ROV Planet Articles

RentAir Offshore and ART Power Solutions merge to deliver wider offering to global oil and gas industry

05.10.2016
RentAir Offshore and ATR Power Solutions have effectively merged to become one company, offering a broader service to the global energy industry. This follows the successful merger of their parent companies, Centurion Group and ATR Group, earlier this year. The new combined business, which will trade under the Rentair Offshore brand, brings together the complementary expertise, products and services of both companies in the rental of specialist air compression, steam and power generation equipment to support oil & gas production, well testing, fabric maintenance and renewables.

Allspeeds announces Webtool ROV Cut Loop Cutter for BOP during Well Intervention

05.10.2016
Hydraulic cutters and systems specialist Allspeeds, the designers and manufacturers of Webtool, announces a compact ROV cut loop cutter for emergency activation of a Blow Out Preventer (BOP). The Webtool cut loop cutter will sever the cutting loop to activate the BOP in the event other measures have failed. Subsea intervention involves the use of remotely operated tools that often include cut loops as a redundancy measure to prevent a blow out once all ‘topside’ solutions have failed to work. The cut loop prevents pressure lock in the hydraulic system needed to activate the BOP.

Invaluable diving terms document published as IMCA, ADCI AND IOGP JIP

05.10.2016
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published ‘ADCI/IOGP/IMCA Diving Terms’ as IMCA D 057. “This invaluable document has been prepared as a joint industry project (JIP) involving representatives from IMCA, the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) in the United States, and the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) Diving Industry Work Group (DIWG),” explains Richard Benzie.

ROVOP expands fleet and innovates to help operators reduce costs by 40% Vehicle first for Gulf of Mexico

05.10.2016
Independent subsea remotely operated vehicle (ROV) service provider ROVOP has expanded its fleet of ROVs for the US region. The company has taken delivery of a new vehicle which will be the first of its kind for the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) and, in a direct response to market conditions, is set to help operators reduce costs by 40%. The commercially-proven Seaeye Leopard electric work class ROV, the most powerful vehicle for its size in the world, adds to ROVOP’s existing capability at its Houston base.

Ocean Minerals, LLC Signs Agreement for Exclusive Rights to Prospect and Explore for Rare Earth Enriched Sediments in the Cook Islands Exclusive Economic Zone

05.10.2016
Recent discoveries indicate potential new sources of rare earth elements and scandium in the deep seabed. Ocean Minerals, LLC (Ocean Minerals) has identified areas of prospective potential in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Cook Islands, and has entered into an agreement with the Cook Islands government for exclusive rights to prospect and explore these areas.

Marine snow fuels life on the sea-floor

05.10.2016
City-sized maps of terrain and life on the sea-floor have revealed that drifts of ‘marine snow’ on submarine hillsides act as a source of food to fuel a higher biomass of marine life on the hills than on the flatter plains surrounding hills. This finding comes from research published today in Nature Scientific Reports by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), which may help improve understanding of how features, like hillside slopes and plateaus, add complexity to seafloor habitats and help drive the distribution of marine life.

Global OSCC 2016 Award finalists revealed

05.10.2016
THE top three international employers and training providers shortlisted to compete to be crowned winners at the annual OPITO Safety and Competency Awards in Kuala Lumpur have been announced today (28th September, 2016). Shell Nigeria, Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) and McDermott are shortlisted in the Employer of the Year category, while PT Sampson Tiara, Wild Geese and Grupo Stier have been named in the OPITO approved Training Provider of the Year section. The winning companies in each category will be unveiled during the 2016 OPITO Safety & Competency Conference (OSCC), in partnership with PETRONAS, at The Royale Chulan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday 16th November.

Europe collaborates to coordinate open ocean observatories

05.10.2016
European scientists are joining forces to better understand oceanic change, by coordinating ocean data acquisition, analysis and response on scales ranging from the provincial to the global. Marking a major milestone, the first Assembly of Members meeting of the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water-column Observatory (EMSO) will be held September 28-29th in Rome, Italy

SEAMOR Marine Ltd.announces the launch of a new Auxiliary Camera

05.10.2016
NANAIMO, September 23, 2016 !4 An innovative product has been launched by SEAMOR Marine Ltd. An in-house designed and produced Auxiliary Camera has been developed to expand the capabilities of a underwater remotely-operated vehicles (ROV).

AC-ROV’s in Gdansk and Szczecin

28.09.2016
Escort S.P our Polish distributor of AC-CESS products has been awarded the contract to supply specialised underwater equipment for inspection of harbours throughout Poland. The AC-ROV has been purchased to be integrated into 2 new vessels which were under construction at the time of the sale. Arek Markowski of Escort Sp. Zo.o said “The vessels will service 2 harbours in Poland, one in Gdansk and the other in Szczecin. The AC-ROV’s will be carrying out general harbour inspections by the harbour vessels”.


Fugro selects Sonardyne acoustics for flagship Brazilian vessel

27.09.2016
Brazil’s most advanced ROV support vessel (RSV), the Fugro Aquarius, has specified acoustic positioning technology supplied by Sonardyne Brasil Ltda., to support its subsea inspection, repair and maintenance activities in the region. Already delivered and fully commissioned, the Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) system is being used to track the precise position of the vessel’s Work-class ROVs in water depths of upto 3,000 metres. It is also providing the vessel’s dynamic positioning (DP) system with position reference data to allow it to remain on-location whilst survey operations are underway.

Meet Helix Canyon Offshore at WindEnergy Hamburg'16 this Week.

27.09.2016
Meet Helix Canyon Offshore at WindEnergy Hamburg'16

Topaz secures management contract for 3 vessels

26.09.2016
Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company, has been appointed the technical managers of three vessels by a consortium comprising Blue Water Shipping A/S and Kazmortransflot (KMTF), in connection with the TCO developed Tengiz oil field in Kazakhstan.

Hydro 2016 at hand in Rostock-Warnemünde

26.09.2016
The German Hydrographic Society (DHyG) to stage the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies’ (IFHS) 2016 symposium and exhibition in Rostock-Warnemünde, Germany, from 8-10 November 2016. Venue will be the spacious Yachthafenresidenz Hohe Düne Hotel overlooking the Baltic Sea. 300 to 400 participants from all sectors of the hydrographic and related professions are envisaged and 48 exhibitors will provide their latest developments. Presentations in 14 sessions will cover the emerging topics ranging from the Perspectives of Hydrographic to Space Hydrography, covering strategic, practical and technical issues. All this accompanied by specialist workshops, on-water demonstrations and open ships.

Topaz secures substantial contracts Combined vessel contracts worth in excess of US$500 million

26.09.2016
Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company, has secured substantial contracts in connection with the development of the Tengiz oilfield in Kazakhstan during 2016. The two contract wins announced in the second and third quarter together represent revenue of more than US$500 million. The two contracts bring Topaz’s backlog to approximately US$1.7 billion.

UK’s largest marine robot mission is underway off northwest Scotland

22.09.2016
An ambitious two-week mission involving ten marine robots has commenced off northwest Scotland. The third in a series of demonstrator missions, this latest phase sees the largest fleet of marine robotic vehicles simultaneously deployed in UK waters. The mission comprises seven submarine gliders and three surface Wave Gliders that are working together in fleets to collect a range of environmental data. The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) started the ‘Exploring Ocean Fronts’ programme in 2014, working with partners across science, government and industry to field-test novel marine autonomous systems for long-endurance ocean monitoring

Fugro's Cable lay spread reduces vessel downtime at offshore wind farm developments

21.09.2016
An innovative development by Fugro for its work class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) has been utilised successfully in cable lay touchdown monitoring operations at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. A new track base unit, fitted to its FCV ROV, has been introduced to ensure highly accurate cable positioning during cable lay operations in strong currents. The new track base unit ensures the continuation of operations in strong currents by enabling the ROV to run along the seabed instead of flying through the water. The unit is fitted to the existing ROV frame but can be detached easily if required. It was developed following another project for E.ON at the Humber Gateway Offshore Wind Farm in 2015, where Fugro introduced a compact custom-made cable lay spread that included new 3D sonar technology to supplement ROV support and provide precise monitoring of cable touchdown. During this project in the North Sea Fugro experienced currents as high as 3.5 knots.

Unique Group adds Sonardyne SPRINT and Syrinx technologies to European rental pool

21.09.2016
Hydrographic survey and diving equipment specialists, Unique Group, has selected subsea vehicle positioning and navigation technology from Sonardyne International Ltd, to add to its expanding equipment rental pool. The SPRINT Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) and Syrinx Doppler Velocity Logs (DVLs) will be held at the company’s regional headquarters in Aberdeen and made available to support survey and construction projects using ROVs and AUVs in water depths up to 4,000 metres.
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