WATCH: Building a Typhoon MK2 ROV

April 24, 2016

A time-lapse video above shows Total Marine Technology (TMT) building its Typhoon MK2 remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in Bibra Lake, Western Australia. TMT is an Australian-based designer and manufacturer of work class ROVs and intervention tooling for the offshore drilling and production industry. There are two types of Typhoon MK2 ROVs. The Typhoon MK2, capable… Continue Reading »


Skandi Açu Pipelay Vessel Christened

April 12, 2016

Huisman, together with VARD, DOF Subsea and Technip celebrated the christening of a pipe lay support vessel (PLSV), Skandi Açu, the Dutch specialist in lifting, drilling, and subsea solutions informed through its social media on Monday. The PLSV, equipped with Huisman’s 650mt flex-lay system and the 2,500mt and 1,500mt underdeck carousels, is designed for installation of… Continue Reading »


WHOI Welcomes RV Neil Armstrong

April 12, 2016

The research vessel Neil Armstrong arrived to its home port for the first time at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) dock Wednesday, escorted by the WHOI coastal research vessel R/V Tioga, two Coast Guard boats and fireboats from neighboring towns. “What a wonderful day for Woods Hole, for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for Woods Hole… Continue Reading »


EMGS Records Lower Vessel Utilization in Q1 2016

April 11, 2016

Norway’s Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) reported vessel utilization for the first quarter 2016 at 55% compared with 76% for the first quarter 2015. In the first quarter of 2016, the vessels were allocated 29% to contract and 26% to multi-client projects. EMGS had two vessels in operation in the first quarter 2016. The BOA Thalassa started contract work… Continue Reading »


Wintershall to Use Island Offshore Vessels on Vega Field

April 9, 2016

Wintershall Norge AS has received consent to use the mobile drilling facilities Island Frontier and Island Wellserver for intervention work on the Vega field. The two vessels provide light well intervention services and associated work, construction work, subsea installation work, securing of wells, IMR work, supply duties. Vega lies due north of the Fram field in… Continue Reading »


Island Offshore Sending Two Ships on Draugen Job

April 8, 2016

Island Offshore has secured work for two of its vessels, Island Valiant and Island Constructor, at the Draugen field for Norske Shell. Island Valiant will start with IMR work (Inspection, Maintenance and Repair) on three wells in April, preparing the wells for the work which Island Constructor will perform later this summer. The time frame… Continue Reading »


Hydroid Eyes Further Growth in Defense Market

April 6, 2016

The autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) market has grown over the last decade, and Hydroid’s REMUS vehicles have become the tool of choice for military and commercial markets worldwide. Hydroid is a Massachusetts marine robotics firm, founded in 2001 by a team of engineers, led by Christopher von Alt, who invented the REMUS technology base at The… Continue Reading »


Non-Oil Company Takes CSV Polar King on Charter

April 2, 2016

Norway’s GC Rieber Shipping has entered into a time charter agreement with Nexans Skagerrak, a subsidiary of Nexans Norway, for the CSV Polar King. The charter, which starts in January 2017, is set for a fixed period of about 8.5 months, with options for up to 16 months additional work. The vessel will conduct survey, trenching and… Continue Reading »


Transocean, Schlumberger See Oil Industry Recovery Delayed

March 22, 2016

Leaders of the world’s largest suppliers of offshore drilling rigs and the services that go with them see the oil market recovery taking even longer than expected last year. Transocean Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Thigpen expects it will have to wait at least another three years before his company can begin charging higher rates for… Continue Reading »


HMAS Mermaid Surveys Minesweeper Wreck Off OZ

March 21, 2016

Royal Australian Navy’s survey motor launch HMAS Mermaid made a small detour while conducting hydrographic survey work in Far North Queensland to carry out a condition assessment of the wreck of HMAS Warrnambool. The Bathurst-class minesweeper was clearing a mine-field in the Great Barrier Reef when on 13 September 1947 she struck a live mine… Continue Reading »

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