Rov Technology News

Touch screen controls allow pilots to press one button to select a new tool and let the ROV do the rest. Images from TechnipFMC.

Subsea Technology and the New Routes to Residency

that would be required – is questionable, he says. One thing that is viable, with the level of supervised autonomy that TechnipFMC is moving towards, is operating these systems from a USV, he says. “With supervised autonomy, we can start to interface this new generation of work class ROV technology with new generation of USVs,” says MacInnes. “It’s achievable and we are on a path to achieving that.”Fugro’s new eROVs (Fugro Blue Volta) will be deployed from its 12m-long “Fugro Blue Essence” vessels being built by SEA-KIT. Image from Fugro.-On-board

Photo: Logan

Logan Builds ROV A-Frame for Gulf of Mexico Use

with seal-welded drip pans to capture any effluent fluids and keep them contained. The Logan A-frame can launch and recover large, work class ROV-TMS combinations in a wide range of sea states.Dean Carey, technical director, Logan Industries, said, "This project features a true leap forward in ROV technology for work class vehicles, with Logan providing the launch/recovery A-frame for it. The A-frame developed for TechnipFMC builds on our legacy of simple and effective design. The unique low reach feature means operators will be able to grab and release the ROV lower than ever before, ensuring safe

Roberto Di Silvestro (left), head of Sonsub at Saipem, Giovanni Chiesa, head of subsea engineering and underwater technologies at Saipem, Sophie Hildebrand, chief technology officer Equinor, Hans Henrik Nygaard, procurement Equinor, and Gry Lindboe, manager procurement Equinor. (Photo: Arne Reidar Mortensen)

Equinor to Deploy Subsea Resident Vehicles

Norwegian energy company Equinor said it will use the new Hydrone all-electric wireless underwater intervention drone (UID) and remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) technology from Italian services firm Saipem at the Njord Field development, offshore Norway, making Equinor the first in the world to deploy pioneering subsea resident vehicle technology.Equinor, on behalf of the Njord licence, has awarded Saipem a €40 million ($43.7 million) subsea service contract to use the technology starting when the Njord field resumes production in 2020.“This is a historic contract in the oil and

Martin McDonald, Senior Vice President, ROV Division, Oceaneering International.
Courtesy of Oceaneering International

One-on-One with Martin McDonald, SVP, ROV Division, Oceaneering

their positions. If we can do that subsea and also on the move, then that extends the duration and efficiency of any particular mission.Performance, reliability, and innovation continue to be our priority. Current fleet performance is in excess of 99% uptime and, with two industry awards in 2018 for ROV technology and innovation under our belt, we are confident that these successes will continue. It takes dedicated resources: project planning, maintenance, operations support, R&D, and, of course, the most important component: our dedicated and skilled team of professionals

Marine Technology Reporter published a supplement to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oceanology International. Photo: MTR

Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

a break-though by improving seal reliability. The French invention and commercialization of the Aqua-Lung had provided scientists unprecedented access to their submerged subjects and the U.S. navy, following World War II, was investing in oceanography.“The U.S. Navy had funded most of the early ROV technology development in the 1960s including what was then named a ‘Cable-Controlled Underwater Recovery Vehicle’ (CURV),” recalls Jack Jaegar, who worked at Hydro Products and was a leading light in the Marine Technology Society. “This created the capability to perform deep-sea

(Photo: Fugro)

ROV Innovation Saves Millions for Woodside

An innovative use of remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) technology for subsea jacket inspections at Australia’s largest oil and gas development has demonstrated substantial cost reductions and operational improvements.In March this year Fugro began a nine-month inspection campaign of Woodside’s offshore facilities on the Australian North West Shelf. Fugro said its novel platform deployed ROV (PDROV) for subsea jacket inspections was able to help Woodside reduce costs by around AUD 10 million per inspection cycle.“Very early in the project we identified an alternative to

MTR does not present an “MTR100 Creative Photo” award, but if we did this year’s winner is Houston Mechatronics. Pictured is Houston Mechatronic’s Aquanaut in wet testing earlier this year holding it’s MTR100 ‘trophy’. (Photo: Houston Mechatronics)

MTR100: The Ones to Watch

transformation, which exposes two 1.5m eight degree of freedom manipulators.Aquanaut only needs a sparse data connection back to shore via long range acoustics, which HMI says shifts conventional operational ROV and AUV paradigms and opens entirely new business models, says HMI.Unlike conventional ROV technology, Aquanaut is equipped with advanced robotics technology including machine learning, classification, and perception guided force feedback manipulation.This affords HMI to transition ROV operators to a higher cognitive and a more value added supervisory role, according to HMI. No joystick manipulation

(Photo: Seatools)

Rock Installation ROV Delivered to Van Oord

performing rock installation operations even if sub-systems like the HPU motor were to fail.Jan Frumau, Seatools’ Managing Director, said, “Fruitful cooperation between the companies resulted in a cutting-edge piece of subsea equipment that features the latest innovations in the field of ROV technology. We rest assured that Van Oord will perform efficient rock installation campaigns thanks to our long-term collaboration and the delivery of this mission-critical device.&rdquo

Picture from the dual control room at Bryne, Stavanger in Norway. This can easily be duplicated worldwide. (Photo: IKM Subsea)

World First: Commercial Onshore Remote WROV Ops

cost saving for our clients with less POB and increasing operational time offshore for the ROVs,” said Hans Fjellanger Business Development Manager at IKM Subsea. ”With this setup and proven technology in place we see this as the first of many stepping stones into the future of ROV technology for IKM Subsea.”    

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