VideoRay’s Pro 4 ROV, called “Rocky,” is in regular use inspecting Söder Mälarstrand, a quay in Sweden. This Pro 4 is equipped with both sonar and video cameras to provide a thorough and complete image of the underwater environment. Marie Fleetwood and Fredrik Fleetwood, the ROV pilots, work on behalf of the Port of Stockholm to inspect the quay for current issues and future maintenance work.
“The pools in this dock are over a hundred years old. Many parts are amazingly intact, but in some places, it is seen that there are problems,” says Fredrik Fleetwood, which is why the VideoRay Pro 4 ROV is being utilized for inspection. The technology “is in many cases both better and cheaper than sending down diver. The underwater drone can enter confined spaces and operate in hazardous areas,” says Mattias Sandell, Technical Manager at Stockholms Hamnar.
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The McKean County Dive Team has added an ROV to their search and rescue team to help with efficiency and accuracy. The team completed VideoRay training early last week and is now prepared to operate the technology with precision.
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A VideoRay Mission Specialist (MSS) was used from June 16 to June 23, 2017, in the Gulf of Mexico for a 2nd Intermediate UWILD Inspection on a DNV classified drill ship. The MSS ROV cleaned 62 sea chest grates in the machine room, engine room, and pump room over the course of 3 days. Paul Chittenden, Business Development Manager at Proceanic, explained that “cleaning time is basically cut in half” with the Mission Specialist, saving the customer valuable time and money. The MSS system was transported to the location by boat and deployed from the drill ship.
“High power in a small package…what more could you ask for? The MSS has greatly expanded the range of services we ever thought would be possible with a hand-launched mini-ROV,” stated Kyle Satula, Structural Engineering Manager at Proceanic.
While the days flying the MSS were mild—1-2 knot winds and 0-3 meter waves—the inspection was delayed by a tropical storm, taking 2 and a half days away from the mission.
Using cleaning tools from Cavidyne, the VideoRay Mission Specialist was able to get the job done and keep the customer satisfied despite the loss of time. Cavidyne technology quickly and safely removes fouling materials without disturbing varnish or anti-fouling coating, keeping the water free of heavy metals and contaminants.
Stutsman County conducted a precautionary search for a missing person with a VideoRay ROV on August 18, 2017. The VideoRay ROV located the car belonging to the missing man, and authorities were able to recover the body.
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Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue (HCDFRS) used a VideoRay Pro 4 ROV to locate and recover the body of a drowning victim without divers on June 13, 2017. The HCDFRS team, consisting of VideoRay-certified operators, used a Pro 4 with sonar and a manipulator arm. The sonar technology was used to locate the body of the victim, about 150 feet from the shoreline, and the ROV grabbed the t-shirt of the victim and brought him to the surface. The whole process took only an hour, thanks to the efficiency and accuracy of the HCDFRS team. Howard County, Maryland, is prepared and experienced in the use of ROV technology to keep divers safe and recover the bodies of drowning victims to bring closure to families.
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Elbit Systems completed a full MCM application, using a VideoRay ROV for the identification and neutralization phase of the mission.
On July 1 at 2:45pm, the body of an Oaktown, Indiana teenager was recovered from a small lake in Knox County, Indiana, using a VideoRay Pro 4 ROV.