SCAR 5/6 operates at more than twice the speed of similar systems, can withstand 1,000 tonnes tow force, and is capable of excavating the deepest ever seabed trench using this method.
The 90-tonne tool has been designed for seabed preparation/clearance, trenching and backfill in the renewable energy, interconnector and oil and gas sectors.
Operated from a surface vessel, SCAR 5/6 will be able to perform seabed trenching to depths of 3 meters in each single pass, compared to the previous 1.4 meters maximum depth in a single pass.
The time engaged in trenching and cable-laying campaigns for certain projects could be significantly reduced, translating to huge savings for companies involved in subsea construction projects, while making an environmental impact saving when measured against traditional techniques.
SCAR 5/6 will be an important asset for energy companies involved in Arctic exploration, with its ability to operate in deeper waters and to withstand extreme weather, geographic and geological challenges.