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SCS Ltd. Signs Distributor Agreement With Blueye Robotics AS.

Subsea Commercial Services Ltd. (SCS) is proud to announce the securing of the exclusive Scottish distribution rights for Norwegian ROV manufacturer Blueye Robotics AS.

Founded in 2015, Blueye has its roots in the highly renowned Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS) at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology. With over one thousand ROVs delivered to more than 50 countries worldwide, Blueye’s product offering is proven, very capable and technologically extremely evolved.

Callum Magee, SCS’s Managing Director, leans on his years of small ROV experience when stating: “Blueye has nailed it! If you wrote down a list of the limitations and frustrations involved in Mini-ROV operations, the Blueye X3 ROV removes everything on that list. For me, the integration of hardware and software sets the X3 apart. The lack of traditional ROV topside, enabled by networked devices and downloadable piloting, viewing and reporting software, coupled with the vehicle’s power and payload capabilities, make it’s the complete package”.

Deployed in underwater remote visual inspection and survey applications, the battery powered X3 is equipped with work enabling sensors, manipulators, sonars and positioning systems from a range of leading manufacturers. The X3 has no topside case or cables, with the ROV benefiting from an integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth hub which enables viewing and recording on personal devices. The vehicle is piloted via a wireless handheld controller, reducing risk and increasing flexibility on work sites, remote locations and vessels.

Christian Gabrielsen, CEO of Blueye is enthusiastic about the relationship: “We see Scotland as a key geographical region and are delighted to have teamed up with SCS. They have a great deal of experience and an extensive network in our primary market sectors and we’re looking forward to supporting their efforts in developing the Scottish market”.

SCS is organising a client roadshow across Scotland during the second half of November 2022 with live demonstrations of the X3 available upon request. Please contact SCS to book your time slot. SCS will also be exhibiting the X3 and our other subsea solutions at Subsea Expo, February 2023, Aberdeen, Scotland.

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SCS Ltd Supplies Heriot Watt University Location & Tracking Solutions For iAtlantic Deep-Sea Research Project

Subsea Commercial Services Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) is delighted to have supplied Heriot Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland) with a range of Xeos asset location, tracking and recovery beacons for deployment during the iAtlantic research programme .

The Deep-Sea Ecology and Biogeochemistry Research Team located at the Lyell Centre at Heriot-Watt University will deploy the lithium battery powered solutions mounted to a seafloor autonomous lander. The lander will be released at the surface and will sink under its own weight to the seafloor. With deployments lasting up to one year, during a planned recovery, the lander will float back to the surface where the 11,000m rated titanium housed XMB-11K VHF location beacon will self-activate and start transmitting its location for tracking and recovery via the marine radio frequency. To aid in night-time recovery, the lander has also been fitted with a low light activated XMF-11K high intensity LED Flasher for visual confirmation.

In the event of an unplanned seafloor release and surfacing, the lander has also been fitted with the XMA-11K Argos satellite communication beacon. This transmits the lander’s location within 30 seconds of the beacon breaking through the water’s surface. With the research team alerted to the unplanned surfacing event, the nearest suitable vessel of opportunity can be tasked with asset recovery.

The iAtlantic programme is seeking to assess the health of deep-sea ecosystems across the full span of the Atlantic Ocean from the tip of Argentina in the south to Iceland in the north, and from the east coasts of USA and Brazil to the western margins of Europe and Africa. The ambitious project will – for the first time – undertake an ocean-wide approach to understanding the factors that control the distribution, stability and vulnerability of Atlantic deep-sea ecosystems. With the objective of determining the resilience of deep-sea animals and their habitats to threats such as climate change, pollution and human activities such as deep-sea mining and deep-sea trawling, the programme’s success is based upon international collaboration and sharing of expertise, equipment, infrastructure, data and personnel.

Programme co-lead and Head of Deep-Sea Ecology at Heriot-Watt, Professor Andrew K. Sweetman stated “We’re delighted to be using XEOS equipment supplied by Subsea Commercial Services Ltd that will aid in the recovery of our lander platforms.  The Deep-Sea Ecology and Biogeochemistry research group at the Lyell Centre operate the largest and most advanced lander fleet in the UK and getting the equipment back from the deep sea is a key objective to us during each expedition.  We currently have 13 deep-sea expeditions scheduled over the next 5 years and continue to use XEOS systems that we’ve always found are reliable, lightweight and more than capable of coping with the day-to-day stresses that we put on these systems.”

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AccuPositioner – New Compact Pan & Tilt

Known for their durability and longevity, the latest ROS underwater pan and tilt available from SCS Ltd. is no exception. The AccuPositioner Lightweight Electric Pan & Tilt is available in both shallow and deep water configurations. 

The shallow water AccuPositioner is rated to 70m and weighs in at an impressively light 1.4kg in water.  Designed for inshore and onshore survey and inspection work, the unit is ideal for pole mounting from a RIB or small work boat or for long-term facilities monitoring projects.

The deep water version is rated to 6000m (PBOF/PBLF) and weighs only 1.9kg in water.  With its compact form factor, the unit is ideal for mounting to various classes of ROV as the main pan and tilt or as a secondary unit for applications such as sonar imaging, leak detection operations or high pressure jet cleaning.

The robust AccuPositioner has an impressive in air load capacity of 6.8kg and +/-0.1° absolute positional feedback capability and zero gear backlash.  The 20-28VDC RS485 controlled unit generates 24° p/s rotation speed.  The AccuPositioner comes with a 2-year warranty and is available with a variety of connectors.

For full specification and further information please contact SCS Ltd. directly

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SeaStar – The Completely Field Serviceable Subsea LED

SCS Ltd. is delighted to announce the release of the SeaStar underwater LED. The SeaStar is our leading oceanographic LED and ROS Inc’s most innovative to date. High-powered and light-weight, the completely field serviceable SeaStar is ideal for harsh environment subsea applications including ROV, deep-sea trenching and oceanographic research projects. Designed with the offshore operator in mind, all the SeaStar’s internal components are field replaceable without the need for specialist tools or training, reducing downtime and minimising servicing and logistics costs.

Industry leaders since 1975, ROS underwater lights are world renowned for their reliability, longevity and innovation, with the SeaStar the latest to have these attributes engineered in. Manufactured from hard anodised aluminium, the 6000m rated LED emits up to 10,000 lumens across a 110° beam angle. To improve camera colour rendering and image contrast, the SeaStar’s colour temperature is a cooler 5700K when compared to other underwater LEDs. With overheat protection and smooth full range dimming from zero to maximum, options include flood or spot reflectors, 120 VAC or 24 VDC power and specifiable connectors and pinouts.

The end result is a versatile, low cost LED that illuminates the toughest of challenges in the harshest of environments, the SeaStar comes with a 2-year warranty.

Please contact SCS directly for further information and to organise onshore integration testing.

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SCS Ltd. To Release New IP Ethernet Product Range At Subsea Expo 2019

Subsea Commercial Services Ltd. are delighted to announce the official release of their new range of underwater IP ethernet products at Subsea Expo 2019 (Aberdeen, Scotland). The new range is a mix of second generation HD IP cameras and new IP device integration solutions.

The new cameras, the IPCam-LL and FIPCam-LL, build on the success SCS experienced in 2018 with the release of their first generation HD IP cameras, the IPCam & FIPCam.  The new models are a powerful and unique combination of full colour 1080p HD and 0.001 Lux low light capability coupled in one camera!  Enhanced with optical and infinite digital zoom, these breakthrough units perform as well in submerged bright ambient conditions as they do in low light, making them real go anywhere solutions.  Meeting industry standards (ONVIF, H.264, RTSP), the 10/100Mbps BaseT ethernet units are rated from 300m to 6000m, come with their own GUI and have already proved themselves in the offshore sphere with several successful deployments and rental projects achieved.

To assist clients with the integration of these exciting new cameras and other IP controlled devices to underwater systems that don’t have fibre optics available, SCS has released the EX-Hub.  The EX-Hub VDSL Ethernet eXtender is designed to convert 10/100Mbps ethernet to VDSL ethernet, thus enabling the use of ethernet controlled devices if only a Shielded Twisted Pair (STP) is available.

Available with 1 to 4 channels, the EX-Hub recently exceeded expectations at a trial with a leading offshore operator.  The trial consisted of transmitting live video from an SCS HD IP camera over a total of 930m of STP, including passing through two slip rings, while the Saab Seaeye Tiger ROV involved had all thrusters and lights running at full power.  With absolutely no image quality degradation or camera control issues (zoom, focus, etc.) the trial was deemed a success by the highly experienced industry professionals in attendance.  Please contact SCS directly to receive a copy of the trial case study.

SCS’ next underwater IP ethernet integration solution is the EE-Hub.  The Ethernet Expansion Hub enables offshore operators to access the wasted capacity in their Gigabyte (GBE) and 10/100 Ethernet channels.  The EE-Hub is a subsea 10/100/1000Mbps ethernet switch capable of connecting six 10/100/1000Mbps channels to a single GBE or 10/100Mbps channel.  Outputting 24VDC with a maximum of 6 Amps available, the Hub is ideal for multi camera surveys, sonar applications and a variety of other underwater applications.

The compact size and light weight in water of both the EE-Hub and EX-Hub make them perfect for mounting to a variety of vehicle classes, monitoring platforms, landers and towed systems. Callum Magee, Managing Director of SCS explains:

“As the offshore energy sector catches up with other global industries in utilising the benefits of IP devices and the wider networkability and flexibility that brings, SCS is working hard to position itself as a recognised and trusted IP solutions provider to our international client base.  We have been really encouraged by our progress in 2018 and are looking forward to 2019 with confidence.”

To learn more about these and SCS’ other market leading solutions, please visit us at Stand No. 48 at Subsea Expo Exhibition, AECC, Aberdeen UK, 5th-7th February 2019.

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SCS Signs UK Business Development Contract With Leading Commercial Diving Equipment Manufacturer

Subsea Commercial Services Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) has announced the signing of a UK focused business development contract with Pommec BV of the Netherlands.

Pommec, a leading manufacturer and worldwide supplier of commercial diving equipment and hyperbaric tunnelling solutions, have strategically targeted the need to increase their penetration and presence in the UK diving sector and see SCS’ growth services as the preferred mechanism for achieving this.  With previous commercial models employed to increase their UK footprint, Pommec senior management were open to trying a different approach.

Kees Voogd, Sales Director at Pommec, explained: “From discussions with SCS, it soon became apparent their bespoke contracting model would be a good fit with our objectives.  It enables us to have a highly active local presence targeting clients and projects with our products and services while keeping us abreast of opportunities, threats and trends.  We have access to SCS’ extensive UK client network and industry knowledge, while Pommec remain in control of the technical evaluation and proposal process.”

With a strong international track record boasting equipment sales and installations worldwide, Pommec offer a broad range of products from branded consumables through to custom-made full Dive Spreads.  The company ensures their systems adhere to all international safety requirements with quality control, dive technology, electrical, hydraulic, welding and logistical capabilities kept in-house to guarantee quality and traceability.

Callum Magee, SCS’ Managing Director, stated: “This relationship is a perfect example of SCS’ growth services being tailored to suit client requirements and organisational ethos while being structured to meet commercial objectives.  The contract has flexibility built in and will hopefully over time establish Pommec’s presence in the UK to a level where SCS steps back.”

SCS Ltd. offers bespoke growth strategies and technical solutions to the global subsea, ROV, diving and oceanographic industries. 

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SCS Ltd. Release New HD IP Underwater Camera Range

Subsea Commercial Services Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) is delighted to announce the release of their new range of High Definition IP Underwater Cameras.  Compact, high performing and well priced the units are SCS’ first own branded products.

The anodised aluminium housed IPCam and FIPCam cameras are rated to 3000m as standard with options to 1000m and 250m versions available.  Both units operate at 1080p, require 10/100 Mbps, offer good low light performance and are available with a dedicated GUI enabling control of brightness, saturation, hue, stills capture, recording to laptop and the control of up to eight cameras simultaneously. 

The IPCam is an 18x optical zoom and focus unit with 0.01 Lux capability that weighs under 1kg in water, while the FIPCam is an extremely compact (69mm x 69mm ex-connector) fixed focus unit that is just over 300g in water.  The FIPCam is also available as a 5 megapixel unit for enhanced picture quality.  Callum Magee, Managing Director of SCS is feeling very positive about the release of the units:

“The IPCam and FIPCam represent SCS’ first own brand products so we are obviously very excited about this progression.  The pricing, size and performance of the units mean they cover a lot of ground in terms of variety of underwater vehicle they can be mounted to and the sectors they will be deployed in.  We feel the complete package will be of interest not only to our traditional subsea and marine renewable clients but also to those involved in scientific research and aquaculture projects.”

Mr Magee goes on to explain that the ethernet based cameras are the first in a series of new products that SCS will be bringing to market in 2018.  SCS offers bespoke growth strategies and technical solutions for the global subsea, ROV and oceanographic industries.

Please contact SCS Ltd. for demonstration, pricing, availability and rental rates or to discuss our other leading underwater technologies.

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SCS Ltd. Signs Distributor Agreement With Xeos Technologies Inc.

Subsea Commercial Services Ltd. (SCS) is proud to announce the securing of exclusive distribution rights for Scotland of Canadian based Xeos Technologies Inc.

Founded in 2004, Xeos Technologies design and manufacture application specific telemetry and data collection products for marine, scientific, law enforcement and military clients who need reliable and innovative solutions to track, monitor and control assets deployed in harsh and demanding environments.

Proven in the North Atlantic and deployed the world over, XeosBeacons™ keep surface and underwater vehicles, monitoring systems, platforms and moorings safe by utilising the latest GPS and Iridium Satellite tracking technology.  Offering either standalone or combined high intensity LED flasher technology and satellite tracking, Xeos units enable valuable assets to be located, monitored, tracked and recovered thus reducing risk and lowering the operator’s insurance burden.  Asset tracking is supported via Xeos Online, a web portal that gives worldwide command, control and management of devices.

Always moving forward, Xeos have recently released a new line of oceanographic products that use GPS for wave height and tide gauge measurement, as well as a new low cost disposable surface tracker used in oil spill and current tracking.

Callum Magee, SCS’s Managing Director, is excited about the new relationship: “Xeos is a well-established manufacturer with a high quality offering that covers a wide range of marine and non-marine related sectors.  We’re looking forward to developing the range’s presence in our traditional markets but also breaking into new.”

With sales already achieved in the academic research sector among others, Xeos Sales Director Darren Penny explained: “Xeos is very excited to have Subsea Commercial Services as our representative in Scotland. With a primary focus to help customers, SCS’s energy and dedication combined with their market knowledge is exactly what Xeos looks for in a representative”.

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SCS Supplies Robust Underwater Lights for SMD’s Latest Plough

Subsea Commercial Services Ltd. (Aberdeen, Scotland) has supplied multiple market leading underwater LEDs to Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (Newcastle, England) for a new build pipeline plough.

The ROS Inc. built L350 LEDs were chosen for SMD’s next generation pipeline plough – the Variable Multi Pass Plough (VMP).  Rated to 1000m with a submerged weight of 100Te, the VMP has a maximum bollard pull of 350Te while trenching to a maximum depth of 2 metres.  In other words, only the most robust ancillary devices are acceptable.

ROS underwater lights are renowned for their reliability and longevity with the L350 their most robust underwater light to date.  Designed with the offshore operator in mind, the L350’s 6000m rated hard anodised 5K aluminium housing incorporates a captive flush mounted window and recessed tamper proof screws, while faces of the housing meet with large radii mitigating corrosion, chafe and snag points.  The L350’s structural integrity is further enhanced with the view port secured in place by a ‘cleated’ bezel and housing interface removing the shear loading on the ports retaining fasteners.  The L350 utilises the proven internal electronics of its predecessor the L300, which have been independently tested to 6G shock and vibration without failure.  The result is a super robust underwater LED that illuminates the toughest of challenges in the harshest of environments.  Offering full range dimming up to 7500 Lumen, the L350 comes with a 2-year warranty and various connector options.

SMD’s most advanced plough to date, the VMP offers a unique remote variable multi‐pass capability.   This allows the operator to maintain a consistent pull force by varying the depths of cut and thereby operate the plough in single or multiple passes.

Please contact SCS directly to discuss the L350 or our other underwater solutions and commercial services.

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New Underwater Products From Remote Ocean Systems Inc.

Leading underwater equipment manufacturer Remote Ocean Systems Inc. (ROS) has released 3 new products targeted at the subsea, marine and oceanographic industries:

L350 – Super Robust LED

ROS underwater lights are world renowned for their reliability and longevity.  This enviable reputation has been further enhanced by the release of the most robust ROS underwater light to date – the L350! 

The L350 is an evolution of its market leading predecessor the L300, giving full range dimming up to 7500 Lumen.  Designed with the offshore operator in mind, the L350’s 6000m rated hard anodised 5K aluminium housing utilises a captive flush mounted window and recessed tamper proof screws,

while faces of the housing meet with large radii mitigating corrosion, chafe and snag points.  The L350’s structural integrity is further enhanced with the view port secured in place by a ‘cleated’ bezel and housing interface removing the shear loading on the ports retaining fasters.  The L350 utilises the proven internal electronics of the L300 which have been independently tested to 6G shock and vibration without failure.  The end result is a super robust underwater LED that illuminates the toughest of challenges in the harshest of environments.  The L350 comes with a 2-year warranty and various connector options.

For full specification and download please visit: L350 Super Robust Underwater LED Download

P15 Lightweight Electric Pan & Tilt

Known for their durability the latest ROS pan and tilt is no exception.  The P15 Lightweight Electric Pan & Tilt is available in both a shallow or deep water configuration.  The shallow water P15 is rated to 70m and weighs in at an impressive 1.4kg in water.  Designed for inshore and onshore survey and inspection work, the unit is ideal for pole mounting from a RIB or small work boat or for long-term facilities monitoring projects.  The deep water P15 is rated to 6000m (PBOF/PBLF) and weighs only 1.9kg in water.  With its compact form factor, the unit is ideal for mounting to various classes of ROV as the main pan and tilt or as a secondary unit for applications such as sonar imaging, leak detection operations or high pressure jet cleaning.

The robust P15 has an impressive in air load capacity of 6.8kg and shows an improved +/-0.1° absolute positional feedback capability.  The 20-28VDC RS485 controlled unit runs low back-lash harmonic gears and brushless DC motors giving 20° p/s rotation speed.  The P15 comes with 2-year warranty and is available with a Subconn MCBH-4-MP connector as standard.

For full specification and download please visit: P15 Lightweight Pan & Tilt Download

C460 – Ultra Low Light Camera

ROS’s widely used range of underwater cameras has been further enhanced with the addition of the C460 Ultra Low Light Camera.  The monochrome C460’s highly impressive 5 x 10-⁶ Lux rating generates work enabling footage in the darkest of ambient light conditions as well as high intensity sunlight.  Housed in a 6000m rated Titanium enclosure with underwater corrected view port, the fixed focus C460 offers a 77° field of view over 570 TV Lines.  The C460 comes with a 2-year warranty and various connector options.

For full specification and download please visit: C460 Ultra Low Light Camera Download

ROS have been industry leaders in the design and manufacturing of reliable, high-tech equipment and systems for the most severe subsea, oceanographic, industrial, commercial and military environments since 1975.  To view ROS’s full subsea, nuclear and military range of cameras, lights, positioners and system solutions please visit www.rosys.com or contact us at [email protected]

SCS Ltd. is contracted by ROS Inc. to act for and on their behalf in the UK and Norway.