An ROV hook is an industrial fastening commonly used for mooring or lifting, particularly in the Offshore Energy sector for operation and maintenance (O&M) at offshore rigs and platforms. These operations typically cover maintenance of communication cables, pipelines and various subsea construction and salvage activity.

ROV hooks allow for safe, accurate deployment and recovery of equipment in extreme conditions and unpredictable currents. As offshore industries increasingly seek diverless and remote O&M solutions, advanced ROV tooling has become vital in wielding the bulky equipment associated with these complex tasks.

The Reach Bravo manipulator series has been designed with complex tasks in mind, allowing it to wield and operate ROV hooks in harsh, underwater conditions. The Reach Robotics R&D Team often test our manipulators in simulated real-world scenarios to verify their feasibility. The stills pictured here show a simulation run in our in-house test tank featuring a Bravo 7 wielding an ROV hook to recover ‘construction debris.’ See the full demonstration here.

Powerful Reach Bravo robotic arms can lift between 10-15kg at full reach, depending on the specific model. Bravo manipulators also feature high accuracy (0.1°) joint positioning and adjustable grab force for precise placement of ROV hooks and other O&M tools.

Paired with the intuitive Master Arm controller, the Bravo series requires minimal training for offshore operators and the all-electric form factor results in minimal downtime. The Reach Bravo has been proven to successfully integrate onto inspection class vehicles popular in Offshore Energy industries including the Saab Seaeye Falcon. With remote assistance available from Reach Robotics’ Technical Support Team based in the UK, USA and Australia, help is always on call to support operators in the field.

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Command Pods

Command Pods are a pair of space mouse controllers comprising of left and right units. They are designed to attach to an ROV control tablet and allow full system control from one interface. The Command Pod configuration simplifies control of a dual-manipulator system as operators are able to intuitively control both arms, while still piloting the vehicle.
The joystick model allows for arms to be directed towards a target while the system automatically maps the arms configuration along that path.


Compatible with all Reach Robotics manipulators, the Master Arm controller is available in five and seven-function models to mimic your robotic arm. Achieve unparalleled precision and accuracy while undertaking complex tasks including:
  • Precise placement of probes for crack and corrosion monitoring.
  • Place and recover objects with unmatched dexterity and minimised
  • Attach hooks and shackles consistently.
  • Reach confined areas unreachable with lower degree-of-freedom manipulators
    and traditional control methods.