Encyclopedia of Ocean Engineering

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Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)

  • Lian LianEmail author
  • Zhaoyu Wei
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6963-5_45-1



The Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) is a kind of submersible, remotely operated by a crew aboard a supporting vessel, floating platform, or on land. Generally, ROV works on the principle of teleoperation where slave system, in this case it is the ROV body, interacts with hazardous extreme environment and a master system, in this case human operator, is placed at safe and comfortable location (Agba 1995; Costa et al. 2012). Therefore, the ROV can be remotely controlled to perform the underwater activities with the manipulators and other tooling capabilities. The umbilical cable can supply electrical power to the ROV body; meanwhile, the ROV body can also return the video or other data information to the supporting vessel through the umbilical cable.

Scientific Fundamentals

ROVs have the largest number in the world, which is the most widely used, most complex, and most powerful submersible as compared to other kinds. In addition, ROVs...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of OceanographyShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Ocean EngineeringShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina

Section editors and affiliations

  • Weicheng Cui
    • 1
  1. 1.Hadal Science and Technology Research CenterShanghai Ocean UniversityShanghaiChina