Romica is a designer, manufacturer and supplier of marine lift equipment and winches to the offshore industry. Managing director of the Beverley, UK, based business, Bob Turner, said his firm delivers winch solutions to support a multitude of offshore maritime activities. This includes projects with James Fisher’s offshore operations in the Asia Pacific region and Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries subsea support vessels.
Romica was founded in 2003 and specialises in the design and manufacture of lift equipment and winches for use within the marine, renewables, ports and terminals, oil and gas and oceanographic sectors. It provides a round the clock build, repair and maintenance service worldwide with agents in South Korea, Taiwan, India and Spain.
The UK firm has gained recognition and success in the offshore sector as a trusted partner designing and manufacturing custom made winch solutions. Collaboration is at the heart of Romica’s operation and its bespoke offering has provided a sharp competitive edge in a global market. In recent months it has been redoubling efforts to drive exports after its Romania-based manufacturing partner acquired accreditation with DNV GL. It has further identified the offshore market as a key target for expansion with ample opportunity to deliver winch and lift solutions for all manner of vessels – including offshore supply (OSV), platform supply (PSV), anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) and service operation (SOP).
The fabrication service forms the backbone of the business and the DNV GL accreditation sends a strong message to the offshore industry about the calibre of Romica’s winches. Its also adds to the Romanian facilities long-standing certification for welding and fabrication including TUV ISO 9001, ISO 14001-2009 and TUV DIN EN ISO 3834-2.
James Fisher Offshore winch agreement
In the commercial field Romica signed an agreement with James Fisher Offshore to provide a total of 14 winches of various sizes (50Te, 30Te and 15Te line pull). The systems were delivered to support Fisher Offshore’s expansion of rental operations within the Asia Pacific region from its base in Labuan Malaysia. James Fisher Offshore, a specialist in lifting, deck machinery, subsea tooling and excavation is targeting growth in new markets with a prime emphasis on providing fully engineered solutions to respond to evolving industry requirements. It is working closely with Romica as it has recognized the increasing global demand for providing an integrated offering of winching and hoisting within the subsea support sector. This project demonstrates Romica’s desire to work as part of its clients’ team, and instead of providing an off the shelf product it aims to listen to what the client wants to deliver a bespoke solution.
Handling equipment solutions
Romica’s marine lift and winch equipment is typically used for marine site surveys and seismic surveys in the oil and gas, offshore and oceanographic markets. It is a specialist in the design of umbilical handling winches and it offers a comprehensive range of handling equipment solutions such as AUVs, ROVs, sound source arrays, seismic recordings and deep-towed survey systems. All are designed in compliance with the latest specific marine-classification society and health and safety requirements. Through innovation, experience and customer service Romica is able to offer combinations of winch, A-frame and launch systems, suitable for a number of seabed sampling and benthic measurement devices. Its range of products includes a proven deepwater traction winch design, which includes wire monitoring and measurement of the outboard and storage tensions, and a range of winches fitted with right-angle level wind, which offers the client better use of deck space.
Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries subsea support vessels
Another project with Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. (ZPMC) involved complex work to support the overboard deployment and recovery of diver tools supporting subsea work. This saw Romica designing and manufacturing a triple drum winch and tooling deployment A-Frame system. The equipment was fitted to a Multi-Purpose Saturation Diving Support/Offshore Construction Vessel (DSV/OCV) for Sealion Shipping Ltd, on behalf of Toisa Ltd. The offshore lift specialist supplied fully framed winch systems, A-Frame and hydraulic power units mounted on common skids, combined with technical support, documentation, spares and certification. The package of supply further included two off constant tension winches and a 1Te general purpose winch unit. The complete package worked to support diving operations delivering service hoses and lines as well as tooling baskets.
Romica works in partnership with TIE Services International SRL, based in Satu Mare, Romania. TIE is a British-owned, Romanian-registered company with a 7000m2 fabrication facility. The factory has two fabrication, machining and assembly lines, which are equipped with 12.5 tonne cranes, along with shot blasting and paint facilities. To develop its position, it has recently extended its factory to accommodate a larger machine shop, which has a new horizontal borer machining centre with the capability to machine large components with minimal handling. Romica’s established Romanian manufacturing hub draws on a large maritime engineering skills base enabling it to take on a broad variety of work. Meanwhile, it also recently invested in its UK team with three new senior managers to strengthen services specifically in the marine and offshore industry.
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