Scorpio ROV

Scorpio is the name for a remote-controlled, unmanned ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle ), which is used by the underwater rescue services of the Royal Navy and United States Navy. ROVs are required if the use of divers due to the depth of water is no longer possible or too dangerous. Scorpio is operated by six people aboard a salvage ship. With these it is connected through a cable, through which control instructions and also data from the cameras are received. For use requires a lead time of about twelve hours.

There are two versions, the Scorpio 45 in the British Navy and the U.S. Navy Super Scorpio. During the Super Scorpio reaches a greater depth, the Scorpio has 45 over a wider range of technical equipment. This had to be reduced at the Super Scorpio to compensate for the extra weight of the massive construction at least partially. For worldwide use UK holds a Scorpio in Glasgow ready, the United States, two in San Diego. They can be transported in less than 24 hours by plane to anywhere in the world.

The Scorpios are used for a variety of tasks. Their original purpose was the maintenance and repair of underwater pipelines. First time in 1985 a Scorpio was used to rescue a flight data recorder after a Boeing 747 was crashed into the Atlantic off Ireland. The Scorpio 45 is used by the Royal Navy and in the underwater exploration. It was used in the rescue of seven Russian sailors who were captured in August 2005 with their rescue submarine Pris class before the Kamchatka Peninsula on the seabed.

Technical information

  • Cutting and sawing ( cut up to 7 cm thick steel cable)
  • Lifting devices
  • Pump
  • Cutting and sawing ( cut up to 2.5 cm thick steel cable)
  • Lifting devices