ROV Planet Articles

Argeo Commissions a New State-of-the-art HUGIN AUV from Kongsberg Maritime

The Norwegian subsea survey and inspection company Argeo AS has further consolidated its warm business relationship with Kongsberg Maritime (KM) by acquiring another of KM’s HUGIN AUVs. The news comes a mere five months after it was confirmed that Argeo had signed the first commercial contract to deploy Eelume’s game-changing autonomous ‘snake robot’ – an advanced robotic solution developed in collaboration with Kongsberg Maritime as a majority shareholder.

Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology Conference

Building the success of its four previous years, SMi Group's Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology Conference will return as a live, in-person event this May to provide a crucial forum for the discussion of current and future projects and programmes delivering unmanned and autonomous technology for the naval unmanned systems community.

NOAA NEFSC and iXblue Successfully Complete a Trial of the SeapiX-R 3D Volume Sonar at the Block Island Windfarm

NOAA NEFSC has tested iXblue’s SeapiX 3D volume sonar in the Block Island windfarm off the coast of Rhode Island, the first commercial offshore wind farm in the United States. The objective of the evaluation was to observe and monitor the pelagic ecosystem often overshadowed by the demersal and benthic communities in the windfarm areas.

University of Plymouth and Sonardyne Collaborate to Advance Development of Marine Monitoring Technology

The University of Plymouth and marine technology company Sonardyne have agreed a strategic partnership to drive innovation within the UK’s growing marine robotic and autonomous systems sector. The partnership will advance ocean data gathering technologies and platforms by leveraging the University’s academic resources and research facilities, Sonardyne’s leading acoustic and inertial navigation technologies, and the marine proving area Smart Sound Plymouth.

Oceanology International Closes on a High Note

Oceanology International 2022 has now closed, and according to exhibitors and visitors was a resounding success, attracting a total attendance of more than 10,000 over the three days of the show. Four hundred and forty-seven exhibitors from 70 countries helped to make a huge step forward in connecting the global ocean technology community. Visitors were able to explore new solutions for protecting and sustainably operating in the world’s oceans and waterways.

VideoRay Announces Unique Low-Logistics Point Cloud Solution - SubSLAM X2

Partnership with Vaarst and Greensea allows modeling of undersea assets. One of the critical tasks that owners or service companies require is to monitor assets. Frequent inspections are needed to look for damage, growth, or misalignments. The best practice is to generate a real-time point cloud model of the inspected asset. The model lets inspectors make precise measurements and time-lapsed comparisons.

NOC and Teledyne Marine Announce New European Glider Service Centre Partnership

Working in partnership with Teledyne Marine, the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) are pleased to announce a new European Glider Service Centre at their Southampton, UK headquarters, which will offer an official service, support and repair facility for Teledyne Slocum Gliders.

Rovco to Invest in SMD’s New EV Work Class ROV System

SMD will provide Rovco with a new Atom EV high performance electric WROV, which will be the first of a fleet of vehicles designed to interface with Rovco’s latest computer vision and AI capabilities, offering a smarter way of working to drive efficiency and lower project costs. This solution enables Rovco to offer a step change in autonomous services to its clients, powered by its technology spin-off, Vaarst.

iXblue Ramps Up DriX USV Production Following Strong Commercial Success

As the maritime industry makes its transition towards more efficient and environmental-friendly autonomous operations, iXblue, a key player in maritime autonomy, has been ramping up its production of DriX Uncrewed Surface Vehicles (USV) to meet the industry growing need for efficient and sea-proven autonomous platforms.

Acteon Acquires Oceaneering Decommissioning Personnel and Assets

Claxton, the lead brand for Acteon’s drilling and decommissioning segment, has signed an agreement with Oceaneering to acquire decommissioning personnel and assets from them. From the anticipated closure date of 30 March 2022, certain Oceaneering staff based in Norway will transfer to Claxton, along with decommissioning assets including well and pile abrasive cutting and recovery systems and associated tooling. Conductor drilling, pinning and cutting systems, diamond wire saws, dredges and various ancillary equipment items are also included in the deal. The equipment will initially be deployed from Acteon’s bases in Norway, Dubai (UAE) and Aberdeen (UK).

Kongsberg Maritime Presents HUGIN Edge: a Class-leading Medium-size AUV

Launching at Oceanology International 2022, the latest addition to Kongsberg Maritime’s (KM) HUGIN family builds on the proven capabilities of the advanced HUGIN architecture, adding cutting-edge autonomy to deliver the most advanced low-drag Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV).

3D at Depth Continues Expansion of Marine Robotics Solutions

3D at Depth, the global leader in commercial subsea LiDAR laser technology, continues expansion with a marine robotics solution. It is proud to announce the launch of the newly engineered and renamed Cuvier DEEP. This automated underwater solution combines class-leading sensors and high-end system performance with operational efficiency and unparalleled data quality in one solution — leveraging 3D at Depth's new SL4 technology released in late 2021.

Ashtead Technology Strengthens its Rental Fleet with Investment in iXblue Technologies

International subsea equipment rental and solutions specialist Ashtead Technology has further strengthened its rental fleet with a significant investment in iXblue subsea positioning systems.

Subsea 7 Awarded Substantial Contract

Subsea 7 announced today the award of a substantial1 contract that will be recorded in the backlog of our Subsea and Conventional business unit in the first quarter of 2022.

Tritech Announces New Micron Gemini Imaging Sonar

Tritech International has announced the release of the Micron Gemini at this year’s Oceanology International conference and exhibition in London. This latest addition to the Micron and Gemini product families is currently the smallest multibeam sonar on the market and offers an extremely cost effective, powerful real time imaging sonar in the body of the Gemini 720im.

Schmidt Ocean Institute Donates Research Vessel to the National Research Council (CNR)

Founders Eric and Wendy Schmidt donate research vessel Falkor to Italy’s science agency to conduct ocean science in the Mediterranean and beyond. Schmidt Ocean Institute announced today the donation of its 82.9-meter research vessel, Falkor, to the Italian Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), expanding the science agency’s fleet of research vessels and continuing Falkor’s legacy of conducting ocean science. The ship will be renamed to Gaia Blu.

ECA Group and iXblue to Create New European High-Tech Champion

ECA Group and iXblue have entered an exclusive negotiations period to bring the two French companies together. Carried out by Group Gorgé, this operation will lead to the rise of a European high-tech industrial champion in the fields of maritime, inertial navigation, space and photonics.

Breakthrough Robotics at Oceanology International

Highlighted at Oceanology International in March is Saab Seaeye’s new eco-responsible all-electric work-class robot, eWROV. With the performance of a 250hp hydraulic work vehicle, eWROV is easier to operate, more precise, acoustically quieter, more reliable and needs less maintenance than hydraulic equivalents.
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