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Rovco launches site characterisation business line

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 28/04/2023 Rovco

Rovco has launched a new dedicated marine site characterisation business line, to help address a crucial industry shortfall of companies with the all round skills and expertise to carry out site consenting surveys prior to the construction of new offshore installations. The new division will serve the offshore energy sector, providing clients with a comprehensive range of survey solutions, including hydrographic, geophysical, shallow geotechnical, metocean and environmental surveys.

At the heart of the new business line, is the latest addition to Rovco’s fleet, the multi-purpose DP2 survey vessel, Glomar Supporter. On long term charter from Glomar, the vessel underwent a rebuild and refurbishment in 2021 and has been reconfigured to permanently carry an entire suite of survey sensors and equipment, aimed at providing the highest quality data capture, reporting and technology enabled solutions for a streamlined and efficient site characterisation offering. This package offers complete flexibility while on site, to adapt and respond to different challenges in a single offshore trip.

This removes the need for frequent returns to port to remobilise or reconfigure equipment, significantly reducing overall survey time, bringing significant schedule efficiencies and cost savings to clients.

Craig Davis, Director of Site Characterisation at Rovco said: "It is widely accepted that the offshore industry is critically undersupplied in terms of available capacity to carry out pre-consenting, pre-construction site characterisation surveys, which are carried out to identify the safest and most efficient location for wind turbines and other infrastructure. This shortfall in capability is likely to become even more acute as new offshore projects get the go-ahead on both sides of the North Sea and the wider Northeast Atlantic."

Davis continued: “By reducing the time required for every project through a more efficient, streamlined approach, Rovco will help ease this bottleneck, creating greater capacity to service the market. Instrumental to this, will be the deployment of cutting-edge, disruptive underwater technology combined with world-leading data collection, analysis, and distribution."


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