T3200 – the most powerful subsea trenching machine for offshore renewable work in 2016 (photo: DeepOcean)
DeepOcean 1 UK Ltd., a subsidiary of DeepOcean Group Holding BV, has announced that the company has placed a contract with subsea equipment manufacturer SMD to deliver a mechanical cutting boom and associated cable handling system for its tracked trenching vehicle the T3200. The cutting boom will be twice as powerful and deliver double the torque of any other comparable subsea trenching asset in the industry, enabling unrivalled power cable trenching capability in hard ground regions.
The T3200 is the world’s most powerful subsea trenching vehicle offering 3,200 horse power of effective trenching power and is currently equipped with an interchangeable jet trenching cassette that delivers unrivalled jetting power in softer ground. SMD is part of DeepOcean’s high-value supply chain in the UK and will deliver an ultra-high torque, boom-cutting cassette for simultaneous mechanical and jet trenching, thus enabling the protection of bundled and un-bundled power cables in rock and other hard ground areas which cannot be trenched with less capable machines.
Pierre Boyde, DeepOcean’s Commercial Director comments “The T3200 is a game changer for the offshore power cable industry and sets a new standard for cable burial. In addition to the vehicles unrivalled power and ability to protect product to 3 metres in challenging seabed conditions, the asset incorporates HUMS (Health Usage and Monitoring System) for real time analysis of work rate and asset condition. This important technology increases reliability and sustains subsea operations. We will be using the T3200 for the burial of export cables on a UK based windfarm in 2016 followed by the Nemo Link® interconnector project in 2017 and 2018.”