Underwater Search News

Kongsberg Maritime’s Bjørn Jalving and the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue’s Rikke Lind signed the cooperation agreement. (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Partners For New SAR Solutions

Maritime has signed an agreement with the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue to develop new and innovative maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) technologies. The collaboration will cover five concept development areas for SAR: maritime operations, rescue operations, search on the surface of the sea, underwater search and digital solutions.“We want to ensure that people who are missing at sea and presumed lost are found more quickly,” says Rikke Lind, Secretary General of the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue. “For the next of kin, it is important that presumed victims are found as quickly

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ROV Helps Recovery Dive Teams Locate Dumped Car

and commercial applications from dam and water tank inspections, evidence recovery, pipeline maintenance, aquaculture, and drowning victim recovery.James City County, located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, has an estimated population of 67,000 citizens. The county has a Marine Patrol and Underwater Search and Recovery Team that employs their JW Fishers’ SeaOtter-2 ROV whenever mission accomplishment is of the utmost importance. Many of the local waterways are low visibility and the need to use an ROV is minimal. There are, however, several areas in which an ROV is absolutely the right

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JW Fishers’ Dropped Video Systems for Aquaculture

farms. With a skyrocketing global population and food demands growing at an incredible rate, the aquaculture specialist’s job is no easy task. The first necessity is having the “right tools for the job,” and this is where JW Fishers’ 50+ years of experience manufacturing underwater search equipment comes into play. JW Fishers’ underwater video systems are a perfect tool for underwater research. The DV-2 dropped video system is a clear example of a video system that can be mounted in a frame and set on the floor of the ocean for fish observations in their natural habitat

MarineNav ROVs for Marine Inspections

of this year.The Oceanus Pro ROV from Canadian company MarineNav can be operated by just one person and is designed as a rugged inspection-class ROV capable of operating to a maximum depth of 1000 feet (305 meters) at a maximum speed of six knots for use in propeller, hull and wharf inspections and underwater search and recovery missions. Photo: Tom MulliganEasy-to-use packagesThe Oceanus Hybrid versions were developed as an inspection-class ROV system supplied as a basic and easy-to-use package. Capable of performing underwater search and recovery missions and environmental assessments, the Oceanus Hybrid

JW Fishers set up shop in a booth in the Lucas Oil Stadium and brought its entire product line to display, demo and discuss. (Photo: JW Fishers)

JW Fishers Showcases Tech for Firefighters

Present day fire departments not only fight fires, but also answer medical calls, conduct rescue missions, assisting in evidence recovery, and execute underwater search operations. Underwater equipment manufacturer JW Fishers Manufacturing provides tools for fire departments across the globe.In April of 2018, JW Fishers attended the annual Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana. The first conference was held in 1929 in Chicago and was organized to discuss training measures, standards and firefighting best practices. By 1939, attendance had reached a high of 247 people

REMUS M3V  (Photo: Hydroid)

Hydroid's Most Compact AUV Ever Produced

navigational equipment capable of fitting such a small form factor.   Hydroid has built on REMUS AUV technology – first developed at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts – to become a leading manufacturer of trusted, field-proven lightweight AUVs for underwater search and survey. Acquired by Norwegian technology firm Kongsberg Maritime in 2008, the company manufactures AUVs suitable for a range of subsea conditions, from those capable of diving as deep as 6000 meters to those that can hover in shallow, hazardous areas where navigation is difficult. Opening

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JW Fishers Celebrates 50 Years

In 1968, Jack W. Fisher began developing underwater search equipment, setting the stage for JW Fishers to become a trusted name in underwater search equipment.The JW Fishers story began in the mid-1960s when Jack, an avid diver, required an underwater metal detector for use on a salvage project. He discovered that there was no such device available, and over the next several years he built his own. Jack’s detector, called the Mark 1, quickly gained popularity and customer demands for new and more powerful models developed quickly. As a result, the company expanded the product line from diver-held

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Public Safety Dive Teams: Always Ready

a must have tool for teams that must succeed when visibility and dependability are a factor and failure is not an option.   The Washington County Water Recovery Unit was also in attendance at the conference. The team is part of the Water, Parks, and Trails Unit. The team is responsible for underwater search and recovery operations that have been directed or requested by the Sheriff. The dive team covers the entire county and aides surrounding communities when needed. Dive operations range from river recoveries to deep lake diving and thin ice accidents. The unit is always on call and has many

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JW Fishers' Splash in the Empire State

to the elements. The ROV is small enough to fit inside of larger pipeline yet strong enough to withstand currents of up to 3 knots in open water. The DEP also owns a JW Fishers side scan sonar which supports its team in searches and inspections.   The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office Underwater Search and Recovery Team is a public safety dive team whose major functions include underwater search and recovery operations, crime scenelocation and investigation, retrieving documenting pieces of evidence from the water and aiding investigations of water related crimes from land and boat in various

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