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Monday, December 5, 2016

Costa Concordia Salvage Update

Costa Concordia 1st Sponson: Photo credit Parbuckling Project

Salvors have successfully positioned the first port-side sponson that will be used in the 'parbuckling' stage of the wreck removal process. Operations now continue with the installation of the second sponson, and eventually they will be welded on the hull of the wreck. At the same time,  drillings for next 10 underwater holes will carry on in order to position remaining platforms 2 & 3. In this major feat of salvage and underwater engineering altogether 438 workers based at Giglio are currently engaged in operations to float the wrecked cruise ship and tow it away.

Collins Engineers Donates ROV to UW-Milwaukee

Thomas Collins, UW Staffe and donated ROV.

With the goal of enriching students’ educational experiences and enhancing the research capabilities of marine scientists on the Great Lakes, Collins Engineers, Inc. (Collins) has donated a Phantom-300 remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee School of Freshwater Science (SFS), located at the Great Lakes WATER Institute. The cost of a similar ROV purchased new would range between $25,000 and $35,000. “The SFS offers interdisciplinary graduate-level training and provides a variety of marine research opportunities…

Ocean Installer Enters Australian O&G Market

Normand Vision & Normand Mermaid.

Ocean Installer’s said that it has established office in Perth, Australia to meet demand for subsea construction services. “This is the beginning of our presence in another promising region in line with Ocean Installer’s growth strategy. The Asia Pacific- and Oceania region represent significant growth opportunities in the years ahead,” said Steinar Riise, CEO, Ocean Installer. Ocean Installer recently hired Bijan K. Mahapatra to lead the office in Australia. Mahapatra has more…

Peter Stevenson joins Simplex-Turbulo

As part of a further initiative to strengthen customer support Simplex has appointed Peter Stevenson in a new role as sales director. “Peter is an exciting choice for us”, says MD, James Hogg, “he will be taking a fresh and more disciplined approach to enable us to develop a more responsive service”. Peter Stevenson’s background will certainly strengthen the management team at this growing company. He joins from V Ships Marine Services where he was sales director to a diverse range of technical and non-technical services. Prior to this he was at UMC, the recognised world-leader in underwater engineering, where, as sales director, he significantly boosted the merchant client base.

IMCA Seminar Largest Ever

Records set by previous events in the series have been broken by the 15th Annual Seminar of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), being held in Paris 6-7 November. This year, with a week to go before the Seminar is held, there are over 330 delegates from 25 countries and 16 exhibiting companies. The IMCA is the international trade association representing offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies with 420+ members in 48 countries. The event has returned to Paris after eight years touring the world in locations as varied as Houston, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Organization has been by all four IMCA technical divisions - Diving…

New EVP for Kongsberg Maritime Subsea Division

Bjørn Jalving has been appointed as Executive Vice President of Kongsberg Maritime’s Subsea division and a member of the Kongsberg Maritime management group, effective 1st January 2012. Jalving succeeds Rolf Arne Klepaker, who is moving to a role working with strategic projects in Kongsberg Maritime. Jalving started in Kongsberg Maritime in 2006 as Senior Principal Engineer in the AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) department. Since 2007, he has been Vice President for HUGIN AUV activity and part of the Subsea management group. He has an MSc in Engineering Cybernetics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim and for 14 years has worked as a scientist at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, FFI.

Cathelco, UMC Complete 1st Project

Photo courtesy Cathelco Ltd

The first joint venture project between Cathelco and UMC International has been completed at the Yonderberry fuelling jetty at Torpoint in Plymouth. Earlier this year, the two companies created an alliance enabling the specialist diving services of UMC International to be used for the installation and maintenance of corrosion protection systems supplied by Cathelco. The Yonderberry jetty project, commissioned by Babcock, has involved installing a new sacrificial anode system that will protect the steel piles of the north and south ‘dolphins’ used for mooring vessels during refuelling.

IHC Hytech, Fathom Systems Enter Distributor Agreement

Two commercial offshore diving companies, IHC Hytech and Fathom Systems, joined forces by signing a new international distributor agreement that was signed on May 7, 2013. Under the terms of the agreement, IHC Hytech will distribute Fathom Systems’ products in the commercial diving, hyperbaric tunneling and medical equipment markets. Based in Raamsdonksveer in The Netherlands, IHC Hytech is part of IHC Merwede, and designs and manufactures equipment for offshore diving and other related markets. Its product portfolio ranges from small portable breathing gas panels, to complete turnkey hyperbaric multi-chamber systems that are supplied complete with environmental control units.

NAVSEA Salvage Engineers Recover Plane Materials

Naval Sea System Command's (NAVSEA) Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) conducted the recovery of the engines and other components of an EA-6B "Prowler" Aug. 17-20. The plane crashed near Feb. 12. The recovery utilized the Navy's remotely operated vehicle (ROV) "Deep Drone" operating from the Military Sealift Command's USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52). The EA-6B crashed into the in 6,500 feet of water while conducting night landing qualifications. The recovery operation was performed in order to assist the crash investigation in determining the cause of the accident and the possible implication it may have on the rest of the EA-6B inventory. Deep Drone is the Navy's workhorse ROV designed to meet the Navy's mid-water salvage requirements down to a maximum depth of 8,000 feet of seawater.

IMCA Induct New President

Massimo Fontolan: Photo credit IMCA

Massimo Fontolan, of Saipem Ltd., takes on the role of President of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). Mr. Fontolan is currently Vice President Commercial, North Atlantic and Arctic at Saipem Ltd. In addition to becoming President of IMCA, he also becomes Chairman of the association's Overall Management Committee (OMC), having served as Vice President of IMCA for the past two years. He is a Civil Engineer with a degree in hydromechanics and quick to point…

NAVSEA's Salvage Engineers Recover Plane Materials

EA-6B "Prowler," Aug. 17-20 near Guam. Drone" operating from the Military Sealift Command's USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52). The EA-6B crashed into the Pacific Ocean in 6,500 feet of water Feb. 12 while conducting night landing qualifications. assorted other components were recovered. The operation was performed in order to assist the crash investigation in determining the accident cause and possible implication on the rest of the EA-6B inventory. Deep Drone is the Navy's workhorse ROV designed to meet the Navy's mid-water salvage requirements down to a maximum depth of 8,000 feet of seawater. SUPSALV and maintained and operated by underwater engineering company Phoenix International. towing, diving safety, and equipment maintenance and procurement.

NAVSEA's Salvage Engineers Recover Plane Materials

EA-6B "Prowler," Aug. 17-20 near Guam. 52). The EA-6B crashed into the Pacific Ocean in 6,500 feet of water Feb. while conducting night landing qualifications. assorted other components were recovered. of the EA-6B inventory. seawater. Phoenix International. towing, diving safety, and equipment maintenance and procurement.

Strong Russian Presence at Oil & Gas Africa '12

Recent new oil and gas discoveries all over Africa are attracting investors and developers from around the world. Russia is the latest country to show an active interest in the continent’s oil and gas industry. The country will be sending a trade delegation to attend Oil & Gas Africa 2012, which takes place March 13-15 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. This is the first time these companies and organizations will attend the show. The high-level Russian group will consist of chief executive officers, chief technology officers and policymakers who intend to pursue exploring opportunities on the subcontinent. The Russian delegation represents a wide range of industries related to the oil and gas sector…

RS Signs Classification Agreement with Nordic Yards

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) and Nordic Yards Wismar GMBH have signed an agreement on classification under construction and survey for compliance with the applicable statutory requirements of two MPSV 06 NY multipurpose icebreaking salvage vessels. The ships of 7 MW each to be constructed by 2015 in Wismar (Germany) under the Federal Target Program Transport System Development in Russia (2010-2015) by the order of the Federal Treasury Institution State Customer Directorate for Sea Transport Development Programs. The basic MPSV 06 project was developed by the Marine Engineering Bureau and finalized by Nordic Yards Wismar GMBH. The project RS class notation is КM Icebreaker6 [2] AUT1-ICS OMBO FF2WS EPP DYNPOS-2 Tug SDS<60 Salvage ship.

UMC International and MPR to Cooperate on Repairs

Worldwide underwater ship maintenance specialists UMC International and Dutch based marine propeller repair specialists Maritime Propeller Repairs (MPR) have signed an agreement to cooperate for workshop and in-water propeller repairs. The agreement was signed in Asperen, The Netherlands on 23rd September 2011, at an open day hosted by MPR. More than 300 visitors attended the event, and all were very enthusiastic about the new joint service. Alan Trevarthen, MD UMC, and Gert Hendriksen, MD MPR, signed the agreement in front of local press and shipping company representatives. Established in 1972, UMC has an extensive network of office locations around the world from where they offer a global underwater engineering vessel support service.

UMC and MPR Join Forces

Worldwide underwater ship maintenance specialists UMC International and Dutch based marine propeller repair specialists Maritime Propeller Repairs (MPR) have signed an agreement to cooperate for workshop and in-water propeller repairs. The agreement was signed in Asperen, The Netherlands on 23rd September 2011, at an open day hosted by MPR. More than 300 visitors attended the event, and all were very enthusiastic about the new joint service. Alan Trevarthen, MD UMC, and Gert Hendriksen, MD MPR, signed the agreement in front of local press and shipping company representatives. Established in 1972, UMC has an extensive network of office locations around the world from where they offer a global underwater engineering vessel support service.

Hyperbaric Evacuation Systems: IMCA Consultation

International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is consulting widely, & globally, on new guidance on hyperbaric evacuation systems for safety of saturation divers. “In 2011 we set up an industry-wide workgroup to develop the hyperbaric evacuation guidance,” explains IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler. “The work was split into five main topic areas – risk assessment, technical, operations, medical and standards. The document, which runs to over 70 pages, is a substantial piece of work, and should make a significant contribution in helping to improve the evacuation arrangements available to saturation divers world-wide. “We are distributing the draft guidance document widely for comment and inviting feedback by 8 February 2013…

ROV Saab Seaeye Panther Bests Persian Gulf Currents

Saab Seaeye Panther XT Plus: Photo credit Saab Seaeye

Abu Dhabi-based, CCC (Underwater Engineering), saves on operational costs with Saab Seaeye Panther XT Plus ROV. He finds that 90 per cent of the tasks normally undertaken by CCC’s 150 HP hydraulic work-class ROVs is now possible with the Panther, bringing major savings in costs and logistics. He quotes the ease of moving a 14 ton system rather than one weighing 60 tons; or having a faster 12 hour set up, rather than taking four days; and providing just 150 kVA of power generation instead of 500 kVA. Adding that spares and repairs are also cheaper.

Fendercare Marine IMCA Acredited

Following a recent audit, Fendercare Marine receives International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) accreditation. MCA is the international trade association representing offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies. It is a respected voice around the world promoting good practice, particularly in the areas of health, safety and environmental standards, quality and efficiency and technical standards. Fendercare Marine Diving Operations Director, Bob MacMillan said “IMCA Accreditation is very important to us. Fendercare Marine provides an extensive range of diving services and equipment for sale or hire. The company’s own diving teams are trained and experienced in a wide range of techniques and procedures and are also a member of the Association of Diving Contractors.

IMCA Appoints New Chief Executive

Chris Charman: Photo credit IMCA

Chris Charman is appointed Chief Executive of IMCA (International Marine Contractors Association) taking over from Hugh Williams who is retiring. Chris Charman is greatly looking forward to his new role: "IMCA will bring together so many of my professional skills and capabilities – my working life began in the Royal Navy as an officer where I gained invaluable marine experience," he explains. "I have worked with a number of trade associations and 'not-for-profit' organisations; and the vast majority of my working life has been devoted to risk management.

RN Diving Expert Chris Baldwin Joins IMCA

Chris Baldwin: Photo IMCA

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Secretariat says that Chris Baldwin has joined its team as a Technical Adviser following a short secondment from the Royal Navy. The association has a strong team of eight Technical Advisers working with Jane Bugler, IMCA’s Technical Director. Chris has spent 29 years in the Royal Navy and most recently held a position in the UK MoD’s Defence Safety and Environment Authority, as the Diving Regulator and Superintendent of Diving.

IMCA Appoints Faure as President

Bruno Faure (Photo: IMCA)

Bruno Faure, Group Senior Vice President Subsea Projects and Operations at Technip  has taken over the role of President of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), the association representing the interests of more than 1,000 offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies in more than 60 countries. In addition to becoming President of IMCA, having served as Vice President of IMCA since September 2014, he also becomes Chairman of the association’s Overall Management Committee (OMC).

IMCA Publishes Renewables Contracting Principles

Image: International Marine Contractors Association

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a variety of guides, templates and discussion documents aimed at raising awareness on contracting issues, promoting discussion and providing tools that may be useful for its contractor members, their clients and sub-contractors, the latest is the series is ‘IMCA Renewables Contracting Principles’ which can be downloaded from the Safety and Legislation section of the IMCA website at www.imca-int.com. “Each of…


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