Planys “Mike”, an ROV journey of underwater inspection

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The birth of ‘Mike’
Before we could explore deep into the expedition of Mike in the underwater world, let’s assume a situation,
Imagine you’re an archeologist who has discovered the remains of a 17th-century ship on the seabed 2,000 meters below the surface of the ocean. You’ve used sonar to locate the ship, but now you need a closer look to determine if there are interesting artifacts lying among the wooden beams. You can’t jump in the water with your diving gear; you wouldn’t be able to stand the pressure at that depth. You consider using a human occupied vehicle (HOV), but you’d need a costly, specialized ship to launch it, and diving so deep, even inside a submersible, would be dangerous. Really, all you need now is for a camera to zoom around the ship and take pictures. You decide to use small remotely operated vehicles with a camera attached. In their simplest form, (recap) ROVs are underwater robots with an umbilical (“tether”) that runs between the ROV and a pilot on a ship. The pilot sends control signals and power to the ROV and the ROV sends data back.

Disrupting underwater inspection in India using ROV Beluga

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After months of intensive product development and intricate technology challenges, we recently launched our next generation ROV Remotely operated vehicles, ‘Beluga’ . Beluga has been designed and manufactured indigenously by our team.

DCIM100GOPROGOPR5048.                                  ROV ‘Beluga’Picture Credits

Wondering why ‘Beluga’?

Underwater inspection with the Bots-2

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As you would have read in our first article, Remotely operated vehicles have been designed to meet the extreme demands of deep water operations along with inspection of subsea structures in hazardous environments.


As technologies and capabilities have increased, the offshore and Oil and Gas industries have come to rely on ROV (know more about what a ROV is, in our previous blog ‘Underwater inspection with the Bots’) for drilling support and subsea construction services to develop deep water exploration and development projects worldwide. Diver based inspections have limitations of depths, operation that they can do and are hazardous to the personnel. Developed to overcome the limitations, ROVs have become an indispensible tool to the offshore and Oil and Gas industries.

Underwater inspection with the Bots

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According to Ministry of Shipping, 95% of India’s trading by volume and 70% by value is done through maritime transport. This is facilitated by 200+ ports spread across 7500 kms of Indian coastline. Various other sectors like shipping (including ship building, ship repair and maintenance, ship recycling) and Oil and Gas are key drivers for this thriving maritime industry. One way scientists are trying to improve their understanding of underwater environment is through underwater vehicles which are programmable robotic devices that can independently study the ocean and its inhabitants. Deep sea exploration covers inspection of physical, chemical and biological conditions of the sea bed for scientific or commercial purpose.