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    Venom ROV for Canyon Offshore

    Vessel & ROV News // October 20, 2000
    Despite a poor year for the ROV industry with many manufacturers switching their focus to cable burial machines or merging with other companies, Hydrovision says it has bucked the trend, remained independent and developed a new construction class ROV.

    Recently, the company announced that it had signed a contract with Canyon Offshore Inc for the first of the new ROV systems in what it calls the Venom 3K-150 configuration.

    Th Venom will be operated by Canyon from Cal Dive's Q4000 semi-submersible, which is due for completion next year.

    Venom 3K-150 is a 3,000 metre depth rated, 150-shaft horsepower ROV and incorporates Hydrovision's PC 104 based Curvetech process control technology with its open architecture, and fully expandable software. A full data logging and 'black box' facility is provided as part of the package with distributed intelligence topside. The control system can be interfaced to a localnetwork or even the Internet.

    Canyon's Venom will be provided with a dual hydraulic system that separates the Curvetech propulsion system from the tooling system. The propulsion system will incorporate the latest aluminium bent axis HT 380 thrusters that provide increased thrust andgreater efficiency with a significant reduction in weight. The tooling circuit incorporates a custom designed valve pack with hydraulic pressure and flow feedback.

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