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Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Market Research Report - Global Forecast to 2027

Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Market Research Report - by Industry (Oil & Gas Application, Military & Defense, Scientific Research, Others) by System Component (Electronics & Control Systems, Frame & Propulsion, Camera & Lighting Systems, Others) by Vehicle Type (Observation Vehicle, Work Class Vehicle, Towed & Bottom-Crawling Vehicle) and Region - Global Forecast till 2027

ID: MRFR/A&D/5558-CR | December 2018 | Region: Global | 145 Pages         

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Remotely Operated Vehicle Overview


The remotely controlled vehicle market will grow at a 10.51 percent CAGR to reach USD 3,127.7 million during the forecast period, says market research future (MRFR). The military and defense industries are looking for new methods to improve their underwater capabilities, and the remotely operated vehicle industry has stepped in to assist. The oil and gas industry is also researching subsea services, where manipulators and cameras from the remote-controlled vehicle sector have come in handy. As a result, the growing need for remotely driven vehicles in various industries has piqued the interest of several governments. Remotely driven vehicles are primarily utilized in national defense studies, but they are also a great way to explore new territory. These vehicles link with an operator equipped with several connections through which command and control signals are transmitted.


Soaring defense spending has prompted several entrepreneurs to expand in remotely operated vehicles to upgrade monitoring systems, which is a key factor driving the market. Growing investment in oil and gas exploration and rising marine activities, such as the search for new mineral sources, are also major drivers of the market. During the projection period, rapid modernization and underwater development will open up new prospects for remotely operated vehicles. The government and regulatory agencies have put in place several regulations to encourage the development of different remotely operated vehicles that can be used underwater.


Covid-19 analysis of Remotely Operated Vehicle Market


The ongoing pandemic has affected the global market’s products and services. As other sectors, it has also impact on the remote operated vehicles market across the world. The COVID-19 has decreased the product's sales, and the pandemic has forced the remotely operated vehicles market to adopt new strategic objectives to increase the reduced demand for the product sale. These updated strategies are made by keeping in mind the current requirement of the public. The COVID-19 analysis report says that the pandemic has affected the production of the ROV market as the demand decreased and affected the product's supply chains. Remote operated vehicle manufacturers take back their supporting hands as they are also in a financial shortage.


Moreover, it was a very crucial period for the remotely operated vehicle market. However, with the adoption of new strategies, the global remotely operated vehicle market has set up their businesses again and developing according to the time. The key drivers have also cooperated with the ROV market to overcome the loss of the sale. As a result, the ROV market has maintained its stability in the global market with its position and achieved its strategic goals by 2023.


Remotely Operated Vehicle Market Dynamics 



  • Key drivers


The governmental authority and regulatory bodies have set up some regulation to promote the growth of various remotely operated vehicles useful for the underwater application. Expressly, these set up standards are to ensure the safety, cost-effectiveness and value addition of the petroleum industry growth and development.  These standards have developed the growth of the ROV market. The planning to control climate change and reduce the carbon footprint in the global environment has increased the demand for underwater remotely operated vehicles. These developments are meant to reduce air pollution, but it has increased the ROV market demand.


The pharmaceutical industries need petrochemical products, which raise marine activities. In search of the varieties of product, they need the cooperation of the ROV market, which also developing the demand of remotely operated vehicle industry.



  • Opportunities


The ROV market has increased its demand over the products. In 2017, the ROV market achieved a market valuation of USD 1,727.6 million, which is an excellent achievement globally. The COVID-19 has stopped the ROV market's services for some time, but now it has developed more opportunities for the ROV market globally.


The key drivers have given more support to the remotely operated vehicle market to increase its business globally by 2023. Involving more key drivers to the ROV market can develop the manufacturing and selling of the product. Overall, the opportunities improve the quality of the remotely operated vehicle.



  • Market restraints


The market has faced the only restraint within the forecast period is COVID-19. In 2020, the pandemic affected the ROV market. The key drivers have given their more effort to increase the quality and effective product to improve the remotely operated vehicle market demand globally.



  • Challenges


The market might face problems in eradicating the regional boundaries to reach all the regions' demand. The ROV market needs to provide quality products to its customers.


The key drivers play a significant role in outreach all the regions and develop its supply chain. On a large scale, the product demands are increasing day by day, and according to that, the ROV market needs to increase the key driver's strength.



  • Cumulative growth analysis


The remotely operated vehicle market analysis is essentially concerned for the growth across the world. The stakeholders take care of the quality to expand their businesses with following some agreements. The key drivers are growing their businesses to reach all the remote locations of the world.


Therefore, the market imposes many strategic plans to upgrade their businesses after facing a significant loss in COVID-19.


Value chain analysis of Remotely Operated Vehicle Market


In 2017, the ROV market had generated more market revenue and kept its position in high. It has aimed to achieve the double of market revenue by 2023. For a specific period in 2020, the pandemic has given loss to the ROV market, but nowadays it has balanced its status in the global and trying to achieve its goal by 2023.


The ROV products are highly preferred in search and rescue work, heavy lifting, observation and inspection ROVs, and subsea engineering services increasing the demand of the ROV market and adding more value to it globally.


Segmental analysis of Remotely Operated Vehicle Market



  • By service


The global market has asked for more remotely operated underwater vehicle for construction. The increased demands are developing new services in various sectors, working in-depth like deepwater, shallow water, ultra-deepwater and many more to come.


The key drivers are the leading developer of the ROV services who help the global market reach its all-region.



  • By Technology


The global demand is increasing; to meet that demand hybrid remotely operated vehicle (hrov) has been created. The marketing strategies has brought advanced technology such as



  • Hydraulic tool control system

  • Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS)

  • Vehicle cameras and lighting system

  • Tether Management System (TMS)

  • Vehicle control and navigation system


The manufacturing industries have given more efforts to develop advance technologies in this field.



  • By Type


The global market has class I to V of its products, including light work class vehicle, medium work class vehicle, and heavy work class vehicle. According to the demand it supply’s its product.


Regional Analysis of Remotely Operated Vehicle Market


The ROV industry has its craze worldwide like North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East and Africa. Further, it has planning to increase its business all the remote areas of the countries.


As a result, the global market has a good rapport with all the key drivers to upgrade their business.


Competitive Landscape


Here are some provided lists of the market players, who are operating the global ROV industry. Please have a look at it.



  • Fugro Subsea Services Ltd.

  • IKM Gruppen AS

  • ECA GROUP

  • Sea Robotics

  • Innova

  • ROVCO

  • The Whale Inc.

  • Teledyne Technologies International Corp.

  • Total Marine Technology

  • Subsea 7

  • Saab Seaeye Ltd

  • Oceaneering International Inc.

  • Planys Technologies


The players mentioned above have taken responsibilities and takes care of the global market demands. All the players use various strategies to increase their business in this international field.


Recent Development


Feb 2022 Aker Solutions, a Norwegian oilfield services business, has received a "modern" remotely operated vehicle (ROV) engineering simulator from PaleBlue. Aker Solutions will utilize the simulator to model the behavior of subsea robots/ROVs in a controlled environment while completing accessibility assessments for subsurface oil and gas infrastructure. The ROV design product, according to PaleBlue, integrates with a large variety of CAD data. The geometry data is directly loaded into the editing solution, where it can be optimized and edited. To allow easy access to structural properties, the hierarchy and meta-data from CAD are kept.


Report overview



  • Market overview highlights the global ROV market.

  • COVID 19 analysis

  • Description over the Market Dynamics

  • Value chain analysis for the ROV market research

  • Market segmentation overview

  • The regional analysis of the ROV market

  • Competitive landscape analysis

  • The recent development of the ROV market


The all-over report is about to generate more market revenue by the forecast period of 2023.

Segmental table



By Service


  • deepwater,

  • shallow water,

  • ultra-deepwater


By Technology


  • Hydraulic tool control system

  • Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS)

  • Vehicle cameras and lighting system

  • Tether Management System (TMS)

  • Vehicle control and navigation system


By Type


  • light work class vehicle,

  • medium work class vehicle,

  • heavy work class vehicle.



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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The global remotely operated vehicle (ROV) market is predicted to grow at a 10.51% CAGR between 2017- 2023.

The global remotely operated vehicle (ROV) market is predicted to reach USD 3,127.7 million by 2023.

North America will lead the global remotely operated vehicle (ROV) market.

The ROV market's projected value will be USD 3,127.7 million by the forecast period of 2018-2023.

In the present situation, the ROV market has 10.51% CAGR growth rate, which is a reasonable growth rate.

Global Remotely Operated Vehicle Market: Competitive Landscape


Oceaneering International, Inc., Subsea 7, Fugro, DOF ASA, and Helix Energy Solutions Group are the five major players operating in the global remotely operated vehicles market. Oceaneering International, Inc. held the largest share among top five players with a share of 22.61%, in 2017, followed by Subsea 7 and Fugro with respective shares of 19.86% and 8.22%. These companies continue to retain their strong global presence through expansions, mergers & acquisitions, partnerships & collaborations, and extensive product portfolio.


Oceaneering focuses on the development and commercialization of new technologies. The company also focuses on acquisitions to add complementary technology, products, and services to its portfolio. For instance, in 2016, the company acquired the assets of Blue Ocean Technologies, LLC, which is a privately held provider of riserless light well intervention (RLWI) services. Additionally, Oceaneering added seven ROVs to its fleet in 2017. The company aims at growing in four key areas—Riserless well intervention, pipeline solutions, robotics and automation, and asset integrity.


Subsea 7 is focused on enhancing its fleet, developing new technology, and strengthening its market position. The company believes in offering clients integrated solutions and investing in developing strong relationships. It is also focusing on early engagement, combined technology development, and innovation, which will improve flow assurance and lower costs.


Fugro focuses on research and development to create new products that meet customer requirements. Moreover, the company aims at expanding its presence through acquisitions and by opening new facilities across the globe.


DOF is focused on repaying its debt. The company emphasizes the safety of operations.  To this end, the company is developing a new program called Maintenance the RITE Way to underline the importance of keeping vessels and assets tidy, clean, and shiny. It has also strengthened its position in the AHTS segment by implementing new anchor handling guidelines that focus on competence and best practices.


Helix ESG is focused on the expansion of its well intervention and robotics business segments. The company plans to increase investments in enhancing service capabilities and capacity addition in the key operational regions. Through strategic collaborations and alliances with renowned companies, Helix ESG aims at enhancing its service capabilities and global presence. It also invests in the designing, manufacturing, and distributing of offshore products and services across the globe.


Although the leading players, as mentioned above, are dominating the market due to their vast industry experience, wide service offering, and geographic reach, other companies are actively contributing to the market. These players may strengthen their presence worldwide through new product/service innovations and collaboration/partnerships during the forecast period. Vendors with access to better technologies can develop unique and innovative products and services, which could render the competitors’ offerings obsolete. The competitive environment in the market is likely to intensify due to the increasing number of business expansions, contracts, and mergers & acquisitions.