By Andrew Safer and published in the June 2011 edition of Marine Technology Reporter—www.seadiscovery.com

In a  1,853 sq metre fabrication shop in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, Orphan Industries Limited’s 50 welders, pipefitters, millwrights, and electricians work 12-hour shifts around the clock, building ROV launch and recovery systems (LARS) and other subsea equipment, primarily for the offshore oil and gas industry. In Orphan Industries’ test facility outside, the LARS that has just been built is picking up a 40,000-lb. load weight to simulate an ROV and manipulating it back into position.

Once the tests are complete, this unit will be loaded onto a tractor trailer and shipped to Dynacon Inc. in Bryon, Texas where the winch will be added and the complete system tested before it is transported to a location offshore Africa where it was designed to operate. The LARS are deployed on offshore supply vessels and rigs around the world. Dynacon builds its own LARS but contracts Orphan Industries to handle the overflow. In addition, Orphan Industries is a major supplier of LARS for Houston-based Oceaneering International, Inc. which pairs the LARS with its own ROVs. Dynacon and Oceaneering are major suppliers of LARS for the offshore oil and gas industry. Read the article.