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  • 07/19/17--19:14: courses
  • There has been very little change in the industry since this original topic was started back in august 2015 , Most of the Rov training courses have been stopped because there is no requirement .

    Many of the Senior members of this forum have already said many times in the past " IMCA does not authorized any courses " in fact its not mandatory to even do a Rov course . So like I said 2 years ago " Its your money if you wish to waste your money on doing a course its up to you " All your doing is adding your name to the thousands of other guys who did a course in the hope they will find employment in the Rov Industry . Plus all the other guys who have over 10 - 20 years in the game and many of those have been sitting at home for over more that over 12 - 15 months . So the rest is up to you .

    Good Luck

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    ChrisB wrote:
    Just a thought - is there a recognised ROV Technicians Association to represent the Techs in the industry? It is normally better to have your views and needs collated by some sort of representative body. I haven't heard of one while at IMCA so if there is one all well and good.


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    Ok, any interest in setting one up? I would be able to help. It would depend on what sort of format/model was wanted. You could have a purely open membership driven association or you could look at developing a self-regulatory assurance based system whereby potential members had to demonstrate competency before they were allowed to join. Then you would advertise this as the assurance of competence process for the industry - inevitably contractors would move toward accredited assurance for due diligence reasons. I have seen both (and other) types. IJUBOA for example (International Jack-up Barge Operators' Assoc) is currently an open membership - anyone can join. They are now looking at whether they need to set some standard for membership acceptance due to a number of unscrupulous vessel operators using untrained crews. Also I worked with the International Institute of Marine Surveyors to create an accredited CMID vessel inspector scheme. This was because IMCA would let anyone use their CMID system for vessel safety inspections without checking their competence! The oil companies set up the OVID scheme in response. In terms of cost CMID is around £800 to join (including accreditation course) and then £190 after year two for renewal. This is not a money spinner but covers overhead of scrutiny of a candidate's portfolio of work and quals initially (by peer group of surveyors) and then scheme management costs (2 x part time employees etc.). How about the Autonomous and Remote Vehicle Technicians Association (ARVTA)? What do you get - industry recognition of competent techs, a voice to speak on the collective behalf, greater sense of professionalism, development of unified career pathways and of course an accreditation/certification controlled by the technician community rather than a training provider. Any thoughts?

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  • 07/20/17--19:38: courses
  • Yes do any courses for Hydraulics and Electronics as for where sorry I have no idea what courses they do at your location your need to check . But you are wasting your time and money on a Rov course as its not a mandatory requirement .Over the years I have got guys into the industry and none of them had done a Rov course, however if you still want to waste your money then I am sure the schools will be more than happy to take your money but will it help you get a rov trainee job I dont think so ! But we did warn you .

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    There is a 100HP explorer ROV for sale. Also the same owner has a DP vessel equipped with diving assets and geophysical survey equipment for sale as well. For more information, please send e-mail to

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  • 07/24/17--20:33: I'm building a ROV.
  • Hi, i've worked with computers for years and have some basic electronics and light-machining experience and plan to build a mini observation ROV for undersea exploring down to 200M.

    I've never piloted one before so i hope it's okay to log my build journey here, being a novice, i suspect this would be a good place for criticism since it's a pilots forum.

    I'm in the design stage and still reading/video-watching to see what other builder's have done.

    Cheers, Gary.

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    MatthewK wrote:
    Hi - My Father-In-Law was a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for 30 years and recently passed away. We are trying to determine the value of his Benthos Mini ROVER MKII and would like to to sell it. Attached are the specs and I can provide pictures, and answer questions as best I can.

    Any help is greatly appreciated!

    still available?
    please send email
    webizen(at)163( dot) com,

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  • 07/27/17--21:28: what ROV? text book rookie!
  • Gladius $

    bluerobotics $$

    deeptrekker £££

    if i where you, for this job.....

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  • 07/30/17--22:23: Best Colour Zoom Cameras ?
  • I am looking for some feedback on the best colour zoom cameras currently on the market.
    Not looking for HD cameras as Clients are still not really specifying those yet.

    Currently on the list:

    Teledyne Bowtech/Surveyor SD
    Insite Pacific Inc (formerly, Insite Tritech)/Atlas

    Any others that are recommended?
    Which of these do you think have proven to be the best inspection quality in your opinion?

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  • 07/31/17--22:24: ISE HPU Electric Motor
  • International Submarine Engineering HPU Electric Motor

    Never used.

    P/N: SAE ROV 10-4
    10 HP
    4 Pole
    3 Phase
    wound for 3000VAC
    Aluminum Construction

    Two units available.

    $2000/each OR $3500/pair.

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  • 07/31/17--22:24: ISE Hydraulic Reservoir
  • International Submarine Engineering Hydraulic Fluid Reservoir

    Asking Price: $500

    New, never used. Details can be found in PDF below.

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  • 07/31/17--22:24: Vickers HPU Pump
  • Vickers Pump - Variable Axial Piston Pump

    P/N# PVB5-RSY-20-CVP-12

    Two units available. $400/each

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  • 08/07/17--23:54: Panther system
  • so it will not be rented out to clients for US ops?

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    Hello Gennaro,

    How are you?
    Glad to know your demand.

    This is April from CCROV. We are professional R&D company for ROV.
    If you want, pls contact me via email: or WA: +8618026984426

    April Very Happy

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  • 08/12/17--01:12: Panther system
  • Correct Smile

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    Would you please advise about the area you expect to work? we have ROV and subsea survey equipment in middle east and are ready to cooperate.

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  • 08/18/17--00:50: Boskalis acquires Gardline !
  • Just seen this one "Boskalis acquires Gardline " Thats one less UK company .

    Royal Boskalis Westminster has acquired all of the shares in Gardline Group, the UK-based company that specialises in marine geophysical surveys, offshore geotechnical services and environmental surveys.

    With the acquisition, Boskalis has fulfilled its ambition to build a position in the offshore survey market and become a specialist provider of geotechnical surveys for the offshore oil and gas and renewables markets.

    Gardline operates 15 survey vessels and 25 smaller units, including crew transfer vessels and survey catamarans.

    The consideration paid, including assumed debt, amounts to approximately £40 million. Gardline’s current annual revenue level is approximately £60-70 million.

    Boskalis says that, given the currently challenging near-term outlook, it does not expect the transaction to be EBIT accretive in the next few years, but positions Boskalis well for when the market recovers.

    Gardline was established in 1969 and was a second-generation family-owned business. The company's principal offices are located in Great Yarmouth, UK with activity in the US, Brazil and Singapore. It employs approximately 750 people including a pool of 100 surveyors. Its core geographical market is northwest Europe, where Gardline is the main competitor of Fugro.

    I wonder who is Next ?

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  • 08/18/17--00:50: Mohican record dive
  • That's pretty cool - would you be up for talking about this achievement at an IMCA ROV Seminar in Singapore at the end of November?

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    Hi all

    a shipmate put me in the way of this a video made by a "business consultant' Who was allegedly challenged by Richard Branson to see how deep he could get. This is without a doubt the most amateur video I have ever seen related to ROV work and it comes from a muppet who claims to be advising FTSE100 companies! And it links to site where he and his partner make unreal claims of returns if you just give them money

    My favourite bit is when the voice over comes to a poor tech who is obviously giving him electrical theory 101 but the muppet claims he is being told that his plastic AUV has reached 4500M depth

    Rolling Eyes

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