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"Canyon's ROV capabilities combined with the state- of-the-art Tyco Decisive provide the oil and gas industry an innovative and cost-effective alternative to traditional solutions at a time when resources are limited and prices are rising," stated Scott Sparks, vice president of

Trenching Services for Canyon Offshore.

The Tyco Decisive, one of six Reliance-class vessels in the Tyco Telecommunications fleet, is a versatile, 140-m vessel based in Baltimore. The vessel has an American

Bureau of Shipping dynamic positioning system 2 (DPS- 2) classification, enabling a variety of complex offshore operations anywhere in the world.

Caledonian MacBrayne Buy AC-ROV

AC-CESS sold an AC-ROV vehicle to Scottish West

Coast and Islands ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac). "It's the best underwater vehicle of this type

I've seen," said CalMac representative Mr John Solton. "We can now carry out on the spot prop and hull inspec- tions with the minimum of fuss and disruption. The AC-

ROV ticks all our inspection boxes: it fits in one case, is very rapid to deploy (under 3 minutes), it fly's sideways, is robust and simple to use." CalMac currently owns and operates a modern fleet of 31 vessels providing passenger, vehicle and shipping services to the islands off the West

Coast of Scotland and in the Clyde estuary. There are cur- rently 26 routes within the network. In 2004, more than 5 million passengers and over one million accompanied cars were carried on the company's services.

CARIS Call for Papers for Kuala

Lumpur in 2007

CARIS is inviting submissions for abstracts for paper presentations at CARIS 2007, 11th CARIS User Group

Conference and Educational Sessions, March 5 - 8 in

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Attendees attend CARIS conferences to explore the future of marine and hydrographic geomatics software.

CARIS 2007 organizers are seeking submissions that are applicable to one or more of the following topics:

Hydrographic Operations; Production System; Ports and

Waterways; Law of the Sea; and Geospatial Standards:


CARIS is offering free conference registration for those speakers selected. Abstract submission deadline is

November 15, 2006. Full details on the submission process are available online at

Statoil, Schlumberger Work to Extend

Life of O&G Fields

Statoil ASA and Schlumberger Information Solutions (SIS) entered into a three-year agreement to develop new production optimization technologies to extend the life of oil and gas fields, an agreement valued at $16m. "The goal of the project Production and Process

Optimization is to develop methodology, technology and

IT solutions that will enable us to have a set of consistent and updated models of the subsurface and topside facili- ties as a tool for improved reservoir and production man- agement," said Rolf H. Utseth, vice president of research and technology, Subsea Increased Oil Recovery, Statoil.

Rutter Names New Engineering and

Automation President

Rutter Inc. said that Glenn Willar, P. Eng. will become the new President of Rutter Engineering & Automation

Inc. "This decision follows a succession planning exercise that began some months ago when Mr. Gerry Germain informed us that he would retire this year," said Donald I.

Clarke, Chairman and CEO of Rutter Inc. Marine Technology Reporter 59

The NYS Thruway

Authority/Canal Corporation is seeking to retain a qualified

Naval Architecture/Engineering firm to provide design services for the design of a "Hopper

Configuration" Container

Transport Barge.

Interested firms should contact Peter Weisbecker at (518) 471-5375 for a more complete description of the requirements.

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