ROV Manning

Working with specialty manning companies

It is more critical than ever for marine installation and marine service companies to implement ways of expanding the scope of their services in order to remain competitive. One way to capture or retain a larger percentage of overall project revenue is to retain ownership and eliminate costly subcontracted project scopes.

An example in cable and pipe installation would be to augment existing services with cable laying and trenching ROV equipment along with the specialized operation and maintenance manpower. In this way, companies can leverage their existing assets like Dynamically Positioning (DP2) equipped vessels, moored barges, cable/pipe installation equipment and experience while they outsource or “bolt-on” the specialized tooling and operators for operations like cable burial.

For example, an entire “trenching spread” – consisting of the trenching ROV, launch and recovery system (LARS) and the supporting containers – can be mobilized on a variety of suitable offshore support vessels in a relatively short time. The trenching spread can be purchased outright or leased for a specific period of time at an agreed per day cost. The additional ROV operational and maintenance support team typically consists of a seven to nine man team to accommodate twenty-four hour operations with one or more  supervisors and two teams of three men operating on 12 hour shifts.


Companies should consider many specific questions when selecting marine contracting companies for subsea ROV and marine work. There are internal considerations as well as specific external questions directed to potential suppliers. The following sub-pages are a guide to help project owners, developers and marine installation companies select the best providers for their projects.

IP Subsea can also help in this analysis. Please contact us here.

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