Providing an ROV is not enough if you cant get it onto location. Many times, the cost of the deployment vessel is significantly more then the cost of the ROV service itself. Many times a large vessel is not called for and the ROV can be deployed safely and effectively from a small vessel.
SeaView Surveyor with ROV and 1000ft umbilical cable
Using a vessel of opportunity often presents a problem since many charter vessels, built with passenger comfort in mind, are not necessarily very suitable for ROV operations. They tend to not be equipped with adequate launch and recovery systems and their bridges are typically bright places which are great for captain visibility but not good for trying to view detail on video monitors.
To meet this requirement we went looking for a trailerable, versatile vessel that can safely carry an ROV to coastal and near coastal locations and then launch and recover up to 300lbs of equipment. We needed a vessel that would get on location quickly but once on location would be stable and provide a sheltered, comfortable location from which to work.ballasted sailing boat specially modified to support Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and sonar operations. The vessel has a lifting davit in lieu of a mast for ROV launch and recovery. It is powered by a 60hp outboard engine which is enough power to get the vessel to plane. It is equipped with a ROV storage cradle, storage batteries and an inverter system to allow the vessel to run up to 5kw of electrical equipment and a 19″ equipment rack below.
The SeaView Surveyor offers a cost effective means to obtain ROV access or sonar data collection at a relatively modest cost.
- Length: 25 feet, 10 inches
- Beam: 7ft, 9 inche
- Draft: 12 inches
- Davit Capacity: 300lbs
- Engine Power: 60hp
- Fuel Capacity: 24 Gallons
- Max Range: Approx 150 miles at cruise speed
- Top Speed: 16 knots
- Electrical Power: 4.5kw/220Vac
- Water Ballast: 1150 pounds