Aberdeenshire-based subsea specialist ROVOP has expanded its fleet of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) by taking delivery of four new hydraulic work class systems, with a further four new ROVs expected later in the year.
The company has invested US$20million in the four hydraulic Schilling HD work class ROVs, which were delivered during January, and is actively working to grow its offshore team by 50, to 110, to expand its provision of best in class ROV service to the oil and gas industry.
ROVOP has also invested in its own ROV simulator for its in-house academy in order to further develop the training and competence of its offshore staff.
The £250,000 simulator enables ROV pilots to hone their skills onshore, in physics-accurate conditions.
ROVOP has also been awarded ISO 9001 accreditation of its integrated management system by DNV, which is a considerable achievement and demonstrates ROVOP’s commitment to quality.
The company’s latest ROVs have been manufactured by FMC Schilling Robotics in Davis, California. The ROVs are equipped with the latest Hammerhead control system, which gives pilots the ability to use an increased suite of auto functions, including automated manipulator control.
The systems are designed around the 60-minute repair philosophy, which is unique to Schilling work class ROVs, and fitted with the latest Teledyne CDL TOGS-NAV (Tiny Optical Gyro System for navigation) technology unit which combines DVL, Fibre Optic Gyro and depth sensors in one compact package to provide maximum ROV control for safe and efficient working.