ROV Planet Articles

ROVOP Announce £10M New Investment to Fuel Expansion

Today, (22 April 2015), independent subsea Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) services provider ROVOP marked the official opening of its £4.2m headquarters with the announcement of £10m of new investment and a visit from Fergus Ewing, Scottish Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism.

C-Innovation Mobilizes Six New UHD-III ROVs

C-Innovation (C-I) mobilizes six (6) new UHD-III remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), manufactured by FMC Technologies Schilling Robotics for current contracts. The ROV systems are mobilizing throughout 2015 for work in the Gulf of Mexico.


A powerful magnet has been developed by Miko Marine AS, of Norway, as a practical and versatile tool for ROV operators. Incorporating patented technology that increases its performance, the magnet has been designed so that it can be switched-on and off by an ROV manipulator and used for a wide range of applications underwater. The new magnet can be applied instantly to any steel structure where it is capable of holding weights up to 750 kg and it can significantly reduce the amount of time required for an ROV to undertake a task.

Another ROV Build for ISE and FUKADA Salvage

Port Coquitlam, BC – International Submarine Engineering Ltd is pleased to announce the contract to build a 50HP 3000 M Depth HYSUB ROV for Fukada Salvage and Marine Works, Japan.

CSR Announces Acquisition of SMD

Zhuzhou China South Rail Times Electric Co. (CSR Times Electric), Ltd., a subsidiary of China South Rail (CSR), today announces the completion of a £130m formal acquisition of the UK-based manufacturer of ocean engineering products, Specialist Machine Developments (SMD) Limited, the top holding company of the SMD group.

Electric Reviews Expected as STR Unveil Rechargeable Battery Pack and Charger System

Subsea Technology and Rentals (STR), a multi-disciplinary technology company specialising in the design, production and rental of innovative marine survey equipment for the subsea construction, geophysical, ROV inspection and environmental sectors, unveils its new subsea rechargeable battery pack (SeaCell) and charger system (SeaCharge) to complement their existing portfolio of specialist equipment.

C-Explorer 3 submersible by U-Boat Worx wins Red Dot Design Award

The C-Explorer 3 from Dutch submersible manufacturer U-Boat Worx won over the 38-member jury of the Red Dot Award. U-Boat Worx proved its design excellence in the most important competition for product design, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

Ceona and Seaweld form Ghana partnership

Ceona, SURF contractor with heavy subsea construction capabilities, has entered into a significant Joint Venture (JV) with Seaweld Engineering which will act as a strategic partner for offshore deepwater construction projects in Ghana.

Bibby HydroMap first to invest in and install Sonardyne’s new Mini-Ranger 2 tracking system

Sonardyne International Ltd, UK, has announced that Bibby HydroMap, a specialist seabed survey company, has upgraded the Sonardyne Scout acoustic positioning system installed on its coastal survey vessel, Bibby Athena, to the new ultra-portable and ultra-high performance Sonardyne Mini-Ranger 2 USBL system.

STR Invests in NORBIT 4000m Depth Rated Compact Multibeam Sonar System

Subsea Technology and Rentals (STR), a multi-disciplinary technology expert specialising in the design, production and rental of innovative marine survey equipment are pleased to announce the delivery of the first ever deep water rated, Titanium housed NORBIT iWBMS wideband multibeam sonar system.

DOF Subsea to Launch New Equipment

DOF Subsea, a leading provider of integrated subsea services, will stage the European launch of a significant new addition to its suite of services next week. During the Ocean Business event at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK from April 14th to 16th, the company will showcase its newest service, utilising three Slocum Gliders, named the DOF Skandi Explorers, a technology which has previously only been seen in academic and defence circles.

Learn to drive a submarine and explore the depths of the Mediterranean Sea

Waterproof Expeditions in collaboration with U-Boat Worx now offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a submarine pilot. Breda, 03 April 2015. Adventurous types, submarine enthusiasts, explorers and submersible operators can sign up for a selection of pilot training courses to be held in August 2015. No experience is necessary, as U-Boat Worx’ expert instructors will teach all the ins and outs.

ROV Planet Magazine Issue 03

The third issue of ROV Planet includes the following articles: Music Corner: Jane Gjestland, The Tooltec Story, The Underwater Intervention (UI) 2015 Coverage, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" ROVOP Student Placements, MATE International ROV Competition Theme 2015, The Premier of Forum’s XLX-C Work Class ROV, ROV Planet Poster, Sea Trials with the Surveyor Interceptor ROV, Pushing the Boundaries: Thinking Beyond a Full Metal Chassis (Ron Allum & the DEEPSEA CHALLENGER), The Science Behind Industry Leading ROV Positioning, Baxter, the Robot: Redefining ROV Manipulation, Blue Robotics Propelling the Future of Marine Robotics and Ocean Exploration. Sit back and enjoy the third issue!

Oil platform fire toll in Gulf of Mexico: four dead, 302 evacuated

At least four people died after a fire broke out on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico early on Wednesday, leading to the evacuation of 302 workers, Mexican state-run oil company Pemex said.

ROVOP announces new Houston headquarters and three senior appointments

Due to an increased demand for its services globally, independent subsea Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) services provider, ROVOP, has established a Western Hemisphere headquarters and support base in Houston as well as appointed three highly-regarded ROV industry professionals to lead the business.

The Surveyor Interceptor ROV first commercial work for Gassco AS

MMT and Reach Subsea have just completed their first commercial project with Surveyor Interceptor ROV for Gassco AS at Knarr Gas pipeline in the North Sea.

Lights, Camera….Action - Valport iPad competition

Leading marine instrument manufacturer, Valeport, has launched a new competition for its customers to source videos or photos of Valeport product in action. UK-based Valeport designs and manufactures instrumentation for the oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric communities is asking its customers worldwide to send in videos or photos of Valeport products in action for the chance to win an iPad Air 2 for the best video footage and an iPad Mini 3 for the best photo.

SengS Pressure Testing Services Available

SengS is announcing the following services available at their purpose built facilities in Ellon, Aberdeenshire, UK. PR2 API 6A Testing, API 6D, API 17D & ISO 14313 Hydrostatic Testing, Cryogenic Testing, High Temperature Testing, Submerged Gas Testing.
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