ROV Planet Articles

BIRNS selected by DeepFlight for connectivity solutions

20.04.2017
BIRNS, Inc. has announced that it has been selected by DeepFlight, a leading manufacturer of high performance personal submarines, to supply a range of custom penetrator assemblies for its newest submarine model, the DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S. The high density, ABS certified custom penetrators will be crafted from anodized aluminum and rated to 400FSW. The custom penetrator assemblies will be a key piece of the Super Falcon 3S, a craft which was specifically designed for ocean tourism and to provide underwater excursions at luxury resorts around the world.

Modus expands & strengthens commercial team

20.04.2017
Modus Seabed Intervention continues to strengthen its management team with the recruitment of Guy Lainchbury, who joins Modus as Commercial Manager. With over twenty years’ experience in the Subsea Industry, Guy has previously worked as Commercial Manager for Saipem and more recently as Tendering Director for Subsea 7 where he worked for 10 years.

First Minister welcomes Total and Heriot-Watt University research partnership

20.04.2017
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited the Edinburgh Campus of Heriot-Watt University yesterday (Thursday 20 April) to mark the signing of a five year Partnership Agreement between Total and the University’s Institute of Petroleum Engineering. Worth a minimum of £2.5m, the agreement was signed by Elisabeth Proust, managing director, Total E&P UK, and Dr Gillian Murray, deputy principal, Business and Enterprise, at Heriot-Watt University.

Restrata provides new security solution for firms in Basrah

19.04.2017
A security system which brings together up-to-the-minute information on key security developments in Iraq and the implications for companies operating in the region will launch this month. Restrata’s new web-based portal is set to go live and will serve as a platform to provide reporting and longer-term situational risk analysis conducted by its Business Solutions Operation Centre (BSOC) in Basrah. Restrata is co-located with the Basrah Operations Command (BaOC), the main headquarters of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), and provides a liaison between ISF and International Oil Companies (IOCs) and private business.

Industry entrepreneur acquires Oil Plus

19.04.2017
An energy industry entrepreneur has snapped up Oil Plus Ltd, a specialist oil and gas consultancy based in Berkshire, south England. Mark Cavanagh, managing director of Crandale Consultants, acquired the business from John Crane Inc, a division of Smiths Group plc, for an undisclosed value. Oil Plus plans on adding to its workforce over the next 12 months as it targets double-digit growth and forecasts turnover of £3million. Mr Cavanagh has more than 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, primarily in project management and the population of asset management systems. He said: “Oil Plus is a dynamic business that provides specialist services and technology to the oil and gas industry. There is a lot of potential for growth throughout the sector thanks to the skills and knowledge held within the business. “The company has a reputation for determining water injection specification and troubleshooting oilfield water treatment systems, helping clients improve recovery and run their plant more efficiently. As the industry becomes accustomed to living with a lower oil price, Oil Plus can play an important role in supporting businesses to work cost-effectively.”

The underwater manipulator arm designed by OiS

19.04.2017
Ocean Innovation System launches its electrical manipulator arm. The French company, specialized in robotics for underwater exploration and submarine intervention.

Could ocean robots help decide if oil-rigs could become reefs?

19.04.2017
Today at Ocean Business, a project has been launched that aims to develop a guide for using ocean-robots to assess the impact of decommissioned oil structures on marine life. This National Oceanography Centre (NOC)-led, joint science-industry project was launched by Dr Daniel Jones at a workshop in Ocean Business. Decommissioned oil structures can have positive impacts, such as providing a habitat for marine life in a similar way to a reef, or negative consequences - such as marine pollution. In the North Sea, for example, structures are rapidly colonised and typically develop highly productive ecosystems that often include priority species, such as the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa. On the other hand, large piles of oil-enriched sediments lie underneath many oil and gas installations. The environmental impacts of these piles are not well known, nor are the relative impacts of re-disturbing partially recovered systems while removing structures. Marine robots have great potential to investigate these impacts.

RGU launches new online learning portal for the Oil and Gas Industry

19.04.2017
Robert Gordon University (RGU) has today launched a new set of online short courses to help professional development and address skills needs within the oil and gas industry. The courses, the first of which focuses on decommissioning and is available now, have been tailored to appeal to differing competency levels and are aimed at those with little or no knowledge of the topic, to high level industry professionals looking to develop their skillset. Each topic will come with a fundamentals course, typically taking two to three hours to complete, and an in-depth course, which will take longer - between two and four days to complete.

Happy Easter!

14.04.2017
Happy Easter!

ROV Planet Magazine Issue 11

14.04.2017
ROV Planet Magazine Issue 11 The magazine of choice for Subsea Construction and ROV Professionals. Featuring the E-ROV Update – The Fusion Hybrid Underwater Vehicle – The World's First Subsea Snake-Like Robot – The Starfish Drone – iXBlue Gaps USBL Update – SMD's Synthetic Subsea Technology and X Prize – Poster – The UMIS Mine Counter Measure System – The First Distributed Buoyancy Module Installation by ROVs – The SeaTrepid Story – The Single-Beam Story:The Evolution of Single Beam Imaging Sonar for ROVs – QSTAR ROV Pilot Training: Module 02 – Rigid Body Simulation to Accurately Prepare for work Offshore.


Aleron Ltd Sales to G8 Subsea

11.04.2017
Aberdeenshire-based ROV solutions provider, Aleron Ltd has announced further success in 2017 with the announcement of an ROV sale to a new client in South East Asia – G8 Subsea. The XL150 has seen several upgrades performed by Aleron Subsea including a Single mode-upgrade to boost its survey capability and an HPU upgrade taking the system to 150HP to operate high powered tooling.

STR Increases Rental Inventory with New Teledyne and Valeport Products

11.04.2017
Subsea Technology & Rentals Ltd (STR); global specialists in the design, production and rental of advanced subsea technology for the offshore industry continue to grow their rental equipment inventory with the addition of the new automated sound velocity profiling system developed by Teledyne Oceanscience using Valeport's RapidSV Profiler. Teledyne’s rapidCAST and Valeport’s SVT Probe, purchased during the recent Ocean Business exhibition in Southampton, will be the latest products to join STR’s diverse range of sensor deployment and handling systems. The rapidCAST System has the ability to collect and transmit survey data without having to recover the probe on board at the end of each cast making any profiling exercise far more efficient. It also improves the targeting accuracy of probes as the need for conducting cable is removed.

M² Subsea Appoints US General Manager and Senior Vice President of Commercial

06.04.2017
The US operation of M² Subsea has announced the appointment of a new general manager and senior vice president of commercial as the firm embarks on the next stage of its growth strategy. Based in Houston, Paddy Hardey will be responsible for implementing the firm’s global commercial and contracting principals to ensure the strategic development and continued growth of the fledging subsea company. Overseeing the Woodlands, Texas, based US business and all commercial, tendering activity and contract negotiations across M² Subsea’s core business functions, Hardey will focus on the successful delivery of work for the firm’s key clients across the globe.

Forum signs Comanche deal with Baltic Diver Germany

06.04.2017
Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce the sale of two Sub-Atlantic™ Comanche ROVs to international diving contractor Baltic Taucherei- und Bergungsbetrieb Rostock GmbH (Baltic Diver Germany). The deal, supported by distributor Scholz Ingenieur Bϋro, will see both systems delivered at the beginning of May 2017 following an optimised manufacturing schedule. The Forum Sub-Atlantic Comanche was chosen due to its high thrust-to-weight ratio and compact laydown requirements which make it ideally suited for the operating environments expected by Baltic Diver.

Oceaneering Announces Anadarko Constellation Umbilical Contract

06.04.2017
Oceaneering International, Inc. (“Oceaneering”) (NYSE:OII) announced that it secured a contract from Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (“Anadarko”) (NYSE: APC) to supply the umbilical for Anadarko’s Constellation subsea tieback in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. The contract is for a dynamic and static electro-hydraulic steel tube control umbilical, and associated hardware. Oceaneering plans to design and manufacture the umbilical at its facility in Panama City, Florida.

STR Invest in Tritech’s Gemini 720is Multibeam Imaging Sonar

06.04.2017
Subsea Technology & Rentals Ltd (STR); global specialists in the design, production and rental of advanced subsea technology for the offshore industry announce the purchase of Tritech’s latest Gemini 720is Multibeam Imaging Sonar at the launch of this year’s Ocean Business Exhibition. This recent purchase represents a further investment in next generation technology from STR as they continue to increase their equipment rental inventory. Scott McLay, Sales Director at Tritech said: "We have worked closely with STR for many years so are thrilled to see the company continuing to invest in more of the latest Tritech products for its rental pool. Our Gemini 720is multibeam sonar provides real-time, crisp imagery for applications including obstacle avoidance and target detection and offers significant enhancements over the earlier Gemini 720i.

Water Linked Launches Innovative Underwater GPS System And Announces Partnership with Blue Robotics

05.04.2017
Norwegian technology supplier, Water Linked, has launched a game-changing Underwater GPS system that leverages traditional GPS along with Water Linked’s unique underwater acoustic positioning technology. The Underwater GPS Developer Kit is available for order starting today with the first deliveries expected in June 2017. The system price is 4,800 USD, just half the cost of any other underwater positioning system. This system will enable underwater positioning in a wide new range of marine technology applications. California-based Blue Robotics is the first partner to integrate the Water Linked Underwater GPS system with their remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs). “Our new system has the potential to revolutionize performance in the ROV market”, says Oliver Skisland, CEO of Water Linked.

Forum investment brings new multiplexer technology to the rental market

04.04.2017
Forum Subsea Rentals, a Forum Energy Technologies business, announces that new multiplexer video and data acquisition technology is available to their global rental market following significant investment in MacArtney’s EMO range. The acquisition of DOMINO-7 Mk II and NANO-MUX multiplexers has been made in response to a growing demand for compact, lightweight designs which deliver enhanced operational efficiencies while supporting a complex array of subsea sensors. The investment not only expands Forum’s extensive range of multiplexers, it brings the newest kit - the NANO-MUX- to the global rental market for the first time.
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