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AUGUST 4, 2015 – Rowan Drillships Complete Certified Training on VideoRay Pro 4 ROVs

AUGUST 4, 2015 – Rowan Drillships Complete Certified Training on VideoRay Pro 4 ROVs

ROVs Now Used for Class-Required Inspections Aboard the Reliance and Relentless

VideoRay consultants Steve Van Meter and Dean Nafziger recently completed onsite training courses on the Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) system for two of Rowan Companies' ultra-deepwater drillships in the Gulf of Mexico. Crew members aboard the Reliance and Relentless are now certified to use Pro 4 ROVs to conduct ABS-approved ballast tank inspections, UWILDs, hull inspections, and thruster inspections.

"The Chief Engineers and OIMs onboard both ships were very pleased with the training and said that both trainers were extremely knowledgeable and helpful," said Rowan's Training and Competency Manager, Tyler Kerps. "Both Van Meter and Nafziger delivered beyond our expectations."

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Video Now Available: 6 Tips for Faster, Safer Drowning Victim Recoveries with ROVs

Video Now Available: 6 Tips for Faster, Safer Drowning Victim Recoveries with ROVs

Missed yesterday's SAR eWorkshop? Click here to view a full recording

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Phil Reed, One of the Architects Behind the Costa Concordia Wreck Removal, to Deliver Keynote at Pottstown Underwater Robotics Conference

Phil Reed, One of the Architects Behind the Costa Concordia Wreck Removal, to Deliver Keynote at Pottstown Underwater Robotics Conference

Expert on difficult, large scale salvage will talk about the challenges and lessons learned on the Costa Concordia and other major shipwrecks over the years

Phil Reed will offer a rare glimpse behind the scenes of the most complex salvage operation in maritime history – the Costa Concordia wreck removal. In his keynote address, Mr. Reed will discuss his experiences as salvage master of several notable shipwrecks, including the Concordia. The presentation will be held on Wednesday September 16, 2015 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania as part of the 2015 VideoRay International Partner Symposium (VIPS).

As the largest and most complicated wreck removal project in history, the Costa Concordia captivated the world when it foundered off the coast of Giglio Island, Italy in January 2012. The ill-fated cruise ship made headlines again last summer when it was successfully righted and refloated. Mr. Reed, joined by the project's ROV supervisor Mauro Stasi, will discuss the groundbreaking wreck removal project, including the challenges they faced and how they overcame them.

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JUNE 19, 2015 - VideoRay Pro 4 ROV Survives Continuous 19-Month Remote Deployment in North Sea (UPDATED)

JUNE 19, 2015 - VideoRay Pro 4 ROV Survives Continuous 19-Month Remote Deployment in North Sea (UPDATED)

ROV Deployed from November 2013 to May 2015 as an Experimental Emergency Response System

STAVANGER, Norway – A VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) spent 19 months operating continuously in the North Sea, in what is believed to be the longest uninterrupted deployment of a single ROV of any class.

The unprecedented operation began in November 2013 as an experimental emergency preparedness solution for Stinger Technology AS, a subsea services provider for the offshore oil & gas sector. The Pro 4 "resident ROV" was deployed off the coast of Stavanger, Norway, but operated mainly from Stinger's offices which are located nearly 250 m (820 ft) inland. The ROV remained powered on and in full operating condition for the entire duration of the deployment. Before Stinger voluntarily ended the ROV's deployment on May 20, 2015, the submersible had not surfaced for repairs or even routine maintenance.

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