Jan de Nul Group, an industry leading expert in dredging and marine construction activities, has confirmed an order with SMD for a Quasar MkII 150hp 3000m rated work class remotely operated vehicle (ROV).
The high specification system including Tophat Tether Management System, A-Frame, Umbilical Winch and dual control system (vessel bridge and control cabin) will be delivered in the second quarter of this year.
The Quasar work class ROV is the mid-sized vehicle in SMD’s Q-Series work class ROV range offering class leading in-current performance, tooling, instrument space and access for maintenance. Utilising the latest multi-platform Curvetech™ components, the Quasar is an all-round performer capable of survey, construction and drill support operations.
Mark Collins, SMD’s Deputy Managing Director, said: “This is Jan de Nul’s second Quasar ROV, the first delivered in 2009 and for them to return to SMD for Work Class equipment is great news. The new system will be used for high end survey operations as well as construction work which really suits the Quasar as it’s an excellent all round performer.”
Commenting on the contract award, Rutger Standaert, Project Engineer, said: “From the first contact on, Jan de Nul appreciated the efforts by SMD to adapt the standard Quasar MkII to our specific requirements. The vessel bridge control, which makes it possible to have direct communication between all operators and superintendents during operations, is a valuable additional feature. By making the Quasar MkII interchangeable with our first Quasar, SMD gives us the maximum flexibility for our constantly changing and growing fleet.”
SMD is one of the world’s leading subsea engineering companies designing and manufacturing Work Class ROVs, trenching systems, and subsea mining machines. They have a worldwide customer base operating in oil and gas, telecoms, mining, salvage, renewables, defence and scientific markets, with offices in the UK, USA, Singapore and Brazil.