Seatools Upgrades FPROV on Van Oord’s FFPV Nordnes

Van Oord, a Dutch offshore contractor, has chosen Seatools to upgrade the Fall Pipe ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) on its newly refitted Flexible Fall Pipe Vessel (FFPV) ‘Nordnes’.

The FPROV is an underwater robot that steers the mouth of the fall pipe, thereby allowing high-precision rock dumping in water depths up to 1200 meters and being crucial to the optimal performance of the vessel.

In order to support Van Oord’s schedule, Seatools worked double shifts and weekends to get the work done. After exactly 30 days of intensive labour the FPROV left the workshop on its way back to the vessel, the company said.

Seatools’ scope included redesigned e-pods for improved maintainability; new computers and input/output controllers for greater data accuracy; and new in-house developed control software.

The FFPV ‘Nordnes’ has been refitted at Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen in December.

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