Metocean Services International (Pty) Ltd was formed in 2003 to provide meteorological and oceanographic (metocean) services globally. With a management team of over 40 years experience in the offshore oil and gas industry, MSI has already conducted operations in over 30 different countries.
With offices in South Africa and Australia, and using state of the art equipment, MSI provides professional, cost effective global solutions in response to our clients requirements for accurate metocean information. This not only makes us an alternative service provider, but it is establishing MSI as a supplier of choice for the provision of metocean services globally.
MSI has been providing metocean measurement services to Tullow Oil in Uganda since 2006, and more recently in Gabon. In late 2013, MSI was awarded a contract by Tullow Oil to measure near surface and near seabed current profiles in approximately 2,400m water depth, during a drilling programme by the West Leo semisubmersible rig in Block CI-03 offshore Côte d’Ivoire (CI). For these measurements MSI provided a combination of rig and seabed based systems.
Metocean Services International (MSI) is pleased to announce that it has recently deployed a current profile mooring in 107m water depth approximately 25km off the coast of Peterhead, Scotland, to support Statoil’s Hywind Scotland Pilot Park development. The measurement programme is expected to last for 1 year and the mooring will be serviced initially in March 2014 to provide preliminary data for engineering design.
Metocean Services International (MSI) has recently completed a deepwater current measurement programme offshore Namibia for Repsol Exploration (Namibia) (Pty) Ltd (Repsol), with 100% data return.
Repsol as operator of a Partnership including Tower Resources Plc. and Arcadia Expro Namibia Pty Ltd will drill its first well offshore Namibia in 2014, and as input to the design of the drilling programme required detailed current profile data at the expected well location. To ensure maximum chance of a successful measurement programme, Repsol contracted MSI to deploy 2 complete current profile moorings, in 1,145m and 1,240m water depth.
MSI is pleased to announce that both its South African and Australian offices now have fully ISO certified ISO Quality Management Systems (QMS). Although both companies have always operated a QMS which conforms to ISO standards, the certification provides additional reassurance to MSI’s clients that the whole organisation takes quality management extremely seriously.
For both companies SGS were used as the auditing body – the South African company achieved certification in August 2013 whilst in Australia the certification was received in December. Various personnel within the organisation have also received formal auditor training and the system is being strengthened on an ongoing basis.
MSI is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed a 12 month metocean measurement project for Total E&P Congo (Total) in the Moho-Nord Field offshore Congo, in approximately 820m water depth.
The objective of the programme was to provide Total E&P Congo with a reliable metocean data base so as to facilitate safe marine operations at and near the site. Additionally, the measurements will provide the basis for derivation of accurate and consistent metocean design criteria for extreme and fatigue studies which will be carried out during Total E&P Congo’s future engineering development.
Metocean Services International (MSI) recently completed the installation of 3 real-time current profile monitoring buoys offshore Curtis Island at Gladstone in Queensland, Australia for Arrow Energy as part of a 3 year monitoring program.
With a tidal range at site in the order of 4m and currents in excess of 2 knots already observed in the first week, the buoys will provide important real-time current profile data to assist with future planning as well as current vessel operations.
Metocean Services International (MSI) recently completed a real-time current measurement programme for CGG Veritas to support seismic operations offshore Ivory Coast. The system was installed on the support vessel Tanux-1, and provided real-time current profile data both on the Tanux-1, as well as via radio to the seismic vessel Vanquish.
The system comprised a TRDI 300kHz ADCP, cabled to a PC running TRDI’s VMDas software. The software controlled the operation of the ADCP, as well as displayed the data in real-time on the Tanux-1. A Hemisphere GPS provided positioning and navigation data to the VMDas software so that the vessel motion was removed from the measurements.
MSI is pleased to announce that it has recently completed a 7 month project for Heerema Marine Contractors Australia Pty Ltd (HMC), in connection with Woodside Energy Ltd’s North Rankin (NRB) development offshore Australia.
Intital involvement of MSI involved the provision of personnel to operate HMC equipment onboard the SSCV Hermod for the jacket installation in September. This was then followed by the provision of tide, wind, current and wave measurements for the NRB topsides installation. The topside of 23,600 metric tons, fabricated in Korea, was installed in 125m water depth with HMC’s barge H851, currently the world’s largest launch and float over barge.
With extensive experience in Africa, Metocean Services International (MSI) has recently returned to Sierra Leone to undertake the installation of 2 real-time current measurement systems for African Minerals (AML).
Each system provides real-time current speed and direction to 3 receiving stations, 2 on vessels involved in loading / offloading operations and 1 in the marine superintendent’s office.
As exclusive agents for MetOcean Data Systems (MetOcean), MSI is pleased to announce the award of a multi-year tender for the provision of Self-Locating Datum Marker Buoys (SLDMB) for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).
An SLDMB is designed to measure surface currents, sea-surface temperature and provide a GPS position at specified time intervals. MetOcean developed the first-generation of SLDMB’s more than two decades ago. The SLDMB’s original design was based on the proven CODE (Coastal Ocean Dynamics Experiment) style drifter, also referred to as a Davis Drifter. MetOcean’s SLDMB continues to be utilized around the world by search and rescue organizations, oceanographic institutes, environmental agencies, military organizations, and offshore oil and gas companies.