Sonomatic and sister company Geo Oceans announced their momentous win of the JV Technology Development Award at the Subsea Expo Awards 2024. The prestigious accolade honours their groundbreaking i-COT technology, marking a significant milestone in the realm of subsea innovation.

The Subsea Expo Awards, renowned for recognising the companies and individuals who are leading the way in the UK's underwater sectors each year, presented this award to Sonomatic and Geo Oceans for their collaborative efforts in pushing the boundaries of technology advancement and bringing it to the market to address critical challenges and safety in relation to confined space entry.

The i-COT technology development project was a close collaboration with Shell to develop class-accredited remote inspection technologies for performing un-manned cargo oil tank inspections on offshore floating structures such as FPSO’s, FSO’s and FPU’s.

They have developed a fully integrated and specialised advanced corrosion mapping scanning ROV that has been designed to operate in cargo oil tanks and field tested in ballast tanks. The technology and services also include unlimited flights time drone systems and robotic crawlers to perform inspection of cargo oil tanks fully un-manned and only with robotics.

"We are immensely proud to receive the JV Technology Development Award for our i-COT technology alongside our sister company, Geo Oceans, it means a huge amount to the team" said Charles Loader, General Manager for Africa and Europe at Sonomatic. "This recognition underscores our commitment to innovation and collaboration in addressing the evolving needs of the subsea industry. i-COT represents a significant leap forward in remote inspection technology, generating vast amount of high-precision data to support integrity management decisions and represents a step change in the inspection of FPSO hulls and tanks that will assist in making a safer industry."

Echoing these sentiments, Peter Tawse, International Operations Manager at Geo Oceans, stated: "As the project director, winning the JV Technology Development Award is extremely rewarding to see the project delivery team acknowledged for the outstanding work they have done to design and build such an advanced ROV platform and inspection system that can withstand the harsh environments of crude oil tanks.”

The Subsea Expo Awards 2024 serve as a platform to celebrate excellence and innovation across the global subsea sector, showcasing groundbreaking technologies and initiatives that are reshaping the future of underwater operations.

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