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ROV NEWS: VideoRay Releases Details of Underwater Innovation Achievement Award at Industry

Posted on 25.11.2006 - 14:44 EST in ROV NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

VideoRay Releases Details of Underwater Innovation Achievement Award at Industry ConferenceVideoRay released pictures and details of this first-ever award in Key Largo Florida at the VideoRay Inspection-Class Micro-ROV Conference (VIPS.) The Underwater Innovation Achievement award will be presented annually to an individual in the underwater community that has made significant innovative contribution to the community. John Chatterton's contributions to the community have been unparalleled. He has brought wreck exploration and investigation into our living rooms and touched millions of people. The award consists of a plaque and a complete VideoRay Pro XE GTO system valued at over US $25,000. John accepted the award in person and talked about his relationship with VideoRay over the years.

At an after hours reception at Jules Undersea Lodge a lively discussion is held. Pictured are: Gray Douglas (Aberdeen, Scotland), John Chatterton (Maine), Zoran Vukic (Croatia), Charles Doohue (New Mexico), Scott Bentley (Pennsylvania), Ian MacDonald (Aberdeen), Sandy MacDonald (Aberdeen)"I used the VideoRay ROV in an early show in Helsinki, Finland, as we were investigating the wreck of the Frau Maria. At the time, I said 'What a great little device - it can get into places I can't. All of a sudden we have great capabilities.' Since then I've borrowed VideoRays every chance I get - VideoRay is a very innovative company that listened to what we had to say about our challenges and their product."

"I found Shadow Divers (a book on one of John's most famous underwater wreck surveys) to be one of the best books I've ever read" said Scott Bentley, President of VideoRay. "We're pleased to work with John and proud of his accomplishments with our underwater robot, and the good things he has said about VideoRay. As with all our customers, we'll work hard to ensure his continued success with his new VideoRay."

John Chatterton shows off his plaque, while Scott Bentley holds the submersible for John's new systemThe VIPS conference is the leading MicroROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) meeting in the world, hosted by the largest and most successful inspection class ROV company. More than 100 people gathered for three days to learn about the latest developments in microROVs , and learn how to best use them in many different challenges.

VideoRay now has far more Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) in service around the world than any manufacturer, and is delivering additional ROVs at an increasing rate. Weighing just 8 pounds and starting at $5995 USD, VideoRays can be equipped with sonar, positioning systems or other accessories, and are used for underwater surveys, offshore inspections, search and recovery, homeland defense, science, fish farming and a range of applications in underwater environments. The General Services Administration (GSA) awarded VideoRay a contract to supply vehicles to the US government, making it easier and faster for many agencies to acquire one. See http://www.videoray.com/GSA for more information.
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