International – February 2019



Scottish Company Invests in ROV Technology

Aberdeen-based Subsea Technology & Rentals has made a significant investment in Teledyne Marine offshore construction and geophysical technology, including the first four new TOGS1 AHRS/INS units, a surface Saturn AHRS, RESON SeaBat T50-S subsea multibeam sonars and multiple TSS HydroPACT 440 pipe trackers and RDI DVLs. Subsea Technology & Rentals provides services including mission-critical solutions to support offshore survey, ROV, IRM, positioning, environmental and subsea construction sectors.

Survey Company Acquires Corrosion Expert

Acteon Group acquired subsea corrosion specialist Deepwater Corrosion Services, which offers subsea corrosion control for all asset types, including oil and gas platforms and wind turbines. The company operates in the U.S., U.K., Brazil, Norway and Australia. It has installed offshore cathodic protection systems and provides corrosion investigation and subsea inspection services.

Ship Scrubber Manufacturer Opens in Shanghai

Yara Marine Technologies has officially opened its new office in Shanghai to meet increasing demand for exhaust gas cleaning systems for newbuilds and retrofit projects. The new office will support a local team spanning the value chain in sales, engineering, procurement and service and commissioning in addition to local support functions. The company produces inline scrubbers of nickel alloy material with optional corrosion guarantee.

MacArtney Continues Strategic Partnership with SeaTech China

Since 2005, MacArtney has worked in cooperation with SeaTech China Co. Ltd., a distributor of high-tech underwater technology in China with cooperative relationships with scientific research institutes. SeaTech is the sole distributor of SubConn and OptoLink connectors for MacArtney in China over the last decade. MacArtney Singapore has developed an exclusive strategic partnership with SeaTech, and the companies will continue the exclusive agreement.

Bridge is Complete In Arctic Norway

The Hålogaland bridge in Narvik, Norway, the longest suspension bridge within the Arctic Circle, opened in December 2018. The construction was coated with Jotun protective solutions for long-lasting anti-corrosion in fluctuating temperatures and winds in excess of 80 mph. The bridge spans 1,533 m across the Romsbak Fjord; it cost $418 million and took five years to build. Constructed from 30 sections with 7,000 t of bridge deck, it is vital infrastructure within the far north of Norway.

New Tools for Offshore Workflow Efficiency

Subsea laser LiDAR technology and 3D data visualization company 3D at Depth Inc. is expanding several global office locations and launching services to increase efficiency for offshore oil fields throughout the workflow from design through decommissioning. The product line includes terrestrial dimensional control to support subsea data collection, subsea tooling design, remote sensing and real-time LiDAR data collection.

Korean Commission Clears Acquisition of Norwegian Offshore Solutions Company

MacGregor received a clearance decision from the South Korean Fair Trade Commission on the company’s acquisition of the marine and offshore businesses of TTS Group ASA, a Norwegian provider of handling solutions and access systems for offshore marine industries. MacGregor announced approval from a German regulator in November 2018 but is still waiting for approval from the competition authority in China. MacGregor expects to close the transaction in the first quarter of 2019.

Chartered Marine Scientists Will Add Hydrography Descriptor to Their Titles

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, IMarEST, launched a new hydrography descriptor for its chartered marine scientist register to allow hydrographers to distinguish themselves by using CMarSci(Hydrography) after their name. No such designation has previously existed, and the IMarEST is the only organization that can offer the chartered marine scientist register. The hydrography post-nominal has been introduced to reflect the increasing importance of the discipline.

Enpro Moves to UK, Reports Global Activity

Enpro Subsea moved to new U.K. headquarters, reporting a 100 percent increase in international projects. Enpro flow access module (FAM) technology allows use of standard subsea trees and manifolds while enabling future integration of metering, flow assurance, data acquisition and hydraulic intervention. Enpro flow intervention services (FIS) technology has been deployed on multi-well hydraulic intervention campaigns in West Africa, and the company will deliver its 15 ksi deepwater FIS in 2019 through Scottish funding. It is also contracted for support in decommissioning of North Sea gravity base structures.

Europe’s Largest Multimodal Operator Joins Electric Ship Project for Lower Emissions

Samskip is now lead partner in Seashuttle, a project seeking to bring emissions-free, autonomous container ships to market. The award of €6 million of Norwegian government money to Project Seashuttle is for development of two all-electric ships to connect Poland, Swedish west coast ports and the Oslo fjord. The vessels will use hydrogen fuel cells for their propulsion power. Seashuttle is one of six initiatives in PILOT-E, a €100 million-plus scheme to bring solutions for the climate-neutral industries of the future to market more quickly.