Archive: May 2021


Global subsea services company, Modus Subsea Services Ltd has been awarded a contract to perform survey services in connection with a new cable corridor requirement in Ofotfjorden, northern Norway.  The campaign will use the Modus Hybrid AUV (HAUV) system which represents the very latest in merged ROV and AUV technology.


As part of the scope, Modus shall perform a desk top study, to identify further site information and support the preparation of the project. In Q2 2021, Modus shall mobilise HAUV-2 to collect geophysical seabed survey data, perform target inspection and an environmental survey across a 6km x 1km area.  The HAUV will be operated as a high-speed ROV in tethered mode to provide real time data feedback and decision making. The scope will be performed from the M/V Elektron vessel in a water depth range of less than 10 metres to 500 metres.


To perform the scope of work the HAUV will house Multibeam Echosounder, Sidescan Sonar and Sub-Bottom Profiler. The speed in which the HAUV can collect data in high current and shallow water environments without compromising data quality, is expected to yield significant project efficiencies for Statnett.


“This is the first survey contract we have entered into with Modus and we are looking forward to the cooperation”, says Karin Ryssdalsnes Project Manager at Statnett.


Guy Lainchbury, Commercial Manager for Modus said “Working for Statnett, the system operator of the Norwegian grid, is a great opportunity for Modus to demonstrate this class leading Hybrid AUV technology. The difficult environmental conditions that we will experience, along with the ability to collect multiple streams of data from varying sensor technology and at high speed, will be the defining factors of this project. Modus HAUV systems are now used globally, and we have achieved success in reducing overall project timelines and providing best in class reporting.  Modus look forward to working with Statnett across their subsea network into the future with this disruptive technology.”


Modus acquires two (2) complete, integrated, SPICE AUV systems from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Modus Subsea Services Ltd. (Modus), a leading independent expert in the provision of seabed intervention, IMR, survey and specialist AUV services, announces the acquisition of two (2) complete, integrated, SPICE AUV systems from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI).  SPICE AUVs represent highly capable systems, delivered by one of the World’s leading OEMs, capable of providing a wide range of autonomous services and data acquisition with high efficiency and quality, down to 3,000m water depth.

“This multi-million-pound investment represents a significant expansion of Modus’ capability and fleet.  SPICE represents a world first AUV with integrated manipulator (robot arm), designed for cable and pipeline inspections as well as more conventional, high quality, high efficiency surveys.  Our strategic relationship with KHI positions us well for growth and cements our leading position in the market” said Nicholas Tompkins, Group CEO.

Building on Modus’ existing fleet of Saab Sabertooth HAUVs, currently the world’s largest such fleet, SPICE is equipped with a fully comprehensive survey suite, capable of enhancement to suit specific Client needs and rapid global mobilisation.  The acquisition of the SPICE systems enables Modus to strengthen its position as a technology innovator and provider of high quality, low cost, integrated services.

For further information and technical details, please contact Graeme Jaques, Modus’ Sales Manager.

Modus Subsea Services is a global provider of seabed intervention, IMR, survey and specialist AUV services, located in Darlington, United Kingdom with Marine Operations Base in Middlesbrough (UK) and rapid access to North Sea operating areas and global logistics networks.

2 Million Manhours LTI Free

Modus Subsea Services Ltd is proud to announce that it recently surpassed 2 Million Manhours, more than 9 years, without a lost-time injury (LTI) across all work locations: Head Office, Marine Base Facility, and offshore work locations worldwide.

Modus holds the health, safety and well-being of all personnel as its highest priority and ensures that staff and contractors have a clear understanding of actual and potential hazards wherever they are operating.

With multiple processes implemented to enable safety to remain at the heart of its work, including observation systems, training and safety focus campaigns, wherein the team look to highlight a specific hazard in detail, a commitment to a positive health and safety culture is embedded throughout Modus.

HSEQ Manager Craig Stothart commented:

“The most important asset the business has is its personnel. It is essential that Modus offers and maintains a safe place of work and everyone goes home safely at the end of every day. We operate in a high-risk industry and this milestone is a testament to our employees’ focus, ongoing commitment to safety and diligence in adhering to internal safety procedures.”


“Working Safely, Achieving Excellence”