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Sunday, February 18, 2018

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HullWiper Enters European Market

Gothenburg is the latest port to be added to the growing GAC EnvironHull network of bases offering HullWiper, its eco-friendly, brush-and-diver-free hull cleaning service. The port on Sweden's west coast is the first in Europe to host the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). This comes after GAC EnvironHull Ltd. launched HullWiper in Dubai in November 2013. It started offering the service at Fujairah, UAE, last month. Now, another HullWiper unit is available at Gothenburg, operated through Frog Marine Services AB, a local underwater services provider in partnership with GAC EnvironHull. Managing Director Simon Doran said, "We have maintained a steady competitive position in the Middle East since last year's launch of our hull cleaning technology.

Gothenberg Port Offers GAC HullWiper Service

HullWiper Equipment: Image courtesy of GAC

Ship service provider GAC inform that Gothenburg is the latest port to be added to the growing GAC EnvironHull network of bases offering HullWiper, its eco-friendly, brush-and-diver-free hull cleaning service. GAC add that the port on Sweden's west coast is the first in Europe to host the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). The HullWiper ROV is an unmanned hull cleaning unit which uses adjustable pressure sea water jets as the cleaning medium rather than brushes or abrasives, resulting in minimal damage to the antifouling surface.

HullWiper Delivers 100 Hull Cleans for Maersk Line

Hullwiper in action cleaning the hull of the Maersk ganges. Photo GAC

HullWiper, GAC EnvironHull’s diver-free hull cleaning technology, has completed its 100th clean for Maersk Line. The clean was conducted on the Maersk Ganges in the Jebel Ali Container Terminal, Dubai. The HullWiper Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is an environmentally friendly and cost-effective hull cleaning solution that employs unique brushless cleaning technology. It uses high-pressure seawater to avoid damage to the antifouling surface on the hull. Debris is collected in a special waste filter unit and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

GAC EnvironHull now at 2nd UAE port -Fujairah

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GAC EnvironHull, part of global shipping, logistics and marine services provider GAC Group, has expanded its eco-friendly, brush-and-diver-free hull cleaning operation to Fujairah, just six months after its global launch. Launched in Dubai in November 2013, the HullWiper Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is an unmanned hull cleaning unit which uses adjustable pressure sea water jets as the cleaning medium rather than brushes or abrasives, resulting in minimal damage to the antifouling surface.

Petrobras Extends DOF Deal

Skandi Admiral. Photo: DOF Group

Norwegian shipping company DOF has been awarded an extension of a contract for one of its anchor handlers working in Brazil. "DOF and Petrobras have agreed an extension of approx. 265 days for the Skandi Admiral with start-up in 9 June 2018, hence the vessel is firm until 28 February 2019," said a press release from DOF. The initial contract for the vessel was awarded to DOF in late May 2017. Skandi Admiral is an AHTS (UT 741) built in 1999 and was reflagged with Brazilian flag last year.

HullWiper Expands to Fujairah

HullWiper cleans in the dark.

GAC EnvironHull's  hull cleaning solution now available at second UAE port. GAC EnvironHull has expanded itsbrush-and-diver-free hull cleaning operation to Fujairah, six months after its global launch. Launched in Dubai in November 2013, the HullWiper Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is an unmanned hull cleaning unit which uses adjustable pressure sea water jets as the cleaning medium rather than brushes or abrasives, resulting in minimal damage to the antifouling surface. Residues…

Southern Ocean Bags New Contract

Southern Ocean. Photo: Oceanteam

The construction support vessel Southern Ocean, owned by a joint venture between Bourbon Offshore Norway and Oceanteam, has secured a new contract in the APAC region. "CSV Southern Ocean secures a new contract and will start operations by mid of February 2018 for a firm period of 30 days and options to extend with 60 days. The Construction Support Vessel has been assigned to multiple smaller projects within the APAC region," said a statement. The contract is the result of the…

GAC to Showcase Bespoke Services for Gas Carriers at Gastech

Courtesy GAC

GAC is showcasing its full range of ship agency and related services for gas carriers at the Gastech, where GAC’s groundbreaking ‘HullWiper’ ROV system will also be on display. Launched in late 2013, the HullWiper Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) system offers an eco-friendly, diver-free and highly efficient hull cleaning solution that helps LNG carriers to save time and money on their hull cleaning requirements in port. GAC Group has highlighted the growing importance for LNG…

GAC's Hull Cleaning Solution Debuts in Singapore

Photo: GAC

GAC EnvironHull’s eco-friendly, diver-free hull cleaning technology makes its Asian debut at this year’s Sea Asia exhibition, marking its introduction at one of the world’s busiest ports, Singapore. The HullWiper Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) system was launched in late 2013 in the United Arab Emirates and has since been rolled out to other countries in the Middle East and in Sweden. It is now being offered to vessels in Singapore, through GAC EnvironHull’s local partner, T&T Salvage Asia Pte Ltd (T&T).

Statoil Contracts West Hercules Rig

The West Hercules drilling rig in the Barents Sea. (Photos: Ole Jørgen Bratland)

The West Hercules semi-submersible rig has been contracted for drilling two exploration wells in the Barents Sea in 2018, and options to drill another five exploration wells. Statoil and the licence partners have signed a contract with North Atlantic Norway Ltd for use of the 6th generation West Hercules rig. The total estimated contract value is USD 15-20 million for the two permanent wells. Portrait - Geir TungesvikGeir Tungesvik, head of Drilling and Well in Statoil. Mobilisation and demobilization are included in the amount…

Kiel 6000 ROV Gets Certified by Germanischer Lloyd

The Kiel 6000 ROV manufactured by Schilling Robotics, has been certified by Ger¬manischer Lloyd (GL) as meeting requirements for safety and environmental impact. The technical monitoring group GL has conducted safety surveys of thousands of ships and several ROVs, but the survey of the Kiel 6000 is the firm’s first of a work-class ROV and of an unmanned vehicle with a 6000-meter depth rating. The ROV will join the ranks of high-profile GL-certified subsea vehicles such as the 6000-meter, deep-diving, manned MIR submersibles.

Sonsub Awarded Contract From Global Industries

Sonsub is pleased to announce they have been awarded a 1-year preferred provider agreement with Global Industries to provide forROV and ROV//DSV services to support Global’s projects in the Gulf of Mexico. Sonsub’s first project under the agreement will be to provide touchdown monitoring and ROV intervention support with the HOS Innovator vessel and Triton 27 ROV system. Triton 27 will be mobilized onboard the “Hercules” lay-barge to monitor the pipe from the pipe at the stinger output, while the INNOVATOR®9 ROV system onboard the HOS Innovator, will perform touchdown monitoring and other required ROV intervention tasks.

Stolt Offshore Sells Drill-Support ROV Business

Stolt Offshore S.A. has signed Heads of Agreement with Oceaneering International Inc. for the sale of its ROV drill support business, consisting of a fleet of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV's) and their ancillaries, together with related contracts and employees. The transaction, which has a value of approximately $50 million before minority interests, is subject to due diligence. Tom Ehret, Chief Executive Officer of Stolt Offshore S.A., said, "This sale is part of our programme of disposals of non-core assets and businesses. It includes drill support ROV's and contracts in place in the North Sea, The Americas, and West Africa. Stolt Offshore will continue to be a major operator of ROV's in relation to our offshore construction business.

Rapp Hydema to Deliver ROV Moon Pool System

Ezra Marine Services awards Rapp Hydema contract for delivery of next generation ROV moon pool handling systems on vessel CONSTELLATION. The contract covers the delivery of two complete ROV Moon Pool handling systems for Ezra`s new build vessel Constellation. The systems to be supplied by Rapp are the latest generation of ROV MP handling systems designed for Work Class ROV operations down to 4000 meters in harsh weather. All winches are fully electric and each system has full redundancy and active heave compensation (AHC) for optimum operational safety.

Fugro Buys Two More GRL Simulators

General Robotics Limited (GRL) won an order for two additional ROVolution simulators from Fugro, which together with Fugro’s existing ROVolution simulator will be used to train ROV pilots on both the new Fugro-built advanced work class ROV, the FCV 3000, and a typical Fugro-owned intermediate class ROV, the Seaeye Tiger. The simulators will be delivered in the summer of 2007 and be sited in Aberdeen, Singapore and Macae (Brazil) to service these operating areas, where they will further extend the Fugro ROV pilot training program. The new simulators have been configured to model both the FCV 3000 ROV (equipped with a RigMaster grabber arm and Titan 4 manipulator) and the Seaeye Tiger ROV. Fugro’s existing ROVolution simulator is being upgraded to the same specification.

Otto Candies Upgrades to HiPAP 500

Otto Candies LLC, USA, purchased a HiPAP 500 for the ROV Support vessel MV Caballo Andaluz. The HiPAP 500 is a market leader in acoustic positioning with accuracy making it ideal for ROV operations. Using HiPAP the ROV can now be positioned from surface in any direction down to 3,000 m (10,000 ft.) with very high accuracy. The HiPAP can also be equipped with an Hydro Acoustic Inertial Navigation system, HAIN Subsea, which can improve super short baseline positioning of an ROV up to 3 times.

Canyon’s Quest ROV Awarded Drill Support Contracts

Canyon Offshore, Inc., has announced that it has been awarded drill support contracts on board the drilling rig Rowan Midland for its new electric Work Class ROV, Quest #3. In June, Canyon mobilized the new built Quest #3 on board the rig for Energy Resource Technologies, Inc. (ERT) to support ERT’s re-entry well work on East Cameron block 374. Upon completion of the ERT contract, Canyon will provide ROV services to Remington Oil & Gas at East Cameron 377 to support drilling and completion operations. The Quest is ideally suited for drill support and offers a number of technical innovations over traditional hydraulic work class ROV systems, especially in deepwater, due to its smaller footprint, power efficiencies and control features.

ONYX Special Services to Add ROV to Fleet

ONYX Special Services, soon to be Veolia Environmental Services, will be adding a DP2 ROV support vessel to its fleet, servicing the Gulf of Mexico. The RSV Toisa Vigilant will be supporting the 150 hp Triton XLS17 and the 100 hp Triton XL ROV. The Toisa Vigilant will be mobilizing the ROV's as well as a 35 ton knuckle boom crane during the last week in April 2006. We will be ready for service early May 06. There will also be a stern launched 50 ton heave compensated winch / A-frame installed at a later date. The Toisa Vigilant joins the DP2 Dive / ROV vessel Kingfisher, as well as the dive support vessels, Sir Lancelot and the Shinnichi Maru.

Sonsub ROV, Support Vessel Available

Sonsub Inc. is currently offering time slots for their ROV spread consisting of the HOS Dominator support vessel and the 2500m Triton XL 11 ROV system. Available for work during the time frame of April 21st to June 1st in the Gulf of Mexico, the vessel and ROV spread has been configured for light subsea construction and well intervention flying lead and umbilical installations. Additionally, the spread is well suited for route clearance and trenching of fiber optic and power cables using one of Sonsub's cable/pipeline trenching systems. The HOS Dominator measures 240 x 54 ft., is Class II DP vessel with a 30-ton A-frame. It has accommodations for 36 people, and offers a moon pool, a roll stabilization system, and an optional portable reel and vertical lay ramp system.

Velocious Strengthens Subsea Services with Mock ROV

Velocious Australia has added to its portfolio of innovative subsea engineering and remote technology services through the development of a new Mock ROV. Most recently used to test tools for Chevron’s flagship Gorgon project off North West WA, the Mock ROV has the capability to replicate every function an ROV would carry out in a subsea environment to ensure safety and operational integrity. Unlike most industry Mock ROVs, the Velocious Mock ROV has been designed and can be configured to any industry-standard workclass ROV, including the six most widely used ROVs in subsea construction.

Aker Yards to build ROV Support Vessel

Aker Yards has entered into a contract with GEO ASA for the building of an ROV Support Vessel. The value of the contract is approximately NOK 400 million. The vessel will be built by Aker Yards in Brazil, with delivery scheduled for May 2008, and is of the design Aker ROV 06, designed by Aker Yards Project. The vessel is of 106 meters length x 21 meters breadth, accommodation for 100 persons, equipped with a 140 tonnes offshore crane, and will have DP Class 2.

IMCA Publishes ROV 2011 Global Statistics

Remotely operated vehicle (ROV) statistics for 2011 have been published by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) as an information note (IMCA R 05/12). The statistics, intended to record personnel and vehicle levels, are collected twice a year in February and August. The 2011 figures show that IMCA members had fewer ROV personnel at work in 2011 than in 2010, and that ROV personnel numbers reported in August 2011 exceeded those in February 2011 by about 25%.

Aker Yard to Build Offshore Vessels for Solstad

Aker Yards has entered into contracts with Solstad Offshore ASA for building of one Platform Supply/ ROV Vessel of Aker PSV/ROV 06 CD design and one Offshore Subsea Construction and Maintenance Vessel of Aker OSCV 06 L design. Delivery of the PSV/ROV 06 CD is scheduled to second/third quarter 2010, the OSCV 06 L is scheduled for delivery first quarter 2011. The PSV/ROV 06 CD is a platform supply vessel with a hangar for ROV (remote operated vehicle), and with a dynamic positioning system according to DP II class. The vessel will further be equipped with a 100 tons offshore crane and with helicopter platform. The propulsion system is diesel electric.

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