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NOV 2017

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www.sea-technology.com November 2017 / st 35 GMG Adds Blyth As Base in UK The Global Marine Group (GMG) has expanded its operations base in the United Kingdom to include the Port of Blyth, Northumberland. Blyth, a mod- ern, well-specified port, has emerged as a major support base for U.K. off- shore energy projects. Operating from the Port of Blyth, both of GMG's two business units, CWind, which provides services to the offshore wind industry, and Global Marine, which provides fiber-optic ca- ble solutions to multiple sectors, will be able to offer regionally focused sup- port, resulting in faster mobilization, greater flexibility and enhanced re- sponse times for customers, according to the company. Texo Conducts UAV Survey-Grade LiDAR Scan Texo DSI (UKCS) Ltd., the offshore division of Texo Drone Survey and In- spection, has carried out the first ever unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) sur- vey-grade LiDAR scan of an offshore asset, combined with ground-based simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM). The collaboration between the tai- lored equipment and precision data technology has applications in both engineering and asset life cycle man- agement. Confidence Rebounds for UKCS, But Challenges Remain Reacting to the latest Oil and Gas U.K. Economic Report, Graham Hol- lis, senior partner for Deloitte in Aber- deen, said: "A cautious optimism has returned to the industry, as it weathers the storm of the past three years." The latest economic report demon- strates just how much progress the U.K. Continental Shelf (UKCS) has made on reducing operational costs and the en- couraging level to which confidence is returning to the basin, most notably through a significant uptick in M&A activity across the sector. Nevertheless, challenges remain for the North Sea, and its recovery needs to be carefully fostered, Hollis said. The report shows there is a potential £40 billion worth of developments in companies' business plans, requiring a collaborative approach between gov- ernment, the business community, the supply chain and wider stakeholders to be realized. BiSN Completes P&A Project in North Sea BiSN has successfully completed its first project in the North Sea. The plug- ging and abandonment (P&A) work in the Valhall Field for Aker BP involved the use of BiSN's innovative metal-to- metal downhole sealing solutions. Using modified thermite heaters, BiSN's technology reduces the heating time required to create metal-to-metal seals from hours to minutes. The technology eliminates the need for special wireline equipment, or re- striction on deployment depth, as it is designed to be run on standard wire- line. Mooring of Private Rig Offshore Mexico InterMoor has moored the first pri- vately operated rig in Mexico's off- shore waters since 1938. InterMoor was contracted by Talos Energy to moor semisubmersible EN- SCO 8503 in the Bay of Campeche, offshore Mexico. The asset is the first privately oper- ated rig to be moored in the area since the energy reform of 2013 opened the Mexican waters to the private sector. InterMoor's scope provided Talos Energy with engineering services, mooring equipment, shorebase load- out services and experienced person- nel to deliver the project. Safety Zone Management Assurance for Offshore Installs Seacroft Marine Consultants has launched 500-m zone management assurance and auditing for offshore installations following the success of its training courses for offshore instal- lation personnel to help address safety concerns. The new assurance process will continue to monitor operational safety standards after providing initial train- ing to help installations manage ship movements when they come close to platforms. The company aims to raise aware- ness of the need to control marine op- erations inside the 500-m zone around offshore installations following Health and Safety Executive concerns regard- ing the control and monitoring of sup- port vessels. With 97 percent of collisions occur- ring within the 500-m zone involving vessels there on legitimate business, the company offers guidance, recom- mendations and training courses on how to improve existing practices and safety and, now, ongoing assurance to verify that standards continue to be maintained. The safety zone is the area extend- ing 500 m from any part of an offshore oil and gas installation, and it is estab- lished automatically around all instal- lations. JIP to Develop Drones To Inspect Enclosed Spaces Bureau Veritas has joined RECOM- MS (Remote Evaluation of Coatings/ Corrosion on Offshore Machinery and Marine Structures/Ships), a joint invest- ment project (JIP), to develop drones with the capability to inspect steel structures in enclosed spaces. The JIP's primary objectives are to develop a steady, stable and reliable drone capable of following program- mable flight paths, either predeter- mined by 3D imagery software or flown by a pilot, using 3D simulator ship-specific training programs devel- oped in unison with the drone design. This will lead to the development of a complete and marketable inspec- tion drone when delivered with the required software package. Key invest- ment partners also include: Akzo No- bel, Barrier Group, Drone Ops, Hem- pel Paints A/S, Marine Technical Limits and a major oil company. In the first phase of development, the drone will be designed to carry an unobstructed HD camera, as well as lighting and batteries with suitable strength, durability and longevity to perform structural and coating in- spections within a ballast tank while providing reliable, clear images fit for comparison with close-up inspection. As a secondary goal, the project will also address the potential for inspec- tion of open space marine structures such as offshore wind turbine blades. The drone will also be designed to perform paint and coating application analysis and steel thickness measure- ment. ST offshore oil & ocean engineering

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