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IMCA publishes new guidance for safe AUV operations

Posted on 23.04.2009 - 11:00 EDT in AUV NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

IMCA publishes new guidance for safe AUV operationsIMCA Offshore Survey Division has published a new guidance document – Considerations for the safe operation of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) – providing basic briefing on safe use of this advancing technology offshore, including aspects such as mission planning, launch and recovery.

The document is intended to brief readers on some of the basic aspects of safe AUV operations, including mission planning and launch and recovery. Many aspects of the operation of AUVs are similar to the operation of ROVs (remotely operated vehicles) and, as such, are covered by other IMCA publications – references are included where appropriate.


•  Executive summary
•  Introduction 
•  AUV operations 
  • Mission planning
  • Environmental considerations
  • Launch and recovery
  • Power
  • On-site AUV maintenance
  • Unplanned mission termination
  • Manual handling and lifting
•  Competence and training of personnel 
•  References 
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