Sponsors VideoRay Symposium

VideoRay LLC has announced its sponsors for the VideoRay International Partner Symposium, which will showcase the latest in microROVs and state-of-the-art accessories for underwater tasks. The event will be held aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA, USA, from 18th-20th November 2003. Sponsors for the event include Desert Star, Weda Water, Cygnus Instruments, Eastern Video and Tritech Systems. Desert Star is the main event sponsor and will emphasise its Aquamap Shiphull Inspection system. Weda Water will show technology of remote-controlled, automated equipment that eliminates the need for divers while taking a water tank offline. Cygnus Instruments will feature its... (read more)
2003-10-23 12:00:00

World Ocean Forum

Oceanology International 2004 is scheduled for the second time in London for 16th-19th March. Slated for London’s spacious Exhibition Centre (ExCeL) in the Docklands, hard by the Thames and the Royal Victoria Dock, the exhibition fielded by Spearhead Exhibitions Ltd already boasts some three hundred exhibitors who have signed up and who hail from more than fifteen countries. More than six thousand people, including visitors from sixty countries and more than four hundred students from UK universities attended OI London 2002. Several associated meetings have already been booked to run alongside the exhibition. Newest additions are the Inland Inshore Diving... (read more)
2003-10-23 12:00:00

Offshore Cote D’Ivoire Repairs

HydroDive and it’s Alliance partners have just completed repairs in 235 ft. water offshore Cote D’Ivoire, carried out with the combination of Saturation diving techniques and a ‘Phoenix’ work-class ROV supporting operations from the DP II vessel ADAMS Surveyor. Although the ADAMS Surveyor has performed on various Diving and ROV Support Projects since the Alliance’s inception early this year, this is the first project where both the Phoenix ROV and HydroDive in Saturation have been in support. The Alliance has dedicated this spread to the West African market by permanently locating and operating from Nigeria. This allows it to be... (read more)
2003-10-23 12:00:00

New Thales Malaysian Jv

Thales GeoSolutions Sdn. Bhd. has formed a new joint venture with a Bumiputera company servicing the petroleum industry in Malaysia, Orogenic Holdings Sdn. Bhd. The new joint venture will trade under the name Orogenic Thales GeoSolutions Sdn. Bhd. Established in January 2003, the company employs 33 staff, of which 80 per cent are field specialists. The new joint venture was awarded its Petronas Licence in April and purchased an array of positioning and surveying equipment, including a Thales workclass Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) in order to meet its expanding business demands. (read more)
2003-10-25 12:00:00

VisualWorks System for Philippines Pipeline Project

VisualWorks has been selected by Australian underwater services company Covus Corporation Pty Ltd and its client Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. (SPEX) as the Digital Video system to be used on the 2003 inspection campaign of all subsea assets associated with the Malampaya deepwater gas production facilities offshore the Philippines. The VisualWorks system is interfaced with Covus’ Scorpion work class ROV system and Fugro survey systems onboard the SPEX PSV Lady Guro. It is operated by Covus’ inspection data management subcontractor SureSpek ISS Pty Ltd, which has integrated the system with its own online data acquisition suite - SureSpek Inspection Management... (read more)
2003-10-25 12:00:00

4,000 Metre Dive for Quest 5 WROV

The QUEST 5 WROV from ALSTOM Schilling Robotics (ASR) successfully completed its first dive to 4,000 metres in sea trials off the Canary Islands in June 2003. This marks the deepest dive ever made by a commercially available electric work-class ROV. The QUEST 5 is an ultra-deepwater, free-swimming system with 5,000 m of 17.5-mm NSW umbilical cable. After sea trials, the QUEST 5 system will support scientific research programmes for the DFG Research Center Ocean Margins (RCOM), a marine research institution at the University of Bremen. Extensive engineering testing during the QUEST 5 building programme ensured that the system performed... (read more)
2003-10-25 12:00:00

Noordhoek Offshore Expands

Noordhoek was founded in 1933 as a shipping company. Since the very beginning of the giant Delta project in The Netherlands in 1959 Noordhoek changed its working activities to become an underwater contractor. The range of services consists of diving, ROV, remote interventions, subsea installations and construction, abandonment services, cable-laying, trenching services, cable lay vessels, tunnel diving and construction works. Together with subsidiary Seatec Underwater Systems, Noordhoek is able to perform all major subsea-related projects. Due to the departure of one of the major players, Thales Geosolutions BV, from the Dutch offshore survey field, Noordhoek Offshore has decided to further... (read more)
2003-10-25 12:00:00

GAPS from Ixsea Oceano

Ixsea Oceano has introduced its new GAPS Global Acoustic Positioning System. The launch took place at Oceanology International Americas in New Orleans. GAPS is an all-in-one, compact, portable solution for underwater and surface navigation. Ixsea Oceano has merged high-end underwater acoustics and inertial technologies to design a plug & play, user-friendly USBL. GAPS integrates GPS, USBL and an Inertial Navigation System in a single package. There is no mechanical alignment, calibration or control software needed. A couple of minutes after installation, GAPS is fully operational. Scientists at Ixsea Oceano have developed a specific Kalman filter to optimise the merging of... (read more)
2003-10-25 12:00:00

Next Generation SWIMMER

Statoil, FMC Kongsberg Subsea (FKS) and Cybernétix have joined forces to take the Swimmer concept one step further. The Swimmer is an AUV/ROV Hybrid for inspection, maintenance and repair activities in deepwater sub-sea fields. A three-party study is at present going on to define and cost the basic design of a Swimmer autonomous intervention system able to operate in accordance with Statoil functional requirements and fully compatible and integrated with future sub-sea field developments. The original Swimmer concept is based on using an AUV to transport a WorkClass ROV to sub-sea field and connect this to the production control umbilical... (read more)
2003-10-25 12:00:00

Thales Deepwater Drilling System

Thales GeoSolutions is to introduce a deepwater drilling system, DeepDrill. Considerable research and development effort has lead to capability for in-situ testing and high quality soil sampling at water depths of up to 2,500m. The vessel will be able to offer in situ testing capabilities in depths of up to 4,000m using Mini-Cone Penetrometer Testing (MCPT) systems mounted on permanently mobilised, Thales G3 Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). DeepDrill will be capable of rotary drilling, sampling and in situ testing at water depths of up to 2,000m using an API 5½ inch steel pipe, with the option to extend this capacity... (read more)
2003-11-11 12:00:00
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