SMD Celebrates the Sale of Its First Electric ROV

SMD Celebrates the Sale of Its First Electric ROV
The SMD Quantum EV. (Image credit: SMD)

Global subsea engineering and technology company, SMD, has announced the sale of its first electric ROV to Luxembourg-based marine contractor, Jan De Nul Group.

SMD’s Quantum EV will be integrated into Jan De Nul Group’s new cable laying vessel, Fleeming Jenkin, and deployed to offshore energy projects globally.

The new fully-electric ROV offers superior levels of stability, position-keeping, efficiency and reliability, for increased performance across a wide range of subsea applications, at a lower operational cost.

Speaking on the sale, SMD’s deputy CEO, Paul Davison, said: “We are delighted to have received the first order for our pioneering and powerful Quantum EV, the only vehicle of its kind currently market-ready.

“We have delivered solutions to Jan De Nul for many years and their talented team is as innovative as they come. Their new cable laying vessel, Fleeming Jenkin, will be powered by engines which can run on biofuel and green methanol, in combination with large batteries and exhaust gas treatment systems, which perfectly aligns with our sustainability targets.”

As a tier-one marine contractor, Jan De Nul Group offers a range of offshore services to clients around the globe. Commenting on its latest partnership with SMD, Jan Van de Velde, Director Newbuilding at Jan De Nul Group, said: “It is a pleasure to announce our continued collaboration with fellow innovator, SMD. Once built, the Fleeming Jenkin will be the world’s largest and cleanest cable-laying vessel. Our attention to environment and climate is mirrored in SMD’s Quantum EV, which not only offers superior efficiency and reliability but also consumes less energy and drastically reduces the risk of oil contamination.”

Mark Collins, Innovation Director at SMD, added: “Jan De Nul is a company which shares our commitment to building a better future underwater—a notion epitomised in our electric range of modular robotic vehicles. With the Quantum EV operated from the vessel’s central control positions, this pioneering vessel will be future-proofed, paving the way for offshore energy projects globally.”

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