• David Armes

International Women’s Day 2021, wave power, cat rescue from sinking ship!

It’s Good News Monday!


This Monday we talk about:

  1. Choose to challenge: International Women’s Day 2021

  2. Wave Energy Device to Power Subsea Oil & Gas Equipment. Tests Start in July

  3. Thai Navy Scrambles to Save Cats from Sinking Ship -Photos

  4. REM Offshore's Wind Service Vessel to Feature NES Technology


Choose to challenge: International Women’s Day 2021


Image Credit: bp


Today, on March 8, bp employees from around the world sharing their stories on Instagram live for International Women’s Day.

Stories include:

  • Safira Vijaya, an engineer who left her dream job in Australia to move back home to Indonesia, where she is now a rotating equipment engineer.

  • Lloyd Harry-Davis, who was inspired by his mom and the other strong women in his life to be resilient, honest, and pursue his happiness.

  • Chan Boodhai, a mother who moved across the world for her career and found being business advisor to the CEO and chairman of bp easier than raising her five-year-old Alex, who doesn’t listen nearly as well as Bernard and Helge!

  • Ola Balbaa, who grew up in a family of doctors, but knew she wanted to be an engineer, determined to blaze her path in a traditionally male area.

  • Carole Howle, who cites her 20+ years of success in the energy industry to taking roles outside her comfort zone, being curious, building connections, and advocating for herself.

  • Harry Maxwell, who believes that helping others get recognition is extremely important, as well as commitment to a group with a common purpose.

  • Keisha Garcia, who after 15 years in innovation and engineering, is Vice President of Foundations Programmes, supporting NetZero. Her greatest breakthrough was deciding to be her authentic self 24/7, creating breakthroughs in her career.

Interviews are Monday, March 8, starting at 7:30 am GMT, with the last at 4:30 pm GMT.




Wave Energy Device to Power Subsea Oil & Gas Equipment. Tests Start in July


Image Credit: Mocean Energy, from Offshore Engineer.


Mocean Energy and EC-OG are working with Chrysaor, Modus, OGTC, and Baker Hughes for a demo of wave power equipment that will run subsea equipment. The program is expected to lower the carbon footprint of these installations, and has already garnered £1.6 million in investment. The demonstration will take place in July and August 2021 in Aberdeen, with at-sea testing later in the year. “Describing the project, Cameron McNatt, Mocean Energy’s managing director said: ‘The decarbonization of oil and gas operations is essential for the energy transition. Our technology uses renewable energy from waves to deliver low carbon power for subsea equipment, including tiebacks and future fleets of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV’s). In this program, we will demonstrate – in onshore conditions – how our wave device will deliver power and communication to subsea equipment.’”




Thai Navy Scrambles to Save Cats from Sinking Ship -Photos


“Cats look out from a sinking boat in the Andaman Sea March 2, 2021 in this picture obtained from social media.” Image from gCaptain.


After a sinking ship caught fire near an island in the Andaman Sea, the crew was taken to safety. But, when the Thai Navy went back to check for oil spills and found four forgotten crew members, ginger cats trying to stay on the sinking ship. A rescuer swam to the boat and brought the cats back to the Navy vessel. They are now safe and being cared for at the command post on Koh Lipe island.




REM Offshore's Wind Service Vessel to Feature NES Technology


Image credit: Havyard Design & Solutions AS, Offshore Engineer.


Green Yard Kleven has awarded a contract for an energy design and smart control solution for Rem Offshore’s vessel. Havyard Group's subsidiary Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) won the contract for a complete integrated bridge system. The Rem Offshore newbuild will be called Rem Energy, a hybrid vessel that should see around 20 percent fuel savings in DP2 dynamic positioning mode. At wind farm locations, the battery pack can be charged, meaning the vessel will have zero emissions. The new bridge system has a specially integrated computer and enhanced safety.



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