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Thursday, December 8, 2016

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, production, and environmental protection. Director Salerno will be discussing the bureau’s advancements in reducing risk offshore. 1:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. What: OTC Luncheon with the Center…

Petrobras CEO Defends Company's Honor

The top executive of Brazilian state oil giant Petrobras on Tuesday defended his company's acceptance of an industry achievement award despite suffering the loss of the world's largest deepwater oil rig in March. Petrobras president and CEO Philippe Reichstul dedicated the 2001 Offshore Technology Conference Distinguished Award for Companies and Organizations to the 11 workers who died when two explosions rocked the P-36 rig on March 15. Reichstul said Petrobras accepted the award because it recognizes the company's advances in subsea production systems, not the drilling platform proper. The subsea systems were not damaged in the sinking, he said. "We've been amazed by the way everything is impeccable subsea," Reichstul said at the 2001 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) yesterday.

Wärtsilä's Hatley Honored by SNAME

John Hatley, Americas Vice President Ship Power, Wärtsilä North America, was announced as the 1st place author in “The Winning Authors of Best Papers Presented at 2012 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC).”

Hatley’s paper titled, “New Marine Era for Gas”, was presented during the technical program of the 2012 Offshore Technology Conference that took place April 30 – May 3 in Houston, TX. His presentation covered the five drivers of preference for LNG natural gas. These drivers include, the availability and affordability of shale gas and the three United States Environmental Protection Agency mandates that cover: sulphur content reductions in fuel, the geographic Emissions Control Area, and the stringent engine emissions reductions.

Norwegian Embassy Announces Offshore Technology Summit

Tormod C. Endresen

Increased energy demand due to rapid economic development is driving many Asia Pacific countries to reduce their dependency on imported oil and gas by upping local offshore exploration and production (E&P) activities. Responding to this reality, The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Singapore announced the free Asia Offshore Technology Conference  on Tuesday, April 16 in Singapore to assess ‘The Challenges of Offshore E&P in Asia Pacific’. A survey report analyzing key trends in the region’s E&P sector will be disclosed at the conference.

Offshore: OTC ‘03 Set for Houston — May 5-8

For the 35th year, the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) brings together attendees from around the world to "Envision, Enable and Enact." The event takes place 5-8 May at Reliant Center in Reliant Park, Houston. OTC .03: Envision. Enable. Enact. exemplifies the development of new technologies and innovations over the past 35 years of OTC. "I have attended OTC for the past 30 years," said Robert Snyder, Executive Engineering Editor for World Oil magazine. "The technical conferences and exhibits have always documented the industry's progress from its shallow water beginning to its major international offshore presence. OTC .03 promises to deliver four days of the latest technologies in the global offshore industry.

IMarEST Joins OTC

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science, and Technology (IMarEST), formerly the Institute of Marine Engineers, has joined the Offshore Technology Conference as a Supporting Organization. The OTC Board of Directors approved the addition of IMarEST at a December 2002 meeting. The addition brings the total organizations of OTC to 20-12 Sponsoring Organizations, two Endorsing Organizations, and six Supporting Organizations.

OTC is a Success

New technologies and new ideas to sustain the growth of the industry overflowed at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), bringing a record 51,320 attendees to Houston for four days. The conference was held 2-5 May at Reliant Center at Reliant Park in Houston. “Industry leaders gathered in sessions focused on the future of financing the offshore oil and gas industry to meet the world’s increasing energy demands and on recruiting personnel to replace the aging workforce,” said Rod Allan, OTC .05 Chairman. Allan added that an array of new technologies was presented for the first time. The Spotlight on New Technology program highlighted 14 innovative technologies that are already making the industry more successful.

OTC Donates $100,000 for Hurricane Katrina Relief

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross to assist in relief efforts in the Gulf Coast communities affected by Hurricane Katrina. OTC is operated by 14 professional societies and trade associations representing all aspects of the offshore industry, which sponsor an annual technology conference in Houston. "The Gulf Coast region that has been devastated by the hurricane is the center of US offshore operations, and is the home of many members of the OTC sponsoring societies and industry professionals who attend OTC. We feel it is important to support the relief efforts through this donation," said Arnis Judzis, chairman of the 2006 OTC Board of Directors.

Thrustmaster to Ink Deal with Dutch Barge Company at OTC

Thrustmaster of Texas, a manufacturer of commercial marine propulsion and thrusters based out of Houston, said it will sign a contract with the Dutch Barge Company during the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Thursday at 10:30 a.m. The deal, to be reached at OTC, will conclude with a press conference hosted by Thrustmaster's president Joe Bekker in the Reliant center press conference room. Thrustmaster is staged to supply a complete thruster package to outfit a multipurpose offshore supply vessel that will be classed by Buereau Veritas for dynamic positioning class two operations.

Korean Shipyard Gets Orders for Two Liftboats

The value of this contract is approximately US$ 1.1 billion  and the rigs will be delivered in the middle of 2015. After delivery, these rigs will be chartered by Statoil, the Norwegian state oil company for eight years, and they will provide services to the Norwegian Coast, the North Sea, and Polar Regions. Statoil is operating a ‘Category-D’ oil well exploitation project on the Norwegian continental shelf and it will be possible for these rigs to drill up to a maximum depth of 8,500m in 100~500m of water. These semi-submersible rigs will be 116m long, 97m wide, and fitted with the Dynamic Positioning System which includes a GPS system.

Aker Kvaerner's Technologies Win OTC Award

Aker Kvaerner's focus on technology has been duly recognized by the 2007 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). Aker Kvaerner's PowerTracCone Crusher and Aker Kvaerner's SeaBooster technologies have both won 2007 OTC Spotlight on New Technology Awards. The PowerTrac Cone Crusher(TM) (full press release attached) provides a new solution for cost efficient, safe and environmentally sound removal of scale from well completions. Aker Kvaerner's SeaBooster(TM) (full press release attached) increases production rate of oil wells requiring local pressure support by injecting sea water. The OTC Spotlight on New Technology Awards showcases advanced technologies for the offshore oil and gas industry.

GE Unveils Marine Application Solutions at OTC

Improved performance, efficiency and sustainability all figure strongly in the new solutions that GE’s Power Conversion business is unveiling at OTC 2013, the Offshore Technology Conference taking place in Houston, Texas, on May 6-9. • Enhanced Dynamic Positioning system with energy-efficiency mode that puts vessel control back in the hands of the mariner. • Upgraded supervisory system, Visor-Insight, designed to increase the availability and reliability of drives, machines and control systems operating in the field, and which incorporates an extremely powerful advanced data gathering, distribution and management tool set for offshore vessel operators.

JSMEA Offers Access to Japan’s Offshore Suppliers

The Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association (JSMEA) has compiled a list of Japanese-made ship machinery and equipment products for offshore units, publishing this information on a dedicated website and corresponding print brochure. The website and brochure offer access to information on a variety of products and companies spanning the Japanese offshore supply chain, from machinery and equipment manufacturers to maintenance and service providers. JSMEA noted that a growing number of offshore users worldwide have relied on Japanese makers and products…

JSMEA Offers Access to Japan’s Offshore Suppliers

The Japan Ship Machinery and Equipment Association (JSMEA) has compiled a list of Japanese-made ship machinery and equipment products for offshore units, publishing this information on a dedicated website and corresponding print brochure. The website and brochure offer access to information on a variety of products and companies spanning the Japanese offshore supply chain, from machinery and equipment manufacturers to maintenance and service providers. JSMEA noted that a growing number of offshore users worldwide have relied on Japanese makers and products…

Rapp Provides Winch Drive to Otto Candies

Rapp technicians recently completed a winch drive retrofit for Otto Candies in Houma, LA, early this year. An existing Rapp hydraulic winch was converted to electric, making use of Rapp’s Active Heave Compensation (AHC) package. Rapp’s package includes a motor recognized at the 2010 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) Spotlight on Technology  ceremony. Its design features liquid cooling—despite the fact that the R&D team at the outset considered myriad air-cooled designs before opting for liquid-cooling. Owing to favorable acknowledgement in the industry, Rapp patented the design. The motors are mounted on Rapp’s own in-house manufactured gearbox,  that it developed long ago for its hydraulic winch lines.

New Mooring Technology for Oil & Gas Operators

Measurement Technology NW has recently completed a contract to provide an eight-point mooring monitoring system for the National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Designed for NPCC's SEP-350 (Self Elevating Platform) vessel, the new running line tensiometer and LCI-90 Dual Winch display system replaces an old four-point mooring installation that no longer met the company's performance standards. The opportunity to continuously monitor current trends and historical peak loads locally at the mooring station…

OTC Celebrates 35 Years of Innovation

The annual Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is scheduled to convene in Houston's Reliant Center on May 3-6. The event, expecting to draw more than 2,000 exhibitors and 50,000 attendees, celebrates 35 years of innovation and the importance of offshore resources. Aptly themed "Innovation Without Limits," OTC will feature nearly 50 technical sessions and more than 340 technical presentations, introducing the latest offshore technology to participants. OTC's annual agenda overviews technology for offshore drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection, which demonstrates the conference's comprehensive coverage. During the four-day event, OTC is scheduled to deliver notable speakers, presentations, and general sessions within the 398,000 net square feet of exhibit space.

Noble Energy Wins Offshore SAFE Award

Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NBL) announced that the Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) awarded the company the 2009 Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE) in the moderate activity operator category for outstanding achievements in offshore safety, environmental protection, and pollution prevention in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the second year in a row that Noble Energy has won the SAFE award. Winners were announced at the MMS Annual Industry Awards program held in conjunction with the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas on May 7, 2009. Noble Energy has either won or been a finalist for the SAFE award four out of the last five years for operations in the Gulf of Mexico. (www.nobleenergyinc.com)

GE Spotlights Hi-tech Portfolio at OTC 2013

GE continues to expand its technology portfolio to address the challenges of offshore drilling & production and the rigors of deepwater drilling. Several GE business units showcased their latest products and services for the offshore sector in at the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which was expected to draw nearly 90,000 attendees. “With one of the industry’s most comprehensive portfolios of advanced technology solutions and services, GE Oil & Gas is helping to solve complex challenges all around the world,” said Dan Heintzelman, president and CEO of GE Oil & Gas. At the conference, GE Oil & Gas introduced the next-generation SeaONYX™ BOP surface control system and operator interface.

OTC Brasil Conference Set for October

The inaugural 2011 OTC Brasil technical conference will present addresses from industry leaders and experts on issues facing the Brazilian and global offshore oil and gas industry. Organized by the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), OTC Brasil will be held October 4-6 in Rio de Janeiro and is expected to attract a large audience. “OTC Brasil will offer a wide range of important topics, with speakers and panelists from Brazilian and international companies presenting their views. Speakers continue to be added for a series of special sessions...in addition to the 200 technical papers from 19 countries that will be presented,” said OTC Brasil Program Committee Co-Chair Ricardo Juiniti Bernardo, OGX Petroleo & Gas.

OTC 2001: Drilling Markets Poised for Flood of Business

Beginning on April 30, more than 43,000 people will begin converging on the city of Houston for four days at the most important offshore event of the year the 33rd Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). The theme of the event, “One World, One Event,” summarizes the trans-national nature of this offshore conference. “OTC 2001 is the one place where we, as oil and gas industry professionals, can find the answers to our questions, through technical sessions and by exploring the exhibit floor,” said Wolfgang Schollnberger, OTC 2001 Chairman. OTC 2001 promises to deliver four information-filled days of the latest innovation in the global offshore industry. The more than 375,000 net sq. ft. of exhibit space will tout state-of-the-art technology available to the industry.

Rapp Hydema Winch Package for Icelandic Trawler

Rapp Hydema has just completed successful sea trials of electric winches for the F/V Thorunn Sveinsdottir, an Icelandic fishing-trawler. The substantial winch suite supplied includes Split Trawl (2), Sweep Line (2), Gilson (2), Cod-End, Out-Haul, Auxiliary and other winches, net reels, and Anchor Windlass. Rapp has been a long-time supplier worldwide of such devices—but this was a unique order. Rapp has some of its newest research-and-development achievements on display. Perhaps most important, Rapp’s new liquid-cooled motor is aboard—patented, and then awarded—at last May’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston (http://www.otcnet.org/2010/pages/awards/spotlight/rapp_marine.html).

Boskalis Initiates Study into Ultra Large Dockwise Vessel

Photo: Boskalis

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announced at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston that it has started a study into a new ultra large V-class Heavy Marine Transport Vessel (HTV). The Dockwise Vanguard which came into service early 2013 is already the world’s largest V-class HTV with a carrying capacity of 117,000 MT and a deck space of 270 meters by 70 meters. Peter Berdowski, CEO Boskalis, “The Dockwise Vanguard has been well received in the market. The study addresses both the market opportunities and the technical requirements for the new vessel.


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