US ROV's Invade South America

press release
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Chile’s Fernando Landeta of Landmarine (r) with Fisher SeaOtter ROV; Top inset – Ecuador’s Edwin Ortega with his new SeaOtter-2 ROV at Fishers factory; Center inset; Chile’s Pedro Campos of Subsea Engineering with his SeaLion ROV in crash cage

Subsea Engineering in Santiago, Chile is one of many South American enterprises and military establishments adding ROVs in an effort to expand their operational capabilities.

 

The company offers a complete package of design and construction services including the building of pipelines and installation of submarine power and communications cables.  Owner Pedro Campos is a certified Naval and Marine Engineer, and a member of the International Association of Diving Contractors. Campos says “performing underwater operations in my country is complex and challenging. We have the Los Andes Ridge in the east and deep trenches in the west. Along the coast, great depths are reached rapidly and sophisticated diving equipment is required with the associated extra-cost. An ROV is an essential tool for working in these environments.”  The company purchased a JW Fishers SeaLion ROV to assist in their projects as it has the power and depth rating required to operate there.  A scanning sonar was added to help the ROV operator navigate the vehicle in the area’s low visibility waters. 
 

Another marine engineering firm in Chile that has added an ROV is Landmarine Ltda.  Landmarine’s owner, Fernando Landeta, is certified in trimix and rebreather diver and served as one of the scientific divers on an expedition to recover the bell from the German cruiser Dresden sunk in 200 feet of water in 1915 near the Chilean island of Mas a Tierra (today known as Robinson Crusoe island).  Landmarine offers a variety of services including underwater inspection and repair. “We acquired a Fishers SeaOtter ROV to help in these operations”, says Landeta. “The ROV dramatically reduces in-water time of the diver and sometimes completely eliminates the need to dive.”  The company recently added a Pulse 8X handheld underwater metal detector to aid in their search and recovery work.
 

Next door in Argentina is Prefectura Naval (PNA), a branch of the country’s Interior Ministry with a mission similar to the US Coast Guard.  Like the USCG, PNA’s job is to protect the country’s rivers and maritime territory.  Part of their responsibility is ensuring safety and security in Argentina’s ports.  PNA routinely inspects inbound and outbound ships to prevent smuggling of drugs or other illegal cargos, and to make sure the vessels are not polluting local waters. To aid in these operations Prefertura Naval purchased a SeaLion ROV. The highly maneuverable underwater vehicle can quickly and easily inspect the hull of vessel in search of secret compartments and looking for discharge of fuel or other fluids. 
 

On the other side of the continent the Brazilian Navy is using a SeaLion-2, Fishers’ newest ROV model. Brazil’s Navy is the largest in Latin America with 60,000 active personnel, 100 commissioned ships including 5 submarines, and 89 aircraft.  With its two cameras and four powerful thrusters, the new compact ROV gives the Navy the ability to perform immediate in-water inspections of a ship’s hull or propulsion system, even in open ocean.  Having the ROV also allows instant inspection of any of the underwater structures or vessels at the more than a dozen Navy bases throughout the country.
 

Over in Ecuador, the GDC Dive Center and Submarine Activities Cdla Miraflores has added a new SeaOtter-2 to assist in their underwater operations. One of the principals in the business is Edwin Ortega, an officer in the Ecuadorian Navy and a man with extensive diving experience.  He reports the ROV will be used for recreational applications such as inspecting new diving sites for the dive center, and also for commercial projects such as inspection of seawalls, piers, bridge supports, and other underwater structures.
 

Up in Venezuela construction conglomerate Trime C.A. used their SeaLion to inspect a 305 meter long dam in a water depth of 50 meters. Company spokesman Bertram Buhl reports, "the ROV allowed us to inspect the entire face of the dam without once deploying a diver. Trime also acquired one of Fishers high intensity underwater lights system  which was attached to a drop camera to assist in the operation.
 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter May 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

NASSCO Lays Keel for Jones Act Tanker Liberty

U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a keel laying ceremony on Thursday, May 26 for the Liberty, one of three new ECO Class Jones Act tankers under a

DSC Dredge Receives President’s E-Star Award

DSC Dredge, LLC, based in Reserve, La., has received the 2016 President’s “E-Star” Award for exports.   In a ceremony held on May 16, 2016, at the U.S. Department

TT Club Reports Robust Financial Results for 2015

TT Club has announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2015, and AM Best affirms its A- (Excellent) rating for the 10th consecutive year.   Knud Pontoppidan,

Technology

P&I Club warns on Enclosed Space Entry & Testing

The London P&I Club says it continues to see cases of injuries and fatalities associated with entry into enclosed onboard spaces, including cargo holds on bulk

OOCL Renews VOD Training Contract

Videotel, producer and distributor of training videos, 3D animation, and e-Learning courses to the maritime market and part of KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI),

Tech & Design Solutions for Modern Workboats

EPA Tier 4 regulations (for engines of 804 hp and higher) and propulsion advancements have many manufacturers and vessel designers changing course to adapt to new requirements and customer demands.

Offshore

Hercules Offshore Filing for Bankruptcy Again

Hercules Offshore Inc said it planned to file for prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy, just six months after the rig contractor emerged from bankruptcy protection.

DONG Energy Listing to Value Group at up to $16 Bln

DONG Energy's has set a potential $16 billion price tag on its stock market debut, giving investors a chance to buy into the growth in offshore wind power, but

Østensjø Rederi Orders Another Wind Farm Vessel

Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with shipyard Astilleros Gondan in Spain to design and equip a second Service Operation Vessel for ship owner Østensjø Rederi.

Marine Equipment

GloMEEP Project Forges Ahead with Train-the-Trainer Workshop

A global Train-the-Trainer workshop on energy efficiency has been delivered in China (23-27 May), preparing the personnel needed to cascade knowledge on energy

Diana Charters Out Two Bulkers

Diana Shipping Inc. today announced that, through a separate wholly-owned subsidiary, it entered into a time charter contract with Bunge S.A., Geneva, for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels,

Hansa Offenburg, Hansa Drakenburg Sail Scale-free

Leonhardt & Blumberg was founded in 1903 and has managed more than 180 vessels, the majority of which were general cargo vessels and bulk carriers. Today the company

Marine Science

P&I Club warns on Enclosed Space Entry & Testing

The London P&I Club says it continues to see cases of injuries and fatalities associated with entry into enclosed onboard spaces, including cargo holds on bulk

TAMRF Extends Research Vessel Charter

Overseas Drilling Ltd., a 100 percent owned subsidiary of Siem Offshore Inc., and Texas A&M Research Foundation (TAMRF) have agreed to extend the charter of the

Kongsberg Tech for Peruvian Arctic Research Vessel

Kongsberg Maritime has been chosen to deliver an integrated subsea technology systems package including two HUGIN Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) for a new

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0708 sec (14 req/sec)