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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The offshore wind industry continues to focus on ever-larger turbines as a means of cost reduction, but there is also a huge opportunity to reduce costs by focusing on operations and maintenance 

Recognition that O&M costs can be reduced significantly is leading to greater attention on new vessel concepts and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. But it doesn’t stop there: autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) or unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs as they are sometimes known) have a potential role to play too.,unmanned-inspectors-can-provide-comprehensive-om-picture_48604.htm

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Fugro has been awarded a joint contract with Boskalis for survey and identification of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the Borssele Wind Farm Zone. The multimillion-Euro contract, for Dutch transmission systems operator TenneT TSO B.V., includes specialised survey and identification work in relation to cable routes for the planned grid connection between TenneT’s two offshore platforms and its high-voltage substation onshore.

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Subsea 7’s CEO Jean Cahuzac says the company has increased its focus on renewable energy and anticipates more project awards from that segment to come to market as the economics of offshore windfarms continue to improve.

With this focus on offshore wind in mind, Subsea 7 recently completed the acquisition of the remaining 50 per cent of Seaway Heavy Lifting that it did not already own. This has led to the establishment of a new business unit, renewables and heavy lifting.,subsea-7-expecting-more-work-from-offshore-wind-as-costs-fall_47486.htm

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The technology arm of Subsea UK, the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) has teamed up with Scottish innovation centres CENSIS and Data Lab in an effort to enhance inspection and condition monitoring methods for greater subsea integrity management.

NSRI will be running a workshop in Aberdeen on 25th April, bringing industry and academia together to identify the sensory and digital technologies needed to monitor the deterioration and predict the failure of subsea architecture for both oil and gas applications and offshore wind installations.

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