SMD Shanghai Complete Manufacture of Quantum MkIII WROV

January 29, 2019

Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) are pleased to announce that SMD Shanghai, SMD’s Chinese entity, have successfully completed the manufacture and commissioning of a Quantum MkIII work class remotely operated vehicle (WROV) at their facility in Lingang, Shanghai. This is the first WROV to be built at their facility since its opening in 2018.

SMD Shanghai’s facility is home to a 3700m2 workshop which contains an in-house training facility featuring a state-of-the-art ROV training simulator and 405m3 test tank. Having this capability in-house means that SMD Shanghai are able offer their customers a full solution from sales support to training and aftercare.

Andrew Starforth, Managing Director, SMD Shanghai comments, “I am thrilled that we have completed the manufacture of our first WROV system. This is a huge milestone for us to achieve and we have done so with a new team of engineers and technicians. I am looking forward to continuing our success here in Shanghai.”

The Quantum WROV is the largest and most heavy duty WROV in SMDs range, it offers an ideal solution for offshore tasks where high thruster performance and tooling power are required. Generous chassis space means that the system is versatile to allowing for upgrades and additional equipment to suit the customers’ requirements.

For more information on our range of Work Class ROVs visit: https://www.smd.co.uk/product-category/work-class-rovs/

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SMD's Multi-Mode Pre Lay Plough Completes First Job for Assodivers Ltd

June 21, 2018

World leading subsea equipment designer and manufacturer Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) are pleased to announce that their Multi-Mode Pre Lay Plough, delivered to Greek offshore contractors Assodivers Ltd in Spring this year, has successfully completed its first offshore job in the Baltic sea.

The Multi-Mode Pre Lay Plough is the newest addition to SMD’s power cable installation and protection product range. This plough has configurations for boulder clearing, trenching and backfill. The boulder clearance pass clears a 13.0m wide route including surface and submerged boulders. The trenching pass creates an engineered ‘Y’ trench profile with a secure power cable pocket for subsequent lay process. The backfill pass moves the cut spoil excluding boulders back over the product for maximum cover. All three modes have responsive and controlled steering and a fully integrated sensor suite for as built survey of performance.

Managing Director for SMD’s Subsea Business, Paul Davison comments, “I am thrilled that we have been able to deliver the plough with all three configurations. Having multiple configurations available means this one plough can be set up to carry out a campaign of route clearance and power cable installation and cover processes making it economical in both cost and time, minimising lay risk and maximising lay speed. Assodivers are the first client who have this capability in a single vehicle. We have a longstanding relationship with Assodivers, they have two of our Atom Work Class ROV systems already in their fleet and we are pleased that they trust us and our equipment.”

The equipment was mobilised on board Assodivers’ DP-2 Construction Support Vessel, the Aethra, directly from SMD’s quayside access point.

Technical Manager from Assodivers, Aggelos Tziotakis comments, “We are excited with the opportunities that have arisen from the use of a unique tool such as the multi-mode pre-lay plough; The vehicle has already performed its maiden work in the offshore fields of the Baltic with very successful results.”

Offering a full turnkey solution, SMD delivered a 20ft Control Cabin and a 60Te stabilising frame operational in up to sea state 5 via their dedicated Deck Equipment business. The team were able to integrate the 60Te stabilising frame with Assodivers’ existing A-Frame.

The scissor type stabilising frame used in conjunction with the A-Frame is designed to maintain plough orientation and reduce side to side movement during launch and recovery; fore and aft motion is restricted by the tow wire.

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SMD Sign Contract to Supply Atom Mk1 ROV System to China Southern Power Grid

April 12, 2018

World leading subsea equipment design and manufacturer Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) are pleased to announce the signature of a contract to supply its Atom Mk1 1000m 100hp Work Class Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) system to Chinese power specialist China Southern Power Extra High Voltage Power Transmission Company (EHV, CSG), a subsidiary of the state-owned China Southern Power Grid (CSG).

The ROV will be used for inspection of the 31km physical power cable connections in the Qiongzhou Strait between Hainan Island and mainland China. The Qiongzhou strait often experiences high currents so it was essential that CSG chose a compact and powerful ROV to cope with the harsh conditions.

The Atom system is SMD’s lightest work class ROV suitable for offshore power applications, survey and light construction duties, and can be mobilised on vessels with limited deck space. For this contract, SMD will integrate a TSS350 cable tracking system and other survey tools to perform cable inspection.

Mark Collins, SMD business development director, said: “Our Atom system has a proven track record working in challenging operational environments, varying from shallow waters and high currents to scorching temperatures, all of which can cause significant problems for standard work class ROVs. For this order, Atom will showcase its ability to operate in high currents and will call upon its market-leading dynamic positioning system to ensure survey data is of the highest quality.”

Scheduled for delivery at the end of 2018, the ROV will be equipped with SMD’s proven and reliable range of Curvetech® components, DVECSII control system and 20ft control cabin which will be mobilised on board CSG’s new cable installation vessel. As part of the contract, SMD Services is also providing bespoke training courses to ensure CSG’s operational team are prepared with the necessary operating skills.

SMD Services will utilise CRRC SMD Shanghai’s facilities to support mobilisation of the ROV on board CSG’s new vessel. They will also lead on the sea trials ensuring the ROV operates at maximum capacity with support from the SMD Services offshore team, who will be on hand to provide assistance for any on deck ROV support.

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Exciting Times Ahead Following CRRC Merger

November 3, 2016

September 2015: Following the acquisition of SMD by CSR Times Electric (now CRRC TEG) earlier this year, the parent company of CRRC TEG, China CSR Corporation Limited (CSR), completed a merger with China CNR Corporation, to create China CRRC Corporation Limited (CRRC). The merger of these two companies has significant and positive implications for the development of SMD; not least the support from such a strong financial capability.

A number of areas of the business are already embarking on some exciting new projects that we could not have realised without the support of CRRC and CRRC TEG, and we look forward to revealing further details of these developments over the coming months.

One of these projects stems directly from some customer research carried out last year on behalf of our Work Class ROV business unit which identified a demand for an improved command and control environment. We strongly value feedback from our customer and have recently carried out some research which we will be using to help improve our aftersales support service over the coming months. Read more about this here.

The Managing Director of our Trenching, Mining and Renewables business unit, Mike Jones has taken up the role of Deputy CEO and will be focused on heading up our operations in China. Mike commented, “The nascent Chinese subsea markets present a huge opportunity for our business. I am pleased to be given the opportunity to establish and lead our presence in China.”

Our experienced Trenching, Mining and Renewables business unit manager, Paul Davison will be stepping into Mike’s previous role as Managing Director of our projects based business unit, and is looking forward to this new challenge: “I’m very proud and excited to manage the projects division.  The markets in which we operate are in constant flux which drives innovation, technology and agility.  This is our challenge and we look forward to growing a long term, sustainable business as part of the CRRC group.”

It’s important to us to keep our stakeholders informed, and as part of this we’re taking part in a number of industry events over the coming months. We will be exhibiting at the OI China exhibition in Shanghai which takes place in November. We will also have speakers at O&M Offshore in London on the 5th November, and at OWCI Hamburg which runs from the 1st to the 2nd of December.

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SMD Announce New Shareholder

November 2, 2016

February 2015: Specialist Machine Developments (SMD) Ltd (“SMD”) are pleased to announce that our shareholders have signed a sale and purchase agreement with Zhuzhou CSR Times Electric Co. Ltd a subsidiary of CSR Corporation Limited of China, for the sale of the entire share capital of the SMD group.

Andrew Hodgson, CEO of SMD, commented “Becoming part of CSR will be a key step in SMD’s development as a business and we look forward to continuing to deliver to our markets in this new and exciting phase of our history”.

Mr Jiang Yi, Deputy President of CSR Zhuzhou Institute added “SMD has world class technology, a world class engineering team and an extensive track record in the subsea sector. I believe CSR and SMD will work together to further develop the global subsea equipment market”.

This completion of the deal is now subject to completion of the filing procedures with several Chinese regulatory authorities and we expect this process to take between two and four months.

Pictured above from left to  right: Jiang Yi, Vice President of Zhuzhou Institute (majority shareholder of CSR Times Electric Co. Ltd). Tim Smallbone, Partner, Inflexion Private Equity. William Wang, Head of the Capital Operation Office, CSR Times Electric Co. Ltd. Andrew Caffyn, Chairman, SM. Andrew Hodgson, CEO, SMD

 

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