ISS Secures a World-First with Latest-Generation ROV

Oil and gas specialists Integrated Subsea Services (ISS) are the first in the world to take delivery of the latest generation of ROV, designed to exceed industry expectations by meeting tomorrow's requirements today.

The Aberdeen-headquartered diving and ROV service firm has invested 10million (GBP) in four of the newly launched Triton XLX ROVs, manufactured by Perry Slingsby Systems (PSS).

The vehicles feature innovative dynamic positioning technology which reduces pilot intervention and allows navigation data to direct the ROV. It is the first time this type of technology, which is used on surface vessels, has been available for subsea projects.

They also come with the all new ICE (Integrated Controls Engine) real-time control system which will be the core element of any further applications.

Created using the very latest in video wall technology and capable of displaying up to six graphics and six video windows simultaneously, the XLX can connect up to 24 input signals at any given time.

In a complete step-change for the industry, it utilizes, for the first time, touch screen technology and the very latest multi-image display system, taking ROV pilot interface to the next level.

As well as a state of the art optical system featuring CWDM technology for unparallel bandwidth, the Triton XLX also has distributed subsea controls providing advanced diagnostic feedback and survey power and data interfaces supporting RS232, 485, GOB ethernet, PECL and HDTV.

David Rhodes, ROV operations manager at ISS, said: "The XLX ROV gives ISS a leading role in moving the ROV industry to the next level. We chose this system for its advanced features and diagnostics, configured for both construction and survey applications, as built by the leading ROV manufacturer.

"With such significant investment, ISS are now the first company in the world able to offer the systems, placing us at the cutting edge of this new technology."

The XLX's advanced tooling interfaces, which come complete with 50HP auxiliary circuit and multiple proportional control circuits, will allow additional packages developed across the industry in the future to be added to the PSS control system.

The new generation ROV also features common and upgradable design for 3,000 and 4,000 meter systems and has been built with integrated vehicle general arrangement to optimize free deck space, increasing payload and access for maintenance.

PSS chief operating officer Bruce Lokay said: "PSS has the experience, dedication and vision to provide clients with working solutions to their remote intervention needs. The Triton XLX is the result of three years of research and development and our aim was to create an innovative system which offers the utmost in efficiency and reliability backed by PSS' world class service and technical support."