ROV Planet Articles

Major Improvements on the Ellipse Series, the Popular Line of Miniature Inertial Sensors from SBG Systems

02.02.2017
SBG Systems releases a new version of the Ellipse Series, its popular product line of miniature inertial sensors. The Ellipse has been greatly improved, showing unmatched performance in attitude and heave measurement while adding Galileo constellation to its GNSS receiver. After thousands of Ellipse miniature inertial sensors operational on the field, SBG Systems proves again its capability of continuous innovation. With major improvements, the Ellipse line of miniature inertial sensors strengthens its position as “best combination of innovation, performance, and reliability” while keeping the same form factor and price level.

Subsea 7 completes fleet investment programme

01.02.2017
Subsea 7, a global leader in seabed-to-surface engineering, construction and services, has taken delivery of Seven Arctic and Seven Kestrel, successfully completing a substantial and targeted fleet investment programme that has added six new-build vessels to the Subsea 7 fleet since 2014. Seven Arctic is a heavy construction flex-lay vessel designed to meet the demands of deep water and harsh environments. Capable of working at depths of 3,000 metres, the vessel features a 1,000t offshore crane and a 600t top tension (tiltable) lay system.

M² Subsea on the Crest of Wave Fast-growing subsea business invests in people and premises

01.02.2017
M² Subsea has opened its new office in Aberdeen and created 30 jobs. The fledgling subsea business, which secured private equity investment towards the end of 2016, has moved people and equipment into substantial, headquarter premises in Arnhall Business Park at Westhill in Aberdeenshire. Set to become one of the largest independent providers of ROV services globally, M² Subsea has got off to a flying start in 2017, recruiting onshore commercial and operational personnel, taking possession of 27 remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and mobilising 10 of them onto a diverse fleet of subsea vessels. The company, which is also based in Houston, expects to create 50 onshore and 100 offshore jobs by the end of the year. Around 30 people have joined the management team in the UK and the US with more expected to be recruited as imminent contracts are signed.

Ashtead Technology to Solve Efficiency Challenge with New Engineered Solutions Group

01.02.2017
Solutions-based approach could see £6million boost to company revenues Global leader in subsea technology and services, Ashtead Technology, is launching a new service to increase efficiency and drive down risk and cost in subsea and marine operations. By applying its engineering and technical know-how to solve specific subsea challenges, Ashtead has already delivered integrated product applications to several of its clients and is currently using this approach on projects worth £6million. This has spurred Ashtead on to establish a dedicated Engineered Measurement Solutions Group to focus exclusively on this solutions-based approach to complex applications, including attitude monitoring, vibration and stress monitoring, optical metrology, data communications, engineering data analysis and integrity management

Join MATE Center on Facebook LIVE!

01.02.2017
Competition Technical Manager, Matt Gardner, will broadcast live on February 2 at Noon PST/2p.m. CST. He will review the 2017 SCOUT class mission tasks and describe and demonstrate the mission props. Teams will have the opportunity to see the actual mission props and ask questions so that they are prepared to tackle them on competition day!

SMD Wins Contract with Subsea Cable Installation Service Provider SBSS to Provide MD3XT Submarine Telecom Cable Plough

31.01.2017
Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) are pleased to announce the signature of a contract with S.B. Submarine Systems Co., Ltd. (SBSS) for the design, manufacture and delivery of the next generation MD3XT submarine telecom cable plough. The complete plough system will come equipped with an optical umbilical and SMD purpose-designed and manufactured umbilical winch. This will be supplied together with the control and power cabins to provide a complete turnkey solution.

ITF steps up action to solve costly pipe-walking problems

31.01.2017
The Industry Technology Facilitator (ITF) is welcoming additional participants to a new joint industry project (JIP) to develop pipeline anchoring and monitoring systems which could mitigate the risk of pipeline walking and cut pipeline anchor installation costs in half. The Anchoring Pipeline Technology (APT) JIP will bring together major global operators and pipeline installation companies to collaborate with ITF and Crondall Energy, an independent oil and gas consultancy, to investigate alternative and less costly solutions and create a roadmap on how to manage and mitigate the pipe-walking challenge.

Cathie Associates Commits to US Offshore Wind

31.01.2017
Leading offshore geoscience and geotechnical engineering consultancy, Cathie Associates, have formed a US entity: Cathie Associates Inc in Boston, Massachusetts. The move is part of the company’s plans for international expansion and will enable them to serve offshore wind development in the USA.

Oceaneering Announces Contract with Statoil for E-ROV Concept Development and Testing

31.01.2017
January 31, 2017 – Houston, Texas – Oceaneering International, Inc. (“Oceaneering”) announced that one of its subsidiaries has been awarded a technology development contract by Statoil Petroleum AS (“Statoil”). The contract provides for the development, manufacturing, testing, and mobilization of a self-contained, battery-powered work class remotely operated vehicle (E-ROV) system deployed on the seabed. The system will interface with Oceaneering’s onshore Mission Support Center via a 4G mobile broadband signal transmitted from a buoy on the water’s surface, without a surface vessel required onsite.

FOCAL Technologies launches product line with latest technology in condition monitoring.

31.01.2017
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada – Focal Technologies, a Moog Inc. Company, is pleased to announce the launch of our new condition monitoring product line. The first product in this product line, the Model 923 Slip Ring Sensor, is a miniature, ruggedized, health monitoring and data logging system for Focal rotary products.


C-Kore & Shell give joint presentation at Subsea Expo

31.01.2017
C-Kore Systems and Shell UK will give a joint presentation at the Subsea Expo Conference Thursday the 2nd of February in Aberdeen. The presentation will focus on the use of the C-Kore Subsea Testing technology during intervention operations on Shell’s Corrib field. Subsea interventions are challenging operations. The C-Kore Subsea measurement tool simplifies the subsea testing process for subsea engineers during intervention campaigns. It provides far more accurate data readings than traditional testing methods and saves customers money by reducing days of vessel time.

ROV Planet Magazine Issue 10

30.01.2017
ROV Planet Magazine Issue 10 The magazine of choice for Subsea Construction and ROV Professionals. Featuring the Saipem Innovator 2.0 – Underwater Mobile Mapping Technology – 2017 MATE International ROV Competition Briefing – Poster – OSEA2016 Post Show Review – M2 Subsea: New Name in the Subsea Market Makes Waves – STR – QSTAR ROV Pilot Training: Module 01 – Making the Right Underwater Connections – Ocean Business Preview.

Trelleborg leads the way in posting oil & gas sealing test certification online

27.01.2017
For the first time, test certification for almost 30 of Trelleborg Sealing Solutions best-in-class materials for the oil and gas market is made available online, enforcing the company’s commitment to quality and safety credentials. The material grades are compliant with international industry standards and have been subjected to comprehensive third-party testing, qualifying materials from elastomers to PEEK and PTFE based compounds to a range of specifications including NORSOK M-710, ISO 23936-2, ISO 10423/API 6A Annex F.1.13.5.2 and Total GS EP PVV 142.

Steatite formally partners with NOC's Marine Robotics Innovation Centre

27.01.2017
Steatite, a leader in the development of power solutions for extreme environments, has formally become a partner with the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre. With over 30 years’ experience in the development of lithium batteries, Steatite’s move into the Innovation Centre is a sign of the company’s potential to secure their position as global leader for innovative power solutions for deep-sea Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS). The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and Steatite already form part of a UK consortium, using the latest lithium-sulfur chemistry to research and develop safe, pressure tolerant, rechargeable batteries with increased endurance and reduced payloads, optimizing their potential for integration with MAS.

New technology collaboration lights the way for improved diver safety

26.01.2017
A new on-demand wireless ribbon lighting system, designed to revolutionise diver safety and efficiency in remote subsea locations, has been launched following a collaboration between award-winning Scottish technology companies WFS Technologies Ltd and PhotoSynergy Ltd (PSL). Seatooth LIGHTPATH™ is a combination of two advanced technologies – WFS’s Seatooth, a subsea wireless communication system that can download and log information gathered on subsea installations remotely, and PhotoSynergy Ltd’s LIGHTPATH™, a side-emitting flexible fibre that projects a continuous line of light that carries no electrical power. The new product works for both diver and ROV operators working either near surface or at depths of up to 3,000m. The light is engaged automatically when the diver or the ROV comes within 5m of a structure, and provides instant illumination of subsea architecture and delineating features such as control valves, docking bays and even the outline of the structure itself against the natural darkness of the underwater environment.

Ocean Installer awarded first contract in Australia

26.01.2017
Ocean Installer has been awarded a contract for riser installation work in Australia. The firm work scope encompasses the installation of flexible risers and flowlines as well as options for additional support work. Ocean Installer is conducting the work as a subcontractor to McDermott International, Inc. (NYSE:MDR).

OpenHydro appoints new Chief Executive.

26.01.2017
OpenHydro, the Irish based tidal energy company and part of DCNS Energies, has appointed Mr Patrick Gougeon as their new Chief Executive Officer. The appointment signals the company’s ongoing drive towards commercialisation of its tidal technology and follows the launch of DCNS Energies, a subsidiary of the DCNS Group which recently secured €100m in investment.

Webtool Subsea Resettable Emergency Disconnect Cutter

25.01.2017
Hydraulic cutting systems specialist, Webtool, announces a resettable emergency disconnect cutter for light and medium subsea well intervention. As an integral part of either a workover tool or dedicated emergency disconnect package, the Webtool guillotine cutter can now be reset subsea by ROV, avoiding the need to return the cutter to the surface vessel for resetting. The Webtool emergency cutter is a simpler and quicker emergency disconnection than more complex multi-line stab-plate systems for mixed material bundles. Within a well intervention emergency disconnect package, the bundles are securely positioned in the mouth of the cutter. Multiple fluid transfer lines and hydraulic flying leads (HFL), steel tension member, fibre rope, reinforced hoses, electrical conductors, cables and electrical flying leads (EFL), are all cut in single guillotine action taking just a few seconds. The Webtool cutter offers considerable weight savings compared with other emergency disconnect methods, and is easily retrofit to intervention systems.
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