Film-Ocean Beefs Up ROV Fleet

Ellon-based ROV services provider Film-Ocean has expanded its fleet of vehicles with the acquisition of its tenth Saab Seeye Falcon and a Quasar WROV from SMD.

According to SMD, the delivery included a refurbished Quasar MkII Work Class ROV system (WROV), Tophat Tether Management System (TMS) and associated deck equipment,

First sold in 2012 for use in the oil and gas market, this 3000-meter rated Quasar WROV has carried out multiple campaigns of work for its previous owner.

SMD Services purchased this system for resale and have since refurbished the system; changing out now obsolete components and upgrading the hydraulics, enabling the system to operate as new 7 years after it was first delivered.

Earlier this year, STAPEM Offshore acquired Film-Ocean with plans for growth in new and existing markets, with a particular focus on the offshore wind farm sector.

Liam Forbes, Head of Delivery for SMD Services, said: “This has been a fantastic project to work on. By working closely with our new customer Film-Ocean, we have delivered a refurbished asset that will serve their operational needs for some time to come.”

Mike Mackie, Film Ocean’s operations manager, said: “We have been working closely with SMD on this project for some time now. The Quasar MKII is a highly capable system and its introduction to our business further enhances our existing fleet and enables us to provide a wider range of services to better serve our customer’s requirements. In addition we have included a high specification Survey package and upgraded the entire system to Panolin Greenmarine environmentally friendly oils. We look forward to build on the excellent working relationship we have established with SMD.”

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