A week ago the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation filmed a sunken floating dock outside Bergen for a news story using our newly built BlueROV2.
The dock was built in 1912, and after a long life through two world wars, several yards and over 100 years of service, it was refurbished and installed at its new location i 2018. Unfortunately it sank during its first docking operation in november that same year.
Our BlueROV is modified with a heavy configuration kit (having control over tilt and roll is invaluable) with a payload skid containing a custom made camera solution with a GoPro 7. There is a live stream from the camera through the existing ROV network.
I addition we’ve moved the lights out on arms to get the lights as far away from the camera as possible to reduce backscatter.
We used two batteries, had two dives and went from -6 to -65 meters on both dives, which would have been more time-consuming, difficult and risky for a manned operation.
We think the BR2 looks very promising for our use, and are looking forward to using it on our productions.