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Imaging the Future

Jan 31, 2019

Once upon a time, visual inspection of subsea infrastructure meant divers taking still cameras down to the seafloor, hoping that the camera casing wouldn’t flood, or that the film wouldn’t be over exposed or destroyed during development. Even using the first remotely operated vehicles (ROV) with a live video feed, it was difficult to catch a long enough sight of an inspection target, due to limited control and positioning functionality if there was any level of current…

ABS: Guidance for Remote Inspection Technologies

Mar 07, 2019

Classification society ABS has published new guidance notes detailing best practices for their use on class surveys and non-class inspections.The Guidance Notes on the Use of Remote Inspection Technologies cover pilot-operated unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)…

Kraken Debuts New Synthetic Aperture Sonar

Mar 06, 2019

A new synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) unveiled this week by Kraken Robotics Inc. is designed to provide ultra high definition seabed mapping with superior area coverage rates, according to the developer.'Kraken’s latest development, the AquaPix MINSAS-240 sensor…

Kraken Receives $2.3 Mln from Ocean Infinity

Mar 05, 2019

Kraken Robotics Inc. announced Tuesday it has received $2.3 million from Ocean Infinity from the exercise of 5,760,000 warrants that had been issued in connection with the company’s private placement of units to Ocean Infinity in June 2018.…

DEME Offshore, SABCA Sign Drone Pact

Mar 03, 2019

Two Belgian companies - Aerospace industry supplier SABCA and DEME Offshore - have formed a partnership to use drones for inspection services in the offshore wind energy industry.SABCA, a leading tier 1 aerospace industry supplier and DEME Offshore…

Naviera Tramarsa Adds Another ROV

Feb 28, 2019

Offshore operator Naviera Tramarsa has extended its subsea vehicle fleet with a new Cougar XT remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) from manufacturer Saab Seaeye.The 2,000m rated Cougar XT will enter operations in May 2019, joining the company’s Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV…

DOF Bags Three ROV Contracts in Brazil

Feb 25, 2019

Norwegian supply shipping company DOF Subsea has been awarded contracts for three remotely operated (ROV) Support Vessels (RSV) with Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras).All contracts have a firm duration of three years and can be extended for another two years…

Skandi Olinda Begins Petrobras Job

Feb 20, 2019

The newly delivered Skandi Olinda flexible lay and construction vessel owned by a 50/50 joint venture of TechnipFMC and DOF Subsea has commenced an eight-year charter contract with Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras).'Skandi Olinda has state-of-the-art pipelay and marine technology…

Offshore ROV Market: $330m by 2025

Feb 17, 2019

The global market for remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), which are a vital part of underwater activities in offshore, is valued at USD 210 million  in 2018 is expected to reach USD 330 million by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of 6.3% during 2019-2025…

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…

Saab Seaeye Progresses Vehicle Residency

Feb 14, 2019

Saab Seaeye said it has shown that underwater e-robotic vehicles can dock at remote deepwater sub-resident docking stations for data transfer, assignment instructions and battery charging.The underwater robotics company said its Sabertooth hybrid…

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…

OPT and Saab Seaeye Partner

Feb 01, 2019

Ocean energy solutions provider Ocean Power Technologies, Inc. electric underwater robotic systems manufacturer Saab Seaeye Ltd, have entered a nonexclusive agreement to jointly develop and market solutions for autonomous underwater vehicle…

SMD Shanghai Delivers Quantum MkIII WROV

Jan 30, 2019

Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) Shanghai has completed the manufacture and commissioning of a Quantum MkIII work-class remotely operated vehicle (WROV) at itsLingang facility.This is the first WROV to be built at their facility since its opening in 2018…

Saipem to Advance Shell's FlatFish Technology

Jan 09, 2019

Italian oil and gas contractor Saipem said it will work with Shell to further enhance key features of the oil major’s proprietary subsea autonomous vehicle, FlatFish.Since March 2018, Saipem has been the sole developer of FlatFish technology for Shell…

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