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Kraken’s KATFISH system back onboard after completing Phase 1 of offshore survey work under the OceanVision project. Photo: Kraken

Kraken Debuts Ultra High Def Upgrade for AquaPix Imaging Sonars

Kraken Robotics Inc. announced it has achieved a practical resolution of 2 cm with a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS), Kraken’s AquaPix MINSAS.“For demanding subsea survey missions in mine countermeasures, infrastructure monitoring and oil & gas exploration; data quality is of the essence," said Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President & CEO. "The sensor that gets the job done most effectively is one that combines Ultra High Definition (Ultra HD) imagery with an extremely high area coverage rate.  Kraken’s latest development, the next

(top left to top right) Ian Bryan, Iain Wallace and Reena Rowan
(bottom left to right) Simon Miller, Brian Allen and Martin Young - Image Credit: Rovco

New Senior Exec Team for ROV Specialist Rovco

direction for Rovco’s technologies. Previously Martin was Technical Director at Rovco with a background in software development.Iain Wallace, Rovco's previous CTO, will now work as Chief Scientific Officer (CSO), and lead the development of 3D vision and AI to improve quality and reduce cost in subsea inspection. With a PhD in AI, and research in industry, his expertise ranges from multi-robot exploration to vision systems for Mars rovers. As well as delivering complex AI in the harshest environments on Earth.Ian Bryan joins as Consultant Chief Operating Officer (COO), bringing 35 years&rsquo

SMD Quantum EV. Photo: SMD

Remotely Operated Vehicles: Thinking out of the Box

can be built from standardised building blocks. Saab Seaeye, a firm well versed in all-electric vehicles, has been making noises in this direction, using the smarts it’s been developing for the Sabertooth for new electric vehicles.Another firm looking to enter the resident vehicle space is UK-based subsea machinery firm SMD. During Offshore Europe, it launched its Quantum EV ROV. While the Quantum EV ROV made the headlines, what SMD launched was a technology suite, rather than a single ROV, based on an open-electric framework for whatever shape vehicle is required and that can be adapted for a variety

A microfluidic sensor from Dalhousie (credit: Dartmouth Ocean Technologies Inc. and Sieben Laboratory Dalhousie University)

Environmental DNA Emerging in the Ocean Science Community

.A field-deployed microfluidic sensor (credit: Dartmouth Ocean Technologies Inc. and Sieben Laboratory Dalhousie University)MBARI has been working in this domain for decades. Starting about 25 years ago, it conceived of “ecogenomic sensors,” devices to apply molecular analytical techniques subsea. The Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) was conceived as an instrument to address the technological and operational concepts of ecogenomic sensors. Over time, the ESP emerged as a working instrument, enabling the use of DNA probes and protein arrays and the quantitative polymerase chain reaction

Image Credit: Kongsberg

Kongsberg Develops New LARS for HUGIN AUVs

surface."Launching and recovering AUVs underwater, away from the splash zone, lessens the possibility of their being damaged, while midships deployment averts any likelihood of AUVs being run over by the launch vessel," the company has explained.Further, Kongsberg said that the new LARS’ subsea capabilities provide an extra benefit in that launch and recovery processes can be carried out in much higher sea states. This reduces the risk of weather damage to marine robots while boosting productivity to deliver significant cost savings.Crew benefitsThe Norwegian company says that there are

Image Credit; Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Stinger Prepping Kawasaki's SPICE AUV

has contracted the Norwegian underwater drone specialist Stinger, to help it test its prototype AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle).Stinger said last weekend that it would provide Kawasaki with services related to planning and preparing site testing of an AUV equipped with a robot arm for performing subsea pipeline inspections."The underwater intervention drone is based on a fusion of submarine technologies and industrial robot technologies fostered in-house over many years in Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd," Stinger said.The preparation will include the installation of an about 700m pipeline

The Webtool CRT200 Cable Retrieval Tool is designed and manufactured in the UK by Allspeeds Ltd. (Photo: Allspeeds)

Subsea Cable Gripper Redesigned for Longer Deployments

With the need to use and abandon the cable gripper for up to 20 days between cable recovery projects, hydraulic tools specialist Webtool has redesigned its Webtool CRT200 Cable Retrieval Tool for large diameter cable and longer subsea deployment in water up to 1,500 meters water depth.Designed for the recovery of damaged cable and umbilical up to 254 mm (10”) diameter, the CRT200 cable gripper provides a streamlined cable recovery where the gripper, guided by a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV), is lowered onto the end of the cable without requiring preliminary clearing of the soil

The Sub-Atlantic brand Super Mohawk II ROV system - Credit: Forum Energy Technologies

Amman Mineral Orders Forum ROV for Subsea Mining Support

to support its mining operations at Indonesia's second-largest copper and gold mine.Forum Energy Technologies said Friday that, under the order, it would supply one of its observation-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), to be deployed at Batu Hijau on the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia, for subsea mining operations. The Sub-Atlantic brand Super Mohawk II ROV system will be equipped with two five-function manipulator arms for complex underwater procedures. The new asset will replace the company’s current Super Mohawk ROV and incorporates much of the existing surface equipment.Per

Photo: Nido Robotics

Nido Robotics Debuts Two Underwater Drones

context, the underwater drones can, for example, be put to work to monitor fish stocks, clean and conduct routine lateral inspections of nets and cages, and oversee mort lift processes. The drones’ capacity to assist divers in safely preparing and carrying out detailed, environmentally-conscious subsea inspection and maintenance operations is also of significant value in ports and marinas as well as the energy provision sector, with offshore oil & gas, wind, solar, nuclear and hydro platforms and installations which all feature submerged infrastructure.The small size of Nido Robotics&rsquo

Eagle IP (Photo: Unique Group)

Unique Group Signs Exclusive Agreement with OTAQ Offshore

UK-based OTAQ Offshore to represent the latter’s technology and products across the Middle East, APAC and the Americas.  The agreement will see Unique Group represent a number of industry-renowned technologies, including the OceanSENSE and DragonFish solutions. Deployed in the dual roles of subsea leak and cement returns detection, OceanSENSE is recognized as the industry standard and has been deployed successfully on over 1000 offshore projects globally. Proven to work efficiently in the offshore environment, the DragonFish’s high precision laser measurement system generates sub-millimetric

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