Name of customer organisation: Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)

Contract Start date: 26 September 2017

Contract completion date: 11 December 2017

The aims of this project were to produce new Procedural Guidelines (PG) for the monitoring of sublittoral habitats using Remotely Operated Vehicles. This project builds upon existing guidance as well as deliver unique additional perspectives to better advise and support the work of marine scientists who use ROVs in monitoring marine environments. The MBA were invited by JNCC to tender for this project.

A Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is an un-manned underwater robot operated from a vessel on the surface, use to observe marine environments and in some cases, collect samples. They can range from small portable vehicles to large systems that require a team of pilots and require several cargo containers. ROVs are a powerful tool for marine scientists as they can survey marine habitats that are too deep, inaccessible or too dangerous to access by SCUBA. However, they can be expensive to operate and may not be suitable to use in all marine survey operations.

The PG document produced as part of this contract advises provide general guidance on the use of ROVs, and includes information on equipment, survey planning, safe operating procedures and associated costs of using ROVs for surveying and monitoring