Forum Wraps Up eROV Trials

first_imgForum Subsea Technologies’ latest remotely operated vehicle (ROV), the XLe Spirit, has completed sea trials in Norway.The vehicle is the first of a new generation of electric observation class ROVs.It is the smallest in the new range, and powerful enough to perform subsea maintenance and repair work.It is suited to the aquaculture market and capable of tasks such as net and tank inspection.Working with its Norwegian partner Innova, Forum tested the XLe Spirit at a fjord with a 500 meters water depth. The standard equipment function testing was confirmed utilising all ancillary equipment, including cameras, lights, altimeters and sonars.The trials follow a twelve-week assessment, which took place at Forum’s test tank in Kirbymoorside, Yorkshire, UK.The vehicle is the first observation class ROV to utilise Forum’s Integrated Control Engine (ICE) to bring greater functionality commonly only found in larger work-class vehicles.Kevin Taylor, vice president of Forum Subsea Technologies, said: “The XLe Spirit’s successful sea trials mark a significant milestone as we continue to bring the latest technology to the industry. The vehicle’s capabilities make it ideally suited to a wide range of operations in the oil and gas and aquaculture markets.“Our long history in the subsea sector enables us to understand the demands of our clients. Following the comprehensive sea trials, we are already garnering interest in the XLe Spirit and we look forward to delivering these vehicles to the market.”last_img read more

Snedeker out of Accenture Match Play

first_img He hopes to return for the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral in three weeks and told the PGA Tour website: “I certainly will miss competing in the Accenture Match Play Championship.” His withdrawal follows that of Mickelson, who is simply taking the week off to be with his family after five straight tournaments, and opens up a place for Sweden’s world number 66 Fredrik Jacobson in the 64-man field. If there are no more pull-outs Jacobson will take on world number one McIlroy next Wednesday and 65th-ranked Lowry will tackle Woods, while Austrian Bernd Wiesberger is now on stand-by. Press Association Golf’s hottest player Brandt Snedeker has been ruled out of next week’s Accenture Match Play in Arizona with a rib injury – and that means Ireland’s Shane Lowry is now in line to play Tiger Woods rather than Rory McIlroy.center_img Snedeker, who in his last three events has come second to Woods, second to Phil Mickelson and then first at Pebble Beach, started feeling soreness in his ribcage at the Humana Challenge last month and had more trouble last Thursday. Currently on holiday with his family in Hawaii, the world number four will return to his Nashville home later this week and is then scheduled to see a specialist, who has already suggested immediate rest and does not perceive this as a long-term issue. last_img read more