Pro 4 ROV Will Serve the Entire State of Alaska
The Alaska State Police recently purchased a VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle System to assist with search & recovery (SAR) operations across the entire state of Alaska. The Pro 4 Plus BASE ROV system also included a Teledyne BlueView V-130 imaging sonar and rotating manipulator arm, two essential accessories for SAR missions, especially in challenging environments like Alaska.
The Alaska State Troopers decided to purchase the VideoRay Pro 4 ROV after the ROV's benefits were clearly demonstrated during an underwater drowning victim recovery near Bethel earlier this year. Immediately following the success of the Bethel recovery, the Kodiak Area Native Association began securing funds from government grants and voluntary donations to purchase a VideoRay ROV for the entire state.
"[The Pro 4] ROV allows us to put a piece of equipment under the water that gives us a sonar picture as well as a video picture to locate quickly and recover those victims a lot faster. [The ROV] can be utilized in summer and wintertime, under the ice or without ice, and in a lot of different currents," said Captain Andrew Merrill, an Alaska State Trooper with the Village Public Safety Officer Program.
Merrill anticipates that the Pro 4 ROV will be used statewide for a wide range of underwater applications, especially drowning victim searches and recoveries. "We realized that having [the Pro 4 ROV] here would allow us to find and recover search and rescue victims a lot faster and help bring closure to families who had lost a loved one."
As of November 2015, nine people have been trained and certified to operate the VideoRay Pro 4. According to Merrill, those individuals will be responsible for both operating the equipment and training additional state troopers on the ROV.
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Inspection Conducted by BUVI Undervatteninspektion AB
A VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is currently being used to inspect the Göta Kanal and its infrastructure, as part of a massive restoration project for the 200 year old canal. The ROV inspection was commissioned by the Swedish Government as part of the canal's renovation, which is expected to cost around 100 million SEK ($11.5 million USD).
The Pro 4 ROV, equipped with a BlueView V-130 imaging sonar and standard manipulator arm, is being operated by Fredrik and Marie Fleetwood of BUVI Undervatteninspektion AB. They are tasked with inspecting all the bridges and locks between Motala and Mem, approximately 89 km (55 miles) of the 190 km canal. The inspections include 30 targets of interest, including several bridges and locks with 4 wing walls each ranging from 5 to 20 meters long. BUVI began the VideoRay inspections last month and expect to continue through the end of November.
The VideoRay ROV inspections will be an integral part of the canal's restoration. The Göta Kanal is both culturally and financially significant for Sweden. Considered "Sweden's Greatest Wonder" and one of its greatest engineering feats, the canal was built between 1810 and 1832 during one of the largest construction projects ever conducted in Sweden. Parts of the canal are still used to transport cargo, however its main use is tourism and transportation. Every year, around 2 million tourists travel down the Göta Kanal on "pleasure cruises".
Pro 4 ROV Equipped with BlueView Sonar Inspected Water Intake Structures
A VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) was recently deployed as part of clean-up efforts on a coal-fired power plant. VideoRay consultant Steve Van Meter supported Hudson Engineering during a water intake structure inspection on Calpine's Deepwater Generating Station near Pennsville, New Jersey.
Owned and operated by Pepco Holdings, Deepwater Generating Station is a legacy coal-fired plant that is currently being renovated into a more modern Oil & Gas power plant. They plan to use the same intake structures, which pull in water from the nearby Delaware River. The Pro 4 inspection found the intakes to still be in good condition.
Hudson Engineering is a Camden, NJ-based marine engineering firm that provides services across the United States, mainly in the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley waterfront regions. They are currently working with Calpine to reduce emissions from coal-fired plants like the Deepwater Generating Station, without completely shutting down the plants. The coal firing will be replaced by natural gas, a cleaner alternative.
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Attendees from Pacific Coast Units Learn How to Operate and Maintain ROVs
Members of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) recently completed training on their VideoRay Pro 4 ROVs and Teledyne BlueView imaging sonars. Led by Brett Kolb and Craig Thorngren, the USCG training took place in Alameda, California last month. The 16 trainees came from 4 different USCG units around the Pacific Coast area, including San Francisco, Los Angeles/Long Beach, Honolulu, and Seattle.
The USCG training included a standard Pro 4 basic operator training course with a sonar overview, as well as an additional two days for an advanced maintenance course.
The USCG took advantage of VideoRay's onsite training program, which brings a certified VideoRay trainer directly to the operator's location. This option allows for a more customized and personal training experience, during which operators can learn how to use their ROV in the specific water environment where it will be typically deployed.
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VideoRay Cavitation Cleaner Deployed as Part of VIPS 2015
The first VideoRay Mission Specialist ROV system was officially deployed for the first time during last week's VIPS conference. The Cavitation Cleaner hit the water in Dutch Springs during a demonstration for VIPS attendees. The VideoRay engineering staff was on hand to explain how the new modular system works and demonstrate the new interface. The Cavitation Cleaner ROV attaches a CaviBlaster probe to the front of the ROV to clean underwater surfaces such as ship hulls, sea chests and cooling water intakes, and other surfaces that collect marine debris.
The Cavitation Cleaner is the first of many different customized ROV system configurations in VideoRay's Mission Specialist Series. Other task-specific ROVs will be configured and introduced as VideoRay determines our customers' needs and desires. Currently, plans are underway for systems for 3D surveys, tunnel penetration, mine countermeasures (MCM), as well as a fly-out system for a long-term or permanent deployment.
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Pro 3 GTO ROV and BlueView V-130 Sonar Used to Map Aquifers 300 Ft Underground
The Malta Sustainable Energy & Water Conservation Unit (SEWCU) recently completed training on their VideoRay Pro 3 GTO Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) with BlueView V-130 multibeam imaging sonar. Steve Van Meter traveled to the Ta` Kandja Pumping Station to train four members of the SEWCU on their recently purchased sonar. Van Meter had previously trained the crew on the Pro 3 GTO they purchased in 2014 from SR Services Ltd.
Ta` Kandja Pumping Station is the largest and primary pumping station on the Maltese Islands, with a network spanning 42 km (26 miles) and galleries stretching 915 m to 1,525 m long (3,000-5,000 ft). Malta relies on these aquifers for their public water supply. Before they obtained their ROV, the SEWCU had to visually inspect the pumping station by walking down each gallery. Now, the ROV and sonar allow them to quickly inspect the entire pumping station within a few days.
The SEWCU has already used their ROV and sonar for other applications, including underwater pipeline inspections.
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Victim Pulled from 279 Ft of Water in Lake's Virgin Basin
Earth Resource Group (ERG) recently used a VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) during a drowning victim recovery in Lake Mead. The victim was pulled from the Virgin Basin on the second search day using a homemade snare assembly attached to the VideoRay ROV's manipulator arm.
The victim, James Schafer, was reported missing after his vessel was found unattended near Middle Point Island. The search team from ERG and the Lake Mead Interagency Communications Center was able to use a GPS unit onboard the boat to track its movements, which led them to the Virgin Basin.
ERG has used their VideoRay Pro 4 ROV and homemade snare assembly to recover multiple victims in the Nevada region, including one from 340 ft of water last August.
For more information on Earth Resource Group and their services, visit www.ergnevada.com
VideoRay extends our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of James Schafer.
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Body Recovered from 50 Feet of Water with ROV Borrowed from Burleigh County
A VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) recovered the body of Gabrielle Fisher from Pactola Reservoir in South Dakota on Monday. After a 4 hour search, the Pro 4 located her body in approximately 50 feet of water near the spot where Fisher was knocked into the water after a jet ski hit her boat on Friday night.
Search crews from the Pennington County Search & Rescue (SAR) team searched for her body all weekend using divers and side scan sonar. However, the divers had little to no visibility due to the amount of silt in the water, often having less than 3 feet of visibility. After two days of unsuccessful searching, Pennington County SAR called Burleigh County Sheriff's Department in North Dakota to borrow their VideoRay Pro 4. Once the ROV arrived, they were able to locate the body after shortly before search efforts were to be called off on Monday night.
"[The ROV] saved divers a lot time," said Brian Meiers from the Pennington County SAR team. The ROV recovered Fisher's body from a search area that had not been covered by the divers. Another member of the team was quoted as saying "we absolutely could not have found her body without the ROV."
The Pennington SAR team was familiar with VideoRay ROVs, thanks to a recent demo conducted by Tom Crossmon. Burleigh County sent their ROV and three members of their Dive Rescue and Recovery team to Rapid City to conduct the search.
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VideoRay extends our deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of Gabrielle Fisher.
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."
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.
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.