New vehicles added to ROV fleet

Paul Boughton

Rapidly growing subsea specialist ROVOP has announced that it is set to take delivery of five new remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), representing an investment of £17million and building significantly upon the company’s market-leading fleet of ROVs.

The ROVs include two UHD-III’s, which are the most advanced heavy-duty work-class vehicles in the market, as well as three HD work-class systems. All ROVs are being supplied by leading manufacturer 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 global oil and gas subsea construction specialist Ceona’s new-build multiple lay vessels. The ROVs will include Ennsub-designed ultra-deepwater launch and recovery systems (LARS)that 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.

ROVOP’s latest investment in its ROV fleet comes less than three months after the independent company, which is dedicated to providing ROV services and equipment to the subsea sector, took delivery of four new hydraulic work class systems.

Steven Gray, managing director at ROVOP, signed the contract with Tyler Schilling, president of FMC Schilling Robotics, at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston.

He said: “Our investment in a further five ROVs allows us to meet strong demand from our customers. The market is recognising that ROVOP’s combination of the most advanced technology and our industry-leading personnel and customer service represents a genuine step change in what operators can expect from their ROV service. The capability, efficiency and reliability of our service are leading the ROV industry and we are delighted to be able to expand our fleet."

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