Ashtead Expands Rental Portfolio with iXblue Tech

Ashtead Technology has expanded its equipment rental pool following an investment in a subsea navigation system iXblue RAMSES.

The iXblue RAMSES is an acoustic synthetic baseline positioning tool with real-time underwater navigation.

According to Ashtead, when coupled with iXBlue inertial navigation system (INS), it delivers extreme precision in even the world’s most challenging seas.

It can be used to track the position of subsea structures without the need for multiple transponders or umbilicals.

With the iXblue RAMSES system, an ROV can place a single beacon on the sea floor and achieve positioning precision.

Allan Pirie, chief executive of Ashtead, said: “Our existing pool of inertial navigation systems has proven to be extremely popular with our customers and we have enhanced our rental fleet to meet their growing demands.

“This investment underlines our commitment to the subsea market, by offering the latest, most efficient technologies available and will see our clients experience a more cost-effective, reliable solution for ROV and AUV navigation, offshore support, metrology, and demanding subsea applications across the UK and beyond.”

Brook Rodgers, iXblue’s regional sales manager, said: “We are pleased that Ashtead has added iXblue’s innovative, inertial-acoustic systems to its rental fleet. INS is being increasingly used in subsea operations to provide improved positioning data. The high level of accuracy and ease of operation of RAMSES makes it an ideal choice for a wide range of applications. We believe that our systems offer unrivalled performance and flexibility while maintaining the openness and ease of use which is vitally important to Ashtead and its customers.”

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