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May 2015 Issue

InterMoor Wraps Up FPSO Ops off Angola
InterMoor (Houston, Texas) has successfully completed offshore operations for the disconnection and laydown of risers and mooring lines on a major FPSO facility offshore Angola.

The project had two phases. Phase one concluded with the disconnection of all 20 risers and umbilicals from the FPSO facility and their placement on the seabed in accordance with the laydown agreement. Phase two involved InterMoor disconnecting all 12 mooring lines and placing them on the seabed while the FPSO was held in place by station-keeping vessels.

API Approves Balmoral Buoyancy, Clamping System
Balmoral Offshore Engineering, based in Aberdeen, Scotland, has received American Petroleum Institute (API) approval for its buoyancy and clamping system for flexible riser pipe and umbilicals, becoming the first company in the industry to achieve such accreditation.

The API 17L specification stipulates the minimum requirements for the design, material selection, manufacture, documentation, testing, marking and packaging of flexible pipe ancillary equipment.

The buoyancy modules are supplied in two halves and attached to the flexible pipe using the company’s clamping system. The modules are spaced along the flexible pipe to achieve certain riser configurations.

The API accreditation covers all materials, design, testing and manufacturing methodologies used in the system to provide uplift of up to 4.65Te at water depths to 10,000 feet.

OPITO, Petronas Advance Global Skills, Safety Training
OPITO and Petronas (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) signed a strategic-skills memorandum of understanding in 2012 to help build a safe and competent, indigenous oil and gas workforce and establish INSTEP as a globally recognized center of technical excellence. This agreement has now led to seven training centers in Southeast Asia becoming accredited to deliver emergency response training to international standards and the world’s first OPITO-approved qualification center delivering technical training to globally recognized qualifications.

Petronas and OPITO have been working to ensure that every worker in the industry in Malaysia receives Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training before going offshore as a mandatory requirement, as is the case in the North Sea.

This focus on global training opens up new economic opportunities for Malaysians, increases the global mobility of the country’s workforce, and gives employers confidence in the competence of their technicians, according to OPITO.

ABS to Enhance Offshore Training, Equipment Classification
ABS (Houston, Texas) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Korea Offshore & Shipbuilding Association (KOSHIPA) to develop and deliver a curriculum of offshore training courses.

The framework of the MOU is to establish classroom training and coaching sessions for technical and management-level members within KOSHIPA on offshore engineering concepts and principles applicable to the maritime, oil and gas industries. The range of technical courses, covering drilling and production, as well as offshore engineering concepts, will focus on useful, practical skills. Employing a hands-on approach to training will give participants the opportunity to learn by doing to promote the safe and controlled application of new skills in the workplace.

In other ABS news, the inaugural meeting of the ABS Offshore Equipment Advisory Committee was recently convened. A group of technical advisors gathered in March at the ABS Energy Corridor office to exchange information for rule development and enhancement of classification services for offshore equipment.

One of the primary focuses of the committee is to gather information from offshore experts to guide changes and additions to publications such as the ABS Guide for the Classification of Drilling Systems.

Bibby Offshore Wins Workforce Awards
Bibby Offshore (Aberdeen, Scotland) won in the Investment in People category at the 2014 Oil and Gas U.K. Awards and in the Commitment to People Development category at the 2014 Northern Star Business Awards.

In August last year, Bibby Offshore recruited its first intake of ROV apprentices through its new ROV Training Scheme. Six of 276 candidates were chosen for the program, and they are now seven months into a rigorous four-year training regime. Upon completion of the scheme, the apprentices will be offered a permanent role as an ROV pilot technician with the business.

Dan Masterson, CSESP Receive ATC Awards
The Arctic Technology Conference (ATC) 2015 Awards Committee recognized Dan Masterson for the Individual Achievement Award and the Chukchi Sea Environmental Studies Program (CSESP) and its supporting entities—Olgoonik-Fairweather (Anchorage, Alaska), ConocoPhillips (Houston, Texas), Shell (The Hague, Netherlands) and Statoil (Stavanger, Norway)—for the Companies’ Achievement Award.

Masterson’s career achievements started in the 1970s, with pioneering engineering work for Panarctic Oils (Calgary, Canada) through the design and construction of floating ice platforms to support both drilling operations and floating airstrips for large aircraft. He has been a leader in ice science research programs and major offshore Arctic projects. Masterson has also provided engineering leadership and mentoring support for younger engineers.

CSESP aims to characterize pre-exploration baseline information on the ecology of the region and, despite innumerable potential logistical and natural hazards, has operated with no recordable injuries, with more than 395,000 man-exposure hours and across 13,000 vessel miles. CSESP covers 37,000 square kilometers of the northeastern Chukchi Sea, and the program focuses on nine main science disciplines: seabirds, marine mammals, plankton, physical oceanography, sediments, benthic studies, acoustic monitoring, chemical oceanography and fisheries.

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