Port of Riga to work with underwater drones
Eprons ROV, a company headquartered in the Port of Riga in Mangasala, has been offering diving services for more than 20 years, specializing in underwater works of varying complexity.
Since 2009, the company has also been designing and producing drones, which are in demand for underwater exploration works, hydro-technical structure building and inspection, as well as ship repair works all over the world.
The company's drones are shipped to Europe on an annual basis and are also used in underwater operations in Australia, China, Chile and Canada. For underwater remote control systems, ports are one of the key operating areas.
In Latvia, all mechanical parts of drones are produced by cooperation partners, a certain section at the company's manufacturing facility, and the rest. In China and the United States, electronic components are sourced mainly from major suppliers. For a particular customer, each underwater remote control system is designed to order, incorporating exactly the functions required by the customer.
Despite the harsh winter weather at the beginning of December, the company's divers and technical specialists tested the company's newest underwater remote control system in the Port Water field. The new drone will be sent to clients after the completion of the tests.
The company manufactures 20-30 underwater remote control devices per year. Depending on the model and the number of operating functions and sensors, the development of one drone takes from four to fourteen weeks.
"We can say that we produce the highest quality products in this class and successfully compete in markets around the world. Technology in our industry is evolving very rapidly, and all new trends shall be closely followed to remain competitive. Our advantage is that we are not only producers, but we do the work of divers ourselves. Therefore, we have a good understanding of client needs and can offer new innovative solutions,” said Andrejs Cernavskis, a member of the company's Board.
Maritime Business World