Marine equipment and service providers can be divided into large multinational corporations and small, independent companies. Suppliers of marine equipment are typically small businesses focused on a single product. Performance and price are important in the competitive market. Products sold by the industry include the following:

  • Manned vehicles

  • Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and bottom crawlers

  • Side scan, imaging, and bottom sounding sonars

  • Underwater cameras

  • Sensors of temperature, pressure, conductivity, water density, currents, and wave height

  • Doppler sonar

  • Water samplers

  • Flow meters

  • Data and voice communications equipment

  • Underwater position tracking devices

  • Connectors

  • Cable, pipes, and buoys

  • Ships

  • Winches, tow bodies, and tow arrays

  • Transponders, transducers, and magnetometers

  • Valves

  • Pressure test enclosures

  • Strip recorders, power amplifiers, and data loggers

  • Diving systems

Service providers in the marine industry are involved in a variety of activities, including:

  • Inspection and mapping

  • Marine engineering

  • Leasing, cleaning, and installation of equipment

  • Data measurement

  • Ship maintenance

  • Weather forecasting and ship routing

  • Seismic surveying

Service companies, in particular, range in size from large global operators to small independent operations. The larger operators are typically associated with offshore oil and gas activities. Many service providers have a large capital

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