Seabotix - News - 2005
LBV - 5 months, 1300 dives, 200 hours and NO Downtime
The LBV systems operating in Port Lincoln, Australia
continue to work hard. There are now eight LBV150S2
systems in Port Lincoln inspecting close to 90%
of the Tuna fish pens. In particular West Coast
Diving operates their two LBV150S2 systems (with
Brush-Less DC thrusters) which have accumulated
more than 1,300 dives this season, adding to the
2,300 from last season, bringing the total to
close to 5,000 dives.
Using the LBV for fish pen inspections is more
efficient and less expensive than using divers.
Plus there is no human risk with the high danger
of Great White sharks in the area. The LBVs are
a quick and efficient means of monitoring the
conditions of the fish nets to ensure no fish
escape and no predators enter. Also, some of the
LBVs are used to retrieve "Mort" fish.
LBV continues to be the only ROV used in Port
Lincoln due to its high capability, rapid deployment
and impressive reliability.
multiple awards at Seawork 2005
Echoscan Ltd. of England recently established
a new survey and charter division called Searov.
To promote the new division Searov exhibited at
the Seawork 2005 show in Southampton earlier this
month. A panel of "mystery judges" examined
all the exhibitors products to determine the best
solutions in various categories.
LBV won it's category in the "Spirit of
Innovation, Underwater Technology" and came
runner up in the overall diving related category.
This was an excellent result considering the many
other ROVs and underwater technology competitors.
Searov demonstrated the LBV150L2 system with internal
LEDs, sonar and grabber.
LBV systems sold into Russia
SeaBotix agent in Russia, Tetis Pro, recently
sold nine more systems into various agencies in
Russia making the total in Russia thirteen. Three
LBV150S2 systems were ordered by the Rescue Ministry
for Search & Rescue, these added to the LBV150S
system they already have. Each of the systems
are equipped with sonar and tracking. Four LBV150S2
systems were ordered by another Russian agency
for diver support, inspections and various underwater
tasks. These systems are also fitted with sonar
and grabber. The same agency also ordered a LBV600XL2
system for deeper operations where rapid deployment
is critical. Finally, the ninth LBV150S2 system
went to a commercial client for surveys and inspections.
Each of the nine systems are equipped with a Russian
(Cyrillic) keypad and custom topside console with
CRT monitor, VCR and hand controller.
chooses LBV for Design Excellence
The SolidWorks Corporation which supplies the
world's leading 3D engineering software has chosen
LBV for its excellence in design and asked that
SeaBotix and the LBV be present at their most
recent expo in Vasteras, Sweden. This comes as
a great honor to SeaBotix as only a few products
are selected for the prime showcase at the SolidWorks
At the show in Sweden attendees from all over
the world were able to operate the LBV in a special
demonstration tank, ask questions of on site staff
and also sit in on a presentation about how LBV
was designed. The LBV was the most popular product
The LBV was designed completely in SolidWorks
as all are the new developments and accessories.
takes delivery of 2 LBV1500F “fly out”
Oceaneering of Aberdeen, Scotland ordered two
of the SeaBotix LBV1500F2 complete "fly out"
systems earlier in the year. They have recently
been delivered for operations in Angola. The systems
are being integrated into a specially made tool
skid and mounted to the Oceaneering SCV WCROVs.
With a depth rating of 1,500 meters (5,000ft)
the "fly out" systems are an ideal offshore
solution to an extra set of eyes.