Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) find a range of applications in the offshore oil and gas industry.

Divers can be deployed to perform routine maintenance of offshore subsea oil and gas structures. Unmanned vehicles can be equipped with mission-specific equipment such as cameras and sensors to gather information.

The advancement of technology opens the door for oil and gas companies to choose efficient underwater vehicle and diving solutions to enhance the safety and efficiency of offshore operations.

Finding suppliers of AUVs, ROVs, and marine support services

Offshore Technology has listed leading providers of AUVs, ROVs, diving systems, cameras, and associated equipment and services, based on its intel, insights, and decades-long experience in the sector.

The list includes providers of unmanned vehicles, offshore diving services, and marine support services for the offshore sector.

The information contained in the download document is useful for offshore field owners and operators, procurement officers, surveying and planning personnel, platform and pipeline engineers and technicians, and other individuals involved in offshore exploration and production.

The download contains detailed information on the suppliers and their products and services, alongside contact details to aid your purchasing or hiring decisions.

Unmanned vehicles and offshore diving services for the oil & gas sector

AUV, ROV, and diving products and services for the offshore oil and gas industry include, but are not limited to:

  • AUVs for subsea surveys and maintenance
  • ROVs for inspection of offshore structures
  • Sensors, underwater surveillance cameras, and lighting solutions
  • CCTV equipment
  • Audio and digital video recording systems
  • Launch and recovery systems
  • Cables and umbilicals for ROVs
  • Navigation and positioning equipment
  • ROV and AUV training services
  • Batteries and fuel cells
  • Control systems
  • Thrusters and propulsion systems
  • Marine support services
  • Offshore diving services, and
  • Saturation diving equipment

Applications of AUVs, ROVs, and divers

Offshore divers can be deployed to support the construction of offshore structures associated with oil and gas exploration and production. Divers can also provide inspection and maintenance of equipment and structures such as blow-out preventers (BOPs), platforms, wellheads, manifolds, and pipelines.

Offshore installations are in deepwater and ultra-deepwater environments that are difficult to reach and/or unsafe for human divers. ROVs and AUVs can be deployed in challenging conditions to perform a range of applications.

Some of the applications of ROVs and AUVs include seabed surveys, as well as inspection and maintenance of structures such as oil and gas platforms and pipelines, risers, and mooring lines.

The vehicles can also be deployed to study the impact on marine organisms and habitats in the event of an oil spill.

The vehicles can be installed with equipment such as side scan and forward-looking sonars, acoustic sonar, thrusters, digital cameras, and imaging systems. Cameras provide high-resolution images and videos to enable visual inspection of the structures.

ROVs are also equipped with a manipulator arm that can be used to pick up underwater objects or perform tasks such as subsea tie-ins and deepwater installations.