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    Acergy readies first Schilling UHD ROVs for deployment

    Vessel & ROV News // April 2, 2007

    The ACV is based on Schilling’s standard ultraheavy-duty UHD system.

    Acergy has taken delivery of its first two ultraheavy-duty ROV systems from Schilling Robotics’ Acergy Core Vehicle (ACV) line.

    Five additional ACV systems are on schedule for delivery to Acergy during 2007.

    The first of the 150shp, 3,000m ROV systems was delivered in January 2007, and has undergone wet and dry testing in Aberdeen.

    Acergy operations personnel have also been trained on the new system, including use of Schilling’s StationKeep utility, which the company claims is the only dynamic positioning (DP) system available for ROVs. 

    The second system was delivered in March 2007.

    Both ACVs will soon be mobilized aboard Polar Queen, which has been chartered by Acergy for deepwater flexible pipelay and subsea construction tasks worldwide. 

    The ROV systems will initially be deployed off the coast of West Africa.

    Schilling was selected by Acergy in 2006 to produce the standard ROV system for the company’s next-generation remote intervention fleet. 

    The ACV is based on Schilling’s standard ultraheavy-duty UHD system.

    Both ROV systems include Schilling’s extended-tether XE TMS, which can load up to 900m of 35mm tether. Tether capacity is increasingly important in Acergy’s pipelay business, where work often needs to be performed at extended distances from its vessels.

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