Subsea engineers Ennsub have secured a £2m contract to build a launch and recovery system for geotechnical investigation specialists Benthic.
The work will be conducted through Ennsub’s product assembly and testing facility in Teesside.
The equipment, which is designed for deep and “ultra-deepwater” use, will complete Benthic’s seabed drilling and geotechnical drill fleet.
It is estimated to take around eight months to design and build and, once complete, the equipment will undergo detailed commissioning during the second quarter of 2015.
Scott Macknocher, managing director of Ennsub, said: “This award reinforces our belief that an explicit understanding of end-user needs – coupled with creative thinking and technical competence – can result in industry-leading deployment solutions for our customers.
“The Benthic LARS4 aims to deliver enhanced operating capabilities over comparable units and complements Benthic’s ambition as a leader in geotechnical seabed investigation.”
Steve Pywell, chief executive officer of Benthic, added: “Benthic is very pleased with how the LARS4 design has been developed – to provide an enhanced deployment capability over a wide range of weather conditions yet fit within a relatively small on-deck footprint.
“We anticipate that LARS4 will enable Benthic to deliver services to our clients more efficiently and more reliably.”