Science & Tech

Mobile ROV System

Mobile System
Ocean Exploration Trust

In collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the NOAA Office of Exploration & Research, OET designed and built a sister ROV system to complement the Hercules and Argus ROVs. The system provides OET with the nimbleness to conduct missions in multiple regions over the course of a year that would otherwise not be efficient to deploy solely from E/V Nautilus.  

This telepresence-enabled ROV system, which was brought online in 2019 and 2020, is composed of ROVs Little Hercules, Atalanta, as well as other equipment to provide OET with the flexibility of operating the system from a wide variety of commercial and academic research vessels. The system is capable of supporting exploration to depths up to 6000 meters with 4K imaging systems.

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Mobile ROV System At-A-Glance

Full Mobile ROV System

The full mobile ROV system supports all four of OET’s ROVs, an overboarding system suitable for operations to 6000 meters depth, and an ROV control room suite that can be configured with one, two, or three modified shipping containers (aka, “vans”). Additionally, the system includes a tool van, a spares van, winch, A-Frame, internet satellite dish, USBL navigation system, and other ancillary equipment. 

Equipment Summary:

Component

Weight

Size

Tool Van

15000 lb

20’ x 8’ x 9.5’

Control Van A – ROV 

18000 lb

20’ x 8’ x 9.5’

Control Van B - Science

15000 lb

20’ x 8’ x 9.5’

Control Van C - Outreach

15000 lb

20’ x 8’ x 9.5’

Chiller Skid

500 lb

8’ x 7’ x 3’

Spares Van

8000 lb

20’ x 8’ x 9.5’

Science Wet Lab (rented)

TBD

20’ x 8’ x 8.5’

Satellite Dish

2700 lb

9’ x 9’ x 9’

421 Winch

421 HPU

34 000lb 

5600 lb

10’ x 9’ x 12’

8’ x 5’ x 7.5’

SOSI Winch

SOSI HPU

14000 lb

2500 lb

7’ x 5’ x 7’

6’ x 4’ x 5’

Aframe

22500 lb

17'x12'x18'

Air Tuggers

300 lb

2’ x 2’ x 4’

Herc ROV

6000 lb

13’ x 6’ x 6’

Little Herc ROV

1000 lb

6’ x 4’ x 3’

Atalanta

2000 lb

7’ x 3’ x 4’

Nav Pole

TBD

TBD

Crane 

TBD

TBD

 

Lightweight Mobile ROV System

The lightweight version of the mobile ROV system is ideal for smaller vessels and exploration targets that are less than 1800 meters deep. This configuration of the system includes ROVs Little Hercules and Atalanta, a one-van ROV control room, A-Frame, and a small winch.

Equipment Summary: 

Component

Weight

Size

Tool Van

15000 lb

20’ x 8’ x 9.5’

Control Van A – ROV 

18000 lb

20’ x 8’ x 9.5’

Chiller Skid

500 lb

8’ x 7’ x 3’

SOSI Winch

SOSI HPU

14000 lb

2500 lb

7’ x 5’ x 7’

6’ x 4’ x 5’

Aframe

22500 lb

17'x12'x18'

Air Tuggers

300 lb

2’ x 2’ x 4’

Little Herc ROV

1000 lb

6’ x 4’ x 3’

Atalanta

2000 lb

7’ x 3’ x 4’

Nav Pole

TBD

TBD

Crane

TBD

TBD

Learn more about chartering the mobile ROV system for a project or contact info@oet.org for more information.