ROV Planet Articles

Advancing Deep Sea Operations for Unmanned Vehicles

16.03.2016
In October 2015 a consortium of UK companies and academic partners, led by Steatite began an R&D project to develop a battery pack that will be pressure tolerant up to depths of 6000 metres.

Home Cinema standards imagery for ECA Group ROVs : The H800 Full HD is coming !

16.03.2016
Recently two ECA Group H800 Full HD ROVs, one to China, the other to a Middle East, have been selected for their power, ruggedness, compactness and stability performances.

Industry First for Ashtead Technology

16.03.2016
Aberdeen-based Ashtead Technology has become the first subsea services company to be accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for its state-of-the-art calibration laboratory. This official seal of approval from UKAS demonstrates that Ashtead delivers professional and technically competent calibration of survey, positioning and oceanographic sensors crucial to their customers’ subsea operations.

Statoil exercises vigdis option with ocean installer

16.03.2016
Statoil has exercised an option with Ocean Installer for flexible jumper replacement at the Vigdis field. The option falls under an amendment to the previously awarded SLMP Marine Installation contract.

New Dolphin makes a splash at Oceanology

16.03.2016
The new Dolphin 2D sonar from Marine Electronics Ltd (MEL) is making a splash on the company’s stand at Oceanology (E200) where designers of small AUVs and ROVs are able to see what can be achieved when using such a small, low cost package. A prototype of the new sonar was first presented to the industry a year ago since when it has been refined and tested to the point where it is now ready for operational use.

Atlantas Marine launches new video tool for ROV surveys

16.03.2016
Atlantas Marine Ltd has made its first move into ROV instrumentation with the design and manufacture of a video overlay device intended to make cathodic protection surveys easier and faster. Being shown in public for the first time at Oceanology International (Stand E 201), the new tool has been designed to display the readings obtained by a cathodic protection probe as an overlay on the ROV’s video display. This creates a permanent record and eliminates the need for the ROV operator to make handwritten notes of individual probe readings while surveying the condition of a vessel’s anodes.

IMO type approval of high-end gyro compass with INS

15.03.2016
Oceanology International 2016, 15-18 March, Stand D600 Kongsberg Maritime has received IMO Type Approval (Wheelmark) for its state-of-the-art MGC R3 COMPASS system. The gyro compass fits well into the range of offerings from KONGSBERG for navigation and ship control systems.

Kongsberg launches compact Seapath technology for hydrographic survey applications

15.03.2016
Oceanology International 2016, 15-18 March, Stand D600 Kongsberg Maritime has unveiled innovative new additions to its highly regarded Seapath range of integrated Heading, Attitude and Positioning sensors at Oceanology International 2016 (stand D600). The new Seapath 130 series is a compact, portable take on the proven Seapath technology used by hydrographic surveyors globally. As an easy to deploy solution for KONGSBERG’s leading multibeam, single beam and sonar systems, the Seapath 130 series is ideally suited for operation on a diverse array of survey platforms, including vessels of opportunity.

Kongsberg demos new shallow water multibeam at Oceanology

15.03.2016
Oceanology International 2016, 15-18 March, Stand D600 The latest development of Kongsberg Maritime’s EM 2040 multibeam echo sounder technology platform is being demonstrated at Oceanology International 2016. The new EM 2040P is a highly portable shallow water multibeam echo sounder designed for easy transport and quick deployment on any vessel, while offering survey performance up to and exceeding the IHO-S44 special order and the more stringent LINZ specification.

Integrated Solutions for research vessels - Kongsberg presents the 'Full Picture' at Oceanology

15.03.2016
Oceanology International 2016, 15-18 March, Stand D600 Integrated Solutions for Research Vessels are in focus on the Kongsberg Maritime stand (D600) at Oceanology International 2016. The Norwegian headquartered global maritime technology company has over many years focused on a ‘Full Picture’ strategy, which enables it to support Shipowners, Naval Architects and ship-builders throughout the entire design, construction and operational life-time of a vessel. KONGSBERG’s Integrated Solutions for Research Vessels cover all key technology areas on board including navigation and automation, in addition to cutting-edge hydroacoustic and position reference systems.


iXBlue launches its brand-new inertial naviagation system ROVINS NANO and revolutionizes ROV navigation

15.03.2016
The whole offshore industry was impatiently waiting for it: specifically designed for ROV navigation, ROVINS NANO provides highly accurate positioning at all depths, including for Middle Water Station Keeping. With now a full range of subsea inertial navigation systems, from ROV navigation to offshore survey, iXBlue can help you everywhere you need it under the sea.

Harkand to support start-up work for Maersk Oil

15.03.2016
HARKAND has been awarded a multi-million pound contract with Maersk Oil North Sea UK Ltd to deliver subsea support services to the operator including a commissioning support campaign for the Flyndre development located in the south-eastern part of the Central Graben Basin in the North Sea.

New 1-Axis Controller with internal 800W sine drive from Galil

15.03.2016
The DMC-30012 Series is Galil's latest generation single-axis motion controller. It uses a 32-bit RISC processor to provide higher speed than older models. The DMC-30012 features an internal 800-Watt brushless sine drive which minimizes space, cost and wiring .The motion controller operates stand-alone or can be networked to a PC via Ethernet.

N-Sea Expands into the French Offshore Wind Industry with New Partnerships

15.03.2016
Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea, has signed a letter of intent with CERES Recherches & Expertise Sous-Marine and TechSub Industrie Environement, to provide subsea survey, installation and remediation services to the French offshore wind industry.

Atlas achieves first Helideck Certification Agency accredited course

15.03.2016
MARKET leader in digital learning technologies Atlas Knowledge Group has achieved its first ever course accreditation from one of the helicopter industry’s leading authorities which regulates the safe operation of helidecks and helicopter landing sites.

1Cam installed on submarine volcano

15.03.2016
As part of the National Science Foundation Ocean Observing Initiative (NSF-OOI) Cabled Array project SubC Imaging was selected as the vendor for providing underwater High Definition Video Cameras (1Cam) and Lights (Aquarea LED) to the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington for the CAM HD instrument. The APL-UW team integrated the camera/lights into a system which added a pan/tilt and other metadata sensors and 10Gigabit fiberoptic interface to the Cabled Array infrastructure. The system transmits uncompressed video to shore over the cable where it is recorded and then compressed for live streaming over the Internet. The instrument is currently deployed at Axial Seamount and is imaging an active hydrothermal vent with a diverse biological community. Check out the first footage!

Tekmar strengthens Senior Management Team with key appointment

15.03.2016
Tekmar Energy Ltd, a leading supplier of subsea cable protection, has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Barry Cooper as Operations Manager. Bringing more than 15 years of experience in the offshore sector, Barry has served in several senior management and leadership roles in businesses including Technip Umbilicals, GE Wellstream and more recently, DeepOcean.

Fugro to perform seabed surveys at world's biggest offshore wind farm

15.03.2016
DONG Energy has appointed Fugro to perform offshore pre-construction surveys at the Walney Extension offshore wind farm off the UK’s Cumbria coast. The pre-construction and engineering survey will provide detailed information to the Walney Extension project team, including additional geophysical data to ensure the seabed is clear of obstructions, including unexploded Second World War ordnance (UXO).
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