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Aptomar and Statoil sign contract

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Aptomar to provide Statoil with TCMS

Statoil has opted for Aptomar’s TCMS tactical collaboration and management system at the energy company’s field monitoring centre at Sandsli in Bergen, Norway.

Under the contract, Aptomar will provide Statoil with TCMS (Tactical Collaboration and Management System) workstations, training, 24/7 service and support, service and maintenance on all equipment, hosting of TCMS server and backup and recovery of all data. The contract value is undisclosed.

The TCMS is a tactical collaboration and management system for oil spill detection and combating, search and rescue, firefighting, ice management, surveillance and security. It will provide Statoil with real time overview of its operations, by creating a common operating picture through gathering and sharing data between offshore vessels and airborne and onshore resources. It integrates information from many different sources, including daylight and infrared cameras, radars, aerostats, sea charts, GIS data, ROVs and satellite imagery, into an easy to operate map-based interface.

Statoil’s TCMS workstations at Sandsli, Bergen, will be connected to several offshore vessels. The data from these, and future vessels and installations, will also be available for Statoil through the online TCMS WebAccess. WebAccess gives a read-only viewer into the ongoing operation and can be made accessible for all involved personnel, independent of location.

All the vessels are already equipped with Aptomar’s SECurus, which combines stabilised long-range infrared (IR) and digital video cameras with a unique electronic chart system. The SECurus system is utilised for search and rescue operations (SAR) and to both detect and combat oil spills. The SECurus is the first sensor on the market that can measure and position the relative thickness of an oil spill.

In case of an incident, the Statoil TCMS can be connected to the Norwegian Coastal Administration, NOFO or other oil companies TCMS systems, to establish a common operating picture and collaborative framework. The same organisations can add their vessels and remote sensors into the TCMS to increase the common operating picture so that decisions and counter measures can be made faster.

“We are obviously very pleased that Statoil, the biggest operator on the Norwegian continental shelf, wants to use our system to monitor their extensive asset portfolio offshore Norway. It is a confirmation that our technology is both robust and user friendly. Operating offshore is a high risk business, but our 24/7 field monitoring technologies and operations help manage this risk,” says Lars Solberg, chief sales and marketing officer at Aptomar.

Adapted from a press release by Louise Mulhall

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