ROV Planet Articles

Blueprint Lab Picks Falcon for Manipulator Testing

09.06.2021
Electric robotic manipulator creator, Blueprint Lab, has chosen the Saab Seaeye Falcon as their lead in-house development platform for being a reliable, proven, and easily deployable vehicle.

Wind-based Electrification will Drive Europe to Net Zero

09.06.2021
Electrification is the most cost-effective way to decarbonise Europe’s economy according to a report from ETIPWind and WindEurope out today. Wind energy will lead the process: the EU sees it being half of Europe’s electricity by 2050. With the right investments in grids and technology, the combined rate of direct and indirect electrification will be 75% of Europe’s energy demand. And with further cost reductions in wind energy, a net-zero energy system will cost no more than our energy system costs today.

Aker Solutions Delivers Johan Sverdrup Platform Jacket on Schedule

08.06.2021
Today Aker Solutions delivers yet another steel substructure for the largest industry project ever in Norway, the Johan Sverdrup field. Previously, the company has delivered three platform jackets for phase 1. With this jacket for phase 2 of the project, four out of a total of five jackets have been built and delivered from Aker Solutions’ yard in Verdal, Norway. All platform substructures have been delivered on time, quality and budget. A key focus during the work has also been to improve execution models and to adapt for new types of jobs. As a result, future platform jackets for oil and gas and for renewable energy production can be delivered at a lower cost and with increased competitiveness.

Cranium Engineering Deploys C-Kore Units Again in Nigeria

08.06.2021
C-Kore Systems recently completed another successful campaign with VAYCO Oil tools and their Nigerian partner Cranium Engineering for a major oil operator offshore Nigeria. The CKore tools were used to test the electrical integrity of the subsea assets. With their quick results, the C-Kore tools insured minimum interruptions to the field, reducing the vessel time on the operation while not requiring any additional personnel offshore.

Sonardyne Sets UK Goal to Reach Net Zero by the End of 2025

08.06.2021
Marine technology equipment supplier Sonardyne is aiming to become carbon neutral by the end of 2025, making it the first company of its type in the UK subsea industry to publicly announce such an ambitious target.

Blue Robotics Introduces a New Brand and Line of Underwater Penetrators: WetLink and the WetLink Penetrator

08.06.2021
Torrance based Blue Robotics announced their newest concept and product, the WetLink family of products and the WetLink Penetrator. The WetLink Penetrator (WLP) is Blue Robotics’ next-generation solution for low-cost, high pressure, high reliability sealing of electrical cables as they pass into enclosures or other devices. It’s rated to a depth of 950 meters (3,116 feet) and compared to subsea connectors or penetrators, the WLP is a fraction of the cost while offering validated reliability. The first size of the WLP product is available now for $12 each and compatible with 6.0-6.5mm cable diameters.

Post-Brexit Reseller Partnership Unlocks Efficiencies in the European and UK Marine Survey Sectors

08.06.2021
Global subsea equipment rental company Seatronics, an Acteon company, and hydrographic equipment provider Subsea Europe Services GmbH (SES) have this week signed a reseller agreement to share capabilities, mutually expand their rental and sales portfolios, and optimise access and logistics for in-demand marine and subsea equipment rental.

OceanTools Launch Two New Cutting-edge Underwater Cameras

08.06.2021
OceanTools, based in Aberdeen, UK, global leaders in subsea engineering, have announced the launch of two high specification cameras, the C3 Wide Angle range, and the C5 Low Light ROV Navigation Camera.

2G Robotics Announces New Name (Voyis) and Leadership Team

08.06.2021
Leading subsea laser and imaging provider 2G Robotics has rebranded to Voyis and confirmed a new leadership team.

Rovco Launches New Hydrographic Division Named Rovco Survey Solutions

07.06.2021
Rovco today announced the launch of a new hydrographic services division, “Rovco Survey Solutions”, building on its experience as a leader in asset integrity and ROV projects. The Edinburgh and Bristol-based UK company is now offering a range of hydrographic, geophysical and site survey services across the offshore sector. They are pledging an investment of £9.5m in the new division, to be spent over the next 24 months. Rovco will expand its survey team, which has already flexed to more than 45 people for recent key projects, by welcoming an additional 8 new survey staff members this month.


Ashtead Technology Invests Over £1m in New EdgeTech Sonar Technology

07.06.2021
Global subsea equipment solutions specialist Ashtead Technology has invested over £1million in a range of EdgeTech sonar imaging and underwater technology systems to enhance its extensive equipment fleet.

Teledyne Marine to Host Virtual New Product Launch Week

07.06.2021
Teledyne Marine is pleased to announce that they will host a week-long series of webinars dedicated to introducing the industry to the 13 new products and technology advancements that have been released over the past 15-months. Throughout the global pandemic, Teledyne Marine has continued to develop and innovate solutions to address a variety of marine challenges.

Blueye Robotics releases its next-generation ROV with support for external equipment

07.06.2021
Blueye Robotics launches the X3, its third Blueye ROV model. Three Guest Ports open up endless possibilities for connecting external peripherals such as sonars, manipulators, sensors, cameras and lights. The tight integration with Blueye's user-upgradeable Blunux operating system makes the X3 both future-proof and easy-to-use.

Kraken and SH Defense Sign Cooperation Agreement for Containerized MCM Solutions

07.06.2021
Kraken Robotics Inc., Canada’s Ocean Company™, is pleased to announce that it has signed a cooperation agreement with SH Defense (SHD) of Denmark covering the design and sale of containerized mine countermeasure and other subsea surveillance sensor and robotic solutions.

Operation Ravenel: The Search for the Wreck has Begun in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon

03.06.2021
A research campaign aiming to find the wreck of the Ravenel fishing trawler, which disappeared back in January 1962 off the coast of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon (France), has begun on May 23, 2021. Despite several attempts over the past decades, the wreck remains unfound. Thanks to the use of DriX Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV), designed, developed and operated by iXblue, this new research campaign relies on unprecedented technological means to solve this mystery, that remains one of the most important shipwrecks in the history of French fishing.

Sonardyne and SeeByte Advance UMS Navigation and Autonomy in Challenging Environments

02.06.2021
Maritime defence technology company Sonardyne and uncrewed maritime systems (UMS) software experts SeeByte have been awarded UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) funding to enhance and extend the future operational capability of autonomous and remotely operated systems in challenging battlespace domains.

Fugro CEO Mark Heine Participates in UN Ocean Decade Launch Event

02.06.2021
Fugro CEO Mark Heine participated alongside world leaders and experts from a diverse range of stakeholder groups in the First International Ocean Decade Conference. The virtual high-level event was convened to celebrate the launch of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, a multifaceted initiative focused on reversing the cycle of decline in ocean health and creating improved conditions for sustainable ocean development worldwide.

Ocean Drones Brave Hurricanes to Make Coastal Communities Safer

01.06.2021
Saildrone is announcing a new mission to deploy five uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs) from the US Virgin Islands in August to gather key data throughout the 2021 Tropical Atlantic hurricane season. The USVs will be equipped with specially designed “hurricane wings” to enable them to operate in extreme conditions. Saildrones are the only USVs capable of collecting this data and are designed to withstand winds over 70 mph and waves over 10 feet, which occur during a hurricane weather system. The five saildrones will sail into the paths of hurricanes to provide valuable real-time observations for numerical hurricane prediction models and to collect new insights into how these large and destructive weather cells grow and intensify.
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