GMGS ROV for Trials

Amidst -3°C temperature and snow, ISE commenced trials and testing on the China Geological Survey ROV for its first test dive in the ISE pool. Named "Sea Lion", the ROV is an ISE HYSUB 130HP ROV scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2009. Sea Lion is the first ROV for Guangzhou Marine Geology Survey (GMGS), a division of China's Ministry of Land and Resources.   It has a depth rating of 4000 metres, suitable for reaching the depths required for the mineral exploration the vehicle is designed to perform. The Sea Lion ROV comes equipped with eight hydraulic... (read more)
2008-12-31 12:00:00

Untangling Underwater ROV Cables

The risk of cable snarl-up during multiple ROV operations beneath the waves is avoided in a tether management system (TMS) design breakthrough. The solution came from a joint project mounted by Subsea 7, one of the world’s leading subsea engineering and construction companies, and world-leading ROV manufacturer, Saab Seaeye.     Together they solved the problem of entanglement posed by shifts in current during operations when a number of TMS cages carrying their ROVs are lowered from a single vessel.    With up to six TMS systems working at any one time, an operator has to contend with a multi-dimensional... (read more)
2009-09-02 09:30:47

Ireland's First Smart ROV

The Mobile & Marine Robotics research Centre, University of Limerick
The Mobile & Marine Robotics Research Centre describe their motivation for building their own Smart ROV based on previous survey experience and the preparations they are now undertaking to integrate new survey and navigation control technologies for this month The Mobile & Marine Robotics Research Centre (MMRRC) has grown out of the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering at the University of Limerick (Ireland), with research, development and commercialisation funding from a variety of government and semi-state bodies.   Underwater Technology Since 2003 the MMRRC has been developing novel underwater technologies to aid high-resolution sonar and video seabed imaging, near... (read more)
2009-02-27 12:00:00

Sixth Edition ROV Publication

The new edition of Remotely Operated Vehicles of the World has been published by Oilfield Publications Limited (OPL). This sixth edition is, according to the publisher, the most comprehensive yet and provides full details on the worldÕs ROV fleet, vehicle operators, suppliers of products and services and ROV support vessels. In eight hundred pages the book gives technical and performance data on 460 ROVs, including 94 AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles), 116 tracked, towed and free flying burial and trenching systems, 37 towed underwater surveying systems and 215 general work, inspection and observation vehicles. Also included is extensive information, with full... (read more)
2004-03-03 12:00:00

ROV Assists Environmental Groups

A coalition of environmental groups from New York and New Jersey are using Fishers SeaOtter ROV to gather evidence on the state of the marine environment in the area’s coastal waters. \"One of our main concerns is the use of contaminated material to fill holes in the bottom of New York harbour that were created by previous dredging operations\", says spokesman Frank Crescitelli. Another concern is the dredging operations that remove contaminated material from the bottom of the harbour. These types of operations put contaminants back into the water which can then spread throughout the entire marine ecosystem. Frank operates... (read more)
2007-03-16 03:45:25

ROV Helps Clean Harbors

As Clear Harbors expanded, the need for an underwater camera to assist in their response and maintenance operations was felt stronger. After research of the market, JW Fishers’ Sea Otter ROV was selected. The SeaOtter is a commercial-grade remote operated vehicle equipped with a powerful four motor propulsion system, a high resolution color camera, and four 100 watt lights. Before performing their first open water inspection, Clean Harbors decided to take the ROV to the Mass Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay and demonstrate the ROV’s capabilities for the media and public officials. The exercise was designed to highlight new services... (read more)
2007-04-16 03:43:38

DeepWorks ROV Tooling Simulation

Fugro Subsea Services is rolling out enhanced tooling capabilities on its DeepWorks simulators. Improvements have been made to ROV manipulator deployed tools to provide easier access verification as well as more realistic deployment behaviours. DeepWorks 2013 introduces a novel approach to simplify accessibility studies. As well as supporting the traditional approach using a Schilling T4 master arm, a new method has been introduced in DeepWorks Engineer to enable engineers who do not have specific ROV piloting skills or access to a master arm controller to precisely control manipulator tools. The tool tip is driven manually from a suitable input device... (read more)
2013-04-09 02:55:56

TAF Buys AC-ROV

AC-CESS has announced the delivery of an AC-ROV Underwater Inspection System to CDF Commercial Diving Fankhauser / TAF Taucharbeiten AG (CDF / TAF). This company specialise in underwater construction, engineering, industrial cleaning and inspection.     Managing Director Mr André Fankhauser was quick to see the potential of the AC-ROV system: "Of all the system's we looked at, the AC-ROV was the best suited to our requirement. A portable one case system, the AC-ROV is highly suited to confined industrial environments, its ingress capability, mobility and robustness really set it apart from other systems. It is the ideal visual tool... (read more)
2008-11-24 11:27:47

ROV World Market Restores

Building on previous versions of The World ROV Market Report, this new edition from industry analysts Douglas-Westwood forecasts that following a softening of expenditure throughout 2009 a significant increase in work-class activity will occur over the period 2010 - 2014.   The World ROV Market Report 2010-2014 identifies 2009 expenditure on ROV services in the global work-class market at USD1.7 billion. The report forecasts rapid recovery and expenditure from a 2009 low, growing to USD3.2 billion by 2014. Increase in ROV demand and the attrition of the existing fleet will require over 550 new work-class units over the next five... (read more)
2009-10-14 12:23:03

Seabed AC-ROV Distributor

Ac-cess Co UK has appointed Seabed (Amsterdam, Holland) as a new distributor of the AC-ROV underwater inspection system for the Benelux countries. Seabed BV has a long history serving the local Dutch and international subsea market. Integrating their in-house manufactured acoustic, sensor and logging solutions with complimentary partner products, Seabed have built a solid reputation based on technical knowledge and reliable products and services.   Seabed Sales Manager, Mr Vincent van Santen views the AC-ROV as a powerful addition to Seabed's capabilities. He says the AC-ROV micro ROV unit is as tough as a brick, as mobile as a helicopter... (read more)
2007-07-10 09:45:15
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