Region: North Sea
Content Types: Report
Date: Mar, 2024

Rovco's newly-chartered MV Patriot at sea.

The MV Patriot has become the latest addition to the Rovco specialist fleet, joining the company’s existing two site characterisation vessels.

The leading provider of tech-powered offshore wind solutions that is valued at nearly UK£200mn, has chartered the new vessel as part of its mission to accelerate the offshore energy industries clean energy transition through deep-technology solutions. It is committed to combining AI, robotics and simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM) technologies. This motivation is being driven by the growth of the offshore wind sector as well as the ever-expanding decommissioning needs of the oil and gas industry.

The 74 m MV Patriot is expected to scale-up the company’s subsea capabilities. It boasts an active heave crane and 682 sq m deck capacity to support Rovco’s construction and maintenance expertise. At the same time, it also consolidates the company’s site clearance ability, including debris and boulder removal and unexploded ordinance navigation.

Offshore precision

The vessel’s DP2 station keeping capability will reportedly provide a stable platform for launch and recovery in marginal weather, allowing Reovco to schedule wider working windows across surveys and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) inspection. Indeed, the MV Patriot will be permanently installed with best-in-class ROVs while the WROV on-board will be fitted with SubSLAM technology to enable live inspections and precise 3D reconstructions. Full site data capture offshore will be enabled by the MV Patriot and this, in tandem with ship-to-shore communications will facilitate real-time decision making.

“We’re delighted to be adding the highly versatile and capable MV Patriot to our fleet,” commented Director of O&M Marc Coull. “This provides a further platform for our leading technology in areas such as visual pilot assist, autonomous general visual inspection, as well as ensuring that auto-eventing and reporting can be utilised more widely.”

The vessel will be delivered to Rovco for a period of three years with the option to extend by a further two.