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It’s Only Just the Start for Subsea Drones

Oct 03, 2019

The starting gun on a subsea space race has now officially been fired with the first ever award of a contract that includes services from a subsea resident drone.But, what is less known is that the award, made by Equinor to Saipem for operations on the Njord field, was made at what was the largest gathering of resident robotic systems ever assembled to date. Subsea drone vendors attended the event…

Hybrid Autonomous Systems Evolve

Jan 23, 2020

Marine autonomous systems and combinations of such systems are being increasingly put to the test in the offshore space. Elaine Maslin looks at how hybrid remote and autonomous systems are now being tested.Concepts like resident subsea vehicles…

AUV Project Boosts Endurance, Navigation Capabilities

Dec 10, 2019

A two-year project has delivered a step-change in unmanned platform endurance and navigational precision.The £1.4 million ($1.8 million) Precise Positioning for Persistent Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (P3AUV) project, led by subsea technology specialist Sonardyne International Ltd…

Japanese Trio Orders Wind Turbine Installer

Nov 21, 2019

Penta-Ocean Construction, Kajima Corporation, and Yorigami Maritime Construction have agreed to jointly construct a wind farm installation vessel capable of installing foundations and turbines with a capacity of between 10MW and 12MW.The three…

XOCEAN Attracts Funds for Global Growth

Nov 20, 2019

Ocean data company XOCEAN announced the completion of a €7.9 million ($8.8 million) funding round, fully subscribed by existing shareholders, to support its international growth plans.XOCEAN said it has set out to transform the way ocean data…

Kraken Gives Ocean Infinity AUVs an Energy Boost

Nov 18, 2019

Ocean Infinity's Kongsberg Hugin autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) have achieved significant endurance milestones during testing thanks to new pressure tolerant batteries from Kraken Robotics. The vehicles performed several missions to greater than 5…

Cougar XT Chosen for Africa Subsea Ops

Nov 05, 2019

In a bid to boost its offshore deep water operations, RusselSmith, a Nigeria-based oilfield services provider, has chosen Saab Seaeye’s Cougar XT electric underwater robotic vehicle to boost its ROV fleet.“The Cougar is an ideal choice,” says RusselSmith CEO…

Forum’s XLe Spirit ROV Completes Sea Trials

Oct 09, 2019

Forum Subsea Technologies’ latest remotely operated vehicle (ROV), the XLe Spirit, has completed sea trials in Norway, the manufacturer announced on Wednesday.The vehicle is the first of a new generation of electric observation class ROVs. It is the smallest in the new range…

Subsea IMR Moves Robotic

Oct 02, 2019

Unmanned maritime systems (UMS), especially autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), are no stranger to commercial applications. Survey of the seafloor by AUVs and subsequently unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) is now an accepted practice. UMS technology is moving into new commercial domains…

Equinor to Deploy Subsea Resident Vehicles

Oct 02, 2019

Norwegian energy company Equinor said it will use the new Hydrone all-electric wireless underwater intervention drone (UID) and remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) technology from Italian services firm Saipem at the Njord Field development…

Ocean Infinity Completes Mohns Ridge Survey

Sep 24, 2019

US-based subsea technology and data company Ocean Infinity said it has compleetd an expedition on the Mohns Ridge in the north-western Norwegian Sea, on behalf of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).NPD had been assigned the task of mapping…

DOF Subsea Upgrades ROV Fleet

Sep 10, 2019

Subsea services provider DOF Subsea has equipped a further three of its Brazilian offshore vessel fleet with hybrid acoustic and inertial navigation technology from Sonardyne Brasil Ltda.Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav all-in-one subsea navigation instruments…

Valeport Sensor Technology for Freedom ROV/AUV

Sep 05, 2019

Valeport sensor technology has been selected by Oceaneering International for integration into its subsea Freedom vehicles.  Oceaneering’s next generation hybrid ROV, Freedom, will be fitted with Valeport Bathypack, Altimeter and Hyperion Fluorometer sensors…

iXblue and 2G Robotics Ink MoU

Sep 05, 2019

Technology companies iXblue and 2G Robotics have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to offer a new survey skid for inspection class remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV). This all-in-one integrated skid will deliver high accuracy inspection capabilities on small ROVs…

SMD Introduces New Work Class ROV

Sep 03, 2019

A new work class remotely operated underwater vehicle from SMD introduces electric drive technology to the subsea sector in a modular packageThe new Quantum EV ROV prototype, showcased at Offshore Europe in Aberdeen this week, is equipped with a new 25kW high power electric thrust system…

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