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Transcript of Victor 6000
Victor 6000, dedicated to scientific ocean research, is a deepwater, remote-controlled system. It is instrumented, modular, and can perform high quality optical imaging. It can also carry and operate various equipment and scientific tools.
How it was invented:
In the 90s the offshore oil industry increased its use of large, work
class ROV, with depth capacities evolving from 1000 to 3000 meters
at the end of this decade.
In a first phase, Ifremer designers and users evaluated in cooperation the invention of the Victor 6000 based on the existing ROV´s.
Vehicle´s Technical Specifications
Working depth : 6,000 m
Thrust: 200 kg in all directions
Speed: 1.5 knots
1 main 3-CCD camera with zoom and direction-finder
2 piloting cameras
5 additional colour cameras
Lighting: 8 flood lights totalling 5 kW
*one 7-function manipulator arm, lifting 100 kg
*one 5-function grasping arm, lifting 100 kg
*Variable ballast system: 70 litres at 2 litres/mn at 600 bars
The main breakthrough of this new ROV, called Victor
6000, was foreseen as coming from its capacities:
• to collect a large quantity of data in real time, by using fiber
optics in the umbilical,
• to allow long duration dives, lasting for up to 72 hours, supported
by the constant power supply delivered by the surface vessel,
• with its modular design concerning the scientific payload section,
which offers flexible mission planning for different scientific
Requirements for this Invention:
The basis of the requirements were:
• 6000-m depth for an access to 97% of the sea areas and
compatibility with the Ifremer manned submersible le Nautile,
• vehicle fitted with broadcast TV and high level manipulation
using the Maestro computer-assisted hydraulic arm,
• positioning by the ultra short base line system Posidonia 6000,
• large and modular multidisciplinary scientific payload section,
• efficient and light electrical power supply,
• ability to be supported by the Research Vessel L’Atalante and
other deep ROV support vessels including Thalassa.
The Use of the Victor 6000
The Victor 6000 was successfully used for scientific operations on the
Mid-Atlantic Ridge south of the Azores during two geological cruises
IRIS (2001) and Seahma-1 (2002).
During these cruises five hydrothermal fields were studied at various
depths between 764 and 3156 m. The Victor 6000 was used in several
technical configurations for:
• geochemical exploration,
• geophysical explorations and local surveys,
• sampling of sulfide chimneys and hot fluids.
What is the Victor 6000?