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Schlumberger Expands Global Drilling Tech Center

Schlumberger commemorated the opening of a new 53,000-sq. ft. building at its Global Drilling Technology Center located in Stonehouse, Stroud District, Gloucestershire, U.K. The ribbon-cutting event, celebrating the expansion of the facility and the addition of 100 jobs over the past two years, was held on November 11, 2005. “We congratulate our neighbors Schlumberger and we are honored to have their prestigious Global Drilling Technology Center in our midst,” said Mrs. Sylvie Bruce, Stroud District Council Chair. “Schlumberger’s presence in our community has provided professional, technical and support services jobs. Their continued development and expansion of this facility have provided opportunity for construction and trades people as well. We wish Schlumberger continued success and we are delighted to participate in today’s festivities.” The new center is responsible for the manufacturing and assembly of all Schlumberger drilling tools used worldwide. The new building houses the center’s, product development engineering, commercial product support, manufacturing and management teams. In Stonehouse, new advanced drilling system prototypes for use in oil exploration and production drilling are taken from the drawing board and built into functional tools for field testing. “I’m pleased to be a part of Schlumberger’s strategic vision to bring together in one place the best and brightest minds to improve the process of drilling for hydrocarbons around the world


Bollinger Opens Satellite Engineering Office

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, La., has opened its new satellite marine engineering and naval architecture office in Slidell, La., on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans. The ceremonial ribbon was cut by Boysie Bollinger, chairman and CEO of the company, Rhinehart Dearing, chief of staff for the city of Slidell, and officials from the city, parish (county) and state. Scott Theriot, executive vice-president of new construction for Bollinger said the office was opened


Fortrum Acquires Icebreaker Duo

Fortrum Shipping has attained a pair of icebreaking 106,000-tdw crude oil carriers from Sumitomo Heavy Industries. The contract, which was signed on June 30 in Helsinki, marks a major breakthrough for the Kvaerner Masa- Yards-developed double-acting tanker (DAT) concept. While this idea has been previously adapted in two supply icebreakers deployed by Royal Wagenborg Group in the Caspian Sea, the Sumitomo newbuildings will be the premiere tanker newbuildings based on Kvaerner's patented


ABS Strengthens Presence in Korea

ABS is strengthening its ties to the Korean maritime industry by establishing the ABS Korea Energy Technology Center (KETC) in Busan in early 2012. This is ABS’ first energy center and will focus on applied research to a broad range of current and future technology challenges. In a related move, the society is creating the role of Vice President of Global Korean Technology Development. Dr. Hoseong Lee, a veteran of ABS and respected professional in the Korean maritime industry is being


Keppel FELS wins IES Award for Rig Design

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Keppel FELS Ltd’s (Keppel FELS) innovative and harsh environment accommodation semisubmersible design, DSS 20NS ,was conferred the IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award 2013 by the Institute of Engineers Singapore (IES) at the World Engineers Summit Gala Dinner and Award Presentation, held in Singapore on 13 September 2013. Guest of Honour of the event, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, presented the award to Keppel FELS


STEM Conference Recognizes 18 from Northrop Grumman

Pamel Jones, Camille DAnnunzio and Sonal Deshpande

Eighteen Northrop Grumman Corporation employees received awards for their achievements at the 2013 Women of Color STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Conference in Dallas this weekend. The conference recognizes outstanding women in the STEM fields and provides opportunities for professional development, networking and recruiting. Camille D'Annunzio, manager of the Automated Sensor Exploitation Technology Center in Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems sector was named


ABS, SCUT to Coordinate Research Projects

Signed letter of intent lays the groundwork for collaboration on educational, outreach activities related to shipbuilding, offshore and marine engineering.    ABS has signed a letter of intent for cooperative research and development projects with the South China University of Technology (SCUT) through the ABS China Offshore Technology Center (COTC) in Shanghai.  ABS Vice President of Corporate Offshore Technology Bret Montaruli and Vice President of SCUT Zhu Min


Lloyd’s Register Holds Offshore Technical Committee

Lloyd’s Register’s Global Technology Center in Singapore held its inaugural Offshore Technical Committee last week with representatives from national and international oil companies, EPC contractors, owners, operators, fabricators, shipbuilders, equipment vendors and representatives from a number of academic and research organizations. The members took part in a series of networking opportunities and technical workshops but also crucially approved two Lloyd’s Register


Key Leadership Changes at Hydroid

Christopher von Alt (left) and Duane Fotheringham

Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, today announced changes in its leadership team. Christopher von Alt, one of the company’s founders and primary forces in its extraordinary growth since its inception in 2001, has elected to resign from his current position as president, effective January 1, 2014. Hydroid’s board of directors has selected Duane Fotheringham, Hydroid’s vice president of operations, as his successor


OTC 2015: ABS Addresses Improved Jackup Safety

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki (image: ABS)

Multi-pronged program promotes safe jackup operations.   ABS, a leading provider of maritime and offshore classification services, is investing in research and development (R&D) that will provide industry-critical data to promote jackup safety.   "The research work ABS is carrying out will be valuable to drilling contractors that are looking for guidance on improving the safety of their jackup fleets," says ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki.


ClassNK Opens R&D Center in Singapore

Left to right: RM Kurashiki (ClassNK), T Kinoshita (ClassNK), PM Ravindran (ClassNK) and Dr Thepsithar (NTU). (Photo courtesy of ClassNK)

Classification society ClassNK promoted the activities of its new Global Research and Innovation Center (GRIC) at a press conference held today in Singapore.   Joined by representatives from Nanyang Technological University, ClassNK Executive Vice President Tetsuya Kinoshita explained the


BSEE Dir. Salerno to Address Offshore Technology Conference

Brian Salerno

  Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno will be traveling to Houston for the 2015 Offshore Technology Center May4-7 at NRG Park. The annual conference is an international gathering showcasing leading‐edge technology for offshore drilling, exploration


Marsh to Take Over as Lloyd’s Register CEO

Alastair Marsh (Photo: LR)

Alastair Marsh, current CFO at the Lloyd’s Register Group Ltd. (LR), has been appointed as the successor to CEO Richard Sadler who has decided to step down at the end of 2015.   Sadler will pass the CEO role to Marsh on October 1


LR Establishes Applied Technology Group

Lloyd’s Register establishes the Applied Technology Group, centered around the activities of Martec Limited   The Applied Technology Group (ATG) describes is a team established with the goal of providing expanding technology leadership capabilities


CTruk Sets Plans for Expansion

Image courtesy of CTruk

More than 120 new jobs in the cards if Advanced Composite Technology Center project receives grant funding support CTruk signed the lease on a 6,400m² site on the Colne Estuary, a few miles upriver from its current Brightlingsea base


GE Opens Global R&D Center in Brazil

GEs New office

  *  Working with Petrobras and BG Group to develop advanced technologies for oil and gas processing on the seabed *  GE’s Brazil Technology Center to focus on subsea oil and gas research, capitalizing on $1.2 trillion offshore market opportunity


Lockheed Martin Opens Surface Navy Innovation Center

The Surface Navy Innovation Center (SNIC) has been opened by Lockheed Martin to support the development of new technologies for the U.S. Navy. The SNIC is a research, development and demonstration facility that brings together industry, government and academia to design the next generation of


CTruk Unveils Expansion Plans

Photo: CTruk

Bigger boats for offshore wind and much more as company looks to sustainable growth   CTruk held an informal launch event at its new Colne Estuary site on The Hythe, East Colchester yesterday, sharing its plans for expansion to guests and staff.  


SCI’s New Chapter in Maritime Training

The Simulator at the Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY.

On December 10, 2014, SCI launched a major initiative to transform training for America’s inland mariners at its Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY.   The day before its 15th Annual River Bell Awards ceremony, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) pushed the proverbial


SCI’s New Chapter in Maritime Training

Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) launched an initiative on December 10, 2014 aiming to transform training for America’s inland mariners at its Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY.   The day before its 15th Annual River Bell Awards ceremony


Harley Marine Installs Media Wall in Communications Center

Communication-Center

  Harley Marine Services recently installed an 8 by 6 meter industrial grade LCD screen in the communication center at the new Harley and Lela Franco Maritime Center in Seattle, WA. This state-of-the-art media wall provides a direct portal for Harley Marine’s consolidated dispatch team


MHI Consolidates 5 In-house R&D Facilities

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) will reorganize its research and development structure.   The reorganization initiative calls for the creation of a new Research & Development Center consolidating the five currently existing Research & Development Centers


Futuristic Bridge Concept by Rolls-Royce

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In 2013 alone, Rolls-Royce invested £1.1 billion on research and development while at the same time supporting a global network of 31 University Technology Centers, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.  


'Spotlight on Arctic Technology' Award for Viking Supply Ships

ATC Award

  Viking Supply Ships informed that the company has been elected as a winner of this year’s “Spotlight on Arctic Technology” award at the Arctic Technology conference in Copenhagen. During the winter of 2013, Viking Supply Ships performed Ice-trials of our Icebreaker


San Diego Launches Blue Tech Vision

Mayor, Supervisor & City Council President Propose Blue Tech Incubator    As part of a new blue tech vision that will create more maritime jobs for the San Diego region, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and County Supervisor Greg Cox today proposed an initiative that was jointly approved






 
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