General – Trenching Vehicle
Caldwell Marine International (CMI) is pleased to announce it has contracted with Royal IHC Offshore Energy to manufacture a new ‘Surface Fed Amphibious Hi-Traq Jetter’ specifically for CMI’s requirements.
CMI will be the first and only US cable installation contractor to own a subsea-tracked trenching vehicle. The Hi-Traq Jetter will be an essential tool in the arsenal of equipment that CMI employs.
Brett Bailey, General Manager at CMI, said: “This state-of-the-art instrument significantly increases CMI’s cable burial capabilities and allows us to better approach complex submarine cable installations.”
The Hi-Traq Jetter will play an important role in several of CMI’s major projects including the Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE).
One of the key benefits for CMI of the Hi-Traq Jetter is the four independently controlled tracks for travel, steering, and suspension over uneven sea bottoms. It is an amphibious machine that is remotely controlled and can perform its job on dry land and water in one operation. It can be used in submarine cable direct burial or post-lay operations.