Reach Subsea, Bygg nr. 219 og 220 ved Trosvik Maritime, UT 5208 USV "Reach Remote 1" & "Reach Remote 2"

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Reach Remote: Disruptive subsea services

For the past 18 months, Reach Subsea ASA (Reach) has been developing new and future-proof, sustainable solutions for subsea services. The project, named Reach Remote, is carried out in cooperation with renowned industrial partners Kongsberg Maritime and Massterly, and is also supported by a grant from Innovation Norway.

The first stage of Reach Remote is to introduce Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) dedicated to survey, inspection, and light repair projects. These USVs will serve as mobile power banks, data centres and communication modules for underwater ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles), with both the USVs and ROVs operated from an onshore control centre. Features for both real time operator control and autonomous operations will be incorporated, as well as hybrid modes blending remote and semi-autonomous control. The goal is to be in the market with the first two USVs in 2022, with the ambition of providing a full portfolio of subsea services from a low-emission, cost-effective remote and autonomous fleet by 2025.

The low-emission, cost-effective subsea services which will be offered by Reach Remote are viewed with great interest from both offshore wind farm operators and oil and gas asset owners. Reach Remote will be a great enabler, building on framework agreements already in place to position Reach as a preferred supplier of survey, inspection, and light repair services to the fast-growing offshore wind industry. It will also be key to providing services to other markets, such as aquaculture, subsea mining, and environmental surveillance.

Technology is enabling a radical redesign of how ROV operations are performed: shifting from a capital- and personnel-intensive setup operated from larger, energy-intensive offshore vessels towards a lean remote and autonomous platform, with certified personnel located onshore. Reach Subsea’s operational competence – together with Kongsberg Maritime’s advanced technologies and Massterly’s pioneering efforts in autonomous maritime operations – is vital to unlocking this opportunity.

Currently, Reach provides its subsea services from six vessels. A typical Reach project today will involve some 30-50 personnel onboard a subsea vessel operating under strict HSEQ regimes. With Reach Remote, the same project can be executed with a much smaller, more fuel-efficient vessel and one third of the personnel, who will be located onshore without exposure to offshore operational risks. This is revolutionary in terms of cost efficiency and enhanced safety and will drastically reduce the CO2 footprint of this type of operation.

The key benefits of Reach Remote, compared to equivalent solutions using a full-scale subsea vessel, are:
- More than 90% reduction in CO2 and NOx emissions
- Virtual elimination of the personnel risk associated with offshore operations
- Significant reductions in the cost of subsea survey and inspection services
- Financing of the construction part of Reach Remote is being evaluated and may involve new equity, new debt, industrial partnerships, or a combination thereof.

Tom Eystø, CEO of Massterly – a Kongsberg Wilhelmsen joint venture – says: “The Reach Remote concept fits perfectly with Massterly’s offering of safe, cost-effective and environmentally friendly logistics solutions. We are proud to be preferred partners for Reach Subsea for the operation of their USVs. The unmanned vessels will be operated from our Remote Operations Centre, manned with certified maritime personnel. The Remote Operations Centre will also serve other innovative customers like ASKO, who has two autonomous vessels under construction for delivery in 2022. By uniting the competencies from Massterly’s two owners, Kongsberg Maritime and Wilhelmsen, we are in a unique position to deliver future-proof services to Reach Subsea.”

Jostein Alendal, CEO of Reach Subseas, says: “Based on the massive feedback and interest we experience from our clients, we believe the timing is right to introduce Reach Remote to the market. Even though the transition from manned to unmanned needs some time it is realistic to aim for a fleet of at least 10 USVs as early as 2025 in our worldwide operations. There is no doubt in my mind that we have joined with the right partners to drive the development and be in the forefront of this transition. Unmanned and carbon neutral offshore operations is a bold ambition, but with right team and the right partners we believe this ambition is achievable.”

Reach Remote main design features

The Reach Remote project uses a USV in conjunction with a next-generation ROV in an innovative solution which will transform the current market for ROV survey and inspection services. The Reach Remote USV design philosophy is based on a few key drivers which are instrumental in the total solution. The main design features are:
- Dedicated unmanned, self-propelled remotely and autonomously operated ROV mother vessel of approx. 25 m overall length.
- Robust maritime and subsea equipment with high reliability and long maintenance intervals
- Onshore control room facilities for both marine and ROV operations
- Semi-autonomous ROV for survey and inspection tasks

Hull-mounted survey sensors
Optimised hydrodynamic properties for excellent data acquisition and subsea positioning performance
Focused on ROV operability in an extended weather window vs. peers

The USV solution has been optimised for very low energy consumption and a minimal carbon footprint. The current design is based on a redundant hybrid electric configuration and will be capable of 30 days or more endurance for most operations, ensuring efficiency and operational flexibility.

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Reach Subsea – Contract signed with Kongsberg Maritime to build the first two game changing Reach Remote unmanned offshore vessels

Haugesund, 13 April 2022: Reach Subsea ASA (“Reach”), a provider of subsea services globally, has signed a landmark contract with Kongsberg Maritime AS, part of the Kongsberg Group, for the construction of the first two in a series of Reach Remote unmanned offshore surface vessels (USVs), which will serve as mobile power banks, data centres and communication modules for underwater ROVs (remotely operated vessels). Both the USVs and ROVs will be operated from an onshore control centre.

“We are happy and proud to achieve this important milestone for the Reach Remote project, which will be a gamechanger for the industry and for us. Reach Remote will enable 20-30 percent reduced cost for clients and 90-100 percent reduction in emissions compared to today’s large, manned control vessels,” said CEO of Reach Subsea, Jostein Alendal.

The Reach Remote project is developed by Reach Subsea jointly with Kongsberg Maritime and Massterly. In February 2022, a collaboration agreement with Wilhelmsen, covering an equity investment in Reach Subsea and a strategic co-operation for the commercialization of Reach Remote was announced. Wilhelmsen has been a pioneer in driving autonomous and remote marine operations and represents the ideal global partner needed for Reach to commercialize Reach Remote. Additionally, Reach Subsea has recently announced the acquisitions of OCTIO, including Monviro, and iSURVEY. The acquisitions represent a strong strategic fit with the Reach Remote service concept.

Reach Subsea expects delivery of the two first Reach Remote systems mid-2023. The total investment for the first two Reach Remote units, which includes the Kongsberg contract as well as upfront development and infrastructure investments to the benefit of future units is NOK 380-400 million. The investment will be financed through loans from SR-Bank and Eksfin and proceeds from the private equity placement in which Wilhelmsen invested NOK 150 million in February 2022.

“With our strong partners, world-leading technology and solid financial foundation, Reach Remote is an attractive project, which we will bring to the market with perfect timing. We see firm demand from the traditional oil and gas segments combined with rapidly growing emerging market segments like renewable energy. The interest in Reach Remote is strong in all parts of our global network of customers,” said Jostein Alendal.

Egil Haugsdal, President of Kongsberg Maritime said: “The Reach Remote project has the impressive ambition of providing a full portfolio of subsea services from a low-emission, cost-effective remote and autonomous fleet. These improvements to operational emissions and safety sit very neatly in line with Kongsberg Maritime’s wider objective.”
KONGSBERG vinner kontrakt for leveranse av to ubemannede overflatefartøy til Reach Subsea ASA

Kongsberg Maritime har signert en kontrakt for leveranse av to ubemannede overflatefartøy (USV) til det norske subsea service selskapet Reach Subsea ASA. Fartøyene skal leveres andre halvår 2023.

Fartøyene skal benyttes til forskning, undersøkelser og mindre reparasjonsoperasjoner. De vil også ha en rolle som mobile energi-banker, datasenter og kommunikasjonsmoduler for fjernstyrte underfannsfarkoster (ROV) hvor både ROVen og USVen vil opereres fra landbaserte kontrollsenter. Farkostene vil både kunne opereres av operatører og utføre operasjoner autonomt så vel som en kombinasjon av dette.

USVene vil bygges på Trosvik Maritime AS i Brevig etter KONGSBERGs design og med KONGSBERGs løsninger. Fartøyskontrollen vil bli utført av Massterly, et joint venture mellom KONGSBERG og Wilhelmsen, fra Massterlys kontrollsenter i Horten og ROVene vil bli kontrollert fra Reach Subsea sitt landbaserte kontrollsenter i Haugesund.

«KONGSBERG har vært og er en ledende innovatør i utviklingen av fjernstyrt og autonom teknologi. Denne kontrakten er en viktig milepæl for KONGSBERG som en totalleverandør av fjernstyrte og ubemannede overflatefartøy og ROV-operasjoner,» sier Egil Haugsdal, administrerende direktør Kongsberg Maritime.
Desse to blir bygg nr. 219 og 220 ved Trosvik Maritime for levering September og November 2023

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Hello everyone,

We have some great news this Monday!

Today marks a huge milestone as the Reach Remote was sea-launched!

"With all the dedication and effort from our team, I am thrilled to announce that we have successfully launched our first Reach Remote vessel! This achievement signifies a significant milestone for Reach Subsea. Together, we have turned our ambitions into reality, and I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished. I am excited to see where this journey takes us next. Congratulations to everyone involved!" says Bjørg Mathisen Døving, VP Reach Remote.

The team will now proceed with HAT and prepare for SAT

Note that the Reach Remote vessels are scheduled for deployment in 2024 and are set to revolutionize offshore subsea operations, in alignment with sustainability initiatives.

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