Currently browsing category

ROV Operations

Onwards and downwards: when ROVs or AUVs are lost in ocean exploration

This week saw the news that the Nereus hybrid remotely operated vehicle (HROV) has been lost while exploring the Kermadec Trench at a depth of 9.99 km, during an expedition that has revealed that part of our planet as never before. To link with Week 5 of our free Massive Open Online Course on "Exploring Our Oceans", during which we focus on how we explore the oceans, this post takes a look at some of the ROVs and AUVs that have been lost during ocean exploration. Continue reading →

The ROV team effort that stopped the Deepwater Horizon oil spill – Gulf of Mexico 2010

On 20 April 2010, the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry took place in the Gulf of Mexico on the BP-operated Macondo Prospect. This blowout event on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig resulted with a total oil discharge of 4.9 million barrels, from the well that flowed for 87 days, until it was capped on 15 July 2010, after several failed attempts. Continue reading →