Allseas Expands ROV Fleet

Schilling Robotics

Schilling Robotics will supply Allseas Group S.A. with three additional ultra heavy-duty UHD ROV systems in late 2008. Allseas will use the systems to perform survey support, pipeline touchdown monitoring, and a wide array of construction support tasks in the world's major oil and gas regions.

The ROVs feature 150 shp and are rated for operation to 4000 meters. The systems include Schilling Robotics extended-excursion XE TMS systems, two of which have 850-meter tethers and independent propulsion systems.

Special features for survey and pipeline inspection operations include camera booms and profilers that pop up from the vehicle's rear for deployment. Schilling's standard AutoTrack utility, which allows survey coordinates to control vehicle movement, will further facilitate survey operations.

Says Schilling Robotics' Regional Manager Jason Stanley, "We are obviously very pleased that Allseas, which is one of the world's major offshore pipelay and subsea construction companies, is placing additional UHD orders with us. We appreciate their confidence, and we know that we can supply the most advanced subsea technology available."

Schilling Robotics was selected by Allseas in 2007 to exclusively supply ROV technology for use on Allseas vessels, and the three new UHD systems will join four others delivered in 2007 and early 2008.

Headquartered in Davis, California, 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.

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.