Royal IHC will supply Caldwell Marine International (CMI), based in the USA, with a new build Amphibious Hi-Traq Jetter. This state-of-the-art subsea tracked trenching vehicle is the first of its type to be owned and operated by a specialist US cable installation contractor.

‘This state-of-the-art instrument significantly increases CMI’s cable burial capabilities and allows us to better approach complex submarine cable installations,’ says Brett Bailey, general manager at CMI. ‘The Surface Fed Amphibious Hi-Traq Jetter will play an important role in the ongoing future successes of CMI within the US offshore wind sector.’

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Amphibious Hi-Traq Jetter vehicle and systems

The scope of this contract award includes the new Royal IHC Amphibious Hi-Traq Jetter vehicle with eductor system, combined power and control cabin upgraded with the latest SCADA system, power/control umbilical and a special purpose umbilical reeler. To ensure a fast lead-time, Royal IHC Ltd will be working in partnership with international suppliers to provide fabrication, assembly, and final testing in Blyth, UK, along with ongoing servicing, training, and spares support.

Lonneke Holierhoek, Director IHC Offshore Energy: ‘As a global leader in the design and manufacture of subsea trenching technologies, Royal IHC is excited to secure this notable contract award. While the Amphibious Hi-Traq Jetter is a new addition to our tracked trencher range, this innovative vehicle utilises patented Royal IHC technologies extensively tested over many years in real world applications.’

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