Schilling Robotics Wins ROV Supply Contract from Allseas

Schilling Robotics, LLC

Schilling Robotics has been awarded a contract to exclusively supply remotely operated undersea vehicles (ROVs) technology to Allseas Group S.A., one of the world's major offshore pipelay and subsea construction companies. Schilling will deliver four ultraheavy-duty (UHD(TM)) ROVs to Allseas by October 2007.

The four ROVs (UHD 15, 16, 17, and 18), will perform survey operations and provide ROV services for Allseas, and Schilling's UHD systems will form the foundation of Allseas' ROV equipment. The systems will be installed on Allseas' vessels to perform survey support, pipeline touchdown monitoring, and a wide array of construction support tasks in the North Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and other major oil and gas regions worldwide.

The ROVs feature 150 shp and are rated for operation to 4000 meters. Each system will include a Schilling Robotics extended-excursion XE(TM) TMS system with 500 meters of tether and an independent propulsion system.

"The specialized equipment used in our operations requires that we employ state-of-the-art technology and highly trained operators. Schilling Robotics' equipment will help us in managing our projects safely and within budget," said Jan Blankman, Allseas' head of subsea services. He continued, "The AutoTrack(TM) utility, which allows survey coordinates to control vehicle movement, will be especially valuable in our survey work."

Allseas will pair all four UHD systems with ODIM high-specification handling systems with active heave compensation, enabling the ROVs to operate in the world's harshest offshore environments almost year round.

Schilling Robotics' CEO Tyler Schilling said, "We take great pride in the fact that Allseas selected us to supply these important systems for their ROV operations and services division, since Allseas is known in the industry for the great care with which they select their equipment."

Headquartered in Davis, Calif., with regional offices in Houston and Aberdeen, Schilling Robotics designs and delivers the highest-performing, most advanced subsea robotics, control systems, and components for use in the world's harshest environments. The company brings over 20 years of technology expertise and innovation in control, communication, and actuation to the challenges facing customers in subsea environments.

The Swiss-based Allseas Group S.A. is one of the major offshore pipelay and subsea construction companies in the world, operating specialized vessels that are designed in house. Founded in 1985, the company has gained worldwide experience in all types of offshore and subsea construction projects. Allseas supports clients already in the conceptual design stage and offers its services for project management, from engineering and procurement to installation and commissioning.