ROVOP expands ROV fleet with five new vehicles

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UKROVOP is set to take delivery of five new ROVs, representing an investment of £17 million ($28 million).

The ROVs include two UHD-III advanced heavy-duty work-class vehicles, as well as three HD work-class systems. All ROVs are being supplied by FMC Technologies Schilling Robotics in Davis, California, with the first of the HDs being delivered to ROVOP in Aberdeen, Scotland, as soon as this week.

Both of the UHD-III systems are to be deployed on the Ceona Amazon, which is one of Ceona’s newbuild multiple lay vessels. The ROVs will include Ennsub-designed ultra-deepwater launch and recovery systems (LARSs), which will be fully integrated into the vessel and will enable operations in harsh-environment conditions through the use of active heave compensation and heavy-weather deployment capabilities.

With its ISOL-8 auxiliary pump of 150-hp capacity for intervention applications, the UHD-III vehicle delivers combined pressures and flows that cannot be achieved with conventional ROV systems. This enables the ROV to comply with API Standard 53, which requires a secondary intervention method to close BOP rams in less than 45 seconds.

Delivery dates on the remaining four ROVs are all during 2014.


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