ROVOP will invest around £15million over the next 18 months in the workclass hydraulic machines, supplied by FMC Schilling Robotics, with the first being accepted by ROVOP in December 2012 and delivered to ROVOP in Aberdeen in January 2013.
Continual high demand for ROVOP’s fleet has led to this latest expansion and the purchases are with a view to obtaining new work. The mobile ROVs can be installed on clients’ vessels, rigs or platforms. These will be made available to global oil companies, offshore construction, inspection repair and maintenance (IRM) and survey clients who require the highest standards of ROV service available.
The soon to be received heavy-duty ROV systems compliment the mid-size machines already operated by ROVOP, allowing the company to provide the full range of ROV services.
ROVOP selected FMC Schilling Robotics HD and UHD models following a rigorous selection process completed between June and November 2012. The 150Hp HD represents the latest in ROV technology, delivering industry leading performance, power and reliability. The highly integrated modular design of the ROV enables rapid maintenance of all subsystems which, compared to traditional ROVs, can save valuable hours in costly drilling or construction operations offshore.
Operating systems on the machines provide the most advanced ROV control system in the world and include several automated features that greatly improve efficiency. These allow for complex remote intervention operations to be performed in less time, due to the inherent power and stability of the ROV combined with the capability for the operator to perform tasks with the highest degree of precision.
In addition, ROVOP is investing around £250,000 in a state-of-the-art ROV simulator. The simulator, also provided by FMC Schilling Robotics ROV, reflects a new generation of such technology, with the most realistic 3D modelling and real-life field operations scenarios. This system will allow personnel to undergo situational training, as well as rehearsing tasks and scenarios before heading offshore.