ROV Planet Articles

Subsea Industry Expecting 2 Years of Tough Times, says Industry Chief

The fast-growing UK subsea sector, which supports 60,000 jobs, is in for two years of tough times and will only weather the storm if it embraces innovation and new technology, says industry body. On the opening day of Subsea Expo, Europe’s largest subsea event, the chief executive of Subsea UK told delegates that the industry is facing considerable challenges but the fundamentals in subsea remain relatively strong and the sector could see a significant improvement in 2017 – 2019.

Ashtead Technology Kicks-off 30th Anniversary Celebrations with Contract Win

Ashtead Technology has secured a new contract with FUGRO to be a preferred supplier of subsea rental equipment and associated services to all its operating companies around the world. The award comes as the Aberdeen head-quartered business, which is the only global, independent provider of subsea electronic and survey equipment rental, sales and services, launches its 30th anniversary celebrations at Subsea Expo tomorrow (11 February 2015) marking three decades of subsea technical excellence.

World Preview of Latest Generation Underwater Robot at Subsea Expo

The world’s largest manufacturer of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) will launch its latest generation subsea robotic system at Subsea Expo in Aberdeen this week. Forum Energy Technologies will unveil the XLX-C ROV – a highly capable work-class vehicle that is more compact than the highly successful XLX model but with similar capabilities. This new ROV has been two years in development and represents a multi-million pound investment by Forum.

SMD Further Strengthen Sales Team

In order to further develop our business while maintaining the strong customer relationships that are key to our success, we have added two new members to our sales teams.


A new information hub has been launched to showcase best practice in sealing technology in a bid to provide “solutions for tomorrow’s engineering”. The Knowledge Center by Trelleborg Sealing Solutions aims to bridge the gap between design engineers’ needs and standard technology documentation, bringing useful information together as part of one digital portal.

Underwater Intervention (UI) 2015

The world's most premier event for Commercial Diving Contractors, Remotely Operated Vehicles, Manned Submersibles, and all other aspects of the Underwater Operations Industry will take place at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. February 10-12, 2015. Please ask for a paper copy of ROV Planet from the MATE Center Booth 330 or take one from the UI magazine distribution bins!

SMD Announce New Chinese Shareholder

Specialist Machine Developments (SMD) Ltd (“SMD”) are pleased to announce that our shareholders have signed a sale and purchase agreement with Zhuzhou CSR Times Electric Co. Ltd a subsidiary of CSR Corporation Limited of China, for the sale of the entire share capital of the SMD group.

OTC’s Arctic Technology Conference (ATC) Names 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients

The Offshore Technology Conference’s (OTC) 2015 Arctic Technology Conference (ATC) has announced its 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award honorees for the Individual and the Company/Organization/Institution Categories. Award honorees were unanimously chosen after months of careful consideration and deliberation on the award nominations in both categories.

Sonardyne achieves OHSAS 18001 accreditation around the world

Subsea technology company Sonardyne International Ltd., has announced that its UK sites in Yateley, Aberdeen and Plymouth have been awarded OHSAS 18001 Safety Management System Standard accreditation after successful audits of all three sites. The news follows similar recent announcements from Sonardyne’s overseas subsidiary companies; Sonardyne Brasil Ltda., Sonardyne Asia Pte. Ltd. and Sonardyne Inc., each of whom have earned OHSAS 18001 certification. This latest achievement, demonstrates Sonardyne’s commitment to health and safety in the workplace on a global scale.

Offshore Survey 2015 Launches Cutting Edge Conference Programme

OCEAN BUSINESS - The Offshore Survey Committee are delighted to reveal one of the most impressive programmes yet for its fifth conference which takes place from 15 - 16 April 2015, alongside Ocean Business at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton UK.

ROV Planet Magazine Issue 02

The second issue of ROV Planet includes articles such as the Work Class ROV Demand Report, Micro-ROV Fleet Management, the Mariana Trench Exploration with the KAIKO, Oceans Holyrood Initiative, “Superior” ROV Tech Training at the Marine Institute, AUV Under-Ice Operations, NANO-Good Things Come in Small Packages, Deepwater Wells and Outer Space, MATE ROV Competitions, and short reports on events happening in the World of ROVs. Sit back and enjoy the second issue!

Harkand presented with healthy working award

13th January 2015 - LEADING inspection, repair, maintenance and light construction company Harkand has achieved an NHS Healthy Working Lives Bronze Award for its long term commitment to improving the health and well-being of its staff.

SMD supply Quasar MkII ROV to Jan de Nul

Industry leader in dredging and marine construction activities Jan de Nul have confirmed an order with SMD for a Quasar MkII 150hp 3000m rated work class remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The high specification system including Tophat Tether Management System, A-Frame, Umbilical Winch and dual control system (vessel bridge and control cabin) will be delivered in the second quarter of this year.

CISCREA appoints Shanghai P-Nav Scientific Instruments Agent

Toulon 17th of December 2014 – CISCREA Engineering, announced today the signature of an agency agreement with Shanghai P-Nav Scientific Instruments Co.,Ltd of Shanghai, China covering China and Hong Kong. P-Nav provides an excellent opportunity to grow CISCREA in China and to continue our export strategy, offering localized products and customer service. P-Nav was chosen by CISCREA to promote its products and services to existing clients and to grow the companies in the exciting and challenging subsea and hostile environment business field.

Sonardyne Ranger 2 commissioned for use on world's largest offshore construction vessel

The Swiss-based Allseas Group, a global leader in offshore pipeline installation and subsea construction, has selected Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 Ultra-Short Baseline (USBL) acoustic positioning system for the world’s largest pipelay and platform installation/decommissioning vessel, Pieter Schelte.

STR SeaSpyder explores IFCA habitats

Great Yarmouth based marine technology experts Subsea Technology and Rentals (STR) are pleased to announce the supply of 2 SeaSpyder underwater camera systems to the Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (AIFCA), for use by its ten individual statutory organisations. The delivery of SeaSpyder underwater camera systems and deployment solution to the IFCAs is to improve their ability to gather information on seabed habitats and species across England’s inshore waters. This work is to support Defra’s ambitious target of achieving a well-managed network of marine protected sites by 2016.

Deep Ocean's USV surveys the Historic USS Arizona and the USS Utah at Pearl Harbor

Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc proudly announces it’s participation in the first comprehensive multibeam survey of the USS Arizona and the USS Utah at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. During the week of October 20th 2014, team members from Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc, R2Sonic, Autodesk, and eTrac traveled to Oahu to conduct these historic surveys as a gift to the National Park Service. *Caption: The H-1750 USV’s shallow drafting and maneuverability made it a suitable fit for the shallow waters above the sunken warship USS Arizona.

ESS Helps Hydroid Uncover Secrets of the Deep Sea

Attleboro, Ma. – December 9th, 2014 – Engineered Syntactic Systems (ESS), a global supplier of syntactic solutions, through its relationship with Hydroid Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, and industry leader in global marine robotics, has been involved in some of the most exciting oceanographic exploration projects in the last decade. As a valued syntactic supplier, ESS has provided buoyancy for Hydroid’s range of AUVs, including the Remus 6000 used to locate missing Air France flight 447, search for Amelia Earhart’s plane and create comprehensive maps of the Titanic wreck.

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