Forum’s XLX-C ROV completes sea trials in Vietnam

May 26, 2020
Forum Energy Technologies’ ROV, the Perry XLX-C, has completed harbor trials in Vietnam.

Offshore staff

ABERDEEN, UK Forum Energy Technologies’ ROV, the Perry XLX-C, has completed harbor trials in Vietnam.

Working with its customer Submarine Manufacturing & Products and the Vietnam Navy, the harbor trials followed an extensive commissioning period and factory acceptance test at the company’s test tank in Kirbymoorside, Yorkshire, UK.

The vehicle is the compact derivative of the XLX work class ROV. The XLX-C ROV was designed, manufactured, and tested on the same site. It is a heavy-duty work class hydraulic ROV with a depth rating of 4,000 m (13,123 ft), with ancillary equipment, including cameras, lights, altimeters, and sonars.

It will be used to support the Vietnamese’ submarine rescue vehicle in its operations during assessment and preparation of a site for a submersible rescue.

The XLX-C is fitted with the company’s latest technology and can deliver specialized equipment, including an emergency life support system, to a distressed submarine. It was supplied with an emergency life support stores (ELSS) underslung ROV skid which allows the transport and deployment of up to three ELSS pods at once to a distressed submarine.

The XLX-C is coupled with a Forum Dynacon launch and recovery system manufactured in the US. The Houston team also supplied a VMAX ROV training simulator for the XLX-C as a training aid for the ROV pilots. The company’s software developers designed a new scenario to instruct pilots on how to latch the ROV with a distressed submarine using a ‘sticky foot’ tool in order to deliver emergency supply pods.

Forum has also provided the Vietnam Navy with a VisualSoft, four Channel VisualDVR, system. This is a multichannel digital video recorder with dynamic overlay and was supplied by the company’s VisualSoft team in Aberdeen, UK.