ROVs and AUVs

Does ROV evolution require a shift in perception?

Does ROV evolution require a shift in perception?

VideoRay is anticipating a shake-up of its ROV inspection offerings following its acquisition of Blue Ring Imaging, a Florida-based producer of 3D photorealistic marine environment simulations for drone operations. VideoRay will now incorporate Blue Ring’s products into its 700mm x 400mm Mission Specialist Defender ROV, with the goal of eliminating the need for experienced operators […]

Compact R7 bot enters the fray

Compact R7 bot enters the fray

Exail, the company formed in 2022 from a team-up between ECA Group and iXblue, has unveiled its new ROV, the R7, which has been developed for police, naval, customs agency and coast guard support. The unit is reportedly capable of tasks ranging from search and rescue, port/harbour surveillance and diver assistance to UXO identification and […]

Norwegian startup offers a new approach to cleaner hulls

Norwegian startup offers a new approach to cleaner hulls

Norsjór’s advanced laser system provides innovative solution to the problem of biofouling Biofouling is a problem that has long plagued the maritime world but is often overlooked in the wider scope of the industry when it comes to innovation. Organisms, such as marine species and algae, can have a substantial impact on vessel performance and […]

EverClean navigates hull maintenance requirements

EverClean navigates hull maintenance requirements

Intelligent robots promise shipowners an ‘always clean’ approach that benefits CII ratings   The management of biofouling is an increasingly important element within the fleet maintenance strategies of all shipowners and operators as they strive to meet demanding environmental protection and decarbonisation targets. The use of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) is growing in response to […]

Voyis launches Discovery duo

Voyis launches Discovery duo

Subsea optical inspection tech firm Voyis Imaging has unveiled its Discovery line of vision systems for ROVs, created to “address the trade-off currently being made between piloting cameras and 3D inspection cameras”, the company says. Voyis argues that piloting cameras prioritise low latency video at the expense of the image data required for 3D model […]

Advanced Navigation launches new R&D hub

Advanced Navigation launches new R&D hub

Advanced Navigation has launched a subsea robotics manufacturing and R&D centre in Balcatta, Western Australia, to accelerate production of its Hydrus-branded autonomous underwater bot. Spanning just over 22,255m2, the new site will serve as a hub for product development and manufacturing, and will help to grow the group’s underwater AI business. On-site resources include “testing […]

Asso unveils trench-jetting ROV

Asso unveils trench-jetting ROV

Asso.subsea, a subsidiary of Greece-headquartered Asso Group, has unveiled a new trench- jetting ROV, boasting 1.56MW of jetting power and specially designed to operate with cohesionless soil. The AssoJet III Mk2 measures 7.1m x 5.2m, has a height of 3.9m and can descend to 1,500m. The ROV can create trenches up to 3.2m-deep from seabed […]

Inspection lead role for Dive-LD AUV?

Inspection lead role for Dive-LD AUV?

Anduril Industries is partnering with the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (NOWRDC), US to autonomously inspect undersea power infrastructure using its Dive-LD AUV. The partnership aims to optimise emerging technologies for offshore renewable energy development in the US by reducing downtime and controlling costs. The Dive-LD is a modular and customisable large displacement […]

Where space meets the sea

Where space meets the sea

Visitors to the Aerohub Enterprise Zone at Newquay Airport in Cornwall, UK may spot the first foundations of a brand new testing and training facility, dedicated to extreme deep-sea and space environment research. The 10acre Blue Abyss facility aims to give a monumental boost to the development of future space and marine exploration programmes, serving […]

Ghost gear busters

Ghost gear busters

The Lax Kw’alaams First Nation marine territory in Prince Rupert, BC, Canada has been plagued by a problem: over time, its fishing grounds have become polluted with discarded or lost fishing gear. As well as posing a risk to boat propellers and outboards, this ‘ghost gear’ debris has the potential to entangle, injure and kill […]

Surface support from the Hydronauts

Surface support from the Hydronauts

UK boatbuilder Diverse Marine has been contracted to build the initial run in a series of robotic vessels, monikered the Hydronaut class, for Houston-based Nauticus Robotics (formerly Houston Mechatronics). In order to comply with the terms of the US’ protectionist Jones Act, some of the 18m vessels will be constructed by Diverse Marine’s partner yards […]

Close to the drone

Close to the drone

  (image: Southern Ocean Laboratory)   China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) has launched what may be the world’s first remotely operated drone carrier. Zhu Hai Yun will function primarily as a research vessel, specialising in oceanography, but will also have the capacity for naval operations in the South China Sea.   The vessel was ordered by the […]

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