Kongsberg Maritime Ltd in Aberdeen will expand its rental pool with a REMUS 100 autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) from Hydroid, Inc. a Kongsberg Company.
"We are delighted that Kongsberg Maritime Ltd has chosen to expand its rental equipment pool by adding the REMUS 100," said Graham Lester, Director - Hydroid Europe. "The system is extremely reliable and has proven capability for underwater search and survey operations. As the market leader we are pleased to offer this pioneering AUV rental capability which allows marine operators and surveyors alike to utilize this advanced technology on a variety of survey jobs at an affordable cost."
Formed during 1997, the Aberdeen, UK-based Rental Division was established to supply and support a total rental solution anywhere in the world. The rental lease pool has increased rapidly in size, offering a comprehensive range of equipment and market-leading resources in key technological equipment areas. The customer base encompasses most offshore areas including oil & gas, telecommunications, scientific research and the military.
"The introduction of the portable shallow water REMUS 100 AUV system to our equipment lease pool perfectly complements our existing Kongsberg subsea rental inventory," said Keith Thomson, Kongsberg Maritime Equipment Rental Manager. "The product already has a proven track record and introducing it into the rental marketplace will create opportunities for our customers to use this technology to support and expand their subsea operational activities." Kongsberg Maritime will begin offering the REMUS 100 for rent beginning in April of 2011.
Hydroid's REMUS AUVs are as many basic and applied research programs funded by ONR, DARPA and the UK Ministry of Defense. With over 200 vehicles in the field, Hydroid is currently the AUV market leader with systems in use around the world.