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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".


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


UTEC Consolidates Middle East Position

Trevor Hughes

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


Calecore Appoints Logan McLennan as Regional Manager

Logan McLennan

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'

Highland Spirit: Photo courtesy of Calecore

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


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


Lake 3D Seismic Survey Contract for TGS

TGS, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Arcis Seismic Solutions, begins multi-client energy survey of Ille Lake in Central Alberta, Canada. The lake, popular with anglers and nature-lovers, covers 180 km2 (70 mi2) in the deep basin of Central Alberta, Canada. The Ille Lake survey is optimized and designed to evaluate multiple zones from the Cardium and the Upper & Lower Mannville (Glauconite, Ostracod & Basal Quartz Oil), through to the newly emerging Duvernay unconventional play


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


Unique System Wins Two-year NPCC Contract

Photo: Unique System FZE

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.


Sino-Global Purchases First Tanker

  Sino-Global executives after the companys Nasdaq listing (photo courtesy of Sino-Global Shipping America)

  Sino-Global Shipping America, which was recently listed on Nasdaq, is becoming a shipowner.   The shipping agency, logistics and ship management services company today announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire a small oil/chemical tanker from Rong Yao International


Big Spending on Liquefaction Terminals

Capital expenditure (Capex) on global liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities is expected to total $259 billion over the forecast period 2015-2019, according to the new ninth edition of Douglas-Westwood’s (DW) World LNG Market Forecast 2015-2019


ABB, Samsung SDI JV to Develop Microgrids Globally

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  ABB and Samsung SDI have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote microgrid solutions globally. The two companies will establish a global commercial alliance to develop and market modular and scalable microgrid solutions, utilizing lithium-ion batteries for energy storage.


LOC Group Announces Two Appointments

Global marine engineering consultancy LOC Group (London Offshore Consultants) announced appointments in two new positions; John Quarrington has joined the company in London as Group Marine Warranty Surveying Manager and Mark McGurran has been appointed to the Singapore office in the role of Asia


Satcom Global Opens Office in Perth

“ Opening our new office in Perth puts us in the best position to support and service the requirements of our valued customers and channel partners in the West.

  Following a strong year for the satellite communications provider, Satcom Global announced the opening of new office in Perth, in order to better serve their valued customers and partners in Western Australia. As a trusted and experienced satellite communications provider


ISS Marks 100,000th Hub Appointment

The Robert Maersk Tanker (Photo courtesy of ISS)

Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has marked a milestone with its 100,000th hub appointment for Maersk Tankers. For the past week, ISS staff across the company’s global network have been actively following vessel activities to see which tanker would take the golden ticket


GNS Announces Senior Appointments

Maritime navigation services group Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) announced the appointments of Phil Stothard as Chief Information Officer and Kieron Abernethy as Chief Revenue Officer. Both assume their roles with immediate effect.  


NOAA to Boost Arctic Nautical Charting

NOAA officers aboard one of the smaller survey vessels contemplate the vastness of the Chukchi Sea during the NOAA Ship Fairweathers reconnaissance survey in 2013. (Credit: NOAA)

NOAA plans increased 2015 Arctic nautical charting operations, coordinating with U.S. Coast Guard for safe shipping route from Unimark Pass through Bering Strait    As commercial shipping traffic increases in the Arctic, NOAA informs it is taking steps to update nautical charts in the


COMSYS Report Confirms Intellian's Leadership

Courtesy Intellian

  The 4th Edition of the COMSYS Maritime VSAT Report confirms Intellian as the leading company within the stabilised antenna market, with a 35.6% share of the market. “Intellian now leads the market under a single brand having achieved spectacular results since 2012


VIKING All set to Meet Global Challenges

...As a global supplier of maritime safety equipment, VIKING’s 37 subsidiaries are represented in 70 locations, including the USA.

  For the 2014 financial year, VIKING Life-Saving Equipment A/S has again managed to lift both its top and bottom line to record levels. Turnover grew 7 percent to DKK 1.728 billion, and pre-tax profits reached DKK 183.7 million – an increase of 30 percent.  


Entertainment on the High Seas

Ronald Spithout, Inmarsat Maritime President

  Those on commercial shipping vessels will no longer have to wait until they reach dry land to catch-up on the latest films, sports and news as Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has today launched its latest service, Fleet Media


Conservation Efforts in Revised ESA Listing of Green Sea Turtle

Green sea turtles are found around the globe in tropical and subtropical waters. (Credit NOAA)

  NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed today to reclassify the green sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act, and list turtles originating from two breeding populations currently considered endangered as threatened due to improvements in their populations.


Wärtsilä Selected to ESI Excellence Europe

Image from ESI Excellence Europe

  Wärtsilä has been selected as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe with effect from 23 March 2015. This is a remarkable continuation to the recognition  Wärtsilä received from Forum Ethibel in September 2014


US-built Survey Vessel Delivered to Fugro

Photo courtesy of Fugro

Newbuild shallow draft survey vessel Fugro Americas was delivered to Fugro on March 18, 2015. Built by Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors in Louisiana, with supervision by Fugro Marine Services Custom, the new vessel is designed to Fugro’s specifications


The Bigger the Ship, the Riskier

Image: Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

 Container ship safety is under the spotlight with ever-increasing ship sizes, as evidenced by the January 2015 inauguration of the world’s largest container ship, the MSC Oscar (19,224 teu).    The length of four football pitches, it can carry 19,000 containers






 
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