The Magazine for Underwater Professionals

Mar/Apr 2018


Stapem Offshore takes delivery of new dive support vessel for operations off the Angolan coast

Stapem Beluga, the first of two Incat Crowther, Australia, designed 18-metre aluminium dive support catamarans, has landed safely in Angola. Built under ABS survey by the Legacy Marine Group in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, for French oil and gas services company Stapem Offshore, the Marshall Island flagged vessel will operate off the Angolan coast.

“The vessel design was fully customised to suit the client’s specific operational requirements and is equipped with a bow configuration specific to the landings on FPSO’s and platforms for safe transfer of personnel. The vessel also has custom fitted NIBS France fendering suited to the operational conditions,” said a spokesman for Legacy Marine.

Equipment fitted to the vessel includes a three-man Unique Hydra, South Africa, nitrox air dive system, complete with multiple video and two-way communication as well as data logging systems, onboard HP and LP air compressors, underwater welding facilities, CaviBlaster underwater HP washer, full diesel engine driven hydraulics system for subsea tools and deck crane, twin aircon units and FP duty and standby diesel generators.

The vessel is also fitted with lighting to support night operations, including a FLIR camera system. The aft deck is configured to support diving operations and has full CCTV camera coverage. Dive ladders (four) and davits (three) are also fitted to the aft deck.

The vessel is classed to ABS +A1 (E) HSC Coastal Craft +AMS and has a full array of safety and detection systems suitable for use in the offshore oil and gas industry, according to the spokesman.

“The vessel design is a semi-planing catamaran hull, propelled by two MAN (Germany) 560hp inboard diesel engines coupled via ZF360 gearboxes to Hamilton (New Zealand) HJ403 water jets with full MECS control giving it excellent manoeuvrability, an operational speed of 20 knots and a sprint speed of 23.5 knots. The fuel systems provided allow for high-end water separation and filtration of diesel from main tanks to day tanks to accommodate substandard fuel qualities,” he added.

The spokesman said the vessel is designed to work alongside a mother ship and is not required to provide crew accommodations. “It’s primary mission objective is to serve as an effective dive work station from which dive operations can be carried out on a 24/7 basis by a team of 14 personnel in a safe and comfortable manner,” he said.

Stapem Beluga’s sister ship, Stapem Narval, is currently under construction at the Legacy yard in Port Elizabeth.

Namaka announces addition of new features to diving equipment asset management system

Aberdeen, UK-headquartered Namaka Subsea has announced the addition of a number of new features to its diving equipment asset management system DiveCert.

“DiveCert is a user-friendly software package that creates, controls, stores and synchronises diving system and equipment maintenance, certification and assets information,” explained the company. “The software is now being utilised by more than 50 diving contractors around the world.

“As part of the further development of DiveCert, generic maintenance routines have now been developed for every piece of diving equipment. This not only ensures that planned maintenance and testing of diving equipment can immediately commence, but also reduces the users time and resources, as they no longer must spend time creating the maintenance routines themselves.”

Namaka has also created an additional module called DiveDESIGN. The new module allows the user to create and export a “live” IMCA DESIGN document direct from the software. The IMCA DESIGN document can be exported on its own or with all the associated certificates and gives the user the ability to submit the live IMCA DESIGN document to their end client to speed up the auditing process prior to award of a contract or commencement of a project.

Several other features have been added to optimise DiveCert which Namaka believes will “revolutionise diving equipment maintenance and certification”.

Sandy Harper, Namaka Subsea director, said: “Being at the forefront of auditing and assurance throughout the globe has given us a unique insight into the requirements and expectations of the industry with regards to diving equipment maintenance and certification. We believe the latest additions will not only reduce time and costs during planned maintenance and testing, but will also reduce the time and costs of diving system and equipment audits for both the diving contractors and their clients.”

Next generation dive into subsea event for career help
  • OPITO director Christine Currie with Aberdeen Grammar School pupils at the Energise Your Future event

More than 100 school pupils had the chance to wear diving suits, control a subsea power turbine and work offshore using virtual reality tech as part of OPITO’s Energise Your Future (EYF) initiative at Subsea Expo 2018. The groups of 13 to 17 year olds interacted with 12 subsea companies taking part in EYF at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) in Scotland.

EYF is now in its tenth year and is managed by OPITO, the global, not-for-profit, skills body for the energy industry. A regular UK programme, it has been held as part of major oil and gas industry events or delivered through standalone sessions since 2008. The aim of EYF is to inspire young people to think about a career in the energy sector and the event provides a chance to get up close with key companies and personnel who can help explain their business as well as roles and routes into the sector.

At the start of the EYF event at Subsea Expo, the young audience heard from those who have already experienced apprenticeship programmes. Speakers included Natali Shaw from Baker Hughes GE, USA, Charlotte Stirton of Subsea 7, UK, Ryan Fernando of Aker Solutions, Norway, and Colin McClure from Xodus Group, UK.

The pupils experienced diving rigs from the past and present as part of a bespoke exhibition by Interdive, UK, a solve a data analysis probability game with integrity assurance consultancy Astrimar, UK, and tour a virtual oil and gas platform with RINA Consulting, UK.

OPITO director Christine Currie said: “Energise Your Future at Subsea Expo is a fantastic chance for school pupils to immerse themselves in the exciting technologies and techniques being used by companies in the United Kingdom and around the world.

“The hands-on activities allow the groups of students to gain greater awareness and understanding of opportunities available in various careers, as well as finding out about the fast-paced innovation and technology involved in the subsea sector. The event is designed for pupils interested in business, arts, science and technological subjects as well as engineering or working offshore.

“Over the past 10 years of EYF events, we’re pleased to say there have been many success stories of pupils who have attended and become inspired to follow a career into the sector.”

One recent success story is OPITO’s Apprentice of the Year 2017, Ashley Thomas. He is a second-year process operations apprentice on the Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Programme (OGTAP), which is managed by OPITO and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), UK.

The 20-year-old former Peterhead Academy student said that attending EYF events while at school helped shape his future. He explained: “During the morning session, we listened to several presentations from young people who already work in oil and gas. They told us about their routes in, what their jobs entailed and what they enjoyed about it.

“One of the speakers was an OGTAP apprentice and what they had to say really appealed to me. I applied to OGTAP and have never looked back. Events like these are a fantastic way to engage with young people and really let them see what to expect.”

Operations director for Xodus Group, Andrew Wylie, said: “We were pleased to return to Subsea Expo at an exciting time for the oil and gas industry. We encourage our engineers to work with young people and the Energise Your Future programme is an ideal chance to pass on our knowledge.”





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