Specialist Subsea Services (S3) purchased two new ROVs from FMC Technologies Schilling Robotics. The acquisitions, worth in excess of GBP 4,000,000, form part of the company’s ambitious global growth plans and bring the total number of work class ROVs within S3’s fleet to six. The two 3,000msw-rated Schilling-HD 150hp systems will support high-quality pipeline surveys, IRM, drill support and heavy-duty construction operations.
Equipped with the latest Hammerhead tasked-based control system, the Schilling-HD model has a 60-minute repair philosophy developed through its modular design, which helps to reduce typical ROV downtime. With the ability to maintain a 10cm watch-circle in up to 3 knot current, the compact and flexible system is configured for ease of project configuration and rapid mobilisation.
This significant investment in resource comes after the company recently signed a charter with EDT Offshore for the EDT Hercules vessel. The three-year agreement, which comes with two additional one-year extension options, will allow S3 to provide its full scope of ROV, survey and life of field services from the vessel, as it looks to build on its extensive track record in subsea operations, both in the North Sea and emerging global regions.