Company Updates

17helge profile MCSGlobal Maritime Consultancy & Engineering, a provider of marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services to the offshore sector, has appointed Helge Flesland to lead its Mission Critical Systems Group in Norway.

Helge will be responsible for managing and further developing Global Maritime’s mission critical systems, including crane, marine operations and dynamic positioning (DP). Other areas of Helge’s brief will include ensuring that all operations are compliant, actively participating in the company’s future strategic direction, and defining mission critical services and client priorities.

Mikal Grure Eie, Regional Manager for Norway, said: “Global Maritime is an industry leader in the operation and inspection of mission critical and marine control systems and we are delighted that Helge has agreed to head up this vital role. As we move forward, Norwegian customers can look forward to the very highest standards in safety and risk reduction and the effective operation of all their mission critical systems.”

Helge has more than 25 years experience in HSE safety, risk analysis and risk management for both onshore and offshore operators, with his main focus over the last few years being large modification projects on platforms in the North Sea related to oil field life extensions.

Prior to joining Global Maritime in 2015, where he has held a number of roles including managing Global Maritime’s risk and HSE business in Singapore, Helge was Senior Principal Consultant and also Risk Services Manager at Lloyds Register Consulting. In his career at Lloyds Register, Helge managed the company’s risk and safety departments in Australia and Lloyds Register’s involvement in the Johan Sverdrup project, one of Norway’s largest-ever offshore projects. Helge also worked for Statoil as HSE Manager on the Gullfaks project, where he conducted HSE risk management, safety analysis and design reviews among other activities. Helge has a BSc in Petroleum Technology and a Master of Management from the BI Norwegian Business School.

Global Maritime’s Mission Critical Systems Group specializes in risk reduction and assurance for all equipment and systems. Applying the latest industry standards, Global Maritime works closely with clients to identify and control vulnerabilities and hazards, maximizing safety and minimizing downtime. Areas of expertise include audits relating to cranes and other lifting equipment that ensures safe and efficient operation; dynamic positioning (DP); subsea systems; umbilical pipe lay systems; jacking systems; bow loading and cargo handling systems; anchor chain and cable spooling equipment; and more.

11 1FranksIntl logoFrank’s International N.V. (“Frank’s”) (NYSE:FI) announces that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Blackhawk Group Holdings, Inc., the ultimate parent company of Blackhawk Specialty Tools LLC (“Blackhawk”), a leading provider of well construction and well intervention services and products. Blackhawk is being purchased from Bain Capital Private Equity, a leading global private investment firm which acquired the business together with management in 2013.

11 2BlackhawklogoFrank’s expects that Blackhawk’s specialty cementation tools will augment its tubular running services business by providing Frank’s the opportunity to diversify its offerings and emerge as a leader in a new business line and a significantly larger addressable market. In addition to what Frank’s believes is a line of well-regarded, market leading, technically differentiated specialty cementation tools, Blackhawk also provides well intervention products through its line of brute packers and related products, and is continuing its development of products for onshore and offshore applications.

Gary Luquette, Frank’s President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Similar to Frank’s, Blackhawk has a reputation for combining exceptional service with an innovative portfolio of technology that delivers consistent value to customers. Together we will continue to offer the same reliable service customers expect, while furthering customer relationships with new products and services across the Frank’s global footprint. Joining Blackhawk’s cementing tool expertise with Frank’s global tubular running services franchise will allow us to offer customers worldwide a more integrated suite of best-in-class products and services to address their well construction needs across all environments from land to shelf to deepwater.”

Billy Brown, Blackhawk’s Chief Executive Officer and a founder of the company, stated, “Joining the Frank’s global family is the next step in continuing the expansion of Blackhawk’s industry leading specialty products and equipment. Our team is proud of the progress we have made in developing innovative products and strong customer relationships through quality and reliable service, and we appreciate the support we have enjoyed from our partners at Bain Capital. Combining Frank’s and Blackhawk is the right strategic move at the right time, providing customers the same exceptional service with a broader platform to accelerate future growth.”

Todd Cook, a Managing Director at Bain Capital Private Equity, said, “We have been pleased to work with and support the experienced team at Blackhawk in executing a focused and durable strategy in a demanding, sophisticated market. We look forward to participating in the significant growth we believe will flow from combining these two best in class service providers.”

The merger consideration comprises a combination of approximately $150 million of cash on hand and approximately 12.8 million shares of Frank’s common stock, on a cash-free, debt-free basis (with approximately $80 million of Blackhawk debt being repaid at closing with proceeds from the transaction), subject to adjustment. Based on the Frank’s closing price on Thursday, October 6, 2016 the transaction is valued at approximately $321 million.

Frank’s is focused on driving revenue synergies, and expects the acquired products and services to benefit from Frank’s global presence, operating excellence and strong balance sheet, significantly enhancing the growth potential of the business. Additionally, over time, Frank’s expects to realize the benefits of increased cost efficiency by providing a broader set of product offerings through its combined global infrastructure and optimizing supply chain operations to take advantage of the expanded business.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. It is anticipated that the closing of the transaction will occur during the fourth quarter of 2016.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC served as Frank’s exclusive financial advisor on the transaction, and legal advice was provided by Baker & McKenzie LLP. Blackhawk was advised by Simmons & Company International, the energy specialist unit of Piper Jaffray, and legal advice was provided by Ropes & Gray LLP.

Leading global deck machinery specialist ACE Winches has completed a scope of work [for Technip] as part of a subsea infrastructure project in the Loyal field, west of the Shetland Islands. Quad204 is the redevelopment of the Schiehallion and Loyal fields, located 175 km west of Shetland and 15 km north of the Foinaven field.

The complete project will see an existing floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel replaced with a larger, purpose-built FPSO to accommodate new field tie-ins. The development of additional wells and the installation of new subsea infrastructures in neighbouring fields are also planned.

3QUAD204SchiehallionQUAD204 – Schiehallion. Photo courtesy: BP

The bespoke solution from ACE Winches includes a hydraulic drum winch, overboard system and spooling gear, designed and manufactured at the company’s facilities in Aberdeenshire and developed in collaboration with the end client, in line with its requirements for riser installation on board the FPSO. The system was designed by ACE Winches’ skilled engineering division, which has previous experience of working on large-scale subsea projects.

Challenged by limited deck space, the company developed a package that houses the hydraulic drum winch, with a safe working load of 150te across all layers, an overboard system and spooling gear into the winch base frame. The winch package includes closed loop hydraulic power units, located nearby.

A custom-made compact winch was designed to accommodate the limited space and meet the required performance characteristics for riser installation, while the overboard system provides access to the tower, with ladders and walkways included.

All the equipment was fully tested at ACE Winches’ test bed facility, with testing simulating full operational mode at full performance and brake load holds. All tests were carried out to DNV specifications for lifting appliances. The equipment will shortly be mobilised to the client.

Richard Wilson, Chief Operations Officer, ACE Winches said: “The limited deck space presented us with a challenge, but we overcame it with an innovative design which delivers a high quality solution that obtains maximum use and efficiency from the area available."

Bureau Veritas, a global leader in testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services, has appointed Paul Shrieve as chief executive officer (CEO) of North Sea Offshore Operations, Marine and Offshore.

Paul, is based at the company’s Aberdeen office, and has more than 15 years experience in senior management in the oil and gas industry, including roles at Senior Vice President at other TIC organizations and as Managing Director at ATL Consulting Services, which was acquired by Bureau Veritas in 1999. The appointment marks a return to the company for Paul, who was Vice President of North Sea Oil and Gas from 1999 until 2006.

15Paul ShrievePaul Shrieve, CEO, Bureau Veritas

Paul rejoining Bureau Veritas earlier this year reaffirms the company’s long term commitment to the North Sea, and the business has been recently restructured to provide an enhanced, more streamlined service for customers. Five new Client Technical Services Manager roles have been created that will allow customers to have a single point of contact who can provide leadership in all areas of planning, financial control, technical, operations management and communication.

The company’s Aberdeen office has also welcomed 10 new members of staff this year with further hiring plans for 2017.

Paul commented: “I am thrilled to be back with Bureau Veritas at such an exciting time. The new restructure will allow us to develop deeper and broader client relationships as well as allow continued development opportunities for our staff.”

“As part of the company’s growth plan, we hope to bring a wider range of compliance services across the whole project life cycle from concept to decommissioning. Despite current market conditions, it is essential we continue to invest in our industry and that is exactly what Bureau Veritas plans to do.”

Bureau Veritas employs around 66,500 people globally, with 3,000 in the Marine and Offshore (M&O) division and 75 in M&O North Sea Offshore Operations, which are based in the UK and Norway. Despite the challenging conditions facing the oil and gas industry, Bureau Veritas, which sponsored the Innovation in Safety category at this year’s Offshore Safety Awards, sees the North Sea as a key area for business growth.

Paul added: “We have a renewed energy and focus on service delivery towards our clients, challenging our existing activities to ensure we are supporting our clients to face the current operating environment.”

“We have increased the level of client engagement, both current and prospective, looking for opportunities to develop more of a partnership relationship rather than a client/supplier relationship.”

“Internally, we have been investing in training despite the challenging market conditions to make sure our staff are well equipped to support client needs and equally, respond to market demand for a wider range of services being delivered by Bureau Veritas at a local level.”

18Ashtead Graeme BoothAshtead Technology has strengthened its UK team with the appointment of a regional technical support leader, to provide its customers with the most efficient, cost-effective technological solutions.

With a career spanning more than 25 years in the subsea industry, Graeme Booth joins Ashtead from Subsea 7 where he held a number of technical support and offshore operational roles, including survey equipment superintendent.

Mr. Booth will provide customers with technical support covering equipment rentals and custom engineered packages, for survey and ROV operations worldwide.

Based in Aberdeen, Mr. Booth’s role has been created in response to increased customer demand for outsourced integrated technical support from initial pre-bid stage through to offshore execution, ensuring projects are delivered on time and within budget.

Allan Pirie, chief executive of Ashtead Technology, said: “We understand that selecting the right technological solution, with 24/7 support is critical to the success of our customers’ subsea operations. We will continue to expand our technical support team in response to current market challenges.

“Our customers are increasingly looking to their suppliers for ways to minimize technical and operational risks and drive down costs. Graeme will be integral to driving this forward, supporting our existing customers, developing new business opportunities and growing our service offering. “Graeme’s extensive industry experience, coupled with his in-depth knowledge of survey and ROV equipment, will provide additional value to our customers.”

Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Booth said: “Ashtead is a company with a clear vision and a highly skilled team who have helped shape the company into the industry leader it is today. I look forward to playing my part in the next phase of the company’s growth, as it looks to enhance its range of value-added services to support customer projects globally.”

Founded in 1985, Ashtead Technology is a world-leading, independent subsea equipment solutions specialist providing rental and sale of marine equipment, offshore personnel, calibration, repair and maintenance, asset management, training and custom engineered solutions. Positioned at the forefront of technology and innovative solutions, Ashtead strives to provide a one-stop-shop for cost effective solutions to maximize performance with high quality service and delivery.

12 1NewtonLabs copyNewton Labs has appointed C. A. Richards & Associate, Inc, a leader in the Gulf Coast Subsea market, as its exclusive sales representative. C.A. Richards & Assoc will represent Newton’s Underwater Laser Scanner Line in Houston, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Newton’s underwater laser scanners capture sub millimeter measurements beyond the capabilities of Ultrasound. The Newton subsea laser scanners operate at depths up to 4000 meters and capture raw as-built data to within 0.005 inches. C.A. Richards & Assoc. will include Newton's M210UW, M310UW, M1500UW, M3200UW and M4000UW in their product line.

12 2CARichards copy“The Newton Underwater Laser Scanners capture precision metrology data and meet a growing demand from our customers in the Oil and Gas market,” said Chuck Richards, President C.A. Richards & Associates.

C.A. Richards & Associates is an award winning company that has more than 45 years experience providing technical services and integrated instrumentation solutions for the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry. The company is located in Houston’s West Side Energy Corridor and provides instrumentation and technology consultation and sales to the Offshore Diving, ROV, Drilling, Survey and Geophysical Contractors, Construction, Pipelay, Government and Academia markets.

“Newton is pleased to be working with a company that has such a distinguished longstanding reputation like C.A. Richards and Associates,” said Newton Labs President John W. Bramblet. “They have tremendous experience and are a leading representative in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry.”

Based in the technology center of Seattle, Newton Labs is a privately held manufacturer of machine vision, robotics, laser scanning and optical automation with significant industry experience. Over its more than 20 year history, Newton Labs has deployed more than 30,000 machine vision, robotic, laser scanning and automation systems worldwide.

Claxton, an Acteon company, has successfully introduced the latest modular versions of its conductor recovery tower and SABRE™ abrasive cutting system to increase efficiency and flexibility in decommissioning and late life projects.

First developed in 1999, SABRE™ has proven to be an invaluable industry tool and has been successfully used in some of the world’s most significant abandonment campaigns. Its abrasive jet exits the tool at transonic speeds – making light work of even composite materials such as cemented casings.

5Claxton Horne Wren Decom3

Photo courtesy: Claxton

Using a jet of naturally occurring cutting components (garnet, water and air), SABRE™ has a low environmental impact. The system can be deployed from various vessel types or platforms, allowing the simultaneous abrasive cutting of multiple well casings without impacting adjacent infrastructure.

The latest version is fully NORSOK Z-015 compliant, has a reduced system footprint and is modular in design, making it be adaptable to a wider range of applications and deck layouts and thus minimizing complexity. Its cutting manipulators suit all standard casing sizes down to 6-5/8”; it can operate at pressures of up to 20,000 psi and includes a packer system to improve cutting performance.

The modular approach and philosophy for SABRE™ also influenced new developments for the Claxton conductor recovery tower. The tower can handle and recover tubulars from production tubing to 30” casing during well abandonment. Designed for operational speed and reduced rig-up complexity, the system increases efficiency offshore. By having a small, lightweight yet powerful system, Claxton can also extend the operational window of the unit and move from well to well quickly and effectively.

Matt Marcantonio, R&D Manager, Claxton, said: “The concept for both the new SABRE™ deck spread and conductor recovery tower was to improve efficiency and flexibility. “The systems are now fully modular and can be adapted to a wide variety of deck layouts and locations. The latest version of SABRE™ was first used in July on an 8m x 8m weather deck footprint on the Horne and Wren Platform in the Southern North Sea - where the abrasive cutting system successfully severed two multi-string wells.

“The developments are the result of a great deal of work and innovation across the organization. We are extremely proud to have raised the bar including making the SABRE™ system fully NORSOK compliant to Z-015. This enables us to use SABRE™ on installations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. It is also already booked out for a number of campaigns through 2016 and 2017.”

Claxton has grown significantly over the years in order to respond to clients’ operating needs. The company’s integration strategy means it can offer comprehensive decommissioning packages for the following applications: platform wells (rigless, rig-based or combined simultaneous operations), subsea wells, and casing recovery (drilling support operations).

For a case study on the Horne and Wren project, click here.

Unique Group’s India office has been selected by Trelleborg’s offshore operation as one of its agents in India. As a part of the agreement, Unique Group’s base in India will offer the full range of solutions from Trelleborg’s offshore operation to customers within the region.

The decision was based on Unique Group’s successful track record and their dedicated, proactive team in the region.

16trelleborg half 2Trelleborg’s extensive range of innovative solutions is taking performance to new levels

Andy Hey, Key Account Manager at Trelleborg’s offshore operation, commented, “We are glad to partner with Unique Group’s India office as they have been our value added partner for the Middle East region for several years now. As they are renowned for their global presence, seamless sales and support structure along with a broad client reach, we are confident that Trelleborg’s offshore operations will have an even greater presence in the Indian market over the years to come.”

Sharad Kumar, Managing Director at Unique Group’s India office further added, “Our team in India is continually growing its presence in the region. India is a strategic market for the offshore industry and our partnership with Trelleborg will help us strengthen our global reach and help expand our innovative portfolio of services in the Indian subcontinent.”

Trelleborg is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, damp and protect critical applications in demanding environments. Its innovative engineered solutions accelerate performance for customers in a sustainable way. Using advanced polymer material technology, Trelleborg’s offshore operation provides high integrity solutions for the harshest offshore environments and specializes in the development and production of polymers and syntactic foam, for all levels of the offshore industry.

This new partnership supports Trelleborg’s strategy to strengthen its positions in attractive market segments.

3sapura kencana logo vector 720x340SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad (“SapuraKencana”) has been awarded new contracts by clients with a combined value of approximately USD215 million (approximately RM889 million, based on USD/MYR exchange rate of USD1: RM4.14).

Details of each of these contracts are as summarized below:


Award of Contract in relation to the B127 Cluster Pipeline RTR Project by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited

A consortium of SapuraKencana TL Offshore Sdn. Bhd. and SapuraKencana HL Sdn. Bhd. has been awarded a contract by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) in relation to the B127 Cluster Pipeline RTR Project. The scope of work consists of engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning of 11 pipeline systems and associated topside modifications in B127 and surrounding Mumbai High fields located off the west coast of India. The Contract is for a period of 20 months.

Award of Contract for the Provision of Tender Assist Drilling Rig SKD Pelaut by Brunei Shell Petroleum Sdn. Bhd.

SapuraKencana Drilling Asia Limited has been awarded a contract by Brunei Shell Petroleum Sdn. Bhd. (“Brunei Shell Petroleum”) for the provision of its Tender Assist Drilling Rig SKD Pelaut. The contract builds on the long term partnership between Brunei Shell Petroleum and SapuraKencana whereby Brunei Shell Petroleum will continue to use SKD Pelaut as a bespoke technical solution for its development drilling campaign offshore Brunei Darussalam. The contract is for a firm period of 2 years with options to extend for an additional 2 years.

Award of Contract for the Provision of Underwater Maintenance Services for Sepat Mobile Offshore Production Unit (“MOPU”) by PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.

SapuraKencana Subsea Services Sdn. Bhd. (formerly known as SapuraKencana Allied Marine Sdn. Bhd.) has been awarded a project by PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd. (“PCSB”) for the provision of underwater maintenance services for Sepat MOPU.

The scope of work consists of inspection, maintenance, repairs, drilling support and other work for PCSB’s underwater facilities to be executed in the water shore and offshore Peninsular Malaysia at 0-2000 meters water depth, with diver intervention at 0-300 meters water range at the Sepat MOPU Field. The Contract is for a period of approximately 2 months.

Ground breaking optimization and efficiency technology for offshore marine support operations has been developed for the oil and gas industry.

The innovative software, which has been developed by PlanSea Ltd., a spin out company from Robert Gordon University (RGU), has been applied by Nexen to remove significant cost from its North Sea operations.

Working with PlanSea, Nexen was able to simulate 65 weeks of its full North Sea marine operations using different schedules and combinations of its platform supply vessel (PSV) fleet. The results showed that significant reductions in fleet size and improvements in vessel utilisation could be achieved by re-organising its operations.

16PlanSea Frigg VikingPSV Frigg Viking in Aberdeen Harbor. Photo credit: Jim Cargill

Nexen’s Managing Director UK and SVP Europe, Ray Riddoch, is delighted with the progress Nexen has made. He said: “In order to live at a low oil price, operators need to make a step change in eliminating waste in the supply chain and this requires a step change in thinking about new modes of operation. Through working with PlanSea, we have been able to enhance vessel utilization and so reduce our North Sea PSV fleet from four vessels to two, resulting in a 2016 saving of some £6.5M.”

Prof. John McCall of RGU whose expert team at the university developed the system, explained: “Our system uses advanced algorithms to optimize vessel utilization while still meeting all operational objectives. We have spent several years working with industry partners to model supply vessel operations so that we can be confident we have captured all of the constraints and delays that make offshore logistics such a complex task.”

PlanSea Managing Director, Jim Cargill, is optimistic about the potential for the newly proven technology. He said: “The ability to accurately identify feasible ways in which reduced fleets can operate and validate that in realistic simulation is a game changer. There is a tremendous opportunity for the industry to collaborate with shared PSV fleets, potentially taking 40% - 50% out of resource costs. In the North Sea that could mean continued viability for assets that are struggling to break even in the current environment. Looking forward to a recovery in price, the value of savings made now will increase - as activity rises the cost base will rise at a slower rate as efficient fleet sizing is maintained.”

Stephen Marcos Jones, Business Excellence Director, Oil & Gas UK, was supportive of the initiative. He added: “Oil & Gas UK launched the Efficiency Task Force in September last year to drive forward efficiency improvement across the industry, as such we are delighted to see this collaboration by PlanSea and Nexen achieving these great results. Their work together shows how taking an innovative approach and harnessing technology can drive efficiency improvements and is another small step in the transformational change required by industry to ensure the sustainability of the UK Continental Shelf.”

Margaret Copland, Senior Wells & Technology Manager, at the Oil & Gas Authority also welcomed the news. She said “As Operators and the Supply Chain work hard to reduce costs there is a recognition that harnessing new technology to help collaboration and reduce costs is essential to allow the industry to prosper. Technologies such as digital have the potential to transform the industry and this example of utilizing algorithms and machine learning to optimize vessel utilization is part of that journey. The progress that Nexen and PlanSea have made in utilizing software technology to make significant savings in offshore supply costs is therefore very encouraging.”

12AddEnergylogoAdd Energy, an international energy consultancy provider, has been awarded a contract worth £120,000 with a leading upstream gas operator in Oman.

The contract has secured jobs at the company’s Aberdeen office and enabled sustainability of its Oman office and in country partnership.

The scope of work will see Add Energy provide the plant with equipment specific maintenance strategies and procedures, which will enable maintenance execution and planning to be optimized. The project will be carried out with an aim of reducing equipment downtime, by mitigating failures due to maintenance which is inadequate or without full coverage.

Peter Adam, Add Energy managing director, commented: “We are thrilled to be have been awarded this contract from a world class upstream gas operator in Oman. Having completed previous contracts in the region, the Middle East has always been a focus for Add Energy and we look forward to working closely with our client in the coming months.

“This contract signifies that while cost cutting continues, operators still need to invest in initiatives that are driven towards efficiency and streamlining operations.”

The project will be carried out by Add Energy’s asset and integrity management division in both Aberdeen, UK and Muscat, Oman. Work is due to start in September 2016.

17harriscaprocklogoHarris CapRock Communications has received the TMT News’ 2016 Telecoms Award for its leadership in maritime and energy wireless communications. The TMT News award recognizes service providers and technology innovators in the telecoms sector. The winners were selected by 136,000 subscribers and industry professionals.

“The Maritime and Energy Wireless Solutions award acknowledges Harris CapRock’s contributions to the industry and our ability to deliver advanced communications around the globe,” said Tracey Haslam, president, Harris CapRock. “It is an honor that so many people recognized our organization based on the value of service we provide.”

6MaerskResolveThe Maersk Resolve has finalized the planned work scope for DONG Energy at the Hejre field in the Danish sector of the North Sea, and Maersk Drilling has therefore received a letter of early termination. The original contract was scheduled to end in January 2017. The compensation under the early termination agreement leaves Maersk Drilling financially neutral to the original contract.

“We are all acutely aware of the difficult market situation we are facing in the offshore drilling industry, however, it is gratifying to see a rig like the Maersk Resolve and her crew outperform expectations and complete her work scope several months ahead of schedule for the complex HPHT development at Hejre,” says Head of Global Sales, Michael Reimer Mortensen and continues:

“The Maersk Resolve and her crew has delivered a great performance throughout the duration of the contract, and we aim to secure a new contract for the rig as soon as possible.”

Maersk Resolve is a High Efficiency jack-up built in 2009 and is designed for year-round operation in harsh environments and in water depths of up to 350ft. The rig is fully HPHT capable and prepared for Managed Pressure Drilling technology.

The official signing of the Cat Propulsion Dealer Agreement with Louisiana Cat commenced on August 22, 2016. Louisiana Cat is the first Caterpillar Dealership in the Americas to reach all requirements for training and technical sales and support to become a Gold level dealer for the full line of Cat Propulsion equipment.

17CatPropulsionErika Hamrick, Cat Marine Regional Sales Manager Americas officially recognizes Robert “Bobby” Webb, CEO at Louisiana Cat as the first Cat Propulsion Dealer in the Americas (left) Official document signing at the Reserve, La headquarters by Erika Hamrick and Bobby Webb. Also pictured is Mike Jennings, General Manager (right)

“This is truly a milestone for Louisiana Cat! By having a fully integrated Caterpillar propulsion solution available to our customers with the same promise of reliability is a real differentiator in the marketplace. We can now leverage our decades of experience with marine engines and raw horsepower with a very natural extension of our expertise through the shaft and to the propeller. We are excited to be the first dealer in the Americas to achieve this goal through qualification in a rigorous technical sales and support training over the last year and a half,” said Mike Jennings, Louisiana Cat Power Systems Division General Manager.

Louisiana Cat is very excited to add these products to our line of propulsion offerings to more completely meet the customer’s need for a single source for complete propulsion systems. This expansion of the marine product line from the engine and generator to the entire marine propulsion system package will help maximize uptime, while reducing operating costs for offshore platform service and towing vessels, inland river cargo & transportation vessels, fishing & governmental vessels.

14HB Rentals imageOffshore accommodation and workspace solutions specialist, HB Rentals, has invested in excess of £750,000 into new product lines in response to customer demand.

The company has added hazardous area workshop containers to its rental fleet which are multi-functional with the combination of standard features and fit-out options. This offers a wide range of applications ranging from mechanical workshops, electrical workshops, rigging lofts and storage containers.

The new DNV 2.7-1 certified workshops come with ATEX Zone 1 electrics, lighting, heating and air conditioning, allowing them to operate in a hazardous area. Standard features also include workbenches, vice and caged shelving with the option of an extendable lifting beam and hoist.

In addition to the workshop containers, HB Rentals has invested in refrigeration / freezer containers, which are also DNV 2.7-1 certified. The containers feature stainless steel hygienic surfaces for easy cleaning and wash down, dual temperature settings for refrigeration or freezing and automatic sensor lighting.

Featuring Carrier’s marine refrigeration plant, the containers can operate in environments ranging between -30°C to +50°C and also have a removable floor grid for easy cleaning.

Norman Porter, managing director HB Rentals Limited, commented: “We are thrilled to be adding these two new product lines to our portfolio of rental equipment. So far we have received a healthy level of enquiries and already have success with a number on contract in the North Sea.

“We are continuing to diversify our business to meet the changing customer requirements and our investment in this new equipment is a testament to our on-going commitment to the industry.”

5Sonardyne Syrinx UniqueHydrographic survey and diving equipment specialists, Unique Group, has selected subsea vehicle positioning and navigation technology from Sonardyne International Ltd, to add to its expanding equipment rental pool.

The SPRINT Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) and Syrinx Doppler Velocity Logs (DVLs) will be held at the company’s regional headquarters in Aberdeen and made available to support survey and construction projects using ROVs and AUVs in water depths up to 4,000 meters.

Introduced onto the market over 10 years ago, Sonardyne’s SPRINT makes optimal use of acoustic aiding from data sources including USBL, LBL and DVL and pressure sensors to improve the accuracy, precision and reliability of subsea vehicle positioning. Unique will be one of the first rental companies to own Sonardyne’s recently launched third generation SPRINT which features dual outputs to support Survey and ROV teams, a small titanium housing and upgradeable performance levels to suit users’ operational requirements.

Sonardyne’s Syrinx DVL provides tight beam-level aiding to SPRINT INS allowing for unprecedented positioning performance, even if one or two DVL beams are unavailable. As a standalone instrument, fully linear signal processing, low noise electronics and adaptive bottom lock, enables Syrinx to operate at altitudes up to 50 percent higher than conventional 600 kHz DVLs with the high resolution performance of a 1200 kHz DVL, all whilst navigating over undulating and challenging terrain of any type.

To complement their SPRINTs, Unique has selected 4,000 meter rated Syrinx DVLs which can be mechanically mated with 3rd generation SPRINTs to make installation on vehicles straightforward, an important consideration when equipment is being mobilized for short term projects.

“The specifications for SPRINT and Syrinx are individually very impressive but when they are combined, it’s clear to see that they provide outstanding levels of performance in a single offering for ROV guidance and survey,” said Andy Doggett, Director at Unique Group’s Survey Equipment division. “The decision to invest was therefore a simple one for us – and one which allow our clients to complete their projects in less time and for less cost.”

For more information about Syrinx DVL, click here.
For more information about SPRINT, click here.
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