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    SMD upgrades DeepOcean trencher

    Vessel & ROV News // May 10, 2016

    DeepOcean 1 UK Ltd, a subsidiary of DeepOcean Group Holding BV, has placed a contract with subsea equipment manufacturer SMD to deliver a mechanical cutting boom and associated cable handling system for its tracked trenching vehicle, the T3200.

    The company claims that the cutting boom will be twice as powerful and deliver double the torque of any other comparable subsea trenching asset in the industry, enabling what it described as “unrivalled power cable trenching capability in hard ground regions.”

    The T3200 provides 3,200hp of trenching power and is currently equipped with an interchangeable jet trenching cassette primarily intended for jetting in softer ground. Now, SMD will deliver an ultra-high torque, boom-cutting cassette for simultaneous mechanical and jet trenching, thus enabling the protection of bundled and un-bundled power cables in rock and other hard ground areas which cannot be trenched with less capable machines.

    Pierre Boyde, DeepOcean’s commercial director, said: “We will be using the T3200 for the burial of export cables on a UK offshore windfarm in 2016 followed by the Nemo Link interconnector project in 2017 and 2018.”

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