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ROV NEWS: Predator lands on U.S. shores

Posted on 03.06.2011 - 10:00 EDT in ROV NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

Predator lands on U.S. shoresGlobal Marine Systems and its first U.S. distribution partner, Great Eastern Group, today announced that the innovative Inspection Class ROV 'Predator' is now available for sale in the U.S. market.

With a user-friendly, modular design, Global Marine Systems' 300m rated Inspection Class ROV system Predator was developed to meet the ever-demanding markets for rugged and reliable underwater viewing and survey systems.

Designed and built at its Portland facility in Dorset U.K., the Predator uses the very latest high-reliability technology to ensure maximum operating efficiency for a number of marine operations from the inspection of submarine cables, harbor and inland waterways, to civilian and military search and rescue applications.

Today's news follows the announcement in February that Predator would be distributed in the U.S. by Great Eastern Group, an operational offshore company specializing in program management, environmental compliance, geophysical surveys, marine construction, and ship management & operations.

Predator is now be available for hands-on demonstrations at Great Eastern Group's water-side training and service facilities in Barrington, Rhode Island. Great Eastern Group will also be showcasing Predator at various industry events in the U.S. this spring and summer, including:

• U.S. 2011 HYDRO, Tampa, FL, April 25-28
• Ocean Tech Expo, Newport, RI, May 17-19
• Energy Ocean International, Portland, ME, June 14-16
• AUV Fest, Panama City Beach, FL, June 26

"What's really impressed us about the Predator is its intuitive design and handling. We're looking forward to taking it out on the road to showcase just how powerful it is," said Bruce Morris, Director of Programs, Great Eastern Group. "As a company with marine expertise in the telecoms and energy sectors, we know there is a real need in the U.S. marketplace for the Predator – a compact yet robust open-water ROV – and are excited to partner with Global Marine Systems as its first U.S. distributor."

"This marks a new chapter in the international distribution of the Predator ROV," said Ray Ward, business development manager, Subsea Services, Global Marine Systems. "Thanks to its regional knowledge and technical prowess, Great Eastern Group is a strong partner for us in the U.S., and will help us gain exposure for the Predator in the offshore and renewable energy industries."

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