SMD delivers seabed mining unitsVessel & ROV News // February 4, 2016
Late January marked a significant milestone for SMD in the UK when the world’s first deepsea mining vehicles left the Port of Tyne. In late 2007 SMD was awarded with a contract to design and build the world’s first deep sea mining vehicles for Canadian listed company Nautilus Minerals. Eight years on, having worked in close partnership with the customer, the project is complete.
The seafloor production tools (SPTs) and associated equipment, weighing more than 1,000 tonnes, were loaded onto a heavy lift vessel which has set sail for Duqm Port in Oman where they will undergo further testing.
As well as the three SPTs, SMD designed and manufactured the full spread equipment required to remotely operate, launch and recover the SPTs from the deck of the ship onto which they will be installed in 2017.