Enhanced underwater inspection and repair is aim of Bluefin Robotics acquisition of Hawkes Remotes Inc. (HRI)
QUINCY, Mass., 15 Sept. 2011. Unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) designer Bluefin Robotics Corp. in Quincy, Mass., is acquiring Hawkes Remotes Inc. (HRI) in Richmond, Calif., to enhance Bluefin's expertise in remotely operated vehicle (ROV) technology for undersea survey and inspection in the oil and gas industries, Bluefin officials say. Bluefin builds and operates autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) for military, commercial, and commercial applications, including free-flooded UAVs. HRI, meanwhile, specializes in underwater submersibles, diving suits, ROVs, and underwater manipulators.
Combining the subsea technologies of Bluefin and IRM will enhance Bluefin's technology offerings for underwater inspection, repair, and maintenance (IRM). The acquisition also will boost Bluefin's product offerings "by spanning the gap between the company's autonomous systems and traditional ROVs," company officials say. Bluefin and HRI also have a strategic relationship to develop and sell HRI ROV technology.