ROV Planet Articles

Ashtead Technology attracts new strategic owners

11.04.2016
Buckthorn Partners and the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP) have acquired Ashtead Technology, a leading independent provider of subsea equipment and services to the offshore oil and gas industry. The undisclosed funding package from Buckthorn and APICORP will allow Ashtead to further expand its service offering through both organic and acquisition led growth. The investment will also enable Ashtead to expand its geographical reach, with the Middle East being a particular area of interest and focus for the company.

Police and Dive Companies find many uses for Side Scan Sonars

11.04.2016
A wide variety of users including public safety dive teams and commercial dive companies are finding side scan sonar to be an essential piece of equipment in their search and survey operations. This sonar is the ideal tool for these projects because it produces detailed images of the underwater environment regardless of water clarity. It scans several hundred feet of ocean, lake, or river bottom with each pass of the boat allowing large areas to be searched quickly. The sonar’s acoustic beam reflects off any objects lying on the bottom and the data is sent topside where vivid color images are displayed and stored on a laptop or tablet computer. Side scan will locate sunken boats, submerged vehicles, and drowning victims as well as inspect bridge supports, seawalls and dams.

CEE HydroSystems Announces Swathe Services as New UK and Ireland Representative

08.04.2016
Hydrographic survey single beam echo sounder manufacturer CEE HydroSystems, with offices in Sydney Australia and San Diego, USA has entered into a new 2016 distributor agreement with Truro, UK based Swathe Services, established hydrographic survey instrumentation sales and support specialists. This appointment is the latest in a series of new agency agreements with the goal of further promoting the new CEE echo sounder systems for marine and freshwater survey environments.

U-Boat Worx Unveils New Deepest-diving Tourist Submarine

08.04.2016
U-Boat Worx unveils new private submarines especially designed for cruise ships and tourism, including the deepest-diving ever built. U-Boat Worx has launched three new luxury submarine models: the Cruise Sub 5, Cruise Sub 7 and Cruise Sub 9. The Cruise Sub 5 and 7 are capable of diving to 1,140 meters making them the deepest-diving tourist submersibles ever. Depending on the model, it can carry 5, 7 or 9 persons per dive.

Trelleborg sealing facility in the UK obtains ISO/TS 29001:2011

05.04.2016
Trelleborg Sealing Solution’s seal manufacturing facility in Tewkesbury, England, is believed to be the first of its kind to obtain a prestigious international quality standard. The facility, which is one of the prime European production and development sites within the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions manufacturing network, has achieved PD ISO/TS 29001:2011. Meeting the standard reflects the facility achieving high standards in the design and manufacturing of elastomer products with robust processes in place as well as a commitment to reduce waste and prevent defects.

Virtual Reality Technology Reveals Underwater Vents in New Ways

04.04.2016
Scientists aboard Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor have developed the first 3D model of an entire hydrothermal vent field for Virtual Reality, covering the largest area of seafloor ever imaged that way.

Oceanology International 2016 - Looking back

04.04.2016
Oceanology International 2016 (OI2016) held 15-17 March at London’s ExCeL attracted 7,836 unique attendees from 79 countries, with many revisiting on consecutive days to provide an overall show attendance of 14,161.

Statoil awards 8-year framework agreement for temporary staffing services to IKM Consultants and their Alliance Partners.

04.04.2016
IKM Consultants AS, together with strategic alliance partners and subcontractors, has been awarded a 4-year framework agreement with Statoil for the delivery of multi-technical disciplines and project administrative consultancy services. The agreement covers onshore, offshore and international services and includes an option period of 2+2 years. The IKM Consultants Alliance is composed of a good match professionally and geographically complementary partners, which ensures the quality in each delivery to Statoil. The Alliance consists of partners with diversified expertise in different disciplines and provides a global footprint in more than 50 countries.

Fugro completes offshore works for EOWDC at Aberdeen Bay

04.04.2016
Fugro has completed offshore works undertaken in preparation for full construction of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) at Aberdeen Bay, Scotland.

IKM Subsea IMR work for Shell on Ormen Lange and Draugen to commence.

31.03.2016
IKM Subsea was in 2015 awarded a 5 + 5 year contract by Norske Shell and the work will commence in March. The Merlin UCV ROV is successfully integrated to the Siem Pride and ready to commence services. In addition to the ROV service, IKM Subsea provides IMR related engineering, maintenance of Norske Shell’s tool pool, as well as handling survey through business partner iSurvey.


Subsea Centre to deliver enhanced diver training courses

31.03.2016
New modules will increase students’ employability. Subsea training facility, The Underwater Centre, is helping to increase its students’ employability in the downturn by adding new modules to its commercial air diving courses, offering an enhanced package which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

John Morse Joins Atlas as Business Development Manager for Offshore Wind

30.03.2016
With over 40 years of experience in Commercial and Operations Management, Business Development, Sales and Marketing, Atlas Professionals welcomes John Morse as the new Business Development Manager for the Offshore Wind business line.

Aker Solutions to Provide Global Subsea Engineering Services to BP

29.03.2016
Aker Solutions secured a global framework agreement to deliver engineering and project management services at BP-operated subsea oil and gas fields.

Happy Easter!

25.03.2016
Happy Easter!

IMES secures frame agreement with Bibby Offshore for equipment inspection and management

24.03.2016
Subsea services specialist Bibby Offshore has awarded a frame agreement for rigging equipment inspection and wire rope management to leading marine and subsea business IMES, following a lengthy and competitive tender process.

A Dynamic Underwater Mining Solution

23.03.2016
Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) and Underwater Mining Solutions (UMS) are teaming up to offer customers the full scope of mining equipment required for underwater mining projects, both offshore and inland, and in all territories. Their combined expertise, and the strength of each of their parent companies, enable SMD and UMS to provide customers with proven, de-risked solutions to deep-sea, near-shore and inland underwater exploration, mining and processing.

Seatronics chooses Tritech Gemini 720is

22.03.2016
Tritech International Ltd, [Tritech], A Moog Inc. Company, is pleased to announce that Seatronics, an Acteon Company, is the first rental company to choose its next generation Gemini 720is multibeam imaging sonar.

New SPE Offshore Europe 2017 chair urges industry to embrace reinvention for the next decade

22.03.2016
The newly appointed conference chair of SPE Offshore Europe 2017 says that now is the time for the industry to reinvent itself and that SPE Offshore Europe 2017 will be the place where the industry will come together and shape its future for the next 10 years. Catherine MacGregor, President Europe & Africa, Schlumberger has been appointed chair of the event which will take place in Aberdeen from 5-8 September 2017 when the industry will have faced one of the longest and most severe downturns in decades.
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