Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles

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Package Boosts Speed by 80 Percent to 3.1 Knots; Increases Possible Tether Length

At Oceanology International Americas, VideoRay LLC announced a new Professional Performance Package for its VideoRay ROV (remotely operated vehicle) that increases available thrust and lengthens the maximum tether length to 1500 feet for VideoRay ROVs. The Professional Performance Package is especially useful in ocean waters for oil rig inspections in stronger currents. See the VideoRay in booth 657 at OI Americas at the Ernest N Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.

The Professional Performance Package includes an inline battery and charging circuit, which can be placed anywhere there is a junction in the tether or onboard the submersible. The battery and charging circuit increase the available current and keeps power consistent over long lengths of tether. The Package includes software upgrade, special propellers with guards, and a 100-foot neutral tether that reduces drag by 56 percent.

The system can be installed and removed on any VideoRay Pro II system by simply plugging in and switching props and guards. Opening the sub is not necessary, and the software is easily upgraded in the field.

“ This greatly increases the VideoRay’s capabilities in a high current, open ocean environment,” says Scott Bentley, president of VideoRay. “We’ve had significant demand for this from our users who push their VideoRays to the limit. This will help us be much more effective on demanding inspection jobs.”

Deliveries of the Professional Performance Pack are scheduled for August 2003. Pricing is expected to be around $3,000 USD.