Company Updates

NautronixThrough water communication and positioning technology company, Nautronix, is pleased to announce a new appointment within the sales team.

Experienced Business Development Manager, Thomas McCudden has been appointed as the company's Global Sales Manager for NASNet® and will be responsible for developing awareness and worldwide sales of NASNet® positioning technology.

Prior to joining Nautronix, Thomas gained a wealth of experience within the Oil and Gas, Telecommunications and Finance industries through previous positions at IET, FreeAgent, BT and latterly Coda Octopus.

Donald Thomson VP Sales, Global Commercial Acoustics who has been with the company for a number of months, will continue to be responsible for sales in the global marketplace for Nautronix' product lines; NASCoM, NASDrill and NASDive.

Mark Patterson, CEO, comments, "Thomas brings over 15 years of experience with him to Nautronix and his experience is exactly what we need to increase our sales efforts for NASNet®. By focussing the efforts of Thomas and Donald on the opportunities we have for our product lines, it will enable us to continue to grow and develop the business further."

BibbyBibby Offshore, a leading provider of subsea installation, inspection, repair and maintenance services to the offshore oil and gas industry, is pleased to announce its continued international expansion with the opening of an office in Stavanger, Norway. The Norwegian office for Bibby Offshore will be headed by Arne Lier.

Bibby Offshore has a leading subsea services position in the UK North Sea and the opening of the office in Norway further increases the company's growing international presence.

The company is currently participating in a number of tenders in the Norwegian Continental Shelf and is focusing on expanding its existing services to offshore operators in the region, benefiting from the depth of relationship that Bibby Offshore already has with the UKCS divisions of many operators.

Arne Lier, who joins the Company on 1 September 2014, is leading the recruitment of further key positions for the Norway office to increase the total headcount to approximately 30 during 2015.

Howard Woodcock, Chief Executive of Bibby Offshore, commented: "The opening of an office in Norway is in recognition of the size and opportunity of the offshore market in the North Sea and specifically in the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Norway is a very important marketplace for us to operate in as the Company looks to grow and expand our international presence."

Arne Lier, Managing Director of Bibby Offshore AS, commented: "The opportunity to lead Bibby Offshore into the Norwegian subsea market is one that excites me. The company has an outstanding track record in managing inspection, repair and maintenance and construction projects and I look forward to bringing much needed, alternative solutions and additional subsea capacity to the operators in Norway. We will aim to grow our capacity and presence in Norway by delivering the same outstanding service for clients that is currently provided in the UKCS, Asia and the Gulf of Mexico."

Arne Lier has extensive oil and gas experience from an international career focused on offshore inspection, repair and maintenance ("IRM"), construction and marine operations, including the role of Senior Subsea Engineer for Statoil early in his career. More recently, Arne has held several executive roles including Chief Executive Officer of Norfield AS and Managing Director of Gulfmark Norge AS. He is currently a non-executive director of Simon Møkster Shipping and has previously been a non-executive director for AGR Group. Arne is a civil engineer, QHSE qualified and a former saturation diver. He has an MBA from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland.

mcd logoMcDermott International, Inc. (NYSE:MDR) ("McDermott") has announced that Stuart Spence has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer following the departure of Perry L. Elders, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective August 23, 2014. Mr. Elders will be pursuing other opportunities.

Mr. Spence, age 45, has approximately 19 years of combined financial and operational management experience with companies in oilfield products and services and engineering and construction businesses. Immediately prior to joining McDermott, Mr. Spence served as Vice President, Artificial Lift for Halliburton Company, where he had overall strategic and operational responsibility for Halliburton's artificial lift product and service line. Previously, he served as Senior Director, Strategy and Marketing for Halliburton's Completion and Production Division. Mr. Spence joined Halliburton following Halliburton's acquisition of Global Oilfield Services Inc. in November 2011. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Global Oilfield Services from 2008 to 2011 and as Executive Vice President, Strategy, in 2011 in connection with the sale to Halliburton. His prior experience also includes positions of increasing financial and management responsibility at: Green Rock Energy, LLC; and Vetco International Ltd. (holding company for Aibel Ltd., an oilfield facilities maintenance and construction company, and Vetco Gray, Inc., a subsea production and drilling equipment company). In his role as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Spence will be McDermott's principal financial and accounting officer.
Mr. Spence stated: "I am joining McDermott at both a challenging and exciting time, and I am looking forward to working closely with a management team dedicated to returning McDermott to sustainable, profitable growth and focused on shareholder returns."

Mr. Elders stated: "With the successful completion of the refinancing and new financing transactions in the second quarter of this year and the other positive steps we have taken to direct the turnaround of McDermott's operations, I feel the time is right for me to transition to other opportunities and challenges. I wish the McDermott management team the best in their continuing efforts."

David Dickson, President and Chief Executive Officer of McDermott, stated, "The Company is grateful for Perry's contributions to McDermott over the past four years and his leadership role in the Company's transition following the spin-off of The Babcock & Wilcox Company to our shareholders in 2010 and our recently completed refinancing and new financing arrangements. We wish him well in his future endeavors. Stuart brings a new perspective to McDermott, with not only a demonstrable track record of operational-results focus and financial discipline, but also in the area of strategic planning. As McDermott continues its focus on returning to profitability, Stuart's skill set and leadership will be instrumental in shaping our near-term results and future strategy. I am looking forward to working closely with him."

Online well control course to be offered free-of-charge by IWCF

Picture4LODDON, Suffolk, England – 18 August 2014 – Oilennium™ Ltd., a Petrofac Training Services (PTS) company that provides eLearning training services to the oil and gas industry, has been retained by the International Well Control Forum (IWCF) to produce a new eLearning course to explain the life cycle of a well, with primary emphasis on well control.

The IWCF, which sets international training standards for well control, commissioned Oilennium to create the user-friendly course which will offer an engaging and informative overview of this topic.

The course is being designed to raise awareness of well control amongst those working in the global oil and gas industry, and those considering a career in the sector. IWCF plans to make it available free-of-charge on its website as part of this drive.

The online offering is the latest initiative in IWCF’s ongoing campaign to increase understanding of what triggers a well control incident, the impact and how such incidents can be prevented. It is based on specific recommendations made by the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP) in the wake of the Macondo tragedy.

Kevin Keable, Managing Director of Oilennium, stated, “Given that the course will be made available worldwide by IWCF at no cost and will play a key role in helping IWCF to improve safety globally, it must provide a highly compelling and effective learning experience. In view of this, we are extremely pleased to have been given the opportunity to work with IWCF on this project. It demonstrates the confidence that they have in us to produce a course that will not only educate participants about the life cycle, but drive home the importance of proper well control and how critical it is, not only to the well-being of oil and gas workers, but to all life in the surrounding environment.”

Utilising colourful 3D animation technology, voice-overs and striking visual images, the fully interactive course will open with an explanation as to how reservoirs are formed, which leads to an overview of the well life cycle, from drilling to interventions. It also sheds light on potential hazards, methods of prevention and how kicks and blowouts are addressed by drawing upon actual incidents, such as Macondo and others. Upon completion of the course, the user will have a solid knowledge of the well life cycle, and basic well control.

The new Well Control eLearning course is scheduled for completion in Q4 2014.

Halliburton logo.svg Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) announces that it has reached an agreement to settle a substantial majority of the plaintiffs' class claims asserted against the company as a result of the April 20, 2010 Macondo well incident in the Gulf of Mexico. The approximately $1.1 billion settlement, which includes legal fees, is subject to approval by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and will be paid into a trust until all appeals have been resolved in three installments over the next two years. The company's previously accrued loss contingency provision relating to the multi-district litigation proceedings is currently $1.3 billion.

The agreement includes the following:

• Claims against Halliburton that BP assigned to the settlement class in BP's April 2012 settlement,
• Punitive damages claims against Halliburton by a class of plaintiffs who allege damages to property or associated with the commercial fishing industry arising from the Deepwater Horizon Incident, and
• Affirmation that Halliburton has no liability for compensatory damages to the members of the settlement class in the BP April 2012 settlement.

Payments will be held in the trust, pending the finalization of this settlement which is contingent on final Court approval, including any appeals of:

• The BP 2012 settlement with the settlement class,
• The District Court's earlier determination that the contractual indemnity provided by BP to Halliburton is valid and enforceable, and
• The District Court's earlier dismissal of economic damage claims against Halliburton.

Additionally, the settlement is subject to an agreed-upon level of participation by the current claimants which, if not achieved, allows Halliburton to terminate the agreement.

osi logoOcean Specialists, Inc (OSI) announces the addition of Anne LeBoutillier as Director of Global Marketing and Business Development for the firm. Anne is a business expansion professional with extensive strategic marketing and lead generation expertise and broad experience in subsea cable solutions across both telecommunications and oil & gas industries.

Anne joins OSI following her most recent assignment directing marketing and lead generation initiatives for Global Marine Systems, where she helped the company to establish and improve global recognition for their subsea cable installation capabilities in the oil and gas sector. In the commercial telecom sector, she was previously Asia Pacific Director of Business Development for Tyco Submarine Systems (now TE Subcom) and held management positions in business development, strategic marketing and product management with AT&T Submarine Systems. Anne also directed the Asia Pacific regional office for T Soja & Associates, a company that merged with OSI in 2008.

"Anne's extensive success in marketing and business development, coupled with over 20 years' experience in subsea cables for the telecommunications and oil and gas industries make her an excellent addition to the OSI team," stated Jim Byous, President of OSI.

OSI provides subsea network project development, project management and full project delivery to customers in telecommunications, oil & gas and energy industries, and to governments around the world. OSI's project development delivery includes a broad range of services, including network demand analyses, feasibility studies, business opportunity modelling, network design, procurement and construction management and full-service subsea network development and implementation.

bristowBristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, announced today that it has appointed Chet Akiri to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Development, New Ventures and Strategy Officer. As of September 2, 2014, Mr. Akiri will lead the company's corporate development efforts, including new business incubation, venture investing activities, identification of merger and acquisition opportunities, potential government and joint venture development streams and long-term corporate level strategy, financial planning and analysis. 

Bristow Group's President and CEO Jonathan Baliff stated, "Chet has extensive experience in senior management roles in successful global businesses. He has helped them enhance their customer focus, expand their operations, and achieve significant financial growth. He led strategic planning and M&A activities, introduced new products and services, and built high performance teams. He has a track record of strong leadership, innovative thinking and proven experience transforming businesses in highly complex environments in close coordination with government authorities. We are delighted to have him join our senior management team to focus on our strategic business plan for external growth in alignment with our core values."

Mr. Akiri comes to Bristow Group from General Electric (GE), which he joined in 2001 and most recently served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Global Nuclear Fuels America in Wilmington, North Carolina. Before becoming COO in 2013, he served as Vice President and General Manager of GE Hitachi Parts Services, where he was accountable for sales and margin growth, portfolio management and investment, product and service solutions, operations, manufacturing and supply chain, and regulatory compliance. Before joining the nuclear business in 2010, Chet served in senior management roles in GE Aviation, Consumer and Industrial, Industrial Solutions and in Global Business Development at GE's corporate headquarters.

Prior to this time, he held vice president and senior vice president roles in several entrepreneurial ventures, served as an associate in Corporate Finance with Goldman Sachs & Co., and was a management consultant with Corporate Decisions, which was acquired by Mercer Management Consulting. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Brown University and his Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Picture3MacArtney is pleased to announce the opening of a dedicated slip ring service facility in Singapore.

Operating out of a new and purpose designed in-house workshop equipped with the latest tools and equipment, the new service facility is capable of performing complete refurbishment, repair and maintenance of all standard Moog Focal slip ring models.

Trained technicians and state of the art equipment
All jobs at the MacArtney Singapore slip ring service facility are executed by fully trained and experienced technicians supported by the latest technology - including inductive soldering machinery and advanced test equipment. Whether performing basic slip ring maintenance or a complete system overhaul, MacArtney technicians work to ensure that official manufacturer procedures and instructions are meticulously followed.

One stop slip ring service for the Asia Pacific region
During its mere few weeks in operation, the MacArtney Singapore slip ring service facility has experienced a terrific amount of interest in the services offered, and numerous orders for complete slip ring refurbishment are already being processed.

While these initial orders originate from Singapore based Moog Focal slip ring users within subsea, survey, ROV and seismic sectors, the new facility is expected to serve as a one stop slip ring service hub for the entire Asia Pacific region. "This way, the new facility will provide local and regional slip ring users with short lead time system service without the constraints of time zone differences and complex logistics - and at the end of the day, this will mean less system downtime" says MacArtney Singapore managing Director, Steen Frejo and continues: "We have high expectations for the new facility which we will continuously expand alongside our Asia Pacific operations in general."

Global slip ring expertise
While the new MacArtney slip ring service facility is certainly among the first of its kind in the Asia Pacific region, MacArtney holds extensive experience, expertise and a profound track record as a Moog Focal slip ring service provider with dedicated workshops already in place at MacArtney Group operations in Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom, USA, France and the Netherlands.

wild-well-controlWild Well Control, Inc., a Superior Energy Services company and a global leader in firefighting and well control, will hold an event to unveil its new subsea capping stack which is available for response to a global deepwater well control incident. The unveiling will be followed by an informational session on the new capping stack to be staged in Singapore, and its predecessor, located Aberdeen.

The event will include presentations, one-on-one interview opportunities and a cocktail hour.

EVENT: Wild Well's capping stack presentations

DATE: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

TIME: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

LOCATION: Sheraton Galleria
2400 West Loop South, Houston, TX 77027

INTERVIEWS: The following Wild Well executives will be available for interviews:

Freddy Gebhardt, president
Joe Dean Thompson, senior vice president
Martial Burguieres, vice president marine well services
John Wright, global relief well advisor


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EUTEX International, Houston's leading provider of IEC cables and electrical products, has officially announced its expansion of services with the introduction of EUTEX Connect, in connection with Abtech / A.B. Controls, manufacturer of full line enclosures. The agreement has been formulated for the North American and Gulf of Mexico markets.

"We are proud to expand our turn-key offerings to include this new service to cut lead times by up to 80%,
which has been customer driven"

The complete EUTEX Connect program offers full service, turn-key assembly solutions which include cable and gland termination, custom cable assemblies and the drilling, tapping and component population of ATEX and IEC Ex approved boxes and enclosures.

"We are proud to expand our turn-key offerings to include this new service to cut lead times by up to 80%, which has been customer driven," says EUTEX Vice-President, Nick Mair. "This new service expands our offerings from our head-quarter facility in Houston, which includes full line electrical products, the Hazardous Area Training Institute, Inspection Center and Certification Services. For more than 16 years we have been committed to meeting and exceeding client demand and EUTEX Connect continues to address what our clients expect from us."

EUTEX leads the industry as an internationally certified cable and hazardous area product provider, and this agreement for North America will ensure faster on-time delivery and larger stock holdings to meet demand.

"EUTEX has a strong market presence and successful track record, and with this 'Connect' relationship, we are structurally expanding our manufacturing presence in the USA. This 'connection' gives us a chance to broaden our reputable distribution network while continuing to focus on manufacturing," says Ian Wilson of A.B. Controls.

Paul Hopkins2H Offshore, an Acteon company, has appointed Paul Hopkins as principal engineer, to develop 2H Offshore's growing client base in Norway.

Hopkins worked for 2H Offshore from 2001 - 2006 on a diverse range of riser projects, including Exxon's Kizomba A and B developments and BP's Shah Deniz project. Hopkins then worked for two subsea engineering contractors, developing experience in concept selection and detailed design, with a strong focus on risers, subsea pipelines and structures.

Alex Rimmer, director of 2H Offshore's London office, said, "Paul is a strong addition to the 2H team, with a wealth of offshore experience and problem solving skills. He will take primary responsibility for 2H's clients in Norway to further strengthen our presence and our client support capabilities in the region. Additionally, Paul will use his extensive technical expertise to support the UK engineering team in executing exciting and technically challenging riser and conductor engineering projects, which were recently awarded to 2H in Norway and beyond."

Hopkins commented, "I am delighted to return to 2H, and I look forward to the many opportunities ahead to further grow 2H Offshore's business in Norway."

Picture2Reflex Marine continues to expand its extensive global network of Accredited Service Centres with its latest addition, Fano Kran-Service A/S (Fano Kran) located in Denmark.

Reflex Marine is the global leader in safe marine transfer solutions to the offshore, marine and renewable industries and has largely specialised in crane transfer and offshore access with its two key products, FROG and TORO, driving forward improved safety standards. The company has set new standards and expectations for these industries, changing the perspective of crew transfer from being seen as inherently high-risk, to being accepted as a manageable activity that can be performed safely and cost effectively. This ensures continuity in offshore operations, either in day-to-day transfers or as a contingency arrangement.

Reflex Marine’s global operations continue to grow with the company experiencing increasing demand for its crane transfer devices. The company now has a network of six Accredited Service Centres operating globally in Europe, Asia, North America, the Middle East and Australia, enabling Reflex Marine to provide high-quality expertise and first-class operational support to its clients worldwide.

Fano Kran’s core business is the service and maintenance of offshore cranes which positions the company perfectly to offer operators comprehensive support for Reflex Marine’s crane transfer devices.

Reflex Marine’s sales manager for Europe, Charlie House, said: “Having an Accredited Service Centre in Denmark allows for a strategically placed Reflex Marine representative to service customers based in that region as well as the rest of continental Europe. High levels of knowledge coupled with quality of service have led Fano Kran to become well established within the industry and frequently used by major operators.

“Reflex Marine is excited to build on this relationship and to work closely with Fano Kran in order to introduce our brand new product range, the FROG-XT to the region.”

Henrik Andersen, service coordinator at Fano Kran, said: “Our impression is that Reflex Marine products are state of the art with regards to personnel transfer using cranes in an offshore environment. The high level of quality and dedication to safety embedded in the product, matches our company approach and the clients we serve in Denmark and Europe in general.”

Fano Kran not only hold a stock of Reflex Marine crane transfer devices, accessories and spare parts but also has fully trained services technicians in place to both inspect and maintain Reflex Marine products.

If you are interested in finding out more about Reflex Marine’s crane transfer devices please visit

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ApplusRTDApplus RTD, the global leader in the provision of integrity technology services, will open up a base in Straume, Bergen following the demand for its non-destructive testing (NDT) services in the region.

The new office and test facility, which will be operational in October this year, will serve the local market both onshore and offshore. It will provide in-house and on-site NDT, metallurgic field work and a range of inspection services including rig, paint, derrick and hull inspection.

The new base will staff up to 24 employees, as Applus RTD plans to recruit locally.

Eirik Bjorheim, Applus RTD Norway manager said: "It was an obvious step for us to create a strategic growth plan for Norway in order to meet the demand for our services and underline our commitment to the Norwegian energy sector. With the Bergen office due to open in the next few months, we will now be able to provide on-site support for our existing client base.

"The organic growth of the company will continue throughout next year as we also plan to open up a base in Hammerfest in February, followed by our head quarters in Stavanger next summer. The new head quarters will include a test facility and offshore department to support our operations in the Norwegian North Sea.

"Applus RTD's goal is to be the largest inspection company in Norway by 2017, with around 400 employees in total."

To date, the company has been involved in a number of Norwegian offshore projects, including the execution of vital NDT work at the Vigra Spoolbase with its radiographic pipeline inspection technology, the RTD Rayscan.

Applus RTD is currently developing a number of revolutionary technologies, including its RTD Rayscan, to drive improved reliability and efficiency throughout the testing process.

DanoslogoDanos, a family owned oil and gas service company, announced plans to expand its fabrication capabilities, by opening a 120,000 square-foot fabrication facility in Amelia, La. The new facility, set to begin operations in October 2014, sits on about 45 acres of waterfront property and will create employment opportunities for about 150 workers.

"The demand for our services is growing rapidly, and the size, location and condition of the Amelia facility allows us to better meet the needs of our customers," Eric Danos, executive vice president, said. "The fabrication facility is about four times the size of our current facility, and its strategic location on Bayou Boeuf provides direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, allowing Danos to go from producing truckable projects of 40 tons or less, to projects of 500 tons or greater."

The company's current fabrication shop, a 14,000 square-foot, 50 employee operation located in Larose, La., will remain open in order to continue offering rapid response to clients in the Fourchon area, as well as handling piping and smaller structural projects – a service Danos has successfully provided for more than 40 years.

In addition to taking on overflow work from the Larose shop, the Amelia facility will allow Danos to take on larger, multi-phase projects, including: fabrication, non-destructive testing, coatings, instrumentation and electrical and integrated project support services.

"We will need to hire a team of qualified, results-driven employees to work at the Amelia facility," Danos said. "Initially, we have 50 positions to fill, and we plan to hire an additional 100 employees over the first 12-18 months of operation. It's exciting to be able to provide great job opportunities for the region."

Wayne-StennesWild Well Control, Inc., announces the hiring of Wayne Stennes(left) and Christian Haustead (right) to Christian-Hausteadfurther increase the company's service offerings and presence in the Asia Pacific region. Stennes and Haustead, formerly with Impact Response Group, have been named managing director and area manager, respectively. They will be based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at the Wild Well regional office.

In addition to enhancing emergency well control operations, Stennes and Haustead will be assisting development of the market for non-emergency well control engineering services. These services include emergency response planning, risk analysis, gap analysis, relief well planning and modeling, well kill modeling, well integrity assessments, emergency well control drills/exercises and other risk management and engineering services to support well control.

"The addition of Wayne Stennes and Christian Haustead will greatly enhance Wild Well's response and engineering capabilities for our clients throughout the Asia Pacific region," said Freddy Gebhardt, president of Wild Well Control. "Wayne and Christian both bring a wealth of knowledge regarding the emergency response processes required when dealing with emergency well control incidents. Their experience in this field will provide our clients with the most comprehensive and heightened level of response to a well control emergency, onshore and offshore."

As the world's leading provider of emergency well control response and well control engineering services, Wild Well is dedicated to strengthening its well control response and engineering capabilities globally.

Stennes said, "This strategic move by Wild Well to expand into the region will enable us to provide first response capabilities as well as emergency preparedness and emergency response support services for the industry here in Asia Pacific. Both Christian and I are very excited to be part of the Wild Well team."

Stennes will serve as a first responder to all well control emergencies in the region while receiving support from Wild Well's Houston office.

Hoover Container SolutionsHoover Container SEA SDN BHS, a subsidiary of Hoover Group, Inc., has opened a new regional distribution center in Port Klang, Selangor, Malaysia, and relocated its Southeast Asia (SEA) office to Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

The new regional distribution center was opened to support customers in key markets such as Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and China. This facility provides chemical tanks and cargo carrying units (CCU’s). Hoover has reduced its delivery time by an average of four weeks due to its close proximity to Port Klang, the largest port in Malaysia with trade connections to more than 210 countries and 500 international ports.

Previously located in Kuala Lumpur, Hoover’s new office in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, provides more room for operational growth. The floorplan is comprised of individual offices and an open-concept work space. Its new location still allows for easy access to the capital city as well as access to the Port, where Hoover’s yard is located.

“We are pleased to open a new regional distribution center in Port Klang as we seek to continually provide efficient and convenient support our Southeast Asia customers,” said Arash Hassanian, VP international sales. “This new facility, coupled with the new location of our Southeast Asia office, will allow our team to continue offering industry-leading containers and support to global clients while meeting international regulatory standards and providing cost-effective and customized solutions.”

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