Atlantas Marine are delighted to be exhibiting at the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg, Germany from 25th - 28th September 2018.
You will find us: Hall; B4 - Stand No. 119.
Showcasing our Offshore Wind inspection services during the exhibition, come along and meet some of the team, we look forward to seeing you there.
Introducing the New ‘BREEZE HD’ Underwater Camera
Atlantas Marine is delighted to introduce its latest innovation, the new BREEZE HDHigh Definition underwater camera.
BREEZE HD streams HD video from the ROV to the topside control panel over a single copper twisted pair, which removes the need for an expensive fibre tether upgrade. The camera is compatible with almost all ROV systems and is compact and light enough to be mounted on even the smallest of vehicles.
Atlantas Marine Managing Director Charlie Foll commented “This is an exciting development for Atlantas and indeed the underwater inspection market. A cost effective, HD camera, with operation over a twisted pair has been in demand for some time and this is what we have managed to achieve with BREEZE HD”
Come and see BREEZE HD on our stand (S7) and at live demonstrations during the Ocean Business Exhibition in Southampton on the 4th – 6th April 2017 (www.oceanbusiness.com )
For further information please contact us on 01935 426 000 or email@example.com
Atlantas Marine Map Bronze Age Settlement
In early November, Atlantas Marine engineer and ROV pilot Mark Salter travelled to Lago di Viverone, northern Italy to map the site of a Bronze Age settlement with a VideoRay Pro 4 ROV in what was the first underwater excavation of this important UNESCO World Heritage site.
The international team that are excavating the site are funded by the National Geographic Society and Atlantas Marine had been contracted by the University of Bradford to conduct the ROV work, the main objective of which was to map the area and create a detailed plan. Viverone is thought to have been one of the most vibrant trading centres for bronze artefacts in Northern Italy, with similar swords to those of Viverone being found as far afield as Germany, the Netherlands and Britain.
Although Viverone was discovered in the 1970s, the current project is the first time it has been excavated and scientifically analysed in a systematic way. The wooden piles on which the settlement was built around 3500 years ago are still visible beneath the water, showing a group of houses, surrounded by a palisade, with a walkway to the shore. Techniques such as core and soil sampling will be utilised to understand the environment, whilst samples from the piles will be analysed using the tree rings within the wood to show when the village was built and how it developed over time.
The VideoRay Pro 4 ROV was equipped with a GoPro camera for HD video and a Smart Tether for positioning and navigation. The Smart Tether allowed real time location of the ROV in extremely shallow water (one to two meters in depth) Having previously imported an image of Lake Viverone from Google Earth to the VideoRay software, Mark was able to get a birds eye view on the display monitor of the ROV’s position in the lake in real time, which really helped to improve overall situational awareness and map inspected areas.
Professor Menotti from the University of Bradford commented: “Atlantas’ work in Viverone was absolutely brilliant, Mark is a highly skilled ROV pilot. We’re delighted with how everything went, and the Pro 4 managed to capture some excellent videos and photos of the settlement and excavation. I hope to stay in touch, and hopefully we will work on more projects together in the future”
The VideoRay Pro 4 is available for hire or purchase through Atlantas Marine. For more information please contact us on 01935 426 000
Atlantas Marine support Black Sea MAP STEM Scholar Programme
Atlantas Marine are proud to be supporting the Black Sea MAP (Marine Archaeology Project) STEM Scholar Programme 2017. STEM Scholars will travel on a journey of discovery through thousands of years from the dawn of human life to recent history as they explore deep below the surface of the Black Sea. They will be joining one of the largest multi-disciplinary maritime archaeology projects ever attempted.
Working with the expedition’s international team of researchers, STEM research questions will be identified about sea-level change, marine palaeo-climates and marine archaeology along the Bulgarian Black Sea littoral (coastal environment).
Sixteen high potential students, who wouldn’t normally get access to such experiences, will be carefully selected as STEM Scholars. Eight Scholars will carry out an onboard project and eight will be placed in an onshore project.
Atlantas Marine were delighted to run a VideoRay ROV workshop for the students in 2016 and look forward to another workshop in 2017. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work with and educate the students and to be involved in a project of this scope. For more information, please head to: www.blackseamap.com/application
South West Water VideoRay ROV Operations
South West Water (SWW) provides drinking water and waste water services throughout Cornwall and Devon and in small areas of Dorset and Somerset. Atlantas Marine supplied SWW with a VideoRay Pro 4 ROV system in 2013, which has since been adopted as being the best tool for all of their underwater inspection work. Asset Manager Myles Key gave the following testimonial:
“We purchased a Pro 4 ROV in the autumn of 2013, the purchase was made through our Health & Safety capital allocation and was justified on the basis that each use of the ROV would avoid confined space exposure for our Maintenance Team and in addition would avoid a shutdown (removal from service) of a Service Reservoir, Treated Water Tank Chlorine Contact Tank etc.
The primary use of the ROV has been for both routine and urgent inspections of potable water tanks; historically tanks would routinely be removed from service for inspection and cleaning, furthermore if water quality compliance failures were recorded, tanks would be removed from service for inspection to help us to understand how the compliance failure occurred. Every water company is likely to have potable water tanks that are difficult to remove from service, for example single cell service reservoirs. The ROV has given us the opportunity to inspect these tanks to gain a better understanding of their condition and specifically whether there is a significant accumulation of sediment that would warrant removing the tank from service for cleaning. The ROV inspection might therefore justify the need to bypass the tank or demonstrate that the cleaning operation can be delayed.
The ROV enables us to observe flood testing of the roofs of potable tanks without the need to remove the tank from service; water companies often struggle to understand why a water quality non-compliance has occurred. It is often the case that the integrity of the roof slab/membrane/wall to roof joint is suspected to be the likely cause. The benefit of observing the flood test on a live tank using the ROV is that the tank is being monitored whilst there is a volume of water creating an internal pressure on the walls of the tank, this can therefore reveal problems that might otherwise become disguised/invisible once the tank is emptied. The addition of the upward facing camera which we purchased several months after our initial purchase of the PRO 4 has proved invaluable for roof flooding inspections.
The PRO4 is now being used extensively by our trained operators, indeed its use is being limited only by the hours available for our team to be able to accommodate the requests from our Operations teams to inspect their assets. It has therefore become an essential tool in our armoury and we wouldn’t be without it”
For more information please contact Atlantas Marine on 01935 426 000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Nikki Parnham celebrates 10 years with Atlantas Marine
We recently celebrated the ten year anniversary at Atlantas Marine of our colleague and friend, Nikki Parnham. Nikki joined Atlantas back in 2006 as Customer Services Coordinator, and has since gone on to become a fundamental pillar of the business. As anybody who has dealt with Nikki will testify, she is a pleasure to work with and makes every day a little brighter, we are truly lucky to have her.
As way of celebration, Atlantas Marine organised a surprise day out, when the whole team attended the Lesley Waters cookery school in Dorchester.
Needless to say, everybody cooked up a storm and had a thoroughly enjoyable time, as seen in the photos below!
Thank you Nikki, and here’s to the next ten!
Atlantas Marine deliver VideoRay Pro 4 system and training to Edwards Diving Services
Edwards Diving Services (EDS) recently purchased a VideoRay Pro 4 Plus BASE ROV system from Atlantas Marine to add to their fleet of ROVs and enjoyed training delivered by Atlantas Marine Service Manager Mike Underwood at Vobster Quay Inland Dive Centre (www.vobster.co.uk)
EDS are a vastly experienced civil & marine engineering services contractor, capable of delivering tailor made solutions for complex engineering challenges. Utilising a diverse range of equipment and expertise, EDS provides its clients with a bespoke service to meet their specific needs.
The PRO 4 system delivered by Atlantas Marine was complete with the Teledyne BlueView V series 2D imaging sonar which has been developed exclusively for the VideoRay Pro 4. It is ideal for underwater detection and identification tasks in low or zero visibility conditions, providing both midrange detection and close-range identification capabilities from moving or stationary platforms.
Commenting on the ROV system, Paul Edwards (EDS managing director) said: “We are delighted with the latest addition to our specialist equipment fleet, a ROV complete with Sonar and manipulator arm. This innovative technology will greatly enhance our capability for subsurface inspection, surveys and even certain types of recovery, expanding our services and providing improved capability for our clients”
He was equally as impressed with the training that was delivered, saying “Our team enjoyed master class training from Atlantas Marine, who demonstrated the features and functions of this highly capable equipment and provided expert training for our team in the operation and maintenance of our ROVs, Pro 3 & Pro 4, including the additional features of our new addition”
VideoRay Pro 4: Alantas Marine Fish Farm Trials
Atlantas Marine recently participated in ROV trials at aquaculture sites in the Republic of Ireland, during which the performance of the Pro 4 was commended. It was found that the portability, power and ease of use of the ROV makes tasks such as net and mooring inspection, stock monitoring and mort retrieval effective and efficient.
The VideoRay Pro 4 ROV offers a simple and cost-effective solution to necessary aquaculture inspection work with pens, nets, mooring points, stock health, and feeding – without the expense of divers and from a comfortable, warm, dry location. The portable ROV system can easily be moved around the platform by one person to access areas of interest on both the interior and exterior of the netting as well as confirming the integrity of mooring points. You can quickly identify potential fish loss through rapid net inspections, find expensive lost equipment, perform regulatory compliance work, monitor feeding habits, and recover morts with the VideoRay Aquaculture ROV Configuration's robotic grabber arm.
Using the VideoRay eliminates potential safety risks, and eliminates exposing divers to unsafe conditions. The agile and simple-to-pilot submersible can be equipped with up to 2,000 ft (600 m) of tether. It captures high quality video and still images directly to the ROV computer's hard drive - easy to access, edit, and deliver in popular video and image formats.
For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01935 426 000, or alternatively email us at email@example.com
VideoRay Release Mission Specialist Series of ROVs
Atlantas Marine are delighted to announce the new Mission Specialist Series (MSS) of ROVs from VideoRay.
The philosophy behind the Mission Specialist Series is to develop customised ROVs, designed around the sensors, tools, depth rating, and thrust needed for the job at hand. Using proven electronics modules, and as many thrusters as you need to do the job, we can build an ROV specifically designed for your mission. Whether you need a cavitation cleaner, 3D sonar surveyor, 2 Km tunnel system, or workclass fly-out, this concept redefines what is possible for a small ROV.
As with existing VideoRay Pro 4 systems, the Mission Specialist Series ROVs will offer a wide range of the best underwater sensors and tools available on the market, including sonars, positioning systems, cavitation cleaners, manipulators, Doppler Velocity Logs (DVLs), autonomous control features, and water parameter sensors.
The topside control panel follows the lightweight, portable form factor of the Pro 4. MSS ROV Systems can be controlled over the Internet or through whichever USB controller option preferred by the ROV pilot.
The depth rating for the Mission Specialist Series ROV systems is 2 km, a huge leap from the Pro 4's 300m rating. In the very near future VideoRay plans to offer systems operable to full ocean depth – over 11km. All VideoRay MSS ROVs will use high quality, durable VideoRay plug-and-play copper or fiber optic tether, and can accommodate tether configurations up to 2 km.
Atlantas Marine have enjoyed a long and successful partnership with VideoRay. Having been VideoRay’s UK dealer and authorised service centre for over 15 years, Atlantas Marine have been suppliers of all incarnations of VideoRay ROV, and are excited to be involved once again with a major product launch. As the sole UK dealer for VideoRay, Atlantas Marine are expecting a high level of demand for the MSS.
To start discussing MSS please contact the Atlantas Marine team on: 01935 426000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Atlantas Marine Awarded ISO 14001 Certification
We are proud to announce that Atlantas Marine has been awarded ISO 14001 certification, which is in addition to the ISO 9001 certification first achieved in 2006. It has been a busy period for everyone at Atlantas Marine, reviewing how we work and developing new processes and procedures in order to adhere to the rigorous ISO 14001 standards.
The certification confirms Atlantas Marine’s ongoing commitment to minimise our impact on the environment, and ensures our compliance with applicable laws, regulations and other environmental requirements.
For more information on ISO 14001, please visit: http://www.iso.org/iso/iso14000
Atlantas Marine Complete VideoRay Training for One Subsea
Atlantas Marine has recently delivered a VideoRay training programme for OneSubsea at their UK production facility. OneSubsea are a multinational organisation that specialise in the fabrication of subsea trees, which are used to monitor and control the flow of offshore oil & gas wells.
These Christmas trees are subjected to enormous pressures, and require rigorous testing before they can be commissioned. One such test is conducted in a large water tank where the hoses and valves are subjected to high internal pressure. Because of the risk of explosion, the only way to safely monitor the test is by remote camera feed. One Subsea use a VideoRay Explorer ROV to fly around the tank checking for leakage bubbles throughout the test. Its unique small size and agile flying style make it the ideal vehicle to explore areas which other ROVs would struggle to access.
The training programme was delivered by Atlantas Marine engineer Mark Salter, and followed on from earlier training, given 6 months
previously. The training included: ROV maintenance, pre/post dive checks, how to ballast the vehicle, fault troubleshooting, and flying techniques.
One Subsea employee David Brown commented: “The training followed a practical approach which worked perfectly with the shop floor guys.
The experience of the trainer was evident and his practical knowledge of operating ROVs in the field gave added context to the course. There was a perfect balance between classroom demonstrations and practical tasks. Everyone took a lot away from the day and the points covered will undoubtedly help us increase the effectiveness of our ROV operations”
Natural History Museum publish article on VideoRay Pro 4 ROV
Following on from VideoRay's feature in last Saturdays 'Walking Through Time' documentary on Channel 4, here is a great article written by Dr. Adrian Glover from the Natural History Museum on how their Pro 4 ROV, "REX", helps them with their marine research, and at a low cost!
Atlantas Marine supplied the VideoRay Pro 4 ROV to the Natural History Museum in 2011, complete with 1080p HD camera, 200m fibre optic tether, SONAR & USBL. Nearly 5 years on, the system is still working well providing broadcast quality video, and a stunning insight into the marine biology of UK waters.
VideoRay Pro 4 ROV provides footage for Channel 4 Documentary
Footage provided by a VideoRay Pro 4 ROV will feature as part of a Dr Tori Herridge documentary titled "Walking Through Time", due to air this Saturday 8th Feb, at 8pm on Channel 4.
The ROV was supplied to the Natural History Museum by Atlantas Marine in June 2011, and has since been used for education, exploration and in support of groundbreaking research in the field of marine biology. The ROV is equipped with a secondary HD camera, enabling it to capture sublime imagery of all manner of marine life.
To check out some of the work the ROV (affectionately named REX) has been doing, head over to the twitter feed: https://twitter.com/rov_REX
Atlantas Marine Complete ROV Inspection Work in Azerbaijan
Atlantas Marine have completed ROV inspection work on the semi submersible ‘Heydar Aliyev’ rig in the Caspian Sea, offshore from Azerbaijan.
The work was carried out by Atlantas Marine engineer and ROV pilot Mark Salter, whose task was to inspect a weld joint that measured 20 meters by 2 meters, and follows on from inspection work that Atlantas performed on the same area of interest 12 months ago. Working 80 feet above the water, Mark deployed the VideoRay Pro 4 ROV by hand, through hand rails, highlighting the portability and ease of deployment of the Pro 4.
Mark flew with the VideoRay ROV equipment into the international airport in Baku, before being helicoptered to and from the rig. The work was completed in a very competent and efficient manner, with client representative commenting that they were “very happy with the professional service, and are looking forward to working with Atlantas Marine in the future”
Atlantas Marine complete ROV CaviBlaster work in Denmark
Atlantas Marine has recently completed a week long project at an offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea, undertaking an array of underwater inspection and de-fouling tasks. Pertinent to this project was the ability to clean marine growth from the seal glands and sacrificial anodes without causing any damage to the structure.
The Cavidyne CaviBlaster excelled at this task. The system is based on the principles of cavitation, when collapsing bubbles generated by a proprietary system create a vacuum that quickly and safely removes fouling materials. Essentially this means that all types of marine growth from seaweed to well attached barnacles can be easily removed, without damaging the surfaces to which they are attached. The systems are safe, compact and extremely efficient.
The ROV that was used to carry out the work was an Ocean Modules V8 M500. With central buoyancy and a 360 degree control system, the V8 M500 provides the ROV pilot with exceptional subsea maneuverability, making it the perfect vehicle from which to operate the CaviBlaster.
Merry Christmas from Atlantas Marine
Atlantas Marine would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a very happy and prosperous New Year!
Rather than sending out Christmas cards, Atlantas Marine has again this year decided to donate money to a marine charity, with the charity of choice being British Divers Marine Life Rescue (http://www.bdmlr.org.uk/). This organisation is dedicated to the rescue and well-being of all marine animals in distress around the UK.
We are closed for the festive period from end of business on the 23rd December and will reopen on the 4th January.
Thank you for a wonderful year, and here’s to a fantastic 2016!
Two V8 M500’s delivered to James Fisher Nuclear
Atlantas Marine’s long history of supporting the nuclear industry shows no signs of abating as delivery was recently completed of two more V8 M500 ROV’s to James Fisher Nuclear. This follows delivery of Sellafield's first Ocean Modules V8 M500 in March 2015.
As well as continuing to make more and more use of the excellent Pro 4, organisations working in nuclear environments sometimes require a larger, more powerful and robust machine, and this is what the M500 can provide. A 360 degree control system, central buoyancy, almost unlimited sensor integration and the ability to carry heavy workloads, the V8 M500 is a wonderfully adept ROV.
Customer acceptance and user training was completed at JFN's Egremont site this week by Mark Salter, an Atlantas Marine engineer.
Atlantas Feature in UCi Magazine
Atlantas Marine feature heavily in this month’s edition of UCi (Underwater Contractor International) magazine, with an article entitled ‘Hats off to the little guy’ dedicated to the organisation and their services.
UCi magazine is a bi-monthly publication that caters for the commercial marine industry, covering all sectors of offshore, onshore and inland activity.
The article covers the rise of Atlantas Marine, several of the key ROV products and services within their portfolio, and views on the
industry from Managing Director Charlie Foll.
Atlantas Marine, specialists in the supply of equipment to the commercial marine industry, have just announced their recent appointment of Sam Rolfe as Sales Coordinator. This appointment comes as part of the Yeovil based company’s ongoing expansion. Sam will be responsible for continuing the growth of sales across the UK and Ireland.
Benefiting from almost a decade of
experience in senior sales positions, Sam brings a passionate and creative approach to the role. Commenting on his appointment, Sam says: “I am delighted to join Atlantas Marine, an organisation with a great reputation within the industry, and one that is ambitious in its plans for the future. I’m looking forward to being a part of the growth of this company”
Charlie Foll, Managing Director, adds: “We are delighted to welcome Sam to the team. His experience will be invaluable in strengthening the sales function. His appointment is testament to Atlantas’ continued expansion”
New Office & Workshop Facilities
After 11 years at our office in Mead Avenue, Atlantas Marine are proud to announce that we are moving to a new site.
Less than a mile away, our new facilities feature custom designed offices, a meeting room, and large workshop area. The new facilities will allow the company to expand further and help us to meet our customers requirements as the business continues to grow.
Our new address is:
Nuclear V8 M500 delivery to Sellafield
Atlantas Marine have a long history of supporting the Nuclear power and decommissioning industries in the UK. The last 15 years have seen us deliver more than 25 VideoRay systems to organisations including EDF, Magnox, and James Fisher Nuclear (JFN).
The VideoRay Pro 4s small size, tooling options and reliability make it ideal for the nuclear environment, however some tasks require a larger ROV with more maneuverability, power, and payload. This year Atlantas Marine has worked closely with JFN to introduce the Ocean Modules V8 M500 ROV to the nuclear industry.
Following radiation tests on the electronics conducted by JFN, Sellafield’s first V8 M500 has recently completed factory acceptance testing in Sweden. This system will give the customer a great workhorse ROV system, with state of the art 360 degree control system, high speed fibre optics for almost unlimited sensor integration, and the ability to carry heavy tooling skids.
V8 Upgrades & Training for Navy MASTT Team
The UK military have been using our ROVs since 2008 when Atlantas first delivered three VideoRay Pro 3 GTO systems. The last 7 years have seen several Pro 4 sales to the UK and Irish Navys along with an Ocean Modules V8 M500 for the MASTT trials team in Portsmouth.
Originally delivered in 2013 with a Cobra mine disposal system, the V8 has since been upgraded with low light cameras and a Doppler Velocity Log (DVL). We have recently completed on-site training at the RN base in Portsmouth for the latest round of upgrades; a Hydrolek Manipulator and Ocean Modules Spot.On software.
Spot.On is a powerful survey management tool which allows synchronised recording of all ROV survey data (video/sonar /position/serial data). All data sources are played back simultaneously, and attention points allow you to easily jump to relevant parts of the recording. Finally Spot.on can auto-generate a Microsoft word report containing details of each attention point and all relevant sonar and video screenshots.
Lieutenant Commander Jack McWilliams, the officer in command of MASTT, said: “This technology is fantastic, and we are right at the forefront of it. It is the future.”
VideoRay Operator Training Completed for UK Police & Customs
Following earlier sales to the North-West Police, and Hampshire Police, Atlantas Marine are delighted to announce the sale of a VideoRay Pro 4 Plus to Humberside Police. We delivered the system with Gemini multibeam sonar and a manipulator making it an invaluable underwater search and recovery tool.
The multibeam imaging sonar provides real time high resolution images in low visibility water, making it an ideal system for underwater body searches. The VideoRay Pro 4 integrated control box allows the ROV and sonar to be controlled, viewed and recorded all from a single 1550 peli case, keeping the system truly portable.
Our resident support engineer and ROV pilot, Mark Salter, completed the training at Humberside Marine Unit’s base in February 2015.
This year also saw delivery of a VideoRay Pro 4 with BlueView sonar and hull crawler to the UK border force, with 2 days of training completed at our local training facilities in Somerset. This equipment will push forward their shiphull inspection capability and provide another valuable tool in the policing of UK borders.
Cdr Colin McAuslan commented – “A quick note to say thank you for the training you gave the team. They all thoroughly enjoyed it a learned a great deal. We used the ROV yesterday for the first time in anger at Falmouth Bay on a ship in from S.America and all went well - nothing found but more invaluable experience for the operators.“
Maersk Choose VideoRay Pro 4 for Rapid Deployment Offshore Inspection
In January 2015 Atlantas engineer and ROV pilot Mark Salter boarded a flight for Azerbajan to assist Maersk with ROV inspections on a semi submersible rig in the Caspian Sea. With a VideoRay Pro 4 system checked in as baggage he flew out to the inspection site and quickly got to work with the inspection task.
Using the tritech micron sonar for obstacle avoidance, he was able to complete a hull survey to assess historical damage to the hull of the semi sub in order to satisfy the classification society.
Adding additional value for the client, he was able to mount a buckleys proximity CP probe to the underside of the Pro 4, and produce a CP map of the rig’s impressed current cathodic protection system.
Laura Booth (Maesrk) commented – “Well
done on completing the inspection under difficult weather conditions. It
is good to hear the inspection is completed and satisfies ABS. The rest is
a bonus, as I wasn't sure it would work!”
Centrica Windfarm Success with Ocean Modules ROV
Over the past 2 years, the Ocean Modules V8 ROV has proved it self time and again inspecting offshore wind farms around the UK and Europe. This is typically a high current and low visibility environment which always makes ROV piloting difficult, however the V8 has stood up to the challenge. Its advanced control system gives it unrivaled stability and means that when the pilot thrusts against the current, all of his thrust is concentrated in the right direction.
Combined with Bowtech low light cameras, and BlueView imaging sonar to combat the poor visibility we have successfully carried out inspections over the entire LINCS wind farm.
Tasks included general visual inspection, Brattburg seal inspection, CP anode stabs and measuring J-tube angles. The inherent reliability of the system allowed for an entire 4 month campaign of constant ROV use with minimal infield maintenance.
Roy Ford (Centrica Energy) commented: “Centrica Energy (Renewables O&M) would like to thank Atlantas Marine for all the work and support provided to us during our wind turbine foundation subsea inspections campaign…..special thanks go to Charlie Foll and Paul Falloon for the management and ongoing support….we look forward to working with them in the future.”
Atlantas Marine Wins VideoRay Highest Sales Award 2014
Atlantas MD Charlie Foll was proud to receive the ‘Highest Worldwide Sales Award from Scott Bentley and Chris Gibson at the European Dealer meeting, held in Malaga, Spain.
Scott started VideoRay LLC during 1999, the year before Charlie established Atlantas Marine, and the two companies have worked closely together since then. VideoRay have seen dramatic demand for their micro ROV’s, and can now boast sales in excess of 3,000 systems.
Mark Salter Joins Atlantas Marine
Having achieved a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering from Bath University; followed by an ROV Pilot / Tech qualification from the The Underwater Center in Fort William, Mark traveled to the USA to gain 6 months work experience as an ROV Shore technician.
Mark Salter joins Atlantas as Technical Support Engineer. MD Charlie Foll said that he was ‘delighted to have Mark on board, working with Mike Underwood to strengthen our after sales support and training services. We have always worked hard to provide great support, and as the business has grown so much in recent years, this has become even more vital'.
Stratum Five SSAS Now Available From Atlantas Marine
Atlantas Marine are pleased to announce that we are now suppliers of Stratum Five SeaGuard and SeaGuard Lite SSAS
Atlantas Marine Ltd have provided our customers with SSAS airtime and hardware for 10 years from Honeywell, formerly Satamatics. Due to the termination of the INMARSAT D+ service all SSAS Mark I & Mark II units will become obsolete after 30 December 2014. Honeywell have decided not to offer a replacement SSAS system which will operate after the termination of the D+ service.
Atlantas Marine can offer customers the chance to upgrade a Honeywell SSAS to Stratum Five's SeaGuard or SeaGuard Lite which operate on the new INMARSAT IsatDataPro (IDP) Satellite network.
The Stratum Five ‘SeaGuard’ and ‘SeaGuard Lite’ offer exceptional value for money. The hardware is competitively priced, and the airtime options offer significantly more features and functionality. SeaGuard is managed by the ship owner/manager using a web-based software program called OtiS (Online Tracking Information System).
Unlike other systems, OtiS allows you to select an unlimited number of recipients of any SSAS alerts via text to mobile phone or email. OtiS is an online program, so it can be accessed by any computer, laptop, iPad etc. Different security levels allow access to different areas of OtiS. Features include monitoring fleet location worldwide, viewing past track history (up to 3 years), weather information, piracy activity notifications, storm notifications, and Map Views (which use a full-featured navigation chart with navigation marks, depth contours, change chart scale, & route planning features).
We are committed to providing you with the highest service, on budget and on time. Contact us today for your quotation.
Dextera Wins Innovation Award
been named a category winner in Diving & Underwater Technology in the Seawork Innovation Awards. A hotly contested competition for Seawork exhibitors who, in the past 12 months, have introduced and promoted products, vessels, services or projects to their key commercial audience.
Dextera is a
1000m depth rated subsea multi-tool ideal for observation and light intervention class ROVs.Designed and engineered by the people who understand the demands placed on ROV operators best - the operators themselves – Dextera’s proportional control and interchangeable toolheads make it more versatile and capable than other comparable tooling available on the market today.
annual Innovation Awards was the biggest to date with 28 products shortlisted. Honours were presented in 6 categories (Vessel
Design & Construction,
Civil Engineering & Construction,
Marine Equipment, Electronics & Materials, Diving & Underwater
Energy and Safety
& Training) with a
Certificate of Commendation awarded to the winner of each. Winners are determined by an independent panel of judges and the overall winner was awarded the coveted ‘Spirit of Innovation’ trophy.
Atlantas Marine, who are responsible for marketing Dextera, have already
had considerable interest in the subsea multi-tool which took pride of place at the front of their stand at Seawork. Atlantas
Marine’s MD Charlie Foll said; “It was
fantastic to celebrate this achievement alongside the launch. We hope that
winning the innovation award will help to continue to boost Dextera’s profile
and look forward to more success in the future”.
Come and Meet the Team at Seawork, Renewable UK and UDT next week
We love speaking to our customers new and old; hearing your stories and sharing the latest ways we can help you reduce risk and save time and money.
Atlantas Marine are on course to enjoy their busiest June ever; with more ROVs, Sonars and Accessories to leave their facility than in the same period last year and an ambitious schedule of exhibitions and events.
During the second week of the month the underwater inspection specialist will be represented at three exhibitions simultaneously. Between the 10th and 12th of June, Atlantas Marine will be exhibiting on stand D25 at Seawork 2014 in Southampton and stand 233 at Renewable UK in Glasgow as well as being represented on the VideoRay stand, D30, at Underwater Defence and Technology in Liverpool. “It’s an exciting first for us” said Sales and Marketing Co-ordinator Fi Edwards.
Atlantas Marine will be using Seawork 2014 to launch Dextera, a powerful and precise 1000m rated electric subsea manipulator with proportional control and interchangeable toolheads to suit a wide range of applications. The manipulator, which caused a buzz when it previewed at Oceanology, is also to be featured in the innovations showcase at Seawork. Atlantas Marine are inviting visitors to join them on their stand (D25) for cider and nibbles at 14:30 on Wednesday the 11th of June, the middle day of the show, to celebrate the launch.
Innovative ROV in the Spotlight
An Ocean Modules V8 M500 ROV was one of the stars of a feature on the Royal Navy’s Marine Maritime Autonomous System Trials Team (MASTT) last week. The Atlantas Marine supplied M500 appeared on ITV and in articles in the Daily Mail and Mail Online.
After a competitive tender
process the V8 M500 was selected for its unmatched manoeuvrability and maintained platform stability. The ROV is currently part a selection of autonomous equipment being trailed with the MASTT team.
V8s onboard camera allows instant identification by a mine specialist without putting personnel in danger. Once identified the advanced ROV is fitted with Cobra mine neutralisation system -a highly effective tool for safely eradicating unexploded ordnance already in service with Royal Navy minehunters off Libya and in the Gulf.
Petty Officer Colin Dumbleton, who has spent more than 20 years in the mine warfare branch, said: “It’s great that the Navy is taking a step in the right direction, looking at the technology out there, and seeing where we can use it
in the future.” Lieutenant Commander Jack
McWilliams, the officer in command of MASTT, said: “This technology is fantastic, and we are right at the forefront of it. It is the future.”
Atlantas Marine supplier VideoRay LLC has provided two Pro 4 ROV systems for the rescue and recovery operation of the ferry Sewol which sunk off the coast of Jindo Island, South Korea. The ROVs are currently searching for bodies or possible survivors on the sea floor around the ferry as well as inside the hull and interior areas that divers cannot access.
Upon learning of the accident VideoRay volunteered equipment and resources to the rescue effort. VideoRay mobilized two experts to South Korea to assist with the extremely dangerous and difficult job of removing victims of the ferry disaster: Mark Fleming, a San Diego-based VideoRay employee with years of Navy diving experience, and Dave Phillips, a VideoRay consultant and undersheriff of the St. Louis County, MN Sheriff’s Office.
The VideoRay Pro 4 ROV's small size, portability, and powerful performance in high currents are crucial benefits in the Sewol rescue efforts, where water conditions are challenging. Divers can only work in the cold water and rapid currents for a few minutes before exhaustion overcomes them. Near-zero water visibility makes it difficult for divers to get a clear picture of the wreck. VideoRay ROVs use state-of-the-art camera and sonar to see through the murky water.
VideoRay ROVs are often used in shipwreck accidents to recover victims, and to assist divers and keep them safer. The small ROVs can dive to depths up to 305 meters (1,000 feet) and remain there for days, providing video, lighting, and sonar information to guide divers and topside rescue and recovery personnel. Recent examples include the Costa Concordia salvage operation in Giglio, Italy, where VideoRays have been used for thousands of hours, and the Princess of the Stars ferry accident in the Philippines where over 800 passengers and crew died.
Independent VideoRay consultant and expert shipwreck responder Steve Van Meter, of Cocoa, Florida, commented on the use of VideoRays on the Sewol operation, saying “I can only imagine the challenges both divers and ROV operators must face there. Currents are reported to be in excess of 5 knots, with visibility less than 20 centimeters. In these conditions, it is extremely fortunate that no divers have been injured or killed. VideoRays can go places divers cannot, but they are also invaluable to save bottom time, provide pre-dive information, and provide illumination and direction on site. They are my tool of choice on most jobs, and I’m proud to have worked closely with VideoRay for years."
Atlantas Marine at Oceanology International 2014
Atlantas Marine will be exhibiting on stand E200 at Oceanology International; Kicking off next Tuesday at ExCel.
If you're heading to the show make sure you drop by our stand where we'll be showing a selection of intelligent solutions for underwater inspection including:
The Ocean Modules V8 M500 ROV - The world's most advanced remotely operated underwater robot, offering the ability to pitch and roll
a full 360 degrees in any orientation with maintained platform stability.
The incredibly versatile VideoRay Pro 4 ROV fitted with the NEW V-Series sonar from Teledyne Blueview.
Tritech Starfish - The number one low cost side scan sonar.
This year's Oceanology runs between the 11th -13th March 2014 at ExCel London. The exhibition is FREE to attend and will boast more than 500 exhibitors and an expected 8,000+ visitors from over 50 countries. If you haven't already you can register for your fasttrack entry Here.
VideoRay Announces New V Series Imaging Sonar from Teledyne BlueView
VideoRay have recently announced a brand new imaging sonar option, the Teledyne BlueView V Series 2D Multibeam Imaging Sonar. Designed exclusively for VideoRay Pro 4 Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV), the V Series sonar features the same powerful performance of the Teledyne BlueView P900 Series in a 30% smaller package. The reduction in size complements the small, ultra-portable Pro 4 submersible without sacrificing performance. With a maximum operating range of 100 m (328 ft), V Series sonars are ideal for midrange or close-range underwater detection and identification tasks in low or zero visibility conditions. The V Series is available with two field-of-view (FOV) options - 90° and 130°.
Unmissable ROV Dolphins - Spy in The Pod
Fans of the underwater world won't want to miss the latest documentary series by multi-award-winning John Downer Productions, an innovative UK media company specialising in wildlife television, feature films and commercials.
Using hidden spy cameras designed to infiltrate the dolphins’ hidden lives by looking like the marine creatures they might encounter in their everyday lives, JDP offer a never before seen chance to go into the heart of the dolphins' world.
If you're already hooked and can't wait until next Thursday to see more then why not take a look at this clip of the team behind Spy in the Pod discussing the unique way they captured footage of dolphins in the wild on BBC Breakfast.
Pictured: A state of the art ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) with a baby dolphin’s body built around it. It too possesses HD cameras as its eyes, as well as a two-way hydrophone and speaker system which allows it to record dolphin sounds and then play them straight back again – engaging the dolphins in conversation. Its outward appearance always intrigues the dolphins, encouraging them to stop for a closer look at this stranger in their midst!
Please be aware that our offices will be closed from 17:00 on December 23rd until 9:00 on January 2nd for the Christmas break. During this period our phones will be covered so you can still give us a ring
on +44 (0)1935 426000.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2014 and look forward to working with you in the New Year.
The Atlantas Marine Team.
Paul Falloon Joins Atlantas Marine Team
Atlantas Marine Limited, the specialist in the supply of equipment to the commercial marine industry, have just announced their recent appointment of Paul Falloon as Sales Engineer. This appointment comes as part of the Yeovil based company’s ongoing expansion. Paul will be responsible for all sales across the UK and Ireland.
With the benefit of extensive experience in high-tech camera equipment through his previous role at Visi-tech, Paul brings a fresh eye to the commercial marine industry. Commenting on his appointment, Paul says "Atlantas Marine
have a great reputation within the industry and I am pleased to be joining this growing and ambitious organisation. I am looking forward to my new role and the challenges ahead".
"We are pleased to welcome Paul to the team. His vision, drive and experience will be instrumental to driving our business forward. I am positive that he will be invaluable in strengthening our sales function" adds Atlantas Marine Managing Director Charlie Foll.
20% Off LYYN Hawk Video Enhancers for August 2013
Deep or dirty waters have always been one of banes of any ROV operator's life - but there is a solution.
LYYN real-time video enhancement uses revolutionary technology to improve your ROV cameras visibility. Using LYYN each frame is optimised for contrast and colour spectrum to make it as natural as possible. All this is done in real time, so the image constantly self-adjusts to the environment; allowing you to focus on your mission objectives.
For a limited time only Atlantas Marine are offering youLYYN Hawk and Hawk Portable at an incredible discount of up to 20% on the RRP. This offer is only valid throughout August as part of our 'Summer of Servicing' promotion. So, to make sure you don't miss out, just email the team email@example.com or ring us on +44 (0) 1935 426000
Atlantas Marine is a leading supplier of world class underwater and ships’ bridge equipment. We pride ourselves in delivering high quality reliable equipment to a diverse customer base which includes shipping lines, government agencies, oil and gas and the nuclear industry. The company is committed to expanding further in new and exciting markets. Owing to our continuing success, we are looking for a Sales Engineer to promote, specify and sell our product and service portfolio within the UK and overseas.
Atlantas Marine are looking for an energetic, ambitious, flexible and versatile person who will fit in well with our friendly and knowledgeable office and take on a multi-faceted role. The successful applicant should bring a wide range of sales skills from a related industry. He or she will have a minimum of three years’ sales experience in high-value, low-volume, technically complex systems.
The work and level of autonomy, responsibility and remuneration will reflect the experience and capabilities of the individual. A degree in an Engineering or Marine-related discipline would be an advantage together with a working knowledge of ROVs or similar underwater equipment.
Primarily based in Atlantas Marine’s Yeovil office, the job will entail some overseas travel.
We are a growing company and strive to offer each employee an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding career.
Please apply with your CV and covering letter stating your salary expectations, to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Christine Massey, Financial Controller, Atlantas Marine Limited, Telstar House, Mead Avenue, Houndstone Business Park, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8RT.
The closing date for applications is the 19thJuly 2013.
Introducing the Pro 4 ULTRA BASE
Launched last week,the Pro 4 ULTRA BASE is a smaller, lighter version of the standard Pro 4 system; ideal for routine tasks – such as basic visual inspections or observations in normal environments down to 305m.
An ever-growing mountain of sophisticated equipment and highly specialised configurations makes the VideoRay Pro 4 capable of advanced underwater inspection tasks in some of the most extreme environments. But for those who just need a cost-effective no-frills ROV system that gets the job done simply and efficiently VideoRay have a new solution.
The Pro 4 ULTRA BASE offers users the same rugged and reliable technology as the standard Pro 4 in a slimmed down package. Weighing in at 7.2 kg,the extremely portable ULTRA BASE control panel is about 40% lighter than the standard Pro 4 Control Panel and features a slick and functional 13 inch tablet PC as the control unit.
The Pro 4 ULTRA BASE packs the same power as the VideoRay Pro 3 GTO ROV (48 volts) giving a maximum thrust to 14 lbs total and a surface speed of approx 4 knots. A light version of VideoRay Cockpit Software controls the ROV and displays the video feed. The included sunshade enhances screen visibility in bright environments.
The ULTRA BASE configuration includes:
Standard Pro 4 submersible
Wireless ‘playstation’ hand controller
Pro 4 user manual
Pro 4 Basic Tool Kit
The ULTRA BASE is compatible with all new or existing VideoRay tether (not included).
New V8 to Feature in Seawork Innovation Showcase
Atlantas Marine are proud to announce that the new generation V8 M500 ROV will be featured in the Seawork International Innovations Showcase.
Undoubtedly the most advanced inspection class ROVs on the market; the evolved V8 ROVs, which launched earlier this year, are the only Remotely Operated Vehicles with 360 degree pitch and roll - allowing them unprecedented manoeuvrability in any orientation.
“Atlantas Marine are thrilled that the V8 M500 is to be included in the Seawork Innovations Showcase. We have always prided ourselves in being on the forefront of innovation, supplying the most versatile and reliable small ROV solutions and it is an honour to have this spirit recognised.” said Managing Director Charlie Foll.
The category winners and overall winner of the innovations showcase will be announced at the Seawork Network and Awards event on the evening of Tuesday 25th June 2013, at the Grand Cafe in Southampton.
Atlantas Marine To Launch New Small Vessel Initiative at Seawork
Atlantas Marine are preparing to announce a new initiative at Seawork 2013 in June. Launching at the beginning of July the UK-based company want to ensure every small commercial vessel in the UK and Ireland is fitted with cost-effective navigation safety equipment. This new initiative comes on the back of increased customer demand for better value systems, particularly AIS and BNWAS, ahead of legislative change coming in to force over the next five years.
“Over the last few years we’ve seen small vessel budgets squeezed and regulation increased - everyone needs more for less. In March Atlantas Marine launched an incredible bulk deal on Bridge Navigation Watch Alarm Systems (BNWAS) which is ideal for port associations and fleet operators. We have also negotiated competitive rates on the latest generation Nauticast AIS systems from 1st-relief, one of the most reliable systems on the market” said Marketing Co-Ordinator Fi Edwards.
Atlantas Marine specialise in the supply of equipment to the commercial marine industry including Bridge Navigation Watch Alarm Systems (BNWAS), Automatic Identification Systems (AIS),Voyage Data Recorders (VDR),Ship Security Alert Systems (SSAS) and Long Range Identification & Tracking (LRIT). The company are also an approved agent and service centre for the highly portable Video Ray Pro 4; the world’s best-selling mini-ROV and the recently relaunched Ocean Modules V8; the only inspection class ROV that allows pitch and roll through a full 360 degrees.
Atlantas Marine will be exhibiting on stand D27 at Seawork International between the 25th and 27th June 2013.
Meet the New V8s
Last year Atlantas Marine introduced the UK market to the Ocean Modules V8, The only ROV with 360 degree pitch and roll, allowing operation in any orientation. Spring 2013 will see an evolution of the entire Ocean Modules high performance ROV Range. The V8 Sii and V8 Offshore have become the new V8 M500 and L3000.
Precision designed, engineered and manufactured by a team with backgrounds in fighter jet and medical equipment design as well as extensive experience in the ROV market. The new V8's advanced design places a renewed emphasis on reliability.
Entirely redesigned electronics are housed in a single electronics bottle - reducing the number of subsea connectors, the weak link on any ROV. Identical circuit boards programmed for different functions keep the number of spares to a minimum. The new ROVs also feature improved diagnostic and repair features including full auto monitoring of voltages and currents, fault diagnosis, built in test facility and remote internet-based software updates.
System flexibility has also been improved in the next generation ROVs. A fibre optic tether, allows the use of HD cameras, high bandwidth Ethernet sonars, and a virtually limitless number of serial interfaces. A new larger frame improves hydrodynamic performance and offers more internal space for easy sensor and tool integration.
Click on the image below to see the new V8 M500 in action
Successful Ocean Business for Atlantas Marine
The Atlantas Marine team are all back in the office after an incredibly successful Ocean Business last week.
The VideoRay Pro4 was popular as always, attracting crowds on the stand as well as at demonstrations. The world’s bestselling mini-ROV, fitted with the new CoPilot RI autopilot was demonstrated to packed audiences despite the early and lunchtime slots. VideoRay Sales and Marketing Director Chris Gibson’s talk on the benefits of mini ROV automation was likewise well received by audiences.
Thank you to everyone who came to the show and visited us on stand or at one of our demonstrations.
Registration for Ocean Business ROV Demos is now open
Specialists in the supply of marine equipment to the Underwater Inspection and Commercial Shipping markets, Atlantas Marine (Stand S7) will be demonstrating two little Remotely Operated Vehicles with big capabilities; the market leading VideoRay Pro 4 and the revolutionary Ocean Modules V8 at this year's Ocean Business.
Atlantas Marine have been a VideoRay dealer and authorised service centre for over ten years and will be showing off the latest model, the Pro 4 fitted with hull crawler attachment and SeeByte CoPilot autopilot at the show.
The VideoRay Pro 4 is an extremely versatile, ultra-portable,affordable, and reliable solution for underwater operations; ideal for capturing unique point of view footage that may be difficult, dangerous, or impossible for divers to capture. VideoRay, the most portable ROV on the market, is operated from a control box with integrated PC, the Pro4 can be set up in minutes minimising time on site. Video can be recorded straight to the control PC and automatically linked with other feeds such as sonar and GPS.“Plug and play” technology allows you to quickly attach sensors and accessories in the field so you can successfully complete your mission. The best-selling mini ROV is perfect for surveys, offshore inspections, search & recovery, homeland & port security, science & research, fish farming, and other unique applications in underwater environments. VideoRay demonstrations are at 15:30 in the Test Tank on Tuesday and 9:00 on the dockside on Wednesday 10th and the RV Callista on Thursday 11th
Ocean Business also marks the first UK show appearance of a new product to the Atlantas Marine stable, the revolutionary V8 S is the only inspection class ROV that allows complete 360° freedom of movement. The V8 is based on eight vectored thrusters and an extremely advanced control system, allowing it pitch and roll through a full 360 degrees. Any desired angle and position can be held indefinitely, at any depth, as required. The V8 Sii can be seen in action in the test tank at 9:30 on Tuesday the 9th and 13:30 on the dockside on the 11th.
Registration is now open for all of these ROV demonstration. Sign up below:
VideoRay Pro 4 Training Completed For The Irish Navy
Atlantas Marine are pleased to announce delivery of a VideoRay Pro 4 ROV system to the Irish Navy, accompanied by on-site training for 8 pilots at the Naval base in Cork, Ireland.
The military configuration ROV is supplied with rugged controller, high brightness display, hull crawler attachment and manipulator. This makes it an ideal tool for hull inspections, and general underwater inspection & recovery tasks where quick deployment is important.
This sale follows on from three VideoRay Pro 4 systems delivered to the UK Navy, which have played an important role in 2012 Olympic security operations.
UKVC’12 VideoRay Conference
Thank you to everyone who attended UKVC'12 this year, for making the event a great success.
Our 4th VideoRay conference was held at Stoney Cove dive centre, and featured an excellent mixture of customer presentations from a range of industries including offshore, UXO, nuclear, fisheries, and broadcast filming. It is always a great opportunity to share experiences, and learn new ways to adapt your ROV tooling and techniques to get the job done.
SeeByte provided the first UK in-water demonstration of the new CoPilot system for VideoRay Pro 4. Utilising data from sonar, DVL tracking and an ROV mounted GPS, Co-Pilot provides a true ROV autopilot - the first ever available on a micro ROV.
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VideoRay Films The Lusitania For Nat Geo
Atlantas Marine are excited to announce air dates for the upcoming National Geographic Channel television special Dark Secrets of the Lusitania.
VideoRay was heavily involved in the production of this special which took place in August of 2011 off the southern coast of Ireland where the wreck of the ill-fated and controversial WWI vessel RMS Lusitania lies. VideoRay pilots Steve Van Meter and Brian Luzzi spent eight days on the Irish Lights vessel Granuaile piloting a VideoRay Pro 4 ROV on the RMS Lusitania (and even inside the wreck) along with other subsea technology organizations and highly skilled technical divers.
Dark Secrets of the Lusitania will premiere in Ireland and the United Kingdom on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 19:00 on NatGeo.
VideoRay LLC, the leading manufacturer of Inspection ROVs, and Teledyne RD Instruments, the leading manufacturer of acoustic Doppler navigation products, are pleased to announce that collaborative efforts to integrate Teledyne RDI’s Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) on board VideoRay’s Pro 4 have proven successful.
Through extensive system integration and software development provided by several leading software and integration companies, the Teledyne RDIExplorer was demonstrated in October at VIPS 2011, VideoRay’s annual user conference. This ROV conference, with over 150 delegates from several organizations from over 16 countries, is the annual meeting of users, developers, dealers, and accessory vendors for Inspection Class ROVs. Working on the Teledyne RDI DVL project, in addition to VideoRay and Teledyne RDI, were Seavision Undewater Solutions of Little Compton, RI, SeeByte Ltd of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Studio Ing. Banfi SAS of Rome, Italy.
DVLs provide highly accurate velocity information, which is used to provide precision navigation data onboard subsea vehicles. Historically, the use of DVLs has been limited to larger vehicles that possess the payload capacity and data bandwidth required to support the sensor. To meet market demand for today’s smaller, lighter weight vehicles, Teledyne RDI offers the Explorer DVL, which has been designed to meet the stringent size, weight, and power constraints required for a wide array of smaller platforms.
Both a self-contained and a remote-head version of the Explorer DVL are available and utilize a phased array transducer, which provides a level of precision comparable to Teledyne RDI’s larger, industry standard Workhorse Navigator DVL. The Explorer, however, resides in a manageable 4.5×10 inch housing for the self-contained system, and an even smaller 4.8” x 4.8” remote head format with remote electronics that can be integrated inside the vehicle.
Scott Bentley, President of VideoRay, comments: “I’m very excited about the potential this gives VideoRay users for precise navigation. Using the Explorer DVL and SeeByte SeeTracker Copilot software, for example, is a key improvement in both automated and precise navigation. Over the next few months you will hear about new VideoRay capabilities that were, until now, only available on more expensive work class vehicles. This joins previous VideoRay firsts like non-acoustic positioning, scanning sonar, multibeam sonar, and the like as a game changer for Inspection ROV underwater inspection.”
VIPS Award For Nuclear VideoRay Configuration
Atlantas Marine are proud to receive the award for best ROV configuration at this year's VIPS VideoRay conference in Key Largo, Florida.
The award was given for a slim line nuclear version of the VideoRay Pro 4. The reduced diamater of the ROV allows video inspection of storage areas which could never be fully accessed in the past.
This is one of a number of innovations over the last few years which has led to the VideoRay Pro 4 being selected as standard inspection equipment at various UK nuclear sites. The Pro 4 has now been proven to work in highly radioactive environments (tested to more than 1 sv/hr) and a special coating allows the ROV to work in high pH environment.
Atlantas Marine are pleased to announce the delivery of a VideoRay Pro 4 HD system to the Natural History Museum in London.
Combining the versatile VideoRay Pro 4 ROV with full 1080p HD video makes a powerful package for producing broadcast quality underwater video, and will be used by Dr Adrian Glover and the museum's zoology department to assist with research of marine life.
Nicknamed “ROVREX” - 'Remotely operated vehicle for Education and eXploration', the ROVs first research mission will be to the Bahamas.
The integrated high speed fibre optic link allows underwater HD video to be displayed in real time on large monitors on the survey boat. The VideoRay is also equipped with standard definition camera, manipulator, cutter and micron scanning sonar for navigation.
US Ports Protected By VideoRay Pro 4 Technology
VideoRay announced that it has been awarded a $2.2 million dollar contract by the US Department of Defense to modernise the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) fleet of VideoRay Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs).
VideoRay systems have been employed by the Department of Homeland Security at various ports since 2003, inspecting ships and harbor infrastructure. The ROVs have been used for both routine and emergency responders to inspect ship hulls and individual pilings of piers and bridges for explosive devices, to help direct divers to an area of interest, to search for and recover evidence which has been discarded in a body of water, and to inspect an object or area of interest before deploying divers.
This contract will update all USCG VideoRay ROVs to the latest technology, including sonar, an improved non-acoustic navigation system, video enhancement, advanced ship hull inspection capabilities, and other improvements required to expand their role and work in challenging conditions. The CTTSO and USCG project includes requirements for 100% search coverage while assuring 100% probability of detection (POD) in very strong currents, with low visibility water.
“VideoRay is honored to be selected by CTTSO and the USCG for this contract” said Scott Bentley, President of VideoRay LLC. “The Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) within CTTSO has considerable experience and expertise in selecting the most effective tools from vendors in a competitive marketplace, then helping field those solutions effectively.
This contract will help take VideoRay’s dominant worldwide market position in underwater security and bring it to the next level, integrating our robots with the most effective sensors and software to accomplish very challenging underwater missions.”
Suppliers of sensors integrated on the new VideoRay configurations include KCF Technologies of State College, Pennsylvania, BlueView Technologies of Seattle, Washington, and Lyyn AB of Lund, Sweden.
VideoRay’s current ship hull crawler capabilities – which lead the industry – were critical in the selection of VideoRay in this contract. Through this contract CTTSO and the USCG will work with VideoRay to increase their flexibility and capability.
BBC’s Crimewatch Features NW Police Using VideoRay
VideoRay underwater ROVs dominate the UK search & recovery scene, and are increasingly used to keep divers safe whilst responding rapidly to underwater emergencies.
Underwater specialists turn to VideoRay technology for its small size, easy deployment, strong thrusters, and most importantly its reliability.
This week Crimewatch featured the North West Police dive team using the VideoRay ROV for underwater searches in Lake Dorothea, North Wales.
Similar jobs have also been undertaken by Hampshire Police in Southampton, and Grampian Police in Scotland.
LYYN is happy to announce an important milestone in product sales having just shipped their unit 1000th unit to VideoRay. The hawk board will be integrated into a delivery of a Pro 4 CD 300 ROV System and delivered to the New London Naval Submarine Support Facility in Groton, Connecticut, USA.
“The relationship with VideoRay goes way back in LYYN history. As early as June 2007 they started recommending and selling the LYYN T38, and they were one of the first to implement the LYYN Hawk Board in their products. Now one of our biggest partners it is really not that big surprise that they are the ones receiving and delivering our unit no 1000”, says Bengt Sahlberg, President LYYN AB.
About the end user:
VideoRay continues its long term relationship with the United States Navy by fulfilling a recent FISC Norfolk (Fleet and Industrial Supply Center) order for a fully equipped Pro 4 CD 300 ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) system for delivery to the New London Naval Submarine Support Facility in Groton, Connecticut, USA. The Pro 4 ROV is fully equipped with, among other things, a LYYN Hawk Video Enhancement Unit which gives the operator real time video enhancement in difficult visibility situations.
Turner’s C3 fluorometer docks with VideoRay Pro 4
A development programme, between Turner Designs Inc and the VideoRay Corporation, has seen the Turner C3 three channel submersible fluorometer (as specified by the US Coast Guard in the SMART protocol for detecting the presence of oil) integrated to the Pro 4 VideoRay ROV. The initiative responded to the rapidly growing demand for portable and adaptable methods to measure water quality and oil spills, particularly in sensitive marine habitats.
The submersible C3 has an extensive range of optical sensors including Crude Oil, Refined Fuels, CDOM, in vivo Chlorophyll a, blue green Algae, Rhodamine WT dye, Fluorescein dye, Turbidity and Optical Brighteners. This range is in addition to Temperature and Depth (optional).
The VideoRay Pro 4 is a portable ROV system used extensively by researchers, monitoring authorities, security organisations and the like. Its small size, powerful thrusters, advanced camera and recording capabilities all contribute to its popularity.
VideoRay ROV Used In Missing Person Search
The Police Marine Unit in Southampton have begun underwater searches as they continue to appeal for help to find a grandad missing for nine days.
Officers are using a VideoRay ROV with BlueView sonar to try and find Paul Tillyer who vanished on December 28 after making his way to his boat.
Detectives leading the missing person’s inquiry are also talking with colleagues at Thames Valley over the possibility of using police divers to search the water.
Mr Tillyer, 64, was last seen as he walked towards Southampton’s Town Quay where he lived on his boat, the Lady of Bali. A bag of shopping he was carrying was later found on the side of the boat.
With more than 1,800 Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) in service around the world, VideoRay has clearly become the global leader in ROV technology, and is ideally suited to rapid response Port Security and SAR (Search & Recovery) operations.
The 200th VideoRay Pro 4 ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) system is on its way out the factory door to its new home in the San Francisco Police Department Marine Unit's Headquarters.
The new fully loaded Pro 4 PS300 XL ROV is specifically configured for Port Security and Law Enforcement applications such as port and pier inspections, shiphull inspections, and victim or target location and recovery. Multibeam sonar and non-acoustic ROV positioning make this system an extremely effective inspection and recovery tool for difficult low visibility underwater environments.
The SFPD Marine Unit joins a very long and distinguished list of local, state, and federal Law Enforcement, Search & Rescue (SAR), and Port Security organizations both nationally and internationally who have realized the benefits of the VideoRay ROV's portability and simplicity. VideoRays have been successful in more drowning victim recoveries, drug smuggling detection, wreck inspection, and other underwater tasks than any other small ROV. Total system shipments from VideoRay are rapidly approaching the 2,000 mark and are continuing to ship at an increasing rate.
New High Resolution Starfish Sidescan
Following the success of StarFish 450F, Atlantas Marine is pleased to announce the launch of new sonars to the range of StarFish Seabed Imaging Systems.
The intuitive, shallow water, high specification side scan sonar range now includes the higher resolution StarFish 452F and StarFish 990F; providing ultra sharp images from the signature full-body, compact, three-fin, hydrodynamic design.
StarFish 452F builds on the success of the original StarFish 450F, offering improved resolution with the same long acoustic range of 100m/ 300ft per channel.
StarFish 990F is the side scan sonar of choice for high resolution survey in ports and harbours, and inland waterways such as rivers and canals. With detailed image definition and target detection, StarFish 990F is also ideal for Search and Recovery (SAR) operations.
The imaging capabilities of the StarFish range are further enhanced through the application of Compressed High Intensity Radar Pulse (CHIRP) and digital-signal-processing (DSP) techniques
Ben Grant, Product Line Manager for Starfish, comments:
"StarFish has gained world-wide recognition as the most portable and affordable towed side scan sonar on the market. Clearly the next step in its product development was to create a range of StarFish side scan sonars to satisfy industry demand for greater image definition and target detection. By launching this range of StarFish Seabed Imaging Systems, Tritech is further supporting the survey market with high-resolution, portable, yet affordable devices."
VideoRay Pro 4 - Filming Great White Sharks in HD
The Great White Shark is nature’s most perfect predator. The ocean’s most iconic animal has always been the subject of massive media interest, extensive scientific study and intense fear. When the National Geographic Channel decided to feature the Great White, they required the world’s leading underwater inspection equipment - the VideoRay Pro 4 HD.
The program documents a unique process where the sharks are hooked and brought aboard a vessel to perform a number of scientific procedures including satellite tagging. The ultimate goal is basic – to learn more about the social interaction, behavioural structure, and breeding patterns of this species that has been swimming the world’s oceans for approximately 16 million years.
The VideoRay Pro 4 ROV fitted with a custom High Definition video camera, was deployed from the M/V Ocean in Guadalupe Island, Mexico to gather unique underwater video of the shark. This technique was effective in gathering footage that could not be acquired by the normal method of using divers in shark cages. The HD camera allowed incredible broadcast quality video to be collected and stored locally on the ROV for download at the end of the job, whilst standard resolution video was sent up the umbilical to allow the cameraman to compose his shots. This eliminated any need for fibre optic transmissions which can be expensive and unreliable.
The Pro 4 is part of an industry-wide initiative led by VideoRay (the largest volume ROV manufacturer in the world) to go beyond separate “point” technology solutions to a “systems” approach to solving underwater tasks. The crew of the M/V Ocean found this particularly useful as they were able to focus entirely on the sharks without concern about how one component was cabled to another, or which was documented where. The Pro 4 series ROVs is sold in configurations such as the PS (Port Security Configuration) and CD (Commercial Dive Configuration) designed to solve a limitless range of underwater tasks.
See the VideoRay ROV in action in Expedition Great White – The Perfect Catch
New High-Resolution Scanning Sonar From Tritech
Tritech International have announced the launch of the latest addition to the SeaKing family of scanning sonar products – the Hammerhead. The unit can create higher resolution imagery than comparative mechanical scanning imaging sonars, by utilising a large transducer aperture, very fine mechanical step size and proven Digital Sonar Technology.
As standard the SeaKing Hammerhead sonar has two frequencies of operation: A high chirped 935 kHz frequency to enable high resolution imagery, and a second chirped frequency, 675 kHz to allow for long range capability. The wide transducer allows for a very narrow horizontal beam to be created on both frequencies, to increase image resolution.
The Hammerhead has a built in attitude sensor, which makes the unit ideal for tripod deployment, giving the user a clear indication as to the position of the unit relative to the seabed. In addition to the attitude sensor, the unit also has an integrated three axis compass, to allow the sonar image bearing to be continually displayed and updated.
Commenting on the launch, Tritech's Product Line Manager for Imaging Sonars, Ben Grant, said:
"The Hammerhead sonar is at the forefront of scanning sonar technology, and is an ideal addition to the well established SeaKing range. The high operational frequency, combined with a wide transducer aperture, makes this the sonar of choice for any application requiring the highest possible resolution of imagery."
UKVC’10 VideoRay Conference
Thank you to all of our customers and manufacturers who helped to make UKVC'10 a great success. The two day event featured a diverse range of speakers including Magnox South's presentation on inspecting nuclear fuel ponds, Hydrabotix talk on HD broadcast filming, and Tyne & Wear Marine's experiences of creating unique ROV accessories.
This was followed up in the afternoons with in-water activities to test drive the latest inspection equipment from a wide range of manufacturers.
Mires Mor Project Launched
Designed to help motivate underprivileged and disadvantaged people, the Mires Mor project makes use of Cornwall's inspirational coast and waters to help young people realise their potential and appreciate the world around them.
Participants will experience team building activities onboard a traditional sailing vessel and see coastal and ocean wildlife. Live subsea images from a VideoRay ROV are displayed onboard, and everyone will have the opportunity to control the ROV and explore wildlife which would otherwise remain unseen.
On the 22nd April 2010 the project was launched in Penzance with an open day onboard the sailing vessel "Ruth", which was well attended by a variety of local organisations. Charlie Foll and Mike Underwood from Atlantas Marine attended to support the project with ROV demonstrations in and around penzance harbour.
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Atlantas Launch YouTube Channel
Our latest ROV and sonar demonstration movies are now available to view on-line at YouTube
In this movie a VideoRay Pro 4 PS300SE is used to inspect a boat wreck during an ROV training course. The Lyyn video enhancer is used to improve the visibilty underwater
Portable Pilot Unit Supplied To Bristol Port
Atlantas Marine is proud to announce the sale of the ‘E-Sea Fix CAT III’ Portable Pilot Unit (PPU) to the Bristol Port Company.
John McCorquodale, Deputy Haven Master, said “This is the first phase in a navigation improvement system that will enable us to dock large ships with improved safety and efficiency. The RTK accuracy of the system is essential for protecting the port’s infrastructure and giving pilots greater confidence in one of the most challenging areas of the world for manoeuvring ships”.
Since 1991 the annual tonnage throughput at Bristol Port has increased from 4m tonnes to 12m tonnes and the port is now able to handle ships up to 130,000 tonnes. This impressive growth has inevitably increased the daily workloads faced by the port’s pilots, and with plans in place for a new deep water terminal, the Bristol Port Company have decided to invest in Portable Pilot Unit (PPU) technology.
After a careful review of market options, the Bristol Port Company selected the high accuracy E-Sea Fix CAT III PPU, which is manufactured by Danish company Marimatech, and supplied by Atlantas Marine Ltd. The E-Sea Fix PPU is the pilot’s own navigator, enabling the pilot to plan routes and display the vessels current position and essential navigational data on a portable, and easy to use computer display.
E-Sea Fix is an invaluable aid to navigation, designed to decrease the pilot’s workload.
The Chairman of the Bristol Pilots, Paul Chase said of the system “Having a robust system that is easily set up is paramount and the E-Sea Fix system fits the bill exactly. Coupled with the excellent battery life, wire-free connection and portability this system has proven to be a superb tool. The high accuracy of RTK gives us the ability to man oeuvre ships more safely in the tideway and it will also give us greater confidence in restricted visibility. An added bonus is the ability to record then playback a particular docking or sailing which can then be used to train junior pilots.
Portability, ease of use, the ability to use the Port’s existing RTK network for high accuracy positioning, combined with Marimatech’s strong market reputation, were all key considerations in the selection of the E-Sea Fix PPU.
Charlie Foll (M.D. Atlantas Marine) said that “This was a significant sale for Atlantas Marine, which follows on the heels of recent sales to the ports of Milford Haven, Southampton and Harwich. The sale to Bristol Port builds on our successful roll-out of the E-Sea Fix PPU to U.K. and Irish ports”.
BAE Use E-Sea Fix For Astute Submarine Exit
BAE SYSTEMS SUBMARINES (BAESS) are in the process of designing and building the Astute Class submarines at their facility in Barrow in Furness. The first submarine of the class completed the exit transit from the Port of Barrow in Furness, via Walney Channel to the open sea in November 2009.
The channel is approximately 14.8Km in length and varies in width between 90m and 120m. The narrow confines of the navigational width of the channel dictate the use of an extremely accurate positioning system for the exit transit of a nuclear submarine.
In 2007, BAESS initiated a competitive tender process for the provision of the system. Atlantas Marine Ltd was the selected contractor. Atlantas recommended the use of the Marimatech ‘E-Sea Fix’ system, which has a positional accuracy of +/- 2cm, and heading accuracy better than 0.1 degree. Marimatech, a Danish company, are the world leader in portable navigation systems, which utilises satellite positioning technology. The base system was enhanced by the incorporation of a rate gyro to smooth data output and the software modified to accept live tide data.
In 2008 the system became operational and was initially used in a synthetic environment at the Marin Research Centre, The Netherlands, during real time simulator training of the exit transit for the crew, pilots and tug masters. Subsequently, to gain experience in its use, Associated British Port Pilots have used the system during the movement of Merchant traffic from the Port of Barrow.
The users consider the system an excellent aid to navigation that markedly improves safety in restricted waters. The Astute Project is delighted with their purchase and the level of after sales support received from Atlantas Marine and Marimatech.
New Multibeam Sonars Released
The annual VideoRay conference (VIPS) in October this year saw the release of two new forward looking multibeam sonars.
Seattle based manufacturer Blueview have added a 130 degree sonar to their popular 900KHz series. The P900-130 also features greater range and depth rating than previous models without any reduction in performance or update rate. The increased field of view is a huge benefit when used with an ROV as a search or navigation tool, and its small size and weight make it ideal for use on the VideoRay Pro4 ROV.
Tritech have announced the release of the Gemini 720i, a forward looking 720KHz sonar with 120 degree field of view. The sonar provides very detailed images from close range out to a maximum of 120m with very high update rates, making it suitable for a wide range of ROV and AUV applications.
VideoRay Success In Nuclear Fuel Storage Ponds
VideoRay has a long history of use in nuclear environments and has most recently been selected for inspection tasks in nuclear fuel storage ponds at power stations around the UK.
This is a corrosive and hostile environment where it is not possible to deploy divers, and where a lot of inspection equipment would not be able to survive the extreme conditions. Early in 2009, Magnox chose to purchase VideoRay ROVs from Atlantas Marine to assist with these inspections.
Robert Wade from Magnox South commented: "I just wanted to let you know that the VideoRay is holding up well. Approximately 145 wet hours in the pH 11.4 water, no way of telling how much radiation dose it has received total but its still giving us a great picture. Around here we believe its worth it's weight in gold!"
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VideoRay Removes H&S Risks For Costain
When the international engineering and construction Group, Costain, had to inspect the upstream end of a scour pipe at Scar House Reservoir in Yorkshire they took the innovative and cost saving decision to hire a VideoRay Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle [ROV] complete with Blue View Sonar attachment from Atlantas Marine, rather than using conventional divers. The scour pipe passed through the base of a gravity dam, at a depth of 47m below top water level. The altitude of the site and depth of the dive would limit ’bottom time’ to 5 minutes and the safe system of work demanded at least lifting equipment and a decompression chamber. The price quoted for completion of the survey using divers was in excess of £15K.
The ROV was launched easily from the crest of the dam by one operative and flown to the bottom of the dam to complete the inspection. Live video and sonar images were fed back to a screen on the surface and recorded for future reference. Said Tom Lewis from Costain; “The quality of the images obtained was impressive given the low light conditions at this depth. The sonar capability gave further useful detail beyond the visible spectrum. Without a limitation on bottom time, it was also possible to inspect other elements of the dam, adding value to our client”
Atlantas Marine with the VideoRay Pro 3 GTO ROV and BlueView Multibeam sonar not only helped Costain to locate and inspect the scour pipe on the valve tower, but also removed all health and safety risks associated with diving and saved them money. By engaging Atlantas Marine’s services the cost incurred was less than 10% of the best price obtained for completing the survey by diving, and they also gained other useful information as a bonus!
Satamatics Release Low Cost LRIT
This month Satamatics have annouced the release of the SAT-201 LRIT. This standalone system is based on Satamatics' proven SSAS technology, ensuring excellent reliablity and low cost.
The system consists of a single transceiver/antenna unit, with a connection to the ships 24v emergency supply. This equipment is very simple to install and can be fitted by a competant ship's electrician. Due to high demand these systems are now carried in stock, so that we can offer our customers the quickest possible delivery times.
LRIT is also available as an upgrade option to existing Satamatics SSAS customers.
Atlantas Deliver 1000th VideoRay
Atlantas Marine are proud to announce delivery of VideoRay's 1000th ROV to Qinetiq in the UK. Atlantas have now delivered over 90 VideoRay ROVs and have consistently been VideoRay's best performing distributor worldwide since 2001.
As the leading VideoRay Authorised Service Centre we are in an excellent position to assist with all of your ROV and sonar needs.