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January 2017 Issue

Safety in Seas Award
Competition Now Open

The 2017 Safety in Seas Awards Competition, established by Compass Publications Inc., is now open and runs through February 3, 2017. NOIA member companies may self-nominate or nominate another NOIA member company in two categories.

The Culture of Safety Award (http://bit.ly/2gvExMn) honors a company (or companies) for overall organizational immersion in and commitment to safety, which has resulted in remarkable, measurable and sustained safety performance over a prolonged period of time.

The Safety Practice Award (http://bit.ly/2gZg5nX) recognizes specific technologies, approaches, methods or projects with direct and demonstrable impacts on improving safety.

The 2017 NOIA Safety in Seas Awards will be presented during the NOIA annual meeting April 5 to 7, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Singapore Mulls More Support
For Domestic Marine Sectors

The Singapore government is working in consultation with the marine and offshore engineering sectors, plus the region’s financial institutions, to review the possible need for measures to help them recover from the economic downturn prolonged by the recent slump in oil prices.

The offshore sector has been particularly hard hit by the recession with thousands of job losses.

“A healthy marine industry is crucial to the Singapore economy,” said Claes Eek Thorstensen, president of the Thome Group, which provides ship management services for shipping and offshore. “It is important that Singapore maintains its central position in the Asian maritime hub, so any measures which the government might be able to offer would be welcomed.”

Singapore also announced S$107 million to help develop a new research center for the industry.

Oil, Gas Groups Submit FOIA
Requests to US Government

NOIA, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association and the Gulf Economic Survival Team submitted Freedom of Information Act requests to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Department of the Interior seeking information related to the recent drastic changes to the financial assurances and bonding required of offshore oil and gas producers.

These groups have joined together to press for immediate consideration of these FOIA requests and continue to urge the government to be responsive to industry concerns regarding its Notice to Lessees (NTL) No. 2016-N01, which dramatically changed the existing framework for securing decommissioning liability for the offshore oil and gas industry.

Asset-Based ROVs Increase
Rig Inspection Efficiency

James Fisher (JF) Subsea has reduced inspection downtime to 2 percent for Shell UK through the innovative use of asset-based ROVs (ABROVs) on oil rig inspection programs in the North Sea.

Traditionally, oil rig inspections use a dedicated remotely operated vehicle support vessel (ROVSV) on which an ROV is secured. JF Subsea provided Shell UK with a gravity-based ABROV system to remove the need for an ROVSV and the hazards involved with securing an ROV to the offshore platform.

RIMS Launches Inspection
Services via Drone

Robotica in Maintenance Strategies BV (RIMS) has launched inspection services of enclosed spaces to the maritime and offshore industry, using the drone Elios, which can enter enclosed spaces to carry out in-depth inspections. With partners Rotterdam Offshore Group, Rolldock and Flyability, RIMS carried out a test on board a vessel to check whether the controls and data transfer would be okay in a ballast tank and duct keel. These tests were successfully completed.

Shell Hires Bibby for
Second Inspection Contract

Bibby Offshore has been awarded two contracts from Shell to provide inspection services on assets in the Corrib natural gas field in the north Atlantic Ocean. The first contract, completed June 2016, saw Bibby Offshore’s construction support vessel equipped with SMD Quantum work-class and Saab Seaeye Cougar inspection-class ROVs to perform subsea inspections 83 km off the northwest coast of Ireland at 360-m depth on a gas pipeline.

Bibby Offshore’s successful completion of that project resulted in Shell awarding the company a second contract at its west Ireland assets. The project commenced in July and was set to finish by the end of 2016. It involved use of Bibby’s construction support vessel equipped with two Quantum work-class ROVs to install an electrical distribution unit and several replacement control jumpers and to perform inspection, repair and maintenance services in water depths of 400 m.

KBR to Use Smart 3D for
Offshore Platforms, LNG Plants

KBR has selected and implemented Intergraph Smart 3D from Intergraph Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) to improve the execution of key projects for the design and construction of offshore platforms and large LNG liquefaction plants around the world.

Intergraph’s flagship solution provides KBR with a single, integrated, collaborative design and fabrication knowledge management environment specialized for offshore design and fabrication.

Oil, Gas Event on Technical
E&P Challenges

Teledyne Oil & Gas hosted the annual Focus on Technology event in Houston, Texas, which concentrated on the emerging technical challenges found in topside and subsea oil and gas exploration and production (E&P), with more than 250 industry professionals from more than 100 companies attending.

The event focused on confronting current market challenges with innovative solutions to address cost pressures, harsh environments and longer step-out distances as the industry experiences unprecedented changes. Among the highlights were two technical panels comprising industry experts from Shell, Chevron, INTECSEA and Noble Energy discussing new technology to enable lower-cost execution and shared best practices in offshore projects.

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