Fugro has conducted the first UK open water trial of its FCV 3000, its new flagship ROV at the Underwater Centre in Fort William, the UK's leading commercial diving training centre.
The FCV was built in-house by Fugro and is a highly capable, Fifth Generation Work Class ROV built to service client needs across the world for ROV operations.
The Underwater Centre was chosen as the ideal site for the trial due to its world class support facilities, as well as the unique location and topography of Loch Linnhe, one of Scotland's deepest lochs. The sea loch provided the trials team with realistic sea conditions as well as multiple depths to test the FCV 3000.
The in-house designed and built FCV 3000 offers the next generation of performance and capability. At the heart of the FCV 3000 is Fugro's well-proven control and communication system based on single-mode fibre-optic technology. This is complemented by the capability to host three high definition or 12 conventional cameras, which provide a wide range of communications.
However, it is the implementation of the "hidden capability" that will distinguish the Fugro contribution to remote technology.
Said Jim Mann, Global ROV manager at Fugro: "The Underwater Centre in Fort William has been running ROV courses throughout 2007. We have built a close working relationship with the company during this time. The facilities and support here have been ideal for the first UK sea trials of our flagship ROV, the FCV 3000. The trials have been a great success and we hope to be back here next year."