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August 2011 Issue

Offshore Injuries Up in 2010, IMCA Reports
The overall and offshore rates of fatal accidents, recordable injuries, total injuries and lost-time injuries increased from 2009 to 2010, according to a voluntary survey covering 547 million man-hours worked from 172 contractors.

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) released the report in June. The only metric to decrease in 2010 was the overall number of lost-time injuries.

"Obviously, comparing the 2010 and 2009 figures, we are disappointed to see increases under most headings," said Hugh Williams, chief executive of the IMCA. "This could result from the slight fall in hours worked. Whatever the reason, it shows that ever-greater efforts must be made to achieve the industry goal of zero incidents."

Significant increases were seen in the overall fatal accident rate, which rose from 1.00 to 1.28 fatal injuries per million hours worked, and the offshore total recordable injury rate, which rose from 2.72 to 3.19 recordable injuries per million hours worked.

The overall lost-time injuries decreased in 2010 by two injuries for a total of 393 injuries. For more information, visit www.imca-int.com.

MARK II Ballast Water Treatment System Uses Half the Energy, OceanSaver Says
The Mark II ballast water treatment system will reduce energy use by more than 50 percent compared to its previous technology, OceanSaver (Drammen, Norway) said in June. The Mark II system features an optimized filtration step that negates the need for cavitation and deoxygenation of the ballast water through nitrogen supersaturation, resulting in a more compact system, OceanSaver said.

Type approval for the system is expected by the end of the third quarter of 2011. For more information, visit www.oceansaver.no.

Kongsberg Oil & Gas Acquires Seagear
The nine-person team at Seagear AS (Stavanger, Norway) is joining Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies AS's (Sandvika, Norway) SeaFlex riser technologies business unit after Kongsberg acquired the company in June.

Seagear has established a strong position in its market niches, Kongsberg said, resulting in a well-developed network of customers and partners among operator companies and contractors in Norway, particularly in the Stavanger area. Kongsberg said the acquisition of Seagear will strengthen its engineering skills and capacity. For more information, visit www.kongsberg.com/en/KOGT.

Mobilarm Takes on Marine Rescue Technologies
Mobilarm Ltd. (Perth, Australia) announced in June that it had completed the acquisition of Marine Rescue Technologies (Driffield, England), which covers all the company's assets including its Sea Marshall product line.

Mobilarm said the acquisition made it the world's largest man overboard safety company. With offices in Australia, the U.S. and the U.K. Mobilarm said customers can source its Crewsafe products and Sea Marshall products from the same supplier. For more information, visit www.mobilarm.com.

P&O Maritime Adds DP2 Cable Ship to Fleet
P&O Maritime Services (Lowestoft, England) announced in June the arrival of its multipurpose 106-meter DP2 cable installation vessel, the CS European Supporter.

Following an extensive conversion, the European Supporter has been specially equipped to install interarray power cables in the European offshore renewables market. The vessel has retained its capability to install fiber-optic cable for the telecommunications sector and can provide the oil and gas industry with a range of light intervention, ROV, construction and decommission support services. For more information, visit www.pomaritime.com.

Top Court in Norway Rules in Favor of Marport in Scanmar's Patent Dispute Case
Marport Deep Sea Technologies Inc. (St. John's, Canada) said a dispute with Scanmar AS (Åsgårdstrand, Norway) has "finally come to an end" after the Supreme Court of Norway denied Scanmar's appeal in lawsuit against Marport.

Originally, the litigation started as a patent infringement case in which Henning Skjold-Larsen, the founder and chairman of Scanmar, claimed that Marport's catch control system and sensors were infringing two of his patents, among other alleged infringements. The case worked its way up to Norway's highest court.

With the June ruling from the Supreme Court of Norway, "all Scanmar appeals have been exhausted and the matter is now closed," Marport said.

For more information, visit www.marport.com.

ABB Wins $24 Million Marine Order to Power Ramform W-Class Seismic Vessels
ABB (Zurich, Switzerland) recently received a $24 million order to supply electrical power and propulsion systems for two Ramform W-class vessels capable of 3D seismic data acquisition for sea bottom resource exploration, the company announced in June.

The ships, to be constructed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan), will be delivered to Petroleum Geo-Services ASA (Lysaker, Norway).

The Ramform W-class vessels are the newest generation in the Ramform series, featuring advanced 3D seismic data acquisition/analysis capability. The ships will be 104 meters long, 70 meters wide and will feature diesel-electric main propulsion for quiet operation. For more information, visit www.abb.com.

iicorr Ltd. Integrated into Stork Technical Services
Aberdeen, Scotland-based iicorr Ltd. announced in June that it had been integrated into Stork Technical Services (Utrecht, Netherlands) and will now be known as Stork Technical Services UK Ltd.

Over the next 12 months, Stork said it plans to integrate all of its U.K.-based companies, which includes RBG, Subspection, Cooperheat Services and Cooperheat Equipment, into Stork Technical Services. For more information, visit www.iicorr.com.

BAE Systems, SeeByte to Cooperate on MCM, Hydrography and Patrol Capability Program
BAE Systems Mission Systems (Dorchester, England) and SeeByte Ltd. (Edinburgh, Scotland) have signed an agreement to pursue business opportunities associated with the U.K.'s mine countermeasures (MCM), hydrography and patrol capability program.

BAE Systems Mission Systems and SeeByte aim to introduce autonomous computing into future military mission systems through the exploitation of "open," or modular, yet secure architectures. The companies said they intend to work together to develop fully integrated MCM mission systems. For more information, visit www.baesystems.com.

Hydro-Lek Manipulator Recovers Black Boxes from Air France Flight 447
A Hydro-Lek Ltd. (Berkshire, England) HLK HDR6R manipulator was used to successfully recover both flight recorders from Air France Flight 447, Hydro-Lek announced in July.

The HLK HDR6R is a compact, six-function arm designed for smaller work-class ROVs. It was used by Phoenix International Holdings Inc. (Largo, Maryland) on its ROV Remora at depths of 3,900 meters to clear debris and grab hold of both flight recorders and place them into a basket for recovery to the surface. For more information, visit www.hydro-lek.com.

Swire Oilfield Services Launches Modular Division
Swire Oilfield Services (Aberdeen, Scotland) has launched a global division, Swire Modular Systems. The company recently announced a £50 million investment in additional fleet units and has formed this new division to offer modular systems to customers.

To ensure that Swire Modular Systems meets the specific requirements of U.K. customers, a new team has been set up, creating six new jobs in Aberdeen to support the U.K. sector.

Led by Reinhardt Schoeman, product line manager for Modular Systems U.K., this team will enable Swire to either design a new bespoke system to a customer's specification or tailor a proven design to customer needs. For more information, visit www.swireos.com.

Offshore Marine Management Starts Survey and Subsea Business
Bristol, England-based Offshore Marine Management announced in July the launch of a new business, Survey and Subsea, catering to a growing demand for the full range of subsea cable services to be available from one supplier.

The new business will focus on the three strategic areas: survey, cable, and subsea engineering and structural inspection. Arron Burrows, the director of Survey and Subsea, said this new business offers clients a "one-stop shop" for cable solutions with survey, inspection and final deliverables.

The business is based at the company's recently expanded offices in Cambridge, England, which feature a dedicated engineering workshop and delivery suites. For more information, visit www.offshoremm.com.

CDL DiverLevel Sees Instant Sales After Release
CDL (Aberdeen, Scotland) announced in July that their newly released DiverLevel attitude measurement system has seen an early adoption rate from Seatronics (Aberdeen) and DPS Offshore (Aberdeen), which both committed to multiple purchases within days of the system's launch.

Building on the original CDL MiniTXT and MiniTilt devices, the DiverLevel combines these technologies into a compact subsea inclination tool. The system has been specifically designed for circumstances when accurate attitude measurement is a key deliverable. For more information, visit www.cdltd.net.


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