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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.

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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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