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THE MTR 100 - 12th Annual Listing of 100 Leading Subsea Companies
thrusters on the market. Of particular note in the last year is the development and advancement of its ArduSub subsea vehicle control software, which is de- signed around the open-source ArduPi- lot project, bringing in advanced sensor and navigation features. Recently, we have integrated the system with acoustic positioning devices to provide a mov-
Blue Robotics ing-map display of ROV position and are used for research, academic projects, now in use in a wide range of applica- autonomous position hold and waypoint prototype development and commercial tions from aquaculture to tank inspec- navigation. New in 2017 is the Blue
OEM integration around the world. tion to marine biology to archeology. Robotics “Crushinator,” a pressure test
With new products released on a month- Blue Robotic’s patent-pending thruster vessel with 45.7 cm (18-in.) inner diam- ly basis, its product line will continue to design is its most important technology. eter and 76.2 cm (30-in.) inside length. expand and support the needs of the ma- It uses a unique brushless motor design The vessel can simulate depths of up to rine robotics and subsea industries. The that is compact, inherently pressure tol- 1,015 meters (3,330 ft) and has electri-
BlueROV2 has been on the market for erant, and, the company claims, signi? - cal cable penetrations and an internal about one year, and over 400 units are cantly less expensive than comparable live camera view to monitor testing.
Totnes, Devon, U.K. • http://www.valeport.co.uk/
Valeport is an independent family owned business based in the UK which designs and manufactures underwater measur- ing equipment. Valeport has supplied the subsea sector since it was established in 1969 and has a customer base that includes: environmental, research, defense, oil and gas, renewable en- ergy, construction, port/harbor, dredging and civil engineer- ing sectors. Its products include sound velocity probes, cur- rent ? ow meters, wave recorders, tide gauges, ? uorometers,
CTDs, multi-parameter CTDs, altimeters, depth sensors/ bathypack and GPS echo sounders. Valeport exports around 80% directly and at least half of the remainder is sold to UK of? ces of multinational companies, or as OEM to other Brit- ish exporting companies, so approaching 90% of production ends up overseas. Valeport is currently observing a buoyant
Valeport market, particularly in the hydrographic survey and ports and harbor area, where sales of tide gauges, for example, are up create a useful pro? ler for surveys requiring CTD and turbid- by 22%. Valeport sees the oil and gas survey business is show- ity. Valeport is introducing key revisions to the rapidSV and ing a gradual resurgence with the Midas SVX2, miniIPS and rapidCTD, the probe series that allows data pro? ling while a
VA500 Altimeter gaining much favor with contractors as work vessel is underway; popular with users of the Teledyne rapid- levels increase. CAST winch deployment systems. A rechargeable battery
Valeport has been at the forefront of sound velocity technol- will deliver extended deployment times; inclusion of GPS will ogy since establishing its Digital Time of Flight technology 10 offer the bene? ts of geo-location of ? les; and dual Bluetooth years ago. The latest SVP, SWiFT (pictured), delivers sound will provide enhanced comms for easy data download and al- velocity pro? les providing survey grade sensor technology lowing a surveyor to conduct SV pro? les on command. Vale- with the convenience of Bluetooth technology and recharge- port has supplied more than 1000 CTD sensors to Sea Mam- able batteries. A new Android app was launched in 2017. mal Research Unit for use in tags. The design was modi? ed
Earlier this year Valeport showed a new sensor designed for to include a ? uorometer to produce a CTF sensor maintaining the dredging community. dredgeMATE combines the power the small footprint to continue tag integration. The new sensor of SWiFT SVP (CTD) technology with a turbidity sensor to will help SMRU obtain oceanographic data sets.
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