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Issue 20

We investigate why the bill behind protecting offshore oil and gas whistleblowers is yet to be enacted, as well as learning about the technological innovations that are expanding the observation and surveying area.

In the latest issue we also profile new research surrounding old oil platforms and their assistance in deep-sea fishing, in addition to asking why operating an OHSMS is vital.

Moreover, we also discover how Shell is taking subsea exploration nearly two miles below sea level in the US Gulf of Mexico and learn about the mental and physical demands of offshore work from the general manager of The Underwater Centre.

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Blowing the Whistle
Four years after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a bill to protect offshore oil and gas whistleblowers who expose health and safety violations on rigs is still waiting to be enacted by the Senate. Heidi Vella investigates.
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Autonomous Explorers
From solar powered surface vessels to deep sea monitoring drones, technological innovation is opening up a new era in offshore observation and surveying. Adam Leach looks at the latest developments on display at Oceanology 2014.
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Gone Fishing
With decommissioning costs a major concern for the oil and gas industry, new ideas for converting old platforms have begun to emerge. Chris Lo profiles new research looking at using old oil platforms as self-sustaining hubs for deep-sea fishing.
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The Evolving Face of Health and Safety
The world’s most adopted occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) standard BS OHSAS 18001, is living on borrowed time. Richard Green, technical manager at IRCA, asks why should we operate OHSMS in the first place.
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In the Depths
Shell is taking subsea exploration to a whole new level by installing the world’s deepest FPSO and gas pipeline nearly two miles below sea level in the US Gulf of Mexico. Julian Turner finds out more.
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What Lies Beneath
The Underwater Centre is one of the world’s pre-eminent subsea training facilities. Julian Turner speaks to general manager Steve Ham about the mental and physical demands of offshore work.
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Pipeline equipment specialist T.D. Williamson recently completed its largest pipeline pressure intervention to date offshore Indonesia. We discover the challenges of working on pipelines without shutting down operations.

Also, we chart 200 years of Kongsberg, look at the effect global climate change mitigation plans may have on offshore oil and gas companies in the future and profile a new subsea crab technology from the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology.

Moreover, we analyse Lockheed Martin’s acquisition of oil & gas cyber security firm Industrial Defender and speak to ONC scientist Martin Scherwath about the potential for methane hydrates to be a major future energy source.

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