DeepWater Buoyancy has the finest international representative network for oceanographic subsea buoyancy.  What follows is the first of a series of articles on our representative groups.  First in line is our representative in Australia and New Zealand – UVS.  Originally led by its founder Russell Priest, UVS has been representing this product line for over 20 years. Now under the leadership of Darren Burrowes and Neil Hodges, and part of the BlueZone Group, UVS services our customers in this region from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in Townsville, Queensland to CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Division in Hobart, Tasmania and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in New Zealand.


UVS was founded in 1973, supplying equipment and services to Australia’s first Offshore Oil & Gas field, and now enjoys a unique and preeminent position in the underwater electronics market in Australia with over 50 representations and a strong repeat business from satisfied customers who have dealt with UVS for many years. UVS has a track record of innovation: in the 1970s selling, supporting and operating the first Remotely Operated Vehicles in Australia; introducing Teledyne ADCP technology in the 1980s and developing the first ADCP service centre outside of the Teledyne organisation; and supporting Liquid Robotics “Wave Glider” vehicles for the Royal Australian Navy since 2011.

BlueZone Group

In 2015 UVS and its sister companies ATSA Defence Services and UVS Trenchless were joined under a common umbrella, the BlueZone Group. These three companies share resources, offices and ownership, and growth strategies for the group are centred around exploring and developing synergies between diverse markets in Australia. The common theme of all business operations is sales, support and service to customers operating in the challenging conditions of Australia’s deep oceans, coastal seas, rivers and water infrastructure.

UVS Australia Team

Locations & Staff

UVS maintains an Australia-wide footprint with 38 staff operating from offices and fully-equipped workshops in Newcastle, Melbourne and Perth. This model enables UVS to offer local service, backup and sales to customers across Australia. The UVS sales team undertakes continuous training to maintain current knowledge of a wide product range. The sales team is supported by service and engineering staff who work nation-wide to complete projects to high quality and customer satisfaction. Together the combined capability provides a complete service to customers supporting complex electronic systems in harsh environments.


The UVS capability is based on the following features:

  • Wide Product Portfolio: With a wide product portfolio UVS can provide a “one-stop-shop” for many customers.
  • Supply to Multiple Markets including Defence; Offshore Oil & Gas, Oceanographic; Hydrographic and Water Resources. Where there are synergies between market areas we look to leverage these for the benefit of our customers, reducing costs, providing faster delivery or developing innovative solutions resulting from bringing new vision and ideas from one market to another.
  • Sales and service synergy: The strong sales capability of UVS is matched by a highly capable service and engineering capacity in underwater technology and systems engineering. UVS has completed multiple engineering projects for customers to meet tight deadlines and demanding operational conditions.

Learn more about UVS Pty Ltd

Learn more about BlueZone Group


About DeepWater Buoyancy, Inc.

DeepWater Buoyancy creates subsea buoyancy products for leading companies in the oceanographic, seismic, survey, military and offshore oil & gas markets.   Customers have relied on our products for over thirty-five years, from the ocean surface to depths exceeding six thousand meters.


Liquid Robotics Wave Glider