Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Marine Operations
Vessels and Vehicles - ROV Ventana


  • Dimensions:
    Length: 10'
    Width: 5' 6"
    Height: 7' 3"
  • Structure & Ballast
    Core vehicle dry weight: 2,567 kg. (5,660 lbs.)
    Benthic toolsled, dry: 399 kg (880 lbs.)
    Midwater sled, dry: 235 kg (520 lbs.)
    Midwater sled, full of water: 408 kg (900 lbs.)
    Configurable ballast c/w benthic sled: 
    • 850 lbs.
    • 80 lbs. variable buoyancy, expandable to 380 lbs.
  • Power (hotel): 8 kW
    • Lighting: 3.4 kW
    • System: 1.1 kW
    • Science: 3.5 kW
  • Hydraulic power: 3000 psi
    40 hp Franklin electric motor (2300 VAC)
    Rexroth A10-25 hydraulic pump
  • Thrusters (six):
    Two Rexroth A2F with ISE nozzles
    Four Volvo F11-10 with ISE nozzles
  • Servo manifolds:
    • One Atchley 240 (thrusters and auxiliary), one 5-station
    • Two Atchley 139 (camera, manipulator spares), one 5-station, one 6-station
  • Hydraulic valves (two 8-station, 3-position 4-way)
  • Two manipulators: Schilling T4 7-function, Schilling/Oceaneering Hybrid Atlas 7-function
  • Umbilical cable: 2300 m
    Three # 12 gage conductors for hydraulics
    Four # 16 gage conductors for vehicle hotel
    Four single-mode fibers

Control System

Controls for the camera and the toolsled were developed at MBARI. Communication is achieved by use of local area network (LAN), multiplexed serial port technology, and analog interface.

Navigation Instrumentation

  • Altimeter: Kongsberg 1007D, 100 meter range
  • Depth Sensor: Paroscientific 8B2000
  • Octans Fiber Optic Gyro (FOG) motion sensor with six degrees of freedom in custom 2000m titanium housing
  • RDI Workhouse Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) with system integrated stationkeeping and video mosaicing


  • 6 DSPL HMI lamps, 400 watts, upgraded in house
  • 2x DSPL L.E.D. Lamps 250 watts


  • Mesotech MS1000, 675 kHz high resolution head or 330 kHz standard head
  • USBL (Ship to ROV Beacon), Sonardyne Ranger software tested in 1000m water with 500m HD range.
  • USBL (ROV to Beacon): Sonardyne Homer Pro
    4000 m capable, 400m range line of sight (LOS)

Camera Systems

  • One Ikegama HD camera with HA10X5.2 Fujinon Zoom Lens
  • Six Insight Orion zoom cameras with integrated pilot control
  • VARS Video Capture System (direct from RGB Sony Feed), HDSPI capable
  • Sony digital Betacam (D1), and Panasonic AJ-HD2000 high definition recorder (D5)
  • Dynair 30 X 30 Video Switch (ROV control room)
  • Focal 903 digital multiplexer, 21 RS232 serial, 5 RS485 serial, 4 Subsea USB

Science Sensors

  • Scientific CTD package
    • depth, temperature, salinity: SBE 19plus V2
    • dissolved O2 via SBE 4 and an Andera optode
    • transmissometer, WET Labs CSTAR
    • spare channel or fluorometer, WET Labs
  • Falmouth Scientific Acoustic Flow Meter
  • Harbor Branch Spatial lasers
    • 2 parallel
    • 1 crossing
  • 10/100/1000 Base-T high speed Ethernet port
  • Three dedicated high speed serial ports for science, with 12 and 24 VDC, and NTSC video available
  • 120VAC @ 5 amps with highspeed Ethernet for high capacity science instrument interface
  • "MARS like" interface port to simulate subsea MARS ports

Swing Arm Stab Drawings


Last updated: Jun. 23, 2015