FMC Technologies Schilling Robotics has been contracted to deliver five new remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) for subsea specialist ROVOP.

As part of the £17m contract, the new vehicles will expand ROVOP’s existing fleet of ROVs and include two UHD-III and three HD work-class systems. ROVOP had recently taken delivery of four new hydraulic work-class systems.

The UHD-IIIs are advanced heavy-duty work-class vehicles that will be deployed on subsea construction specialist Ceona’s new-build multiple lay vessels, Ceona Amazon.

Ceona Amazon will be fully integrated with the ROVs that include Ennsub-designed ultra-deepwater launch and recovery systems (LARS).

The systems will enable the vessel to operate in adverse conditions with the help of active heave compensation and heavy-weather deployment capabilities.

ROVOP managing director Steven Gray said: "Our investment in a further five ROVs allows us to meet strong demand from our customers."

"The UHD-III is the most advanced and versatile 250hp ROV on the market and through its highly intelligent management system, it offers the best performance for the most difficult deepwater tasks including the highest thrust performance for ultra-heavy duty tasks."

The first of the HDs will be delivered to ROVOP in Aberdeen, Scotland, as early as this week while the remaining four ROVs will be provided by the end of the year.

ROVOP and Ceona have also signed a five year deal to provide hydraulic, work-class services on board the Ceona’s fleet of new, purpose-built deepwater pipelay and construction vessels including the Ceona Amazon, Polar Onyx and Normand Pacific.

Image: FMC Technologies Schilling Robotics president Tyler Schilling (left) and ROVOP managing director Steven Gray sign ROV contract at OTC. Photo: courtesy of ROVOP Ltd.