SMD Quasar WROV Dives 5.7 Kilometers Deep

Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD) has recently completed sea trials on its deep-sea Quasar work-class remotely operated vehicle (WROV).

The 6000-meters-rated WROV, complemented with an electric drive dual-purpose winch and launch and recovery system (LARS), reached the seabed at 5,760 meters during the trials.

The complete turnkey solution was recently delivered to Shanghai Salvage and has undergone testing at various depths, SMD said. The system was supplied with interchangeable winch drums which can be changed out on deck to achieve operational service at depths up to 3000 meters or 6000 meters when required.

Paul Davison, managing director of SMD’s equipment business said, “This is a significant milestone for our WROV and deck technology. reaching maximum operating depth during sea trials establishes the quasar WROV as the most capable deep-water wrov in the market. Being able to operate at such depths opens up endless possibilities for the deep-sea salvage, survey and exploration markets and i am looking forward to watching this market continue to grow.”

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