Freedom™ Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
Autonomous Inspection

Transforming subsea operations with intelligent data gathering.

The Freedom™ Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) is the most advanced, resident-capable underwater robotic solution available today. It offers the data resolution and completeness of coverage in a single pass usually only obtainable using an ROV, but with the speed and mission efficiency of a traditional AUV.

Intervention Tasks

Reduces HSE Risks


Reduces Vessel Days

Carbon Footprint2

Reduces CO2 Emissions

Available Technicians Edited

Reduces Offshore Personnel

ROV Coverage. AUV Speed.

The Freedom™ AUV delivers vessel-supported rapid, true single pass pipeline, flowline, and umbilical inspections.

Faster than a traditional AUV

A traditional AUV may require two to three passes over the same pipeline to collect the data Freedom can collect in a single pass.

Quick recognition of subsea anomalies

Anomaly recognition of free-spans, burials, and crossing can trigger sub-missions for close inspection and data gathering, avoiding subsequent campaigns after the initial survey.

Increased Flexibility

Highly Reliable Data

Unlike conventional AUVs, Freedom precisely tracks the asset allowing for close proximity inspection as low as 3-5m altitude using next generation sensors and cameras.

Weather Resilient

With over-the-side cage recovery from a vessel or stationed on a resident subsea docking station, Freedom can work in harsh environmental conditions.

Feature-Based Navigation

Freedom’s proprietary software, COMPASS, provides onboard analysis of sonar and computer vision data to support close proximity inspection, touch-free proximity cathodic protection measurement, and hydrocarbon leak detection.

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Horizontal, Vessel-Based Docking

For standard vessel-deployed and accompanied operations, Freedom can autonomously locate, orientate around, align, and latch within a docking station suspended from the vessel.

A Fully Resident Approach


Freedom’s capability to locate, orientate, and horizontally dock with a subsea docking station is a vital component to enable Field of the Future operations. Work can be performed in more challenging weather conditions and for longer continuous durations than traditional ROVs and AUVs by supporting the ability to change tools, recharge, and data offload without the vehicle being recovered to surface.

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Company page Since our founding in the early 1960s, Oceaneering has expanded and grown globally to service several industries such as the offshore energy industry, defense, entertainment, material handling, aerospace, science, and renewable energy industries. In 1964, Mike Hughes and Johnny Johnson formed a Gulf of Mexico diving company called World Wide Divers. The company grew in response to increasing demand for their services and in 1969 merged with two other diving companies to form Oceaneering International, Inc. To solve the toughest challenges, we do things differently, creatively, and smarter. As your trusted partner, our unmatched experience and truly innovative portfolio of technologies and solutions give us the flexibility to adapt and evolve, regardless of market conditions. Our mission is to solve the unsolvable. We thrive by creating industry-changing technically creative solutions for the most complex operational challenges under water, on land, and in space. Our five core values establish a common culture and demonstrate what is most important for us as a company. Since the beginning, the company has transformed from a small regional diving company into a global provider of engineered products and services. Today, we develop products and services for use throughout the lifecycle of an offshore oilfield, from drilling to decommissioning. We operate the world's premier fleet of work class ROVs. Additionally, we are a leader in offshore oilfield maintenance services, umbilicals, subsea hardware, and tooling. We also serve the aerospace, defense, and theme park industries. Underpinning everything we do, safety is not only the foundation of our core values, but it is vital to our unmatched performance record and company culture. The industries we serve are as diverse as they are complex. Whether we are engineering deepwater umbilicals or developing robotics for aerospace applications, the safety and health of our employees, vendors, and customers is an integral part of our day-to-day business. If we are working, then our responsibility is to be working safely. Since our inception in 1964, we have placed a high value on employee safety—from diving services and subsea inspection to vessel-based installation operations. We have and will continue to evolve not only our health, safety, and environmental (HSE) processes, but those of the industries in which we work. Although we have been fatality-free since 1999, our HSE journey goes beyond statistics. As our portfolio of services has grown, we have continued to prioritize and advance our approach to HSE.