Oceaneering’s next generation hybrid ROV, Freedom, will be fitted with Valeport Bathypack, Altimeter and Hyperion Fluorometer sensors. Leading hydrographic and oceanographic instrument designer Valeport, worked closely with Oceaneering’s engineering team to meet challenges in communication and connector requirements. The state of the art Valeport sensors in the Midas Bathypack were ethernet enabled to offer precision sound velocity, conductivity, temperature, depth and altimeter data, which is used to enhance the operational capability of the Freedom resident vehicle. The subsea vehicle is also equipped with Valeport’s compact and robust environmental monitoring sensor, the Hyperion Fluorometer, for the high performance measurement of Chlorophyll A.
Oceaneering’s groundbreaking Freedom ROV offers a new level of flexibility and efficiency while performing common ROV tasks including survey, inspection, valve and torque tool operation, manipulator-related activities and underwater inspection in lieu of dry docking operations. It operates in tethered and autonomous tetherless modes.
Valeport, who celebrates 50 years serving the subsea sector in 2019, has a long standing relationship with Oceaneering International with the supply of many sensors and probes for its ROV ranges. Marketing manager, Guy Frankland commented: “The precision accuracy of the data delivered by the Valeport sensor technology is perfectly matched with Oceaneering’s visionary Freedom subsea resident vehicle. We are continually developing our sensors to best meet our customer needs and an OEM application such as Freedom enables us to create a customised instrument to meet a refined specification.”