New EROV for subsea maintenance

XLe Spirit Forum’s vice president of subsea vehicles Kevin Taylor (left) with Forum's subsea vehicles sales manager Malcolm Johnston at the launch of the XLe Spirit
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A new electric remotely operated vehicle (EROV) has been launched at Oceanology International to perform subsea maintenance and repair work with its optional electric or hydraulic five-function manipulator arm.

Forum Energy Technologies’ XLe Spirit, the first and smallest of a new generation of electric ROV’s designed by the company, has a self-regulating power feature which compensates for tether losses to ensure a constant and stable power delivery to the vehicle regardless of tether length.

Kevin Taylor, Forum’s vice president of subsea vehicles, commented: “We recognised the time was right to introduce a new range of electric ROV’s as confidence begins to return to a depressed market.

“The XLe Spirit is the first vehicle in the range with innovative features which will meet the expectations and requirements of operators.”

Auto-pilot enabled

XLe Spirit uses the same advanced Forum Integrated Control Engine (ICE++) found in larger work-class and trencher vehicles in the Forum product range. This provides a wide range of auto-pilot and pilot assist modes when appropriate sensors are fitted.

The advanced control electronics pod fitted to all Forum XLe electric vehicles enables superior connectivity and expansion capabilities when compared with other ROV’s on the market, said Forum.

Ethernet interfacing also allows for seamless integration with other industry sensors using common IP architecture and ease of remote data transfer, added the company.

XLe Spirit was designed and manufactured in-house at Forum’s Yorkshire, UK facility.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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