i-Tech Chooses SMD Hydrovision for New ROVs


Centurion QX
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i –Tech, a Subsea 7 company, has chosen SMD Hydrovision (SMDH) for the supply of a substantial number of new generation work class ROV systems and associated equipment, with options for the supply of further systems.

The 125shp ROVs called "Centurion QX" are an evolution of Subsea 7's well proven Centurion series and will incorporate many components used on SMDH's standard Q-Series range of ROVs including DVECS distributed control and the latest Curvetech propulsion. The systems will be equipped with SMDH Compact Tether Management Systems (TMS) which also use DVECS control technology and innovations for extended tether life. The vehicles will be configured for deepwater operation and handled using SMDH designed and manufactured A-frame and Winch packages.

Accompanying the subsea equipment will be zone rated SMDH ROV control cabins which offer a spacious interior for maximum operator comfort. The DVECS control system permits better use of space by using low profile flat screen video wall technology coupled to the latest high density control computers.

The Centurion QX will be built at SMDH's Turbinia Works premises on the river Tyne in Newcastle, UK. This extensive facility allows multiple systems to be built in parallel and permits complete under cover ROV/TMS/A-frame stack up and wet testing.

SMD Hydrovision have been manufacturing high quality underwater remotely operated systems and associated deck handling equipment for over 30 years. In addition to ROV systems, SMDH is world renowned for seabed intervention systems such as cable and pipeline, ploughs and trenchers designed for sustained operation in the harshest environments.

i-Tech is part of Subsea 7, one of the world's leading subsea engineering and construction contractors. Subsea 7 has more than 100 remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), five pipeline construction yards and a fleet of modern, high specification dynamically positioned ships capable of deepwater reeled and flexible pipelay, deepwater subsea construction and saturation diving.

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