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Posted on 02 April 2024


Subsea solution provider, Film-Ocean, has announced the expansion of its work-class ROV fleet with the purchase of a third hydraulic ROV from global technology manufacturer, SMD. The company has also entered into a support agreement for services and spares.

Film-Ocean will take delivery of the ultra-compact Atom hydraulic vehicle (HV) this summer, where it will commence operations on a wide range of projects.

With a high power-to-size ratio, the Atom HV is suitable for multiple applications across Film-Ocean’s service range, adding greater flexibility to its expanding offshore fleet.

Film-Ocean’s CEO, Scott Jenney, commented: “Having collaborated with SMD for over five years, we are pleased to incorporate a third SMD ROV into our fleet.

“We are seeing a huge increase in demand for ROV services, and this latest investment enables us to continue delivering high-class assets to our clients. We expect demand to continue to grow in the coming years and we are working closely with SMD to incorporate the additional capabilities of its EV range into our fleet of vehicles.

“Our ongoing partnership represents our commitment to industry excellence, and with SMD bringing new technology to the market, we look forward to the many collaborations still to come.”

Speaking on the recent sale, SMD’s senior key account manager, Lee Carden, said: “We are delighted to continue our ongoing partnership with Film-Ocean; a forward-thinking and dynamic organisation with a truly exceptional team and world-class facility.

“The company’s investment in our pioneering equipment is indicative of its long-term vision to build a sustainable business for the future.”

SMD’s Atom HV has been engineered with flexibility in mind. Constructed from the latest Curvetech® components, its modular design enables vehicle configuration to be optimised for the job at hand, with a lightweight aluminium chassis ensuring tight control is maintained in high currents. Able to divert up to 100 per cent of its power from propulsion to tooling, the Atom HV can operate powerful tools typically reserved for much larger vehicles.