FUGRO-ROVTECH Ltd christened its latest purpose-built construction support and intervention vessel in Bergen, Norway.
The Fugro Saltire has a 150T knuckle-boom crane with active heave compensation capable of operating to 3,000m, and a 10T auxiliary subsea crane.
With two FCV3000 ROVs deployed over the sides from the central hangar area, the main deck (about 1,000sq m) can be made available for the exclusive use of the client, and a working moonpool is situated immediately aft of the hangar area.
The vessel is a DNV +1A1 class vessel equipped with a Simrad SDP21 system interfaced to the Fugro Seastar DGPS, two Simrad HiPAP500 USBL acoustic systems, Seapath 200 and a Fanbeam laser system.
Provision has been made for under-deck tanks capable of use for storage and discharge of pipeline commissioning fluids and chemicals.
Dual Fugro FCV3000 125HP work-class ROV systems are deployed from the integrated ROV hangar via hydraulically operated doors on either side of the vessel, and purpose-built Launch & Recovery Systems (LARS) are designed to minimise the effects of vessel motion. In addition, a Lynx Observation class will form part of the permanent core vessel equipment, enabling further operational flexibility.
ROV deployment and recovery is controlled from a central area integral to the main online systems control area in the vessel’s main accommodation.
The timbered main deck is capable of supporting loads of 10T/sq m and offers clients the flexibility to accommodate client equipment and to provide a platform for the deployment of substantial subsea structures using the 150T main crane.
With additional dedicated 500KVA power, fuel, water and air supply points around the deck, the facilities are in place to support a wide variety of clients’ construction, intervention, maintenance and pipeline support spreads.
Fugro-Rovtech now provides subsea construction support through provision of three permanently installed equipment spreads on Fugro Saltire, Skandi Inspector and Skandi Carla. In addition, Highland Eagle supports a wide variety of IRM operations and can also provide light construction support.
Grant Aitchison, Fugro-Rovtech construction manager, said: “Building on the established strong reputation and excellent track record of our existing vessels, we are entering a new phase in our growth strategy.
“The depth of expertise gained in construction support operations has been further enhanced by developing and integrating subsea engineering and intervention capabilities to our spreads.
“We are now much more adaptable and offer a wider range of subsea support services. Throughout this development, personnel remain a critical component in maintaining our successful growth.”
Fugro-Rovtech was created as a result of the growth in the subsea market and the strength in inspection services and was formed when Dutch engineering consultant Fugro acquired Aberdeen remote operating vehicle specialist Rovtech Ltd in 2006.
Operationally, it runs four distinct business lines – drill support operations; construction support; inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM), and subsea engineering – developing engineering procedures and delivery of the full package.
Fugro-Rovtech is a provider of professional, cost-effective solutions.
The company utilises only experienced and qualified offshore personnel, increasingly from its in-house Fugro Academy, backed up onshore by management systems encompassing the highest standards in safety, quality and equipment maintenance. The “Fugro Academy” is an integral component in the ongoing training and development of its staff.
Fugro-Rovtech provides 24-hour operational, technical and logistical back-up from Fugro House, an extensive modern office and workshop facility in Bridge of Don, Aberdeen.