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AUV Extravaganza: Tech Advances in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

May 12, 2022

Modularity, flexibility and intelligence are the bywords of some of the latest generations of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) hitting the market, but not for all. Some are taking a more industrial mass production approach and/or going for a more fixed payload offering, to bring slimmer, lighter but still highly capable vehicles to the market. Elaine Maslin spoke to some of the manufacturers with their latest vehicles on show at this year’s Oceanology in London…

Malaysia's HGIS Uses Ocean Alpha USV for Shell Pipeline Survey

Jan 13, 2022

Malaysian geo-solutions provider HGIS has used their first uncrewed surface vehicle (USV), the 5.5 m M40P developed by OceanAlpha, to complete an entirely remote nearshore inspection of a subsea pipeline in TALI Field for their project with Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP)…

Sourcing Seismic with Subsea Swarms

Dec 15, 2021

Swarm behavior of underwater vehicles has long been on the wish list. Couple that with collecting seismic data and you have an interesting challenge. The seismic industry has a track record for innovation – Blue Ocean Seismic Services is taking on the latest challenge…

A Seismic Shift

Oct 28, 2021

Despite oil prices recently edging past $80 a barrel, scars from two recent oil industry downturns in five years have forced offshore seismic surveyors to look at ways to diversify.Marine seismic survey companies provide essential data to offshore…

QYSEA + Water Linked: Mini DVL Makes a Big Impression on Small ROVs

Oct 27, 2021

QYSEA and Water Linked have partnered to equip QYSEA’s Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) with cutting edge underwater positioning sensors. The Water Linked A50 Doppler Velocity Log (DVL), touted by its maker as the world’s smallest DVL, will be the standard fit for QYSEA’s FIFISH V6 EXPERT…

Subsea Vehicles: To Be (resident), or Not to Be?

Oct 11, 2021

That’s the question? Or, more specifically, are there alternative ways of delivering robotics to where they’re needed without having to have seabed docking stations? Elaine Maslin takes a look.  The idea for some kind of resident subsea vehicle has been around for some time…

Tech File: A Resident Eyeball ROV

Aug 19, 2021

There's also space in the market for resident observation systems, believe Boxfish Research and Transmark Subsea. The two companies signed a partnership agreement in October 2020 to deliver a fully autonomous resident observation ROV, the ARV-i…

ROBOTICS: Meet Your New Offshore Robotic Co-workers; Charles, Eddie, ANYmal & Spot

Aug 03, 2021

Within the last 12 months, a series of significant steps have been made in the world of offshore robotics; a number of legged and tracked robots made their first steps onto and around offshore facilities in Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway and the US…

Market Report: The Work Class ROV Market

Aug 02, 2021

Demand for work-class ROVs (WROV) has traditionally been determined by the state of the global offshore oil & gas industry. This is likely to remain the case in the short to medium-term. However, there’s a new kid on the block – offshore wind…

T7's Tanjung Offshore Bags ROV Deal with Pioneer Pegasus

Jul 26, 2021

Malaysia-based energy industry services firm T7 Global has won a contract for the provision of mini-ROV subsea services for Pioneer Pegasus.T7's subsidiary Tanjung Offshore Services seacured the contract for remotely operated vehicle services earlier this month…

An Overview of the Work Class ROV Market

Jul 25, 2021

Demand for work-class ROVs (WROV) has traditionally been determined by the state of the global offshore oil & gas industry. This is likely to remain the case in the short to medium-term. However, there’s a new kid on the block – offshore wind…

Need a Survey? There’s a USV for That

Jun 09, 2021

While the adoption of unmanned/uncrewed surfaces vessels (USVs) was initially in defence, use of these low footprint systems has spread into other sectors, not least survey, and now the race is on for greater capability, endurance and autonomy…

Aberdeenshire-based ROV Firm Eyes Middle East Growth

Mar 31, 2021

Aberdeenshire-based ROV company HPR ROV has said it has signed an exclusive two-year agreement with Saudi-based Intelligent Energy Services (i-Energy).i-Energy will act as an exclusive agent for HPR ROV in the region, enabling the firm to offer its ROV systems to the Middle East marketplace…

Sonardyne Suite for Dive Technologies’ AUV

Jan 12, 2021

Dive Technologies of Quincy, Mass., selected a suite of Sonardyne technologies for navigation, tracking and control of its large displacement DIVE-LD autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) program.Founded in 2018, Dive Technologies’ rapid development…

Solstad Taps IKM Subsea for ROV Services in Taiwan

Dec 07, 2020

ROV manufacturer and operator IKM Subsea Singapore has won a contract with the Norwegian offshore vessel owner Solstad for ROV services at the construction support vessel, the Normand Baltic.The contract will see  IKM Subsea provide the Merlin…

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