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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

Photo courtesy Foster Marketing Communications

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


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 10

USS Thresher (Naval Historical Center photo)

Today in U.S. Naval History - April 10 1941 - USS Niblack, while rescuing survivors of torpedoed ship, depth charged German submarine; first action of WW II between U.S. and German navies 1963 - During diving tests, USS Thresher lost with all hands (112 crew and 17 civilians) east of Cape Cod


Least Known Navy Activity? Underwater Shipwreck Archeology

Naval Archeologist: Photo USN

Robert S. Neyland, Ph.D., director of the Underwater Archeology Branch (UAB) of the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) in Washington, D.C., manages the people who protect more than 17,000 ship and aircraft wrecks around the world.


Offshore Service Vessels Design Innovation

PSV World Sapphire from Damen (Photo courtesy Damen)

It could be argued that no other sector of the maritime market has experienced a design innovation revolution quite like the Offshore Service Vessel (OSV) market. Driven by demands to supply people, gear and goods to offshore installations that are increasingly further from shore in deeper waters


Stranded Virginia Beach Bulker Salvage Plan Set

Stranded Bulk Carrier: Photo USCG

The Coast Guard advises it is in the final stages of reviewing a salvage plan that is scheduled to begin Friday morning to move the 751-foot bulk carrier, 'Ornak', aground near First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, Va. “Moving a vessel of this size off the beach is a complicated and


Sunken Car Carrier to be Salvaged by Boskalis Partnership

Baltic Ace: Photo Wiki CCL

Boskalis inform that the Dutch Department of Public Works intends to award the contract for the salvage of the wreck of the car carrier 'Baltic Ace' to Boskalis and its partner Mammoet Salvage. Boskalis explain that the wreck and its cargo need to be removed because they pose a threat to the


Boskalis Expects Baltic Ace Salvage Contract

Image courtesy Boskalis

The Dutch Department of Public Works intends to award the contract for the salvage of the wreck of the car carrier Baltic Ace to Boskalis and its partner Mammoet Salvage, Boskalis announced in a press release late last week. The wreck and its cargo need to be removed because they pose a threat


Cal Dive Cuts Losses In Q4 2013

Image courtesy of Cal Dive

Houston-based Cal Dive International, Inc. generated a loss for the fourth quarter 2013 of $0.5 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, which compared with a loss in the fourth quarter of the previous year of $19.1 million, or $0.21 per diluted share.


New North Sea CNR Contract Requires Second Harkand Vessel

Harkand Da Vinci: Photo courtesy of the owners

Subsea inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) group Harkand says it is to position a second dive support vessel in the burgeoning North Sea sector after securing a major contract with CNR International (CNRI). The contract will see Harkand deliver jacket life extension works


Babcock Completes DSV Refit for Bibby

Bibby Polaris at Rosyth (Photo: Babcock)

Babcock has completed a contract to undertake a substantial refit on Bibby Offshore’s dive support vessel (DSV), Polaris, at its Rosyth dockyard. The project was Bibby’s largest ever refit package and underlines Babcock’s move to expand its role in the maintenance and refitting


Interview: Devon Grennan CEO, Global Diving & Salvage

Devon Grennan  CEO, Global Diving & Salvage

Devon Grennan joined Global Diving & Salvage in 1995 and has served many roles. When company founders Tim Beaver and John Graham stepped down from direct operational involvement, Grennan was named CEO. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News caught up with Grennan for his insight into his


DOF Subsea, Seaway Extend Contract

The Oleg Strashnov at work in the North Sea

DOF Subsea, provider of integrated subsea solutions, has been awarded a Master Service Agreement (MSA) extension with Seaway Heavy Lifting for the provision of positioning services onboard its Stanislav Yudin and Oleg Strashnov crane vessels.


Harkand Names Brown to Gulf of Mexico Management Team

Photo: Harkand

Global inspection, repair, maintenance (IRM) and light construction company Harkand informs it has made a key appointment by securing Mike Brown as general manager of diving services in North America. A U.S. Navy veteran, Brown has considerable experience of commercial diving in the offshore


Walker Wreck Added to Historic Places Register

An 1852 painting of the Robert J. Walker by W.A. K. Martin. Courtesy of The Mariners Museum

NOAA announced that the wreck of the ship USCS Robert J. Walker, a steamer that served in the U.S. Coast Survey, a predecessor agency of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Walker served as survey ship


Nakilat Venture Gets Qatar Military Ship Order

Qatar Gas Transport Co (Nakilat) said on Tuesday that a joint venture between it and Dutch shipbuilder Damen had won orders worth 3.1 billion riyals ($850 million) to build seven vessels for the Qatari armed forces. The vessels to be built by Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar comprise six


JFMS Buys First Supacat Multi-Purpose Vessel 24

    James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) and Supacat today announce the purchase of a Multi-purpose Vessel 24 (SMV 24). The investment in the SMV24 vessel marks JFMS’s continued commitment to provide innovative solutions to clients that require high assurance when operating in the


 
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