FET to supply electric observation-class ROV for ocean research

Forum Energy Technologies (FET) has secured a contract from a major North American ocean research facility to supply an electric observation-class ROV. This further reinforces the organisation’s commitment to exploring the deep sea.  

The Mohican ROV system will help document sea floor communities and species of interest at various depths up to 2,000m. Anticipated areas of focus will include proposed and established marine protection areas as well as other biologically significant locations of interest in the marine environment on the continental shelf.

The ROV will be used to support ongoing research related to marine conservation targets in high currents and areas of steep bottom topography. The ROV is designed to carry a payload skid for navigation and sensors. It is also capable of manipulation and intervention.

“This contract further highlights the Mohican ROV’s capabilities for scientific research projects,” Kevin Taylor, FET’s Vice President – KMS and Subsea Robotics, said. “We have always had a strong reputation as a single source for manufacturing and delivering high-quality, robust vehicles and associated auxiliary products which are suited to underwater industry applications.

“On top of research, this also includes, defence, oil and gas, renewables, telecommunications, mining, aquaculture, and academia.”

The ROV will be manufactured at FET’s UK facility at Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire. The agreement comes shortly after FET provided an ROV to the Memorial University of Newfoundland for similar purposes.

About FET

FET participates in the energy transition by utilising its core competencies in engineering, design and manufacturing.

FET’s portfolio of products and equipment can be used to support renewable energy markets. Examples include its remotely operated subsea vehicles and trenchers used in the installation and maintenance of offshore wind turbines, coiled line pipe for carbon capture, downhole casing equipment and cable protection products for the severe conditions within geothermal, and valves and processing equipment utilised in biogas.

As the company focuses on new product development initiatives to address current market needs, sustainable energy solutions are incorporated into its processes and designs.

FET is well positioned to assist with the development of a lower carbon future. This will mean navigating through a changing industry while protecting its core competencies. The company is already seeing early signs of activity for renewable energy applications and is forecasting an acceleration in the sale of these products in the coming years.

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