Bluestream R and D innovations

Research & Development

Innovation is an important part of our operations. We are continuously looking for methods to perform our services better, simpler and more cost-effective for our client.

Our Research & Development department is committed to developing innovative tools and services that allow us to deliver safer and faster. In the field of subsea services  in particular, our R&D capabilities have made great progress. 

In recent years, we’ve developed various tailor-made tools for installing and inspecting subsea components, from idea and initial concept to implementation and offshore operation. Just another way in which we’re able to exceed our clients’ expectations and go the extra mile. 

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The Artropod inspection tool

The Arthropod is a tool deployed by an ROV that can clamp around a member and perform inspections on or near the member it is attached to.

With five degrees of freedom, the Arthropod can move inspection probes around a complex weld geometry on a structural member, or scan around it. Originally designed to carry out Alternating Current Field Measurements (ACFM) on nodal joints, the Arthropod can be tailored to carry different sensors as well to perform the inspection required. With intuitive control and full feedback from all joints, the software supports the operator in manipulating the inspection probe and keeps track of the probe’s travel and location. 


The Gobiesox inspection tool

The Gobiesox is a tool deployed by an ROV that adheres to a member or surface using pressure, and can perform inspections with a variety of sensors.

With six degrees of freedom, the Gobiesox can perform a variety of inspections on a broad range of subsea locations. The tool was designed to carry out Alternating Current Field Measurements (ACFM) on nodal joints, larger monopile welds or flat surfaces like vessel hulls or tanks, meaning it can be tailored to carry different sensors. The software’s intuitive control mechanism assists the operator in using the inspection probe, keeping track of its travel and location, by providing full feedback from all joints.


The Marine Growth Sampling Tool (MGST)

The MGST was created to study underwater fauna on wind turbine foundations efficiently and safely.

The MGST was developed by Bluestream Offshore and Wageningen Marine Research to investigate underwater fauna on wind turbine foundations, addressing the high safety standards and costs associated with diving operations. First tested at the Hollandse Kust (South) wind farm, the MGST can be attached to a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to scrape marine life from turbine foundations. Initial tests collected 22 samples, revealing various marine species. Preserving turbine coatings was a key consideration, ensuring metal structures remain protected. The MGST will enhance our understanding of marine ecosystems and improve prediction models for offshore wind farm impacts.