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Mar/Apr 2018


N-Sea awarded multi-million pound international contracts

The projects will be delivered with a variety of vessels, including the 'Siem N-Sea'

UK- and Netherlands-based subsea provider N-Sea has announced that it secured major contracts to the value of £40 million during the fourth quarter of 2017 and first quarter of 2018.

The company said its expertise in the fields of UXO survey, ROV and tooling solutions, diving and subsea maintenance and construction will be employed. The projects – which include UK east coast wind farm work, interconnector cable projects and German Baltic scopes – will be delivered with a variety of vessels on behalf of customers in the oil and gas, offshore renewables and utilities sectors.

Commercial director Gary Thirkettle said: “N-Sea continues to evolve, developing our expertise and assets to match the business mix in the new energy economy. While our oil and gas IMR proposition remains strong, we are delighted to see strong growth in other sectors and with a variety of new customers across our core European region.

“In addition to our European activity, 2017 saw several exciting and significant new projects further afield, in North Africa, West Africa and the Middle East. We will continue to seek out further opportunities for export of our expertise.”

SMP delivers containerised diving systems to MoD

Submarine Manufacturing and Products (SMP), UK, has delivered two 20-foot (six-metre) DNV containerised diving systems (CDS) to the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MoD).

“SMP was selected by the Ministry of Defence through a tender process to supply two identical 20-foot DNV CDS, these systems were designed and manufactured by SMP’s skilled workforce,” said a spokesman.

The spokesman added that the systems were based on a past proven design created by SMP with added bespoke requirements requested by the MoD. “The containerised diving systems are made up of various different components including workshop area, dive control, three-diver panel, cylinder quads and standby diver area,” he said.

James Griffiths, staff officer at the MoD, said: “SMP have proven themselves to be the clear market leader in delivery of projects such as the two new dive controls I project managed. The attention to detail in their initial tender submission coupled with an intimate knowledge of their own products ensured the submission and tender award process went very smoothly.

“The build phase and subsequent delivery also progressed extremely well; this was mainly due to the expertise of the design and engineering staff coupled with regular progress meetings and concise feedback from the sales department.

“It was a pleasure working with the whole team and we look forward to working with them over the next few years where they will be maintaining, certifying and supporting the systems.”

DeepOcean awarded Statoil contract
  • DeepOcean's construction vessel 'Edda Freya'

Subsea services company DeepOcean reports it has been awarded a contract by Statoil, Norway, for performing riser replacement and construction work in the North Sea and the Norwegian Sea.

DeepOcean said the firm and optional scope of work comprises complex marine operations for replacement, installation and recovery of subsea lines and installation work at the Njord, Kristin, Troll C and Åsgard offshore fields.

Onshore engineering and preparatory work will start in 2018, offshore execution is set for 2019 and 2020. The onshore project team will work out of DeepOcean’s offices in Haugesund and Stavanger, Norway.

DeepOcean’s commercial director for Subsea Services, Rolf Ivar Sørdal, said: “DeepOcean has throughout 2016 and 2017 successfully performed complex and demanding subsea operations for Statoil and the construction vessel Edda Freya has introduced a new benchmark for efficiency and operability in SURF operations to the market.

“We believe this contract honours our achievements and further strengthens our solid relationship with Statoil. We are looking forward to further continuing our journey and work together with Statoil to ensure the project is successfully and safely executed.”

Winch supply

Greek firm Assodivers has placed an order with Denmark-based MacArtney for the supply of a trenching umbilical winch.

The scope of supply includes a trenching umbilical winch and an electric-optical slip ring.

“The winch is characterised by a self-contained, all steel welded construction with protection frame, drum, level wind, gear box, electric motor and switch board,” said MacArtney.

Bluestream orders compact Cougars for central and northern North Sea operations
  • The two new Cougar Compacts join Bluestream's fleet of Saab Seaeye underwater robotic systems, a selection of which is shown here

Saab Seaeye, UK, reports it has received an order from Dutch offshore and subsea services provider Bluestream for a pair of compact Cougar ROV systems. Bluestream plans to use the vehicles for operations in the central and northern North Sea, according to Saab Seaeye.

A spokesman for the company said: “By adding two new gravity-based Saab Seaeye Cougar XT Compact Zone II ROV systems to its fleet – a low-profile design of vehicle especially suited for fixed or floating platform inspections – Bluestream expects to assist its clients by bringing its experience and potential cost saving solutions to the UK offshore market.”

The spokesman said the compact version of the Cougar design was chosen because its slimmed-down profile makes it easily manoeuvrable inside complex platform structures, whilst its powerful thruster pack helps cope with strong currents and turbulent waters.

The systems will be equipped with a Tritech, UK, SeaPrince sonar, Kongsberg, Norway, cameras and an underslung hydraulic skid ready for fitting an array of third-party equipment.

The addition of the new systems brings Bluestream’s current fleet of Saab Seaeye vehicles to 22.

ROV sales for Forum in Russia and Norway

Aberdeen, UK-based Forum Subsea Technologies, a subsidiary of Forum Energy Technologies, Inc., USA, reports a strong start to the year with three sales awards in Russia and Norway. The deals will see the firm supplying four of its ROVs to academia and the aquaculture industry.

The first sale is to an academic research facility in Russia. Awarded through Forum’s local distributor in the region, DiveTechnoService, the St Petersburg-based academic institution has selected one of the company’s Mojave ROVs to support its oceanography research work.

The other new contracts are repeat business with two Norwegian aquaculture companies. Forum successfully sold one Mojave observation vehicle and two Mohican inspection-class ROVs through its local distributer, Innova. The vehicles will be used for the inspection and maintenance of commercial fish farming operations in Norway. The Mohican ROVs were chosen for the system’s enhanced propulsion, as they are best suited to manoeuvring in the harsh and unpredictable conditions of the region, according to Forum.

Kevin Taylor, the company’s vice president of subsea, said: “These three important deals reaffirm Forum’s commitment to remaining a dominant force in the ROV market as we continue to strengthen our position in industries out with the oil and gas market across the world.

“During the prolonged downturn in the subsea market, we have adapted our business plan and explored new markets for our ROVs. We are now seeing this come to fruition with four ROVs being purchased in the aquaculture market for inspection and repair work and also for academic research in Russia.

“These purchases are testament to the reputation Forum has for manufacturing first-class ROVs and associated products suited to the subsea landscapes found in the oil and gas, renewables, and aquaculture sectors, and for supporting geographic subsea research programmes across the globe.”





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