BOURBON Expands ROV Fleet

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BOURBON has commissioned 3 Heavy Duty Work ROVs (Remote Operated Vehicles) designed by FMC Technologies Schilling Robotics. Capable of operating at depths of up to 3000 m, these underwater vehicles will be deployed on Multi-Purpose Support Vessels (MPSV).

Fitted with manipulator arms, dynamic positioning, high definition camera, sonar and software, the HD Work ROVs are capable of performing activities such as survey, wellhead installation, or asset tie-in.

In line with the group’s standardization strategy, these ROVs are purchased as a series. This standardization helps to make ROV maintenance easier and to develop specific simulator training sessions.

“BOURBON’s employees are trained and proven for this type of operation. We provide our clients with highly-qualified, experienced ROV operators. Capable of piloting as well as maintaining these next-generation ROVs, they ensure the proper monitoring of operations, upstream and downstream,” explains Patrick Belenfant, BOURBON’s Senior Vice President Subsea Services.

Since 2009, BOURBON is expanding its fleet of HD Work ROVs, working closely with FMC Technologies Schilling Robotics. Three other ROVs will be further added to the fleet of ROVs by the end of 2015, which will then amount to 18 units, including 11 Work-class ROVs.

“We are very excited that BOURBON continues to experience the superior reliability of our ROV technology, and continues to expand their fleet with us,” says Tyler Schilling, President of FMC Technologies Schilling Robotics.

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