

At this year’s OTC in Houston the Damen Shipyards Group and GustoMSC announced the forming of a collaboration in order to produce a range of self-propelled and non-self-propelled jack-up platforms for the offshore industries – the DG JACK range. The collaboration will be based on GustoMSC’s strong track record in the design of jack-ups and provision of jacking systems, combined with Damen’s extensive experience in shipbuilding and vessel optimization, financing and worldwide after-sales services.

GustoMSC Managing Director Nils van Nood said of the collaboration: “We are very pleased to team-up with Damen to provide their clients proven and reliable jack-up solutions. These jack-ups form an expansion of the Damen portfolio targeting the offshore markets in oil & gas, renewables like offshore wind, and civil construction. The jack-ups will be based on GustoMSC’s proven designs and will include GustoMSC’s proven jacking systems.

1Damen JACK6136 01 004B web1DG Jack platform. Photo credit: Damen

“As a result of this collaboration the joint Damen and GustoMSC team is fully aligned to provide an optimized solution covering the complete lifecycle of the units, including the design, the construction and delivery as well as the services during operational life. The future owners of these jack-ups will enjoy a product of combined Damen and GustoMSC quality and they will experience first class global services.”

This arrangement provides the market with a total solution, drawing on the extensive experience of both companies, and on the wealth of knowledge within the Dutch maritime industry. Working together in this way, GustoMSC and Damen will be able to offer total control over the entire process, covering everything from basic design, through construction, to after-sales care – anywhere in the world.

Damen Chief Commercial Officer Arnout Damen explained: “The collaboration between Damen and GustoMSC represents a considered response to the needs of the entire offshore industry. It provides operators with a reliable, effective solution, combining GustoMSC’s expertise in design and engineering with Damen’s knowledge of construction, quality, outfitting, after sales service and finance options.

“We are looking forward to working with GustoMSC on the development of this range. The DG JACK will provide a bridge between the offshore energy sectors and offer the versatility to carry out multiple and varied tasks, safely, efficiently and at competitive rates, in line with market expectations”

The decision to partner up and produce the DG JACK range is based upon feedback from the offshore markets. DG JACKs will operate across the offshore spectrum, in both renewable and non-renewable sectors.

Damen Head of Business Development Peter Robert explained: “In the oil & gas markets, the demand for self-elevating service vessels such as the DG JACK range is driven largely by operation and maintenance (O&M) requirements. Age significantly increases the amount of topside repair, maintenance and refurbishment the operator must undertake for the platform to remain serviceable and compliant. In such circumstances the DG JACK represents an extremely cost-effective solution.

“At the same time, shallow water offshore fields remain a major source of production. With enhanced technology and recovery, combined with the relatively low cost of production compared to deep and ultra-deep water locations, such sites will ensure a continuing demand for the DG JACK range, particularly at this time of low oil prices.”

Mr Robert also stated that trends in the offshore wind industry gave the DG JACK range an assured welcome: “Wind turbine capacity has grown 41.1% from 2010 to 2015. In 2015, the average capacity of new wind turbines installed was 4.2 MW, a significant increase from 3.0 MW in 2010, reflecting a period of continuous development in turbine technology to increase energy yields at sea. The deployment of 4-6 MW turbines seen in 2015 will be followed by the gradual introduction of 6-8 MW turbines closer towards 2018.”

Operational experience to date has shown that jack-up vessel intervention has been required at operational windfarms to correct failures in relation to main components, both for isolated defects and to introduce design improvements. Most of the interventions have been in relation to early operational life and there is currently only a limited experience from offshore wind turbines on longer-term wear out rates and the typical length of life for critical main components, including blades, generators, transformers and gearboxes.

Consents granted to forthcoming projects indicate that this trend of scaling up is set to continue in the long term. Also, the fact that wind farms are placed farther offshore and in deeper water, means different capabilities are required than those seen in the current fleet of jack-ups operating in offshore wind. And, with the design life of offshore wind farms being between 20 and 25 years, routine operation and maintenance tasks are assured to ensure performance optimization.

20DynamicIndustries logoDynamic Industries International LLC. (Dynamic), a full service brownfield construction, fabricator, hook-up and commissioning contractor to the global offshore oil and gas industries, has announced that their Angolan affiliate, Dynamic Angola Contractors (DAC) based in Luanda, Angola has been awarded a contract to provide general construction and fabrication services in support of ongoing operations for a major oil and gas operator. The contract is expected to kickoff 4Q16 and last four (4) years.

Pierre Allard, Country Manager for DAC said, “This award is a great win for DAC and will provide another platform for DAC’s continued development and growth of our skilled Angolan workforce and investment for additional local infrastructure to support this activity”.

11Bibby Aleron copySince 2014 Bibby Offshore has invested heavily on its commitment to the workforce of tomorrow by their ongoing support and training of six young ROV apprentices. The apprentices have experienced a variance of training, internally at Bibby Offshore`s workshop facility and externally through the vast network of suppliers and customers. This has allowed the apprentices to gain a great overall insight into the range of offshore services that Bibby Offshore provide. Aleron Subsea has recognised these efforts and is now engaged in supporting Bibby Offshore with their ongoing training.

Managing Director Mike Bisset said: “We understand the need for high quality training of younger staff members and wanted to assist Bibby offshore where we could. We take the apprentices on a rotation in pairs where they spend time working on our ROV’s and ROV Tooling under the direction of our senior technician’s. We have also set up hour long structured lunch and learn sessions each day with Dan Fjellroth who was the senior ROV trainer at Technip Offshore, previously involved in setting up Technip's ROV technicians competence scheme and source in conjunction with the ROV Resource manager complementary courses suitable for ROV Personnel's professional development.

The training partnership has been ongoing successfully since Q4 2015 as is due to continue throughout 2016.

Aberdeen-headquarted subsea cable and connector specialist Hydro Group plc announces multiple Asia Pacific Business Partner agreements as the firm continues strategic growth in the region.

As part of international expansion plans in 2013 the firm formed its Singapore based division, Hydro Group Asia, which has shown an annual increase of sales in the region of over £1.5M. The five new Business Partner agreements with Uni-One in Taiwan, ISL in China, Oceanpixel in the Philippines, PT Indonesia in Indonesia and DKHG in Vietnam will aid Hydro Group’s cabling interconnect solutions presence in these important markets.

18RJB HydroGroup 047L-R) Doug Whyte, Hydro Group managing director and Steve Ang, Hydro Group Asia technical sales manager.

Steve Ang, Hydro Group Asia technical sales manager, said: “Entering into these new agreements allows us to improve our network across South East Asia, as part of our continued growth plans for the region. As we specialise in custom designs, improving our network also means a greater level of contact with our customers, which is vital for our hands on design and engineering approach.”

Hydro Group is at the forefront in the development and innovation of subsea product technologies, with involvement from prototype concept through to design, manufacture and project management.

Doug Whyte, Hydro Group managing director, said: “Asia currently represents Hydro Group’s second largest export market, with significant growth in demand for our range of subsea optical cables, electrical cables and connectors from defence markets and increasingly energy customers, due to the expansion of exploration activities in the region.

“These new agreements allow us to increase efficiency and ensure regular interaction with customers across the region. We look forward to working with our new Business Partners and fulfilling increasing demand for our products.”

2EthosOffshoreA team led by AJ Jain, Harkand North America Managing Director, has agreed to a management buyout (MBO) of Harkand’s North American and African business. The new company, to be named ETHOS OFFSHORE LIMITED, will continue to provide subsea engineering and construction services to Harkand’s existing US, Mexican and West African client base to market-leading standards.

The new company, backed by investment funds advised and managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (“Oaktree”), is expected to have a contracted backlog of $145 million worth of projects. The move also could potentially safeguard more than 100 jobs across North America, Africa and Mexico.

The MBO has ensured that Ethos Offshore is able to deliver the full scope of subsea services to established clients, including ROV and diving, inspection, engineering, project management and survey services. This will provide a sound platform for growth as new opportunities arise.

Operations in the three regions will continue to be led by AJ Jain as chief executive officer, supported by Brian Schacht, head of business development and communications, James Parker, head of North America operations and Doug Fieldgate, head of West Africa operations.

Mr Jain said: “Throughout the transition process, our focus will be to ensure that there is no disruption to clients. Our project teams will continue to deliver the high standard of services that our clients are accustomed to. We are delighted that Oaktree Capital Management continues to believe in the business created by the North America team of Harkand and is supporting not only the current projects but also the growth ambitions of our new company.”

Guillaume Bayol, Vice President at Oaktree, said: “The management team of Ethos Offshore, led by AJ Jain, has an established track record of delivering excellence to clients and partners in the Gulf of Mexico and West African markets. We are excited to work with them to build Ethos Offshore into a company with the highest reputation for safety, service and value for money in the subsea engineering and construction sector. We view this as an opportunity to build a platform and business model that can thrive in today’s challenging environment.”

McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE:MDR) has joined with 14 other leading offshore companies in signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish engineering industry standards.

Known as the Standardization Unified Joint Industry Project (JIP), the one-year agreement sets out the terms and conditions upon which the signing parties shall establish industry standards for offshore engineering. The objective is to reduce cost and increase predictability without compromising safety in international offshore oil and gas engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) topside projects by using standardized bulk materials and equipment, construction and qualification procedures, and documentation requirements.

4McDermott MOU Signing Khan 600x400Vaseem Khan, Professional Engineer and McDermott Vice President, Global Engineering, signs the Joint Offshore Engineering Standardization Agreement

As part of the agreement, all parties also agreed to comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations in the performance of the MOU and in particular with all applicable anti-trust, anti-competition and anti-bribery laws.

Joining McDermott for the signing ceremony at Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, Texas were officials from offshore engineering companies Wood Group Mustang, DNV Korea Limited, Technip, Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (SHI), Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (DSME), Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI), Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron and MODEC International. Classification societies signing the agreement were American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Bureau Vitas (BV), Korea Offshore & Shipbuilding Association (KOSHIPA), Korea Marine Equipment Research Institute (KOMERI) and Lloyd’s Register.

Vaseem Khan, Vice President, Engineering for McDermott, said that McDermott welcomes the opportunity to partner with stakeholders, customers and industry peers ”to craft standards that deliver sustainable cost reductions without compromise to safety or operability.”

“McDermott, with its unique and worldwide engineering-through-installation expertise is well placed to understand the challenges of standardization and has built its reputation for engineering excellence over the past 94 years,” Khan said. “As the industry moves to arrest and reverse the cost and schedule inflation of the past decade, a core element is offshore and subsea product standardization with a move to agnostic solutions which are industry specific but operator independent.”

3sun Group, a specialist provider of products and services to the global energy industry, has opened a new base in Hull which aims to provide up to 50 jobs locally. The expansion strengthens the Group’s strategy to become a leading supplier of installation, inspection and maintenance services for the offshore wind industry in the UK and Europe.

3sun Group will support local energy firms such as Siemens who have recently invested in the region as part of their commitments following a number of the up and coming offshore wind contracts off the UK coast.

12Threesun Group renewables technician preparing to go offshore3sun Group Technician

Commenting on the evolution of 3sun Group, CEO Graham Hacon, said: “Our premises in Hull allows us to continue to advance our strategic growth plans in the UK. We’re looking forward to an exciting new chapter, strengthening our position as experts in the offshore wind industry. By providing a local base, we are ensuring that we continue to exceed our customers’ expectations and meet the demand for services in the region.”

Recruitment will begin this July, with the aim to provide positions for 50 local 3sun Group employees. The Group will provide specialist training to the new employees at their Hull base through in-house training provider 3sun Academy.

Graham added: “We are committed to employing and developing a local workforce and our core electrical/mechanical technician roles will require the expertise of those who live in close proximity to Hull.”

Since inception in 2007, 3sun Group has grown rapidly to now employ over 280 people across the group, and has earned a global reputation for resolving some of the key energy engineering challenges facing the energy sector. The opening of the Hull base coincides with the two-day offshore wind event, Offshore Wind Connections (OWC) 2016 held at the Bridlington Spa where 3sun Group is exhibiting.

Dropped objects – still happening; and still harming – we must never expose ourselves, or others, to the risk of dropped or falling objects. That’s the message in a new video now available to watch on the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) website. The short, and highly emotive video, highlights the importance of safe working practices, not only to offshore personnel, but to their families at home.

The video was prepared by Technip with help from Atlas; and as Technip’s Marine Operations Services QHSE Director, Pete Somner, and Chairman of IMCA’s Marine Division Management Committee, says on the video: “It is by better understanding of our processes and correct use of tools and equipment that we can ensure everyone returns home safely.”

19IMCA Benzie Richard comprRichard Benzie, Technical Director, IMCA

The DROPS Forum has requested that the video be made available across the industry to share good practice, and this has seen Subsea UK, Oil & Gas UK (OGUK) and now IMCA all spreading the word. It is freely available here

“We agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments Pete Somner expresses on the video,” says Richard Benzie, Technical Director of IMCA. “We only have to look at our own safety and environmental statistics for 2015, which will be published in full by mid-June, to see that being struck by moving/falling objects was a significant cause of Lost Time Injuries (LTIs), accounting for 20% of the total reported in the year, to know how important it is to keep stressing that more care must be taken.

“I know members will agree that this kind of collaborative approach to safety is cost-effective and worthwhile. We, and especially our Safety, Environment and Legislation (SEL) Core Committee, would like to thank Technip for making the video so widely available.”

MSI announces the award of a major metocean contract and the subsequent successful deployment of 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 WatchmateTM metocean buoys as well as 12 subsea moorings, measuring waves, currents and water quality parameters.

3Metocean ShellTRDi ADCP, Flotation and Acoustic Releases Ready for Deployment. AXYS WatchMate Behind. Credit: Metocean

The project is expected to last 12 months and the data will be used as input to 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 incidents recorded during the offshore campaign in late February / early March 2016 (totaling nearly 3800 man hours). Deployment was conducted using the RK Offshore vessel Greta K, which had a second crane fitted and was modified in Cape Town specifically for this operation.

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