The new LARS solution Photo: Kongsberg Maritime
Kongsberg Maritime has signed its first contract for a new launch and recovery system (LARS), specifically designed to handle remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) from unmanned vessels.
The contract has been signed with Ocean Infinity who will install the system on their Armada fleet of robotic ships.
“The new LARS solution is developed in close collaboration with the Ocean Infinity team,” commented Lisa Edvardsen Haugan, executive vice president, deck machinery & motion control, Kongsberg Maritime. “It benefits from a unique combination of our advanced subsea technologies, reinforced with years of accumulated offshore expertise,” she added.
The system uses a pure electric drive system making it more environmentally sustainable and reducing the need for maintenance. Launch and recovery will happen through the moon pool, with the release and capture of the ROV occurring beneath the sea surface which eliminates the possibility of damage to the ROV from impact with the vessel hull. Another benefit is that launching and recovery can be carried out in higher sea states.
“We believe this will be a game changer,” continued Lisa Edvardsen Haugan. “The cost of ROV operations can be drastically decreased through use of this system. We expect to see more companies transition to using unmanned vessels to reduce operational costs and increase safety.”