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Contract Awards: SMD to supply oil salvage ROVs to Japan

Posted on 23.07.2010 - 11:00 EDT in ROV NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

SMD to supply oil salvage ROVs to JapanSMD is pleased to announce a contract for supply of two Quasar general purpose work class ROV systems to Nippon Salvage, of Japan.

The two systems, specified to a high level, are to be primarily used for salvage operations which include recovery of oil from sunken vessels. The ROV will deploy a special oil recovery tool which can drill through the vessel hull to tap and recover the oil to the surface. One system will also be supplied with a detachable trenching tool skid capable of burying cable products to a depth of 1.5m.

The control cabin will be equipped with SMDs 'DriROV' simulator system. Utilizing the ROV controls and screens, DriROV gives operators access to numerous training scenarios without the need to launch the ROV. It can also be used to practice operational scenarios, reducing risk and improving efficiency. SMD will also manufacture the winches and A-Frames to complete the package.

Commenting on the award, Mark Collins, Global ROV Manager at SMD said:  "Nippon Salvage purchased their first system from SMD more than 10 years ago and it is excellent that they have selected SMD once more. SMD have a strong track record in Japan and Asia Pacific. We are also strengthening our presence further with local technical support and spares, and this was an important factor in securing this contract."

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

Nippon Salvage is a leading Japanese salvage company that has history over 117 years. They specialize in saving property and protecting the global environment with their personnel, salvage vessels, equipment and world-wide network. They are a member of the International Salvage Union (ISU) and part of its Executive Committee.

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