Oceaneering International has announced that it secured a three-year frame agreement with Van Oord Offshore Wind. As part of this agreement, Oceaneering has agreed to install one work class ROV onboard Van Oord's cable-laying vessel, the Nexus, for the full three-year term.  

Additionally, Oceaneering has agreed to provide six ROV systems, including three observational and three work class, onboard Van Oord operated vessels upon request during the first year of the contract term.  The ROV systems are to be used to support a spectrum of offshore wind farm assets

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Wood helps secure subsea wires

Posted by Web Master 6 on February 26, 2018 4:40 PM EST
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Consultancy Wood has led a joint industry project to develop guidelines for the stabilisation of submarine cables in the renewables sector on non-smooth and rocky seabeds.

The year-long project, known as Cability (Cable on-bottom stability), also included EDF Energies Nouvelles, RTE, Naval Energies, VBMS, LDTravocean, Bardot Group, Silec Cable and DNV GL.

The guidelines are based on numerical models and laboratory tests performed at the Oceanide facility in the south of France.

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Subsea technology company Rovco has secured Innovate UK funding to develop a 3D visualization system as part of a two-part artificial intelligence demonstrator project potentially worth £1.0 million (US$1.35 million).

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Billed as “the most realistic subsea training and testing facility in the world,” the Underwater Centre at Fort William boasts its own sheltered, multiple-depth seawater dive site, a private pier complex, a 1.5 million litre indoor seawater dive tank and full residential accommodation. Based on the banks of Loch Linnhe, a tidal sea loch at the southern end of Scotland’s Great Glen, and run by a team of highly-skilled and experienced instructors and training staff, the Centre enjoys an enviable reputation for training commercial divers and ROV operators, and as a venue for large-scale sea trials. Dr Gareth takes a look inside

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ROV market outlook

Posted by Charles Decuir on January 3, 2018 10:30 AM EST
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The ROV market isn’t out of the woods yet, with plentiful supply in the market dampening any perceived uptick in activity. But, offshore wind might offer some respite. Elaine Maslin reports (first published in the January 2018 OE). 

The remote operated vehicle (ROV) market has had a tough time during the last few years due to its reliance on drilling operations. 

The impact of the downturn on utilization rates and pricing, as well as the market outlook, was discussed by Andrew Reid, managing director of Douglas Westwood, part of Westwood Global Energy Group, at Subsea UK’s Underwater Vehicles Conference in Aberdeen late November.

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In an effort to bolster its European development team, MSubsea has brought in Mr Sinclair to lead the firm’s business acquisition strategy.

Based in Aberdeen, Mr Sinclair will take the lead in the renewables and decommissioning sectors within the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) and Europe.

Mr Sinclair has held previous senior roles at Subsea 7 and Technip Offshore Wind.

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MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has awarded Vroon Offshore a contract for VOS Start to support the commissioning phase of the Borkum Riffgrund II offshore windfarm.

Vroon said the contract, which will come into effect in early 2018, “underlines the strong relationship between Vroon and MHI Vestas and is recognition of the service quality being delivered by VOS Start and her crew to the MHI Vestas team in the context of the commissioning of the Walney Extension offshore windfarm since August 2017.”,subseawalktowork-ship-bags-further-deal-from-mhi-vestas_50097.htm

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Subsea UK has highlighted the ‘huge opportunity’ for subsea companies to play a role helping to meet renewable energy targets.

At an event chaired by Subsea UK chief executive Neil Gordon, speakers active in the offshore oil and gas industry described growing opportunities in offshore wind.

The event included speakers from Siem Offshore Contractors, Ecosse Subsea Systems, DeepOcean, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and James Fisher Marine Services, who discussed synergies between the subsea and offshore renewable industries, shared lessons learned, and examined the role that offshore renewables will play in the future energy mix.,subsea-event-highlights-huge-opportunities-in-offshore-wind_49251.htm

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