Sonsub International announced that InnovatorTM 01 and InnovatorTM 02, are currently fully operational. Recent sea trials have confirmed their success as new-generation, high-power, fault-tolerant, work-class ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicle) capable of performing demanding deepwater construction and drill support tasks.
The InnovatorTM 01 is now working onboard the S7000 to complete the Sable Project in Canada and will then be employed on the Exxon Diana Project in the Gulf of Mexico. The second system, InnovatorTM 02 was mobilized in early August onboard the 'HOS Thunderfoot' vessel, along with Sonsub's Scorpion 24 ROV, for survey operations in the US Gulf of Mexico. Project operations were designed to test the system reliability and performance prior to its planned deployment on the delicate workscope of the Blue-Stream project in the Black Sea. Following two days of 500-meter depth diving and functionality and reliability testing, the system was pushed to a groundbreaking 3000 meters (11,000 feet) on the 3rd and 4th of August, the deepest dive ever made by a commercial work-class ROV using a TMS (Tether Management System). InnovatorTM 02 is now being installed onboard Sonsub's new DP vessel 'Polar Prince', currently operating in the North Sea.
More information: Giorgio Martelli, Sonsub International Inc.