Aberdeenshire subsea service company Ashtead Technology has added a new piece of equipment to its rental pool.
The iXblue Ramses navigation system is designed to provide precise information about the positioning of subsea structures in tough environments.
The results are achieved by placing a single beacon on the sea floor using a remotely-operated vehicle.
Once there, the beacon can provide the level of information that could previously be achieved only though the use of multiple transponders or umbilicals, which are slower and more expensive to mobilise.
Allan Pirie, chief executive of Ashtead, which has a base in Westhill, said: “Our existing pool of inertial navigation systems has proven to be extremely popular with our customers and we have enhanced our rental fleet to meet their growing demands.
“This investment underlines our commitment to the subsea market, by offering the latest, most efficient technologies available and will see our clients experience a more cost-effective, reliable solution for ROV and AUV navigation, offshore support, metrology, and demanding subsea applications across the UK and beyond.”
Brook Rodgers, iXblue’s regional sales manager, said: “We are pleased that Ashtead has added iXblue’s innovative, inertial-acoustic systems to its rental fleet. INS is being increasingly used in subsea operations to provide improved positioning data.
“The high level of accuracy and ease of operation of Ramses makes it an ideal choice for a wide range of applications.
“We believe that our systems offer unrivalled performance and flexibility while maintaining the openness and ease of use which is vitally important to Ashtead and its customers.”
Earlier this month Ashtead said its deflection monitoring system (DMS) had been put to work on BP’s Quad 204 project, collecting data needed for the safe installation of manifolds at depths of 400 metres.