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3Sun Group Acquires AID Industrial

Aberdeen-based topside and subsea service provider, 3sun Group, recently announced its acquisition of AID Industrial, a specialist PPE provider and expert in industrial rope access, work at height and Global Wind Organisation safety courses.

Chance to Climb Wind Turbine is Good Marketing

It was an impressive view: Gloucester Harbour and Route 128 laid out below as on a map; the Boston skyline and the blue Atlantic horizon stretching as far as the eye could see. 262 feet above Gloucester’s Blackburn Industrial Park and the giant rotor blades turning slowly in front of them, rope access teams had hooked visitors to wind turbine T1 safely in place.

GEV Offshore to Recruit 150 for New HQ

In an effort to become Europe's largest wind turbine blade maintenance firm, GEV Offshore is establishing its new international headquarters in East Yorkshire and recruiting 150 new staff.

Breakthrough Coating Technology for Offshore Structures

Challenges faced by rope access technicians in the oil and gas offshore maintenance sector are being overcome following a breakthrough in technology. Acrolon 1850 is a non-isocyanate high build finish coat for exterior exposed surfaces from Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings.

Heightec Shortlisted for Design Award

The Quantum D26, the rope access backup device from the Heightec Group, was shortlisted in last month's Design Week Awards for Best Product Design (Industrial). The Design Week judges singled out Heightec Group's new back-up device as it focused on basic design fundamentals: function, usability, materials and aesthetics.

DMM's New Backpack Range

Llanberis rope access equipment manufacturer, DMM International, has launched a new range of backpacks and duffel bags to meet travel needs and for use 'at the crag'.

Rigmar Expands Across Strategic Locations

Following substantial success and a number of significant contract wins, asset support and rope access company, Rigmar has announced a multi-million expansion plan across Invergordon, Dundee and Aberdeen.

ISC Introduces KL321 Offset Oval Karabiner

ISC Wales has introduced a new KL321 Offset Oval Karabiner with Keylock Nose to its collection of quality rope access equipment.

JC International LiftEx 2014 Platinum Sponsor

JC International Ltd enjoyed a high profile as Platinum Sponsor at this month's LiftEx event in London's ExCel Arena.

Applus RTD Delivers NDT Service

This month has seen integrity technology service company and rope access giant, Applus RTD, unveil the latest inspection technology in its NDT range. The Applus RTD Rayscan Tankscan is a real-time digital radiographic inspection system, which delivers the capability to complete a full inspection of LNG storage tank welds in a single scan movement, producing a high quality image of each weld.

GEV Offshore Turns Up the Power

GEV Offshore is set to become Europe’s largest provider of wind turbine blade maintenance services after seeing a 4-fold increase in demand. The offshore rope access company completed operations on over 30 wind farms worldwide last year and has since invested over £1m in OEM specific training, which will see the deployment of up to 120 rope access blade technicians during 2014.

Debris Flow Barriers Installed

Geo-Rope Ltd has begun installation of an extensive network of debris flow barriers at the Rest and Be Thankful pass in Argyll which carries the busy A83 trunk road between Arrochar and Inveraray through mountainous terrain in the west of Scotland. This section of road suffers from debris flows frequently and the pass has had to be closed four times in the last six months causing a diversion of around 50 miles.

Father and Son Double Achievement

Midlothian-based, rope access firm, Pendrich Height Services Ltd has recently announced a remarkable father and son double. Mr. Robert Jenkins and Mr. Robert Jenkins Jnr both achieved the accreditation of competence in BS EN 62305:2011 in Protection Against Lightning through the Steeplejack and Lightning Conductors.

Petzl Updates the ASAP

In 2012, Petzl announced that its marquee product, the Shunt, was no longer suitable as a rope access back-up device and in doing so, created a market opportunity for the competition. A number of devices including the ISC Red and the Kong Back Up entered the ring but their performance has left many rope access engineers and technicians wanting more from these vital pieces of rope equipment.

Grand Canyon Skywalk gets a Brush Up

The Grand Canyon Skywalk, which hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world visit annually, gets cleaned four times a year. In order to brush up the glass underneath, rope access crews have to harness up and hang below the attraction.

CAN Group secures £200m North Sea Contract

CAN Group has won two new North Sea contract renewals worth £200m following a competitive re-tendering process. The Aberdeen-based engineering firm said the new 5-year deal with ConocoPhillip, along with other recent new business wins, will safeguard 150 jobs at the company.

Lyon to Run Emergency Services Technical Symposium

Following on from the recent announcement of its collaboration with Treepartner, Lyon Work and Rescue is inviting technical rescue specialists to join a 2-day technical symposium on the challenges facing emergency services when dealing with incidents involving tree climbers or disruption to infrastructure by storm-damaged timber.

3sun Group Gains Full IRATA Membership

At the end of May, specialist provider of products and services to the global energy industry 3sun Group, was awarded full operator membership to IRATA, thereby certifying the Group’s personnel have the required procedures, skills and techniques to safely work at height. 3sun Group can now boast full IRATA membership until 2017 after its full assessment and verification by an independent third party auditor.

Beacon Offshore Forges Forward

At the end of May, Beacon Offshore announced a significant capital increase through a recent rights-issue and welcomed Seamico Securities Plc to its board of directors. Seamico will provide important corporate guidance to Beacon Offshore as it executes its expansion plans. The funds raised through the rights-issue will be used for vessel acquisitions and working capital.

AV Offshore Secures Drillship Work

AV Offshore has agreed a new project from giant oil company TRANSOCEAN to perform rope access on one of its drilling vessels: TRANSOCEAN’s GSF Jack Ryan is a 10,000 foot ultra-deepwater drillship. The new contract means AV Offshore continues to consolidate itself as a reliable supplier of highly qualified offshore manning, performing inspections, blasting and painting, industrial mechanic and welding.

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