New subsea trenching tool & cable-layer could ‘revolutionise offshore wind-ustry’

Hi-Traq - the new tracked subsea trench digger and cable-laying machine.
Hi-Traq – the new tracked subsea trench digger and cable-laying machine.

Northeast subsea specialist Royal IHC’s new Hi-Traq trencher system has the potential to’ revolutionise the offshore renewable energy industry’, according to a Brit-Govt wind, wave and tidal development agency based in Glasgow.

Royal IHC is the latest in a series of case studies showcasing those pioneering companies which are developing solutions that will support growth in the offshore wind, wave and tidal sectors – and bolster the UK supply chain.

Hi-Traq is the first remote operated subsea trencher designed specifically for offshore wind farms. IT has the potential to reduce cable laying downtime by 50% compared to current technology, cutting millions of pounds off development costs.

Ralph Manchester, technical manager at Royal IHC, said: “This is the first machine of its type and we are now very close to commercialisation. We now hope to scale-up and create new jobs both here in the Northumberland test-centre and in the UK supply chain. 

25 May 2018

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