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Romica Engineering supplies umbilical winches to UK National Oceanography Centre

03rd February 2015

Romica Engineering Ltd (REL) has signed a contract with the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) to provide four umbilical winches, allowing NOC to facilitate seismic and towed ocean bottom instrument operations at sea with self-contained systems providing the ability to move between platforms of opportunity as required

Romica Engineering Ltd (REL) has signed a contract with the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) to provide four umbilical winches, allowing NOC to facilitate seismic and towed ocean bottom instrument operations at sea with self-contained systems providing the ability to move between platforms of opportunity as required
Four off umbilical winches in build from Romica Engineering to be supplied to the UKs National Oceanography Centre to facilitate seismic and towed bottom instrument operations

These 100-metre capacity winch systems are multi-purpose, they will be used for the deployment of both Bolt and GI airgun systems and also available for other large diameter umbilical deployments (eg Towed Ocean Bottom Instrument).

As the winches are self-contained, enclosed within suitable ‘bump frames’ to prevent damage in transit and fit in a standard 20’ soft top ISO container, they can be easily ‘cross decked’ between NOC vessels.

“We are delighted that the UK’s NOC have once again selected Romica as a winch system supplier to support their umbilical winch requirements,” said Bob Turner, managing director of REL. “This contract for the supply of four off umbilical winches complete with remote control allows NOC to utilise the systems on international partnership vessels as well as those of other NERC organisations such as British Antarctic Survey, who are currently in the process of purchasing of a new Research Ship.”

REL was founded in 2003 to provide payload welfare to the oceanographic and offshore oil and gas sector. Romica supports companies undertaking subsea measurement, monitoring and IRM (Inspection Repair Maintenance) tasks through a range of services, tools and equipment solutions.

“We look forward to working with Romica following an open and exhaustive tendering process,” said Andy Henson, scientific engineering manager at NOC. “Our goal is to deliver the best quality science with the best value for money.  We believe this contract will allow us to achieve that"

About REL

Romica Engineering Ltd provide specialist subsea lifting and winching equipment to the oceanographic and offshore oil and gas exploration and exploitation markets, based in Beverley, UK the company exports worldwide, manufacturing primarily in Romica’s factory in Satu Mare, Romania utilising a highly skilled and dedicated workforce. Support is provided across the; concept, assessment, design, manufacture, in service, and disposal (CADMID) cycle. For further information, visit www.romica.co.uk

About the National Oceanography Centre

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) undertakes integrated ocean research and technology development from the coast to the deep ocean. It provides long-term marine science capability including: major facilities; sustained ocean observing, mapping and survey; data management, and scientific advice.

The NOC is wholly owned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and brings together the NERC-managed activity at Liverpool’s former Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, creating the UK’s leading institution for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development. For further information, visit www.noc.ac.uk

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