Saipem introduces new heavy work class ROV

Saipem America has introduced a new heavy work class ROV, 250-hp InnovatorÒ Leviathan.

Offshore staff

HOUSTON -- Saipem America has introduced a new heavy work class ROV, 250-hp InnovatorÒ Leviathan.

The ROV's 250-hp dual-shaft electric motor powers four 17-in. (28 cm) horizontal thrusters capable of more than 1,200 lbs of thrust each, three 15-in. (38 cm) vertical thrusters providing a total of 3,450 lbs of horizontal thrust, and seven hydraulic thrusters.

Thruster control for harsh operating conditions is provided by mechanical repositioning to give 30°, 45°, or 60° thrust angle with respect to the fore-aft vehicle axis.

The ROV is engineered to operate continuously despite high current or extended dive conditions - aiming to increase operability to 4.5 knots current.

The firstInnovatorÒ Leviathan will perform heavy-duty subsea well intervention, installation, and construction work for a major operator on a long-term project in the Gulf of Mexico, according to Saipem.

8/3/2007

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