The last two ROVs to leave Australia’s Total Marine Technology (TMT) mark a major milestone in a very significant contract for the company.
Typhoon 28 and 29 were the last ROVs to be built for one of TMT’s most significant jobs, the build, install and support of 12 ROVs for Brazil.
These two ROVs, like the 10 before them, have been shipped to Norway to be installed on Pipe Lay Support Vessels (PLSVs), and then put to work in Brazil. The vessels are operated by Sapura Navegação Marítima (SNM) and will be working for Petrobras. TMT’s build and installation contract which began mid 2012, will run for four years.
The first two Typhoon MK2 150 ROVs left TMT in late 2013 and were installed onto the PLSV Sapura Diamante at the IHC shipyard in Rotterdam. The last two Typhoons will be installed on board the PLSV Sapura Rubi in January 2016. They should begin working with the other five vessels in Brazil by June 2016. The vessels are contracted to Petrobras by SNM for five years.
TMT will have an active support role in the local region until at least August 2016 and will be building on its local presence. In addition to an office in Rio, TMT has committed to ongoing training and support of local ROV pilots and maintenance crew. Interactive training modules and associated materials have been created by TMT for improving the knowledge and skills of pilots and staff in the region.