Subsea Vehicles News

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'Intelligent Muscle' - Saab Seaeye to Showcase 'Pioneering' Electric Manipulator at OTC

, the company said.Saab Seaeye also said that visitors to the exhibition stand would be able to hear more about other innovations "that are changing the face of underwater enterprises."eWROV - Credit: Saab SeaeyeOne of these is Saab Seaeye’s new environmentally-friendly electric work vehicle, called eWROV, which matches the power of a 250 hp hydraulic work class system, but is easier to operate, more precise, acoustically quieter, more reliable, needs less maintenance, and, according to the company,  has a much lower lifetime cost."Already the world leader in electric underwater

Impossible Mining underwater robot using selective pickup of polymetallic nodules which are rich in battery metals - ©Impossible Mining

Sustainable Seabed Mining: Impossible Mining Partners Up with Boskalis

Impossible Mining, a company developing sustainable seabed mining technology, has said it has partnered up with the Dutch marine services company Boskalis to explore the integration of its robotics with vessel operations for selective harvesting of nodules in the Cook Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean.In November 2021, Impossible Mining, which describes itself as a public benefits corporation based in Silicon Valley,  said it was developing the technology to mine the seabed without causing serious harm. It said at the time it had secured funding to develop prototypes of an autonomous

Figure 1.  Ocean Lander DOV BEEBE surfaces off the coast of La Jolla, California.  (Photo by Ashley Nicoll, Scripps Institution of Oceanography/UCSD)

Lander Lab: Technologies, Strategies and Use of Ocean Landers

Moon landers held my attention in the 1960’s as a teenager.  Unmanned robotic vehicles like Surveyor, descend out of a dark sky onto an alien world, and took the first look around.The deep and dark ocean seemed as distant and alien.  SEALAB II, bathyscaphe Trieste, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in my hometown of San Diego had immense gravitational pull on my curiosity.Ocean Landers, unmanned robotic vehicles, like Scripps Professor John Issacs’ Monster Camera, descend out of a dark sea onto an alien world, and took the first look around.  Our first glimpse of

AUV Orpheus operating underwater. Image by Marine Imaging Technologies, LLC, copyright Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Subsea Vehicles: A Journey to the Under – and Outer – Worlds

;s work will help NASA explore oceans on other worlds in our solar system.Central to the two missions is the deployment of underwater technology, low power miniaturized sensors and terrain-based navigation. For WHOI’s part, it’s developing a low-cost, full ocean depth autonomous underwater vehicle platform (AUV), Orpheus, and a miniaturized chemical sensing, while JPL is giving Orpheus the ability to navigate, using image-based terrain relative navigation (TRN) – technology developed for use by the Mars rover and Ingenuity, its robot helicopter colleague. It may sound like science fiction


Hydromea's Wireless ROV Tested at TotalEnergies’ FPSO Ballast Water Tank

, in a full ballast water tank on one of TotalEnergies’ North Sea FPSOs.EXRAY was deployed to collect visual inspection data, validating system performance including wireless navigation and wireless communication, Hydromea said.According to Hydromea, the pilot was able to command and control the vehicle and receive real-time 1080p video feedback, using proprietary wireless optical communication technology that replaces a cabled connection. Without a tether attached, the risk of entanglement in complex confined spaces is greatly reduced, Hydromea said.The project is funded by the Net Zero Technology

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Ocean Infinity Orders Six HUGIN AUVs

Ocean Infinity has six HUGIN Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) rated to 3,000 meters depth, Kongsberg Maritime has informed.The vehicles are equipped with a geophysical sensor suite and the latest generation Kongsberg batteries.The new vehicles will be mobilized for global operations, enabled by Ocean Infinity’s remote operations infrastructure. The vehicles will integrate as part of the Armada fleet of uncrewed and optionally-crewed vessels and will expand the company’s existing AUV fleet, rated to 6,000 meters depth.Dan Hook, CTO of Ocean Infinity, said: “Lessening the

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Ocean Infinity Buys 10 New eWROVs In Saab Seaeye's Largest Ever ROV Order

Saab Seaeaye, a company building underwater remotely operated vehicles, has agreed to sell 10 of its newly launched electric work remotely operated vehicles (eWROV), including further options, to marine robotics company, Ocean Infinity."The eWROV is the latest addition to Saab Seaeye’s underwater portfolio used across a variety of offshore energy sectors, ocean science and defense. It is the culmination of four years of research and development, resulting in the largest and most powerful ROV compared to those designed for light work and observation tasks," Saab Seaeye said."Saab

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Argeo Taps Eelume 'Snake Robot' for Autonomous Underwater Inspection

Argeo AS selected Eelume’s autonomous ‘snake robot’ to assist in its operations, the first commercial contract for this new tech which was developed with the assistance of Kongsberg Maritime, a majority shareholder in the venture.“We believe that this is just the beginning of a major shift in how the industry conducts underwater operations. There is a need in the market for this type of solution, and we anticipate a significant requirement for more robots of this type in the long term,” says Trond Crantz, CEO, Argeo. “In addition to lowering carbon footprint and

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HonuWorx, ORE Catapult Working on Ridley - Subsea Mothership for Offshore Wind ROVs, AUVs

(ORE) Catapult working to develop a submersible mothership that will "make subsea robotics a sustainable and cost-effective solution for offshore wind farms."The project, funded by Innovate UK, will develop Ridley, a submersible platform that can transport large robots and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to offshore sites and release them directly under the water. "A successful outcome to the project will inform HonuWorx’ roadmap towards their highly disruptive Loggerhead concept, which will utilise an autonomous mothership as a mobile power and communications hub for ROVs

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Royal IHC's Hi-Traq Mk 1 Trenching Vehicle Wraps First GoM Campaign

Dutch company Royal IHC has via its Offshore Energy Division delivered a Hi-Traq Mk 1 multi-purpose trenching vehicle to a UK-based company for operations in the Gulf of Mexico.According to Royal IHC, which did not reveal the name of the client, the trenching vehicle has recently completed its first campaign, proving the revolutionary technology.The 1,600-horsepower vehicle can be configured for pipe or cable installation. Tooling packages (mechanical cutter and high-powered jetting) suit a spectrum of seabed conditions and terrains, the company said.The four-track design allows the vehicle to navigate

GEOMAR Director Professor Katja Matthes and H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco at the christening of the AUV Albert I de Monaco. Photo: Thomas Eisenkrätzer (via GEOMAR)

Prince Albert II of Monaco Christens Geomar's New AUV

Prince Albert II of Monaco on Thursday today christened the new autonomous underwater vehicle "Albert I. de Monaco" at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel.The AUV “Albert I de Monaco” was built by IQUA Robotics in Spain. It is about 1.5 meters long and can dive up to 200 meters deep. Being equipped with various sensors, including a side-scan sonar and an oxygen sensor, the device can be used both for measurements in the open water and for seafloor mapping. "With the new vehicle, we want to support research projects near the coast in particular, but also

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‘Boaty McBoatface’ Robotic Submarine to Visit End-of-life Oil and Gas Fields

industry and the public.”Credit: NOCOcean robots, which use computer systems to carry out survey missions by themselves, are regularly used by scientists for environmental assessments as they collect very high-quality data quickly, NOC says.Additionally, NOC explains, using autonomous underwater vehicles is a low carbon solution to the issues with environmental monitoring that will bring substantial emissions of CO2 and NOX savings over the traditional approaches of using ships."Recent technological developments have cut the cost and expanded the range of these robots to thousands of kilometres

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3D at Depth Acquires Hybrid AUV/ROV

an affordable cost to owners and operators," said Neil Manning, Chief Operating Officer at 3D at Depth. "Fast and focused leak hunting is now possible while generating a detailed integrity review in a parallel vessel that also undertakes other operations (SIMOPS). Data harvesting from a vehicle with the agility of a Sabertooth during SIMOPS has been an ambition we have had as a business for some time. I'm excited to show this product because this is what 3D at Depth is about as a technology-focused business."Transforming any vessel into a survey and inspection platformAdditionally

Figure 1: Kraken MINSAS image of the wreck of the USS Yankee, collected on the DIVE-LD. Image courtesy Kraken

Dive Technologies Completes Sea Trials with Kraken Sonar, Batteries

Quincy, Massachusetts based Dive Technologies completed successful sea trials of Kraken’s Miniature Synthetic Aperture Sonar (MINSAS 120) integrated onto Dive’s Large Displacement Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (DIVE-LD). The DIVE-LD is also powered by Kraken’s pressure tolerant batteries.“Our team is incredibly excited to continue working with Kraken Robotics,” said Bill Lebo, Dive Co-Founder. “Following our previous successful sea trials with Kraken’s batteries, our team was keen to continue the positive momentum in our vehicle development with integration of

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