ROV Planet Articles

Offshore Survey 2015 Launches Cutting Edge Conference Programme

OCEAN BUSINESS - The Offshore Survey Committee are delighted to reveal one of the most impressive programmes yet for its fifth conference which takes place from 15 - 16 April 2015, alongside Ocean Business at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton UK.

ROV Planet Magazine Issue 02

The second issue of ROV Planet includes articles such as the Work Class ROV Demand Report, Micro-ROV Fleet Management, the Mariana Trench Exploration with the KAIKO, Oceans Holyrood Initiative, “Superior” ROV Tech Training at the Marine Institute, AUV Under-Ice Operations, NANO-Good Things Come in Small Packages, Deepwater Wells and Outer Space, MATE ROV Competitions, and short reports on events happening in the World of ROVs. Sit back and enjoy the second issue!

Harkand presented with healthy working award

13th January 2015 - LEADING inspection, repair, maintenance and light construction company Harkand has achieved an NHS Healthy Working Lives Bronze Award for its long term commitment to improving the health and well-being of its staff.

SMD supply Quasar MkII ROV to Jan de Nul

Industry leader in dredging and marine construction activities Jan de Nul have confirmed an order with SMD for a Quasar MkII 150hp 3000m rated work class remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The high specification system including Tophat Tether Management System, A-Frame, Umbilical Winch and dual control system (vessel bridge and control cabin) will be delivered in the second quarter of this year.

CISCREA appoints Shanghai P-Nav Scientific Instruments Agent

Toulon 17th of December 2014 – CISCREA Engineering, announced today the signature of an agency agreement with Shanghai P-Nav Scientific Instruments Co.,Ltd of Shanghai, China covering China and Hong Kong. P-Nav provides an excellent opportunity to grow CISCREA in China and to continue our export strategy, offering localized products and customer service. P-Nav was chosen by CISCREA to promote its products and services to existing clients and to grow the companies in the exciting and challenging subsea and hostile environment business field.

Sonardyne Ranger 2 commissioned for use on world's largest offshore construction vessel

The Swiss-based Allseas Group, a global leader in offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction, has selected Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 Ultra-Short Baseline (USBL) acoustic positioning system for the world’s largest pipelay and platform installation/decommissioning vessel, Pieter Schelte.

STR SeaSpyder explores IFCA habitats

Great Yarmouth based marine technology experts Subsea Technology and Rentals (STR) are pleased to announce the supply of 2 SeaSpyder underwater camera systems to the Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (AIFCA), for use by its ten individual statutory organisations. The delivery of SeaSpyder underwater camera systems and deployment solution to the IFCAs is to improve their ability to gather information on seabed habitats and species across England’s inshore waters. This work is to support Defra’s ambitious target of achieving a well-managed network of marine protected sites by 2016.

Deep Ocean's USV surveys the Historic USS Arizona and the USS Utah at Pearl Harbor

Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc proudly announces it’s participation in the first comprehensive multibeam survey of the USS Arizona and the USS Utah at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. During the week of October 20th 2014, team members from Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc, R2Sonic, Autodesk, and eTrac traveled to Oahu to conduct these historic surveys as a gift to the National Park Service. *Caption: The H-1750 USV’s shallow drafting and maneuverability made it a suitable fit for the shallow waters above the sunken warship USS Arizona.

ESS Helps Hydroid Uncover Secrets of the Deep Sea

Attleboro, Ma. – December 9th, 2014 – Engineered Syntactic Systems (ESS), a global supplier of syntactic solutions, through its relationship with Hydroid Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, and industry leader in global marine robotics, has been involved in some of the most exciting oceanographic exploration projects in the last decade. As a valued syntactic supplier, ESS has provided buoyancy for Hydroid’s range of AUVs, including the Remus 6000 used to locate missing Air France flight 447, search for Amelia Earhart’s plane and create comprehensive maps of the Titanic wreck.

CISCREA appoints Dacon A/S Agent in Norway

CISCREA Engineering, announced today the signature of an agency agreement with Dacon A/S of Stabekk, Norway.

Bowtech supply ultra-miniature cameras for Diverless Subsea Pipeline Repair System

Bowtech Products Ltd, a global market leader in subsea vision systems, supplied miniature underwater cameras with integral LEDs to Isotek Oil And Gas Ltd for observation of a diverless subsea pipeline repair system. The L3C-400-MICRO cameras were fitted with pressure relief valves to enable safe operation in an Argon-rich atmosphere subsea. The cameras were also supplied with right angled adaptors to permit observation of the tool in operation from all angles from restricted available camera positions.

Ocean Business 2015 Reveals Action Packed Training & Demonstration Programme

Ocean Business 2015, taking place from 14-16 April 2015 at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK, is delighted to present one of its most impressive training and demonstration line-ups yet. Demand has never been so high for the show, with both exhibitor stands and training and demonstration sessions being snapped up in record time. More than 300 companies from across the globe will showcase their latest ocean technologies at the exhibition, and a highlight of the show will undoubtedly be the training and demonstration programme, which gives visitors a chance to see products in action and actually put them to the test.

Delta SubSea Demonstrate Rapid Response Capabilities

Delta SubSea mobilized an entire ROV system including: Schilling Robotics HD 150 ROV, Dynacon Launch and Recovery System, and ROV Control Van on an Antonov An-124 Ruslan airplane. The Antonov An-124 Ruslan airplane is a strategic airlift jet aircraft. The An-124 is the world’s highest gross weight production cargo airplane and second heaviest operating cargo aircraft. DSS’s ROV system was mobilized at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. DSS’s ROV system was delivered to Trinidad for pipelay survey operations in Venezuela.

Sonardyne strengthens presence in Australasia with Scope Engineering

As part of an expanded investment programme in the Australasian offshore industry, Sonardyne Asia Pte Ltd. in Singapore has appointed Scope Engineering (WA) Pty Ltd. as its agent for Australia, New Zealand and the surrounding territories. Based in Perth, Western Australia, Scope Engineering delivers a range of marine engineering and fabrication services as well as providing third party technology solutions for offshore monitoring and inspection surveys. Now as Sonardyne’s agent, Scope Engineering will collaborate with the company on commercial opportunities within subsea asset monitoring, exploration and reservoir surveillance, ocean science, vessel positioning and offshore drilling.

CISCREA Distribution Agreements

Toulon 6th of October 2014 – CISCREA Engineering, announced today the signature of a distribution agreement with Synaya Pty Ltd of Perth, WA, Australia, covering all of Australia, New Zealand and the French Overseas territory of New Caledonia. Synaya is well known on its home turf for delivering excellent services and product and was chosen by CISCREA to distribute exclusively its product and services to existing clients and to grow the companies in the exciting and challenging business environment in the designated territory. “Their well-established connections within the offshore sector and professional divers, wide customer base and excellent support, will help our product and services to reach more clients Down-Under” ads David Bouchaud, CISCREA President.

Balmoral invests in new ROV buoyancy plant

Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomously operated vehicles (AUVs) are becoming progressively more sophisticated in the tasks being demanded of them – from exploration and installation exercises to production operations and decommissioning projects. The ever-increasing global demand for all classes of vehicles, and the corresponding requirement for buoyancy packs, has seen Aberdeen-based Balmoral Offshore Engineering completely overhaul its ROV buoyancy production capability into a dedicated centre of excellence at its city HQ. The move has seen the company create approximately 20 new jobs spanning design, engineering and manufacturing. Following a £1m+ investment in the plant and supporting infrastructure, Jim Milne, chairman and managing director of Balmoral, told ROV Planet: “The last couple of years have seen an upturn in demand for ROVs around the world. This helped us make the decision to refurbish our buoyancy processing facility and increase production capacity so that we can meet customers’ lead times which are often necessarily short.

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Showcase Subsea Capabilities

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions will showcase its subsea capabilities and commitment to the “future of oilfield harvesting” at two UK conferences this month. The sealing specialist is helping oilfield operators “stay ahead of the game” in the quest to drill deeper, providing high-integrity sealing solutions able to stand up to the extreme operating pressures and temperatures of deep-water locations. The global developer and manufacturer of sealing and bearing products will showcase its range of innovative products, which are aiding deep sea oil and gas harvesting, at the upcoming events: •Deep Offshore Technology International at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, October 14-16, at stand D17 •Element Oilfield Engineering with Polymers at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London, October 21-23, 2014 at stand 01

Vard Marine Dual Fuel Patent

Vard Marine, formerly STX Marine, has been awarded a US Patent for their design and engineering of a Dual Fuel Vessel. The company is pleased to announce that later this year; the first of six 5100DWT vessels to be built under this patent, designed by Vard Marine and built by Gulf Coast Shipyard Group for Harvey Gulf International Marine will be delivered. These innovative vessels represent the first US flag vessels capable of operating exclusively on natural gas or diesel fuel oil.
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