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A Sliding Scale of Residency

Apr 30, 2019

Seabed deployed remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV) are already here. Since early last year, IKM Subsea has been operating its Merlin UCV R-ROV (resident ROV) from a cage placed beneath Norwegian operator Equinor’s Snorre B production facility offshore Norway. It’s powered by and connected to, for communications and control, the Snorre B facility and deployed for three-months at a time before being retrieved for maintenance…

iXblue Wins OWF Survey in France

Jun 13, 2019

iXblue said its Sea Operations division has been selected by developer EOLFI to conduct the geophysical survey of the future Groix & Belle-Île pilot floating wind farm located in the South of Brittany, off the west coast of France.The survey…

Modus Acquires Second Sabertooth HAUV

May 06, 2019

UK-based underwater vehicle services company Modus Seabed Intervention has agreed with Saab Seaeye to buy its second Sabertooth hybrid autonomous underwater vehicle (HAUV).The 3,000-meter rated Sabertooth will be equipped with extended autonomous…

The “Disruption” in AUV Trends

Feb 15, 2019

Missions—it’s all a question of missions. The mission decides the payload, battery capacity, size and processing power of an autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV. King among these is payload, from which market disruption is just waiting to happen…

Teledyne Gavia Unveils 6000m Rated AUV

Feb 05, 2019

Teledyne Gavia announced Tueasday that it will formally introduce its new 6,000 meter rated autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) in April.The newly designed SeaRaptor AUV is slated to make its official debut at the Ocean Business trade exhibition in the U…

Swire Seabed Orders a HUGIN AUV

Jan 17, 2019

Bergen based Swire Seabed has ordered its first autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), a HUGIN system configured for commercial survey applications from manufacturer Kongsberg Maritime, the firm announced Thursday.According to Swire Seabed, the…

Ocean Infinity to Conduct AUV Surveys for Petrobras

Jan 16, 2019

U.S. based seabed survey and ocean exploration company Ocean Infinity announced Wednesday that its Brazilian partner has been awarded a contract to provide high-resolution hydrographic mapping services to Brazilian national oil company Petrobras…

Fugro deploys second vessel for Gigante Survey

Jun 29, 2016

Fugro has deployed multi-purpose offshore survey vessel Fugro Gauss to join the Fugro Brasilis offshore Mexico, to help complete the world’s largest seep-hunting survey for multiclient geoscience data company, TGS. Both Fugro vessels…

The need for speed

May 01, 2016

There’s a war on: who can produce the fastest inspection ROV with the highest quality data? Elaine Maslin explains. The Surveyor Interceptor. Image from MMT.  Is it a bird, is it a plane…

Horizon adds new geoscience vessel

Aug 07, 2015

UAE-headquartered Horizon Geosciences has added a new vessel to its fleet for work in the North Sea and West Africa. A multi-disciplinary IMCA and OVID approved DP1 survey vessel with a proven track record in the North Sea and Arctic…

Fugro awarded BG International MBES survey

Aug 03, 2015

Fugro has been awarded a contract by BG International Ltd. Sucursal Honduras to conduct an integrated multibeam echosounder (MBES) survey and seabed coring campaign over its offshore acreage (block) in the Honduran Caribbean. As part of BG’s exploration license commitments…

Fugro Americas completes first job

Jul 09, 2015

On 11 June 2015, Fugro’s premier geophysical survey vessel, the Fugro Americas, successfully completed a data-collection project for a geochemical coring campaign in the Caribbean. The project marks the maiden voyage of the new-build vessel…

Fugro takes delivery of newbuild

Mar 24, 2015

Fugro took delivery of the Fugro Americas, a newbuild shallow draft survey vessel this month. The Fugro Americas. From Fugro.   Custom designed to Fugro’s specifications, the vessel…

Fugro wins Statoil, Gassco pipeline inspection contract

Mar 13, 2015

Statoil Petroleum and Gassco awarded the 2015 annual pipeline inspection contract to Fugro. The Geo Prospector. From Fugro.   The contract covers inspection of defined sections of subsea…

Testing the waters

Oct 03, 2014

Elaine Maslin reports on Subsea 7’s new autonomous inspection vehicle and an AUV specification that has been put out for tender by French major Total. Subsea 7’s AIV. Images from Subsea 7.  Life-of-field autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV)…

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