Subsea Vehicles News

David Lamont (Photo: ROVOP)

Lamont Takes Over as ROVOP CEO

. “ROVOP is in a particularly strong position, having grown its fleet from 15 ROVs 18 months ago to over 50 today. At the same time, we have broadened the fleet to cover a number of different classes of ROV: from smaller observation class, to the heavy duty deep water state of the art Work Class vehicles.”“We have made significant investment to ensure that every asset is in a high state of operational readiness and that our operations and support crews are trained to the excellent standard our customers expect of ROVOP. We are seeing an improving market, and especially at this time

(Photo: Wild Well Control)

Wild Well Upgrades Capping Stack Kit

Kit. As part of the WellCONTAINED subsea capping stack program, the new 450/150 Mark 3 BOP intervention skids from Fugro are an advancement in both pumping capability and water depth rating and will replace the existing equipment in inventory.Doug Graham, Fugro’s remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) services and tooling global director, said this latest technology offers multiple benefits to Wild Well, such as full skid testing without the requirement of an ROV, the ability to interface to most workclass ROV systems and a bespoke designed self-contained storage and maintenance transport

Image courtesy of the NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program

#Oi2020 History: ROV D2

Originally created for industrial use--such as internal and external underwater pipeline inspections--ROVs have become a mainstay within underwater exploration, as well as many other scientific applications. To continue the research and technology within this area of subsea development, NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) in 2013 introduced a new ROV, the Deep Discoverer, or “D2.” The ROV, (also known as D2) which operates from NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, is unique in that it is one of the few ROVs capable of diving to 3.7 miles (6,000 meters). Measuring 10 x 6.

Image: Port of Amsterdam International

Sailing Drone Inspects Ships at Locks

The Port of Amsterdam announced a pilot project deploying a sailing drone that inspects the depth of marginal ships at the locks of IJmuiden, in a bid to gain experience in new technologies in nautical processes.The pilot has been set up with a view to gaining more information and experience regarding sailing drone technology. This development together with autonomously sailing vessels will have a great impact on future nautical processes.The experiment last week (8 to 13 July) took the first steps in examining the impact, the potential of the technology for Port of Amsterdam and the steps Port of

Hydrone-R (Image: Saipem)

Saipem Testing Hydrone-R Resident Vehicle

Italian services firm Saipem said it has started functional testing on its Hydrone-R underwater resident vehicle at Sonsub facilities in Venice.The advanced underwater intervention drone is being launched in water for a comprehensive qualification campaign that aims to test all components and subsystems, including the subsea docking base in a real subsea scenario, Saipem said.It was announced that endurance and qualification tests will be carried over several months in open sea, offshore Trieste in a "playground" that has been set up to serve the entire Hydrone Program.Hydrone-R, which can

Logo: MarRI-UK

New UK Center for Maritime Innovation

a new national center for maritime innovation and technology (MarRI-UK). The center, offering  development opportunities for the UK’s $45B maritime sector, is based at the University of Strathclyde, with hubs to be announced across the UK. The center will provide a collaborative innovation vehicle to jointly tackle innovation and technology challenges.The first area of collaborative focus is Clean Maritime.MarRI-UK will focus on research and innovation within mid TRL (3 – 7) levels to address the opportunities between “discovery and research” and “commercialization&rdquo

Photo: APEM

New XF Series Joysticks

APEM, Inc. has announced the XF series; a ruggedized finger operated joystick controller specifically engineered for vehicles applications. This new joystick series is designed per the ISO 25197 standard, which establishes the requirements for design, construction and testing of electrical/electronic steering, shift and throttle and dynamic position control systems on marine watercraft up to 24m in length.  Adhering to this standard, the XF series is rated to withstand 80lbf pull force across the X/Y axis and over 5Nm torque in the Z axis.  The XF Series utilizes contactless Hall effect

Sonardyne’s Compatt 6+ in action, subsea (Photo: Sonardyne)

Neptune Adopts Sonardyne’s All-in-one Platform

the latest to adopt its new, all-in-one acoustic and inertial positioning technology platform to support offshore survey projects.The order, made through Sonardyne’s Singapore subsidiary, includes the supply of Fusion 2 software, Compatt 6 seabed transponders and ROVNav 6 LBL (Long BaseLine) vehicle-mounted transceivers. The Compatt 6s and ROVNav 6s will be Sonardyne’s latest ‘plus’ hardware platform (6+), engineered to unlock the full capabilities of Fusion 2.Built from the ground up, with ease of use and operational efficiency in mind, Fusion 2 software offers a seamless

(Photo: JFMS)

Lukoil Scans for Treasures Ahead of Oil Exploration

areas. JFMS said its deep-towed solution reduced the operation time to within five days.The company procured the multipurpose support vessel Ievoli Cobalt, mobilized out of the port of Constanta with a towed side-scan sonar and sub-bottom profiler solution, together with a work-class remotely operated vehicle, Triton XLX WROV, for visual inspection of targets identified in the sonar data.The survey required JFMS to identify any anomalies with dimensions exceeding one meter in all axes – using the side-scan sonar to search for surface targets and the sub-bottom profiler to detect sub-surface targets

ASV BEN (Bathymetric Explorer and Navigator) is a custom prototype built by SV Global Unmanned Marine System for University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. ASV BEN has a state-of-the art seafloor mapping system that can map depths reaching 650 feet. (Photo: Ocean Exploration Trust)

Searching for Shipwrecks

Marine Sanctuary. If all went well, they would discover new shipwrecks and natural features such as sinkholes, fish habitats, and interesting geological formations.During the two-week expedition, researchers mapped areas within the sanctuary with a multibeam sonar system aboard autonomous surface vehicle ASV BEN (Bathymetric Explorer and Navigator) from University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. BEN is a state-of-the-art robotic vehicle that looks like a small yellow boat. Unlike most boats, though, it doesn’t carry people; instead, it is piloted by crew members

RTSYS' micro-AUV NemoSens (Image: RTSYS)

RTSYS Debuts Micro-AUV NemoSens

French acoustics specialist RTSYS has launched its latest versatile micro autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) NemoSens, designed to perform numerous civil applications such as seabed imagery, environmental monitoring or wreckage localization.Unveiled after years of development, the flexible new AUV is small (less than 1 meter long) and is easy to carry and launch (less than 20 pounds including payload). Micro-AUV NemoSens can host any kind of payload, be it a CTD probe, sidescan sonar or any other sensors. Thanks to an open LINUX architecture it can be programmed from a ROS or MOOS interface to

Photo: MAN Energy Solutions

MAN in Global Service Deal with Wallem

under asset management, operating from its head office in Hong Kong and ship-management hubs in Singapore, Hamburg, India and Cyprus. The agreement covers over 580 units of MAN Energy Solutions’ equipment aboard the diverse Wallem fleet that includes tankers, containerships, bulk carriers and vehicle carriers.Frank Coles, CEO Wallem Group, said: “Our strategic partnership with MAN Energy Solutions comes as a part of our commitment to provide world-class customer service around the globe and deliver advanced technology-driven solutions. With MAN maintaining vessel engine systems, we can

(Photo: Andrew Edwards, Kraken Robotics)

Kraken's OceanVision Moving Ahead

;t seen before now, and it demonstrates that if we work together to leverage our collective expertise, we can transform Canada into a global hub for collaborative cross-sectoral ocean innovation.”The OceanVision project is based on several enabling technologies, including unmanned maritime vehicles, advanced sensors, robotics, autonomous systems, big data machine learning and predictive analytics. Its target end result is an end-to-end digitalization solution offering advanced sensors, robots and data analytics as a turnkey service solution for seafloor imaging and mapping. Rapid high-throughput

3D photogrammetry Imagery of the stern section of the USS S-28 lost 75 years ago on July 4th, 1944.

US Navy Sub Discovery Validated

to create imaging that allows them to research the site long after they have returned to the dock. The data produced by their expedition was key in helping to confirm that we were looking at the S-28 and not the S-35.The Lost 52 Expedition 2017 deploys state of the art deep-water autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) as well as remotely operated vehicles (ROV).Taylor, CEO of Tiburon Subsea Services, Inc., and director of non-profit Ocean Outreach, Inc. has a reputation for working with the latest in undersea technology and with the top specialists in underwater exploration. This is Taylor's fourth

CMA CGM to Support Notilo Plus Rollout

The CMA CGM Group will support the financial and industrial development of Notilo Plus, a Marseilles-based start-up specialized in autonomous underwater solutions, in order to help them launch their industrialization.Notilo Plus develops autonomous underwater dronesFounded in 2016 and based in Marseilles and Lyon, Notilo Plus develops autonomous underwater systems featuring artificial intelligence and data enhancement capabilities. It develops “made in France” autonomous solutions targeting the fields of maritime transportation, leisure and infrastructure.Last December, Rodolphe Saadé

Image: Osbit Limited

Subsea Plow Delivered to Global Marine

and demanding schedule driven by customer need.Osbit has worked in close collaboration with Global Marine Group and its first client for the new plow, Vattenfall, to deliver a burial asset which will help to reduce the cost of offshore wind installation. This has been accomplished by optimizing the vehicle to minimize project risks and combine operations to reduce the time required to install subsea cables.The plow offers single pass capability, which enables boulder clearance and pre-trenching up to 1.7 meters in a single run, leaving a boulder cleared swathe and a ‘backfill-ready’ open

R/V Point Sur Captain Nick Allen recovers the Medusa. Image courtesy of Danté Fenolio

Giant Squid Filmed in America's Backyard

strike is an impressive experience. One that strikes the metal boat that is your only home, and that you are currently inside of, is scary. It struck a starboard instrumentation antenna only a few feet from the people on the bridge and just a bit further from the people in the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) van on the bow.Those of us on the main deck immediately ran to the Medusa computer to see if it was destroyed. Losing the most amazing video you've ever seen just 30 minutes later would have been beyond ironic. Luckily the computer was safe. We then ran outside and saw a long vertical

Image: PGNiG S.A.

Poland Employs New Seismic Tech

called geophones. Collected seismic data helps to locate oil and gas deposits within the surveyed area.A network of geophones spread over an area of up to several hundred square kilometres requires cable connections, transmission equipment and heavy batteries. The equipment needs to be carried by heavy vehicles.In order to minimise environmental impacts and nuisance to local residents, Geofizyka Toruń has implemented an innovative nodal seismic data acquisition system. It is based on an ultra-lightweight, autonomous measuring unit – a node equipped with integrated seismic data logging systems, GPS

Oceaneering's umbilicals facility in Panama City, Fla. (Photo courtesy: Oceaneering)

Oceaneering Awarded Work in Mozambique

and subsea steel tube control umbilicals total approximately 185 kilometers in length. The distribution hardware to be provided includes umbilical termination assemblies, hydraulic and chemical distribution units, electrical distribution units, flying leads, junction plates, remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) flyable large-bore connectors, and aftermarket services in support of installation.Oceaneering said it expects to begin manufacturing the umbilicals and distribution hardware at its facilities in Panama City, Fla. and Houston in the third quarter of 2019 for planned completion in the third

Saab Seaeye’s Sabertooth AUV (Photo from Saab Seaeye)

Seaspace Race Underway at Saab Subsea Docking Demo

A subsea space race is now officially underway in the offshore oil and gas industry following successful trials of docking and inspection operations using a commercially available underwater vehicle and Norwegian energy firm Equinor’s open-standard subsea docking station (SDS).The trials, witnessed by a crowd of leading players in the subsea resident remotely operated vehicle (ROV) or autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and hybrid space, were carried out in Lake Vattern, at Motala, Sweden on Tuesday.The SDS, the second built for Equinor, was transported to Saab Dynamic’s Sweden facility

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