A Darlington company has taken the first step to launching a new division that will confirm its position at the forefront of unmanned subsea and seabed intervention technologies.
Modus Seabed Intervention has purchased its first Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), a robot that can travel underwater without requiring input from an operator.
The investment is part of plans to develop a dedicated division operating a fleet of AUV units to provide survey and inspection services across offshore field development life cycles.
The division is headed by the Royal Navy’s recognised AUV authority, Richard Hill.
Modus has also appointed two further AUV specialists, former Royal Navy AUV operator Bernard Carroll and former Kongsberg AUV technician, Rob Cowdrey.
Managing director Jake Tompkins said: “The requirements of the offshore industries demand innovative, technology-led solutions.
“Modus applies focussed solutions to meet the challenges of offshore developments and the AUV capability will play a major part in the support we can offer to the industry.”