International agreement targets development of electric thrusters for ROVs

International agreement targets development of electric thrusters for ROVs

Forum Energy Technologies (FET) has executed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a UAE-based underwater inspections provider to collaborate on the development of electric thrusters for remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).

Source: FET

The MoU was signed by FET’s Subsea Technologies product line and SAFEEN Survey & Subsea Services in March.

As part of the agreement, the thrusters will be subject to extensive cycle testing to fully validate functionality, durability and integration capabilities with existing ROV systems. Testing is also set to ensure smooth deployment and operation.

According to FET, the collaboration will enhance the performance, efficiency, and reliability of SAFEEN’s underwater services capabilities. The thrusters will be tailored specifically to the requirements of the company’s submersibles, delivering an optimal solution to the challenging marine operations in which it operates.

The development of the thrusters will be overseen by experts from both companies.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Safeen on this groundbreaking industry initiative. Our shared commitment to excellence is complementary to our ongoing innovation goals and will drive the advancement of electric thrusters, redefining industry standards to ensure safety and efficiency during offshore operations,” said Kevin Taylor, FET Vice President – KMS and Subsea Robotics.

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