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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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Schlumberger Launches Industry-First Multiclient Wide-Azimuth Deepwater Seismic Survey in Mexican Waters, Gulf of Mexico

Broadband 3D wide-azimuth survey designed and modeled based on in-depth understanding of the geological structure of the Gulf of Mexico.
Broadband 3D wide-azimuth survey designed and modeled based on in-depth understanding of the geological structure of the Gulf of Mexico.

Schlumberger has expanded its Gulf of Mexico multiclient wide-azimuth seismic data portfolio by launching a new survey in the Campeche Basin. The acquisition of the industry’s first multiclient wide-azimuth survey offshore Mexico will cover 80,000 sq km using two fleets of WesternGeco vessels, including Amazon Class, the world’s first purpose-designed 3D seismic vessels.

“Building on our experience in the US Gulf of Mexico, we are focused on collaborating with customers to understand and prioritize the hydrocarbon potential in the Mexican waters of the Gulf,” said Maurice Nessim, president, WesternGeco. “We have begun acquisition of high-quality seismic images of the Campeche Basin, which when combined with advanced modeling and interpretation, will help our customers identify new exploration opportunities and minimize risk.”

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Offshore Technology Conference Attendance Remains Strong in 2015

Experts from the offshore energy industry around the world came together May 4 to 7 for the 2015 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) at NRG Park in Houston.

More than 94,700 attendees from 130 countries gathered at the annual conference, demonstrating OTC’s position as the leading forum to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for the safe, environmentally friendly and sustainable development of offshore oil and gas resources. It is the sixth largest attendance in the 47-year history of OTC.

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Gas and flame detectors meet offshore standards

General Monitors’ most popular advanced gas and flame detectors now meet the Marine Equipment Directive (MED) for Det Norske Veritas’ (DNV) Offshore Standards as well as DNVGL Type Approval.

The General Monitors gas and flame detectors that now carry the MED wheel mark include: the FL4000H Multi-Spectrum IR Flame Detector, the S4000CH Combustible Gas Detector, the IR400 Point IR Gas Detector and the IR4000S Single-Point Gas Monitor.

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Trelleborg Launches Mobile Production Unit for Flexible Coating Applications

Trelleborg’s offshore operation has launched its brand new Mobile Production Unit (MPU) – a portable coating facility that will enable onsite coating of thermal insulation, passive fire and corrosion protection, anywhere in the world.

The unit can be mobilized in a short time frame and sent straight to site to apply coatings such as Trelleborg’s thermal insulation – Vikotherm R2 and Firestop, a jetfire resistant material. This increases project flexibility and reduces the costs and lead times associated with transporting parts to a specialist coating facility.

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Rolls-Royce to Showcase Latest Oil & Gas Innovations at 2015 Offshore Technology Conference

The MTU Frac Pack integrates the MTU Series 4000 T95 diesel engine and the ZF 8 TX transmission.
The MTU Frac Pack integrates the MTU Series 4000 T95 diesel engine and the ZF 8 TX transmission.

Rolls-Royce will showcase its latest offshore power and propulsion solutions and MTU engine technologies designed for onshore oil and gas applications at the upcoming 2015 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), May 4 – 7. The exhibit, located at Booth #4163 at NRG Park in Houston, will feature the MTU Frac Pack and the MTU S83 Frac Bi-Fuel Kit in addition to a Rolls-Royce offshore winch simulator.

The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce.

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Olympic Bibby Officially Christened At Ceremony in Norway

On Thursday 9 April, the official naming ceremony took place for IRM (Inspection Repair and Maintenance) light construction vessel the Olympic Bibby, at the Kleven Shipyard, Norway.

The ceremony saw the vessel’s official Godmother Mrs Connie Brown, wife of recently appointed Chairman of Bibby Offshore Mike Brown, christening the NORSOK compliant, 4,500 tonne vessel in front of a crowd of 250.

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60 years of servicing offshore operations to be marked at OTC

McCrometer’s exhibit at OTC will feature a flow demonstration unit. This live demo will show how the V-Cone Flow Meter conditions flow unlike any other flow technology. Conditioning the flow in the pipe ensures accurate, reliable dP flow measurement in any environment.

With its unique differential pressure (dP) cone design, the versatile V-Cone Flow Meter and highly scalable Wafer- Cone Flow Meter provide superior flow measurement accuracy and repeatability regardless of space and weight constraints. McCrometer’s field-proven flow measurement solutions have met the demanding production environment of the oil and gas industry for more than three decades.

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Standalone Training Units Make Learning Easier In Offshore and Remote Locations

Since Dolphin Geophysical deployed the ConTrainer from Oilennium Ltd. on its global fleet of seismic vessels, the company has experienced a dramatic improvement in its ability to deliver quality, consistent Health, Safety and Technical training to its crews offshore. The ConTrainer, a standalone Learning Management System (LMS) that features comprehensive training content for the oil and gas industry on a small computer system, is the only one of its kind to offer eLearning modules offshore and in remote locations.

Developed by Oilennium, the ConTrainer was created in response to demand from oil and gas companies seeking to provide interactive learning for employees working in remote locations where access to the internet is intermittent.

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Range of subsea solution advances

At the Australasian Oil and Gas Exhibition in Perth, Australia, Trelleborg presented a number of advancements in its flowline protection solutions including its T-Strake, an innovative new vortex induced vibration (VIV) system as well as subsea flow control developments, including its entire line of high performance Vikotherm insulation materials.

“In increasingly rougher seas, pipelines unsupported over free spans are prone to VIV fatigue. This is a growing concern as VIV can lead to serious issues such as pipe girth weld failure or premature pipe malfunction. We designed our T-Strake flowline protection to suppress the effects of these vibrations on pipes to avoid damage and downtime,” said Trelleborg key account manager within offshore, Iain Green. “Similarly, our Vikotherm insulation range ensures superior joint strength, reduced thermal conductivity and increased heat capacity, as well as flexibility and resistance to hydrostatic collapse down to more than 3,000 metres. As environments offshore grow harsher and exploration is going deeper, the need for thermal insulation solutions to perform in these extreme environments becomes increasingly more important.”

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