Forum Subsea Technologies has secured orders from DOF Subsea to supply three of its Ultra Compact Perry XLX-C work-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). DOF Subsea will deploy the vehicles onto three of its ROV support vessels for recently awarded projects in Brazil.
The systems will be manufactured at Forum’s UK facility at Kirkbymoorside in Yorkshire and delivered in the first quarter of this year.
The compact 2000-m rated 150HP XLX-C vehicles, which are coupled with compact Dynacon LARS designs, are the first of their kind to be delivered to the market. Forum has engineered the ROV footprint to suit the current specifications required by DOF Subsea and its prospective clients.
These latest Perry ROVs are powered by a capable, work-class performance 150-hp main and auxiliary hydraulic system for thrust.
Kevin Taylor, Forum Subsea Technologies vice president of subsea vehicles said, “In total, DOF Subsea has more than 60 of Forum’s ROVs in their global fleet. As the market continues to pick up from a sustained downturn, it is reassuring to see this ongoing confidence in our systems which meet the operational resilience and safety standards our clients require.
DOF Subsea's Brazil Contracts
DOF Subsea said in February the three contracts have a firm duration of 3 years and can be extended for another 2 years. The vessels allocated for the contracts are Skandi Commander, Skandi Olympia, and Skandi Chieftain, all owned by DOF Rederi AS (100% owned by DOF ASA). Each vessel will be equipped with two state-of-the-art work-class ROVs owned and operated by DOF Subsea Group.
The contracts are expected to begin in 2Q 2019; estimated total firm contract value is NOK 1.3 billion.
Skandi Olympia (built 2009) has been on charter with Fugro since her delivery in 2009. She was redelivered from Fugro by the end of 2018 and has been idle in Norway since. Skandi Commander (built 2007) completed an ROV support vessel (RSV) contract with Petrobras in November 2018 and is now working on a 60-day contract with Total in Brazil. Skandi Chieftain (built 2005) worked the 2018 season in Canada and has been idle in St. Johns since November 2018. Before moving to Canada Skandi Chieftain worked on a long-term RSV contract Brazil.
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