Oil & Gas

Maritime Developments puts kit saved from Ceona to use


A north-east back deck systems maker has deployed a piece of rental kit it rescued from Ceona Offshore, which went bust late last year. Maritime Developments initially delivered the 400-tonne reel drive system to Ceona in mid-2014, but agreed to buy it back from administrators at an auction after the stricken subsea engineering contractor folded. Maritime, which has bases in Aberdeen, Peterhead and the US, wrapped up the deal in March before swiftly putting the system to work on its first ever mission, installing risers and umbilicals in the UK continental shelf.

Oil & Gas

At least 20 Aberdeen jobs at risk at DOF Subsea UK


An Aberdeen-based subsidiary of energy service firm DOF Group is in consultation with north-east workers over plans to shed at least another 20 jobs. The move is part of a drive to cut costs in light of “current and future conditions in the marketplace”, DOF Subsea UK managing director Robert Gillespie said yesterday. DOF is one of a number of vessel owner-operators to have been hit by the oil and gas industry downturn as operators scale back on exploration activity. Earlier this month, Harkand went bust, with the loss of 171 jobs, while Ceona hit the wall in September, eliminating 102 positions.

Other News

Ceona chairman to stand down


The chairman of Ceona’s board has stepped down with immediate effect due to ill-health. The SURF contractor said John Smith had played a pivotal role in overseeing the growth of Ceona since its inception three years ago. Smith has worked in the oil and gas industry for more than 30 years and helped lead the process which formed Subsea 7.

Training & Technology

Ceona’s flagship vessel christened

SURF contractor Ceona has christened its flagship deepwater field vessels after successful sea trials. Ship building specialist Lloyd Werft delivered the Ceona Amazon to Bremerhaven, where it was christened. The device was built to perform in multiple pipelay and operational modes and features large storage capacity and heavy subsea construction.