ROV Planet Articles

Saipem Subsea Drone for Inspection of Shell and Petrobras Fields in Brazil

24.05.2022
Saipem has been awarded a contract by Shell and Petrobras for the utilisation of its FlatFish subsea drone in two pilot projects encompassing the inspection campaigns of two ultra-deepwater fields offshore Brazil, operated respectively by the two energy companies. These two projects with Shell and Petrobras are pilots and fall within the framework of the research and development programme of ANP, the Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels. The target is to qualify the drone to execute unmanned, vessel-free inspections to support the monitoring and maintenance campaigns of the subsea infrastructures.

Blue Robotics Announces the T500 Thruster

24.05.2022
Torrance based Blue Robotics announced their newest product, the T500 Thruster. The T500 Thruster is an underwater thruster that produces 16 kgf (35.5 lb) of thrust and can be used on remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs), unmanned surface vessels (USV), unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs), and human-carrying vehicles like kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.

New Video: RTS NEMO Subsea Navigator

24.05.2022
RTS Introduces NEMO. NEMO is a highly accurate Inertial Navigation System with Integrated Doppler, delivered in a compact design, ready to use in your underwater vehicle. Today, hydroacoustic position reference systems are very common. But these systems are reliant on good weather conditions to provide stable position data and can therefore have a lack of control in rough weather.

Claxton Signs Collaboration Agreement with Seabed Solutions to Enhance Decommissioning Offer

24.05.2022
Claxton, a brand in marine energy and infrastructure services company Acteon, has signed a collaboration agreement with Norwegian-based supplier Seabed Solutions to add value to decommissioning projects, helping operators fulfil their obligation to return subsea sites to their natural state. The partnership simplifies procurement, increases project execution efficiency and reduces costs for infrastructure owners by offering a wider range of dredging, excavation, cutting and decommissioning equipment and services through one contract, a single interface and by using a combined offshore crew.

Tonga Eruption Discoveries Defy Expectations

23.05.2022
New findings from the record-breaking Tongan volcanic eruption are “surprising and unexpected”, say scientists from New Zealand’s National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). NIWA’s research vessel, RV Tangaroa, has returned from a month-long expedition as part of The Nippon Foundation-funded Tonga Eruption Seabed Mapping Project (TESMaP), where scientists were studying the effects of January’s eruption of Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha'apai (HT – HH).

Fugro Brings High-efficiency Geotech Rig to US for Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind

23.05.2022
Fugro is back on the water for Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind (Atlantic Shores), performing a third year of integrated site characterisation services for the New Jersey-based offshore wind farm developer.

Ocean Robotics Planet Magazine Issue 31

20.05.2022
Ocean Robotics Planet Magazine Issue 31: Events Calendar & Welcome to Ocean Robotics Planet - QYSEA Technology Redefining Ocean Robotics - Hydrus: A Dawning AUV Drone Revolution - Floating Offshore Wind: A Subsea Market Opportunity - Russia’s New “Poseidon” Super-Weapon: What You Need to Know - U.S. Marine Corps Explores Using Unmanned Surface Vehicles - SeapiX-FLS Series Ensuring Safe Navigation with a Forward-Looking Sonar - Poster: Subsea Tooling Services T-REX - Combined Massflow/Dredging Tool - The Limiting Factor: Journey to the Bottom of the Ocean - HUGIN Edge Making a Splash - SleekShip: An Innovative Solution for the Inspection and Cleaning of Biofouling on Ship Hulls - Top Ten Plus One Educational ROVs for 2022 - Schmidt Ocean Institute Donates Research Vessel to the National Research Council - Meet the Mantas: Game Changing USV Prepares for Summer Deployments - Endurance is Found...

EVENT: UDT 2022 takes teamwork to the Grey Zone

20.05.2022
Senior military personnel and industry experts will put the operational dynamic of ‘the Grey Zone’ front and centre when the global undersea defence community comes together at UDT 2022 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in June. The Grey Zone’s complexity, ambiguity and importance is widely recognised by military planners and governments. Offensive operations in this space, if well planned and executed, can preclude categorical attribution whilst also avoiding a substantial military reprisal, and yet can potentially contribute significantly to the long-term strategic goals of the aggressor.

World’s First Hydrogen-Producing Offshore Wind Turbine Gets £9.3million Funding Boost

20.05.2022
Vattenfall has been awarded £9.3m in innovation funding from the ‘Net Zero Innovation Portfolio Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2’ fund by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The funding will be used to develop the world’s first hydrogen-producing offshore wind turbine, with the electrolyser sited directly onto an existing operational turbine.

Armach Robotics Launches First Production Hull Service Robot

16.05.2022
Following an extensive technological development phase, Armach Robotics (Armach), a spin-off company from Marine software pioneer GREENSEA SYSTEMS INC. (Greensea) has unveiled its first post-prototype Hull Service Robot (HSR).


World's First 35-Metre “Under Water Entertainment Platform” Submarine Revealed

13.05.2022
Global leader in manned submersibles, U-Boat Worx, is excited to announce the launch of a completely new class of submarine – one that has been designed to host the most prestigious and memorable events on the planet. The “Under Water Entertainment Platform”, or UWEP for short, is a completely autonomous submersible with capacity for up to 120 guests, excluding crew. Guests will experience diving to depths up to 200 meters in comfort and style, and are free to walk around just as they would aboard a cruise ship.

Empire Wind Selects Edison Chouest Offshore to Provide Plug-in Hybrid Service Operations Vessel

13.05.2022
Empire Offshore Wind, a joint venture between Equinor and bp, has awarded a long-term service operations vessel charter agreement to US marine transportation provider, Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO).

Saipem Launches its New "Underwater Cold Bending" Technology for Sustainable Subsea Pipelaying

13.05.2022
Saipem launches its new sustainable technology for subsea pipelaying which considerably reduces environmental impacts on the seabed. The "Underwater Cold Bending" technology was presented during the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), one of the leading international events in the offshore energy sector.

SeaCAT: Cost-Effective and Low Environmental Impact Unmanned Inspection Solution for Offshore MRE Infrastructures

12.05.2022
To carry out unmanned inspection missions on offshore wind farms and more generally for all offshore infrastructures, Subsea Tech has developed the SeaCAT. SeaCAT is a multi-drone solution combining a surface drone (USV - Unmanned Surface Vehicle), an underwater robot (ROV - Remotely Operated Vehicle) and an aerial drone (UAV - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) for the inspection of structures from the foundations to the tip of the blades.

Cellula Robotics Partners with Trusted Autonomous Systems and the Royal Australian Navy on the SeaWolf XLUUV Project

12.05.2022
Cellula Robotics Ltd. (Cellula) is pleased to announce we are six months into a contract with Trusted Autonomous Systems (TAS), to develop the next generation of fuel cell powered, Extra-Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (XLUUV). Funded by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and in collaboration with sovereign sub-contractors, project SeaWolf is set to debut the first 12m XLUUV hull in the fourth quarter of 2022.

NOAA and Partners to Explore of Historic Shipwrecks

12.05.2022
Beginning May 15, the public can join NOAA scientists and partner researchers as they explore the shipwreck of the USS Monitor, natural reefs and the maritime cultural landscape off the North Carolina coast. The two week mission — titled “Valor in the Atlantic” — will use state-of-the-art, remotely-piloted submersibles and other technologies to explore notable sites surrounding America’s first National Marine Sanctuary.

Havfram Announces New African EPRD Award from PETRONAS in Mauritania

12.05.2022
Havfram announced today that PC Mauritania 1 Pty. Ltd. a wholly owned subsidiary of PETRONAS has awarded Havfram a contract for the provision of Engineering, Procurement, Retrieval and Disposal (EPRD) Services for the Abandonment and Decommissioning of Subsea Facilities at Chinguetti and Banda Fields, offshore Mauritania, in March 2022. PETRONAS is a global energy and solutions partner and ranked amongst the largest corporations in Fortune Global 500®.

MacArtney Appoints New Managing Director for UK from Own Ranks

11.05.2022
MacArtney, the world leader in underwater technology, has appointed 52-year-old Kevin Murray as the Managing Director of MacArtney UK, based in Aberdeen.
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