Phoenix takes delivery of UHD ROVsVessel & ROV News // January 18, 2007
Phoenix International has announced that it has taken delivery of two ultra-heavy duty (UHD) Work Class ROVs from Schilling Robotics. UHD units 005 and 006 were delivered to Phoenix’s Bayou Vista, Louisiana facility where they will undergo final integration and testing prior to their mobilization in the Gulf of Mexico.
The UHDs use proprietary technology that results in a smaller size ROV of less weight but without any sacrifice in performance. This, in turn, provides more onboard space for a wider array of tools and instruments.
"The acquisitions are another step in Phoenix’s strategy to provide increasingly comprehensive and continually improved state-of-the-art underwater services to our oil and gas customers," said the company in a statement.
The ROVs will be used by the company’s Houston-based Subsea Projects Group for deepwater construction support.
The Houston office provides project management and engineering services for light to medium subsea construction projects.
Phoenix’s Bayou Vista, Louisiana office will provide at-sea operators and logistics for UHD operations.
Phoenix selected the 200 hp, 4,000m depth-rated vehicles with a top-hat tether management system on the basis of the UHD’s flexibility, capability, and ruggedness.
The new UHDs expand upon Phoenix’s established experience in routinely working in water depths of 3,000m and beyond.
Current ROV capabilities encompass medium to heavy work systems, submarine cable installation/excavation systems, and unique, small, battery powered inspection vehicles for operations in hazardous conditions or extreme depths (>7,000m).