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June 14th, 2017 – VideoRay Mission Specialist ROV explores shipwrecked Coast Guard Cutter for USCG and NOAA

​June 13th, 2017, was the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter McCulloch, a ship recently discovered on the ocean floor right off Point Conception. Early October 2016, the United States Coast Guard and NOAA reached out to VideoRay, inquiring about our technologically advanced Mission Specialist (MSS) ROV. VideoRay is the standard ROV for the United States Coast Guard, with a large fleet of VideoRay Pro vehicles purchased over the last decade. The Mission Specialist is VideoRay's latest generation vehicle, and was called upon due to the depth, current, and other challenges of this mission. Tom Glebas, VideoRay Vice President of Product Management, provided his time and service at no cost to the government for the exploration of this historical shipwreck.

The VideoRay Mission Specialist ROV was deployed from the National Marine Sanctuary's research vessel Shearwater, to find, identify and document the wreck. The Mission Specialist had to precisely maneuver in strong currents to capture photographs and sensor data to successfully identify the McCulloch. "The ROV was stable in strong currents providing high quality images officials used to identify the wreckage" stated Glebas. Glebas reported that the swells in the area were about 5-6 feet and choppy waves at 2-3 feet on the day of the mission.

Only the steel skeletal remains of a once-glorious ship remain on the seafloor. The MSS was able to maneuver through the McCulloch's steel skeleton with ease, even in tight spaces, the pilot being careful not to get the ROV tangled. While there were a couple of snags, which can be expected in these kinds of conditions, the Mission Specialist returned without damage, and with significant data from the site.

Glebas, who piloted the MSS ROV during the October 2016 mission and traveled to the site with the ROV alone, discussed with us some of the challenges from the mission that the VideoRay MSS overcame. "While the 260 foot depth was not too bad, the real test for the captain and ROV pilot was staying over the site while the Shearwater was live-boating in 10-20 knot wind," he explained. Nevertheless, the team was able to identify and document the McCulloch and compare it with historic photographs and plans. The ROV captured the bronze 11-foot propeller, the engine room skylight, the 15-inch torpedo tube molded in the bow stem, and multiple other distinguishing features.



The mission was an incredible success, and VideoRay is proud to have provided our services for this historical and scientific mission. Glebas was thrilled with the success of the joint mission, saying "I could not have asked for a better crew." Robert Schwemmer of the NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and chief archeologist for the mission, stated, "we greatly appreciate the time and efforts VideoRay put forth on such short notice, providing us with a superior ROV and cutting-edge technology to use for this mission."

Tom was with the MSS ROV at the press conference on June 13th, 2017, where the USCG announced their findings of the shipwreck and the capabilities of VideoRay's Mission Specialist ROV technology.



Click here to watch a video of the VideoRay Mission Specialist ROV in action!

Click here to view the VideoRay MSS photos of the ship and other information about the USCG Cutter McCulloch.



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June 6, 2017 – VideoRay VP of Engineering brings ROV to Upper Dublin High School

​VideoRay's Pro 4 ROV can do a lot: offshore inspections, military mine counter measures, search and rescue missions, marine research, and so much more. Andy Goldstein, an Upper Dublin High School alum and vice president of engineering for VideoRay, added another item to the list of Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) capabilities: inspecting the UDHS indoor pool as a demonstration for an oceanography class.

Goldstein explained the purpose of underwater ROVs, "They do tedious, dirty, dangerous work where you don't want to put a human." The teacher of the class, Richard Schmidt, invited VideoRay to show his class what real technology looks like and how it is used. Goldstein, with degrees in material science and computer science, was happy to oblige.

VideoRay has sold about 5,000 ROV units since he started and has clients worldwide, Goldstein said. Many are used for inspections for offshore oil rigs, inside pipelines, dams, search and rescue shipwrecks, mine counter measures, and universities will buy the robot to take it apart.

Schmidt "would like to write a grant" for a baseline ROV to use for his oceanography class in the future. His class will be getting so scuba training soon, and an ROV would fit right into the part when they must explore a shipwreck created by Schmidt.

Schmidt remarked that "The geosciences are not represented well in high schools across the country," and he hopes that classes such as his, and technology like VideoRay's, will help better prepare students for a future in marine and similar sciences.

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June 5, 2017 - Norwegian company utilizes a VideoRay ROV for offshore tank decommissioning

The Norwegian company, Stinger Technology, along with Saab Seaeye, created a three-part unit comprised of a Saab Seaeye Falcon, a VideoRay Pro 4 ROV, and a Stinger Nano to check for environmental contaminates before decommissioning offshore production tanks.

The size of VideoRay's Pro 4 paired with its technological capabilities makes it the perfect ROV for Saab Seaeye and Stinger to include in their inspection trio.

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June 1, 2017 - Earth Resource Group uses a VideoRay Pro 4 to Recover Lake Mead Drowning Victim

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is by far the deadliest National Park, and drownings account for most of the 250+ people who lost their lives there over the last few years.

Fortunately for the families of the most tragic drownings, local environmental consulting company Earth Resource Group of Las Vegas, NV, volunteers their time repeatedly to find and recover victims when the depth and location exceed the capabilities of local responders and the National Park Service (NPS). This has happened repeatedly – in 2015, using a VideoRay Pro 4 and Smart Tether, they located a victim in over 300 feet (over 90 meters of water) in under an hour .

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2014 Lake Mead Victim Recovery

Earlier this month, Steve Schafer, Todd Osmundson and Steve Fanell of Earth Resource Group once again located and recovered a victim in less than an hour. The scenario was all too common – an accident near a dock involving a poor swimmer who entered the water without a personal flotation device (PFD,) and drowned nearby. The location and recovery were hampered by hazardous underwater conditions at the scene. According to Schafer, "We used the Pro 4 with BlueView Sonar and Smart Tether. The NPS apparently had already cleared the area with their Edgetech side scan sonar and followed up with an ROV they have with video only. They had no luck. We found the victim in 42 minutes after we were set up. We could have done the recovery but the coroner has the final call and they asked Las Vegas Metro Dive Team to come out. We kept the ROV at the victim and the team followed the tether down to do the recovery. This site was insane with underwater cables and junk (old dock that sank etc.) that are used to anchor the marina. Looked like a spider web on the sonar. A 22 year old young man (poor swimmer) that tried to jump in and retrieve a tube that floated away. We found him in 74 feet of water about 90 feet from the end of the dock."

Two lessons from this tragedy are worth emphasizing and repeating. ALWAYS wear a Personal Flotation Device when near water or on a boat. Even if you feel you don't need it, you can set an example for others. The second is to use technology in hazardous conditions like this search – these conditions would have been very hazardous to human divers, but with the appropriate technology and expert operators, the location and recovery can be done without risk of injury or worse.

More information on this recovery

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The 2016 'Best of VideoRay' Photo Contest

Winners of the Best of VideoRay 2016 Photo Contest have been announced!

1st Marko Van Ess – Aqua Events

Aqua Events specializes in all types of events and (film) productions on, round, or with water. Aqua Events is a creative nautical problem-solver with years of experience and expertise. With a passion for the elements of nature, they bring a "nautical" solution for every event, whereby their clients' wishes are the center of attention. Aqua Events are responsible for all racetracks of the RedBull air race around the world. Aqua Events are also sponsors of Valentina Cafolla who is now the world record holder Under Ice Freedive

2nd Sarah Nahaebdian - The Maritime Aquarium

These images were taken at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) in Houston, Texas. Sarah took part in a two-day course to become a certified ROV pilot with VideoRay. The NBL is an amazing facility that has life-size models of the International Space Station, and provides the perfect venue for training with ROVs. At one point, a diver swam over to help with one of our challenges - picking up a golf ball!
VideoRay would like to thank everyone who sent us images of their 2016 ROV expeditions! You can see all the photo submissions in the gallery below. All submissions will be sent a new VideoRay 2017 t-shirt.

See the best of the rest...

1. Steve Randall – ECS – ECS has developed an Explosive Ordnance Disposal tool called 'Viper' for the VideoRay. 

2. Kyle Satula – Proceanic - The VideoRay MSS ROV used by Proceanic, to perform an inspection on an offshore oil riser in Equatorial Guinea in November 2016. 

3. Steve Van Meter – The VideoRay Pro 4 is deployed for a power plant inspection 

4. Craig Thorngren - Submerged Recovery & Inspection Services - Breaking through almost a foot of ice to deploy an ROV to search for a missing person. 

5. Mark Salter – Atlantas Marine - There is a 3500 year old bronze age settlement at the bottom of Lake Viverone in Northern Italy. 

6. Bill Hubbard - Massachusetts Maritime Academy - The VideoRay ROV is a key component of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy research and benthic mapping surveys in Buzzards Bay. 

7. Christoffer Christensen – Stinger Technology - Photo was taken during a launch at the Gyda in the Norwegian Northsea. 

8. Thor Zollinger – Manta Robotics - Manta Robotics internal fuel tank inspection using the Cygnus UT instrument and a Pro4 ROV. The ROV has been heavily modified for explosive environment certification. 

9. Matt Kadow - Wisconsin Maritime Museum - Participants in the Wisconsin Maritime Museum's ROV Summer Camp explored the scientific concepts and laws related to ROVs. 

10. Dean Nafziger – UROV - Location Gulf of Mexico on an off-shore production spar. Dives were made in the moon pool where residual oil and debris left a slimy coat but no damage to the VideoRay. 

11. Roy Moser - Aerial Drone Solutions - Aerial Drone Solutions were conducting asset inspections on large potable water reservoirs for Australian government. 

12. Andrew Want - Heriot-Watt University – Sublittoral habitat mapping off West Mainland, Orkney (in Scotland) along transects from near shore to 50 m. 

13. Jim Kenard – Shipwreckworld.com - Sloop Washington sank 1803 and 2nd oldest discovered shipwreck in the Great Lakes


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May 18, 2017 - The 2016 'Best of VideoRay' Photo Contest

Winners of the Best of VideoRay 2016 Photo Contest have been announced!

1st Marko Van Ess – Aqua Events

Aqua Events specializes in all types of events and (film) productions on, round, or with water. Aqua Events is a creative nautical problem-solver with years of experience and expertise. With a passion for the elements of nature, they bring a "nautical" solution for every event, whereby their clients' wishes are the center of attention. Aqua Events are responsible for all racetracks of the RedBull air race around the world. Aqua Events are also sponsors of Valentina Cafolla who is now the world record holder Under Ice Freedive

2nd Sarah Nahaebdian - The Maritime Aquarium

These images were taken at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) in Houston, Texas. Sarah took part in a two-day course to become a certified ROV pilot with VideoRay. The NBL is an amazing facility that has life-size models of the International Space Station, and provides the perfect venue for training with ROVs. At one point, a diver swam over to help with one of our challenges - picking up a golf ball!
VideoRay would like to thank everyone who sent us images of their 2016 ROV expeditions! You can see all the photo submissions in the gallery below. All submissions will be sent a new VideoRay 2017 t-shirt.

See the best of the rest...

1. Steve Randall – ECS – ECS has developed an Explosive Ordnance Disposal tool called 'Viper' for the VideoRay. 

2. Kyle Satula – Proceanic - The VideoRay MSS ROV used by Proceanic, to perform an inspection on an offshore oil riser in Equatorial Guinea in November 2016. 

3. Steve Van Meter – The VideoRay Pro 4 is deployed for a power plant inspection 

4. Craig Thorngren - Submerged Recovery & Inspection Services - Breaking through almost a foot of ice to deploy an ROV to search for a missing person. 

5. Mark Salter – Atlantas Marine - There is a 3500 year old bronze age settlement at the bottom of Lake Viverone in Northern Italy. 

6. Bill Hubbard - Massachusetts Maritime Academy - The VideoRay ROV is a key component of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy research and benthic mapping surveys in Buzzards Bay. 

7. Christoffer Christensen – Stinger Technology - Photo was taken during a launch at the Gyda in the Norwegian Northsea. 

8. Thor Zollinger – Manta Robotics - Manta Robotics internal fuel tank inspection using the Cygnus UT instrument and a Pro4 ROV. The ROV has been heavily modified for explosive environment certification. 

9. Matt Kadow - Wisconsin Maritime Museum - Participants in the Wisconsin Maritime Museum's ROV Summer Camp explored the scientific concepts and laws related to ROVs. 

10. Dean Nafziger – UROV - Location Gulf of Mexico on an off-shore production spar. Dives were made in the moon pool where residual oil and debris left a slimy coat but no damage to the VideoRay. 

11. Roy Moser - Aerial Drone Solutions - Aerial Drone Solutions were conducting asset inspections on large potable water reservoirs for Australian government. 

12. Andrew Want - Heriot-Watt University – Sublittoral habitat mapping off West Mainland, Orkney (in Scotland) along transects from near shore to 50 m. 

13. Jim Kenard – Shipwreckworld.com - Sloop Washington sank 1803 and 2nd oldest discovered shipwreck in the Great Lakes


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MAY 12, 2017 – NH Fish & Game Conservation Officers utilize VideoRay Pro 4 to locate and recover multiple drowning victims

Lt. Bradley Morse, who was on scene and in charge of the search and recovery efforts, requested the Sonar/ROV team and Airboat Team to respond and assist with the search of the missing snowmobilers.The Sonar/ROV team was transported via airboat to the location in which the helmet of the missing snowmobiler off Long Island was located.The VideoRay Pro 4 was deployed in 7 degree F weather in the dark of night amongst the ice floes.The body of the snowmobiler was located within fifteen minutes.Pictures were taken for the medical examiner as the victim lay on the lake bottom, 21 feet below the surface.The victim was then recovered with the use of a large treble hook held in the manipulator of the ROV.The total search and recovery effort was completed in less than an hour.

The Sonar/ROV team then reassembled with the airboat team in the early morning to search for the second missing snowmobiler.Once again, the VideoRay Pro 4 was deployed from the airboat where the snowmobiler was last seen.Within twenty minutes, this snowmobiler was located and recovered from the lake floor at 73 feet.

There were many lessons learned over the cold and very tragic weekend.Most importantly, the teamwork amongst conservation officers, local fire departments, local police departments and marine patrol was instrumental in the successful search and recovery mission.The information sharing, witness interviews and the preservation of the PLS (place last seen) was key.

The VideoRay Pro 4 ROV earned its worthiness, keeping searchers out in the elements for a minimal amount of time and eliminating numerous dangerous deep ice dives. The reliability of the Pro-4 was proven as it worked through the cold ice water without issue, while providing clear pictures and video of the recovery.

The dedication and professionalism of the Sonar/ROV and Airboat teams also proved immeasurable.The repetitive training throughout 2016 was a key element, as the officers were confident in their equipment and knew exactly how to use it to its full potential. To complete two flawless missions, back to back, in darkness and cold, is evidence of the team's success.

Thanks to VideoRay for their quality product, the Conservation Officers for their dedication and professionalism and the Command Staff for their support, the families of these tragedies will be forever grateful for the timely and respectful recovery of their loved ones.


PHOTO CREDIT:: CO Joseph Canfield - New Hampshire Fish & Game Department


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MAY 12, 2017 – NH Fish & Game Conservation Officers utilize VideoRay Pro 4 to locate and recover multiple drowning victims

Lt. Bradley Morse, who was on scene and in charge of the search and recovery efforts, requested the Sonar/ROV team and Airboat Team to respond and assist with the search of the missing snowmobilers.The Sonar/ROV team was transported via airboat to the location in which the helmet of the missing snowmobiler off Long Island was located.The VideoRay Pro 4 was deployed in 7 degree F weather in the dark of night amongst the ice floes.The body of the snowmobiler was located within fifteen minutes.Pictures were taken for the medical examiner as the victim lay on the lake bottom, 21 feet below the surface.The victim was then recovered with the use of a large treble hook held in the manipulator of the ROV.The total search and recovery effort was completed in less than an hour.

The Sonar/ROV team then reassembled with the airboat team in the early morning to search for the second missing snowmobiler.Once again, the VideoRay Pro 4 was deployed from the airboat where the snowmobiler was last seen.Within twenty minutes, this snowmobiler was located and recovered from the lake floor at 73 feet.

There were many lessons learned over the cold and very tragic weekend.Most importantly, the teamwork amongst conservation officers, local fire departments, local police departments and marine patrol was instrumental in the successful search and recovery mission.The information sharing, witness interviews and the preservation of the PLS (place last seen) was key.

The VideoRay Pro 4 ROV earned its worthiness, keeping searchers out in the elements for a minimal amount of time and eliminating numerous dangerous deep ice dives. The reliability of the Pro-4 was proven as it worked through the cold ice water without issue, while providing clear pictures and video of the recovery.

The dedication and professionalism of the Sonar/ROV and Airboat teams also proved immeasurable.The repetitive training throughout 2016 was a key element, as the officers were confident in their equipment and knew exactly how to use it to its full potential. To complete two flawless missions, back to back, in darkness and cold, is evidence of the team's success.

Thanks to VideoRay for their quality product, the Conservation Officers for their dedication and professionalism and the Command Staff for their support, the families of these tragedies will be forever grateful for the timely and respectful recovery of their loved ones.


PHOTO CREDIT:: CO Joseph Canfield - New Hampshire Fish & Game Department


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MARCH 23, 2017 – VideoRay Announces New Dealer in Norway

Due to popular demand VideoRay has added a second dealer in the Norwegian market - BUVI AS

BUVI AB has a successful VideoRay dealership in Sweden and Finland since 2013. Please join us and welcoming them to the market.

For more information please visit www.videoray.no.


 See contact information on www.videoray.nu BUVI AB is also an authorized dealer for VideoRay in Sweden since 2013, and in Finland since 2016.

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MARCH 8, 2017 – ROVX uses VideoRay Pro 4 to Rescue WROV

We received an email from a customer last week who recovered a Work Class ROV using a Pro 4. Here is his story and a great video link.

Resent-From: <info@videoray.com>
From: rob stewart 
Date: February 23, 2017 at 10:38:41 GMT+4
To: Info <info@videoray.com>
Subject: VideoRay utilisation offshore


Good Morning


Just a quick email to let you know what we did with the VideoRay pro 4 and how happy we are with your product.

The tether parted on the workclass vehicle and they had no means of recovering the vehicle to deck. The project was at a standstill. The client was ready to call in another vessel which was over a 12 hour sail away. Total time would have been maybe 27 hours not to mention the day rate of the vessel that had the stranded ROV. The vessel that they were going to call in was a sat diving vessel which cost in excess of 150K per day. The project manager advised me that by recovering the WROV with the VideoRay this way saved them over £300,000. I think many oil companies would have a system (VideoRay and hook assembly) on stand-by available onboard in case they have a load subsea that they can't recover for whatever reason. The beauty with this set up is that it can still perform very well in high current and low visibility making it ideal for Northsea projects as well as the renewable sectors.

In the video the connection bracket between the VideoRay and hook was made up in 3 hours. I am designing a bracket now to suit the Cosby ROV hook.

See link below and please comment freely on my facebook page and Youtube video. I would appreciate your feedback.


Youtube video link:

https://youtu.be/y-c1vG_dDSY


Look forward in working with your company in the future.


Best Regards,

Rob Stewart
Managing Director
ROVX LTD

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MARCH 2, 2017 – Bord Iascaigh Mhara Conducts Seed Mussel Surveys with VideoRay

Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Ireland's Seafood Development Agency conducts Seed Mussel Surveys to assist in the responsible growth of Irish aquaculture. They recently purchased a VideoRay Pro 4 outfitted with BlueView multibeam sonar, and rotating manipulator purchased through TechWorks Marine, VideoRay's dealer in Ireland to assist with this task, providing high resolution images, detailed sonar information, and samples from beds. This equipment replaces expensive divers, and other unreliable ROVs previously used less efficiently and effectively for the same purposes.

Reference:  http://www.bim.ie/seedmusselsurvey/ 

Full Article: credit Marine Times News

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FEBRUARY 14, 2017 – Treasure of the Sloop Washington featured in Wreck Diving Magazine

The oldest, full-intact commercial sailing vessel to have been lost and found in the Great Lakes is explored with a VideoRay. Check out the full story in Wreck Diving Magazine.

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VideoRay aids Treasure Hunters on Discovery’s Treasure Quest in finding part of the Incan Treasure of the Trinity

Watch Discovery's Treasure Quest: Snake Island "X Marks the Spot' episode where treasure hunters find an Incan Tumi using a VideoRay Pro 4. The find leads to amazing discoveries. 


Watch Now - Discovery Channel

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DECEMBER 15, 2016 – VideoRay remote control over satellite developed for Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) “Seagull” by Elbit Systems

Capability thought to be first time ever for observation class vehicle on USV

In December, technical teams from Elbit Systems of Haifa, Israel and VideoRay LLC of Pottstown, Pennsylvania USA worked together to complete successful tests of a VideoRay Pro 4 vehicle over a satellite link. While remote operation of VideoRay has been accomplished in multiple locations over the last several years, this was the first implementation of this kind over satellite. VideoRay systems have been incorporated as one of several payloads that can be rapidly deployed on Elbit's Seagull USV, extending an impressive range of missions.

Elbit Systems' USV Seagull's MCM (Mine Counter Measure) capability facilitates end-to-end mine hunting operations including detection, classification, localization, identification and neutralization of bottom moored and drifting sea mines while taking the sailor out of the mine field. The VideoRay Pro 4 is the world's most popular ROV; it can dive to 300 meters and work in currents up to 4 knots. It has a large number of available instruments and accessories.

The combination of these two technologies will allow a VideoRay Pro 4 to be deployed anywhere in the world, and controlled from a land site anywhere else in the world.

About VideoRay

VideoRay is the largest volume manufacturer of underwater robots (ROVs – Remotely Operated Vehicles) in the world. With more than 3,700 ROV's in service around the world, VideoRay is the global leader in Observation ROV technology. VideoRay is an extremely versatile, portable, affordable, and reliable solution for underwater operations including surveys, offshore inspections, search & recovery, homeland & port security, science & research, fish farming, and applications in underwater environments. The latest Mission Specialist systems provide solutions for particularly difficult underwater challenges. VideoRay is available on the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule


PHOTOS

photo 1:  The Elbit Seagull Unmanned Surface Vessel that was used for this test.
photo 2:  Elbit technicians drive VideoRay Pro 4 over a satellite link from this laboratory.
photo 3:  While the Seagull is designed for autonomous operation, it can also be driven manually.This is the view from the cockpit.


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NOVEMBER 30, 2016 – VideoRay LLC signs Creative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with U.S. Navy, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific)

Agreement fosters close collaboration on development of Mission Specialist technology to meet Navy goals and requirements

VideoRay today announced that, earlier this year, it signed a CRADA with the US Navy. This agreement allows the Navy to work closely with VideoRay to create Modular, Adaptable, Reconfigurable, and Scalable Remotely Operated Vehicles. Due to the nature of the agreement and the missions involved, no further details were provided by either the Navy or VideoRay.


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NOVEMBER 15, 2016 – Police Special Operations Group (GOPE) in Valparaiso, Chile use Underwater Robot Frequently

Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) from VideoRay in US finds drowning victims, keeps GOPE divers safe

In 2016, GOPE in Valparaiso, Chile contacted Diving Services for assistance in understanding and obtaining underwater technology to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and safety of their diving operations. These frequently involved locating and recovering drowning victims, in addition to other difficult and hazardous operations. Santiago Gutiérrez of Diving Services, a retired navy diver and diving instructor, was intimately familiar with both the tasks and the technology involved, and provided the best solution, a VideoRay Pro 4 unit with BlueView multibeam sonar, and manipulator for retrieving objects.

Since acquiring the unit, it has been very effective and reliable, working with its sonar unit in limited visibility to search for hours nonstop. Unlike divers, there are no time or depth limits for a dive, and temperature does not affect its operation. The Valparaiso GOPE has been very busy assisting other units throughout the country, demonstrating the use and effectiveness of this technology. While there is just one unit in all of Chile at the moment, additional purchases are in process.

The CEO of VideoRay, Scott Bentley, and sales executive Erick Estrada, recently visited Chile to learn more about how VideoRays are used in that country – where sales of VideoRay ROVs have been particularly strong, mainly for the aquaculture industry. On his visit to GOPE Valparaiso, Mr. Bentley engaged in in-depth discussions and enjoyed traditional Chilean empanadas and wine.

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Photo Captions:

1.  GOPE VideoRay Pro 4 with small generator deployed from an inflatable boat. /   Videoray del GOPE con generador pequeño operando de un bote inflable.

2.  The rugged VideoRay Pro 4 equipment on the way to a mission. /  El Robusto equipo VideoRay Pro4 en su camino a cumplir su misión. 

3.   Extremely portable VideoRay deployed from remote shoreline. /  El extremadamente portatíl VideoRay desplegado desde una remota playa.

4.  All GOPE members are trained in diving.The VideoRay is an invaluable assistant. /  Todo el Personal del GOPE es entrenado en buceo. El equipo VideoRay es un invaluable asistente. 

4. Mr. Bentley and Mr. Estrada from VideoRay in the US, with members of GOPE Valparaiso.  /  Sr. Bentley y el Sr. Estrada de VideoRay en los Estados Unidos, con miembros del GOPE Valparaíso


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NOVEMBER 15, 2016 – El Grupo de Operaciones Especiales de Carabineros (GOPE) en Valparaíso, Chile , usa frecuentemente Robot Submarino

Vehículo Operado Remoto (ROV) fabricado por VideoRay es usado para encontrar victimas ahogadas, manteniendo seguro a los buzos. 

En el año 2016. El GOPE de Valparaíso, Chile, contactó a Diving Service para que lo asesorará para entender y obtener tecnología submarina para mejorarla efectividad, eficiencia y seguridad en sus operaciones de buceo. Estas operaciones frecuentemente involucran la búsqueda y recuperación de víctimas ahogadas, además de otras tareas de gran dificultad o peligro. Santiago Gutierrez, miembro de Diving Service, buzo de salvataje de la Armada Chilena e instructor de buceo, está intimamente familiarizado con ambas tareas y la tecnología envuelta en este tipo de operaciones, entregando la mejor solución: Un VideoRay Pro 4 con sonar Multihaz Blueview y manipulador para recuperación de objetos. 

Desde la adquisición de la unidad, esta ha sido muy efectiva y confinable, trabajando con su sonar en limitada visibilidad por horas sin detención. A diferencia de los buzos, no existe límites de tiempo o profundidad para los buceos y la temperature no afecta la operación. El GOPE de Valparaíso ha estado muy ocupado asistiendo a otras unidades a lo largo del país, demostrando el uso y efectividad de esta tecnología. Por ahora solo está disponible una unidad para el Gope por el momento en todo Chile, pero se encuentran otras en proceso de compra. 

El Gerente General de VideoRay Scott Bentley y el ejecutivo de ventas Erick Estrada, Recientemente visitaron Chile y aprendieron más a cerca de como son utilizados los VideoRay en ese país – donde las ventas de los ROV VideoRay han sido particularmente fuertes, principalmente en la industria de la acuicultura. En su visita al GOPE de Valparaíso, el Señor Bentley sostubo una interesante discusión y disfrutó las tradicionales empanadas y vino Chileno. 


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VideoRay Newsletter Q4 2016: Annual ROV Check-up Special

Annual ROV Service & Checkup

Is your VideoRay ready to perform at its best when you need it? Many systems spend months - or even years - in the closet. Or maybe it seemed a bit off somehow the last time you used it …

Just like you need a annual check-up, your VideoRay system can benefit from a thorough checkout by experts at the factory. 

For only $275*, we will ship your system at our expense to our factory and go over your system thoroughly. Performing a 30 point inspection, making minor adjustments as needed and list any necessary repairs and potential upgrades. You can then decide what line items make sense for you (if any,) and be assured that your system is working at its best. 
(fee covers shipment within the continental United States)


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30 POINT INSPECTION

ROV

Cartridge Seals – checking oil levels and physical corrosion/contamination

Motor Shafts – checking for bent shafts on all motors

Main Domes  – replacing main domes

Light Domes  – checking light domes for cracks

Main Hull Corrosion  – checking main hull and thruster tubes for signs of extensive corrosion

Termblock Whip  – checking whip for any physical damage

Basic Functions Test  – running ROV through Basic Functions QC

Pressure Test  – Pressure testing ROV to 300psi

ICB

Hardware Date Check – checking hardware under panel to insure everything is up to date

Software Check – checking software on PC to insure everything is up to date

Functions Check  – running ICB through QC checks

Tether

Physical Connector Check  – checking for rust or separating molding on tether connectors

Continuity Check – checking for good connections between all tether pins

Function Test – checking tether with systems to insure no LIM system faults are present

Warranty Checks

Your system will be evaluated for warranty work and available upgrades. Any identified work will be presented to you for approval - if your system is under warranty all warranty work will be performed at no charge at your consent.

Pressure Test 

* Price for shipments in the continental United States. Additional shipping charges may apply outside the Continetal US.

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VideoRay Newsletter Q4 2016: VideoRay Defense Expands with Key Wins

VideoRay Continues Expansion Into Worldwide National Defense

Recent Sales to Italy, Korea, France, and India add to upgrades to US Coast Guard and US Navy

VideoRay underwater inspection systems continue to spread throughout the world with several recent sales. VideoRay is the acknowledged standard in this class of portable, rugged, high-performance remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) for homeland security. In most cases outside the United States, VideoRay partners with the best local company that works with high technology underwater equipment to provide support, training, spare parts, and repairs for these systems.


New Articles:

United States Coast Guard

Italian Coast Guard

India Navy - Department of Defence

French Navy - The Direction générale de l'armement (DGA)


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OCTOBER 13, 2016 – VideoRay plays key role in location and recovery of three drowning victims in Lake Superior

Joint effort by Crossmon Consulting, Bruce's Legacy, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, and Local Agencies perform deep water recovery safely


The story was very sad, but also not unusual. Three boaters – aged 9, 43, and 61, had been missing for two weeks. A large scale search by the Coast Guard Station Marquette, Michigan, Coast Guard Station Portage, Michigan, Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay, Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Canadian Department of National Defense was conducted. Also searching were aircraft from around the U.S. and Canada including C-130s. The search covered 14,000 square miles over 151 hours, but was unsuccessful and therefore called off.

Crossmon Consulting and Bruce's Legacy – both small organizations that are called upon to find drowning victims, sprang into action. Using their collective experience from many successful searches, they used clues such as a final cell phone ping to determine search areas, and towed sidescan sonars to conduct the wide area search. After three days of searching, Keith Cormican of Bruce's Legacy located and identified the a boat the correct shape and size in 280 feet of water – well beyond of reach of most divers – with his Klein Marine Systems 3900 side scan sonar. Crossmon's VideoRay Pro 4 remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was used to confirm that the boat was indeed the right boat, and all three victims were located near the boat. Using the small, portable Pro 4 they retrieved two bodies from the wreck. The third was entangled and needed the efforts of an intervention-class ROV.

A few days later, the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, using a boat from Michigan Tech, used a larger vehicle with a cutter to free and recover the final victim. The efforts of several specialists were involved in this project – Tom Crossmon and Dave Phillips of Crossmon Consulting, Keith Cormican and Beth Darst of Bruce's Legacy, and Hans VanSumeren and John Lutchko from Great Lakes Water Studies, among many.


Links:

Bruce's Legacy: Houghton-Hancock Michigan, Lake Superior Search 

Duluth News Tribune: Bodies of Michigan boaters recovered in Lake Superior 

TV 6 News Report: Two out of Three Missing Boaters Recovered in Lake Superior

Northwestern Michigan College

TV 6 Investigation now closed following the recovery of missing boater's bodies


PHOTO:

Tom Crossmon and Dave Phillips of Crossmon Consulting, Keith Cormican and Beth Darst of Bruce's Legacy


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