ROBERT, LA — SeaTrepid International LLC has opened a new purpose-built remotely operated vehicle (ROV) training, service and support facility in southern Louisiana.
Located near the epicenter of the Gulf of Mexico’s oil and gas operations area, SeaTrepid’s Robert, La., location is positioned for easy access to the major ports in the northern Gulf of Mexico region.The new facility features a computer-based learning center featuring state-of-the-art ROV simulation along with hands-on electronics, fiber optics and hydraulics workstations for robotics technician training. The centerpiece of the facility is a 40-foot (12-m) by 30-foot (9.1-m), 16-foot (4.9-m) deep in-ground wet test pool for simulated intervention testing as well as final acceptance testing of small through work class ROV systems. This feature, along with a 54,110 square feet (382 sq m) sturdy concrete foundation, allows for heavy lifting of full work class ROV components as well as support for large Launch and Recovery Systems.
“We are thrilled to move into our new facility” said Bob Christ, SeaTrepid’s President and founder. “This will allow us to not only support our own operations, but also to train and service other WCROV operators with their initial and recurrent training needs over, multiple equipment platforms, for years to come. Subsea robotic intervention is the future in this business. The training function is crucial to the success of any robotic field operations. This facility allows for an endless flow of the most crucial component of any field operation – and that is properly trained technicians.”