Rovco adds site survey vessel to its fleet

Jan. 24, 2024
Rovco is expanding its fleet with the Glomar Worker hull-mounted survey vessel.

Offshore staff

BRISTOL, SomersetRovco is adding a second hull-mounted survey vessel to its fleet with the long-term charter of the DP2 vessel Glomar Worker.  

The four-year charter with Glomar comes in response to demand for geophysical and geotechnical survey solutions.

Rovco is converting the sister vessel to the already contracted Glomar Supporter, already under long-term charter. After completion of these role specific upgrades, the vessel will launch as a specialized and dedicated geophysical survey asset to serve the offshore wind market.

Rovco’s newest survey vessel will be equipped with a hull mounted gondola and the highest specification sensor package, along with additional stern and starboard A-Frames to allow deployment of specialist towed survey equipment and multi sensor towing. Worker and sister vessel Supporter will now both enable full site data capture with integration across datasets for temporal comparisons. Starlink and VSAT ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore communications will permit live streaming for real-time decision-making and the movement of some roles onshore.

The Worker will also be equipped with an autonomous surface vessel operating as a force multiplier. Further efficiencies will come from its DP2 station keeping capability, which will enable wider working windows across survey and ROV inspections by providing a stable platform for launch and recovery in marginal weather.

Both vessels have permanently mobilized WROVs, enabling the completion of survey and inspection tasks in field, without return to port or the need for additional vessels in field.

These SubSLAM enabled vehicles provide live, close to asset high-resolution, precision 3D reconstructions and fully autonomous inspection capabilities.


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