VideoRay ROV Provides Emergency Images On a Dredging Vessel Mishap


VideoRay ROV Provides Emergency Images For Burley Subsea On A Middle Eastern Dredging Vessel Mishap

The following is a letter to VideoRay from United Arab Emirates Based Burley Subsea General Manager Mark Burley:

Location: Dubai/Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Date: 12th May 2009

After a grueling Fouled Propeller job Burley Subsea was just glad to get back to the office.

0700 the following morning we get an Emergency Call out by Middle East Dredging Company. We quickly mobilize our VideoRay Pro 3 GTO ROV unit and Dive Spread and head back to Abu Dhabi. An hour later we’re on site and ready to access the Subsea situation to ascertain damage to the Dredging Ladder or the associated sheave blocks.

The vessel concerned, D’Artagnan, had been latching its dredging ladder when one of the engineers in the winch room noticed some damaged wires, before anything could be done the wires parted and subsequently the ladder dropped to the seabed at a depth of 16 meters in quite a rapid freefall due to the ladder weighing 1200 Tons.

Minutes after arriving on board we carried out our standard safety checks, met with the Captain / Client and were given permission to dive.

Seconds after the VideoRay left the surface we had an outstanding visual of the concerned area, the lifting blocks port and starboard and the associated sheaves, we could easily see the parted winch wire laying on the starboard side.

The Client and Captain of the vessel got to see first hand real time footage of the Subsea situation, not to mention aiding our on site Dive Supervisor plan the associated Task Risk Assessment before the Diver enters the water.

Throughout the different stages of lifting the blocks, salvaging the parted wire and looking for areas of damage on the Ladder itself and the sheave blocks, the VideoRay unit not only impressed the Client but also Burley Subsea’s ROV Manager, Lee Harris who is a veteran of the Heavy Construction Work Class ROV Industry.

Burley Subsea’s Videoray has once again proven itself to be an asset we just couldn’t operate without.

Mark Burley
General Manager
Burley Subsea FZE


About Burley Subsea:
Burley SubSea was established in the U.A.E. to supply Commercial Diving and Remotely Operated Vehicles to the various inshore/offshore projects within the region.

With a wealth of experience in both Diving and ROV related contracts over the past ten years in the Middle East, Burley SubSea can supply a quality, safe service time and time again proving to be at the top of their specialist market.

Having the right Dive team or ROV is only half of the equation. The other half o the equation is having the right people to carry out the task at hand.

At Burley SubSea we mobilize our Divers and ROV pilots from a large pool of qualified and experienced personnel. We look for the qualifications, training and back grounds that we know clients, conditions and the industry demand.

However in addition to demonstrate ability we also require our divers and pilots to have the intangible characteristics of aptitude and outlook that will make them parts of a cohesive and successful team.

About VideoRay:
With more than 1,200 Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) in service around the world, VideoRay has clearly become the global leader in Micro-ROV technology. Starting at just $5,995 USD and weighing just 8 pounds, VideoRay is as an extremely versatile, portable, affordable, and reliable solution for underwater operations including surveys, offshore inspections, search & recovery, homeland & port security, science & research, fish farming, and other unique applications in underwater environments. “Plug and play” technology allows you to quickly attach sensors and accessories in the field so you can successfully complete your mission. VideoRay is available on the General Services Administration schedule.


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