ROV Planet Articles

Sonardyne Performs 3D Mobile Mapping of Seabed Using 2G Robotics’ Underwater Laser Scanner

Subsea technology company Sonardyne International Ltd recently used 2G Robotics’ underwater laser scanning equipment to dynamically map the seabed in Monterey Bay, California. This high resolution deep water mapping of Sur Ridge was performed using 2G Robotics’ ULS-500 underwater laser scanner mounted to an ROV.

The MTS/IEEE OCEANS'16 Conference in Shanghai

The MTS/IEEE OCEANS'16 Conference was recently held in April 2016 in Shanghai, China.

SEAMOR Marine Helps Recover Sunken Local Tugboat

When two tugboats collided off the coast of Nanaimo in late May 2016, SEAMOR Marine Ltd. was quick on the scene to offer help. The accident occurred the evening of May 24, 2016 in the south of Nanaimo between Duke Point and Gabriola Island. Two tug boats were running alongside one another, when one ship, the C.T. Titan, swerved and crashed into the smaller Albern tug. Two crew members were safely pulled from the water, but the Albern rolled and sank to the bottom of the Northumberland Channel. The sunken tug suffered damage to its fuel tanks, slowly releasing fuel into the channel at the rate of five-foot diameter patches of oil every ten minutes. At 105 metres of depth, with substantial tidal impacts and moderate current in the channel, there were concerns that the oil spill could worsen.

C-Kore Systems awarded contract for Statoil for Subsea Monitoring Tools

C-Kore Systems Ltd has been awarded a contract to supply Statoil with Subsea Electrical Monitoring Tools. Statoil will be using the tools to monitor the insulation resistance and continuity of a new control umbilical during its installation at a field outside Bergen in the northern part of the North Sea.

Fugro to perform integrity management support under Det norske contract

Fugro has been awarded a three-year contract for integrity management support (IMS) and intervention works for Det norske in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.

North-east pupils to compete stateside in international underwater robotics competition

Two teams of north-east school pupils are set to travel to the United States to compete in an international underwater robotics competition. The teams, from Mintlaw Academy and Robert Gordon’s College, will compete in the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Centre’s 2016 ROV international final in Houston later this month.

SCS & Forum Technology Showcase Success

An invitation only technology showcase organised by Subsea Commercial Services (SCS) in conjunction with Forum Energy Technologies (Forum) has been hailed a success by all those involved. With the objective of introducing new subsea technologies from three manufacturers to the Aberdeen Oil and Gas sector, the two-day event was well attended with positive feedback and outcomes for Forum and all the equipment manufacturers taking part.

Forum launches new deep-water test tank and gains industry accreditation at new European centre

Leading subsea technology provider Forum Energy Technologies (UK) Limited has unveiled a deep water test facility and received industry accreditation for the calibration laboratory at its new European Operational Centre in Aberdeen. The indoor test tank is one of the largest in the North-east of Scotland and is dedicated to testing subsea tooling and survey sensors as well as work-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).

Fugro secures geotechnical site investigation contract at Hollandse Kust (zuid) wind farm zone

Fugro has been awarded a geotechnical site investigation survey contract for the Hollandse Kust (zuid) Wind Farm Zone. This follows previous contracts awarded earlier this year for geophysical survey and metocean monitoring at the same site. The work will be performed using dedicated geotechnical DP2 vessels from the Fugro fleet. Taking place over a period of two months, it will result in an integrated geological/geotechnical soil model of the site.

JW Fishers offers $$$ for photos and videos

JW Fishers is inviting customers in commercial diving, law enforcement, military, marine archaeology, and recreational diving to submit photos and videos of their underwater search equipment. A $250 gift certificate will be given for each video interesting enough to post on our website, and a $100 gift certificate for each good photo.

Subsea Industry Urges Government to Support the UK’s £9billion Sector in the Face of Lower Oil Prices

MPs and Cabinet Ministers will be urged to do everything they can to protect the £9billion subsea industry at a Parliamentary Reception this week.

BaltRobotics Sp.z.o.o. had been selected as one of the 20 finalists of the Award

BaltRobotics Sp.z.o.o. had been selected as one of the 20 finalists of the Award: " START UP WORLD-2016 " with the solution "Wireless Underwater Acoustic Video Communication Channel - "AUV-based" one <>

Next Generation Wire Rope Lubricant Continues to Impress

New trials of a technologically advanced wire rope lubricant introduced to the international market by ROCOL have prompted highly positive feedback from a leading offshore contractor.

ROVOP has been awarded £3million worth of new contracts

Independent remotely operated vehicle (ROV) provider ROVOP has been awarded £3million worth of new contracts, which sees the company expanding into two new territories. For the first time ROVOP will complete projects in South East Asia and Mexico, signalling success for both its Aberdeen and Houston bases.

Tekmar Trial Proves Successful at The Underwater Centre

Tekmar Energy, which supplies cable protection systems (CPS) to the offshore windfarm industry, has successfully carried out a full-scale demonstration of its products at The Underwater Centre, the subsea training and trials facility based in Fort William The objective of the demonstration was to prove the ability to rapidly and reliably remove a CPS without the need for divers. This is particularly key for the future as offshore windfarm projects are being installed in increasingly deeper waters where diving becomes more dangerous and costly.

NSRI to showcase UK’s academic expertise

The National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) is bringing together academic experts from across the country to come up with a collaborative approach to unlocking the potential of small pools of hydrocarbons in the North Sea. NSRI is hosting an event in Aberdeen on 22 June to highlight the expert skills that are housed in the UK’s top universities which will help recover 1-1.8 billion barrels of oil which currently cannot be exploited economically. Universities, technology developers and the wider industry will come together to hear about the capability the UK academic community has to meet the challenges, and the developments which can ultimately help progress concepts through to infield implementation.

Subsea Survey Shows Sales Down in £9bn Sector but Investment in Technology and Exports Vital to Secure Sector’s Future

A snapshot survey by industry body, Subsea UK, has revealed that, while sales have dropped since the oil price collapse, the UK’s subsea industry is maintaining its investment in technology and looking to increase exports.

North Sea infrastructure deals in the pipeline, says Deloitte

The North Sea will see a rise in infrastructure deals this year, with private equity funds playing an increasing role in midstream assets, according to business advisory firm Deloitte. Against the backdrop of a low oil price, more oil and gas companies are looking to rationalise their portfolios and divest non-core assets in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS), the firm said – with private equity and specialist infrastructure funds likely purchasers.

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