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SMD Raises the Bar: New Electric Work Class ROV Sets New Standards in Full Power Testing

Posted on 13 May 2024

SMD Raises the Bar: New Electric Work Class ROV Sets New Standards in Full Power Testing

Global subsea engineering and technology company, SMD, is excited to announce the successful full-power testing of its electric work class ROV, the Quantum EV.

Demonstrating capabilities in speed, manoeuvrability and bollard pull, the Quantum EV sets a new benchmark in subsea technology and aims to facilitate the growth of the UK’s £23 billion renewable energy market.

SMD anticipates the Quantum EV to support underwater operations globally and has already sold the first to Luxembourg-based marine contractor, Jan De Nul Group.

Discussing the results, SMD’s Business Development Manager, John McCann, said: “We are delighted to share the success of the Quantum EV’s full-power testing, which demonstrates our relentless pursuit of engineering excellence.

“The growth of the UK’s renewables sector forms an essential part of the government’s energy security plan and transition to Net Zero. At SMD, we feel confident that our technology will support these crucial ambitions.”

Mr McCann continued: “During rigorous testing, the Quantum EV reached a top forward speed of 4.5 knots and a top lateral speed of 3.5 knots. Significantly higher than current industry standards, this enables rapid and precise operations in challenging subsea environments.

“As well as operating efficiently in currents up to 3 knots, the Quantum EV also achieved a bollard pull of 1400kgf. This exceptional strength makes the ROV perfectly suited for handling heavy loads and overcoming adverse underwater conditions, ensuring operational reliability and safety across numerous industries.”

These enhancements in speed and power will enable clients to complete tasks more efficiently, saving time and resources while increasing operational scope.

Mark Collins, Innovation Director at SMD, added: “At SMD, we are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of subsea technology. The Quantum EV is a testament to our commitment to innovation, and we look forward to seeing it transform subsea operations globally.”

To find out how SMD’s Quantum EV could improve your operation, please visit: www.smd.co.uk