Reach Subsea and MMT Sweden have recently finalized successful offshore tests on the new Surveyor Interceptor ROV, a new, innovative Survey ROV (SROV) owned by the two companies in a JV, from the vessel Edda Fonn and the results were above expectations.
Sea trials with the new SROV have been performed to collect background data for a specialized handling system, to test speed, maneuverability, stability, cable drag as well as data quality and density. The result of the tests demonstrates that we have been able to reach the design speed of 8 knots. The vehicle produces high density data at 6 knots as well as 4 knots when operating close to pipe. The SROV, as a survey platform, is stable and multibeam data has less than 0.4% noise.
“It is a very competent machine operating faster than WROV’s and AUV’s with unsurpassed accuracy and data quality. The vehicle is robust and can operate for long periods underwater thus being a tool to make pipeline surveys and inspections more effective” says Ola Oskarsson, founder of MMT Sweden and Project Manager.
The Surveyor Interceptor will perform its first commercial job in first quarter 2015, a short survey for a first class, international client.
Jostein Alendal says: “This is a break-through method when it comes to survey within Oil&Gas as well as the renewable market. It is cost-efficient compared to existing technology and opens new doors when it comes to other preventive surveys. The data quality and density exceeds anything I have seen before.”