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SUBJECT: Marine Institute recognizes Oceaneering for ROV contribution
DATE: Aug. 11, 2011

             The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University of Newfoundland will host a special ceremony on Friday, Aug. 12 to recognize Oceaneering for a recent contribution to MI. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in Hampton Hall and members of the media are invited to attend.
            Oceaneering recently contributed a Sea Lion MKII Heavy Work Class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to the Institute’s School of Ocean Technology. The ROV will be used to further develop and advance the institute’s joint diploma of technology/bachelor of technology in underwater vehicles and technician diploma in remotely operated vehicle programs.
            “The work class ROV Oceaneering is contributing to the Marine Institute will augment our ROV fleet and allow students to benefit from the ability to fly and maintain a full size work class ROV similar to those used in an offshore oil and gas field,” said Dwight Howse, head, School of Ocean Technology, MI. “In the long term, it is anticipated the ROV will be flown around a full scale mock oil field that is proposed to be established adjacent to our Marine Base in Holyrood. Students would be able to maintain, launch, operate and recover this ROV while undertaking mission tasks that will be similar to tasks undertaken in a subsea production field.”
            Mr. Howse adds this is just the latest collaboration between the Marine Institute and Oceaneering. The company has been very supportive of MI initiatives in recent years and currently has seven Marine Institute ROV students taking part in work term placements. This type of hands-on experience greatly aids the students’ career development, according to Mr. Howse.
            “ROVs are complex underwater robots that work around critical subsea structures,” said Mr. Howse. “ROV technicians require specialized training to enable them to work effectively and efficiently in a demanding environment. Through their education at the Marine Institute and with contributions such as the ones made by Oceaneering, our students are gaining valuable experience and expertise.”
            MI and Oceaneering are also part of a group of industry leaders that teamed to establish competency and certification guidelines for the use of ROVs in Canada.
            “The fact that Oceaneering is a global leader in ROV technologies makes it a natural fit with the Marine Institute, the industry leader in the training of ROV technicians and operators,” said Mr. Howse. “Oceaneering is a respected organization around the world and we are proud to work in partnership with the company on many levels.”
            Oceaneering is the world’s largest Work Class ROV operator and the leading provider of ROVs to the oil and gas industry. The company is also the world’s largest manufacturer of ROV systems and employs more than 250 Work Class ROV systems and more than 2,000 ROV offshore personnel worldwide.
            Oceaneering is a world-wide oilfield provider of engineered products and services, focusing on the offshore oil and gas industry, primarily with deepwater applications. It also serves the defence and aerospace industries through use of its knowledge and experience in applied technology.

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