SeaBotix vLBV Sales Reach 100 Systems

Posted by Eric Haun
Monday, May 12, 2014
Image courtesy SeaBotix

SeaBotix Inc. announced 100 sales of its vectored Little Benthic Vehicle ROV (vLBV).

The vLBV was launched in 2011 and was the brainchild of SeaBotix’ Senior Vice President Jesse Rodocker whose vision was to address the subsea industry’s need for a small, easily deployable, compact ROV with adjustable angle (vectored) thrusters in order to complement and advance the capability of the well-established SeaBotix ROV range in the offshore environment.

The 100th SeaBotix vLBV system will be delivered to the Centre for Earth Observation Sciences (CEOS) at the University of Manitoba, Canada. The purchase was funded by The Canada Foundation for Innovation project and sold through MacArtney Underwater Technology Group’s Ocean Science Department as part of a consolidated delivery of scientific subsea equipment. The 300m (1,000 ft.) capable vLBV is tested and rated for operations in subzero conditions and will be used for bio-optical studies under ice in the Arctic. The system will be delivered complete with a range of scientific tools including Spectral Radiance and Irradiance sensors, CTD probe, Tritech MicronNav USBL tracker, two color cameras, grabber and additional inverted Valeport VA500 altimeter for assisting in measurement of depth under ice.

A spokesperson for CEOS commented, "The SeaBotix vLBV ROV will be the central workhorse for field data collection of the new Arctic Biogeochemical Optics Laboratory (ABOL), funded through the Canada Foundation for Innovation – John R. Evans Leaders Fund and the province of Manitoba, Canada. ABOL will be a state-of-the-art facility embedded within the Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS) at the University of Manitoba, able to fully exploit light-matter interactions for environmental research in ice-covered waters using a combination of field observations and laboratory studies. We note that we were very satisfied by the professionalism and ideas brought forward by Andrew Ziegweid of the MacArtney Underwater Technology Group in helping design and meet the final specifications required for the fully integrated bio-optical ROV system.”

A spokesperson for MacArtney said, “Given the CEOS requirements for a small yet powerful ROV and the need to operate under ice with a suite of scientific sensors, the vLBV was the obvious package.”

Subsea entrepreneur, founder and CEO of SeaBotix Inc., Don Rodocker added, “SeaBotix has had a long and proud history of supplying leading edge technologies to the global scientific community. Additionally, the vLBV has proven to be the ideal solution for operations in the Arctic and Antarctic, through previous under ice expeditions and following extensive testing and subsequent operations with the Royal Canadian Navy. Therefore, it is very fitting that the 100th system should be destined for such an esteemed Institution in Canada.”

The vLBV was developed with innovative design and meticulous attention to detail in order to provide an extremely rugged and stable platform with exceptional power to weight ratio - (22.5 Kg / 50 lb. thrust in a vehicle weighing only 18 Kg / 40 lb.).

Additionally, the 8.9mm (0.45 in) diameter, high workload tether and high stability, 6 thruster chassis allows for operations in extremely demanding and fast moving sea conditions, complete with a range of payloads for numerous underwater applications.

The vLBV is available in 300m and 950m depth rated free-flying versions. With 300m – 4,000m rated Tether Management System (TMS) and fly-out variants (deployed from larger work class ROVS, trenching systems, submarines and Autonomous Surface Vehicles) or as a Turnkey, containerized deep water package solution. A tracked crawler skid can also be fitted in order to carry out vessel hull and infrastructure inspection / light intervention in high water current situations. Add to this, the SmartFlight Automated Navigation Package allowing for preprogrammed waypoint navigation, station keeping, auto altitude and other semi-autonomous functionality.

seabotix.com
 

Maritime Reporter November 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Diana Shipping Announces $53.5m Drawdown

Diana Shipping Inc. announces signing and drawdown of a $53.5 million term loan facility with BNP Paribas; announces time charter contract for m/v Nirefs with Glencore   Diana Shipping Inc.

Maersk to Continue Russian Operations

Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk said its four subsidiaries with activities in Russia continue to operate as planned despite the recent sharp drop in oil price and the rouble's collapse.

Denmark Arrests Former OW Bunker Manager

Denmark has arrested a former manager of collapsed ship fuel supplier OW Bunker and intends to hand him to Italy, where he is suspected of fraud, the Danish public prosecutor said on Thursday.

Technology

PlateSmart Ups Security at Port Tampa Bay

Port Tampa Bay, Florida’s largest maritime port and the 16th largest in the United States, has elected to implement PlateSmart's ARES enterprise license plate recognition-based video analytics system.

NSRP Awards $11m for R&D Project Portfolio

The Executive Control Board of the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) has selected a new round of research and development projects for award, as part

Liquefaction Terminals to Dominate LNG Capital Expenditure

Capital expenditure (Capex) on global LNG facilities is expected to total $259 billion (bn) over the period 2015-2019, with investments expected to be 88% larger

Marine Equipment

Royal Caribbean to Install Scrubbers on 19 Ships

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) will retrofit 19 of its ships with advanced emissions purification (AEP) systems. These systems, also known as scrubbers, will

US Fleet to Pump $75m into Great Lakes Shipyards

U.S.-flag Great Lakes vessel operators plan to spend $75 million this winter to ready the fleet for the 2015 shipping season, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reported.

Maritime Reporter @ 75: The Daily Cartoon

Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was founded by John J. O'Malley (1905-1980) in 1939, and today ranks as the world's largest audited trade publication in the world serving the maritime industry,

Subsea Defense

Japan Gains Edge in Australia Submarine Deal

Australia and Japan appear to be inching closer to an agreement on the sale the top-secret technology from Japan to build a fleet of new generation submarines.

Saab to Overhaul Swedish Navy Submarine

Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) to overhaul the Swedish Navy submarine HMS Södermanland. The order, valued at SEK121 million,

BAE Systems to Upgrade UK Navy Torpedoes

BAE Systems has been awarded a £270 million contract from the U.K.’s Ministry of Defense (MOD) to upgrade the Spearfish Heavyweight Torpedo for the Royal Navy’s submarines.

Unmanned Vehicles

Ennsub Delivers ROV Deployment Systems

Ennsub has completed the design and manufacture of two workclass remotely operated vehicle (WROV) deployment systems for ROVOP, due to be installed into a newbuild

Vard Wins Farstad's OSCV Contract

Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”) has secured a contract for the design and construction of one Offshore Subsea Construction Vessel (“OSCV”) for Farstad Shipping (“Farstad”).

Nordic Prince Chartered by Noble Energy

Nordic Maritime, a leading offshore service operator, today announced its MKIII subsea service vessel Mokul Nordic has been renamed Nordic Prince and has started

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | 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: 0.2673 sec (4 req/sec)