Shore-controlled ROV starts maneuvers in the North Sea

The world’s first commercial ROV operations directed from the shore – according to operator IKM Subsea – have started at the company’s headquarters in Norway.

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BRYNE, Norway – The world’s first commercial ROV operations directed from the shore – according to operator IKM Subsea – have started at the company’s headquarters in Norway.

Up to three work class ROVs and one observation ROV on Statoil’sSnorre B and Visund installations in the North Sea should soon be supervised from IKM Subsea’s onshore control center.

One of the work class ROVs has been designed and engineered to be permanently based on the seabed and will only be brought to surface for periodic maintenance.

A company acceptance test with Statoil was completed last week for the ROV at Snorre B and the dual control center is now operational. 

IKM claims the arrangement could bring potential cost savings for its clients due to the associated reduced person on board requirements and increasing operational time offshore for the ROVs.

06/23/2017

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