L3 Shows Off New Autonomous Subsea Inspection Capability

L3 Technologies said it has successful demonstrated an Autonomous Surface Vessel (ASV) deploying, operating and recovering a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).

In what is said to be an industry first, the C-Worker 7 ASV deployed an inspection-class ROV for vertical and horizontal subsea inspection.

The proof of concept demonstration took place over two weeks in Cawsand Bay, Plymouth, UK.

The system has been developed for use in hazardous offshore environments for tasks such as jacket and hull inspections, and pipeline and cable survey in oil and gas and renewable energy applications.

This demonstration is a key milestone in autonomous inspection subsea technology,” said James Cowles, commercial technical sales Manager for L3 Unmanned Maritime Systems UK. “Such game-changing autonomy can enable significant reductions in terms of cost and time spent at sea for both operators and ships.”

The demonstration follows completion of phase one of an Innovate UK part-funded project – Autonomous Robotic Intervention System for Extreme Maritime Environments (ARISE). The project involved the University of Exeter as an academic partner and was supported by BP.

BP continually looks at ways to take people out of hazardous environments, and the autonomous capability being developed by L3 Technologies can enable us to do that,” said Peter Collinson, senior subsea and environmental specialist, BP. “The C-Worker 7 autonomous vessel, paired with an ROV, has a very significant potential to change the way subsea inspection tasks are carried out. It is an exciting time for the oil and gas industry. The technology is there – imagination is the only thing that can hold the industry back.

Phase two of the project has already begun and will lead to further development of the ROV launch and recovery capability, including additional proof of concept demonstrations, L3 said.

Share this article

Follow Subsea World News

Events>

<< Aug 2019 >>
MTWTFSS
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31 1

Submarine Networks World 2019

As the key annual gathering for decision makers in the subsea communications value chain, they offer a dedicated platform…

read more >

8th International Conference 2019 Offshore Wind Power Substations

The International Conference Offshore Wind Power Substations is a technical event for experts in the wind industry.

read more >

Wind Turbine Towers

Wind Turbine Towers is a technical event for experts in the wind industry and the goal is to push forward technical development for future tower concepts.

read more >

Seatrade Europe 2019

The three day event will  take place in the hub of the European cruise industry, Hamburg; Germany…

read more >