Oil & Gas Exploration and Environmental Monitoring
OceanGate Inc. provides deep-sea manned submersible solutions for targeted sub-sea initiatives associated with oil and gas exploration. By uniquely integrating emerging technologies onto our proven submersible platforms, we are capable of delivering access to the oceans to aid in deep-sea exploration, expand research opportunities, and advance sustainable commercial operations.
The complex environments associated with offshore oil and gas work create the need for cost-effective, time-efficient services from providers who have the experience and proven ability to deliver unparalleled deep-sea access. OceanGate provides an array of capabilities that meet and exceed client needs and expectations. Our superior viewing platforms and observational task-performance systems, capability to operate in low visibility, and our unique 3D sonar mapping technology make us the most viable solution to a variety of challenges.
Pipeline and Structural Inspection: OceanGate’s manned submersibles allow for multiple inspectors with differing areas of expertise to spend more than eight hours moving along a pipeline or structure. Submersible crews are unencumbered by the external life support systems associated with saturation diving, the umbilicals required of ROVs, and unlike AUVs are capable of hovering over a site of interest to complete a full assessment in real time.
Ecological Assessments: By permitting a wide field of view from their 150-degree 58-inch diameter domes, OceanGate’s submersibles enhance ecosystem observation and documentation. Our submersibles allow cameras and standard research equipment to be operated from within the vessel, thereby easing device deployment times. On-site collection through the use of manipulators and sampling equipment creates significant value for scientific data gathering.
Marine Archeological Surveys: The ability to use high accuracy 3D sonar systems at submarine depth permits accurate documentation of archaeologically significant sites. In addition, the ability to scan a site while simultaneously permitting other research and inspection to occur improves efficiency and reduces costs.
Live (Clear) Bottom Surveys: Our submersibles are equipped with HD video and photography equipment that is specifically programmed to enable thorough photodocumentation for proposed activities in the Gulf of Mexico.
OceanGate delivers top-of-the-line technology and industry leading ocean-focused expertise for our clients, all while holding to our company’s core standards of designing competitive, cost-effective business solutions.
Untethered: Since our manned subs are untethered, all associated tether management and entanglement issues do not exist.
Easily Supported: Our submersibles require minimal surface-support systems, and because they likewise don’t require large support vessels or large crews, can be deployed quickly.
System Economics: By applying proven deployment techniques and focusing on system economics, in particular the ability to use ships of opportunity, OceanGate’s day rates are extremely competitive.
Flexibility in Operations and Deployment
OceanGate’s top-tier industry partnerships and our collaboration with scientific and commercial entities enable us to provide comprehensive services which are uniquely customized for clients.
Collaborative environment: OceanGate’s submersibles allow crew members from multiple disciplines to collaborate in real time in situ. They are not limited to the small field of view generated by an ROV camera directed by an ROV operator. Inspection is not limited to areas of interest dictated by the operator, but by the consensus of those in the vehicle.
Customized service: OceanGate’s submersibles offer superior flexibility in terms of equipment customization, with the ability to quickly and easily adapt to the photographic, video, sonar, and material sampling needs of our clients.
Enhanced dive time: Our submersibles offer crews the ability to work in a comfortable, controlled environment on enhanced bottom-time dives in excess of 8 hours, while still maintaining three days of additional life support.
Mobility: Because all of OceanGate’s vessels weigh less than 10 tons and are small, OceanGate can transport them to multiple locations, deploy them with standard boat launch hardware, and tow them to dive sites on mobile launch and retrieval transport platforms. This means OceanGate can quickly deploy a sub after hurricane, spill, or other unplanned event. This mobility translates to significant cost savings.
OceanGate’s submersibles are engineered with safety as a primary goal for our clients and crew.
A pristine record: Our submersibles are certified by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), and have a pristine combined record of more than 1,400 safe dives. ABS and GL-classed sub operations have not led to incidents with serious injuries in the last 35 years while transporting more than 14 million passengers.
Constant communication: When deployed, our submarines are in constant audio contact with surface support vessels, and a USBL system allows tracking, mapping, and geo-referencing their real-time positions.
Safer than saturation diving: While submersibles offer clean, proven safety records, saturation diving continues to be one of the most dangerous commercial activities in spite of considerable progress and funds expended to improve safety.
Minimal training: Inspectors do not need to be extensively trained to dive and are not placed at increased risk when visiting an inspection location.
Over the last three years OceanGate has conducted more submersible expeditions to more locations than any other private manned submersible company in the United States. These expeditions include multiple dives in the Puget Sound region of Washington State on shipwrecks in high currents and zero visibility. Other expeditions have included dives in Monterey, Carmel, Catalina Island, and Miami. Our team of professionals provides comprehensive access to the oceans through the safe, efficient, and effective operation of our submersibles, emerging technology, and customized equipment.
Whether you require samples from the ocean floor, filming and photography, technology testing, research validation or facilitation or rescue and salvage operations, OceanGate will maintain your confidentiality and guarantee all intellectual property rights to you. Our solutions provide an array of capabilities that deliver exemplary access and participation in deep-sea exploration and research opportunities, while also advancing sustainable commercial applications.