ROV Planet Articles

SMD Completes 6000m Testing on Curvetech® Components for Deepwater ROV

11.01.2017
Following the award of an order from Shanghai Salvage for a 6000m Quasar Work Class ROV, SMD engineers have successfully completed work on the associated Curvetech subsea components to assure maximum working depth up to 6000m.

Nick Search to lead Rodger & Hartnolls from January 2017

09.01.2017
Rodger & Hartnolls, a leading business development consultancy providing sales and business development focused services in the Offshore, Subsea, Renewables and Technology markets is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Nick Search as Partner and Managing Director with effect from 3rd January 2017. Nick, based in our South London office, will take full responsibility for the leadership and development of Rodger & Hartnolls global business activity.

Greensea Appoints New Robotics Engineer

09.01.2017
Richmond, Vermont USA – Greensea, creator of OPENSEATM, the universal marine industry operating platform, has recently announced the appointment of Heath Hescock as Robotics Engineer. Prior to joining Greensea, Heath automated software functions through programming at Globalfoundaries, a world leader in semiconductor production. He earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont, a B.A. degree from Vermont Technical College, and is also a skilled carpenter.

Savante Subsea LAUNCHES into 2017 with new website !!

09.01.2017
After two months of hard work and dedication, we are absolutely delighted to announce the launch of our brand new website! Please come visit us at www.savante.co.uk The aim of our new website is to provide our visitors an easier way to learn about Savante subsea laser scanning services and solutions. It has been specifically designed to assist current and prospective project clients in identifying effective measurement solutions when responding to subsea asset integrity and measurement issues. The new website is interactive, enabling visitors to browse information based on their own choices and gives better access to case studies, news and our contact enquiry web pages.

IKM Consultants AS renew Frame Agreement with Wintershall Norge AS

09.01.2017
IKM Consultants secures an extended 1-year Framework Agreement for Hire of Personnel with Wintershall Norge AS.

OCEANS'17 MTS/IEEE ANCHORAGE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

09.01.2017
On September 18-21, 2017, the OCEANS North America conference will be hosted in Alaska for the first time ever! On behalf of the Marine Technology Society and the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society, the OCEANS ’17 Anchorage Local Organizing Committee (LOC) is honored to invite your participation in this prestigious event.

DCNS and BpiFrance announce the launch of DCNS Energies,a new marine energy business €100 million equity investment

06.01.2017
DCNS, the parent company of OpenHydro and the European leader in naval defence, has announced the creation of DCNS Energies a new marine energy business which will be fully financed by a fund managed by Bpifrance and supported by Technip and BNP Paribas development groups.

Forum Energy Technologies Delivers 350th RT Torque Machine

05.01.2017
Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. revealed today that it has designed, manufactured, tested and delivered its 350th rotational torque (RT) torque machine to TAM International, a globally recognised downhole inflatable packer leader. The torque machine, or bucking unit as it is commonly referred, was manufactured at the Forum AMC facility in Aberdeen, UK. This represents the sixth unit that TAM has purchased from Forum in three years, and is a testament to TAM’s growth plans, as well as their trust in Forum’s equipment and global support network. The machine will be used to make up or breakout downhole completion and drilling tools with premium threaded connections.

Teledyne SeaBotix Secures Multi-Million Dollar Contract with U.S. Department of Defense

05.01.2017
Teledyne SeaBotix, a world leading manufacturer of underwater observation class Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) was recently awarded a multi-million dollar operational capability upgrade contract with the Department of Defense through distributor, Atlantic Diving Supply (ADS).

Enabling APEX To Do More: Teledyne Webb Research Releases APF-11 Controller and Firmware

04.01.2017
Teledyne Webb Research announces release of the APF-11 controller and firmware as the new core of the well-known Autonomous Profiling Explorer (APEX). With nearly 8,000 floats deployed during the past 16 years, APEX has long been the workhorse of the hugely successful Argo Program monitoring temperature and salinity in the upper 2000 meters of the world’s oceans. Teledyne engineers designed the new controller and firmware to ensure APEX continues that role for years to come.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

22.12.2016
ROV Planet would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Abu Dhabi Acquisition Expands Ashtead Technology’s Middle East Capabilities

22.12.2016
Ashtead Technology has announced the acquisition of Abu Dhabi based TES Survey Equipment Services LLC for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition will enable the leading independent provider of subsea equipment and services to the offshore oil and gas industry to significantly increase its customer service offering in the Middle East, a region which has strong growth potential for Ashtead.

Unexplored Ocean Depths Bustling with Life, Despite Extreme Conditions

21.12.2016
Schmidt Ocean Institute’s new underwater vehicle SuBastian completes its first expedition discovering new hydrothermal vent sites and possible new species in the Mariana Back-Arc, an extreme deep-ocean environment. APRA HARBOR, GUAM – A team of leading geologists, chemists, and biologists aboard research vessel Falkor have just finished surveying the largely unexplored Mariana Back-Arc for life at depths greater than 13,000 feet. Dr. David Butterfield, JISAO, University of Washington, and Dr. William Chadwick, NOAA-PMEL and Oregon State University, led the group to the Back-Arc; returning for the second phase of a two-part exploration of the region. In 2015, the team of scientists located new hydrothermal vents in the Back-Arc region, including evidence of recent lava flows. This year, the team returned to these vent systems with the new remotely operated vehicle (ROV), SuBastian, to characterize their water chemistry and biodiversity. The new results fill a gap in knowledge about the biogeography of these unique deep-sea ecosystems and has implications for how tectonic setting influences the composition of chemosynthetic animal communities worldwide.

Launch of Global CP Company

21.12.2016
In September 2016 the privately owned Norwegian EPC Contractor Imenco AS launched a new division Imenco Corrosion Technology to concentrate on the promotion of its field proven anode systems globally to the offshore renewable energy sector and into late life assets in the oil and gas industry. Imenco Corrosion Technology deliver ROV installable solutions that are cost effective as they have short installation time, are technically sound, both mechanically strong and maintain a long term electrical continuity, and are simple to install. The clamps can be installed by ROV pilots or divers without any specialist training. With offices in Norway, Aberdeen in UK, Lafayette in USA and in Singapore, Imenco Corrosion Technology will aim to provide all the major offshore wind, tidal energy, marine energy along with oil and gas companies’ sacrificial anode equipment to protect their subsea structures at new build stages or as a retrofit solution.

Rovco Awarded Innovate UK Funding

21.12.2016
ROV services company, Rovco, has secured Innovate UK funding which will enable the firm to carry out extensive research and development activity and perform a full feasibility study into the advancement of underwater 3D modelling technology. Once developed into a real-time inspection system this technology has the potential to revolutionise the way energy companies manage and inspect their subsea assets, potentially saving hundreds of millions of pounds in subsea inspection costs each year. The project will be 70% supported by Innovate UK and the remaining 30% will be funded by Rovco. The newly-formed company will be seeking further equity investment in the 2nd quarter 2017 as it looks to engage with subsea companies, software developers and universities across the country to become collaborative partners in the firm’s latest venture.

JW Fishers Develop New Underwater Metal Detector

21.12.2016
JW Fishers Mfg., a company specializing in the design and manufacture of underwater search equipment for almost 50 years, is introducing a new underwater metal detector for 2017. The SAR-1 Search and Recovery metal detector was developed as a result of significant customer feedback and extensive product testing. This new detector was specially designed for use by public safety dive teams, law enforcement agencies and military units that need to locate metal objects in poor visibility underwater environments. The SAR-1 alterts the operator to the presence of metal by vibration which is transmitted through the handle. Even in zero visibility, the user can feel the intense vibration conducted through the detector’s handle and into the diver’s arm. In addition to vibration, the detector also has a high intensity LED display which is directly in front of the diver’s face and easy to see in all but the worst conditions.

Members support IMCA's Governance update

21.12.2016
Corporate governance has been a topical subject in the commercial world for many years. Now the association world is catching up. One that has seized it with enthusiasm is the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) with the result that from New Year’s Day 2017 IMCA will have in place a new legal structure, a new operational structure, and new governance arrangements for running its committee structure. The new legal structure sees the formation of a new holding company limited by guarantee, the board of which becomes the governing body of the association, replacing the Council and Overall Management Committee.

Don't Miss Ocean Business 2017 - it's a Sell Out show!

16.12.2016
After the most successful Ocean Business show ever in April 2015, with almost 5000 visitors from around the world, it is no surprise that the next show in Southampton on 4-6 April 2017 is sold-out, with five months still to go! Despite the industry's economic downturn, companies have booked stand space at a quicker rate than ever before and the organisers are expecting a record number of visitors. Versha Carter, Group Director for Ocean Business, believes this is because companies recognise the importance of diversifying into new markets and building new relationships, and Ocean Business offers opportunities for this at a relatively low cost.

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