The dominance of the AC-ROV micro submersible in the Remote Visual Inspection (RVI) market has been reinforced with the sale of a system to one of the worlds leading RVI specialists Dacon Inspection Services of Norway.
Originating in Norway but now headquartered in Thailand, Dacon offer services ranging from non destructive testing (NDT) to complete inspection programs with specialised inspection techniques to the oil and gas, petrochemical and power industries. With a client base covering the Scandinavian countries and the entire South East Asian region, Dacon are at the forefront of RVI technology. What they can't buy they make themselves including crawler vehicles, pigs and probes.
Mr. Bore Borretzen, Marketing Manager and co-founder of Dacon was immediately impressed by the AC-ROV after a demonstration at Offshore Europe 2007 (Aberdeen). "As soon as we saw the AC-ROV we knew it would slot into our inspection offering perfectly. In our industry, vehicle size, mobility and ingress capability are project critical factors - this is why Dacon build their own inspection vehicles. We had never seen an ROV as small, mobile and powerful as the AC-ROV - we were genuinely astounded".
Dacon purchased the AC-ROV against the successful award of an inspection project involving the Teekay Petrojarl owned Petrojarl Varg FPSO vessel. Due to the current high oil and gas price, fleet owners do not want vessels docked for inspection. The Varg (which can produce for 15 years without being docked) will have the interior of its sea chest, including the butterfly valve, inspected by the AC-ROV while at sea.
The AC-ROV is the only micro ROV that is small enough and has the required mobility to successfully complete such an essential inspection task.