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.

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SMD Supply Quantum MkIII Work Class ROVs to China’s COOEC

November 2, 2016

July 2015: SMD are pleased to announce the delivery of three Quantum Work Class ROV (WROV) systems to China’s largest offshore engineering construction company, COOEC Subsea Technology Co Ltd.

SMD were awarded contracts to supply COOEC with three Quantum MkIII 3000m rated WROV systems in the first quarter of 2015. The orders include one 12Te and two 15Te launch and recovery systems, SMD DVECS-S control systems for each vehicle and a comprehensive spares and support package.

In addition to supporting COOEC during system mobilisation, the contract includes a comprehensive SMD customer training package for COOEC personnel, with the option for training to take place at SMD’s industry leading training suite in North East England, or at the customers’ preferred location.

John McCann, SMD Regional Manager Asia Pacific said “We are delighted that, following a competitive open market tender, COOEC have again selected SMD as their partner of choice going forward”.

The Quantum WROV is the ultra-heavy duty construction class vehicle in SMD’s WROV range. Utilising the latest multi-platform Curvetech™ components, SMD Quantum users report formidable performance and reliability, with the machines capable of supporting the most demanding of subsea operations.

DVECS-S control includes an advanced dynamic positioning system, allowing hands free hovering and navigation and thus enabling the pilot to concentrate on the job in hand. The user friendly system allows the pilot to simply point-and-click on the map screen to move the ROV. Through communication with commonly fitted ROV instruments DVECS-S can accurately control the position of the ROV throughout the water column – even in high currents.

SMD first supplied COOEC with WROVs over ten years ago. COOEC now have a total of nine SMD WROVs in their fleet following delivery of the three new Quantum systems.


ROV Systems Accredited to Latest DNV Standards

November 2, 2016

May 2015: We are pleased to announce that SMD ROV systems are now accredited to the latest DNV standards.  Conforming components include Control Cabins, ROVs, Tether Management Systems (TMS) and Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS).

ROV control cabins are available fully certified to Offshore Service Modules DNV 2.7-2, so clients have extra peace of mind from greater safety features relating to fire and smoke protection.  Cabling and wiring is now low smoke, low halogen and a revised cabin lining offers better protection for occupants from fire and heat.  The high voltage transformers within the cabin – always used with Work Class ROVs – are now fully type tested to DNV-OSD-201 for short circuit, full load, temperature and overload, offering increased safety and reliability for clients.

SMD ROVs including Quantum Heavy Work Class, Quasar Medium Work Class and Atom Compact Work Class can now be offered to DNV 2.7-3.  This means the units are fully certified to the highest standards for vessel-to-land, vessel-to-vessel and vessel-to-sea transfer.  SMD Tether Management Systems often used in conjunction with the ROVs can also be supplied conforming to the same standard.

SMD Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS) conforming to DNV 2.22 are now available.  SMD’s first, a fully certified 12te Telescopic A-frame and 12te 3500m umbilical winch, is undergoing final build and test.  Updates relate to improved equipment safety such as up-rated braking components on the winch and an increase in operating temperature range (-20C to +45C).  Other Launch and Recovery systems in the range will be available certified to the same standard in the near future.

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