ROV Planet Articles

Topaz secures management contract for 3 vessels

Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company, has been appointed the technical managers of three vessels by a consortium comprising Blue Water Shipping A/S and Kazmortransflot (KMTF), in connection with the TCO developed Tengiz oil field in Kazakhstan.

Hydro 2016 at hand in Rostock-Warnemünde

The German Hydrographic Society (DHyG) to stage the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies’ (IFHS) 2016 symposium and exhibition in Rostock-Warnemünde, Germany, from 8-10 November 2016. Venue will be the spacious Yachthafenresidenz Hohe Düne Hotel overlooking the Baltic Sea. 300 to 400 participants from all sectors of the hydrographic and related professions are envisaged and 48 exhibitors will provide their latest developments. Presentations in 14 sessions will cover the emerging topics ranging from the Perspectives of Hydrographic to Space Hydrography, covering strategic, practical and technical issues. All this accompanied by specialist workshops, on-water demonstrations and open ships.

Topaz secures substantial contracts Combined vessel contracts worth in excess of US$500 million

Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore support vessel company, has secured substantial contracts in connection with the development of the Tengiz oilfield in Kazakhstan during 2016. The two contract wins announced in the second and third quarter together represent revenue of more than US$500 million. The two contracts bring Topaz’s backlog to approximately US$1.7 billion.

UK’s largest marine robot mission is underway off northwest Scotland

An ambitious two-week mission involving ten marine robots has commenced off northwest Scotland. The third in a series of demonstrator missions, this latest phase sees the largest fleet of marine robotic vehicles simultaneously deployed in UK waters. The mission comprises seven submarine gliders and three surface Wave Gliders that are working together in fleets to collect a range of environmental data. The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) started the ‘Exploring Ocean Fronts’ programme in 2014, working with partners across science, government and industry to field-test novel marine autonomous systems for long-endurance ocean monitoring

Fugro's Cable lay spread reduces vessel downtime at offshore wind farm developments

An innovative development by Fugro for its work class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) has been utilised successfully in cable lay touchdown monitoring operations at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm. A new track base unit, fitted to its FCV ROV, has been introduced to ensure highly accurate cable positioning during cable lay operations in strong currents. The new track base unit ensures the continuation of operations in strong currents by enabling the ROV to run along the seabed instead of flying through the water. The unit is fitted to the existing ROV frame but can be detached easily if required. It was developed following another project for E.ON at the Humber Gateway Offshore Wind Farm in 2015, where Fugro introduced a compact custom-made cable lay spread that included new 3D sonar technology to supplement ROV support and provide precise monitoring of cable touchdown. During this project in the North Sea Fugro experienced currents as high as 3.5 knots.

Unique Group adds Sonardyne SPRINT and Syrinx technologies to European rental pool

Hydrographic survey and diving equipment specialists, Unique Group, has selected subsea vehicle positioning and navigation technology from Sonardyne International Ltd, to add to its expanding equipment rental pool. The SPRINT Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) and Syrinx Doppler Velocity Logs (DVLs) will be held at the company’s regional headquarters in Aberdeen and made available to support survey and construction projects using ROVs and AUVs in water depths up to 4,000 metres.

A Drone that allows you to explore inner space

For the average person you can now buy various versions of "copter" drones, depending only on their budget.The point is, when we think of drones, we typically think about one direction and that is up. That direction is about to change and you can now purchase a nifty little device that's sure to be a hit with the underwater diving and boating community. Starfish connects its human operator on the surface with a 300-foot umbilical cord designed to allow you to haul objects to the surface.

Subsea UK to examine the latest developments in ROV technology at annual conference

Advances in Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), autonomous inspection technology and the challenges posed by a sustained low oil price will be amongst the topics under the spotlight at Subsea UK’s 2016 Underwater Vehicles Conference. Formally known as the Subsea UK ROV Conference, the industry body has cast the net wider to include the country’s growing underwater robotics community.

‘World-leading’ long-range radar launched

A leading manufacturer of sensors to measure maritime distances at sea has revealed the ground-breaking development of the long-standing Artemis System. Guidance Marine’s new Artemis Mk6 is the most complete long-range radar in the product’s history, positioning vessels safely and effectively up to 10,000m.


Port Coquitlam, BC – International Submarine Engineering Ltd is pleased to announce the signing of a Contract to Build a 5000 Meter Depth Explorer class Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) Antarctic Gateway Partnership project.


Dexter, Michigan, September 15, 2016 – SeaView Systems, Inc., a leading provider of custom ROVs, underwater survey services and marine technologies, recently performed a comprehensive inspection of a 32,000ft (10km) long water intake tunnel operated by a regional water authority. The 43-year-old tunnel draws water from the Great Lakes to provide drinking water to several million residents.

Industry calls for delay in introduction of apprenticeship levy

A delegation of industry bodies has called for the introduction of a controversial training tax to be postponed across the UK. Following a meeting led by oil and gas industry skills organisation OPITO at Holyrood yesterday (Wed, Sep 14), senior leaders in OPITO, Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce and Oil & Gas UK have warned that without more clarity and the resolution of outstanding issues, the UK Government’s apprenticeship levy should be delayed across the country until 2018.

Quest Offshore Inks Venture with Calash Ltd.

Quest Offshore Consulting inks venture with Calash Ltd. to assist the expansion of its services to the USA, with the opening of offices in both Houston and New York City. A Calash/Quest Consulting combination will offer enhanced services to US based private equity, debt, and wider investment community, with a focus on strategic due diligence across the energy sector, targeted at the US onshore and offshore oilfield service and E&P markets. The Houston and New York offices build upon Calash's current locations in Aberdeen, London, and Sydney.

Aker Solutions, Det Norske and Subsea 7 Form Development Alliance in Norway

September 13, 2016 - Aker Solutions, Det norske oljeselskap and Subsea 7 agreed on a "one for all, all for one" collaboration model that marks a major shift in how an operator and its suppliers can work together on oil and gas developments offshore Norway.

Water Tank Inspection and Repair

Liquitech Ltd is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of water tank inspection, maintenance and repair services. They have inspected or maintained over 1000 water tanks - most of which are used in fire protection systems in the UK.

Deadlines Fast Approaching Your Path to the Arctic Starts Here

Only two weeks left to save US $100 on registration and get special hotel conference rates! Experience the only Arctic program featuring multidisciplinary industry pioneers and experts at the forefront of Arctic E&P sharing their knowledge and exchanging ideas to turn its complex environmental, physical and regulatory challenges into opportunities.

New rapidCTD’s Bluetooth connectivity delivers the fastest profiling on the go

Valeport’s new rapidCTD uses automated wireless Bluetooth data transfer to deliver the highest quality CTD casts from underway profiling and eliminates the survey downtime normally associated with profile gathering.

Variable Bore Rams Inc. supports south Louisiana flood victims

Variable Bore Rams Inc. (VBR), one of the largest original equipment manufacturer (OEM) ram and BOP component providers in the world, is lending support to communities in the southern Louisiana disaster zone in the wake of recent flooding.

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