3 May 2006 : Science Diary – ROV in Operation

The ROV in Operation

This ROV in Operation underwater video of the remotely operated vehicle was taken during the Farasan Bank Expedition to the Red Sea.

About the ROV in Operation

So far we have run two test dives on the ROV to make sure everything is working well. One problem we have is that the boat has to be at anchor to operate the ROV, and it can be very difficult to find suitable places to anchor in relatively shallow water and have the boat resting over deep water. Another problem is safely deploying the ROV without getting the umbilical cable tangled on coral outcrops. On our second practice this did happen and we spent about 30 minutes driving the ROV to release the trapped umbilical. Hopefully as our practice increases this will happen less.

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