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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…

Norway: IMR to Use Kongsberg USVs, AUVs for Marine Ecosystem Monitoring

Mar 18, 2021

Norwegian maritime technology and equipment specialist Kongsberg Maritime will supply Norway’s Institute of Marine Research (IMR) with four autonomous vessels. The scope of supply includes two Kongsberg Maritime Sounder USVs (Unmanned Surface…

HydroSurv, Sonardyne in 'Transformative' USV Tech Collab for Offshore Industry

Feb 23, 2021

Uncrewed surface vehicle (USV) specialist HydroSurv Unmanned Survey has teamed up with marine technology specialist Sonardyne to develop and demonstrate what the companies say will be transformative seabed-to-shore sensing and data acquisition technologies for offshore operations…

Reach Subsea Working on Unmanned Surface Vehicles for ROV Ops Support

Jan 18, 2021

Norway-based offshore services company Reach Subsea is working to develop Unmanned Surface Vehicles dedicated to survey, inspection, and light repair projects.'For the past 18 months, Reach Subsea ASA (Reach) has been developing new and future-proof…

Unique Subsea Robots to Serve Norwegian Oil Industry from 2022

Oct 27, 2020

Norwegian subsea drone specialist Stinger Technology has entered into a collaboration agreement with the U.S. ocean robotics firm Houston Mechatronics.Houston Mechatronics is currently developing what has been described as one of the subsea…

Ultrabeam, USS team up to deliver Autonomous Pipeline Survey

Oct 19, 2020

Ultrabeam Hydrographic teamed up with Unmanned Survey Solutions (USS) to conduct a pair of subsea gas pipeline inspection surveys in Northern Ireland.   Both companies are based in the UK and offer unmanned platforms as an alternative to traditional manned survey vessels…

Fugro Orders Two SEA-KIT USVs

Aug 04, 2020

Dutch offshore surveying services provider Fugro has ordered two 12-meter SEA-KIT X class uncrewed surface vessels (USVs), with one bound for their Asia-Pacific region and the other for North Sea operations.Ivar de Josselin de Jong, Director Remote Inspection at Fugro…

NOAA Begins New England Offshore Study

Mar 16, 2020

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries has started a study of Atlantic cod and other commercial fish in Southern New England to gather data on the potential impact of offshore wind development on the species.As part of the three-year study…

UUV Market to Reach $7.64bln

Aug 15, 2019

The global unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) market was around USD 2.92 billion in 2018 and is expected to reach approximately USD 7.64 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of slightly above 14.91% between 2018 and 2025.The global unmanned underwater vehicles market is growing…

ForeCoast Software to Optimize Modus H-AUV

Jun 11, 2019

Subsea vehicles and services provider Modus Seabed Intervention has selected JBA Consulting’s operational management software ForeCoast Marine to help optimize the operation of its hybrid autonomous underwater vehicles (H-AUV).The H-AUV capability is part of a development program by Modus…

Offshore AUV, ROV Market to Grow 18.2%

Jun 11, 2019

The global market for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) and remotely operated vehicles (ROV) is predicted to propel at a robust compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.2% from 2017 to 2025, says a recent industry report.In 2016, the offshore AUV and ROV market was valued around worth of $2…

Oceaneering Lines Up Deepwater GoM Survey

Jun 10, 2019

Oceaneering International said it has secured a contract to perform the first-ever deepwater autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) survey in Mexican waters.The geophysical survey will be performed for BHP at its Trion development. Oceaneering will use the DP-2 Ocean Investigator…

Kraken Sets Up Unmanned Vehicles Facility

Jun 07, 2019

Kraken Robotics Inc. subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. said it has established a new facility in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia to field test and support its range of underwater robotic platforms and technologies.The new 4,000-square-foot Unmanned…

HMI to Develop AI-powered Subsea Manipulator Hands

Jun 05, 2019

US-based subsea robotics firm Houston Mechatronics, Inc. (HMI) said it has set out to develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered robotic hands for subsea manipulators, under a recent award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR).As technology matures…

Pharos Adds Jet-Trenching ROV

May 24, 2019

Pharos Offshore Group said it recently expanded its portfolio of trenching assets with the state-of-the-art Q1000 jet-trenching remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) from manufacturer SMD.The latest addition to Pharos Offshore’s rental fleet…

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