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The 2016 'Best of VideoRay' Photo Contest

Winners of the Best of VideoRay 2016 Photo Contest have been announced!

1st Marko Van Ess – Aqua Events

Aqua Events specializes in all types of events and (film) productions on, round, or with water. Aqua Events is a creative nautical problem-solver with years of experience and expertise. With a passion for the elements of nature, they bring a "nautical" solution for every event, whereby their clients' wishes are the center of attention. Aqua Events are responsible for all racetracks of the RedBull air race around the world. Aqua Events are also sponsors of Valentina Cafolla who is now the world record holder Under Ice Freedive

2nd Sarah Nahaebdian - The Maritime Aquarium

These images were taken at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) in Houston, Texas. Sarah took part in a two-day course to become a certified ROV pilot with VideoRay. The NBL is an amazing facility that has life-size models of the International Space Station, and provides the perfect venue for training with ROVs. At one point, a diver swam over to help with one of our challenges - picking up a golf ball!
VideoRay would like to thank everyone who sent us images of their 2016 ROV expeditions! You can see all the photo submissions in the gallery below. All submissions will be sent a new VideoRay 2017 t-shirt.

See the best of the rest...

1. Steve Randall – ECS – ECS has developed an Explosive Ordnance Disposal tool called 'Viper' for the VideoRay. 

2. Kyle Satula – Proceanic - The VideoRay MSS ROV used by Proceanic, to perform an inspection on an offshore oil riser in Equatorial Guinea in November 2016. 

3. Steve Van Meter – The VideoRay Pro 4 is deployed for a power plant inspection 

4. Craig Thorngren - Submerged Recovery & Inspection Services - Breaking through almost a foot of ice to deploy an ROV to search for a missing person. 

5. Mark Salter – Atlantas Marine - There is a 3500 year old bronze age settlement at the bottom of Lake Viverone in Northern Italy. 

6. Bill Hubbard - Massachusetts Maritime Academy - The VideoRay ROV is a key component of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy research and benthic mapping surveys in Buzzards Bay. 

7. Christoffer Christensen – Stinger Technology - Photo was taken during a launch at the Gyda in the Norwegian Northsea. 

8. Thor Zollinger – Manta Robotics - Manta Robotics internal fuel tank inspection using the Cygnus UT instrument and a Pro4 ROV. The ROV has been heavily modified for explosive environment certification. 

9. Matt Kadow - Wisconsin Maritime Museum - Participants in the Wisconsin Maritime Museum's ROV Summer Camp explored the scientific concepts and laws related to ROVs. 

10. Dean Nafziger – UROV - Location Gulf of Mexico on an off-shore production spar. Dives were made in the moon pool where residual oil and debris left a slimy coat but no damage to the VideoRay. 

11. Roy Moser - Aerial Drone Solutions - Aerial Drone Solutions were conducting asset inspections on large potable water reservoirs for Australian government. 

12. Andrew Want - Heriot-Watt University – Sublittoral habitat mapping off West Mainland, Orkney (in Scotland) along transects from near shore to 50 m. 

13. Jim Kenard – Shipwreckworld.com - Sloop Washington sank 1803 and 2nd oldest discovered shipwreck in the Great Lakes


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May 18, 2017 - The 2016 'Best of VideoRay' Photo Contest

Winners of the Best of VideoRay 2016 Photo Contest have been announced!

1st Marko Van Ess – Aqua Events

Aqua Events specializes in all types of events and (film) productions on, round, or with water. Aqua Events is a creative nautical problem-solver with years of experience and expertise. With a passion for the elements of nature, they bring a "nautical" solution for every event, whereby their clients' wishes are the center of attention. Aqua Events are responsible for all racetracks of the RedBull air race around the world. Aqua Events are also sponsors of Valentina Cafolla who is now the world record holder Under Ice Freedive

2nd Sarah Nahaebdian - The Maritime Aquarium

These images were taken at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) in Houston, Texas. Sarah took part in a two-day course to become a certified ROV pilot with VideoRay. The NBL is an amazing facility that has life-size models of the International Space Station, and provides the perfect venue for training with ROVs. At one point, a diver swam over to help with one of our challenges - picking up a golf ball!
VideoRay would like to thank everyone who sent us images of their 2016 ROV expeditions! You can see all the photo submissions in the gallery below. All submissions will be sent a new VideoRay 2017 t-shirt.

See the best of the rest...

1. Steve Randall – ECS – ECS has developed an Explosive Ordnance Disposal tool called 'Viper' for the VideoRay. 

2. Kyle Satula – Proceanic - The VideoRay MSS ROV used by Proceanic, to perform an inspection on an offshore oil riser in Equatorial Guinea in November 2016. 

3. Steve Van Meter – The VideoRay Pro 4 is deployed for a power plant inspection 

4. Craig Thorngren - Submerged Recovery & Inspection Services - Breaking through almost a foot of ice to deploy an ROV to search for a missing person. 

5. Mark Salter – Atlantas Marine - There is a 3500 year old bronze age settlement at the bottom of Lake Viverone in Northern Italy. 

6. Bill Hubbard - Massachusetts Maritime Academy - The VideoRay ROV is a key component of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy research and benthic mapping surveys in Buzzards Bay. 

7. Christoffer Christensen – Stinger Technology - Photo was taken during a launch at the Gyda in the Norwegian Northsea. 

8. Thor Zollinger – Manta Robotics - Manta Robotics internal fuel tank inspection using the Cygnus UT instrument and a Pro4 ROV. The ROV has been heavily modified for explosive environment certification. 

9. Matt Kadow - Wisconsin Maritime Museum - Participants in the Wisconsin Maritime Museum's ROV Summer Camp explored the scientific concepts and laws related to ROVs. 

10. Dean Nafziger – UROV - Location Gulf of Mexico on an off-shore production spar. Dives were made in the moon pool where residual oil and debris left a slimy coat but no damage to the VideoRay. 

11. Roy Moser - Aerial Drone Solutions - Aerial Drone Solutions were conducting asset inspections on large potable water reservoirs for Australian government. 

12. Andrew Want - Heriot-Watt University – Sublittoral habitat mapping off West Mainland, Orkney (in Scotland) along transects from near shore to 50 m. 

13. Jim Kenard – Shipwreckworld.com - Sloop Washington sank 1803 and 2nd oldest discovered shipwreck in the Great Lakes


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MAY 12, 2017 – NH Fish & Game Conservation Officers utilize VideoRay Pro 4 to locate and recover multiple drowning victims

Lt. Bradley Morse, who was on scene and in charge of the search and recovery efforts, requested the Sonar/ROV team and Airboat Team to respond and assist with the search of the missing snowmobilers.The Sonar/ROV team was transported via airboat to the location in which the helmet of the missing snowmobiler off Long Island was located.The VideoRay Pro 4 was deployed in 7 degree F weather in the dark of night amongst the ice floes.The body of the snowmobiler was located within fifteen minutes.Pictures were taken for the medical examiner as the victim lay on the lake bottom, 21 feet below the surface.The victim was then recovered with the use of a large treble hook held in the manipulator of the ROV.The total search and recovery effort was completed in less than an hour.

The Sonar/ROV team then reassembled with the airboat team in the early morning to search for the second missing snowmobiler.Once again, the VideoRay Pro 4 was deployed from the airboat where the snowmobiler was last seen.Within twenty minutes, this snowmobiler was located and recovered from the lake floor at 73 feet.

There were many lessons learned over the cold and very tragic weekend.Most importantly, the teamwork amongst conservation officers, local fire departments, local police departments and marine patrol was instrumental in the successful search and recovery mission.The information sharing, witness interviews and the preservation of the PLS (place last seen) was key.

The VideoRay Pro 4 ROV earned its worthiness, keeping searchers out in the elements for a minimal amount of time and eliminating numerous dangerous deep ice dives. The reliability of the Pro-4 was proven as it worked through the cold ice water without issue, while providing clear pictures and video of the recovery.

The dedication and professionalism of the Sonar/ROV and Airboat teams also proved immeasurable.The repetitive training throughout 2016 was a key element, as the officers were confident in their equipment and knew exactly how to use it to its full potential. To complete two flawless missions, back to back, in darkness and cold, is evidence of the team's success.

Thanks to VideoRay for their quality product, the Conservation Officers for their dedication and professionalism and the Command Staff for their support, the families of these tragedies will be forever grateful for the timely and respectful recovery of their loved ones.


PHOTO CREDIT:: CO Joseph Canfield - New Hampshire Fish & Game Department


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MAY 12, 2017 – NH Fish & Game Conservation Officers utilize VideoRay Pro 4 to locate and recover multiple drowning victims

Lt. Bradley Morse, who was on scene and in charge of the search and recovery efforts, requested the Sonar/ROV team and Airboat Team to respond and assist with the search of the missing snowmobilers.The Sonar/ROV team was transported via airboat to the location in which the helmet of the missing snowmobiler off Long Island was located.The VideoRay Pro 4 was deployed in 7 degree F weather in the dark of night amongst the ice floes.The body of the snowmobiler was located within fifteen minutes.Pictures were taken for the medical examiner as the victim lay on the lake bottom, 21 feet below the surface.The victim was then recovered with the use of a large treble hook held in the manipulator of the ROV.The total search and recovery effort was completed in less than an hour.

The Sonar/ROV team then reassembled with the airboat team in the early morning to search for the second missing snowmobiler.Once again, the VideoRay Pro 4 was deployed from the airboat where the snowmobiler was last seen.Within twenty minutes, this snowmobiler was located and recovered from the lake floor at 73 feet.

There were many lessons learned over the cold and very tragic weekend.Most importantly, the teamwork amongst conservation officers, local fire departments, local police departments and marine patrol was instrumental in the successful search and recovery mission.The information sharing, witness interviews and the preservation of the PLS (place last seen) was key.

The VideoRay Pro 4 ROV earned its worthiness, keeping searchers out in the elements for a minimal amount of time and eliminating numerous dangerous deep ice dives. The reliability of the Pro-4 was proven as it worked through the cold ice water without issue, while providing clear pictures and video of the recovery.

The dedication and professionalism of the Sonar/ROV and Airboat teams also proved immeasurable.The repetitive training throughout 2016 was a key element, as the officers were confident in their equipment and knew exactly how to use it to its full potential. To complete two flawless missions, back to back, in darkness and cold, is evidence of the team's success.

Thanks to VideoRay for their quality product, the Conservation Officers for their dedication and professionalism and the Command Staff for their support, the families of these tragedies will be forever grateful for the timely and respectful recovery of their loved ones.


PHOTO CREDIT:: CO Joseph Canfield - New Hampshire Fish & Game Department


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MARCH 23, 2017 – VideoRay Announces New Dealer in Norway

Due to popular demand VideoRay has added a second dealer in the Norwegian market - BUVI AS

BUVI AB has a successful VideoRay dealership in Sweden and Finland since 2013. Please join us and welcoming them to the market.

For more information please visit www.videoray.no.


 See contact information on www.videoray.nu BUVI AB is also an authorized dealer for VideoRay in Sweden since 2013, and in Finland since 2016.

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MARCH 8, 2017 – ROVX uses VideoRay Pro 4 to Rescue WROV

We received an email from a customer last week who recovered a Work Class ROV using a Pro 4. Here is his story and a great video link.

Resent-From: <info@videoray.com>
From: rob stewart 
Date: February 23, 2017 at 10:38:41 GMT+4
To: Info <info@videoray.com>
Subject: VideoRay utilisation offshore


Good Morning


Just a quick email to let you know what we did with the VideoRay pro 4 and how happy we are with your product.

The tether parted on the workclass vehicle and they had no means of recovering the vehicle to deck. The project was at a standstill. The client was ready to call in another vessel which was over a 12 hour sail away. Total time would have been maybe 27 hours not to mention the day rate of the vessel that had the stranded ROV. The vessel that they were going to call in was a sat diving vessel which cost in excess of 150K per day. The project manager advised me that by recovering the WROV with the VideoRay this way saved them over £300,000. I think many oil companies would have a system (VideoRay and hook assembly) on stand-by available onboard in case they have a load subsea that they can't recover for whatever reason. The beauty with this set up is that it can still perform very well in high current and low visibility making it ideal for Northsea projects as well as the renewable sectors.

In the video the connection bracket between the VideoRay and hook was made up in 3 hours. I am designing a bracket now to suit the Cosby ROV hook.

See link below and please comment freely on my facebook page and Youtube video. I would appreciate your feedback.


Youtube video link:

https://youtu.be/y-c1vG_dDSY


Look forward in working with your company in the future.


Best Regards,

Rob Stewart
Managing Director
ROVX LTD

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