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IKM Subsea claims world first for remotely controlled ROV operations

Wed 14 Jun 2017 by David Foxwell

IKM Subsea claims world first for remotely controlled ROV operations
IKM Subsea’s ROV control room in Norway

What is believed to be the world’s first work-class remotely operated vehicle operation controlled remotely, from land, started earlier this month at IKM Subsea’s headquarters in Bryne, Norway.

IKM Subsea says that, in the near future, up to three work-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and an observation ROV on Statoil’s Snorre B and Visund installations will be controlled from its onshore control centre.

One of the work-class ROVs has been designed and engineered to be permanently based on the seabed and will only be brought to surface for periodic maintenance.

A company acceptance test with Statoil was completed on 12 June with the ROV at Snorre B and the dual control centre is now up and running.

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