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FET to Supply Work-Class ROV to UK Ministry of Defense

The subsea product line of Forum Energy Technologies has secured a contract from the UK Ministry of Defense Salvage and Marine Operations (SALMO) team to supply a work class remotely operated vehicle (ROV).

The system has been acquired by SALMO following an Urgent Capability Requirement (UCR) from its customer, which was announced in May. The ROV will complement and increase the existing UK Defense salvage capabilities managed by SALMO and will be used to support salvage and wreck surveys.

The XLX-C Work class ROV was manufactured at FET’s UK facility at Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, and will be delivered this year.

The contract includes a two-year support solution, warranty and spares package, vessel integration and sea trials support, a training package and the potential for upgrades and additions.

FET ROV UKDefenseMinistry 1FET's commercial manager Simone Pizzolato with SALMO project manager Kristen Pearson. (Image credit: FET)

Kevin Taylor, FET’s Vice President Operations - Subsea, said: “We are extremely pleased that our XLX-C ROV has been chosen to support the SALMO team’s customer. The ROV is one of the most versatile models on the market and has the capabilities required for the tasks that it will undertake for the SALMO team. We look forward to delivering the system on time later this year.”

Kristin Pearson, SALMO Project Manager, said: “A momentous amount of work has gone into preparing what has been a complex contract in a very short time. The project team have pulled together and demonstrated a holistic and agile route to procurement. It was a great feeling to sign the contract and move us into the next stage”.

FET has previously supplied ROVs and submarine rescue vehicles to major Asian navies and built emergency life support store (ELSS) pods for the Hellenic Navy. Its products are suited across the underwater industry applications, including in defense, traditional and sustainable energy, telecommunications, mining, aquaculture and academia.

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