Rovco signs vessel charter for offshore wind site characterization projects

Jan. 24, 2023
Rovco has penned an initial three-year charter of the Glomar Supporter multipurpose support vessel as part of its growth strategy within its site characterization business unit.

Offshore staff

BRISTOL, England  Rovco, a provider of subsea robotics and integrated survey solutions, has signed the three-year charter party agreement with Glomar Offshore for the Glomar Supporter multipurpose support vessel, marking a significant expansion of the company’s offshore hydrographic, geophysical, and shallow geotechnical survey capabilities.

Rovco, working in collaboration with Glomar and marine design consultant Medea, will reconfigure the vessel to permanently carry survey sensors and equipment, aimed at providing the high-quality data capture, reporting and technology enabled solutions for a streamlined and efficient site characterization offering.

Upon completion of dry docking in February 2023, the vessel will be delivered to Rovco complete with a keel mounted gondola, an array of deck equipment, and dedicated high-end survey and reporting office suites.

The gondola, designed and analyzed for performance by Medea, will contain a suite of permanently installed survey sensors including dual-head multibeam configurations, with inbuild roll and pitch stabilization for high-quality acquisition.

The main deck will be reconfigured to feature a main stern A-Frame for the deployment and towing of multiple sensor types, including seismic equipment, as well as adding secondary deck-handling equipment for deployment of cone penetration test and vibrocorers to facilitate efficient sampling of in-situ soil conditions and taking advantage of the stable DP2 platform.

Upon delivery, Rovco will install additional technology to enable force multiplication during survey operations and fast, large data packet transfers to shore for reporting efficiency. The entire package is designed to bring schedule efficiencies and cost savings to clients.

Rovco will mobilize a dedicated survey team onboard the Glomar Supporter to deliver a comprehensive package of site characterization solutions and specialized offshore survey projects, with a key focus on supporting the rapidly growing pipeline of offshore wind projects from their Aberdeen operational base, across ScotWind, the Southern North, Irish and Celtic Sea developments.

Built in 2009, the Glomar Supporter underwent an extensive rebuild and refurbishment in 2021. The 60-m vessel is equipped with DP2 station keeping capabilities, a carrying capacity of about 1395t DWT and a combined deck space of 497 sq m.