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    SMD delivers Q trencher for cable installation and maintenance vessel

    Vessel & ROV News // May 8, 2015

    SMD recently delivered a Q-Trencher 400 telecoms vehicle to United Arab Emirates-based company E-Marine.

    The vehicle is to be installed on the company’s cable lay vessel Maram, a dedicated submarine cable installation and maintenance vessel.

    SMD has supplied E-Marine with the full trenching system, including control system and gantry style telescopic launch and recovery system and has worked closely with E-Marine to integrate the bespoke gantry system into the ship.

    The Q-Trencher vehicle is rated to 2,500m water depth and is capable of operations up to 4.0 knots.
    SMD said the last cable maintenance machine of this size was delivered over a decade ago.

    The Q-Trencher 400 is equipped with SMD’s DVECS IITM advanced vehicle control technology. DVECS II features such as time trending, ‘point to fault’ and flexibility of the GUI & I/O benefit the pilot, reducing their workload such that operations are performed with increased accuracy and reliability, driving down task based operational costs.


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