Offshore

The offshore industry is one of the primary beneficiaries of small ROV evolution. In this market, there is a considerable history of ROVs that handle underwater work in deep water (greater than 300 meters) depth ratings, or the ability to carry heavy payload or tools. Larger "Work Class" ROVs that perform these feats are a multi-billion dollar industry that had developed to meet oil and gas exploration, production, and handling tasks.

However, many of the tasks assigned to work class ROVs - or human divers - is shallow (less than 300 meters) and involves searching, inspecting, or surveying underwater. These tasks are ideally suited to our ROV technology. Because our ROV is smaller, lighter, and consume very little power, it can be deployed from many different areas on rigs and ships. Since they have very little mass, it can be safely used on comparatively delicate machinery without fear of damage. Since deployment involves simply heaving the submersible by hand into the water, they can be deployed in sea states where using larger machines is too dangerous. And their smaller size means they can penetrate areas where other machines are too small.

You might think that the smaller size would mean less current handling. However, the thrust to weight ratio of the ROV is so large, the tether so small, and the design so hydrodynamic that this is not the case. In reality, our 
system can handle more current than most work class ROVs in the shallow areas in which they are deployed.

SPECIFIC OFFSHORE JOB

  • FPSO (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) Inspection
  • Structural and Intake Inspection
  • UWILD (Underwater in Lieu of Dry-docking) Vessel Inspection
  • Pipeline Inspection