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Jul/Aug 2018


Subsea 7 celebrates build milestone and announces vessel name

Subsea 7's new reel-lay vessel will be named 'Seven Vega'

The keel laying ceremony for Subsea 7’s new reel-lay vessel has taken place at Royal IHC in Krimpen aan den IJssel, the Netherlands. In line with this major milestone, Subsea 7 announced the vessel will be named Seven Vega, which is the winning suggestion of an employee vessel naming competition.

Stuart Fitzgerald, executive vice president of Strategy and Commercial at Subsea 7, said: “The vessel marks an important investment for the future. When delivered, Seven Vega will be one of the most capable and cost-effective reel-lay vessels in the market and a global enabler for Subsea 7. It has been designed to deliver economical technologies that address the growing market trend towards longer tie-back developments. The vessel’s cutting-edge pipelay system focuses on crew safety, operational efficiency and flexibility. This system will be capable of installing complex rigid flowlines including pipe-in-pipe systems and electrically heat traced flowlines in water depths up to 3000 metres.”

“It was important to us to involve our employees in the journey of our new build vessel. The naming competition generated an incredible 1700 entries. We chose Seven Vega because Vega is one of the brightest stars in the northern sky and will become the North Star in the future. We look forward to welcoming the winner of the competition to the naming ceremony and to Seven Vega joining the fleet in the first half of 2020,” he added.

Dave Vander Heyde, CEO Royal IHC, said: “We are proud to have reached this important milestone for the fully integrated reel-lay vessel. We think the name suits this prestigious vessel and are looking forward to progressing the building process and seeing Seven Vega taking shape on the slipway.”

  • Jan van Kasteren (left) and Steven Purves (right) from the new build team represented Subsea 7 at the keel-laying ceremony at Royal IHC
Subsea Supplies launches new Burton division

Subsea Supplies, UK, has launched a new service offering following an exclusive agreement with a multi-billion pound global business.

The Aberdeen-based company has secured an official licence from Eaton, USA, to manufacture products using its internationally-recognised Burton subsea product line.

Following a £200,000 investment in its new operation, Subsea Supplies has been recognised by Eaton as its certified European partner for Burton neoprene connector and cabling assemblies.
Established in 2000, Subsea Supplies supplies connectors, ROV umbilicals and tethers, submersible motors and other products relating to the underwater sector.

Pauline McCann, sales manager at Subsea Supplies, said: “We’re proud to be officially recognised as the only Burton product range distributor accredited to manufacture in Europe. We have the capability to manufacture Burton cable and connector assemblies certified to Eaton standards, providing application assurance each and every step of the way. It’s great news to be formally launching this new service offering to the market.”

Kreuz Subsea appoints new diving and ROV operations director
  • Kreuz's director of diving and ROV operations, Jerry Starling

Subsea services firm Kreuz Subsea has appointed Jerry Starling as director of diving and ROV operations.

Starling, who will be based at the company’s Singapore headquarters, brings more than 25 years of oil and gas experience to the business. He most recently held senior diving roles at DOF Subsea, Norway, and DeepOcean, the Netherlands.

Prior to this, Starling was group diving operations manager for Harkand, UK, where he worked with Kreuz Subsea chief executive officer AJ Jain and QHSE director Phil Bradbury.

In his new role, Starling will be responsible for the onshore and offshore diving and ROV assets and teams, with a focus on implementing high quality, safe and efficient operations across all Kreuz projects.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Kreuz Subsea at such an exciting time for the company as it looks to continue expanding internationally,” said Starling. “The company has an enviable track record in the subsea diving sector and I’m looking forward to working closely with the senior management team to continue this growth.”

Submarine rescue trials

JFD, UK, has successfully completed the first open sea launch, dive and recovery of the deep search and rescue vehicle (DSRV) for the first of two Third Generation Submarine Rescue Systems being delivered to the Indian Navy, the company has announced. 

The DSRV completed a full launch deployment, dive and recovery in open sea, replicating the operating conditions of a real submarine rescue operation. “The completion of this phase of open sea trials represents a significant milestone in the ongoing delivery and acceptance of the Third Generation Submarine Rescue System,” said JFD. 

GEOxyz takes delivery of newly-named flagship

GEOxyz of Belgium reports the arrival of the newly-named Geo Ocean III as the flagship of its fleet.

“The DP II vessel has recently undergone a significant refit including the mobilisation of a state-of-the-art survey suite and 4K video network bringing her to the forefront of technology whilst meeting the demands of our clients,” said the company.

The Geo Ocean III will be operated by the GEOxyz Offshore division and is equipped with a work ROV, 40-tonne offshore crane, 54-tonne stern A-frame, 30-tonne AHC winch, six-metre by six-metre moon pool with 30-tonne A-frame and accommodation for 56 people.

“The Geo Ocean III is built for the rigours of the North Sea and is a cost-effective solution to providing integrated geophysical, geotechnical and environmental surveys, UXO operations, IMR, construction support and trenching projects to our customers. Her seaworthiness and large back deck make her the ideal candidate,” said GEOxyz.

The chief executive officer of parent company GEOxyz Group, Patrick Reyntjens, said: “The arrival of Geo Ocean III further demonstrates our commitment to expanding our services by delivering quality assets which offer efficient and safe operations and market leading data collection.”

MH370 data to help map the mysteries of the ocean floor
  • Ocean Infinity's AUVs being prepared to map the ocean floor

The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, which aims to map the entirety of the world’s ocean floor by 2030, is to receive 120,000 square-kilometres of data from Texas, USA-based surveying company Ocean Infinity, which will be incorporated into the latest version of the global map of the ocean floor.  

So far, only a fraction of the ocean floor has been mapped with direct measurement. 

Ocean Infinity’s data was collected by a fleet of eight AUVs, enabling the surveying company to gather data much more quickly than traditional mapping missions during its recent Indian Ocean search for the missing Malaysian airliner MH370.  

“Our deepwater search for MH370 demonstrated the most rapid collection of high-resolution sonar data in history, and we are thrilled to announce our donation to such a pioneering initiative,” said Oliver Plunkett, CEO of Ocean Infinity. 

The AUVs were transported to the search area by the research vessel Seabed Constructor, and each houses industry-leading technology including a multibeam echosounder, sub-bottom profiler, HD camera and a wide array of sensors.  

Commenting on the partnership, Plunkett continued: “We are very proud to be supporting the Seabed 2030 initiative, which is leading the effort to collect previously unknown data of the ocean floor. Given how little of the seabed has been charted to date, we see this as an immensely significant project to promote a greater social understanding and sustainable use of the oceans.’’ 

“The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 project is hungry for data and this is a priceless contribution to ocean science,” said Seabed director Satinder Bindra, adding: “Their donation will undoubtedly encourage other companies to contribute data so we can all collectively support one of the UN’s Sustainable Development goals to use our ocean resources sustainably.” 


Several research organisations, academic institutions and other regional mapping initiatives have long been contributing data for the production of a global map of the seafloor, but the Ocean Infinity initiative underscores how Seabed 2030 aims to crowdsource data by leveraging assets already at sea from sources such as surveying company ships, transport vessels and cruise liners to contribute to a global bathymetric map.  

Crowdsourcing also paves the way for small organisations and individuals to get involved in the global movement to map the seafloor by 2030. Many fishing boats and pleasure-craft are equipped with basic sonar for navigation, with readings recorded by onboard computers.  

Earlier this year it was announced that Fugro, the Netherlands, donated almost 100,000 square-kilometres of transit data – acquired while travelling between client projects – bringing the total private sector data donated to the project to 220,000 square-kilometres, equivalent to almost the entire land mass of the UK. 

With the inclusion of 710,000 square-kilometres of open source bathymetric data released by Australia, this year’s map will incorporate at least 930,000 square-kilometres of data not previously included in the global grid – an area larger in size than Nigeria.  

  • 'Seabed Constructor', the main research vessel used by Ocean Infinity, which serves as a hub for a fleet of eight AUVs
KBA awarded the HDS USA Leonard Greenstone award

KB Associates (KBA) in Singapore has announced that it is the recipient of the 2018 Historical Diving Society (HDS) USA Leonard Greenstone Award.

The award recognises safety professionals, groups, organisations or companies in the fields of commercial, scientific, military or recreational diving. It was founded by, and named after, Leonard Greenstone in 1974 and supported by NAUI. When Greenstone passed away inn 2012, it was deeded to the Historical Diving Society USA.

Leonard Greenstone was a US Navy salvage diver during WWII, and a strong advocate of divers’ safety. Among his many contributions to the world of diving was the creation of the Leonard Greenstone Marine Technology Training Program at Chino State Prison, California, USA, which has consistently recorded the lowest prisoner recidivism rate in California history.

Darren Brunton, managing director of KBA, said: “In today’s ‘fast-track’ world of business and survival, we often don’t have the time to reflect on the achievements and contributions to the industry globally that have been made over the last 16 years of KBA’s existence of providing diving safety consultancy and training. We are humbled and honoured of such recognition, while elated that our work as a team has been recognised.

“On receipt of the award, we will continue the pursuit of ‘making a difference’ in the world of commercial diving safety, provide training and career opportunities for commercial divers, and work diligently to ensure that the reputation of Leonard Greenstone and his award is maintained to the highest level of professionalism and integrity.”





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