F5 Robotics has released their XStream ROV thrusters in 3" and 5" versions. There has long been a need for an affordable ROV/UROV thruster for the DIY market. A large number of people choose to build their own underwater vehicles but making a waterproof and effective thruster has always been the hardest part. F5 has changed that with their affordable thruster packages. The 5BL XStream is perfect for large to medium projects and the 3BL XStream is aimed at smaller compact projects.
This month has seen the successful delivery of SMD’s first QTrencher 1000 ROV to Reef Subsea Power and Umbilical (RSPU).
The QTrencher 1000 has been specifically developed for cable and pipeline burial to 2000m water depth. The ROV provides a compact high powered trenching capability for the burial of cables, umbilicals and 500mm diameter pipes up to 2-3 metres deep. The use of variable high pressure jetting optimises the trenching operation to suit a range of sea-bed conditions varying from soft to hard. The unit was delivered complete with a dedicated high sea-state launch and recovery system.
2012 has seen SMD evolve the Q-series range of Work Class ROVs with extensive type testing carried out at the UK’s National Diving Centre at Stoney Cove, Leicester. The latest systems are configured to ensure SMD’s WROVs meet the demands and expectations of customers well into the future. Testing has successfully been carried out on the Atom which has been delivered to Bibby Remote Intervention and the first new Quantum (code named MkIII) recently delivered to Hallin.
Egypt’s National Institute of Oceanology and Fisheries (NIOF) has chosen a Tiger ROV from Saab Seaeye as their preferred vehicle to undertake a range of studies in the Mediterranean.
The NIOF chose the Tiger over other makes of ROV as it can handle the strong currents of the Mediterranean and dive to 1000 metres.
For the first time, a full pipeline survey spread has been fitted to a ROV in the shape of the Panther XT Plus.
The technological breakthrough will bring considerable savings in survey operating costs to operators when compared to deploying a 150hp hydraulic work-class vehicle for the task.
Using a remotely operated underwater vehicle with an installed saw, researchers have acquired geological samples from the Jan Mayen Ridge this summer.
VideoRay got the call for assistance. Brian Hunsicker from the Marklesburg, Pennsylvania Fire Rescue squad had heard of the VideoRay Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) through nearby tech firm KCF Technologies, manufacturer of the VideoRay ROV Smart Tether positioning system. Their agency, along with the Pennsylvania State Police and numerous dive rescue squads from the area, had exhausted their search efforts over the last two days trying to locate a 16 year old who had disappeared the previous Saturday on Raystown Lake in central Pennsylvania. 16 year old Clay Bishop had jumped off a 27 foot cliff at the lakes edge, and had not resurfaced. Water at the site ranged from a few feet to over 100 feet deep. Authorities were immediately notified and began searching with divers, but the extensive search was not successful.
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