Some ultra HD footage (recorded in 4K) from a recent biosecurity project we were involved with. The pylons we were looking at had an abundance of marine life on them. Being able to record in ultra HD allowed the Invasive Marine Species specialists the confidence to make decisions based on the footage.
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Searching Continues - ROV Innovations Working with SubSea and AMSA to find submerged Containers from YM Efficiency
The AMSA contracted Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) assessment of the containers lost from the YM Efficiency recommenced on the 12 of January.
Since the previous update an additional nine containers have been located and imaged by the ROV bringing the total targets imaged to 12.
The below video shows some highlights from the ROV operations in December. Some of the containers found appear to be severely damaged with large sections of container and their contents spread around the sites.
AMSA will assess the imagery collected by the ROV to determine whether the containers can be recovered.
AMSA will be seeking to recover all costs associated with the search and any recovery operations from the ship owners Yang Ming.
The ROV assessments will continue over the coming weeks as weather conditions permit.
AMSA contract Subsea to launch remotely operated underwater vehicles in search for YM Efficiency containers
One of our latest ongoing projects has hit the newspapers...
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ROV innovations have become synonymous with underwater asset inspections, specifically with assets in zero visibility water. Our ability to image complex structures such as bridges, as well as mapping river beds and obtaining hi resolution profiles has allowed us to provide our clients with images of their structures that they have never seen before.
Our high resolution sonar is ideal for projects such as :
Our custom designed vessel - White Shark 1 - provides us with an ideal working platform for all of our underwater inspection and survey requirements. It has a large open back deck, full-length canopy for sun and rain protection, doors on the starboard side allowing us to operate close to the water's surface, echo sounder, side scan sonar, 2000w inverter for the safe operation of all 240v equipment, hi flow water pump, twin 150 horsepower 4 stroke honda outboards, GPS, as well as a stern underwater platform that can be lowered to assist in retrieving divers or equipment from the water.
By combining our Sonar Imagery with that of our High Definition ROVs we can offer the highest level of confidence to our clients. We can use the high resolution imagery from the sonar to map large areas, zoom into any sonar returns that show any suspicious activity, record its precise GPS location, and then send our HD ROV directly to the anomaly and get eyes on the target to have a definitive answer for our clients. This allows us to confidently survey 100% of the area in question and also offer our clients a 100% guarantee that nothing was missed.
ROV Innovations were contracted to complete the internal inspection of 2 pipelines, as well as the cleaning and inspection of the seaward assets, for the Desalination Plant situated on the Gold Coast. For the project, we utilised a long range Seamor Chinook ROV, outfitted with 2000m fibre optic tether, pipe profiling sonar, and 2 additional Hi-Def cameras. This allowed us to visually inspect all aspects of the internal pipeline with one pass. The pipe profiling sonar also allowed us to accurately measure the buildup of debris within the pipelines (if any) and report on the total cubic meterage within the pipe length.
The desalination plant had 2 pipelines that were required to be internally inspected. The intake pipe (2200m in length) and the outfall pipe (2050m). The oceanic intake dome, as well as the outfall diffusers were also inspected to ensure that no damage had occurred, the cathodic protection was operating as anticipated, and to also ensure that there was no environmental concerns from the running of the plant.
The external intake and outfall proved to be a veritable oasis for both tropical reef fish, sharks, rays and invertebrates, in an otherwise featureless underwater sandy desert. Corals (both hard and soft), ascidians, sponges, feather stars, brittle stars, anemones, and thousands of fish have all colonised the desalination plants oceanic structures creating a thriving underwater community.
Thanks to the great guys at Veolia for all their assistance throughout the project, specifically Alf Cosgrove, Terry Casey, and Filippo Vico. We look forward to working with you all again in the near future.
ROV Innovations has been called upon to intensively map local swimming areas for potential underwater hazards coming up to Summer in South East Queensland. Our team used our high resolution scanning sonar from our custom designed commercial vessel to map the first area in Wivenhoe Dam.
We were able to quickly and efficiently identify 3 immediate hazards in the yet to be opened swimming area with the sonar, and with swift action by our client, arranged our commercial dive team to enter and remove them. In this instance, the hazards proved to be red Cedar tree stumps standing a meter tall and approximately a meter in diameter, and a 5m long log on the dam bed. Using an underwater hydraulic chainsaw, we were able to remove the potential hazards to ensure that swimmers in the area would not injure themselves.
Due to the low visibility around the bed of the dam, the sonar proved to be the only reliable method to identify any potential hazards to swimmers. Using either Divers or ROVs in this instance would not be viable as they could easily have missed these hazards by a meter and not seen them. Only the high resolution scanning sonar allowed us to have 100% confidence that we had covered the entire area of concern.
By combining our multiple resources (in this instance - Sonar, Commercial Vessel and Dive Team) we were able to provide the client with an optimal solution with minimal downtime.
This excerpt is from a recent trip to Orpheus Island Research Station with staff from Trinity Bay High School, James Cook University (JCU) and The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). It is filmed with a Seamor 300F ROV recording in standard definition. Visibility was between 3-4 meters, calm conditions, with the current picking up to approx 2 knots. The second part of the demo is filmed on a GoPro Hero 3+ mounted on the ROV to capture a perpendicular view to the sea floor.
Conditions on the day were extremely average, with rain squalls coming through every 30 minutes which hampered the topside equipment, and there was a 2-3 meter surge around the shallower snapper rocks site. Even with these conditions, the high definition camera on the ROV managed to capture awesome footage of the marine benthic community at all sites, allowing the ecologists at FRC to identify with confidence a myriad of species for their report.
Thanks to John and Craig at FRC, as well as Chris from Ocean Dive.
Rob Swale, owner and skipper of "The Fiordland Jewel" charter boat (http://www.fiordlanddiscovery.co.nz), has recently purchased a 600m depth rated Hi-Def ROV to offer his clients a live view of the underwater life found in the Fiorldands of New Zealand.
Rob wanted to provide Blu-Ray quality live video footage from the ROV directly to 3 large screen, curved 4K ultra high definition screens located around his vessels so all of his clients could see the sea-life underneath them. As the Fiords are quite deep, Rob also needed an ROV that could easily view the midnight depths of the deepest fiords, some 550m deep.
The solution was a Seamor 600F 2/4 Hi definition ROV with 4 additional LED floodlights, a manipulator, 670m fibre optic tether on an electric reel, video enhancement, and state of the art high definition recorders and components from ATOMOS.
Training for Rob and Jack was completed over 3 days within the Fiordlands Doubtfull sound, where we were lucky enough to view some spectacular scenery above the water, and an abundance of life below the water. Rob is currently building a custom designed live-aboard Catamaran for guests to explore the magnificent scenery of the Fiordlands, with Jack piloting the ROV to show the action beneath the deep, clear water.
Below is some footage that we recorded during the training trip to the Fiordlands. It has been reduced in quality for faster streaming, however you can still appreciate the clarity of the Sony 1080p High Definition Camera, and the benefits of the zoom capabilities.
Initially we will be focussing on the amazing underwater cameras and surveying equipment that Shark marine produce such as the towed and drop systems, however we will also be providing other products such as the diver held "Navigator" system, basically a handheld GPS and sonar for divers; Shark Marine Sonars and Automated bathymetric surveying equipment like the D.A.S. Boat; and their range of light work class ROVs with auto functionality like "go to" waypoints and hover at set GPS marks.
For more information on any of our new range of Shark Marine products, feel free to call us on +61 402 284435, or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
ROV Innovations provides High Definition underwater footage for industries such as Marine Conservation and Research, Australian Biosecurity, Customs, Documentary and Film Makers, Oil and Gas industries, and AQIS to name a few.