Septembers DP Digest

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October 8, 2009

Lets take a look at the Dynamic Positioning related news articles that made the headlines last month!

Afri-CanAfri-Can’s Diamond Drilling Vessel headed out for sea trials. Afri-Can is a Canadian company, actively involved in the acquisition, exploration and development of major mineral properties in Namibia. Afri-Can’s creative and scientific approach targets large marine diamond deposits in unexplored prospective territories.

Deepwater-HorizonTransocean’s Deepwater Horizon, a dynamically positioned deep water drill ship, drilled the deepest oil and gas well ever while working for BP and its co-owners on the Tiber well, in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.  Working with BP, the Transocean crews on the Deepwater Horizon drilled the well to 35,050 vertical depth and 35,055 feet measured depth (MD), or more than six miles, while operating in 4,130 feet of water.

OE-Logo-150x142The Offshore Europe Oil & Gas Conference & Exhibition took place in Aberdeen, Scotland. It was a record breaking event, drawing more than 49,000 attendees from the E&P industry – 20% more than the previous record-breaking 2007 conference and exhibition.  Take a look at the post show press release.

solstad-montage4-300x219MDL releases upgraded Fanbeam software. When working alongside a platform or in close quarters with another vessel one of the best Position Reference Systems available to use is the Fanbeam.  The new software, which has been tested in field trials after an 18-month development programme, is part of constant evaluation and monitoring of the system with users worldwide to ensure that Fanbeam constantly evolves ahead of competing technologies.

fugrogeminiFugro launched their new catamaran hulled survey vessel; the M/V Fugro Gemini. It has the ability to conduct a wide range of surveys like shallow and deepwater geophysical analogue and multi-channel seismic site survey, pipeline and cable route survey, swathe bathymetry survey and AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) survey, serving the oil and gas industry, the cable sector and government agency clients in South East Asia.

HallinHallin Marine has been awarded a subsea Inspection Repair and Maintenance (IRM) contract by Pertamina Hulu Energi ONWJ Ltd, the subsidiary of Indonesia’s state owned energy company. The contract will see Hallin’s flagship subsea operation vessel “SOV Ullswater” engaged in the Java Sea, Indonesia.

The 80 metre Ullswater, which is a multi-purpose subsea operations vessel complete with a Hallin inbuilt 15-man saturation diving system, self propelled hyperbaric lifeboat and Hallin designed and manufactured ROV, will be operating in dynamic positioning class 2 (DP2) mode for the duration of the contract.

MightyServantDockwise Mighty Servant 1 goes to the Gulf of Aden.  The Dockwise semi-submersible, heavy-marine transport vessel, Mighty Servant 1, was safely escorted by EUNAVFOR warships through the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) in the Gulf of Aden.  The Mighty Servant 1 is currently transporting the Gjøa Hull from Korea to Norway.

GSP-Prince-sea-trial-small-300x218GSP Prince undergoes sea trials. The vessel is outfitted and prepared for sub-sea duties such as ROV operations (pipeline/route survey), bottom mapping, sub-sea installation works, diving and intervention support & mother vessel for AUV/UUV operations.

logo_petrobras-300x188Petrobras gives go ahead to expand its drilling fleet. This will be part of the company’s previously announced strategy to develop the ultra deepwater subsalt areas of the Campos and Santos basins, and elsewhere in Brazil.

kongsbergKongsberg Maritime has completed an extensive upgrade of the research survey vessel M/V Franklin, owned by the Swedish marine survey company Marin Mätteknik AB (MMT). The upgrade will significantly prolong the vessel’s lifespan.  Click here for a closer look at the Franklin!

RollsRoyceLogo-300x201Rolls-Royce opened a new Marine service centre in Canada. Encompassing 25,000 square feet, the new Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine service center in Mount Pearl will provide state-of-the art repair and overhaul expertise for customers throughout the East Atlantic Provinces and the Canadian Great Lakes region. Rolls-Royce has invested in this location to support its expanding customer base and growing demand in the region.

vft-300x270Sperry wins contract to install Integrated Bridge Systems for Brazilian Offshore Supply Vessels. The scope of supply includes radars, autopilot, speed and heading sensors and other navigation systems. Sperry Marine’s sales and service representative in Brazil, Vision Marine Ltd, will be responsible for installation, commissioning and servicing the equipment on the vessels.


And finally, a spotlight on the worlds largest Pipe Lay vessel, the M/V Solitaire.

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