North America AUV and ROV Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The market is segmented by Vehicle Type (ROV and AUV), Vehicle Class (Work Class Vehicle and Observatory Class Vehicle), Application (Oil and Gas, Defense, and Other Applications), and Activity (Drilling and Development, Construction, Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance, Decommissioning, and Other Activities), and Geography (United States, Canada, and Rest of North America). The report offers the market size and forecasts in revenue (USD Million) for all the above segments.

North America AUV & ROV Market Size

North America AUV and ROV Market - Market Summary
Study Period: 2019 - 2028
CAGR: 7.13 %

Major Players


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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North America AUV & ROV Market Analysis

The North America AUV and ROV Market size was estimated at about USD 482.61 million by the end of this year and is projected to register at a CAGR of about 7.13% during the forecast period.

The market was negatively impacted by COVID-19 in 2020. Presently, the market has now reached pre-pandemic levels.

  • Over the long term, the major driving factors of the market are increasing offshore oil and gas discoveries, growing offshore wind energy installations, and rising oil and gas decommissioning activities.
  • On the flip side, increasing environmental damage due to increasing use of fossil fuels has let to ban of offshore exploration of oil and gas in North American region is expected to slow down the market during the forecast period.
  • Nevertheless, technological advancements in the AUV and ROV market are expected to create huge opportunities for the North America region soon.
  • United States is expected to dominate the AUV and ROV market in North America as the country heavily invested in defence sector and in the R&D of AUVs and ROVs, other related offshore sectors such oil and gas, shipping, etc.

North America AUV & ROV Industry Segmentation

Remotely-operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) are robots that complete functions underwater on behalf of a crew located on the surface, with whom the ROV is tethered. An automated underwater vehicle (AUV) is a self-propelled, unmanned underwater vehicle capable of carrying out simple activities with little or no human supervision. AUVs are robotic vehicles that are pre-programmed with operation parameters and then deployed into the ocean or seafloor. An AUV operates individually without any cable connections, whereas a Remotely operated Vehicle (ROV) is connected to an operator, usually in the ship from which the ROVs are deployed. The North America AUV and ROV market is segmented by vehicle type, vehicle class, application, activity, and geography. By vehicle type, the market is segmented into AUV and ROV. By vehicle class, the market is segmented into work-class vehicle and observatory-class vehicle. By application, the market is segmented into oil and gas, defense, and other applications. By activity, the market is segmented into drilling and development, construction, inspection, repair, and maintenance, decommissioning, and other activities. The report also covers the market size and forecasts for the AUV and ROV market across major countries in North Amercian region. For each segment, the market sizing and forecasts have been done based on revenue (USD Million).

Vehicle Type
Vehicle Class
Work-class Vehicle
Observatory-class Vehicle
Oil and Gas
Other Applications
Drilling and Development
Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance
Other Activities
United States
Rest of North America

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North America AUV & ROV Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the North America AUV & ROV Market according to our research experts:

Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance Activity to Witness Significant Growth

  • The utilization rates for ROV in the oil and gas industry registered a consistent decline during 2014-2017, resulting in declining day rates. Generally, the inspection, repair, and maintenance (IRM) segment is protected from the volatility in oil prices, as these operations are considered necessary and unavoidable. However, the combination of a substantial decline in offshore operations and delay in some of the activities had a strong negative impact on the IRM AUV and ROV services market.
  • During the forecast period, the IRM segment is expected to register significant growth, mainly driven by ageing offshore infrastructure, particularly in the North American region which includes United States, and Gulf of Mexico. These ageing infrastructure require more frequent monitoring, along with frequent repair and maintenance activities.
  • In the offshore sector, the deepwater and ultra-deepwater activities were hit harder by the decline in oil prices. During the period of downturn, the industry adopted a lower price scenario and responded with project re-engineering, efficiency gains, and better expense management, which resulted in a significant reduction of the total operating cost. All such steps have not only resulted in improving the operational efficiency in the industry but have also reduced the breakeven price of offshore deepwater and ultra-deepwater projects.
  • Also, a growing number of companies are offering ROV for inspection, repair, and maintenance (IRM) services for offshore projects. Some of major services being offered by the companies include driverless inspection, pipeline maintenance, subsea structure monitoring, and subsea engineering services. For instance, in March 2021, Houston Mechatronics Inc. announced that it has upgraded its self-developed AUV/ROV transformer, Aquanaut, a multi-purpose subsea robot which can transform an AUV into a tetherless ROV, eliminating the need for large vessels and umbilicals. The new version of this robot, Aquanaut Mk-II, has a deeper depth rating than the first model. It enables collection of data as well as the remote operation of maintenance and repair tasks at a comparatively lower cost.
  • Therefore, based on the above-mentioned factors, inspection, repair, and maintenance activity is expected to witness significant growth in the United States during the forecast period.
North America AUV and ROV Market - Market Share by Activity

United States to Dominate the Market

  • The United States has invested heavily in defence sector and in the R&D of AUVs and ROVs, other related offshore sectors such oil and gas, shipping and renewable energy have profited immensely from the technological advancements in the market. Due to this, the North American region is at forefront of the AUV and ROV technology, and AUV and ROV manufacturers in the country export their products globally.
  • For instance, the United States, as of 2021 spent highest defence budget globally i.e., USD 800.6 billion, an increase of about 26.3% when compared to 2015 value (USD 633.8 billion). This has pioneered the R&D on AUV and ROV vessels. ROVs and AUVs form a critical part of the United States Navy’s subsea capabilities. In January 2022, an American F-35C Lightning II crashed in the South China Sea, and the debris sunk to the ocean floor. As the F-35 jet model has cutting-edge technology which would be problematic if acquired by hostile nations, the US Navy started a recovery program. On March 2nd, the wreckage was discovered at a depth of 12,400 ft by an called a CURV-21, which is the Navy’s primary deep sea salvage vehicle and can operate to a maximum depth of 20,000 feet.
  • As the United States has invested heavily in expanding its oil and gas production capacity, the Gulf of Mexico has become a global hotspot for AUV and ROV demand. As of 2021, the Gulf of Mexico region is responsible for 97% and 15% of the United States’ offshore and total hydrocarbon production, respectively. The country has one of the highest global density of offshore rig deployment, and consists of other oil and gas infrastructure such as production and drilling platforms, marine vessels and pipeline networks.
  • As ROV and AUV technology has become increasingly affordable, oil and gas producers in the United States have been inclined towards investing in ROV and AUV services for obtaining data and carrying out routine maintenance work on subsea assets and surfaces. Despite the higher upfront cost when compared to diving crews, ROV and AUVs need lesser amount of time to complete the same amount of work, which reduces overall project OPEX.
  • Due to this, multiple contracts are routinely dealt out by major oil and gas companies for ROVs and AUV services in the Gulf of Mexico. In January 2021, Oceaneering announced that its subsea segment had won multiple contracts totalling USD 225 million. The contracts were issued by iinternational oil and gas operators and marine construction companies, and the contracted services include remotely operated vehicle (ROV) services delivered from floating drilling rigs and multi-service, subsea intervention, and construction vessels, ROV tooling, survey, positioning, and autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) services.
  • Therefore, based on the above-mentioned factors, United States is expected to dominate the AUV and ROV market in North American region during the forecast period.
North America AUV and ROV Market - Military Expenditure

North America AUV & ROV Industry Overview

The North America AUV and ROV market is fragmented. Some of the major players in the market (in no particular order) include Subsea 7 SA, TechnipFMC PLC, DeepOcean AS, Helix Energy Solutions Group, and Fugro NV.

North America AUV & ROV Market Leaders

  1. Fugro NV

  2. TechnipFMC PLC

  3. Subsea 7 SA

  4. Helix Energy Solutions Group

  5. DeepOcean AS

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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North America AUV & ROV Market News

  • In August 2022, VideoRay, LLC, reported a large and diverse order for its Defender remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) by the United States Navy. The Navy is standardizing on VideoRay Defender Mission Specialist systems due to the superior capabilities, flexibility and upgradeability of many systems deployed since 2019. VideoRay’s customer support of the Navy includes training facilities and staffing on the East Coast in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and the West Coast in San Diego.
  • In March 2021, Oceaneering International, Inc. announces that Subsea Robotics (SSR) and Offshore Projects Group (OPG) awarded an integrated rig services contract for covering the Khaleesi/Mormont and Samurai fields in the United States Gulf of Mexico. The scope of work includes providing remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) with collocated ROV tooling and technicians, remote positioning and metrology survey resources, installation and workover control system (IWOCS) equipment, and technicians.

North America AUV & ROV Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Scope of the Study

    2. 1.2 Market Definition

    3. 1.3 Study Assumptions




    1. 4.1 Introduction

    2. 4.2 Market Size and Demand Forecast in USD million, till 2027

    3. 4.3 Recent Trends and Developments

    4. 4.4 Government Policies and Regulations

    5. 4.5 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.5.1 Drivers

      2. 4.5.2 Restraints

    6. 4.6 Supply Chain Analysis

    7. 4.7 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.7.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.7.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.7.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.7.4 Threat of Substitutes Products and Services

      5. 4.7.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Vehicle Type

      1. 5.1.1 ROV

      2. 5.1.2 AUV

    2. 5.2 Vehicle Class

      1. 5.2.1 Work-class Vehicle

      2. 5.2.2 Observatory-class Vehicle

    3. 5.3 Application

      1. 5.3.1 Oil and Gas

      2. 5.3.2 Defense

      3. 5.3.3 Other Applications

    4. 5.4 Activity

      1. 5.4.1 Drilling and Development

      2. 5.4.2 Construction

      3. 5.4.3 Inspection, Repair, and Maintenance

      4. 5.4.4 Decommissioning

      5. 5.4.5 Other Activities

    5. 5.5 Geography

      1. 5.5.1 United States

      2. 5.5.2 Canada

      3. 5.5.3 Rest of North America


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 DeepOcean AS

      2. 6.3.2 DOF Subsea AS

      3. 6.3.3 Helix Energy Solutions Group

      4. 6.3.4 TechnipFMC PLC

      5. 6.3.5 Fugro NV

      6. 6.3.6 Oceaneering International Inc.

      7. 6.3.7 Saipem SpA

      8. 6.3.8 ROVOP

      9. 6.3.9 Forum Energy Technologies Inc.

      10. 6.3.10 Delta SubSea LLC

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability
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North America AUV & ROV Market Research FAQs

The North America AUV and ROV Market is studied from 2019 - 2028.

The North America AUV and ROV Market is growing at a CAGR of 7.13% over the next 5 years.

Fugro NV, TechnipFMC PLC, Subsea 7 SA, Helix Energy Solutions Group, DeepOcean AS are the major companies operating in North America AUV and ROV Market.

North America AUV and ROV Industry Report

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