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  • Monitoring of fauna/flora
  •  Wreck inspections
  •  Physicochemical measurements

Inspection of the seabed off Saint-Pierre coast

SUEZ – Saint-Pierre (Martinique), France – 2020

SUEZ Antilles and Guyana (Safege) contracted Subsea Tech to carry out a visual ROV inspection of the seabed by transects in a defined area in the bay of Saint-Pierre. The objective of this study was to identify the different types of seabed and habitats in order to determine immersion zones for future moorings. The inspections took place in the southern part of the bay of Saint-Pierre and were conducted from a light boat, an operation that was made possible thanks to the compactness and lightness of the Guardian mini-ROV used for the occasion. The mini-ROV was equipped with a USBL SeaTrac acoustic positioning system (Blueprint Subsea) allowing to follow its course on a PC.

The excellent visibility and the weak current on the area facilitated the operations and allowed to carry out 8 transects over 50 to 70m distances in only one day in the defined exploration area.

Location and inspection of a wreck in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez

Experts & Consultants – S-Tropez (83) – 2019

A yacht had an unfortunate experience when a fire broke out on board and it sank in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. Subsea Tech was called in by the mandated surveyor to conduct an inspection of the wreck to obtain information on its overall condition. The first step was to relocate the target based on the GPS coordinates provided by the surveyor.

Our ROV pilot used the Mini-ROV Guardian on which he integrated an Oculus M750d multibeam sonar and a USBL SeaTrac acoustic positioning system. On the third dive, the wreck was located at 80m depth and the video inspection could begin. When the boat was first sighted with the sonar, we immediately thought that the deck was missing, which was confirmed by the video. The hull was globally intact but all the interiors were gone. The inspection also determined that no fuel leaks had occurred.

Inspection of a sea outfall in the bay of Ajaccio

CREOCEAN – Ajaccio (2B) – 2019

After a first inspection in 2018, the environmental and oceanographic consultancy Creocean mandated Subsea Tech once again to perform structural and environmental surveys on an offshore outfall located in the Gulf of Ajaccio in Corsica. The mission consisted in a visual inspection of the outfall from its outlet to the coast, over a length of about 800m and at a depth varying between 60m and 9m. The objective of this new mission was, among others, to evaluate the evolution of the fauna and flora in the immediate vicinity of the outfall, by comparing the results of the inspection with those obtained in 2018.  Subsea Tech used a Guardian mini-ROV equipped with a SeaTrac USBL positioning system to geo-locate the ROV underwater.

Some references

BHP – Port Hardy (Canada): Design/fabrication of a USV for water sampling in a mining pit lake

Sous-Marine Services – Marseille (13): Search and inspection of a wreck at a depth of 73 m off Marseille by Mini-ROV

GALATEA – St-Mandrier (83): Inspection of a leaf plume off Saint-Mandrier

CREOCEAN – Porquerolles (83): Bathymetry at sea between Giens and Porquerolles

GIPREB – Berre l’Etang (13): Monitoring of eelgrass beds in the Etang de Berre by USV and multibeam bathymetry sonar


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