ROV Planet Articles

VisualSoft selected for the world’s most advanced cable-laying vessel

12.07.2017
Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. has announced a new contract that will see its market-leading pipeline and cable survey software installed on the world’s most advanced cable laying support vessel, the NKT Victoria.

OPITO appoints CEO

12.07.2017
Global safety, standards and workforce development organisation OPITO has appointed John McDonald as CEO as the organisation seeks to further drive the international skills agenda for the oil and gas industry.

Atlas Professionals secures new Operations and Maintenance contract with DONG Energy

11.07.2017
Following a successful and highly competitive tender process to support Heavy Lift Operations and Support activities across the UK, Germany and Denmark Atlas Professionals have signed a 2 year deal with Dong Energy. The contract sees Atlas Professionals become the sole provider of skilled WTG Technician’s Level 4 & 7, Heavy Lift Supervisors and Managers to support Operations and Maintenance programmes on wind farms across the three territories.

Webtool Announces First Electro-Hydraulic Power Pack for Smaller ROVs at Offshore Europe 2017

11.07.2017
Hydraulic cutting tools specialist, Webtool, is announcing the industry’s first battery-powered, high pressure hydraulic power pack, enabling smaller and inspection class ROVs access to the Webtool range of hydraulic wire rope and softline fibre rope cutters, at Offshore Europe 2017. In addition, the stand will feature the Webtool Cable Retrieval Tool (CRT200), developed in consultation with international certification body and classification society, DNVGL, and the Webtool portable, softline, deck emergency cutter for offshore vessels. The lightweight, battery powered power pack gives electric ROVs a Webtool cutting capability for softline ropes and guidewires. Called EHP350, it is designed to be used with Webtool wire rope and softline at water depths up to 1000m.

Stress Engineering Services appoints Brian Weaver as sales manager

11.07.2017
Stress Engineering Services, Inc., (SES) the global leader in consulting engineering services, has appointed Brian Weaver as sales manager. As part of the firm’s global growth strategy, Weaver will be based in Houston and co-ordinate sales for the upstream, midstream, materials, testing and measurement and control practices for SES.

DNV GL increases research and testing portfolio in UK

10.07.2017
DNV GL has reorganised their research and testing capability in the UK adding a facility at Bishop Auckland, County Durham, UK, to the portfolio. The site, formerly known as the Flow Centre, has been positioned to complement and enhance the research and testing capability at Spadeadam in Cumbria, increasing the scope across the two centres.

Ampelmann introduces the motion compensated gangway to support work in higher sea states

10.07.2017
Ampelmann has announced the launch of its latest gangway for personnel transfer: the A-type Enhanced Performace (AEP). Now providing clients with 10% greater workability in sea states up to 4m significant wave height; the AEP also has the ability to use smaller vessels to obtain similar performance (compared to current A-type).

Atlas Professionals and Programmed sign off on acquisition and Joint Venture

10.07.2017
On 10 July Atlas Professionals B.V. (Atlas Professionals) signed the final agreement with Programmed Maintenance Services Limited (Programmed) for the acquisition of the international activities of Programmed Marine and the formation of a 50/50 joint venture for offshore and marine manning services in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ).

UTM Consultants Ltd aims to build subsea talent network

10.07.2017
A new UK-based company which aims to address the immediate and long-term skills needs of the global marine energy sector, has launched today (Monday 10th July). 

Ashtead Strengthens Aberdeen NDT Team

07.07.2017
Subsea equipment specialist Ashtead Technology has announced the appointment of Scott Stephen as its new Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) sales manager.

Ocean Installer Awarded Statoil Contract For Johan Sverdrup, Utgard And Bauge Projects

06.07.2017
Ocean Installer has been awarded a contract for subsea installations and tie-in operations for Statoil on Johan Sverdrup, as well as Utgard and Bauge.

C-Kore Systems signs agreement with Shell for subsea technology

06.07.2017
C-Kore Systems have developed a new subsea technology which will save the UKCS subsea industry time and money.

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Helps Develop Revolutionary Subsea Product

06.07.2017
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions’ goes ‘above and beyond’ in helping to solve a complex subsea challenge which has opened up new opportunities.

Fugro Continues Inspection, Repair And Maintenance Services For Petrobras In Brazil

04.07.2017
Fugro has been awarded a further 2-year contract by Petrobras to provide comprehensive inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) and pipeline inspection services in Brazil.

Lifetime Achievement Award for Heriot-Watt University Gas Hydrates Expert

30.06.2017
Professor Bahman Tohidi, Director of the Centre for Gas Hydrate Research and Centre for Flow Assurance Research (C-FAR) at Heriot-Watt, has been given the International Lifetime Achievement Award at the 9th International Conference on Gas Hydrates, in Denver, Colorado.

M2 Subsea awarded internationally recognised DNV-GL certifications

29.06.2017
M2 Subsea, the global independent provider of ROV services, has been awarded a raft of industry certifications from DNV-GL for its management system standards, just seven months after starting up. The Aberdeen-headquartered company received two of the internationally recognised ISO certifications for its quality management systems, both to the latest 2015 standards. The ISO 9001: 2015 promotes the adoption of a process approach and underpins M2 Subsea’s commitment to consistency, continual improvement and customer satisfaction. The accreditation was awarded following an independent assessment of M2 Subsea’s quality management.

JW Fishers’ ROVs Used for Tank Inspection Services

29.06.2017
Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV) are used throughout the world for a variety of projects by many different entities. From military, police, fire, and rescue teams searching for lost evidence or drowning victims to commercial diving companies performing inspections on various types of tanks and ship hulls, ROVs have become a staple in underwater search and survey operations. JW Fishers’ Seaotter-2 and SeaLion-2 are the ROVs that many agencies purchase when they need the right tools for the job. A variety of options are available from a mountable sector scanning sonar (SCAN-650) to a Remote Metal Detector (RMD-1). Using an ROV in tandem with a SCAN-650 allows the end user to drive the vehicle around a target area shooting video while also scanning the area using sonar to create a detailed computer image of the surrounding environment. This proves to be quite useful when operating in dark water where video feed doesn’t quite do the job. The RMD-1 is another indispensable accessory that turns an ROV into a metal detecting machine and is interchangeable on ANY manufactures vehicle!

Micro Studio Camera 4K Captures Underwater Footage for BBC and NHK as Part of EagleRay 4K

29.06.2017
Blackmagic Design today announced that its Micro Studio Camera 4K was chosen as part of the new EagleRay 4K underwater camera system, which is used to capture 4K footage up to 1,000 meters deep. Lee Frey, co-founder of Arctic Rays and manned submersible pilot for Alucia Productions, used the Micro Studio Camera 4K to capture footage during Antarctic expeditions for the BBC’s “Blue Planet II” and the NHK’s “Deep Ocean” series.
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