ROPOS is a 40 hp Science/Work Class ROV capable of operating at depths of up to 5000 m (16,400 ft). ROPOS was built and is operated by the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility whose team has excelled in a variety of challenging tasks from deep-sea vents recovery and exploration to the deployment and maintenance of ocean observatories.

ROPOS is extremely versatile and its support systems have modular designs which allow for flexible deployment scenarios on a variety of vessels.

Key Features

  • Reliability - ROPOS has set the standard for scientific and commercial ROV intervention
  • Improved weather window for operations, other systems would normally have to recover
  • Portable system capable of operations worldwide aboard various vessels
  • Multi-disciplinary dive support on each dive, maximizing offshore productivity
  • Stunning HD Video with a wide field of view achieved with abundant amount of light
  • Heave Compensation on Launch and Recovery System (LARS)
  • State of the art technology, always providing the latest and finest quality equipment and tooling possible
Maximum Operating Depth 5000m
Type Electro-Hydraulic Work-class ROV
Sea State Sea State 6 (Using LARS heave compensation system)
Weight In air: 3393 kg
In water: neutrally buoyant
Length 3.05 m
Width 1.64 m
Height 2.17 m
Motor and Pump 40 hp Impaq motor with Kawasaki K3VL80 HP controlled pump which provides 207 bar (3000 psi) @ 76 lpm
Fore-Aft Thrusters 2 x Sub-Atlantic SA300-20 (300 mm)
Vertical Thrusters 2 x Sub-Atlantic SA300-20 (300 mm)
Lateral Thrusters 1 x Sub-Atlantic SA300-20 (300 mm)
Max Fwd/Aft Bollard Pull 426 kgf using 2 thrusters
Max Lateral Bollard Pull 220 kgf using 1 thrusters
Max Lift from Thrusters 408 kgf using 2 thrusters
Maximum Forward Speed 2.5 knot
Maximum Lateral Speed 1.0 knot
Maximum Vertical Speed 1.5 knot
Through Frame Lift 1814 kg with a 5:1 safety factor, tested to 3629 kg. Uses four point attachment for under-slung payload or skid interface
Payload 130 kg (in water weight)
Auto Functions Depth, Heading, Altitude, Cruise, Station-Keeping, Mission Automation.
Manipulators 2 x Schilling Titan 4 spatially correspondent 7-function with integrated wrist lights and camera
ROV 100 A @ 380-480 VAC at 50/60 Hz
Winch/LARS 200 A @ 380-480 VAC at 50/60 Hz
Consoles/Control 3x 15 A @ 115-120 VAC at 50/60 Hz
RS-232 10 ports at up to 115 Kbps
RS-485/RS-422 6 ports at up to 2.5 Mbps
Ethernet One 1 Gbits and One 100 Mbits links
Custom 2 Custom channels available for non-standard communication protocols
Optical 2 single-mode fibres
Power 5 VDC, 12 VDC, 24 VDC, 48 VDC, 115 VAC
Hydraulic 9 spare bi-directional hydraulic rate functions, 1 spare servo function.
Swing Arms 2 x Swing arms which can be fitted with baskets, core tubes, or custom payload
Sampling Storage Large Bio-box [84 cm x 35 cm x 30 cm]
Medium Bio-boxes (4) [35 cm x 35 cm x 30 cm]
235 L of Biological Sampling Storage
Suction Sampler Variable speed, capable or pumping 300 litres per minute. Samples stored in 8 discrete 2 L sample cylinders
Temperature Probe 4 x High temperature probes
Cutters Various hydraulic cutters
Tool basket 2 m x 2 m tool basket that latches to through-frame lift and is capable of holding a 500 kg payload
Other Other tools available to meet your project's requirements
Primary HD Camera Insite Pacific Zeus-Plus HD camera (10x Zoom 5.2 to 52 mm) mounted on a pan and tilt with extend function
Pilot Camera WATEC Wide Angle low light camera (tilt function)
Secondary HD Camera Insite Pacific Mini-Zeus HD Camera (tilt function)
Digital Still Camera 36.3 megapixel Nikon D810 digital still camera with 24-70 mm F2.8G ED lens (tilt function)
Auxiliary Cameras DSPL Nano Seacam
3 x LUXUS colour cameras
WATEC Wide Angle
Video Scaling 2 pairs of 10 cm spacing scaling lasers
Video Recording 2 x Digital Rapids StreamZHD recorders with closed-caption encoders (geo-referencing)
Lighting 4 x 400 W HMI, 3 x 350 W LED, 8 x 150 W LED
Heading FOG/OCTANS 3000 Gen4 (primary)
TCM2 Solid state flux-gate
Pitch and Roll FOG/OCTANS 3000 Gen4
Depth Digiquartz 8B7000-I
Altimeter Kongsberg Simrad 1007-200 kHz
Sonar Simrad MS1171 dual-frequency 330/675 kHz Digital
Doppler Velocity Log RDI Navigator Workhorse 1200 kHz with shallow bottom tracking
Sonardyne SYRINX
Sound Velocity Valeport miniSVS (100 mm sensor)
CTD SBE 19plusV2 CTD profiler
RF Beacon MetOcean RF-7000A1
Strobe Beacon MetOcean ST-400A
Deck HPU 3600 kg
Operations Container 9090 kg [20' ISO Container]
Workshop Container 9090 kg [20' ISO Container]
Spares Container 9090 kg [20' ISO Container]
LARS 13,636 kg [Footprint varies]
Mid-Depth Winch [3000m] 15,068 kg [20' ISO Flat rack]
Shallow Winch 8246 kg [1.7 m x 3.6 m x 4.65 m(H)]
Cable Laying Proprietary ROCLS (Remotely Operated Cable Laying System)
Data-Management Proprietary Integrated Real-time Logging System for real-time and geo-referenced dive annotations
Communications 1.15 m Ku-Band stabilized marine satellite communication system
Multi-beam Reson Seabat 7125 ROV2 mounting skid
Kongsberg M3 2D Multibeam Sonar