Subsea ROV

Definition - What does Subsea ROV mean?

A Subsea ROV is a remotely operated vehicle used for a wide range of subsea solutions such as inspection, survey and diving. This underwater vehicle is used in the extraction of offshore hydrocarbons. It is easily maneuverable and is managed by the drilling crew on board the offshore drillship. The ROV is connected with the ship via a tether or a complete tether management system. This cord system provides data signals and electrical power to the ROV that maneuvers the vehicle. Most vehicles are installed with lights and high-quality video camera that helps the crew to explore the underwater area easily.

Petropedia explains Subsea ROV

A Remotely operated vehicle (ROV) is subsea solution that is widely used in offshore oil and gas industries. ROVs are specially engineered underwater vehicles that are capable of reaching depths that are not easily accessible. These vehicles are used for different purposes such as mining, scientific exploration of oceans, underwater archaeology, hydrocarbon extraction and broadcasting to name a few. The submersible remotely operated vehicles can be categorized based on their functionality, size, power and weight. The following are the basic categories of ROV:

  • General.
  • Mini.
  • Micro.
  • Light Workclass.
  • Heavy Workclass.
  • Burial & Trenching.

The remotely operated vehicle swims itself but it is operated through a tether cable that keeps it connected to the offshore drillship or platform.

This definition was written in the context of Offshore Exploration & Extraction

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