Inspection News


Testing high-tech solutions for asset integrity

Apr 01, 2017

The impact of asset integrity is hard to quantify, but UK North Sea goals to tackle it, including using robots, are being made clear. Elaine Maslin reports. The P100 robot “snake arm” robot is due to be trialed in the North Sea this year…

Fighting fatigue

Apr 01, 2017

Intecsea’s Kirsten Oliver discusses a new flexible riser inspection tool created in partnership with UK-based Innospection. Figure 1: A typical flexible riser composition. Images from Intecsea…

ESEA Submarine takes on FET ROV

Feb 28, 2017

Forum Energy Technologies has delivered a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to new Norwegian firm ESEA Submarine for offshore work, including inspection, survey and salvage work. ESEA Submarine was established during 2016 by Georg Stranden…

Sky-Futures inks Eni inspection gig

Feb 16, 2017

Sky-Futures has been awarded a three-year contract to inspect Eni facilities globally. This global contract is the first of its kind between a drone-based technology business and an international oil and gas company and represents a significant shift in the oil and gas market…

BSEE inspects Hess' Stampede TLP

Feb 15, 2017

Hess Corp.’s Stampede tension leg platform moved one step closer to production Wednesday following completion of an initial pre-production inspection of its topsides by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) at the Kiewit shipyard in Ingleside…

4Subsea inks Statoil Snorre B contract

Feb 07, 2017

Norwegian riser analytics firm 4Subsea has won a contract for monitoring flexible risers for Statoil on the Snorre B facility in the Norwegian North Sea.  The project involves automated integrity monitor systems for six flexible risers the semisubmersible Snorre B platform…

Rovco secures funding for inspection tool

Dec 21, 2016

ROV services company Rovco has secured Innovate UK funding, which will enable the firm to carry out extensive research and development activity and perform a full feasibility study into the advancement of underwater 3D modelling technology…

Cyberhawk wins Dubai Petroleum framework deal

Dec 19, 2016

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspection and survey firm Cyberhawk Innovations has won a three-year framework with Dubai Petroleum for UAV inspections across all of its offshore assets. The agreement, which has the option to renew on a yearly basis for two years…

N-Sea, Strathclyde Uni collaborate on pipeline inspection

Dec 07, 2016

Subsea services firm N-Sea and the University of Strathclyde’s Institute of Sensors Signals and Communications at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering have secured funding from the Data Lab Innovation Centre for a research project to automate subsea pipeline inspection…

Shell uses James Fisher's platform-based ROV system

Nov 09, 2016

James Fisher Subsea (JF Subsea), a division of James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS), has reduced inspection downtime to 2% for Shell UK, through use of asset-based remotely operated vehicles (ABROVs) on oil platform inspection programs in the North Sea…

Bibby completes Shell contract, wins a second

Nov 09, 2016

Subsea services firm Bibby Offshore has completed one contract and has started a second for Shell on the major's Corrib gas field, offshore Ireland. The first contract, completed in June , saw Bibby Offshore’s construction support vessel…

Sky-Futures, Flyability launch Expanse-Elios package

Oct 31, 2016

Sky-Futures and Flyability have partnered up to bring to market a fully integrated solution for drone-based industrial inspection. The Flyability Elios is the collision-tolerant drone allowing access to complex and confined spaces where manned entry is not possible or desirable…

Mermaid inks Indonesia, Malaysia work

Sep 09, 2016

Thailand's Mermaid Maritime has won two contracts worth some US$5.1 million in Southeast Asia. The company said the first contract, scheduled to begin in Q1 2017, is with an international upstream company for installation works in the Natuna Sea…

Tech transformation in survey market

Sep 05, 2016

Offshore surveys are a necessary precursor for both oil and gas (O&G) and renewable energy installations on the seafloor. Particularly for new projects in remote regions, surveys (oceanographic, geotechnical, geophysical etc.) are critical for successful project design and implementation…

US drone market ready for take off

Aug 25, 2016

Previously in the US, those looking to use drones for commercial operations have been hindered by highly restrictive regulations and slow moving progress, which has ultimately stunted the growth of the region’s drone sector when compared with many other areas of the world…

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