Advanced Marine’s Sub-Atlantic Apache remotely operated vehicle (ROV) refit is nearing completion. This system was originally configured with a ‘top hat’ style tether management system (TMS), deployed from a hydraulic A-frame deck mounted launch and recovery system (LARS). The system included a 20 ft. control van that housed the pilot and co-pilot stations and small shop.
With the very capable expertise of Mr. Doug Trail, of WT Industries in Houston, Texas, the ROV has been completely refitted with updated parts to ensure maximum working reliability.
While the other components of the system (LARS, TMS & control van) remain viable for future offshore projects, the ROV has been converted to a free-flying system using only a tether and the surface control unit. Advanced Marine hopes this streamlined configuration will make the ROV better suited for inland projects, such as dam and bridge work. The smaller footprint enables this ROV to be rapidly mobilized onto smaller vessels of opportunity, or land based platforms near inland bodies of water. With a depth rating of 1,000 meters (3,280 ft.), this compact ROV has enough reach to get there.