Noordhoek orders second Panther PlusVessel & ROV News // August 7, 2006
Noordhoek has ordered a second Panther Plus.
The growing world demand for electric work-class ROVs is marked by subsea contractor Noordhoek expanding its fleet with a second order this year for a Panther Plus ROV from Seaeye Marine.
This will bring to 22 the number of Panthers delivered worldwide and to eight the number of Panthers and Cougar work class ROVs ordered this year to date.
Noordhoek will use their new 1,000m rated ROV in support of a cable-laying project between Norway and the Netherlands where it will work in depths of up to 400m.
The ROV will operate from the cable-laying vessel using a launch and recovery ‘A’ frame and winch built by Noordhoek, and a tether management system supplied by Seaeye.
Seaeye says growing demand for electric work-class ROVs has come from service companies working with manufacturers to increase the capability and range of operations that can be conducted with these vehicles.
Where a suitably equipped electric ROV can be used instead of an hydraulic system, the operator benefits from significantly lower costs of ownership in an ROV that is likely to weigh less than a quarter of its hydraulic equivalent, will take up less space on deck and require a smaller crew to man it.
Add to this ease of mobilisation, maintenance and repair of electric ROVs and it can be seen why their use in drill support, IRM and survey operations is increasing – along with support of cable laying and touch down monitoring.