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February Issue 2014




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Contents Proserv moves to larger HQ to support global growth


The illuminated diver umbilical “Lightpath” real safety advances


Flexible pipe specialist on track to reach £1 million in first year


Two new appointments for completion technology specialists


Further success for Budenberg double block valves


Subsea Expo to cement UK subsea sectors position as world leader



Flexitallic deploys young engineer to Singapore


Technip’s Anti H2S layer aiming to solve age old flexible pipe problem

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SUBSEA INNOVATION BEGIN WORK ON NEW DARLINGTON HEADQUARTERS Subsea Innovation, one of the world’s leading subsea equipment suppliers, has officially started work on its new headquarters, which will potentially help secure larger contracts and create more jobs in the North East of England. The Darlington based company is building a new factory and office space after its expanding operations outgrew the capacity of its existing Faverdale North site. The construction work is being carried out by local contractors J and RM Richardson and was designed by Darlington’s Architects Design Group. The new development will be double the size of Subsea’s current base and opens up the potential to double its workforce to

Martin Moon

more than 70. It will also enable the company to handle larger demands from the oil, gas and renewable energy industries. Once finished the Darlington headquarters will cover 40,000sq ft and is expected to be completed in August. Subsea Innovation’s annual turnover exceeded £10m for the first time in its history in 2013, up from £7.5m in 2012. The company designs and manufactures offshore equipment handling systems, pipeline repair systems and subsea sealing systems. Martin Moon, Managing Director at Subsea Innovation, said: “The new building will allow us to build bigger machines and carry out increased testing, so we don’t have to use external facilities. The fact the new facility will have extra height means we can install larger cranage and it will also allow us to develop the research and development side further too. I always envisaged the company would double in size, and by increasing it means we can look at larger work. Last year, I believe we would have got a big A-Frame order from a client if we had a bigger facility, so this move is a very positive one. We wanted to stay in the region and looked at other places, but Darlington had everything to keep us local. You have to be flexible and ready to move rapidly in this industry, and such an investment will allow us to do that and strengthen our future. It is all about getting your customers and keeping them for life.”

MINTRA WINS CONTRACT WITH MEXICAN OIL COMPANY Mintra Training Portal Limited, a leading provider of learning, training and competency solutions for the oil and gas industry, has won a six figure contract to deliver a learning management system for Mexican oil services company, Oro Negro. This contract will see Oro Negro utilise Mintra’s online learning management system, Training Portal, to deliver courses to its offshore workforce in the Gulf of Mexico over the next three years.

Used by more than 150 companies, Mintra’s Training Portal will provide Oro Negro with a flexible, fully integrated learning, training and competency solution.


Peter Conner, managing director of Mintra, said: “As one of Europe’s largest providers of learning, training and competency for the oil and gas industry, this contract allows us to build on our international presence and provide Oro Negro with a robust learning management system. Using our expertise in learning and development, and our links with training organisations and industry, we can help oil companies worldwide identify the skills gaps within their workforce and then develop, deliver, administer and manage

training for all personnel.” With a reputation which has been built by delivering outstanding learning, training and competency solutions to more than 500 oil and gas companies and 400,000 personnel every year, Mintra successfully delivers one of the most comprehensive oil and gas training portfolios available to the global market. Established in 1997, it has a team of 80 specialists in Aberdeen, Oslo and Stavanger and recently invested over £2million in its flagship Training Portal learning management system.

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3SUN GROUP ELECTED FULL MEMBERSHIP OF LEEA Aberdeen based, 3sun Group, a specialist provider of products and services to the global energy industry, has been elected full membership to the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) on its first application. With over 700 member companies based in 57 countries, LEEA is established around the world as the leading representative body for the lifting industry. Members work in every aspect of the industry, from design, manufacture, refurbishment and repair, through to

the hire, maintenance and use of lifting equipment. In the absence of an official licensing system, LEEA developed its own widely respected examination qualifications, which has been running successfully for over 50 years. Following a stringent safety and standards audit, 3sun Group has been granted full membership status allowing it to train technicians to a globally recognised standard.

Graham Hacon, Managing Director at 3sun Group said: “Securing LEEA membership demonstrates to our clients that we are committed to training our staff to the highest possible level, with the end result of offering customers an unrivalled service. “Working within the oil and gas and renewable energy industries, it is essential that we have the required accreditation in place and as a world renowned industry body, LEEA was a key priority for us. With the recent acquisition of a sling press which allows in-house manufacturing of wire rope slings, this membership will continue the Group’s developing presence in the lifting industry. In the near future, the Group wish to purchase a test bed and a test rig. This will allow 3sun Group to provide a more complete service for testing and servicing lifting equipment.” LEEA is a member of the CPD (Continuing Personal Development) certification service and offer practical and distance learning courses which cover all aspects of testing and examining lifting equipment. Its educational and training activities are independently certified for industry-wide and pan-disciplinary CPD purposes. Mr Hacon continued: “3sun Group prides itself on developing the very best talent. As LEEA members, we hope to also gain accreditation for the courses currently run by the Group, internally and externally. This will support our aim of attracting and retaining the very best workforce.”

3sun Group employs over 200 staff offshore and onshore and is currently working on several projects in the UK and Europe and has extensive overseas experience having worked in Europe, Asia, Africa, USA and New Zealand.


Graham Hacon

3sun Group is headquartered in Great Yarmouth in England. It also has bases in Oban and Aberdeen in Scotland. The business has also expanded internationally with the creation of bases in Bergen, Norway, and in Esbjerg, Denmark, it is also currently looking at other UK and overseas locations.

Sparrows Group Sparrows Baricon, the Aberdeen-based designer, manufacturer and leaser of subsea pipe and cable tensioners, has invested £4m in the development and manufacture of new products which respond to evolving demand in the sector. “The growing demand is for touch-screen controlled, electrically powered tensioners, as distinct from the traditional hydraulically operated units,” says Alan Saynor, Business Manager with Sparrows Baricon. The new electric models incorporate industryleading Siemens control systems. Sparrows Baricon has recently shipped its first electrically powered 10 and 15 tonne tensioners and the first of the company’s newest design, a 50 tonne 4-track tensioner, joins the Sparrows Baricon rental fleet in Q2 2014. As part of the 50 tonne tensioner programme, the company is also building a new 150 tonne line pull test bed.

By the second quarter, Sparrows Baricon will have 10 tensioners from 3 to 50 tonne in its rental fleet. By operating units in series, this gives the capability to deliver up to 86 tonne line pull at only 35 tonne squeeze per track per metre. In addition to manufacturing these units for hire with Sparrows Baricon operators, the company also manufactures tensioners and other lay-spread equipment for sale to clients.

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“With these design developments and fleet additions, Sparrows Baricon has confirmed its commitment to the tensioner market. We are working on further product developments for the sub-sea sector which we plan launch during 2014,” concludes Alan Saynor.

“The industry is calling for greater capacity and greater control – both of speed and crush-force exerted on sensitive product,” says Alan Saynor. “These new tensioners from Sparrows Baricon deliver both.” In parallel with the development of the new 10, 15 and 50 tonne tensioners, Sparrows Baricon has also introduced design enhancements to its existing 3, 5 and 36 tonne designs, and has completely refurbished its entire rental fleet.

Preparing a Sparrows Baricon tensioner for hire

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PROSERV MOVES TO LARGER HQ TO SUPPORT EXCEPTIONAL GLOBAL GROWTH Global-leading energy technology services company Proserv has more than trebled the size and capacity of its Aberdeenshire headquarters after relocating to new and larger state-of-the-art premises in the region to support the company’s exceptional international business growth.

Within the past two years alone, Proserv has experienced a phenomenal 75% rise in turnover from £112million ($181million) in 2011 to around £196million ($316million) in 2012 with expected turnover for the year ending 2013 anticipated to further increase by up to 40% to circa £269million ($434million).

Award-winning Proserv has moved into its own, purpose-built Proserv House at Arnhall Business Park, Westhill, Aberdeenshire. The state-of-the-art new facility is home to the company’s corporate team and several function teams from the Europe West Africa (EWA) region for up to 150 staff. The company’s other local area facilities in Tullos, Kintore and Birchmoss (Echt), will continue to remain as core engineering and manufacturing bases for the provision of Production & Sampling, Marine Technology and Subsea Production & Drilling Controls services.

In addition to this, the company has grown its talent pool between 2012 and 2013 by around 25% from 1,600 to over 2,000. Proserv is also actively looking to recruit a further 150 personnel over the next six months with around half of this job creation expected to be in Aberdeen City and Shire.

Among some of the new features at the 23,000 ft2 Proserv House are extensive, high quality office space, meeting and conference rooms as well as a restaurant and dedicated training facilities.

Mr Lamont, who was also named EY Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year, was praised for the company’s impressive acquisition strategy, its geographical reach and the opportunities for further expansion while he was also recognised for moulding “a phenomenal business of a truly global nature” at the Scottish awards.

Proserv’s chief executive officer, David Lamont, said: “This move signifies another major milestone in the successful evolution of our company and one that further reinforces our rapidly-evolving status as a leading energy services company in the marketplace.

“Proserv House provides the additional capability necessary to support an increase in staff numbers and services, as our operations expand both in the UK and internationally. With a very healthy order book for the forthcoming year and as we look to launch a number of exciting new tools and technologies to market for the first time, 2014 looks set to be another significant year for the company.”


David Lamont at the new HQ

Earlier this year, the company’s outstanding growth was industry recognised when Mr Lamont won Private Equity Backed Business in the EY UK Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 awards.

Through establishing a significant 40-year track record for delivering high-value bespoke technologies and services, which are underpinned by its dedicated engineering expertise, Proserv has fast emerged as a leading energy industry specialist particularly in the drilling, production, subsea and marine market sectors. The company operates worldwide across several regions and currently employs more than 2,000 people globally.


The new team, with a wealth of specialist knowledge and experience in fluid management, waste solution management and International markets, includes Judith Verner Development Manager (Fluid Solutions), Gordon Bennett Technical Development Manager (Waste Solutions), Mick Rash Partner Development Specialist and Allan Mitchell Key Account Manager, all of whom will be based at the group’s Aberdeen headquarters. Throughout the coming year the team will regularly attend key international Oil and Gas events, meeting customers and offering technical advice and support on the Ferguson Group’s range of specialist products and solutions.

Derek Penny, Corporate Development Director said: “We are delighted to welcome Judith, Gordon, Mick and Allan to the team and I am confident that with their depth of industry experience

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The Ferguson Group, specialists in the rental of a wide range of specialist containers and CCUs, refrigeration units, accommodation and engineering modules to the global offshore energy market, is pleased to announce the appointment of key industry experts to be based at its Aberdeen headquarters. The newly appointed team will offer technical support to the group’s international bases and provide advice and guidance to partners and customers alike.

The new team at The Ferguson Group and knowledge they will be a great benefit to all our customers.” The Ferguson Group offers a range of specialist DNV 2.7-1/ EN12079 offshore containers and tanks specific to fluid and waste solution management from all of its bases (UK, Norway, UAE, Singapore and Australia), the product range includes chemical tanks, fuel tanks, mini FIBC containers, drill cutting bins and mud skips which compliment its full range of DNV 2.7-1/ EN12079 offshore CCUs (Cargo Carrying Units).


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ROTAFLOW FV LTD DESIGNS & MANUFACTURES HIGH QUALITY SWIVEL JOINTS FOR A WIDE RANGE OF APPLICATIONS The patented design of Rotaflow swivel joints allows 360 degree rotation under pressure without leakage. With a clear bore, any fluid passing down a pipe will also pass through a Rotaflow swivel joint without restricting the flow pressure. The SK Series features a unique roller system and wide spaced bearings, to give a robust and reliable

design. This range is ideal for the oil and gas industry. The large block seal allows free movement with low torque. We design and manufacture swivel joints in both carbon steel and 316 stainless steel and “specials” in any grade of metal to suit customer specification including the larger diameters. Every joint is tested and additional specific testing including coded

welding, rigorous pressure and NDT etc is available on request. More and more we are rising to the challenge of the demands of quality paperwork with FAT. Rotaflow is also certified to PED Module H for the design, manufacture and repair of swivel joints.

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PWA-PROSEP AGREES DEAL TO PROVIDE NOC WITH DESALTING TECHNOLOGY POTENTIAL TO SAVE MILLIONS OF GALLONS OF FRESH WATER PER YEAR Houston headquartered oil, gas and water treatment specialist, PWA-ProSep today announced it was awarded a contract for the supply of one of its patented ProSalt™ units, valued at $352,000 to a major National Oil Company in the Arab Gulf region. The 20” ProSalt wash water injection and mixing valve will be installed at an onshore facility upstream of the Desalter vessel. The ProSalt unit will replace the existing globe valve and static mixer, with delivery expected by end of Q2 2014. Results from a similar existing installation with the NOC, found that the ProSalt technology can save more than 10 million gallons of fresh water per year in one facility alone.

Traditional mixing valves often consume large quantities of wash water and chemicals. The ProSalt unit helps to preserve valuable water supplies. The robust, flanged spool piece replaces the conventional static mixer and mixing valve with a novel inline injection and mixing assembly. It requires minimum maintenance, has a high turndown ratio, and provides unobstructed flow conditions while providing efficient mixing of various production chemicals and dilution water used in the desalting process.

and less oil in water at the separator. We are delighted that the operator has selected ProSalt for an additional facility and are confident it will deliver impressive results.”

Neil Poxon, CEO of PWA-ProSep said: “The ProSalt technology is already in use by this operator who is aware of the great operational benefits it delivers in vastly reducing fresh water consumption, improved performance in pressure drop

• The differential pressure across the new valve decreased by more than 50%, from 15 psi differential to 7 psi differential.

Existing ProSalt operations in the Arab Gulf region demonstrated: • The wash-water rate was reduced by about 40% from 50 gpm, saving more than 10 million gallons of fresh water per year in one facility alone.

• Oil-in-water content from the desalter was reduced by about 60% from 18ppm to 7ppm.

• The salt content remained within specifications throughout the test.


PWA-ProSep was launched in November this year following the acquisition of assets of ProSep Inc by Produced Water

Absorbents Inc. PWA-ProSep can now offer the most comprehensive portfolio of patented solutions to treat oil, natural gas and produced water – a growing challenge for global oil and gas operators.


OPITO, the oil and gas industry skills body, has invested in a new Aberdeen office - a strategic move which cements its position at the heart of the energy sector and reaffirms its commitment to the UK Continental Shelf. Retaining its headquarters in Portlethen, OPITO has signed a long-term lease on a second 1,033sq ft office in the city’s West End. Providing conference facilities for the industry, it will also house up to eight OPITO staff.

manager for Wood Group PSN. He has also held a number of vocational training and competency roles with Aberdeen College and ASET focussing on competence management process, international workforce development, industry transformation programmes, modern apprenticeships and bespoke training and competence solutions for industry organisations.

leading safety and competency standards, can ensure greater alignment between the two.

Mr Neilson said: “I’m in a fortunate position of understanding the objectives and challenges faced by the industry and how OPITO, as the custodian of world-

A further appointment has been made within the standard and approvals team. Ewan Hay, formerly competency manager at Petrofac, joins as standards manager.

“Having worked in a number of different sectors in technically focused roles, I’m really looking forward to leading the development and delivery of robust and fit for purpose training and competence standards throughout the industry.”

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Industry Skills Body Announces New Standards Director

The move coincides with the appointment of the final director in OPITO’s newly established senior leadership team. Mark Neilson joins as standards and approvals director following a 30-year career in the engineering, competence and training fields. OPITO UK managing director John McDonald said: “We are at a very exciting time in our development as an organisation. Both our investment in this new facility in the heart of Europe’s oil capital and the further strengthening of our leadership team will ensure we are best placed to meet the industry’s needs both now and in the years to come. “We have undergone a transition as an organisation in recent months, initiating some major developments and are now gearing up for a step change in how the industry addresses its skills and competency needs.

Prior to joining OPITO, Mr Neilson was UK training, development and competency

John McDonald

“The Aberdeen office brings us much closer to the people and the sector that we serve. This, combined with Mark’s addition to a management team with an outstanding breadth and depth of experience, means we are well positioned to build stronger links with our stakeholders and meet our key primary focus of delivering a competent and safe workforce.”


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TWO NEW APPOINTMENTS FOR COMPLETION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALISTS As part of its ambitious growth plans, Omega Completion Technology has appointed a senior project engineer and business development manager at its headquarters in Aberdeen. Callum Morrison has joined Omega as a senior project engineer from Weatherford and will be responsible for the development and design of new completion concepts. John McCoubrey has taken up the post of business development manager, joining from Varel International, where he was the sales manager in Luanda, Angola. Callum started his career more than 20 years ago as a draftsman and has worked his way through the ranks to the senior position. He previously worked with Weatherford as a designer and also spent more than three years working offshore.

“This is a determined and incredibly forward thinking company boasting a very talented team, and I’m delighted to be part of its growth plans.” said Callum. “Being with a smaller, more agile company focused on innovation will allow me to have a greater involvement in the development of new technology. Having our own workshop will also be a new experience as I’ll be able to see my designs transform from the desktop to a


Callum Morrison

tangible piece of equipment on site.” Launched in 1998, Omega is an independent well completion and intervention equipment developer and manufacturer. The firm currently employs 60 people at its 21,000 sq ft office and workshop in Kirkhill Industrial Estate and plans to recruit a further 20 people in the next year to support its growth. The company is experiencing a surge in demand from major operators in the Middle East where it has secured more than £1 million of new business in the last six months. John’s new role will be helping to drive further growth in the Middle East and Europe and strengthening product lines with a particular focus on the High Deviation Tool String. He has worked across a number of onshore and offshore rig site operations and has been involved in performance optimisation, developing engineering solutions, and geological analysis. He is a graduate in Industrial Geology from Camborne School of Mines. “I consider Omega Completion Technology to be a British success story,” said John. “As a niche, independent company, it is well structured and organised and I’ve been made to feel very welcome.

I was very impressed with the company’s track record and reputation and look forward to playing my part in the company’s goals and achievements.” Managing Director, John Donachie, said the appointments were being made in preparation for growth. “We are anticipating that 2014 is going to be an extremely busy year for the company as we look to strengthen our team of engineers, designers and support staff. Callum and John bring a great deal of experience and I’m confident they will thoroughly enjoy being part of our ambitious and enthusiastic team.” Omega is a leading technology innovator in the completions market with over 25 patents. Its product range is designed and manufactured in-house and the company recently invested over £2 million in its custom built facility and CNC machining centre. Omega also opened an office in Stavanger, Norway earlier this year where it is experiencing growing demand for specialist tools and services. Norway is set to deliver £1 million revenue in its first year of incorporation with significant opportunities in the pipeline.

John McCoubrey


As an industry leader in riser provision, Claxton is accustomed to designing and providing product and service solutions for these critical systems within very tight deadlines. Darren Bowyer, Product Leader: Risers, at Claxton, explains, “sometimes, clients find it difficult to predict exactly when they will need a particular piece of equipment. Rig schedules can be very fluid and many factors influence the management of drilling teams. As a result, clients often give us short notice of their riser needs. For example, in April we started work on a riser system that had to be ready for client operations in November, but this is about half the time it normally takes to construct a riser of this kind.”

than any other supplier. In addition, our ancillary items for riser handling, installation and tensioning have all been developed through years of experience and all with the aim of providing safe and efficient systems that reduce critical path rig time. So clients can be sure we are offering the best fit riser for their drilling campaign, not just a system we want to push.” A key aspect of the Claxton approach to customer service is anticipating trends and market needs, meaning that the company is often working on solutions before clients ask for them.

Claxton responds to changing client needs by offering flexible commercial options. “We can provide risers on sale or rental terms to suit client projects and experienced crews to run the system offshore if necessary,” says Bowyer. “Being fully independent means that we focus on what the client actually needs and recommend the most effective solution. As part of the Acteon group of companies, we can draw on support from specialist sister companies such as 2H Offshore and Subsea Riser Products for access to combined levels of riser knowledge and expertise that no one else can match.”

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The oil and gas industry innovates to exploit hydrocarbon resources in harsh environments or locations where access is difficult. In recent years, the focus of these operational challenges has been on dealing with higher operating pressures and deeper water. A key aspect to overcoming these is having access to well-designed and reliable drilling riser system that is effectively tailored to your drilling campaign, rig interfaces and operating pressures.

Claxton, out in the field

How does Claxton cope with these extreme time pressures? There are options for compressing a construction schedule, as Bowyer says, “At Claxton, we can accommodate tight schedules by refining our processes and reducing or eliminating non-essential, timeconsuming elements. For example, we recently started supplying ring-type bolt tensioners which reduce flange makeup times considerably. Additionally we also supply joints pre-studded, further enhancing offshore operations.”

That Claxton holds one of the largest drilling riser stock inventories in the UK, with API NACE compliant systems up to 12,200 psi and a full inventory of supporting equipment, helps its fast response. “This is a real bonus for clients,” says Bowyer, “We have more pressure options, connection types and overall complete system options in-house


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POWER JACKS ENGINEER SCOOPS TOP APPRENTICESHIP AWARD A young mechanical engineer has been recognised for her outstanding effort and achievement after winning a prestigious apprenticeship award from North East Scotland College. Alison Petrie, 20, from Maud, Aberdeenshire, works with global-leading engineering firm Power Jacks which is supporting her college studies to gain a Modern Apprenticeship in manufacturing and maintenance engineering. She was presented with the Ian Corney Engineering Award at the college’s Modern Apprenticeship Awards ceremony after impressing the judges with her loyalty to her employer and ambition to help train future apprentices. Alison’s role within the Ellon-headquartered company sees her working on several global projects. She has recently been involved in working on orders for aluminium smelters, nuclear installations, aircraft maintenance, and oil and gas applications. The former Mintlaw Academy pupil said: “It is a real honour to win the Ian Corney Award and I couldn’t believe it when I heard I was on the shortlist. Since joining Power Jacks in 2012, I’ve been given the opportunity to get involved in a lot of interesting and diverse projects. It’s an exciting job and I’d like to encourage others into the industry. “The modern apprenticeship scheme has been really worthwhile for me and has meant I have had a lot of support from both Power Jacks and the college. I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me.” Power Jacks specialises in producing world-beating industrial lifting and positioning equipment including screw jacks, bevel gearboxes and planetary roller screws for linear motion and precise positioning applications. The company joined forces with North East Scotland College two years ago by launching its modern apprenticeship scheme. It is aimed at helping to address the skills shortages in the industry whilst providing a defined development path for individuals looking to follow an engineering career.

Paul Sherrington, depute principal North East Scotland, said: “It has always been very clear that one of our main aims is to provide relevant training designed to allow individuals to develop sustainable careers, and the Modern Apprenticeship programme meets that purpose. We are the second largest training provider for apprentices in Scotland and we want that to grow. In total we have 460 apprenticeships across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. In Fraserburgh alone we have 298 current Modern Apprenticeships with 87 awarded this year.” The Ian Corney award was set up in memory of the former college student who passed away earlier this year. He attended Banff and Buchan College at an early stage of his career before going on to establish his own business and entering the oil and gas industry. Power Jacks’ market activity spans more than 5,000 clients in more than 60 countries and across a diverse range of industries with its high-profile portfolio of clients include blue chip companies Airbus, BAE, Cadbury, Diageo, Ferrari & Red Bull Racing, Glaxo, ICI, Rolls Royce, Unilever. Over the last 20 years, the company has also trained more than 50 apprentices in mechanical and machinery disciplines ranging from assembly to electrical. It is the only company in the UK and one of only around six in the world which boasts a thread grinding capability for manufacturing planetary roller screws. These products provide a cleaner, quieter and more environmentally-friendly mechanical alternative to hydraulic solutions. One particular application is on Suspension Parameter Measurement Machines and as a result, Power Jacks products have been exported to Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Mitsibushi, & Chrysler.

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At present, Power Jacks has five apprentices with plans to recruit up to three new apprentices each year.


Bruce Bultitude, Power Jacks’ Managing Director, said: “Alison has been a great addition to the team and thoroughly deserves to win the award due to her attitude and the quality of her work. She has worked tremendously well since joining Power Jacks and has a bright future as a Mechanical Engineer. As a company, we are keen to provide opportunities to the engineers of tomorrow and it is encouraging to watch all our apprentices grow into their roles and take the first steps on their career path.”

Alison Petrie and her apprenticeship award

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is the latest organisation to join the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) as a Corporate Marine Partner; and involvement with the initiative has had an immediate effect. This new partnership has already seen over 400 UKHO people enrolled as IMarEST members. Membership supports their Career Level Framework (CLF) and enhances the professional and technical development of UKHO staff. “This is a key partnership, and enables us to demonstrate our commitment to ensuring our technical specialists are of the highest calibre in the world,” explains Paul Fothergill, UKHO’s CLF Manager. “Supporting our employees and enabling them to work towards Chartered Marine Technologist (CMarTech) status is something we’re keen to develop and showcase with our existing clients and partners. Encouraging over 400 of our UK-based team to join the Institute has proved highly successful; we know they will reap benefits from taking this first decisive step.” In exploring the benefits of joining the Marine Partners initiative UKHO, as one of the very best places in the world to train to become an expert in cartographic and allied skills, was eager to demonstrate the quality of their staff, and their eagerness to invest in each of them and support their career framework at every level as they work towards, and benefit from, internationally recognised professional qualifications that the IMarEST offers. IMarEST virtual library and associated technical information is of interest to the majority of these new members, as is the ability to input into IMarEST Special Interest Groups and IMarEST technical conferences and profit from them. And, running throughout is UKHO’s need to have their staff professionally recognised, and to see them benefiting from continuing professional development (CPD) programmes.

The UKHO has joined a growing list of partners which includes the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Royal Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, BP Shipping, Lloyd’s Register, Class NK, ABS and Plymouth University. Corporate Marine Partnerships are customised packages and range from offering bulk membership and professional development, promotional profile in international markets, accreditation of training courses, to the production of workshops and online training.

Further information on the Corporate Marine Partners initiative is available from: Steve Bodie Head of Partnering on: +44 (0)20 7382 2639 www.imarest.orgPartnerWithUs/ CorporatePartnership.aspx

David Loosley

“We’re seeing a growing number of organisations invest in the professional development of their staff,” says David Loosley, Chief Executive of IMarEST. “This is another example of how the Institute’s Initial and Continuing Professional Development programmes enable organisations, such as the UK Hydrographic Office, to further develop their staff, and something that the IMarEST is delivering globally and on a daily basis.”

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TECHNIP’S ANTI H2S LAYER AIMING TO SOLVE AGE OLD FLEXIBLE PIPE PROBLEM For almost 40 years, flexible pipes have been used for oil and gas transportation. One of the main benefits of the flexible pipe concept is that, through a clever assembly of steel and polymer layer, the structural layers of the pipes are not in direct contact with the transported fluid. This is of great interest, especially for highly demanding applications such as high pressure, deep water or highly corrosive fluid transportation.

material efficiency and to understand the physical and chemical mechanisms responsible for the neutralization of hydrogen sulfide. In addition to laboratory tests in diverse conditions of pressure, temperature and gas mixture, two 4.8’’ flexible pipe demonstrative structures with an Anti-H2S layer have been produced at Technip’s flexible pipe manufacturing plant in Le Trait, France.

These structures have been used to perform full scale testing representative of highly demanding operating conditions. The testing gas which contains methane mixed with 1.5% H2S and 5% CO2, was pressurized at 200 bar. The most obvious advantage of having an Anti-H2S layer in a flexible pipe is the reduction of weight of the final product. Indeed, as it is now possible to

However, over a long period of time, active components such as hydrogen sulfide (H2S) are able to permeate through the polymer pressure sheath and reach the annulus –the space between the pressure sheath and the external sheath – where the structural layers are present. This permeation phenomenon is taken into account by selecting specific steel grades resistant to hydrogen induced corrosion. Unfortunately, these corrosive resistant steel grades often exhibit lower mechanical performances than the steel grades that could be used in the absence of H2S.

Technip, in collaboration with IFP Energies nouvelles has decided to push the flexible pipe concept further by patenting and developing a new polymer layer which is able to prevent hydrogen sulfide from reaching the annulus, even over period of time for as long as the flexible pipe operating life. This layer is called the ‘Anti-H2S layer’.


A composite material, made of a thermoplastic matrix compounded with metallic oxide, is constitutive of the Anti-H2S layer. The metallic oxide will be responsible for the neutralization of the corrosive component before it reaches the steel annulus. This scavenger process allows the use of sweet service steel grades with high mechanical performances, even when the hydrogen sulfide is present in the transported fluid. Extensive testing work has been performed in order to demonstrate the

Anti-H2S layer production process

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Anti-H2S layer extrusion process

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use steel grades with higher mechanical performances, the section of each layer, and consequently the total amount of steel required to sustain a given load is reduced.

Reducing the weight of the flexible pipe can also be an advantage when considering installation of the lines because lighter pipes are easier to install. The buoyancy needs can also be reduced, again facilitating the installation process and decreasing the installation time. While the challenges to be tackled by the flexible pipe industry are continuously increasing, Technip is constantly innovating to bring solutions to its clients, demonstrated through a new technology able to neutralize hydrogen sulfide during the entire service life of its product. The new layer, called Anti-H2S, enables a more reliable and more optimized flexible pipe design. Technip’s Anti H2S Layer has been nominated for the Innovation & Technology Award at the 2014 Subsea UK Business Awards with the winners due to be announced on the 5th February.

Written by Thomas Epsztein, Polymer Materials Department, Products Engineering Division

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SEA CON® Electrical

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGERS - THE CENTRE OF THE SEA CON JOURNEY As SEA CON’s growth continues, so does the investment in their people. Craig Newell, VP of Sales and Corporate Business Development believes the importance of a strong team of Business Development Managers is key to the continued growth of the business. “Having a dedicated team is really important in promoting great internal and external communication so we can better understand the ever-changing needs of our clients and innovate for the next generation of solutions” he says. The Business Development Management team comprises of Craig Smith, Sergio Mendez, John Blair and Tom Schwinn. This team has a great range of knowledge gained by many years of experience in our markets, through a mixture of internal experience within SEA CON and external to SEA CON. Kevin Hall, Sales Director for SEA CON Europe, comments “SEA CON is always on the look-out for great talent for our business. Investing in people is important too and we don’t shy away from growing our own talent.”

Craig Smith started with SEA CON Europe in 1995 aged just 17. He completed his business studies at college whilst working for SEA CON. His first role was in administration and once his course was completed he became a trainee sales coordinator in 1996. His knowledge and experience steadily built, as did his links with Europe and the USA and he was soon promoted to Sales Manager in 2002. With his new role of Business Development Manager Craig will continue to promote and develop the SEA CON Group worldwide within the Military, Oil & Gas and Oceanographic sectors. Craig says “After nearly 20 years, I am


Craig Smith

still enjoying working with SEA CON and the challenging demands and exciting prospects that my new role as Business Development Manager has brought. I am looking forward to the future and the opportunities that this role will continue to bring. I hope the next 20 years will be as enjoyable and successful as the last for both SEA CON and myself.” Sergio Mendez joined SEA CON in September of 2008. He is a graduate of Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas with a Bachelors degree in Marketing and International Business. While Sergio has a primary focus on the coordination of business development activities for SEA CON Advanced Products, he is also promoting the complete range

of connector products developed and produced by SEA CON. He works with the internal and external sales teams to ensure customer needs are met. Before joining SEA CON, Sergio worked in outside sales for Tyco Electronics/ Rochester Corporation promoting their electro/optical mechanical cables. Prior to that he was with Halliburton, working for the down-hole Wireline tools division focusing in Latin America. He is also a member of the Subsea Fiber Optic Monitoring steering committee (SEAFOM). Part of their responsibility is to create and document the standards for future subsea architecture. John Blair recently joined SEA CON as Oil & Gas Business Development Manager, Americas. John is from College Station, Texas and joined the US Army straight from high school. Working on a variety of helicopters he became the crew chief on a UH-1H (Huey). After leaving the Army he ran his own business in the

Sergio Mendez

John Blair

automotive repair sector before joining CGG Veritas where he held a number of positions building his experience in areas such as seismic cable repair, umbilical repair, fiber optic lead-in terminations and management of the equipment for a fleet of 8 vessels. In 2008 John joined Bennex (now Siemens) as subsea Sales Manager for upstream electrical and fiber optic distribution, sensing as well as other products. John has a strong background in the Seismic market as well as the Oil & Gas subsea market making him the perfect fit at SEA CON. Tom Schwinn joined SEA CON in December of 2013. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Tom is an accomplished Engineer and Project Manager. Most recently Tom worked at General Dynamics Electric Boat designing and building nuclear submarines for the US Navy. Tom’s area of expertise at GDEB was sonar systems. His extensive knowledge of outboard cables and connectors make him a great fit at SEA CON. Tom’s overall knowledge of the defence procurement process will help SEA CON to solidify and expand its defence side of the business. Tom has been married to his wife, Lauren, for more than 20 years and has one son, Eben. In his leisure time he enjoys playing golf and fishing.

For more information about SEA CON products and services please visit our website:

Tom Schwinn

SEA CON (europe) Ltd Seacon House, Hewett Road, Gapton Hall Industrial Estate, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 0RB Tel: +44 (0)1493 652733 Email: Web:


CMP Products CMP PRODUCTS PROUDLY PRESENT THEIR EXTENSIVE NEW RANGE OF CABLE CLEATS As part of their continual research and development and innovative design, CMP Products, the global market leaders and specialists in cable glands and cable accessories across the globe, are proud to present their new, extensive range of cable cleats. Already specialists in cable gland and cable accessories, CMP Products have harnessed their extensive knowledge and experience in industrial and hazardous environments, to design and manufacture this wide range of cleats. CMP’s cable cleats have been designed to withstand all the industrial and hazardous environments CMP’s products are specialists in.

CMP Products; providing protection, whatever the environment. All cable installations vary in design from one installation to the next, which is why CMP Products design and manufacture cable cleats for all applications, including single, trefoil, quad and matrix applications. They offer a range that is both comprehensive and diverse, designed for use within industrial areas and hazardous locations, as well as specialist applications such as railway and underground, oil and gas, and petrochemical. The CMP Cleat Range is available to suit a variety of support structures, including cable ladder, cable tray, basket, channel, masonry or concrete. They are also tested in accordance with IEC 61914:2009 to ensure that, regardless of the cable formation used on the installation, there is a suitable cleat.

party certified in accordance with IEC 61914:2009, to ensure both the safety of personnel and the protection of the cable management system.

Designs to fit every situation and environment

Exceptional customer service and constant research and development are at the heart of what they do and CMP Products are relentlessly working to retain their number one supplier status. This is achieved by continually improving their processes and functions to maintain the standard that their clients around the globe expect from them.

Parallel, trefoil and multicore formations available to suit any installation

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Stainless steel, aluminium, LSF V-0 Nylon and LUL approved polymers available Available to withstand the highest levels of short circuit

CMP Products; providing exceptional customer service, whatever your needs. CMP Products also have the capabilities within their technical department, to not only assist with technical queries but also design bespoke applications to suit needs of their clients.

CMP Products; providing high quality, whatever the material.


CMP cable cleats are manufactured from various high quality materials, with excellent flame retardant properties, to suit the environmental conditions they may be subjected to. CMP Products cable cleats are designed, constructed and third

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PROTECTION WHATEVER THE ENVIRONMENT The market leaders in cable glands, CMP Products, are proud to announce the launch of their new range of cable cleats

Multiple designs for every situation and environment.

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PhotoSynergy Ltd Lighting

THE ILLUMINATED DIVER UMBILICAL ‘LIGHTPATH’ A SIGNIFICANT SAFETY ADVANCE FROM PHOTOSYNERGY LTD The concept: To see the entire route of a dive umbilical has been identified as a significant contribution to safety. PSL have achieved this with a unique side emitting 5mm diameter fibre that carries no electrical power, only light up to 150m in length. The fibre is spirally wound into the umbilical thereby creating a flexible continuous line of light from a low power LED light source which can be either steady state or flashing. The initial testing and evaluation took place at The Underwater Centre in Scotland, their Open Days contributed significantly in raising the profile of the illuminated umbilical concept Operational experience with LIGHTPATH has been gained in the North Sea through collaboration, support and advice from Bibby Offshore, Helix Well Ops UK Ltd and Boskalis Offshore Subsea Services operating in both Saturation and Wet Bell systems. The positive feed-back provided and photographic evidence of performance supports LIGHTPATH as an innovation that helps de-risk diving operations; a major industry concern. LIGHTPATH enhances safety for all parties operating in the subsea environment. This has been proven for the individual diver, his colleagues in the water and the bell-man. ROV pilots are aware of the route of the umbilical which minimises the risk of collision and helps detect cases of dive umbilicals snagging on structures. LIGHTPATH can be used to identify the individual diver through choice of light output colour, Green/Blue/White.

The PSL SLS9000 Light Source wavelength for the human eye, and provides extraordinary output from minimum power, typically <7W, target life of 5years continuous operational use and projected maintenance free life. Subsea professionals have identified a number of applications including the lighting of tool boxes, tether lines and restraint systems including the golden gate. ROV pilots highlighted the lighting of manifold valves, control panels and docking

LIGHTPATH side emitting 5mm diameter flexible fibre rope injected from a single source LED supplies a continuous line of light typically 70m in length with the fibre simply wound into the lay of the umbilical. The SLS5000 unit operates over the 12 to 24V DC range with an optional non-penetrating on/off/flash switch.

The colours adopted are Green and Blue as they penetrate most efficiently in water with White as a third alternative. The Green system operates near the peak eye response, the optimum


The PSL SLS5000 Light Source



or garage guidance systems. Salvage divers identified guide routes into wrecks utilising a continuous line of light and marine archaeologists are looking at controlled site access and ‘grid location’. For non-submerged operation PSL have developed a 4th colour system, Red. Marine applications to enhance operational safety on deck include guard rails, open hatches, temporary work areas and below deck identifying egress routes. Offshore Wind safety applications identified as tower access lighting and ship personnel transfer systems; PSL are working with SE Offshore Wind Expert Support programme and BVG Associates. PSL will continue to develop and promote equipment that will contribute to enhancing the safety of those in the marine, offshore, dive and subsea community with the continued support of operators.

The LIGHTPATH is a real step forward in the ability for better diver umbilical management & safety. The ROVs have also commented on how much easier it is to see the Diver’s umbilical. What is really noticeably is the way the umbilical stands out when the ROV is moving around. This has got to be a major safety feature. If it wasn’t for the light string, you wouldn’t know the umbilical was there.

Comment courtesy of Bibby Offshore

Comment courtesy of The Underwater Centre

‘We were delighted to be able to provide PSL with the opportunity to test their illuminated rope in the controlled environment of our pier, using divers in training. Our onshore tank, which has viewing panels on all sides, also provided the perfect location for a demonstration of how the light rope works, to potential clients. It’s a very important piece of new technology, which we can see has significant benefits to commercial divers, and ROV pilot techs, when working offshore or in poor light.’ General Manager, Steve Ham

Comments courtesy of Helix Well Ops UK Ltd.

Comment courtesy of Boskalis Offshore Subsea Services

Very nice system could be a bit brighter but for the rest excellent and helps to improve safety. Our customer made a special note on the final audit report, the note was (a good way to improve the safety of the diver under water better visible umbilical) they are even recommending using the SLS 9000 unit.

For more information about Photosynergy, please visit our website: E-Mail:

PhotoSynergy Ltd Photonics Innovation Centre, North Haugh, St Andrews, Scotland, KY16 9SS Tel: +44 (0)1334 463327 Email: Web:

In low viz situations, it’s a real safety bonus when the divers can, at a glance see the direction their umbilicals are going. We are continuously doing SIMOPS with work class ROVs & the ROV pilots have commented on how much easier it is manoeuvre around the divers umbilicals now that they are (the umbilicals) illuminated. The umbilical really did light up really well; with the divers able to follow the umbilical all the way back to the bell. I believe this

On the Bibby Offshore DSVs we use different colours for each diver so there is no confusion when the divers are working close together in poor light conditions. The main benefit is that the divers can readily identify where their umbilicals are at any time, preventing potential problems with unseen snagging hazards. The ROV can also quickly check the divers’ umbilcals are completely clear before landing large items on the seabed. The divers themselves started requesting umbilical lighting quickly following the early offshore trials. This, in itself, speaks volumes. Nigel Kenrick Diving & Dive Systems Operations Manager


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Sherwin-Williams delivers innovative coatings and service solutions to meet the ever evolving challenges of the offshore market. We’re focused on your productivity and success. That’s why our protective coatings: • improve overall job quality • keep downtime to a minimum, with fewer coats, faster return to service and reduced costs • ensure compliance with safety and regulatory requirements.

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The Budenberg Monoflange and modular Double Block & Bleed valve ranges are being continually being developed to meet these increasing requirements including compliance to the MESC SPE 77/312 standard for Fugitive Emissions and the Petrofac Low Temperature tests. Budenberg Ltd is able to keep pace with the market demands due to its commitment to its own in-house design and machining facility that enables them to provide a quick delivery of its DBB Valves or provide a fast track for prototype or special products to suit an individual requirement.

Budenberg Gauge Company started manufacturing instrumentation products in the UK from 1850 with their first factory in Whitworth Street Manchester before moving to Woodfield Road, Altrincham. They now operate from Gilchrist Road, Irlam, Manchester where the tradition for quality and reliability has been maintained. As well as manufacturing pressure and temperature gauges – for which they are internationally renowned, Paul Holland, Marketing Director said “We are proud of the quality that we put into our products both in terms of its design and the materials we use during manufacture”. With a 165 year heritage of manufacturing instrumentation products we understand the demands of the market and will always put quality as the premier requirement for any of our products.

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The increasing requirements of the international and regulatory standards for offshore valve products have seen a greater demand from end users for exotic materials and specialist testing requirements.

Budenberg also produces a range of needle valves, manifolds and complex Double Block & Bleed and Mono Flange assemblies for use by major blue chip offshore, electro-chemical and power generation companies globally. This latest success from Budenberg Gauge Company is further evidence of their aggressive global/strategic growth plan.

For further information contact Paul Holland 0161 7777300

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New Technology

NEW DYNAMIC VERIFICATION SCHEME DASHBOARD DEVELOPED DNV GL has developed a highly graphical, web-database-driven Verification Scheme Dashboard (VSD) to clearly show the offshore risks identified by verification findings and ultimately how they are managed to reduce major accident risks. The company offers the VSD to its customers as part of its independent verification service.

Each finding associated with an SCE can be ‘mapped’ to a specific location on the installation, as shown on the relevant plot plan. This display allows the Duty Holder to see for the first time, the potential cumulative effect of these ‘degraded’ SCEs.

(Safety Case) Regulations 2005, it can also be used worldwide as a means of verifying and demonstrating the safe operation of any offshore fixed or floating installation. The introduction of the new European Union Offshore Safety Directive introduces mandatory requirements for independent verification across Europe, and will increase the demand for an easily managed verification scheme and reporting system such as this one.

The high-level VSD gives a ‘live’ summary of all the findings where action is required of the Duty Holder. The dashboard shows a list of all Safety Critical Elements (SCEs) and the number of findings relating to each SCE. The SCEs are also grouped into barrier types to allow the cumulative risk from related findings to be visible. The tool, will be easily expandable to cover the requirements of environmental critical elements as required by the new Offshore Safety Directive in Europe.

Detailed information relating to any of the findings, including customer information, e.g., Performance Standards, Planned Maintenance Routines (PMRs), Piping & Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs), etc, can be viewed by clicking on the category

The overall objective of the verification scheme is to establish a system of independent and competent scrutiny of safety-critical elements throughout the lifecycle of an installation, and to confirm that applicable performance standards are

Current solutions for handling these findings within a Duty Holder’s own Action Tracking System typically do not make the findings highly visible or provide a useful overview of the findings. Further, it is often not possible to provide a meaningful analysis so that the risk profile

Reducing major accident risks

Cumulative risk is a common phrase amongst operators who are aware that, with increased complexity of systems and interfaces, minor defects can combine together to create an unseen hazard which represents a higher level of risk. DNV GL’s Verification Scheme Dashboard provides a platform on which to map verification findings and visualise the cumulative effect, with the aim of reducing major accident risks.

Need for improved visual overview

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indicated by the cumulative findings can be reviewed and managed by the Duty Holder.

icon on the plot plan or isometric graphic whether they reside in the customer’s Electronic Document Management System (EDMS), Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS) or other corporate/project systems.

Whilst a verification scheme is currently a mandatory requirement for all offshore oil and gas installations operating, or to be operated, in the UK continental shelf area under the Offshore Installations

achieved and maintained.


When compared with a conventional towed array, NarcineArray™ provides a significant reduction in power consumption, diameter (down to 16mm), weight and drag. This means that the array can be deployed and recovered far more easily, often without any specialist handling equipment. Because of the reduced weight, drag and power consumption NarcineArray™ can also be deployed from a much greater range of vessels, from conventional surface vessels to Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs) and Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUVs). J+S Ltd are also announcing their joint collaboration with AutoNaut®, a revolutionary new wave propelled vessel for ocean research built by MOST (Autonomous Vessels) Ltd for very long endurance autonomous data gathering. The AutoNaut® harvests solar energy at sea to power her state of the art electronics. Successful trials as part of the NOC and DSTL-funded Phase 2 Long Endurance Marine Unmanned Surface Vessel (LEMUSV) project took place in November 2013, and proved a successful combination for both of these new groundbreaking technologies. AutoNaut® are on STAND D445 at Oceanology International 2014.

The AutoNaut & NarcineArray demonstrated. The array was able to track a target of opportunity, and with the absence of tow vessel noise 360 degree coverage was achieved. Our collaboration with J+S Ltd is a triumph of innovative UK engineering expertise at its best.”

array to provide data for determining array positioning and shape. The µNAS device is low power and the data can be multiplexed, reducing wire count, which allows for several devices to be integrated into the array as required.

Alongside the miniature Integrated Acoustic Sensors, J+S have also developed a Micro Non-Acoustic Sensor (µNAS) product. This is designed to augment the acoustic sensors within NarcineArray™ to provide Depth, Heading, Temperature and 3 axis Micro-Electromechanical System (MEMS) sensor data. The µNAS can be located throughout the

Andy Toms, Managing Director for J+S said: “This launch at Oceanology International is the result of months of intensive sonar engineering work by our Product Development Team. In addition, the introduction of J+S’s lean array configuration method results in greater product delivery turn around in response to customer’s bespoke requirements”.

The NarcineArray

Mike Poole, Director of MOST (AV) commented: “Following the success of dummy towing trials with our earlier prototype, both at sea and in a wave tank, it was great to see a real array in action with the new boat. Ease of handling and the robust nature of the array were clearly

New Technology

J+S are launching their next-generation, small diameter, passive acoustic line array product family at Oceanology International, ExCel, London in March this year. Called after the small electric ray of this name, NarcineArray™ is a product family of low profile miniaturised acoustic arrays, suitable for static or towed applications that can be configured to suit the desired application. J+S have made use of their knowledge and experience of larger diameter arrays to develop this highly adaptable product that is uniquely suited to today’s underwater environment.


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Extremely rugged and robust. Pressure tested to 500 metres. Supplied in a Peli case. Protective membranes to prevent probe wear. 3 year warranty. Free annual calibration for the life of the gauge.

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Powerful jumper and umbilical monitoring As subsea field umbilical arrays grow ever more complex then the integrity of the components becomes increasingly critical. C-Kore is designed to provide assurance to field installation engineers that their umbilical systems will meet the client requirements by checking electrical integrity immediately prior to connector make-up.

For further information visit our website or call our sales team on 01653 602020


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Zetechtics Ltd

The MEG ARTS速 system provides highly accurate and reliable information on Mono-Ethylene Glycol or other fluid received subsea from a pipeline conditioning train.

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Directional Control Valves and Valve Assemblies for Subsea Applications Bifold have been successfully designing and manufacturing valves for operation directly immersed in sea water since 1987 and have applied this experience to develop our extensive range of technically superior subsea valves, maintaining safety factors and reliable operation across the pressure range to over 15,000 psi / 1035 bar with an operating temperature range of -50°C to +140°C. With a focus on safety and reliability in subsea control, Bifold’s directional control valves maintain safety factors on pull in and drop out voltage as well as de latch pressure, throughout the pressure range, but also during long term cycling (in cycles) and long term static hold tests. Qualification in accordance with ISO 13628-6 Endurance tested to in excess of 1 million cycles

High and low temperature storage and function testing Hyperbaric function testing to 3500m

Corrosion testing in direct seawater immersion for 90 days and 50/50 seawater internally at 60°C

Shock and Vibration testing

Contamination resistance testing on class 8 fluid over 30,000 cycles without filter

Visit us at Subsea Tieback Forum & Exhibition, San Antonio, March 4th - 6th 2014, stand No.2324

For more information Bifold, Greenside Way, Middleton Manchester, M24 1SW, UK. Tel: +44 (0)161 345 4777 Fax: +44 (0)161 345 4780 Email:



The V8 range are an intelligent new breed of ROVs. Built on the six degrees of freedom concept developed by Ocean Modules’ founders in the 1980s; the V8’s centre of Buoyancy/ Gravity is in the centre and the vehicles stability is controlled by an Advanced Control System. The ROV can automatically compensate for and correct outside forces such as tether drag and current as well as move in any direction and at any angle. Incredible manoeuvrability and unmatched stability enabled the V8 to perform a wide span of services around the rig including precision manipulation tasks, surveying gas and oil pipelines, drill string monitoring, bubble watch, scour monitoring and debris clearance. The stability offered by the V8 provided a superb platform for cameras, sonar and other sensors mounted on the vehicle

The V8 proved perfect for constant mobilisation. Rig operators benefited from the vehicle’s innate reliability, wide ranging capability and compact package size - which made it particularly easy to relocate for working from different areas around the rig.


Atlantas Marine are celebrating a successful second year of operations in Offshore Vietnam using the innovative Ocean Modules V8 Sii ROV. The underwater inspection specialist supplied the V8 to provide ROV support for drilling operations in the challenging high current conditions.

The V8’s ability to pitch and roll 360° in any orientation reduced inspection time and allowed the vehicle to reach places others couldn’t, whilst the advanced control system and automatic modes reduced the workload on the ROV operator, reducing fatigue and allowing them to concentrate on the job. This has meant that Atlantas Marine have been able to carry out accurate inspections faster and with a team of just 2 operators. “Ocean Modules ROV systems were already proven for inspection and intervention work off the West coast of Australia, central Africa, Russia’s East coast and the North Sea but the conditions in Vietnam presented a new challenge, and one we are delighted to say the V8 Sii more than met” said Atlantas Marine MD Charlie

Foll “We are looking forward to more success stories in 2014 and beyond”.

including the innovative OceanSENSE system developed by Aberdeen based OceanTools which was deployed with particular success for effective cement return monitoring.

The Smart Choice ­ Trusted by some of the biggest names in the subsea industry The VideoRay Pro 4 helps you get the job done quickly and safely

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FLEXIBLE PIPE SPECIALIST ON TRACK TO REACH £1 MILLION IN FIRST YEAR Flexible pipe specialist FlexTech has surpassed its first year turnover target of £500,000 just six months after start-up and anticipates reaching £1million by the end of the year. Flexible pipe expert Craig Keyworth established the Aberdeenbased company in March of this year, after operating as a flexible pipe consultant for a number of years prior. Mr Keyworth, who is also FlexTech’s Engineering Director, said: “I’m very pleased with the company’s initial progress. We are building a great track record of developing bespoke solutions to individual challenges, project managing complex design scopes, delivering on schedule and on budget.” FlexTech’s core business is the successful delivery of flexible pipe and riser engineering projects, offloading systems and integrity management and inspection. It also has a range of innovative products designed to facilitate ease of installation, ensure operational integrity and prolong the life of the flexible in field. The company moved to new premises in September 2013, representing a six-figure investment in a new office as well as specialist software and infrastructure. The company also has a half-acre research and development facility in Lincolnshire, with a further one acre to allow for future planned expansion.

Within its initial six months, FlexTech has completed work and supplied equipment globally for a range of companies from UK


Craig Keyworth

and international operators as well as installation contractors, with a number of high profile jobs scheduled for 2014. Mr Keyworth continued: “The business has been a long-term plan and we have a wealth of internal practical experience and a team driven for success, both for the clients and for ourselves as an organisation. The ultimate aim is for a reputation as a company capable of delivering on all flexible pipe requirements. We are a highly skilled, dynamic company and pride ourselves on our solutions-based approach and ability to adapt quickly and professionally to our clients’ needs whatever or wherever they may be.” FlexTech currently has a team of six subsea and marine specialists and aims to add a further eight employees within the next 12 months. It has recently recruited two new directors, who, along with Mr Keyworth, boast more than 50 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry among them. Mr Keyworth said: “The business isn’t just about making money, it’s about the team and how they work together and with our clients. We have recruited a team with an extensive knowledge and background in flexible pipes that is willing to go the extra mile to provide excellent service and results to our clients. “Our experience in the industry and our innovative and practical approach which saves our clients time, effort and money, has been in high demand, and we are looking forward to a busy 2014 and beyond.”


One of the world’s largest manufacturers of ROVs recently ran a series of independent trials comparing subsea cameras from seven different manufacturers to establish what would be the best cameras to fit to their future fleet of ROVs. Of the seven manufacturers whose products were tested against a variety of criteria, Imenco’s subsea Bull Shark HD-SDi camera, and Hammerhead Shark SD Colour Zoom camera came out top of the scorecard result tables. Stuart McConnell, General Manager of Imenco UK Ltd said; “This is a great result for Imenco. We have consistently promoted the quality of our camera range to the market since opening the UK office in 2010. An independent test by such a world leading organisation, proving our products to be overall ‘top of class’, can only help our future sales activities and get us into the forefront of specifiers and buyers minds”.

Mr McConnell went on to say “The Company have also created a specific adapter so that the Tiger Shark Digital Stills camera can be used on all their ROVs”. The seven manufacturers tested were: Imenco, Kongsberg, Bowtech, Insite Pacific, Sidus, ROS and SubC Imaging. Tests covered colour accuracy, perceived sharpness of the camera image, image distortion, and signal to noise ratio. Imenco’s Shark Range includes HD-SDi, Low-Light, Wide Angle, Digital Stills and Zoom cameras rated from 500msw to 6000msw dependent on the chosen housing and the job the camera has to do for the customer. The company is launching several new mechanical and electronic products to market over the coming six months. Electronic NPD includes delivery of the Thresher Shark, the sectors smallest HD-SDi, Wide Angle, 6000msw rated camera, the launch of the Sea LED 300 floodlight, and what the market is already calling the ‘game-changing’ SMART Camera and data acquisition Platform.

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HATLAPA - TRIPLEX OFFSHORE DECK MACHINERY PACKAGE CATERS TO YOUR NEEDS The demand for more comprehensive and extensive machinery packages has increased over the years within the marine industry. In order to respond to this demand, the marine equipment manufacturer Hatlapa and its daughter company Triplex AS have created a deck machinery package aimed specifically at vessels which operate in the demanding conditions in the offshore industry. Hatlapa is known for its high quality and reliable marine equipment in all areas of shipbuilding and now together with Triplex, the two companies are able to offer specific solutions which combine the expertise within the companies. The two companies worked together already prior to the purchase of Triplex in 2011. The history of the two companies extends back to 1990s and a cooperation of supplying winches and net handling systems to the Chilean fishing industry. The compatibility of the two companies is even more evident in recent times as the launch of a new Offshore Package will take place in late June 2013. The Offshore Package combines the expertise of the companies into one, fully compatible and customizable package. The offshore specific equipment from both companies is now a collective list of 23 elements that can be tailored to a specific package depending on the requirements of the customer.

Hatlapa is known for their range of winches and especially the AHT winches, which are available in low or high pressure hydraulic drives to suit the customers’


needs with power, as well as size wise in single, double or even triple waterfall designs. The Combined Anchor-Mooring and Mooring winches, secondary winches as well as the Research Winches are also supplied fully customized if requested and have stood the test of time and are known for their durability and reliability in extreme conditions. All winches are fully customizable and have a variety of additional extras to make the operating of the winches safer, as well as increase the lifespan of the equipment. Additional equipment such as chain stoppers and capstans for the winches can now be incorporated into the package. A variety of servicing plans are also available.

Triplex AS has been working in the offshore sector for centuries and their cranes are a testament to the company’s expertise within the fishery and offshore sector. In order to branch out more into the offshore sector, Triplex had designed a variety of specialist Multi Deck Handlers. The Multi Deck Handlers can be divided into two categories, for AHT vessels and for PSVs. The AHT MDH package includes: ·

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Both packages can be enhanced with a variety of additional equipment such as wires, buoys, clamps and anchors. As safety in any situation is imperative, especially in rough or extreme conditions, the package also includes a variety of safety options. For the HATLAPA winches, a quick release option called SLIPSAFE is incorporated, this means that there is no claw clutch and the chain can be released through a slipping clutch with minimum break force.

Triplex also offers a variety of safety measurements taking into consideration that anchor and other chains on the deck can cause major safety hazards. The best know safety measure are the Shark Jaws, this was invented by Triplex in 1983 and is a unique way of handling chains and wires. This option automatically positions the chain or wire in the right way on deck and allows for a more secure way

of handling on-deck chains and ropes. Additional guiding tools are guide pins, stop pins, wire clamps, rope friction stoppers, tensioners and tractioners. A new addition to the safety equipment offered by Triplex is a Load Measurement System (LMS). This system is incorporated into the Shark Jaws and it measures the active load which is displayed on a monitor on the Bridge. The system will also be able to give out an alarm, if the load is about to, or is exceeding the defined safety perimeters. The LMS can also be used to unwind and untangle chains on deck. The operator is able to connect the chain from the winch to the Shark Jaw and thus eliminate any spin and

make for a safer operating environment. As household name in the Norwegian market, Triplex has recently secured a contract from BOA Offshore. The order entails a Tripelx MDH 42, as well as Shark Jaws, Vertical Guide Pins and a Spooling Block. Offshore Sales Manager Even Kippernes is excited about the cooperation: “This is the ultimate deck equipment for anchor handlers. The Triplex MDH can lift, move and park heavy anchors up to 42 tons and pull heavy chains and grappling hooks weighting up to 30 tons.” The delivery for this order is scheduled for the beginning of 2014.


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REGISTRATION FOR LARGEST-EVER OCEANOLOGY INTERNATIONAL OPENS Registration for the largest-ever Oceanology International (ExCeL London, Tuesday 11 – Thursday 13 March 2014) is now open at www. With 520 exhibitors from 35 countries taking up over 8,000 m2 net of space, the biennial global forum is where industry, academia and government come together to share knowledge and connect with their peers in the marine technology and ocean science community, thus improving their strategies for measuring, exploiting, protecting and operating in the world’s oceans. “It is not only the exhibition that is record-breaking, we have an impressive series of eight conferences and three highly topical panel discussions planned by the industry for the industry,” explains Event Director, James Coleman of Reed Exhibitions. “Our committees, under the overall chairmanship of Professor Ralph Rayner have certainly excelled themselves this year putting together highly relevant sessions across the full gamut of topics. Attendance at all of the conferences is free of charge for all visitors and exhibitors – over 7,600 from 70+ countries attended the last OI - and we are looking forward to packed halls and highly stimulating presentations, question and answer sessions and panel discussions.“

As Prof Rayner explains: “Whether you are a technologist seeking to understand new applications, a scientist looking into the latest technological tools to support your research or represent an industry


that requires ocean data and information to support its business needs, the OI conferences will connect you with new ideas and opportunities.”

Day by Day programmes Day One

A second keynote will be delivered by Dr Paul Bunje of XPRIZE and the day ends with a series of quickfire updates from companies showcasing their latest ocean observing technologies.

Three day-long conferences ‘Underwater Positioning and Metrology’; ‘Ocean Observing Systems’ (including a ‘quick fire session with companies unveiling their latest technology), and ‘Marine Renewables – Survey, Installation and Maintenance’ get OI 2014 off to a flying start on opening day – Tuesday 11 March.

Marine Renewables – Survey, Installation and Maintenance features sessions on... Marine Renewables Policy and Overview (through the eyes of DECC, RenewableUK, The Crown Estate and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult), Project Development – Pre-construction; Commissioning and Construction; and Operation, Maintenance and Monitoring.

Underwater Positioning and Metrology Begins with a series of presentations on the theme of project-specific applications of underwater positioning and measurement techniques and then moves to panel discussions on Application of Inertial Navigation to Underwater Positioning; and Use of Imagining Technologies to Aid with Underwater Positioning.

The day also sees the first of three newto-OI panel discussions. This first half day session is on Subsea Mining, a topic set to very definitely drive demand for marine technology in the near future, with panellists including Professor David Cronan, Emeritus Professor of Marine Geochemistry at Imperial College, and Duncan Cunningham, Director, UK Seabed Resources.

Ocean Observing Systems 1 Starts with a keynote presentation by Dr Harry Kolar of IBM and the highly topical ‘The Results of Oceanology Investigations of the Arctic Expedition from August to September 2013’ by Oleg Bukin of Russia’s Maritime State University. A panel discussion on ‘Why is the Marine Space so Important to Operate in and how can the Different Sectors Participate in and Advance Ocean Observing?’ follows.

Day Two Day Two sees the second part of the ‘Ocean Observing Systems’ conference; the half day ‘Underwater Communications’ sessions; ‘Underwater Security’, and ‘Operating in Extreme Environments’ with its focus first on deep water and then on the Arctic taking place. Ocean Observing Systems II Comprises presentations from Germany,

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The second day’s discussions on another topic new to OI will be on Aquaculture. The day-long session incorporates a wide range of production systems and species types, encompassing macro- and micro-algae, shellfish, crustacean and finfish, and looks at production for a number of different markets such as food chain, blue biotechnology and renewable energy/biofuels. Sessions on aquaculture in oceanic environments; automated activities and remote sensing; location of aquaculture operations with other marine industry; and water treatment and


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The ‘Unmanned Underwater Vehicles Showcase’; ‘Hydrography and Geophysics – Offshore Site Investigations’ feature conference on the third and final day’s agenda along with the Ballast Water panel discussion.

As in 2012, Oceanology International 2014 will be preceded by the Catch The Next Wave conference on Monday 10 March in central London. Organised in partnership with the Foundation for Science and Technology, this is primarily an invitation-only event, but a limited number of delegate places will be made available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Showcase This highly popular conference is staged in co-operation with the Society for Underwater Technology, and will feature current analysis of the AUV and ROV market and technology presentations from the industry. Hydrography and Geophysics Offshore Site Investigations features an opening keynote address by Mick Cook, Director, MRC Consultants ‘Introduction of the SUT OSIG Committee Guidance Document for Offshore Wind Farm Site Investigations’ and will also explore data compilation and manipulation: GIS and visualisation; and ‘What is the Way Forward for Geophysical and Geotechnical Integration’. The half day panel discussion on Ballast Water New Business Opportunities from Emerging Legislation will explore the exciting new business opportunities that will be created by the emerging legislation and further delve into some of the challenges. Expert panel members will provide an overview of the problem, the potential solutions and the legal framework; and look at how science and technology will play an increasingly vital role in controlling the spread of invasive species The traditional Oceanology International Careers Day aimed at graduates and undergraduates

The full programme will be announced on in early January 2014. Speakers will include a keynote address by Captain Don Walsh,

USN (Retired), International Maritime Inc, who with Jacques Piccard, dived in Trieste in 1960 to the deepest place in the world ocean – 35,840 ft in the Mariana Trench, and his interest continues to this day. Following on from the inaugural event, the conference will continue the exploration of new scientific discoveries, disruptive and emergent technologies, and how they may profoundly influence the ocean technologies of the future.

Strong support and associated events The Society for Underwater Technology is the learned society patron of Oceanology International, which numbers the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST), International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), Society of Maritime Industries and the UK Hydrographic Society amongst its supporting organisations. A series of associated events taking place during OI 2014 is currently in preparation and will be announced in the New Year.

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