Forum Energy Technologies (UK) Limited






18 April 2023

Forum Energy Technologies (FET) has secured a contract from Unique Group to supply two light work-class remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to support its contract with a major Asian Navy. 

Both systems will be installed onboard the navy’s new dive support vessels. The Comanche model is one of the most powerful observation-class ROVs of its size, and its lightweight construction allows for rapid set up and deployment.

The Navy selected the vehicle for its high thrust-to-drag ratio, enabling it to operate in strong currents, as well as its high payload which can achieve a minimum of 300kg.



Forum Subsea Vehicles encompasses two of the best known brands in the design and build of remote intervention vehicles, namely Perry and Sub-Atlantic. The vehicles business offers the subsea industry an extensive range of remotely operated vehicles from inspection, survey through to deep water construction.


Perry has a wealth of experience in the design, manufacture, testing / commissioning and operation of submersible vehicles. Since 1974, the company has produced over 450 manned and unmanned systems including rescue submersibles and ROVs with special purpose tooling. The latest Nato submarine, which completed extensive sea trials in 2008, is on constant standby for rescue operation in any part of the world and is specifically packaged for rapid deployment by air transport with all other surface elements of NSRS. The rescue system has a normal operating depth which exceeds the survival depth of many full size submarines


Sub-Atlantic has a long history of supplying ROV systems to the military market, ranging from small observation to light work class vehicles.


These may be deployed on a range of tasks including diver support, seabed survey, mine-countermeasures, port security, intruder detection, under hull search, munitions recovery, submarine rescue and a variety of other survey/search /recovery tasks. Our advanced control system, SubCAN allows for precise auto positioning, preprogrammed manoeuvres and ‘hands free’ station keeping in situations of strong and changing currents whilst also providing real time monitoring / feedback of sensors and components.


With a proven track record in the defense market, Perry Systems and Sub-Atlantic are proud to be the manufacturers of choice by many of the world’s military and naval forces, and they will continue to develop cutting edge technology which will keep them in the forefront of the subsea industry.


Whatever the mission, Forum subsea vehicles have a solution.


22 June 2022

FET completes sea trials of submarine rescue vehicle for Vietnam

FET’s submarine rescue vehicle (SRV)

Offering increased power compared to previous models, the submarine rescue vehicle features an auxiliary thruster control system that allows for speeds up to 4kt.


Forum Energy Technologies (FET) has completed sea trials of an advanced submarine rescue vehicle (SRV) ahead of its deployment with the Vietnamese Navy.

Trials tested the SRV’s ability to perform various operations, including deep dives, navigation, and mating with a target. Nine FET personnel assisted in-country commissioning, and testing took two months to complete.

The sea trials followed a commissioning period, and factory acceptance tests took place at FET’s test tank in the UK.

The SRV is divided into two sections: a pilot command module and a rescue chamber. The SRV can rescue 17 people at a time and operate at depths up to 600m. It can attach to submarines at angles over 40 degrees.

Shephard’s Defence Insight lists the Vietnamese Navy as operating six Russian-supplied improved Kilo class submarines.


8 June 2022

Forum Energy Technologies delivers work-class ROVs to Oceanica


FET says the ROVs will be used to support inspection, repair and maintenance services in Petrobras’ oil fields.
The XLX-C Heavy Duty ROV system features an intelligent control system and intuitive automatic control modes.
The XLX-C Heavy Duty ROV system features an intelligent control system and intuitive automatic control modes.

HOUSTON – Forum Energy Technologies (FET) has delivered two work-class ROVs to Brazilian marine engineering company Oceanica Engenharia e Consultoria Limitada (Oceanica) to support its deepwater intervention operations.

FET says it supplied two Perry XLX-C work-class ROV systems to Oceanica. The systems were manufactured at FET’s U.K. facility at Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire, and delivered in the first half of 2022.

The systems were supplied with active heave compensated Dynacon launch and recovery systems as well as associated surface power and control installations.

FET says the ROV systems will be utilized by Oceanica to support inspection, repair and maintenance services in Petrobras’ oil fields.


February 2021

Forum Builds Advanced Submarine Rescue Vehicle

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Forum Unveils New eROV

(Photo: Forum Subsea Technologies)

(Photo: Forum Subsea Technologies)

Forum Subsea Technologies’ recently launched XLe Spirit is the first observation-class electric remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to utilize Forum’s Integrated Control Engine (ICE) to bring greater functionality commonly only found in larger work-class vehicles.

According to the manufacturer, the advanced control electronics pod fitted to all Forum XLe observation class vehicles enables superior connectivity and expansion capabilities. Ethernet interfacing allows for seamless integration with other industry sensors using common IP architecture and ease of remote data transfer.

Kevin Taylor, Forum VP of Subsea, said, “As the subsea market continues to recover from a sustained downturn, cost efficiency is high on the agenda for the industry. Forum recognized the opportunity to apply our leading software to a more compact vehicle to enhance capabilities and meet the changing demands of the sector.

“By utilizing the same system across all vehicles, pilots only have one interface to learn as the skills are transferrable between the smallest observation vehicle and the largest trenchers,” he said. “This means training can concentrate on operational tasks opposed to control systems, providing further efficiencies.”

The XLe Spirit incorporates a number of features to maximize its stability for use as a sensor platform, including regulated propulsion power, optimized thruster orientation and location, accurate thruster speed control and a wide range of auto-functions for positioning and flying, Forum said.

The XLe Spirit has just completed a 12-week test program at Forum’s test tank in Kirkbymoorside, Yorkshire. It will be sent for sea trials in the first quarter of 2019.


Forum unveils third UK offshore test facility

ABERDEEN, UK – Forum Energy Technologies (UK) has opened a deepwater indoor test facility, dedicated to testing subsea tooling, survey sensors, and ROVs.This and the company’s calibration laboratory are designed to provide full control, certification and faster turnaround in preparing Forum’s rental inventory for hire.The fresh water tank, measuring 5 x 6 x 4.5 m (16.4 x 19.7 x 14.8 ft), is equipped with an overhead 10-ton crane, lighting, cameras, and a viewing platform.Valeport has accredited the laboratory as conforming to traceable procedures for recalibration of the company’s conductivity, temperature, density, and sound velocity sensors for installation on current meters, tide gauges, wave recorders, and loggers.In addition, Forum claims to operate one of Europe’s largest hyperbaric testing vessels at Moffat, northeast England, measuring 9.7 m (31.8 ft) long and 2.4 m (7.8 ft) in diameter. It is rated to 241 bar (3,495 psi) and 2,400 m (7,874 ft) depth.

To the south in Yorkshire, the company’s ROV manufacturing facility has a dedicated system integration test facility. This includes an 11 x 9 x 6-m (36 x 29.5 x 19.7-ft) tank which is capable of fully submerging and flying multiple ROV systems or complete trenchers.

Forum Energy Technologies' new deepwater indoor test facility
Deepwater test tank facility in Aberdeen. (Photo courtesy Forum Energy Technologies)



Forum Energy Technologies Announces Contract for Seven Remotely Operated Vehicles from DOF Subsea AS

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. FET +0.16% today announced that it has received an order from DOF Subsea AS, Bergen, Norway to supply seven Perry™ XLX 200HP work-class remote operated vehicle (ROV) systems, including five Dynacon Launch and Recovery systems (LARs). The ROV systems will be delivered during the first and second quarters of this year.


“Forum is very pleased to have been awarded this contract from DOF Subsea AS,” said Bill Boyle, Forum Subsea Technologies’ Senior Vice President. “This is a significant order and a testament to our long standing working relationship with DOF Subsea. We are delighted to supply these Perry™ XLX Heavy Duty work-class ROV systems to DOF Subsea, a leading survey; inspection, maintenance, and repair; and, subsea construction service provider.”


Forum Subsea’s remote intervention product offerings include an industry leading range of ROVs; tether management systems; LARS; a wide portfolio of ROV tools; simulation and mission management software; and, engineering and project management. Additionally, Forum’s remote intervention support is provided via workshops in Asia, Europe, USA and Brazil. “Our office in Rio de Janeiro and workshop facility in Macae are recent additions to Forum’s regional network and part of our strategy for growth in Brazil. This expansion will assist DOF and other established and new customers in this key deepwater region,” added Boyle.


Forum Energy Technologies is a global oilfield products company, serving the subsea, drilling, completion, production and infrastructure sectors of the oil and natural gas industry.The Company’s products include highly engineered capital equipment as well as products that are consumed in the drilling, well construction, production and transportation of oil and natural gas. With over 3,500 employees, Forum is headquartered in Houston, TX with manufacturing and distribution facilities strategically located around the globe.For more information, please visit .


SOURCE: Forum Energy Technologies, Inc.


Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. Investor Contact Mark Traylor, 281.368.1108Vice President, Investor Relations & Planning or Media Contact Donna Smith, 281.949.2514Director, Marketing & Communications

Fugro Subsea Services Ltd

Distressed Submarine Rescue Simulation



Planning and rehearsal of emergency
rescue operations

Fugro are a leading global operator of Remotely Operated
Vehicles (ROVs) and provider of subsea equipment including
ROV support systems. ROV training simulators form an integral
part of this work; the company has already developed a
proven track record of submarine rescue simulation including
designing submarine rescue vehicle (SRV) trainers for several
of the world’s naval forces.


MP opens new Fugro offices

Thursday, September 5, 2013 – 10:37

MP Mark Lancaster says it’s vital to the future of the UK economy to encourage the growth of high calibre SMEs particularly those specialising in advanced technologies. He was speaking during the official opening of new offices for the Milton Keynes division of Fugro Subsea Services Limited (FSSL) which recently moved to larger premises in the town.

The robotic technologies division of FSSL is the leading European developer of subsea simulator and visualisation systems providing technology and services worldwide to offshore oil and gas operators, submarine rescue and naval measures to counter underwater mines. The company has operated from Milton Keynes since 1988.

During his visit to Fugro Mark Lancaster had an opportunity to “fly” a DeepWorks simulator for himself in manoeuvring a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in its approach to a stricken submarine. The simulator provides a realistic ROV piloting experience with multiple displays showing different underwater views from the ROV’s  cameras and sonar and remotely controlled manipulator arms which can adjust subsea equipment.

The MP for Milton Keynes North who commanded a Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal Squadron and has served on the Defence Select Committee said: “I was impressed by the simulator and visualisation technologies which offer the capability to reduce, or at least quantify accurately, the hazards across a range of subsea operations both naval and civilian, and provide opportunities for saving lives.”

“Mark Lancaster’s visit has given us a chance to demonstrate how a Milton Keynes company by developing an original technology can benefit the local economy as a small but expanding business, and nationally contribute to subsea oil and  defence requirements,” said Dr Jason Tisdall, Robotic Technologies Business Line Manager with FSSL.

Mark Lancaster used to serve as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Department for International Development and is currently a Government Whip.

Fugro New Offices



MP flies SRV.jpg: Mark Lancaster MP successfully docks a simulated rescue vehicle with a stricken submarine

FUGRO expands to Milton Keynes

The Milton Keynes division of Fugro Subsea Services Limited (FSSL) has moved to larger premises in the Mill Square business park at Wolverton Mill.

With a floor area of more than 550 square metres, the new offices can accommodate more than 30 staff and the move reflects FSSL’s ambitious plans to double the size of its Robotic Technologies business in the South-East over the coming years. The company recently recruited a test manager, Eleanor Lock, to manage the team that tests its subsea simulation products, and Michael Wood a graphics design specialist. Future growth plans include the recruitment of additional physicists and engineers.

The new offices include a larger boardroom for company meetings and twin sound-proofed simulator rooms. One will provide a dedicated environment for software test and release management, while the other will host a permanent simulator for customer demonstrations.

Commenting on the move, Dr Jason Tisdall, Robotic Technologies Business Line Manager said, “For some time now we have been spread across two office units. Bringing the whole team back together and providing a purpose-designed environment for management, development, testing and customer demonstrations will help grow the business, and provide a more pleasant and spacious environment in which to work.”

FSSL Robotic Technologies is the leading European developer of subsea simulator and visualisation systems.

For more information please visit www.fugro.comand

Further information is also available from:

Simon Marr
Robotic Technologies Business Development Manager

Fugro Subsea Services Limited
4 Mill Square
Featherstone Road
Wolverton Mill South
Milton Keynes MK12 5ZD

Tel: +44 (0)1908 224 670



The Team







Fugro’s subsea simulator is child’s play

Fugro Subsea Services Ltd was commissioned to produce a subsea simulation game for the recently reopened and extended Energy Exploration exhibition area at the Aberdeen Maritime Museum in Scotland.


The museum uses Fugro’s DeepWorks simulator to provide visitors with a realistic ROV piloting experience and an engaging challenge. Multiple displays provide different underwater views from the remotely operated vehicle’s cameras and sonar. A synchronised video provides an introduction to ROV pilot training, as well as instructions for the game.


To help the public appreciate the critical role ROVs play in remote intervention, especially in hazardous environments, the player is asked to fly an ROV to a Blowout Preventer and operate a valve to stop a leak. The player has to manoeuvre the ROV into position using joysticks and “bump” the valve with a tool to activate it which in turn closes off the leak.


To appreciate how ROV operations need to be completed efficiently, the challenge is time-bounded so the player only has 3 minutes to complete the task. This, of course, also helps to ensure everyone gets a chance to play!


To understand how difficult these operations can be for real and to engage visitors of all ages and ability, three levels of difficulty can be selected. The “easy” level offers good situational awareness, high visibility and no currents; the “medium” level restricts the view to on-board camera views only, has reduced visibility and introduces mild currents; the “hard” level relies more heavily on the sonar for navigation, applies stronger, more complex currents and requires the pilot to make lots of course and heading corrections to ensure a successful intervention.


“The Aberdeen Maritime Museum game is great fun and a test of skill and hand-eye coordination in three dimensions in which speed, visibility and currents are constantly changing.  And, as in the real world, time is of the essence,” said Dr Jason Tisdall, Robotic Technologies Business Line Manager with FSSL. “But the game has an educational side too, as it gives young people a feel for what piloting a ROV is really like and may inspire some of them to consider a career in the offshore oil and gas industry.”


Meredith Greiling, curator of Maritime History at Aberdeen Maritime Museum said: “The Fugro simulator game is a fantastic addition to the museum.  We are always keen to be authentic and accurate in what we do, so we are very proud to say that this is the same software that real ROV pilots use for training.  Games are a great way to explain complex ideas to a wide audience and we have already seen visitors of all ages having a go at piloting an ROV.  There is also a bit of competition between staff to get the best time.”



·         DWgame1: Game simulator integrated into new subsea exhibit


·         DWgame2: A visitor uses joysticks and navigation screens to pilot the ROV


·         DWgame3: Using the sonar and cameras to home in on the target valve


For more information visitwww.fugro.comand


Further information is also available from:


Simon Marr

Business Development Manager

Fugro Subsea Services Limited

Tel: +44 (0)1908 224 670






Fugro upgrades DeepWorks ROV tooling simulation
Fugro Subsea Services is rolling out enhanced tooling capabilities on its DeepWorks simulators. Improvements have been made to ROV manipulator deployed tools to provide easier access verification as well as more realistic deployment behaviours.

DeepWorks 2013 introduces a novel approach to simplify accessibility studies.  As well as supporting the traditional approach using a Schilling T4 master arm, a new method has been introduced in DeepWorks Engineer to enable engineers who do not have specific ROV piloting skills or access to a master arm controller to precisely control manipulator tools. The tool tip is driven manually from a suitable input device such as a space navigator/3D mouse (as shown below) or automatically from a pre-defined set of instructions in a file. Manipulator joint positions follow the tool and are adjusted automatically. This engineering solution supports full collision detection and with user-configurable receptacle tolerances can be used for position feedback and to verify successful tool deployment.

Ian Murray, Fugro Subsea Services Engineer Manager, said, “we have found this enhancement particularly useful for validating accessibility of ROV panels on new manifolds and templates.  No longer do we need to rely on piloting expertise or manipulator control skills to offer up tools to the interface; studies can now be performed by our Engineering and CAD teams and we can pass on the benefits of faster studies to consider more cases or to complete studies more economically.”

Similar improvements have also been made on the DeepWorks ROV pilot simulator using powered tooling components. Using the master arm controller, pilots can lift tools out of a holster and deploy them into receptacles with realistic collision and dynamic response. Tolerances of receptacles can be changed to cater for the skill level and experience of trainees. Torque tool can turn a valve to its open or closed position and this can activate linear actuators or hydraulic rams.

Jason Tisdall, Fugro Robotic Technologies Business Line Manager said, “Tooling design and operation is an essential part of installation and maintenance support. Stab tools are used routinely to connect and disconnect hydraulic circuits underwater. Torque tools are used to open and close valves on subsea production systems. These tools need to be offered up to and inserted into the ROV interface panel in a very specific way. DeepWorks can be used to help ensure panel receptacles are accessible and ROV-friendly and correct alignment and rotation can be achieved. With DeepWorks, different panel designs can be evaluated quickly and pilots can be trained on a simulator that mirrors the real experience offshore.”

These enhanced tooling capabilities are available with new orders for DeepWorks and as an upgrade to existing installations.




Inspection of netting snagged around bow of submarine



Fugro introduces electric ROV version of DeepWorks

Fugro has developed a new version of its DeepWorks ROV simulator for the Saab Seaeye family of electric ROVs, supporting console integration of the Seaeye Tiger, Lynx, Cougar XT and Panther XT/XT Plus models.


To cater for the training needs of a mixed fleet of ROVs, Fugro Operating Companies in UK, Singapore, UAE, Brazil, and Australia will be the first to benefit as an enhanced set of training configurations is rolled out across the company.


DeepWorks now allows rapid building and evaluation of new electrical ROV configurations, helping operators find the best arrangement and mountings for cameras, sonars and tooling while ensuring the vehicle remains dynamically stable. As the range of missions electric ROVs undertake grows, DeepWorks offers a very cost effective way of building and testing multi-mission capability.


For pilot training, the most important feature is replication of the Seaeye overlay which tells the pilot where the ROV is, its depth, pitch and roll and camera tilt angle.


Replicating the actual user interface means that when pilots go offshore the console feels immediately familiar and missions can be performed as practised. Other built-in features to improve pilot skills and responses include independent viewpoint control, sonar interpretation and fault simulation at any point in the mission.


“Our investment in designing DeepWorks as a versatile simulation platform capable of providing simulation of any type of ROV is now paying off,” said Dr Jason Tisdall, Fugro’s Robotic Technologies Business Line Manager.


“In just a few months we have integrated DeepWorks with the Saab Seaeye surface and hand control units, and delivered an ROV pilot trainer with true electric thruster response, accurate navigation overlay and realistic training scenarios for five of the most popular models of Saab Seaeye ROV.”


Accurate electric thruster modelling gives the vehicle true behavioural responses to pilot demands. This creates the highest levels of realism when training and rehearsing key mission tasks such as docking, navigation by camera and by sonar, close inspection or tool deployment. Thrusters have initially been tuned for the Seaeye Tiger ROV, with other models to follow.


DeepWorks allows trainers to assess pilot skills by determining how long it takes them to complete tasks, how smoothly they operate the controls, and how well they respond to faults and deal with hazards. DeepWorks can also be used for assessing the overall mission difficulty and skills competency required. This allows operators to manage their pool of pilots more effectively and target training better.


A further benefit of the DeepWorks electric ROV simulator is a substantially lower price point than DeepWorks for hydraulic ROVs.


Jon Robertson, Managing Director of Saab Seaeye, said: “The availability of the Fugro DeepWorks ROV simulator for Saab Seaeye ROV systems is a significant step forward in the training and retraining of pilots and provides an important tool for the planning, validation and rehearsal of operations”.


The DeepWorks electric ROV simulator offers a console integrated solution for observation, inspection and light intervention operations. Saab Seaeye ROVs can carry many different tooling packages and the versatility of DeepWorks makes it much easier to change payloads for different types of mission.