Britannia Gold - WWII Wreck
In 2017 the SMT-ROV (System Multi-Tool-Robotic Ocean Vehicle) was selected for the Debris Recovery on the Britannia Gold WWII Salvage project.
The SMT-ROV was used to assist with gaining access using shear cutters then subsequent dredging and grab operations whilst penetrating the hull of the wreck and entering areas that the standard WROV were unable to do for this job.
The system was deployed through the moonpool with a 30-ton A-frame and controlled with a 30-ton SWL AHC ODIM with Scantrol control system. There was a load cell taking readings from below the SMT-ROV in order to work safely throughout any vessel movements. This was used to examine each load with cameras inside the grab as it was being collected and transferred to new locations. The SMT-ROV conducted 52 days of initial operational work, this consisted of over 850 lifts for this project. During one period on the project, it spent 90 hours straight working.