Rovop gives 8 pupils a spin on ROV simulator

Aberdeenshire-based Rovop has shown a group of north-east pupils the ropes in an effort to improve subsea industry’s appeal among young people.

Rovop, a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) service provider, welcomed eight schoolchildren to its Westhill HQ this week, introducing them to the operations, health and safety, finance and commercial sides of the business.

They were also given a spin in the company’s ROV simulator during their work experience stint.

Fraser Pratt, a 6th year student at Cults Academy, said: “I’ve really been enjoying the hands-on elements of the week.  Rovop has a six metre deep test tank and we got the chance to fly one of the electric ROV vehicles in it. The whole experience has been really interesting.”

Rovop chief executive Steven Gray said: “It is more important now than ever that the subsea industry continues to invest in future talent.  The aim of our programme is to show students the rewarding careers available within the subsea sector, both on and offshore.

“The highlight for all the students is undoubtedly our ROV training simulator. The training exercises are built on real-life scenarios with 3D visuals and virtual environmental conditions, which means the students get the chance to experience the challenges our ROV pilots face frequently.”