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Smallest VSAT antenna and world’s first satellite messenger

Data Technology Solutions recently introduced the smallest VSAT antenna and SPOT, the world’s first satellite messenger.

The new mini-VSAT Broadband service uses sophisticated spread spectrum technology to provide vessels with data reception rates as fast as 2 Mbps and data transmission rates as fast as 512 Kbps via a 24” KVH-developed marine terminal. The first fully integrated maritime VSAT system works seamlessly by combining innovative and revolutionary technology, including rugged, fully stabilized antenna technology from KVH Industries, powerful KU-band satellite networks, and ViaSat’s ArcLight spread spectrum mobile broadband technology. The world’s first satellite messenger. SPOT is the only device of its kind, using the GPS satellite network to acquire its coordinates, and then sending its location – with a link to Google Maps – and a pre-programmed message via a commercial satellite network. SPOT can be used for commercial lone worker safety applications for those businesses with employees operating in remote areas outside the range of cellular and other wireless communications. It is also a valuable safety tool for any person who drives outside of cellular coverage or for emergency messaging when cellular or land-based communications may be damaged or unavailable. And because it uses 100 percent satellite technology, SPOT works around the world – even where cell phones don't.

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Trelleborg launches thermal insulation material portfolio to meet more demanding industry requirements

Trelleborg's Vikotherm II subsea insulation is applied onto a pipe by the extruding process
Trelleborg's Vikotherm II subsea insulation is applied onto a pipe by the extruding process

To cater for industry demands, Trelleborg’s offshore operation has consolidated its range of high performance thermal insulation materials, to house them all under one brand – Vikotherm. The company will present its newest portfolio at ONS, in Stavanger, Norway.

“As subsea environments become increasingly more demanding; going deeper and further than ever before, temperatures and hydrostatic pressure become much greater,” commented Oddvar Kopstad, Sales Manager with Trelleborg’s offshore operation. “As a result, the demand for more sophisticated products which can cope with these harsher environments is growing. And this is certainly the case with our thermal insulation materials; so we’ve taken the strategic decision to group all of our solutions together to allow for easier product selection and ensure that all customer needs can be met in one place.”

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Industry’s First Standard For Certifying Subsea Equipment And Components

The subsea industry is challenged by the high cost levels, complexity and low predictability of quality control requirements throughout the supply chain. DNV GL aims to help address these issues through the launch of a new ‘Standard for certification of subsea equipment and components’. The goal of the certification scheme is to help increase quality control and efficiency, in addition to facilitating projects being delivered as scheduled by shortening lead times.

Major efficiency issues in the subsea sector are the highly variable requirements by operators from field to field and that quality assurance processes are customised on a project-specific basis, which greatly affects cost levels. The DNV GL standard aims to help the interpretation of existing API and ISO standards and the certificate will provide operators with confidence that fabrication quality is being controlled and assured throughout the industry’s complex and distributed value chain.

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Laundry skid for offshore use

Offshore accommodation specialist, HB Rentals, a Superior Energy Services company, has introduced a new  6’ x 10’ laundry pavilion and skid to its offshore fleet, announced John Nagel, Director of Domestic Offshore Operations.

The steel skid comes with three stacked washer and dryer units, a sink, electricity, plumbing, vents, overhead lights and a fire extinguisher. Cognizant of space, the new steel skid takes up less deck space than the typical enclosed building and weighs significantly less, at around 5,500 lbs. The skid runs using 208 volts, three-phase electric power and a 100 amplifier hookup.

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Successful pipeline pressure isolation in offshore application

TDW Offshore Services AS (TDW) announced that it has successfully completed a series of pipeline pressure isolation operations offshore western Borneo in Malaysia for Sarawak Shell Berhad. The operations were carried out on the Jintan, B11 and F6 platforms in the South China Sea, as part of Sarawak Shell Berhad’s ongoing pipeline valves maintenance program.

Pipeline pressure safely isolated
The first of the three operations took place on the Jintan platform on a 24-inch gas export pipeline that extends from the JNDR-A platform to platform M1 off the West coast of Sarawak. TDW executed a double-block pressure isolation against 90 bar pipeline pressure so that Shell could safely replace a passing shut down valve (SDV). A 24-inch SmartPlug isolation tool was pigged using production gas approximately 30 meters into the pipeline and set at the vertical section of the riser. Throughout the entire operation the SmartPlug tool was remotely operated, monitored and tracked continuously by TDW with its SmartTrack technology. The SmartTrack system, which uses proprietary electromagnetic and Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) technology, provides the operational security required to safely isolate pipelines in a wide range of operating environments. After the topside section was safely depressurized, a spool section was replaced and a new flange welded to it to accommodate the new shutdown valve. TDW utilized a joint tester tool to verify the flange installation prior to Shell installing the replacement SDV. Overall, the affected section was isolated for a period of 13 days at a pressure of 90 bar while necessary testing and SDV installation took place.

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Oil, debris skimming boats

Elastec/American Marine (USA) has delivered two custom oil and debris skimming boats manufactured in Europe to a major client in Asia. The 10 m (32-foot) craft is capable of collecting, storing and transporting recovered oil and debris.


The boats were built after many months of consultation and are a development of an early skimming pontoon concept. The thoroughly updated design encompasses a number of important operational features that allow these boats to collect and transport floating garbage as well as skim and collect floating oil, should an accident happen.

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Turbine generator models to provide power for production unit

GE Oil & Gas will supply three customized aeroderivative gas turbine-generator modules to provide reliable electric power for a new Chevron floating production unit that will produce oil and gas from the Jack and St. Malo fields in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 280 miles south of New Orleans and at a water depth of approximately 7,000 feet.

GE will provide three LM2500+G4 gas turbine generator modules, each mounted on a three-point support base plate, designed with marine corrosion-resistant materials to overcome footprint restrictions and withstand pitch, roll and acceleration forces anticipated for a floating production unit operating in deep waters.

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Rugged, reliable offshore air compressors

Doosan Portable Power continues its tradition of rugged reliability with the introduction of a new line of air compressors for offshore applications. The lineup consists of three models — the HP375, XP375 and HP935.

All models include a standard galvanized offshore-rated crash frame, corrosion resistant components and reliable mechanical diesel engines. Centralized fluid drain ports and side-by-side coolers provide unparalleled serviceability for the compressors.

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Trelleborg launches new subsea vibration suppression system

Trelleborg Offshore has launched an innovative new vortex induced vibration (VIV) system.  The high performance T-Strake features a unique modular design enabling more efficient transportation and installation.

James Vultaggio, vice president engineered products, Trelleborg Offshore, commented: “Pipelines unsupported over free spans, such as steel catenary risers and rigid steel flowlines, are prone to VIV fatigue, which can cause serious performance issues such as pipe girth weld failure or premature pipe malfunction. To combat this, the T-Strake comprises overlapping and interlocking moldings, with three-start helical strakes to provide an effective triangular or trapezoidal strake profile.”

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3.5MW subsea electric motor tested successfully

Flowserve Corporation has announced the successful completion of full load performance testing of a 6.6 kV, 3.5 MW, high-torque subsea electric motor. This 4-pole motor is one of the world's largest oil-filled motors designed for subsea applications. The Flowserve facility in Hamburg, Germany, engineered and built the motor using the combined technology of the Flowserve Pleuger and Byron Jackson brand submersible designs. The high-power motor is designed to enable the oil and gas industry to produce ultra-deep subsea fields and is part of a larger technology advancement initiative to develop high-pressure multiphase boosting for subsea applications.

"The successful completion of the test brings higher driver power levels to the subsea market than were previously available," said Dr. Andreas Dreiss, director, advanced technology. "The motor also demonstrates the ability of Flowserve to develop new technologies that provide solutions to the most demanding challenges our customers face."

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Unique 'diving bird' technology highlighted for design innovation

Kongsberg Seatex's 'eBird' Seismic Streamer Control System has been nominated for the prestigious Honours Award for Deisgn Excellence by the Norwegian Design Council (NDC). Kongsberg Seatex, Kongsberg Maritime's specialist in position reference systems, and attitude determination, is one of four companies to be nominated, with the winner to be announced during the Norwegian Design Day on Wednesday 16th March, 2011.

With oil & gas exploration taking place in increasingly demanding environments, the offshore industry depends on new technology to overcome the challenges caused by working further from shore and in deeper waters. Kongsberg Seatex's eBird is one such piece of technology. It is a novel bird concept for lateral, vertical and roll streamer control in marine seismic acquisition that enables fault tolerant and efficient multi streamer steering by employing a wide range of innovative and patented technological solutions.

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