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Tidewater Eyeing Superior Offshore Assets

The CEO of Tidewater Inc said his company is evaluating assets from Superior Offshore International which last week warned of limited liquidity, Reuters reported said the process was in the very early stages for Tidewater, which is the world's largest provider of offshore supply boats to the energy industry. On April 1, Superior Offshore, which provides subsea construction and commercial diving services, said it hired the investment back of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. to explore strategic alternatives, including a possible sale. Source:  Reuters


Bisso Marine Acquires New SAT System

Photo courtesy T&T Bisso Response

Bisso Marine, provider of energy and maritime support services, has acquired a 12-man portable Saturation Diving System. The new SAT System has a working depth of 1,000 feet (300 meters). It features a dual-lock, six-man deck decompression chamber, a 12-man launchable flyaway hyperbaric rescue chamber, a dual-lock, six-man come-out chamber and a three-man diving bell. “This SAT System expands our working depth and fully maximizes our bottom time


Hallin Awarded $8M West Africa Project

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Integrated subsea contractor Hallin Marine is mobilizing its vessel, Ullswater, after winning a saturation diving contract offshore Angola. The DP2 Ullswater, equipped with saturation and air diving systems, a Hallin C-ROV and all personnel, will repair a 16-inch pipeline and carry out inspections on various platforms. Operatec, an Angolan company, and Superior Energy Services have been performing diving services under a long term maintenance contract since mid 2009


Norwegian Software Improves Efficiency for Offshore Divers

Norwegian software company Tero Marine developed a new solution that they say will reduce workload and help improve safety for offshore divers. “It has enabled us to reduce the time we spend on reporting by 75 percent, increasing our ability to be more cost efficient,” said Allan Strachan of diving contractors Harkand ISS. Safety was one of the key drivers when Tero Marine and Harkand ISS joined forces to develop a new IT solution for dive services


Fugro Acquisition Strengthens Middle East Operations

Netherlands' based Fugro has agreed to acquire DCN Global LLC (‘DCN Global’), a company specialising in the provision of subsea engineering and diving services to the offshore civil and oil & gas industry, primarily in the Middle East. Fugro says that over the last four decades it has firmly established itself as the leading player in the offshore survey and geotechnical markets in the Middle East. In addition


Divers Search Sunken Iraqi Oil Tanker

Sterling Global Operations diver preparing to descend to wreck of VLCC Amuriyah to check for unexploded ordnance. (Photo: Sterling Global Operations)

Sterling Global Operations (SGO) has been chosen to provide surface - supplied divers for unexploded ordnance search and removal and salvage operations for the sunken 82,000-ton Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) Amuriyah, an Iraqi tanker sunk near Bubiyan Island off the coast of Kuwait in Jan. 1991 during Operation Desert Storm. Special Diving Services (SDS) Holland hired SGO for this project. "For years SGO has conducted major demining and unexploded ordnance clearance projects in


Noordhoek Orders Vessel

Noordhoek Offshore B.V., based in Zierikzee - The Netherlands, ordered a newbuild diving offshore construction support (DOCS) vessel for itsNorth Western European operations. The delivery of this new vessel is scheduled for the second half of 2009, following its delivery it will join the Noordhoek fleet. This new, state-of-the-art vessel is, specifically designed for efficient diving operations in the harsh North Sea environment


Hornbeck Offshore to Acquire Superior Achiever

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. announced today that it has entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement with Superior Offshore International, Inc, a subsea construction and commercial diving services company, to acquire the Superior Achiever, a T-22 class DP-3 new generation multi-purpose support vessel and related owner-furnished equipment, currently under construction at Merwede Shipyard in Holland with an anticipated fourth quarter 2008 delivery


RBG Boosts Capabilities with Dive Intervention Craft

RBG’s new marine & subsea director, Roddy James, with the company’s bespoke dive intervention craft.

RBG, the leading provider of assess, inspect and repair (AIR) services to the global energy industry that was recently acquired by Stork Technical Services (STS), has enhanced its subsea service capability with the launch of two purpose-built dive intervention craft (IC).   The launch was announced by RBG’s new Marine & Subsea director, Roddy James, who joined the company in October 2011 from STS having previously served as global account director, oil & gas


Stork Technical Services Subsea Scoops New Contracts

Roddy James, Director of Stork Technical Services Subsea, with the company’s chartered Olympic Triton vessel.

Jobs and investment on the way as Stork Technical Services Subsea scoops new contracts Stork Technical Services Subsea, the subsea division of the leading global provider of knowledge-based asset integrity management services for the oil and gas, chemical and power sectors, today announces it will create 10 new positions and invest £2million in its vessel fleet after securing a raft of new contracts. The contract awards, which total more than £10 million


Technip Secures new subsea deal from trio

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  Technip was awarded a new framework agreement by Statoil, Exxon Mobil and Gassco for diving, subsea intervention and repair contingency services. Under the terms of this framework agreement, a replacement of an existing frame agreement held for eight years


USCG Search for Missing Diver in the Bahamas

Courtesy USCG

   Coast Guard search-and-rescue crews are searching for a man who went missing during a commercial shark diving venture in the vicinity of West End, Bahamas, Sunday night. Missing is John E. Petty, 63, hometown unknown. Coast Guard 7 District command center watchstanders were


Fugro Launches Seastar XP2

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Fugro Satellite Positioning released its Seastar XP2 PPP GNSS augmentation service on July 1, 2014, which provides increased redundancy for mission-critical offshore GNSS position and navigation applications. Like Fugro’s flagship Seastar G2 service, XP2 is an L1/L2, phase-based


Sunken WW II Ship Oil Leak Plugged

Photo courtesy of Atlantic Coast Marine Group

Atlantic Coast Marine Group, Inc. successfully responds to World War II era motor tanker leaking massive cargo of oil into the Atlantic Ocean's waters. Beaufort, North Carolina-based Atlantic Coast Marine Group, Inc. (ACMG), a marine salvage, emergency towing and environmental services provider


Atkins Gain Maersk Oil Engineering Contract

Mark Wood: Photo Atkins

Design, engineering and project management consultancy Atkins, says it has been awarded an engineering support contract covering three of Maersk Oil’s UK assets in the North Sea.   The Gryphon FPSO, Global Producer III FPSO and Janice FPU are planned for major offshore inspection


Port Launches Emergency Landing Craft

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Port of Long Beach officials welcomed a new addition to their small fleet of boats this week with the delivery of a refurbished and retrofitted landing craft that will strengthen their emergency recovery capabilities. Donated to the Port by the U.S


$1.3m in Gold Recovered from 1857 Shipwreck

A deep-ocean exploration company in Florida says it has recovered nearly 1,000 ounces of gold, worth $1.3 million at current gold prices, on a reconnaissance dive to an historic Atlantic Ocean shipwreck. The dive confirmed that the ship had not been disturbed since 1991 when another company


Divers Replace USS Taylor CPP Hub, Avoid Dry-Docking

USS Taylor: USN photo

The Controllable Pitch Propeller (CPP) Hub of the 'USS Taylor' (FFG 50) was replaced underwater in Souda Bay, Greece, the warship having earlier suffered significant damage to its propeller blades while underway in the Black Sea, apprises Norfolk Ship Support Activity (NSSA).


Cal Dive Shaves Loss in Q1 2014

Underwater operations: Image courtesy of Cal Dive

Houston's Cal Dive International, Inc. has  reported a first quarter 2014 loss of $13.1 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, on revenues of $119.1 million. This compares to a loss of $17.7 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, on revenues of $80.9 million for the first quarter 2013


Coast Guard Medevacs Diver 18 Miles Off Hatteras Inlet

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  The U.S.Coast Guard medevaced a 52-year-old man from a dive boat approximately 18 miles southeast of Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina, Sunday. The captain of the dive boat Under Pressure contacted Coast Guard North Carolina Command Center watchstanders via VHF-FM at approximately 3 p.m


OceanGate & Global Diving Sign Strategic Agreement

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OceanGate Inc., supplier of manned submersibles says it has made a strategic agreement with Global Diving & Salvage Inc., provider of marine construction & offshore support services in the United States, and an internationally recognized marine casualty responder.


Harkand Charters ROV Support Vessel in North Sea

Credit: David Dodds

Harkand  has extended its ROV support vessel fleet operations in the North Sea by signing a charter agreement for the Surf Ranger. The multipurpose ROV, survey and air diving vessel, owned by Go Offshore, will be deployed immediately on its first scope of work


Cal Dive Sells Off its GofM Surface Diving Fleet

Image courtesy of Cal Dive

Cal Dive International says it has sold its U.S. Gulf of Mexico shallow water surface diving fleet to a privately held company for cash of US$18.5-million and a 19.9% minority interest in the entity acquiring the assets. Cal Dive explains that the assets sold are comprised of eight surface


Unique Hydra Unveils the HYDRACraft Series

Hydracraft - Diagram shows mother vessel and FPSO with Diving Daughtercr....jpg

Unique   (UH), a division of the Unique Maritime Group (UMG), received its second order this year for its diving daughter craft system called the HYDRACraft. Unique Hydra has spent the past 12months engaging with clients to understand their diving daughter craft operational and equipment


Sunken Barge Near State Marine Reserve Removed

The Coast Guard says it has completed clean up and removal efforts of a barge that sank earlier near Point Conception State Marine Reserve, California. Around 12:15 p.m. on 8, June 2014 the Coast Guard received a distress call from the tugboat Calvin






 
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