ROV Planet Articles

New Genus of Giant Single-celled Organism Found on Pacific Seafloor Named after Moana

Two new genera and four new species of giant, single-celled xenophyophores (protozoans belonging to a group called the foraminifera) were discovered in the deep Pacific Ocean during a joint project between scientists at the National Oceanography Centre, UK (NOC), the University of Hawai’i, and the University of Geneva. ‘Moana’ has inspired the name ‘Moanammina’ for one of the new genera, while the second has been named ‘Abyssalia’ in recognition of its abyssal habitat.

DeepOcean Awarded Contract by Repsol for YME Beta North Tie-Back

DeepOcean AS, (DeepOcean), has been awarded an EPCI contract for performing marine operations in connection with Repsol’s tieback of YME Beta North reservoir to existing facilities.

3D at Depth Launches Remote Sensing and Remote Data Control Technology

3D at Depth Inc., the world’s leading expert in subsea laser (SL) LIDAR technology, survey support services, and 3D data solutions recently launched a remote sensing and remoted data control solution to help operators provide a safe, more efficient environment to their operations while increasing their near real-time 3D data intelligence. The remote sensing and remote data control technology is built around expanded capabilities originally embedded in 3D at Depth’s proven subsea LiDAR technology when the company first commercialized in 2014. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the recent downturn in the industry, and the race to advance autonomy into offshore oil and gas operations, 3D at Depth quickly phased in the technology as part of their current standard services.

Unique Group Adds Sonardyne Ranger 2 Systems to its US Gulf of Mexico Rental Pool

Underwater positioning technology from Sonardyne Inc. has been chosen by leading integrated subsea and offshore solutions provider, Unique Group, to enhance the company’s offering for its energy sector customers working in the US Gulf of Mexico.

DeepTech Oil Services Expands

Deepwater remote operations specialists, DeepTech Oil Services, has expanded its premises with a new testing pool and crane. This adds to its 3600m² custom built facility in Cairo and means engineers can test prototype remotely operated vehicle (ROV) technology.

Fugro Completes Middle East's First Uncrewed Geophysical Route Survey

In response to increasing demand for remote offshore services, Fugro has completed the Middle East’s first fully autonomous geophysical shallow-water route survey.

TechnipFMC Awarded Assignments Worth up to NOK 1.8 Billion

On behalf of the license partners, Equinor has awarded two contracts and issued a letter of intent to TechnipFMC for pipelaying and subsea installation for three projects on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).

Rovco Opens New Office in Edinburgh to Support Continued Growth of the Offshore Wind Industry

Rovco, the leading provider of ROV and hydrographic services to the UK offshore wind industry, has established their new office in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. The new Scottish office location also establishes a dedicated operational base to serve their current portfolio of offshore renewable and energy projects.

Pryme Group Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

A leading private-equity backed manufacturer has moved decisively to bolster its leadership team with the appointment of a new chief financial officer (CFO). Pryme Group has named Tyler Buchan as successor to Kerrie Murray following her recent promotion to the role of CEO.

Fast-moving Waterfalls in the Deep Sea

New research led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has discovered how fast-moving waterfalls under the sea control the shape and behaviour of submarine channels. These underwater channels are the offshore equivalents of rivers, but can be much larger. Submarine channels can extend for tens to thousands of kilometres offshore, providing an important conduit for the transfer of sediment, nutrients and pollutants, such as microplastics, to the deep-sea. Avalanches of sediment that flow down these channels also pose a hazard to networks of seafloor cables that underpin global communications, including the internet.

Fugro Wins 3-Year IRM ROV Support Contract with Seamec for ONGC Project

Fugro has won a 3-year inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) contract with SEAMEC LIMITED (Seamec) to support their asset management project for ONGC off the west coast of India.

USS Accession 350 and Inception MK II USV’s Conduct High Resolution Bathymetry and Mobile Laser Scan Survey in Conwy River, Wales

Unmanned Survey Solutions (USS) was recently commissioned by Conwy County Borough Council to undertake a Multi-Beam Echo-Sounder (MBES) and mobile laser scan survey of Conwy quay wall, Conwy bridge, Conwy cob and Tal Y Cafn bridge structures located within Conwy River. As detailed by the Wales Coastal Monitoring Centre (WCMC), the purpose of the survey was to assess the scour extents at the structure’s foundations and to provide additional information on the above surface structure.

iXblue, Woolpert Partner to Deliver LiDAR Mapping Services to New Zealand Councils

Woolpert, Inc and iXblue Sea Operations division, part of the French based iXblue Group, have been awarded two significant airborne LiDAR mapping projects in New Zealand covering over 38,500 square kilometres for the Hawke’s Bay and Waikato regional and local councils.

Partnership Deal With ROVQUIP Ltd and Rental Technology & Services AS (RTS)

Fast-growing subsea remotely operated vehicle (ROV) tooling rental and equipment specialist ROVQUIP, has agreed a partnership deal with Norway-based rental specialist RTS AS.

Oceaneering Launches OceanSMART Business to Eliminate Waste and Increase Transparency within Bulk Cargo Logistics Industry

Oceaneering International, Inc. (“Oceaneering”) (NYSE:OII) is proud to announce the launch of a new business, OceanSMART Cargo Logistics and Maritime Technology, which aims to eliminate waste and increase transparency within the bulk commodity cargo logistics industry.

RJE Oceanbotics™ Welcomes Shawn Devlin

RJE Oceanbotics™ is excited to announce that Shawn Devlin has joined the team.

Maersk Drilling Joins Danish Offshore CO2 Storage Consortium

Maersk Drilling is joining a­ new CO2 storage consortium formed by INEOS Oil & Gas Denmark and Wintershall Dea. The consortium is maturing one of the most progressed carbon capture and storage projects inside Danish jurisdiction and targets the development of CO2 storage capacity offshore Denmark based on

COVID-19 and Deep Ocean Research

Due to COVID-19 global pandemic, several researches around the world have initiated investigations to understand the correlation between the virus dispersion related to environmental factors, the importance of climate change, the anthropogenic impact in the modification of ecosystems and the risk of the appearing of new pandemics. In this scientific field, so relevant to humanity, it is necessary to take into account oceanic research and consider investigations in the deep areas of the oceans.

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