SMD are delighted to announce a contract award with KT Submarine for a QT1000 high powered cable installation and maintenance ROV.

The relationship between SMD and KT Submarine began in 1998, with the supply of a standard cable plough. This was followed by the supply of an MD3XT Plough in 2012; the latest generation 500kW jetting assisted, telecoms cable plough.

The combination of the MD3XT and this latest award illustrates a significant investment for KT Submarine as they continue to expand and become a key player in the submarine telecommunications and power cable markets.

The 2000m rated ROV embraces the latest technologies in jet trenching and ROV design with 1000hp of total installed power and 940hp of variable jetting power. The QT1000 is capable of trenching rigid products, power cables and telecommunication cables up to three metres into the seabed.

With two of these vehicles already delivered and in service the QT1000 already has a proven presence in the trenching market, and positive client feedback indicates that the vehicle is the first choice for burial and protection of power cables.

The scope of work includes integration of a telescopic docking head onto an existing A-Frame on the M/V Miraero with an option for installation on a new power cable installation vessel. The new launch and recovery equipment, including fast response winch and umbilical cable protection system will widen the M/V Miraero's operational weather window.

The trenching ROV will be delivered in Q3 2015, with installation and sea trials planned for Korea.

Paul Davison, Deputy MD at SMD commented, “KT have been a loyal customer for SMD and we are delighted our equipment is helping their business develop and expand. We are particularly pleased to convert KT to SMD jet trenching technology and help their growth into the power cable and oil & gas installation markets in Asia.”

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