NEWS

Fremantle Commercial Diving and our underwater robotics divisions Watertight Robotics and Dredge Robotics are proud to share the following news about our operations. 

We Clean Process Tanks

NOVEMBER 2021

Dredge Robotics technology continues to be extensively utilised across the mining industry to clean process water tanks outside of shutdown windows.  Our globally unique robots can operate in high water flow environments and are equipped with sonar navigation systems allowing precise navigation and obstacle avoidance in extremely turbid water. The team have recently been busy in the Pilbara working for several iron ore majors.  They have completed cleans of several large overflow tanks, removing nearly 2000m3 of compacted sediment from a 30.78m diameter tank, and over 3000m3 of sediment from a 41m diameter tank. This month the team are looking forward to a change of scenery as they move back into the goldfields to start some exciting projects with new clients. Our amazing technology eliminates all human entry and allows tanks to remain fully operational during cleaning.

https://dredgerobotics.com.au/

Australian Water Association - Article in Water Source

OCTOBER 2021

Fremantle Commercial Diving is a member of the Australian Water Association (AWA) who manages the association’s online information hub called Water Source for the water sector. It features articles, technical papers, podcasts, videos and resources on technology, the community, the environment, and business. Our potable robotics division Watertight Robotics featured in an article published in October 2021.

Article – A watertight approach to tank-cleaning robotics – October 2021

Water Industry Operators Association of Australia - Article in Operator Magazine

AUGUST 2021

Fremantle Commercial Diving is a member of the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) who releases a member only magazine every quarter. FCD had an article published in the August edition 2021 which gives a short overview of our history in developing our underwater cleaning robots. To view this article, please click on the link below. To view the full August edition of Operator Magazine, you would need to become a WIOA member.

Article – From Divers to Robots – August 2021

Mine Waste and Tailings - Virtual Conference and Exhibition 2021

JULY 2021

Fremantle Commercial Diving exhibited our non-potable division Dredge Robotics at the Mine Waste and Tailings virtual expo held on 1st and 2nd of July 2021. This event was hosted by AusIMM and The University of Queensland. Originally planned to take place in Brisbane as an in-person event, covid caused the event to move online. This technical conference explored all aspects of life cycle waste rock and tailings management, from site selection and design to post-closer care, and addressed current and future challenges impacting mining systems re-engineering. Dredge Robotics technology continues to be extensively utilised across the mining industry to clean process water tanks, which forms part of the cycle of tailings management.

Contract Secured with Hunter Water

MAY 2021

Watertight Robotics is proud to have secured a 5-Year Service Delivery Contract with Hunter Water Corporation, NSW to deliver robotic cleaning and inspection services for their reservoirs and high-level tanks. It is a privilege for FCD to be delivering this contract for such a respected State-Owned Corporation.

OzWater21 Conference and Exhibition - Reimaging our Water Future

MAY 2021

Fremantle Commercial Diving (FCD) promoted our underwater robotic divisions, Dredge Robotics (non-potable) and Watertight Robotics (potable) at the OzWater expo, organised by the Australian Water Association (AWA) and held in Adelaide 10-12 May 2021. FCD have been a member of AWA since 2012 and have been attending the OzWater Conference/Exhibition since this time. For the past 5 years, FCD has been creating globally unique robotic cleaning technology to support the drinking water, wastewater, mining, power and manufacturing industries. The development of these robots was in response to an identified gap in available robotic products to service the particular needs of these industries.  FCD now have two robotics divisions. Dredge Robotics build and operate robots for specific non-potable applications. Watertight robotics develops robots to clean tanks and reservoirs without disturbing sediment or impacting on water quality. OzWater is the perfect platform to promote our new and innovative tech, meet new clients and see what other exciting initiatives are happening in the water industry.

Austmine 2021 - Mining Innovation Conference and Exhibition

MAY 2021

Fremantle Commercial Diving promoted our non-potable division Dredge Robotics at the Austmine expo in Perth, held at the Perth Exhibition and Conference Centre 26-27 May 2021. This event connected mining leaders and discussed strategic priorities, emerging opportunities and cutting-edge technologies that are driving change for a sustainable future. Using our underwater robotic technology means there is no requirement to execute works in a shutdown window, water assets remain fully operational during cleaning and there is no requirement for human entry. We are at the forefront of transitioning from using divers to robotic based services which is a safer, more cost-effective and efficient alternative for the mining sector.

Global Accolade from PUB Singapore

DECEMBER 2020

Watertight Robotics are proud to have been successful from 104 entries in the PUB Global Innovation Challenge for the Robotic Tank Cleaning challenge.  PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, will provide pilot funding and assistance to enable Watertight Robotics to demonstrate our amazing technology in Singapore in a real-world application, to use robots to clean the tanks and reservoirs while they remain full of water and in service. We look forward to working collaboratively with PUB who are recognised as a global hydrohub for water technologies.

Worksafe Platinum Accreditation

JUNE 2019

Following extensive auditing and review, FCD was accredited to Worksafe Platinum standards in June 2019. Platinum certificates are issued to organisations that achieve the highest standards in safety and health management.

National Water Industry Safety Excellence Award 2019

MAY 2019

Fremantle Commercial Diving’s underwater potable-robotics division Watertight Robotics was the proud recipient of the Australian Water Association’s National Water Industry Safety Excellence Award 2019 for the development of robots that can clean tanks while they remain fully operational, don’t create any turbidity, are built and operated to meet the highest hygiene standards and completely remove the need for human entry (divers). These awards are open to any Australian Corporate AWA Member and acknowledge outstanding initiatives and team contributions in considering and playing an active part in the area of safety improvement and injury prevention across the entire water industry.

Australian Water Association - Article in Water Source

APRIL 2019

Fremantle Commercial Diving is a member of the Australian Water Association (AWA) who manages the association’s online information hub called Water Source for the water sector. It features articles, technical papers, podcasts, videos and resources on technology, the community, the environment, and business. Our potable robotics division Watertight Robotics featured in an article published in April 2019.

Article – Australian company leading the world in robotic tank cleaning – April 2019

Introducing Dredge Robotics

JANUARY 2019

Fremantle Commercial Diving is proud to introduce our newest division, Dredge Robotics, comprised of an experienced team of dredging experts and robot technicians who have the capability to rapidly design, build and operate online cleaning robots for specific non-potable applications. Dredge Robotics technology is capable of dredging storage tanks, cooling towers, lined ponds, desludging works, covered anaerobic lagoons, chemical ponds, dewatering applications and wastewater treatment plants.

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Work Safety Awards WA 2018 - Safety and Health Invention of the Year

OCTOBER 2018

Our robotics division Watertight Robotics received the Safety and Health Invention of the Year at the Work Safety Awards WA in October 2018 for our robotic cleaner designed specifically for the maintenance of water storage assets. This is the second year FCD has won this award. These awards recognise outstanding OSH management, solutions and innovation in Western Australian workplaces.

nsca awards 2018

Best Solution of a WHS Risk 2018

OCTOBER 2018

In October 2018, Fremantle Commercial Diving was honoured to receive the National Safety Award from The NSCA Foundation for Best Solution of a Work Health and Safety Risk 2018 for our Skyhook MK4. The NSCA Foundation National Safety Awards of Excellence are Australia’s longest running and independent awards, recognising outstanding Work Health and Safety initiatives.

National Water Industry Safety Excellence Award 2018

MAY 2018

Fremantle Commercial Diving was the proud recipient of the Australian Water Association’s National Water Industry Safety Excellence Award 2018 for the development of the Skyhook MK4. These awards are open to any Australian Corporate AWA Member and acknowledge outstanding initiatives and team contributions in considering and playing an active part in the area of safety improvement and injury prevention across the entire water industry.

Australian Water Association - Article in Water Source

APRIL 2018

Fremantle Commercial Diving is a member of the Australian Water Association (AWA) who manages the association’s online information hub called Water Source for the water sector. It features articles, technical papers, podcasts, videos and resources on technology, the community, the environment, and business. Our potable robotics division Watertight Robotics featured in an article published in April 2018.

Article – FCD creates robots that clean drinking water systems – April 2018

Introducing Watertight Robotics

JANUARY 2018

Fremantle Commercial Diving is proud to introduce our new division, Watertight Robotics. Our new service includes a fleet of robots capable of cleaning water storage tanks and reservoirs without the need for human entry or taking the asset offline. Tanks and reservoirs can be cleaned safely without disturbing sediment or impacting on water quality.  In tackling our drying climate water efficiency is becoming increasingly important.  There is a real cost associated with sourcing, filtering and moving water through a scheme system.  If water is wasted unnecessarily this results in a loss of real money.  Our new Watertight Robotics technology will deliver increases in water efficiency, delivering both a financial and environmental benefit to our clients.  The other obvious benefit is safety.  Replacing divers with underwater robots will remove risks associated with human entry, including confined space entry. The use of robotic cleaning will not only revolutionise potable water asset maintenance, but will also have applications in other industries.

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Work Safety Awards WA 2017 - Safety and Health Invention of the Year

OCTOBER 2017

The Skyhook Mark 4 was awarded the Safety and Health Invention of the Year at the Work Safety Awards WA in October 2017. This award was received jointly by Fremantle Commercial Diving and the Lifting Company. These awards recognise outstanding OSH management, solutions and innovation in Western Australian workplaces.

Australian Water Association Program Innovation Award 2017

OCTOBER 2017

The Fremantle Commercial Diving Indigenous Engagement Program was recognised by the Australian Water Association as a finalist under the category of Program Innovation Award in October 2017.  Projects, initiatives or activities that may be included in this award are those that drive organisational transformative change and improve the engagement or outcomes for our communities.

BHP Contractor HSE and Community Awards 2017

JULY 2017

The Fremantle Commercial Diving Indigenous Engagement Program was recognised by BHP for outstanding contribution in the community category with second runner up in July 2017.  This award is for businesses who have demonstrated incredible leadership and initiative to enhance the safety, community, health and environmental outcomes of BHP’s business.

Worksafe Gold Accreditation

JUNE 2017

Following extensive auditing and review, FCD was accredited to Worksafe Gold standard in June 2017. Gold Certificates demonstrate good progress toward a best practice approach to safety and health management.