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Additional Items for Contractors and Operators to Consider

Posted by Amanda on July 10, 2012 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Additional Items for Contractors and Operators to Consider

Recent events in the Gulf of Mexico have forced all industry stakeholders to reevaluate how they approach operations, as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Spill. For Diving Contractors, this means devoting greater attention to:

· Evaluation of site plans for dealing with a contaminated diver

· Evaluation of whether 5 minute surface intervals can be met, if diving Sur 'D' O2

· Possibly limiting dives to "No Decompression"

· Reinforcement to personnel of their "Stop Work" authority

· The need for hydrocarbon monitors in saturation diving bells

· Need for a dedicated decontamination / wash down station on vessels for surfacing divers

Additionally, certain waterways that have been normally available to vessels and mariners are now restricted. This has increased vessel traffic, as fisherman and other boaters now look for new and accessible areas. This translates into an increased risk of vessel encroachments. As such, contractors are encouraged to stay vigilant in their monitoring of vessel traffic, when conducting underwater operations. There are several web sites which outline areas that vessels are encouraged to avoid, and track the spread of the oil spill.

Another new dynamic for industry personnel to take note of is the increased presence of personnel, enlisted to aid in the spill response and cleanup. Many of these individuals (new employees or volunteers) are not familiar with offshore safe practices and operations. This is probably most prevalent at the ports throughout the Gulf coast that have been dedicated to deploy personnel for spill cleanup.

In short, the items mentioned above are just a snapshot of the different challenges facing contractors and operators. There is much going on in the Gulf of Mexico, which will require a greater level of attention to detail by all.

This Information was sent to further the communication of all industry stakeholders. Safety is the primary concern of the ADCI. Remember: a real-time Job Safety Analysis is important, but nothing can replace good common sense.

Additional Items for Contractors and Operators to Consider

Posted by Amanda on July 10, 2012 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Additional Items for Contractors and Operators to Consider

Recent events in the Gulf of Mexico have forced all industry stakeholders to reevaluate how they approach operations, as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Spill. For Diving Contractors, this means devoting greater attention to:

· Evaluation of site plans for dealing with a contaminated diver

· Evaluation of whether 5 minute surface intervals can be met, if diving Sur 'D' O2

· Possibly limiting dives to "No Decompression"

· Reinforcement to personnel of their "Stop Work" authority

· The need for hydrocarbon monitors in saturation diving bells

· Need for a dedicated decontamination / wash down station on vessels for surfacing divers

Additionally, certain waterways that have been normally available to vessels and mariners are now restricted. This has increased vessel traffic, as fisherman and other boaters now look for new and accessible areas. This translates into an increased risk of vessel encroachments. As such, contractors are encouraged to stay vigilant in their monitoring of vessel traffic, when conducting underwater operations. There are several web sites which outline areas that vessels are encouraged to avoid, and track the spread of the oil spill.

Another new dynamic for industry personnel to take note of is the increased presence of personnel, enlisted to aid in the spill response and cleanup. Many of these individuals (new employees or volunteers) are not familiar with offshore safe practices and operations. This is probably most prevalent at the ports throughout the Gulf coast that have been dedicated to deploy personnel for spill cleanup.

In short, the items mentioned above are just a snapshot of the different challenges facing contractors and operators. There is much going on in the Gulf of Mexico, which will require a greater level of attention to detail by all.

This Information was sent to further the communication of all industry stakeholders. Safety is the primary concern of the ADCI. Remember: a real-time Job Safety Analysis is important, but nothing can replace good common sense.

Caldive Eclipse Sinking

Posted by Amanda on July 3, 2012 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (19)

The DSV Caldive Eclipse sunk next to the pier in Singapore after leaving drydock. Two access holes had been cut into the side of the vessel about 300mm above the waterline. When they floated the ship and took it out the vessel flooded and sank. Salvage are currently on site. The vessel is currently not owned by Caldive as it was sold to a American outfit.

New injection lets you live without breathing!?

Posted by Amanda on June 29, 2012 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Looks like science may have created a new way to help keep people alive without air, and the application for Commercial Diving is obvious. Imaging having an emergency syringe that you can inject yourself with if you run out of air to keep your body functioning for a few extra (and potentially life saving) minutes.

 

Scientists have created exactly that and have already successfully tested it on animals under critical lung failure. The solution is a liquid that contains oxygen filled fat particles that can carry up to 4 times as much oxygen as our red blood cells and can be quickly squeeze through capillaries.

 

You can read more about the details in this Gizmodo article: http://gizmodo.com/5921868/scientists-invent-particles-that-will-let-you-live-without-breathing


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New injection lets you live without breathing!?

Posted by Amanda on June 29, 2012 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Looks like science may have created a new way to help keep people alive without air, and the application for Commercial Diving is obvious. Imaging having an emergency syringe that you can inject yourself with if you run out of air to keep your body functioning for a few extra (and potentially life saving) minutes.

 

Scientists have created exactly that and have already successfully tested it on animals under critical lung failure. The solution is a liquid that contains oxygen filled fat particles that can carry up to 4 times as much oxygen as our red blood cells and can be quickly squeeze through capillaries.

 

You can read more about the details in this Gizmodo article: http://gizmodo.com/5921868/scientists-invent-particles-that-will-let-you-live-without-breathing

Hallin Awarded an Urgent Angola Pipeline Repair

Posted by Amanda on June 25, 2012 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Hallin Awarded an Urgent Angola Pipeline Repair

 

Hallin Marine, a Superior Energy Services company, announces the award of its latest subsea pipeline repair project off the African west coast. Working on behalf of a major oil company, Hallin is providing overall project management and engineering, the subsea operations vessel (SOV) Ullswater, repair equipment plus a saturation diving team, to support the urgent repair of a 20 inch water injection pipeline offshore Malongo, Angola. The contract was awarded following successful projects previously completed by Hallin in offshore Angola.

 

Mike Arnold, Managing Director of Hallin West comments: “This is a typical project for our West Africa project team and shows the effectiveness of our specialist-designed SOV Ullswater for this type of project. The vessel is strategically placed for work in West Africa as part of our ongoing commitment to the region”.

 

A recent addition to the Hallin fleet, Ullswater is an ultra-modern SOV incorporating an integral 15-man saturation diving system. With a length of 78 metres and a 20.4 metre beam, the vessel incorporates DP2 dynamic positioning and can accommodate up to 120 personnel.

 

 

Source: Hallin Marine

Underwater Centre trains first ever Angolan saturation divers

Posted by Amanda on June 25, 2012 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Underwater Centre trains first ever Angolan saturation divers

 

The Underwater Centre in Fort William has recently finished training the first ever Angolans as saturation divers.

 

Antonio Quetes and Antonio Njiva, who work for Angolan oil and gas service provider Operatec LDA, were taking part in the three-week HSE Closed Bell course.


Source: Underwater Centre

Total awards subsea contract to Aker Solutions

Posted by Amanda on June 25, 2012 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Total awards subsea contract to Aker Solutions

 

Aker Solutions has been awarded a contract by Total E&P Angola, to deliver seven new subsea tree systems to the Dalia field located offshore Angola. Contract value is approximately NOK 470 million.

 

Scope of work includes seven production subsea trees, seven wellhead systems and seven well jumper systems, and may include some contract options.

 

"Our first subsea tree award was signed for Dalia in 2003 and we have successfully delivered 71 subsea tree systems to this field. We are very pleased to continue this positive relationship with Total E&P Angola and look forward to executing this project," says Alan Brunnen, executive vice president of Aker Solutions' subsea business area.

 

Management and engineering of the subsea tree systems will be performed at Aker Solutions' manufacturing centre in Tranby, Norway. Procurement, manufacturing and assembly will take place in Port Klang, Malaysia, and Aberdeen, UK. Equipment deliveries will be made in 2013 and 2014.

 

Aker Solutions is preparing for major growth by investing NOK 500 million (USD 87 million) in its subsea business. This investment is set to double the capacity of its manufacturing plants in Tranby, Norway, and Port Klang, Malaysia.

 

The Dalia field is located in block 17 offshore Republica de Angola. The field is approximately 230 kilometres offshore at a water depth of between 1200m to 1400 metres, and covers an area of approximately 230km².

 

Aker Solutions has established a state-of-the-art service base facility in Luanda with 130 employees.

 

Aker Solutions' contract party is Aker Subsea AS. The contract was signed and booked as order intake in the first quarter of 2012.

 

Source: Aker Solutions

Unique Secures the Lease Purchase of the Hydra 09 Saturation Dive System to DCN Diving

Posted by Amanda on June 25, 2012 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Unique Secures the Lease Purchase of the Hydra 09 Saturation Dive System to DCN Diving

 

Unique System FZE, a Unique Maritime Group Company which is one of the worlds’s leading integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solution provider announced today a new project with DCN. It has been awarded the contract to supply the Hydra 09 saturation diving system.

 

Hydra 09 is an ABS Classed 9 Man Saturation System complete with HRC, is built by Unique Hydra in South Africa. The contract provides DCN over a period of time, with a cost effective way of securing ownership of this dive system. The first deployment will be in Spain and Unique will also assist in the mobilization of the system onto the dive platform for DCN.

 

Ian Huggins, General Manager of Unique System FZE said “It was an extremely positive environment working with the DCN team. Unique was able to provide a financial solution to them that allowed them to secure this system. This showcases the strength in depth that Unique has with regards to our financial position. The system was in the US at our facility in New Iberia, L.A. and with a very close deadline, it had to be approved by DCN and loaded on the vessel too. Both the teams did some very good work and the sailing date was achieved. However, as a premier equipment supplier our responsibility does not end there, we will be assisting DCN in making sure the system is mobilized and fit for operation, so they can go on to provide value to their end client in their operations, we wish them good luck and great success”.

 

Jan Weick of DCN Diving Commented, “We are very happy with the products and services provided by Unique Maritime Group and look forward to working with them on future projects too”.

 

 

Source: Unique Maritime Group

Sea Powered Project In Durban

Posted by Amanda on June 20, 2012 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

At a workshop to show the eThekwini municipality’s plan to partner US HAE (Hydro Alternative Energy) in building a R 155 million sea-power project off the KwaZulu-Natal coast, scientists said that the research and technological knowledge were available in their country, reported the Iol.

 

Professor Wikus van Niekerk, director of the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies at the University of Stellenbosch, said that they could build a sea-power generation unit in two years by using local engineering expertise. The technology would not be imported, but designed to suite South African conditions.

“One of the biggest challenges for the development of renewable energy… is the Department of Energy. They’re understaffed and under-resourced. It is not a priority. If we had R155m we could do what the Americans are proposing to do here,” Professor van Niekerk explained.

 

A spokeswoman from Environmental Affairs Thandiwe Maimane confirmed that the department was not involved in the ocean-generated energy research, but denied that it was understaffed and missing resources.

 

Dr Mike Roberts from the Department of Environmental Affairs’ oceans and coasts section said that, although the proposal presented by HAE had certain value, he agrees with Van Niekerk.

 

“Given the correct funding we would have a prototype in the water already,” Dr Roberts pointed out.

 

Russell Curtis, from the Durban Investment Promotion Agency, called on the government to give support for this project, and said that the deal with HAE showed how seriously alternative energy sources were being taken by the city.

The Agulhas current, which is 100 km wide, is considered one of the most stable currents in the world.

 

If successful, the pilot unit is expected to produce 1 MW of power and could be developed to supply all of the city’s electricity needs.

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