All articles by Gary Peters

Gary Peters

Grounded in reality: inside the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter investigation

Helicopter safety is in the spotlight again after Sikorsky recalled all S-92 aircraft worldwide for safety checks following an incident on the West Franklin platform in the North Sea in December. What can be learnt from the subsequent AAIB investigation?

The Scottish agency seeking to unlock Myanmar’s oil and gas

Elly Earls meets Paul Lewis, managing director of Scottish Development International, which led a recent delegation to Myanmar to discuss the process of building relationships in an emerging oil and gas market.

Should the Airbus 225 Super Puma be grounded for good?

Following a fatal crash in Norway, families of offshore personnel killed or injured in Airbus 225 Super Puma accidents have started a petition to ban the helicopter’s use for worker transportation. Is the Super Puma is to blame, and if so, what can be done to prevent further tragedy.

3D printing: futuristic tech set to disrupt oil and gas industry

One of the very early incarnations of 3D printing arose in the 1980s. Since then, it has entered the mainstream market and is used in healthcare, aerospace and the automotive sectors, among others. For the oil and gas industry, the revolution is yet to truly take hold, but could this be about to change?

Using autonomous vehicles to track ice in Iceberg Alley

Researchers at the Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Autonomous Ocean Systems Laboratory (AOSL) are developing bespoke autonomous vehicles to track and gather data on moving sea ice that threatens ships and oil rigs operating in the Northwest Atlantic’s so-called ‘Iceberg Alley.’ But, what dangers do icebergs pose, how can their threat be managed and how will real-time data help improve decision making in the event of an emergency?

The US Land and Water Conservation Fund: Oil and Gas’s elegant construction

The US Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a federal environmental programme, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Funded by royalties from the offshore oil and gas sector, the programme provides grants to conserve natural resources. But with its authorisation due to expire, supporters are working hard to ensure this $900m fund sees another 50 years. Abi Millar speaks to Amy Lindholm and Mike Hacker of the LWCF Coalition, who explain how the offshore industry’s excess dollars have been contributing to American conservation efforts throughout the past five decades.

Inside the world’s most advanced oil spill simulator with Aptomar

Late last year, Aptomar, together with Transas, announced the creation of the world’s most advanced oil spill combating simulator centre at the North Cape Maritime Training Centre in Norway.