FAQs

How does ROVHUB work?

ROVHUB matches ROV requirements with relevant service providers by querying its extensive database of ROVs and owners using powerful search tools developed in-house. Our automated system allows enquirers to send their requests to multiple owners with a few clicks of a mouse and it delivers qualified opportunities straight to owners’ inboxes.

What is your pricing?

It is free for enquirers to use ROVHUB.

It is also free for owners to list their ROVs on ROVHUB.

ROVHUB charges ROV owners a modest introduction fee for each lead they accept. The price is clearly displayed with the opportunity details, so that owners can decide whether to pursue it or not.

Owners also have the option to boost their visibility in search results by upgrading their free basic subscription (the default on sign-up) to a paid-for package. Registered owners can see the benefits and pricing for these packages here.

Can brokers use ROVHUB?

Brokers can have access to ROVHUB on payment of an annual membership fee. Please contact us for details.

Does ROVHUB cover all types of ROV?

We list 100s of different models from mini ROVs to heavy work class vehicles, with a focus on standard models that are currently commercially available. This includes many older models, but not those that are redundant or have seen no active service for some time. Due to their distinct markets and specifications, we do not currently cover special purpose vehicles, such as those for the nuclear industry, hull cleaners, utility ROVs, resident ROVs, AUV hybrids, pipe crawlers, trenchers and bespoke scientific research ROVs.

What if my ROV model isn’t listed?

Our team is constantly monitoring the market. We aim to keep track of every new model under development so we can list them when they enter serial production.

We also greatly appreciate the help of the ROVHUB user community and we’d be pleased to hear of any models we have overlooked. We have many old models in our database that do not appear in our dropdowns because we believe them to be redundant, but if you have one that is still operating, then please let us know!

Please contact us here regarding model omissions, ideally including specifications of the vehicle.

NB: We list the main model name of a series, rather than the name of each minor variant.

How do you classify ROV types?

Different companies and industries have slight variations in how they classify ROVs. ROVHUB has opted to broadly follow categories set out by IMCA, with more descriptive names for ease of use:

Mini units are usually hand launched, weigh up to 30kg, work in up to 50-300 msw and are primarily used for video tasks. Some are powered by onboard batteries, some are driven by electricity via the umbilical.

Observation ROVs are typically davit or crane launched, weigh up to 150kg, work in up to 300-1000 msw and are mainly used for visual and sensor recordings, with some light gripper work. Mostly electric powered.

Inspection vehicles can carry a heavier payload than observation vehicles and are often equipped with a single mid-sized manipulator which allows for deployment of testing probes, brushes etc. They typically weigh up to 500kg, can be launched by crane or LARS, have a TMS or be free swimming, and work in up to 500-2000 msw. Mostly electric powered.

Light work class vehicles can carry out many of the tasks of larger work class vehicles but with a smaller deck footprint. Also used for inspection duties. Typically weigh up to 2000kg, can be launched by crane or LARS, have a TMS or be free swimming, and work in up to 2000 msw, although some variants can go to 6000 msw. Most have two manipulators. Some hydraulic and some electrically driven.

Work class ROVs are generally engaged in intervention works using a pair of powerful manipulators and a wide range of tooling. Mostly driven by hydraulic thrusters and with a power rating of 100-150hp. Typically weigh 2500-4000kg and usually deployed via a LARS and TMS. Payload capability is in the 150-400kg range and they are generally rated to work in up to 2000-4000 msw.

Heavy work class ROVs are the most powerful vehicles used for the most demanding intervention tasks. Payload capacity is 250+kg. Most are hydraulic-driven with a power rating of 150+hp. Can weigh more than 5000kg and work in up to 4000 msw. Deployment via LARS and TMS.