The dangerous waters in South Korea have made the search and recovery efforts for the Ferry Sewol disaster on April 16th, 2014 painstakingly difficult. With the death toll rising to beyond 120 victims, Websolus Co., Ltd. - a Deep Trekker dealer in South Korea, has offered the help of the DTG2 ROV to carry out the inspections without putting more divers at risk. The use of ROVs in such a dire situation, allows searchers to inspect areas that are too dangerous for divers to search for possible survivors on the sea floor and within the interior of the ship.
Located approximately 260 km offshore Luanda in water depths ranging from 1,400 to 1,900 meters, the Kaombo project will develop six of the 12 discoveries already made on Block 32. The six fields (Gengibre, Gindungo, Caril, Canela, Mostarda and Louro) cover an area of 800 km2 in the central and southeast part of the block.
Bibby Remote Intervention Limited (BRIL), part of Aberdeen-based subsea installation contractor, Bibby Offshore, has further expanded its fleet by signing a charter agreement for an IRM (Inspection Repair and Maintenance) light construction vessel and adding an additional two ROVs (Remote Operating Vehicles) to its operations.
The charter agreement with Olympic Shipping is for a newly built MT6021 vessel for a three year period, with options to extend for an additional two years. The vessel will be mobilised with ROV's from BRIL and is expected to arrive in Aberdeen in early April next year.
Kieran O’Brien, Infield Systems, UK, examines the growing importance of ROVs within the offshore oil and gas industry.
Work class ROVs are indispensable in the offshore oil and gas industry, working on a whole spectrum of life-of-field applications from exploration drill support to decommissioning of offshore infrastructure. There are over 1100 work class ROVs servicing the global market at present. Infield Systems’ ROV database (InfieldROV) divides these work class ROVs into three categories – light work, medium work and heavy work.
The Offshore operations manager for Diamond Offshore Drilling International has been shot dead in an attempted carjacking in Brazil.
Peter Campsie, 48, was killed by two gunmen in Rio de Janeiro as he returned home to his family after a business meeting last Wednesday. He was shot twice as he attempted to flee to his vehicle.
Campsie, from Montrose, Angus, UK, had worked in Brazil for 16 years and lived in the city of Macae, north of Rio, with his wife and 10-year old daughter. He is survived by two sons and his mother, brother, and sister in Scotland.
Maritime Training and Competence Solutions (MTCS Ltd.) claims the whole subsea industry is getting busier all the time, with companies investing and expanding. One area in which this has been particularly noticeable is in remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). As the demand for ROVs increases, so does the need for qualified ROV Pilot technicians. Fueled by the search for oil in ever deeper waters and utilizing numerous strands of technology, the world of ROVs is breaking new ground to develop ever more sophisticated vehicles, meaning an increased need for pilot technicians. The global demand for ROVs was recently highlighted in a report from analysts, Douglas-Westwood, which revealed that expenditure on work class ROV operations had more than doubled since 2002. The energy analysts predict that by 2012, $1.458B will have been spent in this sector.
According to new market research report "Unmanned Underwater Vehicles Market by product [ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicles) and AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles)], Application (Defense, Oil and Gas, Scientific Research) & by Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, The Middle-East, Latin America, ROW) - Forecasts & Analysis (2014-2019)", published by MarketsandMarkets, is projected to cross $4.84 Billion by 2019, growing at a high CAGR from 2014 to 2019.The global ROV market is estimated to be $1.2 Billion in 2014 and expected register a CAGR of 20.11% in 2019. The global AUV market is estimated to be $457 Million in 2014 and expected register a CAGR of 31.95% in 2019.
TE Connectivity Ltd. today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the SEACON group, a leading provider of underwater connector technology and systems, for $490 million in cash. The SEACON group serves the military marine and sub-sea sectors for remotely operated vehicles (ROV)/autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), oil and gas, environmental and oceanographic applications
Off Aberdeen, Scotland (CNN) -- Against a bright blue sky, seagulls noisily squabbled above us as we set off aboard a crew boat, feeling rather small as we gently weaved our way past the gigantic vessels docked in Aberdeen harbor. The calm conditions that had allowed us to easily film inside the port quickly changed once we left the harbor, as we came up against 25-knot winds, rolling waves and spray soaking us from all sides.
They have lain submerged off the coast of Britain for more than 70 years, but three unexploded German bombs were finally disposed of by a small device that looked like a Hubba Bubba chewing gum packet.
The 50kg devices barely shook the surface of the water as they were blown up by British explosives experts, although any marine life in the area may have got a bit of a shock as the boom radiated through the depths.
An ROV able to work at both platform and pipeline - and handle many different projects - attracted CCC (Underwater Engineering) to the Saab Seaeye Cougar XTi, fitted with the iCON intelligent control system.
Won over by its versatility, CCC’s ROV Manager, Tavis Letherby, says it gives them one vehicle for both scopes of work - and one that can cope with the different demands placed on vehicle and pilot when operating on either platforms or pipelines.
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