Rovco strengthens offshore wind campaigns with charter of VOS Star Vessel
Renowned scale-up in Bristol, Rovco has signed an agreement for the charter of the VOS Star from owners Vroon to support the delivery of its offshore wind farm projects. This continues their impressive year after recently being awarded a contract, for the third year in a row, to carry out work on the Beatrice offshore wind farm.
The charter marks a new working relationship between the leading provider of offshore subsea and hydrographic research projects and the international shipping company. The 68m DP2 multipurpose support vessel will support Rovco’s growing number of secured offshore wind campaigns through 2022, including the provision of hydrographic survey solutions on operational offshore wind farms in UK and Dutch waters.
On the vessel, Rovco will mobilize a dedicated and experienced offshore team to operate their Seaeye Leopard Work Class ROV systems, equipped with state-of-the-art technology powered by its sister company, Varst.
The team will perform a variety of detailed subsea survey, maintenance and repair tasks 24 hours a day, using a wide range of cable tracing and ROV tooling, including Rovco’s unique intelligent data collection system, SubSLAM X2.
Rovco’s powerful Seaeye Leopard ROVs, combined with the DP2 VOS Star, will enable safe and efficient project delivery even during harsh weather conditions, increasing the odds and reducing downtime.
Simon Miller, Managing Director of Rovco says: “With the charter of the VOS Star, we are in an excellent position to successfully deliver our booked projects this year and provide availability with a very capable warm spread to meet additional needs from clients to support emerging works or newly realized scopes. We are delighted to enter into a new relationship with Vroon, expanding our fleet and continuing to support the energy sector with a focus on the transition to renewable energy sources.”
The VOS Star is a 68m DP2 submarine support vessel built in 2016. The purpose-built vessel can accommodate up to 49 people and has a wide deck space of 485m2, and an SMST knuckle boom crane for multi-purpose operations. Combined with offshore project capabilities, the VOS Star is ideal for subsea operations throughout the lifecycle of offshore exploration, construction, maintenance and remediation campaigns.
Niek Spiljard, general manager of Vroon Offshore Services BV says: “We are happy to support the activities of Rovco with our VOS Star. It is an exciting time to forge a new relationship with a major supplier of submarine and hydrographic research solutions. We look forward to working together and contributing to a number of successful campaigns.”
Founded in 2015, Rovco is pushing the boundaries to change the way subsea operations are performed. The company provides the highest quality data insight to the marine renewable and broader energy sectors, and has the resources and expertise to deliver challenging projects around the world.