DeepWater Buoyancy Inc. is the world’s largest producer of subsea buoyancy products for the oceanographic industry and has a vast and growing product line of buoyancy solutions for offshore oil & gas and technology companies. This product portfolio has been built over the course of 35 years serving these industries. Though they offer products for shallow water applications, the company specializes in deepwater, providing solutions to depths of 6000 meters and beyond.
DeepWater Buoyancy’s operations are located in New England, the birthplace of syntactic foam. New England is also where Flotation Technologies (Flotec) was founded and grew into a recognized world leader in deepwater buoyancy products that included ADCP Buoys, distributed buoyancy modules and drilling riser buoyancy. In 2013, DeepWater Buoyancy acquired the rights and designs for the legacy Flotec material technology and products, and has been producing, improving and growing the Flotec product line.
Each year the product line improves and new items are added in response to market conditions, changing technology, and customer requirements. In addition to product innovation, new processes and equipment are added to the companies already wide capabilities. From increased CNC machining capability, to new coating equipment, to focused efforts to streamline processes, DeepWater Buoyancy demonstrates its ongoing commitment to provide the most appropriate solution for every application, in the best time possible.
At the heart of the DeepWater Buoyancy product line are the subsurface ADCP buoys. These buoys, originally developed for Teledyne RD Instruments’ ADCPs, are considered the gold standard within the industry. Consisting primarily of both spherical and elliptical buoys, the product line also includes the unique StableMoor® Mooring Buoys. These torpedo-shaped buoys are engineered to house ADCPs and other sensors for high current data collection applications. By design, the StableMoor® reduces drag and increases mooring stability in extreme flow regimes, thereby producing superior data sets.
However, DeepWater Buoyancy’s product line goes well beyond ADCP buoys. In the oceanographic market there are bottom mounts, instrument collars, and cable floats. For offshore oil & gas, there are installation blocks, modular buoys, deepwater marker floats and ROV buoyancy. In addition to DeepTec® syntactic foam products and custom-engineered components, there are also plastic, composite, polyurethane and fabricated metal products for use subsea.
If a client can’t find their ideal solution in the product line, DeepWater Buoyancy will design and produce a custom product. The company’s design philosophy is, “A customer should have a product that meets the application, and not be forced to adjust their application to an off-the-shelf product.” Whether that is modifying an existing design or starting with a blank sheet of paper, the goal is to produce the finest, most cost-effective solution for any given application.