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    Schilling Robotics’ Kiel 6000 ROV approved by GL

    Vessel & ROV News // January 9, 2008

    Schilling Robotic's Kiel ROV has been approved by GL.

    The Kiel 6000 ROV manufactured by Schilling Robotics has been certified by classification society Germanischer Lloyd (GL) as meeting requirements for safety and environmental impact.

    The technical monitoring group GL has conducted safety surveys of thousands of ships and several ROVs, but the survey of the Kiel 6000 is the firm’s first of a work-class ROV and of an unmanned vehicle with a 6,000m depth rating.

    The ROV is owned by the Leibniz Institute of Marine Science (IFM-Geomar) at the University of Kiel. While in the service of the university, the ROV’s primary role will be marine research.

    “The certification of ROVs is not regulated uniformly on an international level. However, plant operators are under an obligation to protect their staff against any hazards arising from the operation of technical equipment,” explained Herald Pauli, Head of Department Pressure and Underwater Technology at GL.

    “Of the underwater vehicles we have certified, the Kiel 6000 is the most complex and sophisticated ROV which we have dealt with.”

    GL reviewed a comprehensive series of tests on the ROV, and GL representatives were present during factory acceptance testing at Schilling Robotics’ headquarters in Davis, California.

    During testing of the ROV, GL monitored the integrity of the vehicle and its components under pressure at different depths and tested various safety factors in the design.

    GL was also present at the ROV system’s deep-sea trial, which was conducted from the research vessel Sonne off New Zealand.

    The Kiel 6000 will add to IFM Geomar’s capacity to research and investigate the state of earth’s marine environment and global climate change.

    “The robot will enable us to investigate and explore the marine geophysical environment,” commented Dietrich Austermann, Chairman of Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of Science, on the purchase of the Kiel 6000.

    The ROV’s depth-rating will make 95 per cent of the ocean floor open to exploration.

    The Kiel 6000's first project will see it investigate the Logatchev hydrothermal field, studying the hydrothermal fluids and their effects on the vent communities. It will also monitor seismic, tectonic, and magmatic activity, and measure and sample hydrothermal plumes and high-temperature hydrothermal fluids.


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