Making Routine Inspections Routine Again
Our ocean absorbs approximately 706,000,000 gallons of waste oil every single year. Approximately 8 percent of this is due to leaks or spills from offshore drilling activities or ships (Waterencyclopedia.com, 2015). An example of a contribution is the leak that shut down four of Petrobras’s platforms off the northeast coast of Brazil, in the Camorim field.
Stoessel Chagas, the director of Sindipetro-ES, which is the representative of Petrobras offshore oil workers, was quoted saying, “The little leaks from these platforms are constant due to lack of maintenance.” (Reuters.com, 2015). Companies will avoid the act of maintaining and inspecting; not because of laziness or ignorance, but because of cost. The cost to insure and employ a dive team on a regular enough basis to call it routine is very high, and would be the first thing to go when companies look to cut corners. Oil companies, especially controversy-ridden Petrobras (see “UPDATE 3-Petrobras Brazil offshore explosion kills 3, 6 missing.”) cannot afford to cut corners, because of the damage that oil leaks have on the reputation of the company.
There is also the safety of the divers that must taken into consideration. Even a routine oil inspection comes with danger, the pipelines in question can be as deep as 3000 meters below the surface before striking the seafloor, much below what even the deepest divers can conquer (Energyandcapital.com, 2015). The process of resurfacing is also gruelling and time consuming, because divers can cause major damage to their organs and tissues from resurfacing too quickly and causing decompression sickness (Jenkin, 2014).
Enter ROVs. A remotely operated submersible vehicle is able to perform these inspections thoroughly, and be deployed quickly, without ever subjecting humans to the risk of diving. The cost of the ROV also does not have to put the company in jeopardy. Having a mini-ROV, such as a Deep Trekker DTG2 or DTX2 to perform inspections makes the “routine” part of maintenance inspections routine.
Deploying a Deep Trekker submersible takes just seconds, and allows for live feedback as well as video recordings to revisit inspection footage to create maintenance plans. From there, Deep Trekker ROVs have positioning, measurement, tool manipulation and cutting capabilities that allow for actual maintenance steps to be taken by the submersible, also reducing the workload for human divers.
Creating higher profits, protecting human lives, and protecting the environment? That is the proposition that Deep Trekker offers.