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    New ROV course at The Underwater Centre

    Training // January 14, 2016

    The Underwater Centre has added the FMC Schilling TITAN 4 syllabus to its remotely operated vehicle (ROV) training suite. The course familiarises candidates with all major components of the TITAN T4 manipulator and provides system operation and routine maintenance procedures.

    The Centre has adapted the course to offer extensive operational practice through specific activities designed to give candidates familiarity with the manipulator in use. There will be multiple deliveries of the course throughout the year, and it is included in the centre’s seven-week Premium ROV Course. The two- day course will be integrated into the ROV Tooling module and offered as a stand-alone option as well.

    The FMC Schilling Manipulator was donated to the centre by Fugro and upgraded by FMC Schilling Robotics from a TITAN 3 to a TITAN 4. The TITAN 4 represents the industry standard for position controlled manipulator operations used in work-class ROV applications. The development of this manipulator has featured extensively in the advancement in remote technology applications, in the harshest of marine environments, and deserves its reputation as the proven system of choice for all major ROV operators and their clients alike. This training provides a vital addition to the skill-set of any ROV pilot technician.

    Steven Cullen, The Underwater Centre’s ROV operations manager, said,: “What it means for industry is that there is now a second option for ROV personnel to train on the T4, in accordance with the official syllabus from FMC Schilling Robotics. For work-class operations, the effective use of the T4 is as vital as piloting skills and traditionally has been over-looked as a requisite competency for effective operations.”

    Mike Thomson, regional manager, Europe & West Africa at FMC Schilling Robotics, added,: “We understand the vital role that effective training plays in our industry. Not only can effective training increase operator safety, it can contribute to increased productivity, as well as reduced equipment maintenance and repair costs. We are delighted to be collaborating with The Underwater Centre, supporting their delivery of highly relevant TITAN 4 Manipulator product familiarisation to their candidates.”

    ROV pilot technician candidates benefit from The Underwater Centre’s unique training elements, including time on Loch Sunart, – the centre’s ROV support vessel, which is fitted with an operational work-class ROV –, providing students with invaluable first-hand experience in all areas of ROV operations and mobilisation, from launch and recovery to operating a suite of ROV navigation sensors as part of in-water practical exercises,; features unavailable at any other facility. Candidates also have full use of the ROV electrical and mechanical workshops, as well as the Centre’s VMAX simulator suite. 

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