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Veripos Wins Norwegian Positioning Contract

Aberdeen-based Veripos, a world leader in the provision of GNSS positioning facilities to the offshore oil and gas industry, has been awarded a contract by Dolphin Geophysical AS of Bergen, the newly-formed Norwegian seismic exploration contractor, for the supply of services aboard its recently-commissioned 3D seismic vessel, Polar Duke.   The purpose-built flagship vessel, which is currently working on behalf of a major global geoscientific data products and service organisation, is being supplied with Veripos’s Ultra and Apex Precise Point Positioning (PPP) services, each independently ensuring decimetre-level accuracies.  Proprietary support facilities comprise triple LD2-G2 integrated mobile receivers together with Verify QC expandable processing software for real-time monitoring and control.   Additionally, Veripos will also supply similar services to two re-named seismic vessels operated by Dolphin Geophysical, Artemis Arctic and Artemis Atlantic.   Commenting on the latest award, Walter Steedman, Managing Director of Veripos, commented: "This contract demonstrates that our commitment to customer support and quality services continues to be recognised. We are delighted to be part of Dolphin Geophysical's global expansion and look forward to serving their needs for years to come."Veripos is at www.veripos.com / Dolphin Geophysical is at www.dolphingeo.com


Dolphin Awarded North Sea 3D Seismic Contract

MV Polar Duke: Photo credit Dolphin Geophysical

Dolphin Geophysical has secured a 3D contract award from an undisclosed client for work in the North Sea. The survey will be acquired by the high capacity 3D vessel M/V Polar Duke, commencing in August for the duration of approximately five weeks. "We now have a full backlog for the Summer Season", says Håvard Åsli, Regional Marketing and Sales Manager for North Europe, "with all of our vessels working in the North Sea region and busy into Q4".


UTEC Consolidates Middle East Position

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Leading independent offshore survey company UTEC has consolidated its presence in the Middle East and has completed another significant contract for a major international pipelay contractor. This is the second year in succession that UTEC has provided support to the contractor in the region. The UAE (Dubai) project involved UTEC supporting the state-of-the-art DP pipelay vessel in extremely shallow water providing enhanced USBL methodologies as well as the provision of survey support


Fugro Wins Large Chevron Offshore Navigation Contract

Netherlands-based Fugro has been contracted by Chevron subsidiary Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Ltd, to support its development program at Block 0, off the coast of Cabinda province, Angola. The contract includes the provision of offshore positioning services and accurate navigation systems for Chevron’s drilling units, vessels and structures, together with both onshore and offshore survey services. Fugro’s offshore geophysical data acquisition services will be supplemented by data


Calecore Appoints Logan McLennan as Regional Manager

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Building on their rapid growth and to support its international fleet activity, Calecore will be adding Singapore to its UK, Norway and Russian bases.  Launching to coincide with a corporate event later this month for the Singapore F1 Grand Prix, the South East Asian hub will be actively promoting and servicing our ‘total’ Geophysical and Geotechnical Offshore Site Survey solutions from October. Regional Manager; South Sea Asia - Logan McLennan


Calecore Buys Geotechnical Rig for 'Highland Spirit'

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Calecore Directors Sarah Cashmore, Steven Lloyd and Richard Parkinson announce purchase of a geotechnical drilling rig for their DP2 vessel 'Highland Spirit', and also that the company has secured a third month rotation for the Kara Sea project in the Russian Arctic. Earlier this year Calecore obtained an investment from Netherlands based investment company VEP which sees the board of Calecore unchanged, but the drill rig purchase is viewed as the start of bringing significant and key assets


Caspian Charters Vessels to Reservoir Exploration Tech

Caspian Services’ subsidiary Caspian Services Group Ltd., has signed a contract to provide three vessels to Reservoir Exploration Technology ASA (RXT), a marine geophysical company specializing in multi component seismic sea-floor acquisition. RXT recently signed a letter of intent with Agip KCO to conduct a four component 3D seismic survey over the extensive Kashagan field. Caspian Services will add two additional shallow draft survey/work vessels to its fleet to service this contract


Drydocks World Delivers Polarcus Selma

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Drydocks World recently delivered seismic vessel Polarcus Selma to its owner, Dubai-based geophysical services company Polarcus. Polarcus Selma is among a series of vessels that were built at the Dubai facility for Polarcus and others with a vessel CAPEX of $135 million. Polarcus Selma is an Arctic-ready, eight-streamer 3D seismic vessel of the Ulstein SX133 design, built to tow both conventional and wide tow spreads, including the Company's First PassTM 3D technique


Sonar Equipment Services and Sonardyne Form Partnership

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Recognizing the benefits of Sixth Generation (6G) acoustic technology, Sonar Equipment Services has placed its first order with Sonardyne International Ltd.   Based in Great Yarmouth, UK, Sonar Equipment is a leading supplier of high grade geophysical, oceanographic, ROV and hydrographic marine survey equipment to the offshore sector. The order for Sonardyne’s most advanced subsea navigation and data telemetry technology includes ROVNav 6 LBL transceivers and Compatt 6


Unique System Wins Two-year NPCC Contract

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Unique System FZE, a Unique Maritime Group company, an integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solutions provider, has been awarded a two-year service contract by The National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC). Established in April 1973, the NPCC is a construction company which provides clients total engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services in the development of offshore and onshore oil and gas fields for the Arabian Gulf and the regional markets.


TGS Signs LOI for Seabird Exploration Seismic Vessel Charters

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Norway-based TGS informs that it has signed a Letter of Intent with Seabird Exploration to charter up to four 2D seismic vessels to be used over the next 36 months.  The Letter of Intent gives TGS priority rights to the vessels subject to the issuance of seismic acquisition permits for the


Geodis Wilson Appoints New Global Director

Global freight management company Geodis Wilson has announced the appointment of Mark Ness as new Global Industry Director – FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods). Mark’s appointment reflects the importance to Geodis Wilson managing growth in the highly volatile FMCG – Retail


Cargo Sits Waiting a Fortnight in Asia: Analysts Seek Reasons

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Jochen Gutschmidt, head of global transport procurement at Nestle, asked the Global Liner Shipping Conference in Hamburg last week: “Why is cargo waiting in Asia for two weeks?” Using data from Drewry’s latest 'Container Forecaster', just published


Niger Could Sign Deal With Areva soon

  The government of Niger, the world's fourth largest uranium producer, is on the verge of renewing an agreement with French state-controlled nuclear group Areva, the West African nation's mines minister said on Sunday. Niger, one of the world's poorest nations


Fugro Report 2013 Growth in Subsea Services

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Fugro mention they intend to step up investments in their offshore fleet on the back of growth in subsea services reported in its year 2013 financial report, extracted as follows: An in-depth strategic review resulted in the updated strategy ‘Growth through Leadership’


Sureclean Added to NRC Group

National Response Corporation (NRC) announced the completion of a deal which sees U.K.-based Sureclean Limited become part of the NRC group. NRC is a global provider of diversified environmental, industrial and emergency response solutions


WSS Joins CLIA Global Executive Partner Program

Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) has strengthened its links to cruise industry owners and operators by becoming a member of the Cruise Lines Industry Association’s Global Executive Partner Program. WSS counts some of the world’s biggest cruise operators among its clients


ABS to Release LNG Bunkering Report at CMA 2014

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Classification society ABS inform that on Tuesday, 18 March 2014, ABS Vice President for Global Gas Solution Patrick Janssens will present an ABS report entitled Bunkering of Liquefied Natural-Gas Fueled Marine Vessels in North America at CMA’s Shipping 2014.


Navis N4 Upgraded in Global Terminal Expansion

Navis announced that following extensive testing, Global Terminal (Global) became the first facility in North America to successfully upgrade to the Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS) version 2.5 on March 3, 2014. Located in the Port of New York/New Jersey


Interview: Devon Grennan CEO, Global Diving & Salvage

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Devon Grennan joined Global Diving & Salvage in 1995 and has served many roles. When company founders Tim Beaver and John Graham stepped down from direct operational involvement, Grennan was named CEO. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News caught up with Grennan for his insight into his


DNV Approves "Pay as You Sail" Charts Option

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Global chart distributor Nautisk has confirmed DNV approval for its Neptune Pay As You Sail (PAYS) Solution. PAYS enables users to access global ENCs for use with onboard ECDIS systems, while only paying for those that are actually used. Peter J Pran, Nautisk Project Manager said


New Teknicraft Wind Farm Support Vessel

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Teknicraft Design’s latest offshore support catamaran made a debut at the recent Oceanology 2014 conference held at the London ExCel Center in March. The MO1 was commissioned by Mainprize Offshore Ltd. of Scarborough, U.K. he 83’ aluminum catamaran features a new wave piercing hull


CaroTrans Launches Direct Le Havre to Houston

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Strategic European hub location offers fastest transits from France to U.S. Gulf. CaroTrans announced a new, weekly LCL export service from Le Havre, France to Houston which will commence April 5. This direct service shortens shipping time by 5-11 days for freight moving from France to the U.S


Lockheed Martin Awarded Contracts Two GPS lll Satellites

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Lockheed Martin inform that the U.S. Air Force has awarded it more than $245 million in contract options to complete production of its seventh and eighth next-generation Global Positioning System satellites, known as GPS III. “With eight GPS III satellites now fully under contract


Airbus Expands VSAT Coverage

Ku-band coverage boosted with Seychelles region extension delivering high-speed data. Airbus Defence and Space has expanded its Ku-band VSAT (Very Small Apperture Terminal) coverage in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), using the Intelsat IS-702 S2 satellite.


 
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