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THE NEWSLETTER FROM SUBSEA UK   WWW.SUBSEAUK.COM         JUNE 2010




                     Subsea
           Forecast Looking
                   Brighter




                                IN THIS ISSUE
                                Secrets to Global Export Success
                                A Special Feature on Deepwater
                                Market Dynamics
                                Spotlight on Subsea Safety
                                                     ...and more
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Tel: +44 (0)845 505 3535                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ace Winches Appoints
E-mail: admin@subseauk.com
www.subseauk.com                                             Subsea UK Safety                                                                                                                                                             New Head of Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sales and Business
Member List                                                  Leadership Forum                                                                                                                                                             Development
20/20 Business Group, AC-CESS Co Uk, ACE Winches,
Acergy, AFT Ltd, AGR Subsea Ltd, AKE Ltd, Aker Qserv,        The subsea industry is recognised as a challenging sector, and safety is                                                                                                     ACE Winches, a leader in the design,
Aker Solutions Allomax Associates Limited, Andrew            paramount. Subsea UK recognises the importance of collaboration to ensure                                                                                                    manufacture and hire of hydraulic
Palmer & Associates, ANSYS UK Limited, Ashtead
Technology, Atkins Boreas Consultants Ltd, Aubin
                                                             that we provide the safest possible working environment.                                                                                                                     winches, marine deck machinery
Limited, Baule UK Limited, Bel Valves, BG Group, Bibby          Formed in December 2009, the Subsea UK Safety Leadership Forum is                                                                                                         and provision associated personnel
Offshore Limited, BJ Process and Pipeline Services, Bond     emerging as a platform to engage our industry (and the subsea construction                                                                                                   for the offshore oil and gas, marine
Pearce LLP, Bonds, BP Exploration Operating Company
Limited, BPP-TECH, Bruck UK Limited, Buchan Technical
                                                             sector in particular) in Safety leadership, a critical success factor for us all.                                                                                            and renewable energy markets,
Services Limited, C3 Global Limited, Caley Ocean Systems        The Forum was established because of a joint desire from a number of                                                                                                      has appointed Derek Penny as
Limited, Castrol Offshore Ltd, Centrica Energy, Champion     Subsea UK’s member companies (Acergy, Bibby Offshore, DOF Subsea, Subsea                                                                                                     head of group sales and business
Environmental Technologies, Chevron Upstream Europe,
C-MAR, CodaOctopus Limited, Cognetas LLP, Consub,
                                                             7 and Technip) to discuss the Safety agenda within the subsea construction                                                                                                   development.
Cosalt, Cranfield University, CSL, CTC Marine Projects,       industry.                                                                                                                                                                       With 18 years experience in
Cutting Underwater Technologies Ltd, Deepwater EU               The Forum’s mission is ”to focus on safety so as to deliver safer workplaces                                                                                              the upstream and downstream oil
Ltd, DES Operations Limited, DOF Subsea UK, Dominion
Gases, Douglas Westwood, DUCO Ltd, Dunlop Oil & Marine
                                                             by promoting a common approach to safety...” The Forum meets periodically to                                                                                                 and gas, marine and naval defence
Ltd, Dynamic Positioning Services (DPS),                     debate, agree, plan and implement courses of action to improve safety in line                                                                                                markets, Mr Penny joins the company
E & M ENGENHARIA E MONTAGEM LTDA, E.ON Ruhrgas               with its mission objectives.                                                                                                                                                 from subsea engineering company,
North Sea UK Ltd, East of England Energy Group,
EPC Offshore Limited, eProduction Solutions, Escape
                                                                Work has already begun and is progressing in three areas, initially identified                                                                                             SMD, where he was engaged in
Business Technologies, ESS, Expro Group, EXSTO UK Ltd,       by the Forum, where a common approach will add value and help improve                                                                                                        strategic business development.
Ferguson Modular Ltd, First Subsea Ltd, Fisher Offshore,     performance:                                                                                                                                                                 Derek gained his BSc at Glasgow
Flexlife Limited, Framo Engineering UK Ltd, FTV Proclad
International Limited, Fugro impROV, Fugro Rovtech
                                                                   Sharing Statistics: Currently Subsea UK members maintain safety                                                                                                        University and his MBA at Dundee
Limited, Furmanite International Limited, Galathea, GE             statistics individually. There is little or no visibility of safety performance                                                                                        University. Mr Penny has previously
Sensing, General Robotics Limited, Genesis Oil and Gas             for the UK subsea construction sector as a whole. The Forum members                                                                                                    worked with Shell, Tyco, ABB and
Consultants, Global Energy Group, Global Marine Systems
Limited, Granherne Limited, Hallin Marine UK Ltd, Helix
                                                                   are now participating in a trial scheme using a common format for data                                                                                                 IMES.
Esg - Well Ops, HTL, Hydrasun Limited, Hydratight, IHC             gathering. The compilation of such data for our sector with a view to                                                                                                     Mr Penny’s new role will involve
Engineering Business, ii-corr-Subspection,                         sharing and learning from our collective experiences would therefore be a                                                                                              building upon the company’s
Imes Systems, Infield Systems Limited, Inspectahire
Inst. Co. Limited, INTECSEA (UK) LTD, Integrated
                                                                   ‘first’ and is a positive and proactive initiative.                                                                                                                     international growth success, which
                                                                   Common Inductions: Standardisation of inductions could, and ideally
                                                                                                                                                     Cosalt Offshore Invests
Subsea Services Limited, International Power plc, IPWL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          was recently demonstrated through
Limted, iXSea Limited, J + S Ltd, J P Kenny Engineering,           should, be a common thread across all Subsea UK member companies.                                                                                                      the Scottish Offshore Achievement
J. Ray McDermott, K.D. Marine Limited, Kongsberg
Maritime Limited, L&N (Scotland) Limited, Lankhorst
                                                                   Work is progressing to promote a common approach by developing a ‘best                                                                                                 Export Award, presented by Scottish
Mouldings, Marine Subsea, Marlin Engineering Limited,              practice’ framework for inductions.
Master Flo Valve Co (UK) Limited, MCS, Millbrae Wood
Technical, MODUS, Molecular Products Ltd, NaREC New
and Renewable Energy Centre, National Hyperbaric
Centre, National Oceanography Centre, Nautronix PLC,
                                                                   Common Language: Work is also ongoing on a matrix to encourage,
                                                                   highlight and promote the use of common safety terminology across the
                                                                   sector.
                                                                                                                                                     Heavily in Developing                                                                Enterprise, recognising business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          growth from successful development
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of overseas activity in the oil and
NCA - Norse Cutting & Abandonment Ltd, NCS Survey
Limited, Neptune Deeptech, NETmc Marine Ltd, Nexen
Petroleum UK Ltd, Noordhoek Offshore B.V, Noratel
UK Ltd, NSIG (Northern Scotland Industries Group),
                                                                Separate communications will be issued by the Forum to update on progress
                                                             and to launch these initiatives with the full Subsea UK membership.
                                                                As a result of these initiatives, Subsea UK has also been invited to
                                                                                                                                                     Lifeboat Division to                                                                 gas sector. His first objective is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to establish ACE Winches (Norge)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          AS, as a significant player in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Norwegian Winch Hire and Bollard
NSRI, NSW Technology Ltd, Nylacast Ltd, Oceaneering,
Oceanlab, University of Aberdeen, Offspring International
Limited, Online electronics, Optical Metrology Services
Ltd, Optimus Safety Management Limited, Pan-Ocean
                                                             participate in the Step Change Leadership Team, where the findings from the
                                                             Forum can be discussed at a broader level.
                                                                Ron Cookson, Managing Director of Technip
                                                                                                                                                     Win New Business                                                                     Pull Testing market.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Mr Penny said: “ACE Winches is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a well respected Scottish company.
Engineering Limited, PDL Solutions (Europe) Limited,         UK, and Chairman of the Subsea UK Safety                                                Cosalt Offshore, a provider of lifting, tooling and marine services to the oil and
Perry Slingsby Systems Limited, Petro-Canada UK Ltd,
                                                             Leadership Forum, said: “It is my firm belief               Hot News                     gas industry, has invested more than £1million in developing its lifeboat division
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This is an exciting challenge at a
Photosynergy, Pipe Coil Technology Ltd, Polar Media,                                                                                                                                                                                      time when it is making major financial
Poseidon International, Presens AS, Project Development      that this discussion on safety can provide a                                            to underpin future expansion plans.
                                                                                                                         Visit our website for all                                                                                        investments in manufacturing,
International Ltd, Proserv Offshore, Prospect, Prosper       robust platform for identifying key areas of                                                The division is adjacent to Cosalt Offshore’s Bridge of Don premises and
Distribution Limited, Quest Offshore Resources Inc,                                                                      the latest hot news on                                                                                           engineering and sales facilities, hire
                                                             improvement to the greater benefit of the                                                includes 3,000sq ft of dedicated workshops, a service centre and store
Quest Project Personnel (UK) Ltd, RBG Limited, Reson
                                                                                                                            everything subsea:                                                                                            equipment service and training within
Offshore Limited, Robert Gordon University, Rotech           subsea construction community.”                                                         rooms, as well as a one-acre yard.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Aberdeenshire and internationally.”
Subsea Limited, Roxar Limited, RRC Controls Services            Updates on the progress of the Forum                                                     Along with the significant expenditure on infrastructure, Cosalt Offshore
Limited, Saab Seaeye Limited, SAIPEM, Schilling Robotics                                                                  www.subseauk.com           has also expanded the product lines it offers and taken on an additional eight
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Alfie Cheyne, CEO of ACE
Ltd, Schlumberger Subsea Surveillance, Score Subsea
                                                             will be announced in future issues.                                                                                                                                          Winches, said: “We are delighted
and Wellhead Limited, Scottish Enterprise, Seal-Tite UK                                                                                              skilled staff to give a team of 56 multi-disciplined service technicians serving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to welcome Derek on board during
LLC, SECC, Seebyte Ltd, Shell UK Ltd, Silverstone Energy,                                                                                            all sectors of the offshore and marine industry.
Simmons & Co International Limited, SMD Ltd, Smit                                                                                                                                                                                         a time of company growth and
                                                                                                                                                         Cosalt’s main focus is the oil & gas industry and, as well as working
Subsea Europe BV, Society for Underwater Technology,                                                                                                                                                                                      internationalisation. Derek brings
Solstad Offshore (UK) Limited, Sonardyne International                                                                                               predominantly in the North Sea and Europe, and have expanded into West
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          with him an excellent track record
Limited (Aberdeen), Sonavision Limited, Sonomatic,
Speciality Welds LtD, Splash Offshore Engineering
                                                              Forthcoming Events in 2010                                                             Africa and expect to increase the levels of work they do in these regions in
                                                                                                                                                     future. Cosalt are also looking to target the marine industry generally and see
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in business development and sales
Limited, SPT Group Ltd, Strategic Resources European                                                                                                                                                                                      management within the marine
Consultants Ltd, Stronachs LLP, Sub-Atlantic Limited,                                                                                                many opportunities there for growth in the coming years.
                                                              30th June                   Members’ Parliamentary Reception                                                                                                                and offshore oil & gas industries
Subocean Group Limited, Subsea 7, Subsea Integrity                                                                                                       Colin Cunningham, general manager of Cosalt Offshore’s Lifeboat Division,




                                                                    2010
Group (SIG), Subspection Ltd, Sulzer Pumps (UK) Ltd,                                      House of Commons, London                                                                                                                        and, more recently, the expanding
                                                                                                                                                     said: “The core of our work at Cosalt Offshore is providing the best possible
Technip UK, Teijin Aramid BV, Thales Underwater                                                                                                                                                                                           renewables energy market.”
Systems Limited (associate), The Underwater Centre,           3rd September               Subsea UK Annual Golf Day                                  customer support and advice to our clients, assisting and advising them on
Total E&P UK plc, Tracerco, Transvac Systems Limited,
                                                                                          Inchmarlo, Aberdeenshire                                   matters such as maintenance, inspection, testing, design & build of lifeboats
Trelleborg Offshore, Tritech International Limited, Triton
Group, UKPS/SUBCO, UnderSea Sense Ltd, Underwater
                                                                                                                                                     and on specialist subjects such as latest directives from the HSE, including
Engineering Services Ltd, Univation, Universal Pegasus,       13th September              Rio Oil & Gas                                              the significant “Big Person In Lifeboats”. These areas are where we work
University of Aberdeen, University of Strathclyde, UTEC                                   Rio de Janeiro                                             closely with our clients to achieve the safest and most economical solutions to
Survey, Valeport Ltd, Vector International, VerdErg
Connectors Limited, Vetco Gray UK Ltd, Visualsoft Limited,    27-28th October             Subsea Europe Paris                                        meet their operational requirements offshore.”
Webtool Subsea, Wellstream International Limited,                                         Paris                                                          Contracts recently secured by the Lifeboat Division include work with
Wilton Marine Services Limited, Wireless Fibre Systems,                                                                                              Chevron and Dolphin Drilling. The Chevron agreement involves Cosalt Offshore
Worldwide Business Portfolios Ltd, Xodus Group Limited.
                                                              30th November               DOT Amsterdam                                              supplying lifeboat inspection and maintenance services to Chevron North Sea
                                                              - 2nd December              Amsterdam                                                  Limited’s North Sea assets under a five-year agreement, while the work for
                                                                                                                                                     Dolphin Drilling was supplying its first lifeboats designed to meet the new HSE
Designed and printed by www.designinc.co.uk                   Please visit our website for details of forthcoming events.                            guidelines allowing for offshore workers being larger-sized than in the past.
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Exploring Deepwater Market Dynamics                                                                                         Kongsberg Maritime Secures Camera
Thom Payne, Senior Analyst at Energy Business Analysts, Douglas-Westwood.                                                   and Sonar Orders for Fugro’s ROV Fleet
Despite last year’s global economic     lines to over $62 billion, while           $64 billion – over 40% more than the
turmoil and oil price fluctuations,      investment in subsea wells and             amount spent in the preceding five-       Kongsberg Maritime is pleased to announce substantial
the deepwater sector is forecast        pipelines & control lines account          year period.                             orders from Fugro for an extensive suite of cameras and
to quickly recover and resume its       for approximately 75% of all Capex.           Production in Asian waters has        scanning sonars as part of its Global 2010 ROV sensor
previous growth. Indeed, annual         Platforms are expected to account          until recently been restricted to        refurbishment and newbuild programme.
deepwater expenditure is predicted      for around 15% of total deepwater          shallow water fields, but there are          The orders include more than 140 high performance
to reach around $35 billion in 2014,    expenditure over the 2010-2014             now a number of deepwater projects       Kongsberg Maritime underwater navigation and inspection
with a total global Capex of $167       period (a total spend of $25.4 billion),   underway or producing. Future            video cameras, numerous lamps and over 35 Kongsberg
billion estimated for the 2010-2014     compared to 17% over the previous          deepwater prospects may include          Mesotech obstacle avoidance scanning sonars. Further
period. Between 2010 and 2014,          five-year period ($21 billion).             relatively unexplored places such        orders are also expected for the newbuild programme.
deepwater expenditure is projected         Africa is by far the world’s            India’s Cauvery Basin, and Sri Lanka’s      As well as the latest versions of the industry’s most
to expand at a Compound Annual          most significant deepwater region.          Mannar Basin; Cairn India started        widely used low-light navigation and high resolution colour
Growth Rate of 8%.                      Deepwater activity really began            a 3D seismic, gravity and magnetic       zoom cameras, Kongsberg Maritime will be supplying
    Three main elements dominate        in earnest off West Africa in              pre-drilling survey in the latter area   over 20 of its new low-light OE13-124/5 BIT navigation
deepwater spend over the next five       2001, with the commencement of             December 2009.                           cameras and 6 ultra high resolution imaging sonars.
years: the drilling and completion      production from Total’s landmark              Closer to home, deepwater                The new cameras and sonars will be fitted to Fugro’s
of subsea development wells,            Girassol project on Block 17 off           activity off Western Europe over the     existing Global fleet of Work Class, Intermediate Class
pipelines and production platforms.     Angola. Over the 2005-2009 period          2005-2009 period was dominated           and Observation Class ROV, whilst the equipment for the
To put this in perspective, a total     a total of $45.1 billion was spent         by Statoil’s Ormen Lange subsea          newbuild fleet will be installed on the Fugro FCV 3000 and
of $63.6 billion will be spent on the   on deepwater developments in the           development, in particular the large     new FCV 2000 Work Class ROV Systems, which are built
drilling and completion of subsea       region – approximately two-fifths of        deepwater pipeline development           in-house in Singapore. The sensors will provide accurate
wells alone. Pipelines and control      this was accounted for by the drilling     scheme associated with the project.      navigation and inspection imaging support for a broad
lines will also continue to play a      and completion of some 535 subsea          In fact, pipelines accounted for         range of applications, including: Construction Support,
vital role in providing the necessary   wells. A large number of world-class       almost 80% of the region’s historic      Inspection, Repair and Maintenance, Pipeline and Seabed          “The greatest importance is placed on the accuracy
infrastructure for deepwater            development projects are underway          spend. Over the 2010-2014 period,        Survey and Drill Rig Support.                                 and reliability of the payload of sensors we choose for
developments. The opening up of         or planned for the forecast period and     a number of projects are expected to        The orders follow on from a long relationship between      our World Class ROV Systems, and after many years of
reserves further from the coast         we anticipate that these will push         go ahead – including Eni’s Aquila field   the two organisations and the continued reliable              putting Kongsberg Maritime’s equipment through its
and the incorporation of satellite      annual regional deepwater Capex            development, which is due onstream       performance of Kongsberg Maritime’s underwater                paces, we are impressed with the comprehensive range
fields into deepwater hubs will drive    above $12 billion. Expenditure over        in 2011 and includes two subsea          imaging equipment throughout Fugro’s demanding global         of high quality, dependable and well supported equipment
expenditure on pipeline & control       the period is set to total close to        wells tied back to an FPSO. In the       ROV operations.                                               offered,” says Jim Mann, Fugro’s Global ROV Manager.
                                                                                   UK, there are several deepwater
                                                                                   projects under development including
                                                                                   Total’s Laggan/Tomore and Chevron’s
                                                                                   Lochnagar/Rosebank, the former of
                                                                                   which will include subsea wells tied
                                                                                   back to an onshore processing plant
                                                                                   while the latter will be developed
                                                                                   using an FPSO.
                                                                                      Data taken from Douglas-
                                                                                   Westwood’s, “World Deepwater
                                                                                   Market Report 2010-2014.”
                                                                                   Douglas-Westwood is a leading
                                                                                   provider of business research &
                                                                                   analysis, strategy and commercial
                                                                                   due diligence on the global energy
                                                                                   services sectors.




Steve Williamson Joins UTEC Survey
as Chief Financial Officer
UTEC Survey has announced the appointment of Steve           Management degree from the University of Houston, he
Williamson to the position of Chief Financial Officer,        earned an MBA from the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School
effective immediately.                                       of Management at Rice University, graduating with the
   Williamson brings with him extensive management           distinctions of Jones Scholar and Jones Citizen.
experience. He was most recently Vice-President of              UTEC Survey is one of the world’s largest independent
Finance with Helix Energy Solutions and prior to that        offshore survey companies providing a wide range of
Vice-President of Corporate Administration with Canyon       offshore survey and geotechnical services, including
Offshore. He previously spent 11 years in various            construction support, industrial measurement,
engineering and management positions with Hewlett-           positioning, and geophysical survey services worldwide.
Packard (Compaq Computers).                                  With offices in Houston, Aberdeen, Singapore and Perth,
   In addition to his work experience, Williamson has a      UTEC provides professional customer-focused services
distinguished academic record. After graduating with         and innovative solutions in both shallow and deep water
a Bachelor of Science Civil Technology/Construction          environments.
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Sonomatic Forges New Path                                                                                                                                                                     Acquisition of Prosper
with First Diver-free Subsea Inspection Tool                                                                                                                                                  Distribution Limited by
Ultrasonic inspection specialist Sonomatic has introduced           “The tool is deployed by the ROV, giving the pilot                                                                        Beck Industries
a new subsea inspection tool that can be deployed entirely       maximum control when manoeuvring and setting up. A
by ROV, bringing significant benefits to operators including       ten-metre umbilical connects the tool to the ROV via a                                                                       Prosper Distribution Limited has recently joined Beck
reduced inspection costs and access to deeper waters.            Sonomatic subsea pod which has all electrical and motion                                                                     Industries, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of
   The new ROV-deployed tool can operate both vertically         services, and all data is transferred back to the surface.                                                                   special bolts for the power generation and oil industries.
and horizontally and has been designed for inspecting            No additional cabling is needed.                                                                                                 The Prosper name has been well known as one of the
pipelines, risers, caissons and structural assets using a           “Once the tool is on location, it is held in position by                                                                  few top British manufacturers and distributors of special
wide range of techniques. Key among these are corrosion          hydraulic clamps activated by the ROV pilot after which it                                                                   bolts for subsea, petrochemical and power generation
mapping and time of flight diffraction (ToFD).                    is ready to begin scanning.                                                                                                  industries. Thanks to its earlier merger with Midsteel
   Sonomatic — which has UK bases in Aberdeen and                   “Because it is quick to set up and simple to operate,                                                                     and subsequent rationalisation and sales success, the
Warrington — is a global leader in ultrasonic non-               our system can be adapted for use with both working                                                                          company is expanding strongly especially in the subsea
destructive testing and bespoke scanner designs for              class and inspection class ROVs.”                              Mark Patterson, CEO                                           industry.
complex inspections.                                                Mr Phipps said full functional and ultrasonic trials were                                                                     Prosper employs over 120 people in Kingswinford, in
   The company has invested £600,000 in developing the           recently completed at Oceanlab and witnessed by BP       ,                                                                   the heart of the Midlands and in Aberdeen, the Scottish
                            new ROV inspection tool and
                                is already assisting in BP’s
                                                                 MCS, and Subsea 7. “The trials were a great success.
                                                                 Throughout, all electrical and mechanical interfacing          Simmons Closes                                                base for the North Sea subsea activities with total sales
                                                                                                                                                                                              exceeding £13M, including worldwide exports.
                                    operation in the Gulf of     components were monitored for performance, and passed                                                                            Beck Industries is a 4th generation family-owned
                                         Mexico.
                                             Subsea Project
                                                                 with flying colours.”
                                                                    The Inspection tool ranges in size depending on the
                                                                                                                                Multi Million Pound                                           group, focussed on the manufacturing of special bolting,
                                                                                                                                                                                              operating 8 sites in France, Germany, Belgium, China
                                           Manager for
                                           Sonomatic Ryan
                                          Phipps said: “This
                                                                 asset and application. The current 10-inch tool is only
                                                                 700mm x 800mm and weighs approximately 35kgs.
                                                                    There is full integration with Sonomatic’s Microplus
                                                                                                                                Subsea Deal                                                   and now, the United Kingdom. The group is implementing
                                                                                                                                                                                              a strategy of federation of first class bolting companies
                                                                                                                                                                                              throughout the world, in order to serve its customers
                                          tool marks a new       Digital Ultrasonic software and ovality measurement            Specialist corporate finance advisors, Simmons & Company       most competitively.
                                          generation in          package as well as the multi-channel corrosion mapping         International rounded up last month with a total of four          The new group turnover will exceed €65M and this
                                          subsea inspection      and ToFD suites. Multiple data presentations are available,    transactions, one of which was a multi million pound          acquisition will further strengthen the current impetus at
                                        technology as it         in A, B, C and D-Scan formats.                                 Subsea deal. Simmons initiated and acted as exclusive         all sites.
                                       means accurate               The tool can be used with both wide-angle video             financial advisor in the sale of Nautronix (Holdings) Ltd to       Prosper perfectly complements Beck Industries, both
                                     scanning can now be         cameras on a multiplexer and with LED lighting systems.        private equity investors SCF Partners. Established 25         for sales areas and product portfolio. Beck Industries
                                   carried out entirely diver-   The ROV UT tool is pressured-rated to 2,000 metres, and        years ago, Aberdeen based Nautronix is well known in the      bring to Prosper a large and diversified manufacturing and
                              free and to depths currently       communications are via RJ45 ethernet or by RS232.              subsea positioning and communications market and is a         stock capability and synergies will range from technical to
                          out of inspection range.                                                                              leader in the design and supply of advanced underwater        purchasing and sales.
                                                                                                                                acoustic systems. Nautronix employs around 80 staff in            Prosper and Beck both share the same absolute
                                                                                                                                their Aberdeen and Houston offices.                            resolve regarding quality and safety. Clients operate
                                                                                                                                    Nautronix has a clear focus on growing revenue and        facilities and equipment where human lives and the
Queen’s Award for Enterprise International                                                                                      gaining track record within the global deepwater subsea
                                                                                                                                oil and gas market. The company is strongly committed to
                                                                                                                                                                                              environment are at risk. In such an acquisition it was a
                                                                                                                                                                                              pre-requisite that the quality culture matched. Clients
                                                                                                                                                                                              will benefit from the advantages of bringing together
Trade 2010 Follows 400% Growth for Penspen                                                                                      research and development and has invested substantially
                                                                                                                                in its key technology base, ADS2, and its game changing       two companies with a similar approach to business
                                                                                                                                                                                              and a similar attitude to integrity. The ability to serve
                                                                                                                                products such as NASNet®, NASCoM, NASDrill and
Over the last three years, Penspen          and Construction Corporation and           way we have and continue to              Helle Systems. Its global customer base spans national        international contracts is also further enhanced. Prosper
has grown exports by over 90%.              providing project management               achieve is based on the outstanding      and international oil companies, subsea engineering and       and Beck have solid grounds to be excited and ambitious
Penspen has two principal business          services to Khafji Joint Operations        performance and quality of work from     construction companies, and vessel and rig operators.         for the new venture and for the international development
services in the oil and gas industry.       for the multi-billion dollar development   our personnel. The most significant       Mark Patterson will continue as CEO of the new company,       of Beck Industries.
Its traditional business providing          of the Khafji Field facilities. And in     factor in our success is our             Nautronix Group Limited, and all management and staff             Mr Martin Boulter will remain the Managing Director of
engineering and project management          the Asia Pacific region, Penspen is         reputation and this relies completely    have remained with the business.                              Prosper and there is still the same dedicated workforce
services for the development of             engineering or managing projects           on how well our staff performs for           Ingrid Stewart, Director, Simmons & Company               that served customers previously. However, Prosper
new pipelines, pump or compressor           in Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and       our clients. I am enormously proud       International commented, “The completion of four              now have access to a much larger stock facility to meet
stations, tank farms and similar            Australia.                                 of what everyone at Penspen has          transactions in April alone is testament to the hard effort   customers’ demands including any urgent shortfalls.
facilities and its more recent                 In Europe, Penspen is providing         achieved.”                               of our corporate finance team over the past few months.            The Prosper workforce are extremely proud to be part
expansion into operating and                the lead engineering role for the             The Penspen Group has placed          It is promising to see another deal close within the Subsea   of the Beck Industries group and have already been to
maintaining oil and gas assets such         development of the $7bn Nabucco            strategic importance on the training     sector, an area within the market in which we are seeing a    visit the Beck head office site in Armentières, France.
as offshore platforms, onshore              pipeline planned to bring natural gas      and education of engineers both          significant increase in activity.                                  For many years Prosper have been one of the UK’s
fields, pipelines, tank farms and gas        from the Caspian Region and maybe          in-house and in the wider oil and            “We are proud to work with very high quality clients      largest manufacturer and distributor of high integrity
storage.                                    Iraq to Western Europe. Penspen            gas industry and the participation       to help them achieve their strategic objectives. Many of      bolting and now, due to the acquisition by Beck
   In the Americas, Penspen’s USA           continues to secure engineering            in developing engineering codes and      the transactions Simmons are now involved in have an          Industries, can truly declare themselves as players on
subsidiary operates many of the             and project management contracts           standards particularly relating to       international or cross-border element which builds on our     the world stage.
recently developed shale gas fields,         for the development of the natural         pipelines. Lead by Technical Director,   extensive corporate finance experience and international
many of the offshore platforms in the       gas pipeline system in Greece. In          Professor Phil Hopkins, Penspen          network.
Gulf of Mexico and is a consortium          North Africa, GreyStar operates the        has contributed significantly to               “It has been a pleasure to work with CEO Mark
member along with Penspen’s UK              offshore platforms for the Sabratha        and continues to actively support        Patterson and his talented team at Nautronix and we
Integrity business on a $1.3bn              field in Libya.                             Newcastle University’s MSc in            wish them all the very best in business going forth.”
contract for Pemex in Mexico.                  David Stanley, Penspen Group’s          Pipeline Engineering. Several                As one of the largest financial advisory practices
Meanwhile, in the Middle East,              CEO, said “The Queen’s Award for           Penspen employees have successfully      serving the energy industry, Simmons enjoys a leading
Penspen has also been engineering           Enterprise 2010 to The Penspen             completed the course and it              market position in its specialised merger & acquisition
and designing the huge $3bn plus Abu        Group is the most prestigious              continues to provide highly successful   and public offering practices. The firm’s corporate finance
Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline in partnership     recognition of our staff and their         graduates into the wider international   group also specialises in company sales, finance raising
with China Petroleum Engineering            work. Our ability to grow in the           energy industry.                         transactions, private placements and strategic advice.
8 SUBSEA UK NEWS JUNE 2010                                                                                                                                                                                        9 SUBSEA UK NEWS JUNE 2010

GROWTH                                                                                                                                                                                       GROWTH & TECHNOLOGY

                                                                                                                              Broadening Horizons
                                                                                                                              – SMD Spread Their Wings
                                                                                                                              There is frenetic activity across the globe within SMD. In
                                                                                                                              Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific there are expansion
                                                                                                                              plans afoot. Here we take a look inside to survey the
                                                                                                                              developments...
                                                                                                                                  SMD’s UK headquarters in Newcastle-upon-Tyne is
                                                                                                                              bulging at the seams with new faces. In the pristine new
                                                                                                                              office facility on the banks of the Tyne there is not an inch
                                                                                                                              of idle space between the banks of engineers beavering
                                                                                                                              away on a myriad of projects.
                                                                                                                                  One corner of the open plan office plays host to a design
                                                                                                                              team creating the world’s first subsea mineral mining           equipment and offshore staff have been globetrotting the
                                                                                                                              machines for Nautilus Minerals. Beside them another team       world in ground breaking new projects.
                                                                                                                              is immersed in a 1MW tidal power project for Atlantis              The mighty Rock Trencher, RT-1, designed and built by
                                                                                                                              Resources Corporation. Extraordinary projects within SMD       SMD and now owned and operated by CTC Marine has
                                                                                                                              are quite the norm.                                            recently completed a contract for Chevron off Australia’s
                                                                                                                                  Adjacent to the office, the proud history of SMD’s          North West Shelf. The SMD development team have
                                                                                                                              Turbinia Works lives on and indeed is shortly to be            received very positive feedback, particularly in regard
                                                                                                                              complimented by additional workshop space to cope with         to the equipment’s ability to perform beyond its design
                                                                                                                              anticipated demand.                                            criteria of 60 MPa material hardness.
                                                                                                                                  Meanwhile, elsewhere in the UK, a nucleus of                   Australian waters have also played host recently to Jan
Bibby Offshore Acquires World Class                                                                                           experienced engineers form SMD’s new Robotics division.
                                                                                                                              Based in the picturesque town of Malton, this small team
                                                                                                                                                                                             de Nul’s new acquisition from SMD. Rock dump operations
                                                                                                                                                                                             on Woodside’s Pluto project have been aided by a Rock
                                                                                                                              focus SMD’s considerable experience into new areas of          Dump ROV designed and built specifically for this task.
Dive Support Vessel                                                                                                           business such as tooling and nuclear decommissioning
                                                                                                                              projects.
                                                                                                                                  In a climate far removed from the English spring, the
                                                                                                                                                                                             A support vessel dumps rocks under free-fall through a
                                                                                                                                                                                             fall pipe to the sea bed. The innovative Rock Dump ROV
                                                                                                                                                                                             envelops the bottom of the fall pipe and uses its powerful
Bibby Offshore Limited, the Aberdeen-based provider of             “Ownership of the vessel will transfer next week. As the   Singapore office continues to be a focus for expansion. The     thruster configuration to manoeuvre the end of the fall
subsea construction and offshore management services,          majority of the existing marine crew are already Bibby Ship    modern high rise office facility in the heart of Singapore’s    pipe to the desired location.
has announced that it has acquired the dive support            Management employees, continuity of personnel will be          Sun Tec business hub is set to be complemented by a                All this expansion and activity seems to come easily to
vessel (DSV), Bibby Sapphire, from the vessel’s present        maintained. We now look forward to repainting the vessel’s     workshop facility providing technical support and spares       SMD. Staff numbers now exceed 200, over 60% of whom
owner, Volstad Subsea AS.                                      funnel livery in the traditional Bibby colours and welcoming   provision to an expanding local customer base.                 are graduate engineer qualified; 2009 revenue of £50m
    A £34million loan facility has been provided by Standard   her and her crew into the owned Bibby fleet.”                       Travelling back west to the Americas, SMD are              is forecast to hit £75m in 2010; and Chief Executive,
Chartered Bank to fully fund the acquisition. Standard             This acquisition follows the recent announcement           opening a new subsidiary in Houston to support customer        Andrew Hodgson describes his role as “the best job I have
Chartered Bank will act as sole lender in the transaction.     from Bibby Offshore to its client base that it is now          operations in the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil. Focussing         ever had”.
    Bibby Sapphire has been on time charter from Volstad       fully certified by the International Marine Contractors         primarily on after sales service and technical support, this       With SMD hoping to announce significant additional
to Bibby Offshore for the last five years. When the             Association to undertake its own diving operations. The        will be SMD’s first tangible presence in the region.            contract awards in the next few weeks it seems the only
vessel first arrived under control of Bibby Offshore it was     company, which has traditionally outsourced this area of           Away from the office and production facilities, SMD         way is up for this dynamic subsea expert.
operated as a construction support vessel (CSV). In 2007,      its business, has now begun the process of recruiting
following significant investment, the company converted         its own diving personnel. It expects to fill 80 positions
her to a DP II, North Sea class DSV. Her acquisition brings
a high specification vessel with a proven track record
under the full ownership and long-term control of Bibby
                                                               between now and October, with up to 160 more forecast
                                                               by the end of the year.
                                                                   “The arrival of Sapphire into our fleet of owned vessels
                                                                                                                              GE Oil & Gas Launches New VetcoGray
Offshore.
    Commenting, Bibby Offshore’s chief executive, Howard
                                                               and the recent creation of our own in-house diving
                                                               capability are two very important step changes in our
                                                                                                                              D-Series Deepwater Subsea System
Woodcock said: “The formal purchase of Bibby Sapphire          evolution”, explained Mr Woodcock. “Both outline our
                                                                                                                              Expanding its advanced technology portfolio for the            globally. The DHXT is a highly flexible deepwater solution
marks a 20 plus year commitment by our shareholders to         passion in ensuring that as a company we continue to
                                                                                                                              deepwater drilling and production sector, GE Oil & Gas         that offers operating companies superb engineering-
this business. It secures our asset base for the long-         deliver the best possible service to our clients.”
                                                                                                                              has officially launched the new VetcoGray DHXT deepwater        design, functionality, installation and maintenance, and
term, allowing us to progress our growth strategy of               Established in 2003, Bibby Offshore has engineering and
                                                                                                                              horizontal tree and integral control system at the 2010        cost benefits.”
expanding our services and capabilities in the North Sea,      office facilities in Aberdeen, Trinidad and Singapore.
                                                                                                                              Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) which took place in           As with the new VetcoGray SVXT S-series subsea
Trinidad, South East Asia and beyond.
                                                                                                                              May in Houston, Texas, U.S.                                    tree (for shallow-waters) that GE launched at Offshore
                                                                                                                                 The DHXT is designed to operate in water depths up          Europe 2009, the new VetcoGray
                                                                                                                              to 10,000 feet and at pressures up to 15,000 psi. The          DHXT is a flexible solution, and
The Sign of a Champion                                                                                                        streamlined design reduces standard industry horizontal
                                                                                                                              tree footprint by 12% (to 4.5M x 4.4M) and weight by
                                                                                                                                                                                             design-engineered as the result of
                                                                                                                                                                                             continuous consultation and input
                                                                                                                              10% (to 43.7 tonnes), delivering significant installation,      from both major
Aberdeen based company, Champion Environmental Technologies, the marker leader in subsea signage are delighted to             maintenance and cost benefits for operators.                    and independent
announce they are now widening their product portfolio to cover all forms of oilfield signage from surface to seabed.             The D-Series package includes the integral VetcoGray        oil companies.
   The continued company growth has created a need for a new sales position, with Craig Ogston joining the team. Craig        ModPod, a subsea control module that is powered                This approach
brings a wealth of experience to the business from his previous roles, particularly his time as Scottish Regional Sales       by SemStar5™, representing a new generation of                 delivers improved
Manager at Scafftag.                                                                                                          ultra-reliable, open architecture subsea control and           functionality
   The sales department is headed up by Business Development Manager; Emma Learmonth who says: “Our investment                instrumentation systems.                                       and flexibility
in state-of-the-art technology has resulted in several exciting contract awards. Our commitment to only utilising fit-for-        Manuel Terranova, Global Region Leader – Drilling &         by incorporating
purpose materials as well as our ability to customise designs cost effectively provides an edge over the competition.”        Production, GE Oil & Gas said: “Building on the successful     common project
   Champion Environmental Technologies have specialised in the supply of environmentally friendly anti-fouling solutions to   launch in September of our new S-Series with the SVXT          requirements to
the Oil and Gas Industry for over three decades. Their subsea products, Aquasign® and Solis™ are designed to improve          tree for harsh shallow-waters, we are delighted to             meet a wide range of
the efficiency and safety of subsea operations by providing highly visible markings guaranteed for a minimum of 30 years.      introduce the new DHXT subsea tree for deep-waters             customer standards.
Now the company has announced a new division, surface signage to support the demands of their global client base.
10 SUBSEA UK NEWS JUNE 2010                                                                                                                                                                                      11 SUBSEA UK NEWS JUNE 2010

TECHNOLOGY                                                                                                                                                                                                               TECHNOLOGY

J+S Making                                                                                                                     Diving SIDC
the Right                                                                                                                      Arrive
Connections                                                                                                                    KD Marine’s two Subsea Intervention
                                                                                                                               Daughter Craft (SIDC) have mobilised
J+S has recently completed two very                                                                                            in mid April for FPSO diving IRM
different projects associated with the                                                                                         work, west of Shetland at Teekay
delivery of high power, high voltage                                                                                           Petrojarl’s “Foinaven” and at the
subsea connectivity: one for Expro in                                                                                          “Captain FPSO” for Acergy who
a deepwater oil and gas application,                                                                                           contracted KD Marine through
and one for EMEC in a shallow water                                                                                            its DSVi contract. The craft are
renewables application.                                                                                                        mobilised on the mother ships “Toisa
    J+S have designed, manufactured,                                                                                           Valiant” and “Far Sovereign”.
tested, and delivered several sets of                                                                                             The two craft are purpose built
high voltage, high current, pressure                                                                                           “state of the art” vessels which
compensated enclosures, electrical                                                                                             were commissioned by KD, designed
harnesses and penetrators to Expro                                                                                             by the marine architect Ian Darley       for dive control, seating areas for       and have never failed to produce the
for their novel AX-S subsea wireline                                                                                           and built at the SeaWind Barclay         the dive crew etc. They were also         “wow” factor in all those who have
intervention system. The project was                                                                                           Curle yard at Appledore in Devon. The    relatively unstable while moored up       been aboard. The first craft “DC 01
already well established when J+S                                                                                              craft are designed and built to Lloyds   for diving due to their deep “V” hulls    had its first outing at Haewene Brim
became involved, and the challenge                                                                                             codes and are MCA category 3 work        which are more suited to high speed       FPSO for Bluewater at the end of
was to deliver to a demanding                                                                                                  boat certified.                           cruising.                                 last year’s season and performed
specification and schedule.                                                                                                        The design brief was arrived at as       Both craft have a dedicated            well.
    The enclosures and harnesses are                                                                                           a result of experience of using Fast     McGregor/Hydramarine davit which,            This year is off to a good start
oil-filled and pressure compensated                                                                                             Rescue Craft or “FRCs” in the role.      are man riding and equipped with          with both craft out at work and
to simplify the design and minimise                                                                                            Although these boats were perfectly      constant tension and a snubbing           enquiries continue to come in
the weight for operations at depths                                                                                            capable in their intended roles, they    device; a considerably safer              for work in domestic and foreign
of up to 3000 metres. Where                                                                                                    were not ideal for diving since they     proposition than crane deployment.        markets.
possible, penetrators were used                                                                                                did not have space in their design          The craft that have emerged from          If you would like more information,
instead of connectors to reduce the                                                                                            for such things as built in breathing    the yard have proved to be extremely      please contact Philip Milne on 01224
complexity and improve reliability.                                                                                            gas supplies, accommodation space        stable due to the design of the hull      705075 or philip@kdmarine.com
J+S’ polyethylene injection moulding
process was used to produce high
integrity penetrators and cable
splices
    All the J+S-supplied parts were
integrated onto the AX-S tool
assembly, and successfully completed
integration testing. Expro now has
a reliable, modular power and signal
                                           PhotoSynergy’s LED Fibre
distribution package that meets their
requirement for rapid and reliable
mobilisation and assembly of the tool
                                           Sub-sea Luminous Cable
to deep water oilfields around the
                                           PSL has developed a new and               creates a continuous line of light
world.
                                           unique energy efficient LED fibre           along the full length of the fibre. The
    The other project saw the
                                           illumination technology, ‘Lightpath’      light output colour is green, closest
design, manufacture, testing and
                                           that forms a continuous line of light     to the peak eye response for optimal
qualification of a re-usable shallow
                                           up to 100 meters in length that           visibility in low light and in water.
water connection system for use at
                                           carries no electrical power.              Blue light is an option.
the EMEC test facility on Orkney.
                                               As the fibre rope carries only light      Following the initial trial and as a
It was designed to operate both as
                                           (no electrical power) this makes it       result of ongoing discussions it was
a termination when no generation
                                           ideal for underwater illumination/        recognised that a compact diver
devices are connected, and as a
                                           identification applications such as        mounted submersible evaluation
reusable connection to connect a
                                           diver umbilical, tether ropes and         system would be a valuable addition
variety of devices that will be deployed
                                           hazardous conditions associated           and a compact canister design
and tested at EMEC.
                                           with operating in challenging             was previewed at Subsea 2010 in
                                           environments. In addition the rope        Aberdeen.
                                           can be injected from both ends to            The canister houses an LED,
                                           form a loop, extend operational           drive electronics and battery pack.
                                           length, increasing brightness or as       The unit is powered from the divers
                                           an additional safety feature providing    umbilical supply with a one-hour
                                           built-in redundancy.                      emergency backup battery. The
                                               Initial trials of the surface based   diver has the option of controlling
                                           system were conducted at the The          directly, including flashing. This
                                           Underwater Centre in Fort William.        version could be adapted to fit an
                                               The high performance LED is           ROV, increase illuminated length or
                                           injected into the 5mm diameter            identify underwater objects. The
                                           flexible fibre light rope utilising a       specification is being finalised.
                                           patented coupling system. This
12 SUBSEA UK NEWS JUNE 2010                                                                                                                                                                                                                         13 SUBSEA UK NEWS JUNE 2010

TECHNOLOGY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ACHIEVEMENT

Tritech Launches                                   Pipeline Video Acquisition
SeaKing Hammerhead                                                                                                                      The Secrets to Global
DST Sonar                                          Options with NETmc Marine                                                            Export Success
                                                   NETmc Marine is happy to reveal the         a “jump to video” facility, with the
                                                   latest addition to its family of digital    NETmc Marine Triops system.              An insight from Subsea UK Exports Award Winner 2010
                                                   video recorders, the Triops. The Triops        EIVA has also developed a 3D model
                                                   is specifically designed for the pipeline    client deliverable, NaviModel 3D, this   UK-based company Optical Metrology Services (OMS) Ltd is seeing a
                                                   inspection market; it is a 3U, triple       allows the client to look at the data    continued increase in demand for its pipe measurement and inspection
                                                   channel video acquisition system, with      in as fine details as is required or      services, primarily from overseas customers. In the last four years, OMS
                                                   2TB of SATA drive storage that allows       to zoom out for a more overall view      has grown its annual sales revenues by a whopping 544 per cent, through
                                                   for the synchronous recording and           of the survey area, and of course        a combination of factors.
                                                   storing of pipeline video from an ROV.      Triops video can be included in this
                                                      Live view video can be displayed on      deliverable.                                 In recognition of OMS’ outstanding                        OMS has been and will be involved              and AUT and counter-bore crew costs
                                                   the QC screen and passed through               The Triops/EIVA combination has       achievements in export sales to global                    in some of the world’s highest profile              were minimised.
                                                   for display on the ROV monitor if           already caused a stir at the recent      oil and gas companies, Subsea UK                          oil and gas projects. In 2009, OMS                    Although most contracts are
                                                   required. Video overlay is also available   Subsea 2010 exhibition in                recently acknowledged these efforts                       was awarded a contract to undertake                with main contractors on oil and
                                                   by use of NETmc Marine’s triple             Aberdeen,                                by presenting OMS the Subsea Global                       dimensional measurement of pipes                   gas projects, OMS also works
                                                   channel VideoTXT-3, which has up to         where the                                Exports Award 2010. OMS was one                           for the Gumusut-Kakap oil field                     directly with the major oil and
                                                   three serial ports for data input.          quality of                               of three companies shortlisted for the                    installation, the first Shell deepwater             gas companies. In late 2009, for
Pier structure captured by SeaKing Hammerhead at
The Underwater Centre Fort William, 30m               To supplement this product, NETmc        video, ease                              Award, the other two finalists being                       project in Malaysia.                               example, OMS successfully completed
                                                   Marine has partnered with EIVA A/S          of use and                               First Subsea and Dominion Gas. The                            This three-week project required               a five-week pipe end dimensional
Tritech International have launched                of Denmark, developers of marine            integration                              award was sponsored and judged by                         OMS to carry out critical analysis                 inspection project for BP Exploration
the latest addition to the SeaKing                 navigation software, to interface the       to a single                              UK Trade & Investment.                                    and sampling of 3,500 pipe ends and                & Production Inc., on the Galapagos
family of imaging scanning sonar                   Triops with EIVA’s suite of software        software                                     Headquartered in Bishop’s                             seven different sizes of pipe. The                 Development Project in the Gulf of
products – the Hammerhead                          including their newly developed             package                                  Stortford, London, OMS specialises                        pipe ends were used for both steel                 Mexico. The project was secured by
sonar. The unit can create higher                  NaviEvent package. NaviEvent allows         were key                                 in providing measurement services                         catenary risers (SCRs) and flow lines.              OMS’ US office and all inspection
resolution imagery than comparative                for both online and offline eventing of      points of                                and precision measurement systems                         OMS provided assistance in the                     work was carried out on site by an all-
mechanical scanning imaging sonars,                pipeline inspections, with video being      interest.                                to the oil and gas industry worldwide.                    planning and execution of the creation             American crew.
by utilising a large transducer                    associated by time, thus enabling                                                    A key focus for the company is in the                     of the J-Lay double joints, which                     In deepwater pipeline
aperture, very fine mechanical                                                                                                           dimensional measurement of oil and                        enabled the most round pipes to be                 developments, pipe shape features
step size and proven Digital Sonar                                                                                                      gas pipes or other similar structures                     allocated to the more critical areas               that are unaddressed cause delays
Technology.                                                                                                                             such as aero engines, process                             of the pipeline. OMS also advised                  associated with weld fit up and
   The SeaKing Hammerhead sonar                    Subsea 7 Announces First                                                             industry tubes or manufactured                            on the most suitable dimensions of                 ultrasonic inspection, which in turn
has two frequencies of operation: A                                                                                                     cylindrical objects, where dimensions                     the J-lay collars for welding the pipe             can have severe schedule and financial
high chirped 935 kHz frequency to                  Autonomous Inspection Vehicle (AIV)                                                  are critical. Around 80 per cent of                       ends, ensuring the easiest and best                cost consequences for the operator.
enable high resolution imagery, and a                                                                                                   annual turnover currently comes from                      fit up of pipes offshore, where it was                 The contract with BP required OMS
second chirped frequency, 675 kHz                  to be Commercially Available in 2011                                                 overseas projects.                                        essential to minimise the time and                 to carry out an initial survey sample
to allow for long range capability.                                                                                                         Denise Smiles, Commercial                             costs of the pipe-lay vessel.                      of pipe ends to establish average
The wide transducer allows for a                                                                  Neil Milne, Subsea 7’s Vice           Director at OMS, says: “The unique                            More recently, OMS completed a                 wall thickness, AUT calibration block
very narrow horizontal beam to be                                                              President of Life-of-Field/i-Tech,       combination of measurement and                            six-week pipe inspection study for BP              groupings, HiLo misalignment and
created on both frequencies, to                                                                commented: “The AIV represents a         inspection services, hardware and                         Exploration (Angola) Ltd, on its Block             parameters for selecting SCR pipes.
increase image resolution.                                                                     significant technological advance in      software that OMS is able to offer                        31 PSVM deepwater Development                      This was followed by the detailed
   The Hammerhead has a built in                                                               the area of subsea remote inspection     its clients is just one contributing                      in Angola. This £650,000 contract                  laser dimensional inspection, sorting
attitude sensor, which makes the                                                               and intervention. Autonomous             factor to OMS’ success over the                           required OMS to carry out an initial               and marking of all pipes – more than
unit ideal for tripod deployment,                                                              underwater vehicles (AUVs) have          last four years. We fully understand                      sample survey of pipe ends, followed               5,900 pipe ends in total – including
giving the user a clear indication as                                                          been in service for some years,          and have an in-depth knowledge of                         by the detailed laser dimensional                  critical, fatigue-sensitive 8” and
to the position of the unit relative                                                           capable of tracking and surveying        pipe measurement issues and so we                         inspection, the sorting and marking                12” flow line sections and 8” SCRs.
to the seabed. In addition to the                                                              pipelines. With the arrival of the       are able to look at projects from the                     of more than 12,000 pipe ends,                     As well as helping BP to better
attitude sensor, the unit also has an                                                          AIV, subsea structures such as           customer’s perspective. This means                        including critical, fatigue-sensitive,             understand any potential issues that
integrated three axis compass, to                                                              manifolds, wellheads and risers          we are able to provide measurement                        flow line sections. As well as helping              might arise on the project, it also
allow the sonar image bearing to be                                                            will be able to be inspected by this     tools, software and inspection                            the customer (Technip) to better                   enabled BP’s installation contractor
continually displayed and updated.                 Subsea 7, one of the world’s leading        tetherless technology, significantly      services that cut costs and make life                     implement the pipe end fit-up process               to implement the best pipe end fit-up
   The Hammerhead unit can easily                  subsea engineering and construction         increasing flexibility and efficiencies    easier for the oil companies and their                    and fatigue HiLo strengths, the study              process and fatigue HiLo solution.
be networked with existing SeaKing                 companies, is pleased to announce           throughout the life-of-field cycle.”      contractors.”                                             also ensured that pipe welding time                This measurement service also
equipment. Or if using on its own,                 that as part of its ongoing                    Professor David Lane of SeeByte,                                                                                                                   ensured that pipe welding time and
the unit will automatically establish              investment in assets and technology,        added: “The advanced autonomy                                                                                                                         counter-bore costs and material
communications with little input                   and following a two year trial in           systems that underpin the AIV’s                                                                                                                       removal were minimised.
required from the user.                            conjunction with SeeByte, the two           capabilities are the outgrowth of                                                                                                                        OMS is currently working on a
   Tritech’s Product Line Manager                  companies will collaborate further to       many years of research, development                                                                                                                   variety of other overseas contracts
for Imaging Sonars, Ben Grant, said:               bring the first commercially available       and technology de-risking by SeeByte                                                                                                                  for oil and gas customers, including
   “The Hammerhead sonar is at                     Autonomous Inspection Vehicle (AIV)         for security, renewable energy,                                                                                                                       Block 18 for BP Exploration (Angola).
the forefront of scanning sonar                    to market. Designed by Subsea 7,            offshore and transport applications.                                                                                                                  OMS is also providing custom
technology, and is an ideal addition               the vehicle incorporates key SeeByte        The AIV is yet another example of a                                                                                                                   designed software to the main
to the well established SeaKing                    technologies and will be in-service         SeeByte enabled remote machine                                                                                                                        contractor, Subsea 7, which, at the
range. The high operational                        during 2011.                                that is improving productivity and                                                                                                                    touch of a button, enables pipes to be
frequency, combined with a wide                       Subsea 7’s OTC booth had a scale         reducing risk for its operator. We are                                                                                                                automatically sequenced for the firing
transducer aperture, makes this the                model of the AIV, where visitors            delighted to be working with Subsea                                                                                                                   line.
sonar of choice for any application                could gain a better understanding of        7 to realise this game changing          Above: OMS engineer inspecting a pipe end as part of an onshore project for Petrobras in Brazil
requiring the highest possible                     the technology and speak with the           capability in the offshore oil and gas   Top right: Two OMS engineers inspecting the dimensional accuracy of pipe ends as part of a 5-week project
resolution of imagery.”                            programme managers.                         arena.”                                  for BP Exploration & Production Inc., on the Galapagos Development Project in the Gulf of Mexico
14 SUBSEA UK NEWS JUNE 2010
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WFS Delivers Wireless                                                                                                                                                                  As         29
                                                                                                                                                                                         ia
Capability to Beerenberg‘s                                                                                                     introducing the new                                               20
                                                                                                                                                                                                   10
Subsea Conductor Cutting Tool
WFS Energy & Environment, a
division of WFS Technologies, is
proud to announce successful
delivery of its Seatooth® wireless
broadband radio modem and
wireless power transfer technology
to Beerenberg Corp AS. WFS
                                           and severs the conductor ready for
                                           removal from the well. The upper
                                           and lower parts of the tool exchange
                                           data wirelessly throughout the
                                           operation using the WFS Seatooth®
                                           broadband radio link, to ensure the
                                           task is completed accurately, whilst
                                                                                                                               ATOM ROV
Technologies is the world’s leading        at the same time the static part
developer of wireless radio frequency      of the tool transfers power to the
(RF) technology for communication,         rotating part using WFS Wireless
navigation and power transfer and          Power Transfer technology.
the delivery for Beerenberg Corp will         A conventional tool for
deploy this technology to support          disconnecting subsea pipes and
disconnection and decommissioning          conductor would require an umbilical
of subsea conductors.                      to deliver power and data from a          for WFS Energy and Environment
   Beerenberg has delivered                vessel on the surface. Snagging           comments:“WFS is pleased
this unique and complex tool for           and tangling of wires is often seen       to have been able to provide
Caldive for use in Gulf of Mexico          with subsea cabling, but with cables      specialist systems and support
decommissioning projects, enabled          attached to a rotating unit those         for this complex and mission-
by the integration of WFS wireless         issues would increase. By allowing        critical operation. As the world’s
technology. The cutting tool               the two units to communicate and          only provider of subsea wireless
comprises two “rings” around the           recharge wirelessly using WFS             connectors incorporating data and
conductor: one ring is fixed on             technology, downtime of equipment         power transfer, I am confident that
the conductor, and the other ring          is minimised and overall operational      the success of this project will lead
containing the cutting tool sits           performance is improved.                  to many more similar applications in
above it. The top section rotates             Ian Crowther, General Manager          the oil and gas sector.”


EPC Offshore Exceeds Business Targets
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                                                                saving project completion.
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                                                                innovative Opportunity and Project Delivery System (OPDS)
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                                                                opportunities towards sanction, and then onwards to
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                                                                                                                               TRENCHING SYSTEMS
EPC Offshore, the Aberdeen-based oil and gas project            processes of the project’s stakeholders are aligned, a
delivery company established in 2009, has exceeded its
own first-year business targets before its first year is half
                                                                critical step for any North Sea project.
                                                                   With tens of millions of pounds traditionally spent
                                                                                                                               DECK EQUIPMENT
completed. Set up to assist existing and new operators          on the pre-sanction phase of a North Sea project, EPC
to the North Sea – as well as major contractors, in all
aspects of project evaluation and management up to
                                                                Offshore is now supporting a number of companies
                                                                with opportunities under evaluation – and this at a time
                                                                                                                               SPECIAL PROJECTS
successful sanction, EPC Offshore has grown from its
start-up core team of three senior professionals to more
than 20 staff in less than a year.
                                                                when oil prices are variable and swift execution is key to
                                                                economic success.
                                                                   Keith Wallace adds ‘We know the North Sea industry,
                                                                                                                               CURVETECH® COMPONENTS
    Chief Executive Keith Wallace adds ‘EPC Offshore is         the deadlines, the critical steps, and the timescales
focused on working with North Sea operators to control,         needed to achieve a fully-commissioned facility, whether
define and deliver offshore developments,’ he says, ‘and         FPSO, topsides, subsea or a combination of installations.
we recognise the constraints in place today as a result of      Stakeholder alignment is high up on that list of priorities.   SMD Singapore Office
the harsh economic climate and the importance of pre-               ‘A speedy return on investment is what really counts,      Level 42, Suntec Tower Three,
sanction effectiveness.                                         especially as our economy is emerging from a deep
                                                                                                                               8 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038988
    ‘Our success in our first year of business, with a           recession, and major North Sea investments are required
turnover for our first year approaching £3 million, is a real    to deliver revenue as early and safely as can be achieved.     T +65 6829 2164
achievement in this economic climate. We had set that           That’s where EPC scores highly. Our staff numbers are          F +65 6829 2121
figure for our second year’s target, so it is very satisfying,
and it is undoubtedly down to our focused work, our solid
                                                                just over 20 right now, and we expect that number to
                                                                reach 30 in the coming months.’
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16 SUBSEA UK NEWS JUNE 2010

ACHIEVEMENT


Queen’s Award for Hallin Marine
Hallin Marine UK Ltd has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise
after increasing its sales 14-fold in just three years.
   The wholly owned, UK arm of Hallin Marine Subsea International PLC last
year recorded sales in excess of £22million despite only being formed in 2006
in Scotland.
   The Queen’s Award judges described this phenomenal increase as an
‘outstanding achievement,’ adding that it reflected ‘an effective marketing
strategy based on establishing strong client relationships.’
   Headquartered in Aberdeen, Hallin Marine UK now employs more than 100
people offshore around the globe. Their skilled staff operate and service their
large fleet of ROVs and associated equipment that inspect, repair, maintain
and assist in the construction of subsea platforms, pipelines and structures.
   The UK company has recently moved into diving and vessel operation with
their purpose built SOV Windermere due to arrive in the region shortly.
   Mike Arnold, Hallin West Division’s MD, said: ‘The award reflects the brilliant
teamwork from all our Hallin family in the UK and from the staff that we send
to work around the world.
   ‘Our aim is simple: “To provide outstanding customer service and to go the
extra mile or ten, if that is what it takes, to ensure a successful outcome for
our client.”
   ‘We are really proud our achievements have been recognised by this Queen’s
Award and proud we are flying the flag for the subsea oil and gas industry. Now
I’m going to go and order the flagpole so we can really fly the Award flag!’



Aker Solutions and Marine Subsea Earn
Prestigious Health and Safety Awards
Aberdeen-based companies Aker                                      organisation’s health and safety                                   to new business levels and HSE
Subsea and Marine Subsea (UK) have                                 policies and procedures. Businesses                                will be at the forefront of all of our
both been presented with the British                               must demonstrate they have                                         endeavours and never compromised.”
Safety Council’s International Safety                              comprehensive health and safety                                       Julia Nerney, Chief Executive of the
Award.                                                             policies in place, a clear commitment                              British Safety Council said: “For more
   The prestigious accolade is                                     to health and safety from the                                      than 50 years, the British Safety
awarded following a rigorous and                                   boardroom to the shop floor and be                                  Council has led the way in promoting
independent assessment of an                                       committed to promoting a positive                                  health, safety and environmental
                                                                   safety culture throughout the                                      best practice in society. In the
                                                                   organisation.                                                      21st century many organisations
                                                                      Charlie Ingram, vice president                                  worldwide are understandably making
                                                                   of HSE in Aker Subsea, said: ”We                                   health, safety and environmental
                                                                   are delighted to have received this                                management their top priority. Aker
                                                                   award for 12 consecutive years,                                    Solutions and Marine Subsea (UK)
                                                                   this demonstrates our continued                                    Ltd are helping to make our vision of a
                                                                   hard work and the contribution made                                healthy and safe working environment
                                                                   by each and every member of staff                                  a reality.”
                                                                   to sustain our health and safety                                      Former Prime Minister Gordon
                                                                   culture.”                                                          Brown added his congratulations to
                                                                      Meanwhile, Alasdair Cowie,                                      the winners: “I am delighted to send
                                                                   managing director of Marine Subsea                                 my congratulations to all of those
                                                                   said his firm’s reputation as a leading                             organisations presented with an
                                                                   provider of subsea services has been                               award by the British Safety Council.
                                                                   enhanced by the award: “We are                                     These awards recognise the crucial
                                                                   honoured to win this award which                                   success that those organisations
                                                                   recognises the importance that we                                  and their employees have achieved
                                                                   place on health and safety policies and                            in their pursuit of excellence in
                                                                   procedures within the organisation.                                the management of health, safety
Aker Solutions VP Charlie Ingrame with the                         Now, as part of the Marine Subsea                                  and environmental matters at an
International Safety Award certificate                              organisation, we are moving forward                                international level.”

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