A VideoRay underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) captured the first still images of the schooner Atlas since its sinking in 1839 in Lake Ontario near Oswego, New York. Believed to be the oldest confirmed commercial schooner discovered in the Great Lakes, the wreckage was located in June 2013 by shipwreck enthusiasts Jim Kennard, Roger Pawlowski, and Roland Stevens using a high resolution DeepVision side scan sonar system. They returned last week with the VideoRay ROV to obtain video recording of the shipwreck's remains.
While performing offshore work recently in the Bass Straight off the coast of Australia, an O-Tech 7 work class ROV spotted an object on the seafloor in 110 meters of water. After closer examination, the object was discovered to be a SeaBotix LBV200-4 MiniROV. There was no tether attached. The work class ROV pilot recovered the sunken LBV and returned it to the surface.
OceanTools Ltd. have recently completed a re-design of their popular MA500 Precision Altimeter.
DSP electronics combined with frequency swept CHIRP technology are housed in a robust hard anodised aluminium housing rated to 3000m as standard. The MA500D utilises a new, highly efficient composite transducer array enabling altitude measurement with millimetric accuracy and resolution.
MacArtney Norge has a long standing relationship with ROV manufacturer SAAB Seaeye Limited - and the two companies have worked together on numerous projects related to the production, maintenance and sale of the versatile Sea Owl 500 observation class ROV system. Now MacArtney and SAAB Seaeye have developed an upgraded XTi version which, while staying within the realm of the original and proven Sea Owl 500 design, features significant upgrades of all system facets.
The largest indoor test facility ever before dedicated to the development of unmanned underwater vehicles has been opened by Saab Seaeye.
Subsea Americas has added to its rental rov tooling fleet recently a WebTool RCV 155 cable cutter capable of cutting cable wire over six inches in diameter. The tool was modified to be operated via 17H API hot stab whereas simplifying its subsea use via ROV.
With numerous UK and overseas sales already secured, the new OceanTools C-Switch is off to a very successful start.
The extremely rugged and reliable C-Switch is a multipurpose quarter turn subsea switch for electrical and ‘master switch’ applications. Designed for ROV or diver operation, the chemically inert and corrosion free C-Switch is engineered for harsh environments and is suitable for long-term deployment. When used as a ‘Master On/Off’ switch the unit may extend the operating life of e.g. a battery pack by isolating it. C- Switch has positive détentes in both ‘Off and On’ positions ensuring shock and vibration do not interfere with its required position or operation.