SMD’s Quasar WROV Reaches 5760m Subsea

April 1, 2019

March 2019:

Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd are pleased to announce that a deep-sea Quasar Work Class Remotely Operated Vehicle (WROV) has successfully completed sea trials. The 6000m rated WROV, complemented with an electric drive dual-purpose winch and Launch and Recovery System (LARS), reached the seabed at 5,760m during the trials. The complete turnkey solution was recently delivered to Shanghai Salvage and has undergone extensive testing at various depths. The system was supplied with interchangeable winch drums which can be changed out on deck to achieve operational service at depths up to 3000m or 6000m when required.

By making use of electric motors powered via a Low Harmonic Variable Speed Drive application, rather than hydraulics, SMD were able to offer an environmentally friendly energy-efficient launch system.

Paul Davison, Managing Director of SMD’s Equipment business comments, “This is a significant milestone for our WROV and deck technology. Reaching maximum operating depth during sea trials establishes the Quasar WROV as the most capable deep-water WROV in the market. Being able to operate at such depths opens up endless possibilities for the deep-sea salvage, survey and exploration markets and I am looking forward to watching this market continue to grow.”

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SMD supply Quasar MkII ROV to Jan De Nul Group

November 2, 2016

January 2015: Industry leader in dredging and marine construction activities Jan De Nul Groupl have confirmed an order with SMD for a Quasar MkII 150hp 3000m rated work class remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The high specification system including Tophat Tether Management System, A-Frame, Umbilical Winch and dual control system (vessel bridge and control cabin) will be delivered in the second quarter of this year.

SMD is one of the world’s leading subsea engineering companies designing and manufacturing Work Class ROVs, trenching systems, and subsea mining machines. They have a worldwide customer base operating in oil and gas, telecoms, mining, salvage, renewables, defence and scientific markets, with offices in the UK, USA, Singapore and Brazil.

The Quasar work class ROV is the mid-sized vehicle in SMD’s Q-Series work class ROV range offering class leading in-current performance, tooling, instrument space and access for maintenance. Utilising the latest multi-platform Curvetech™ components, the Quasar is an all-round performer capable of survey, construction and drill support operations.

“SMD is delighted to have been awarded this order from Jan De Nul Group,” said Mark Collins, SMD’s Deputy Managing Director. “This is Jan De Nul Group’s second Quasar ROV, the first delivered in 2009 and for them to return to SMD for Work Class equipment is great news. The new system will be used for high end survey operations as well as construction work which really suits the Quasar as it’s an excellent all round performer.”

Jan De Nul Group is an industry leading expert in dredging and marine construction activities, as well as in specialised services for the offshore industry of oil, gas and renewable energy.

Commenting on the contract award, Rutger Standaert, Project Engineer said: “From the first contact on, Jan de Nul appreciated the efforts by SMD to adapt the standard Quasar MkII to our specific requirements. The vessel bridge control, which makes it possible to have direct communication between all operators and superintendents during operations, is a valuable additional feature. By making the Quasar MkII interchangeable with our first Quasar, SMD gives us the maximum flexibility for our constantly changing and growing fleet.”