ROV Skids

An ROV skid enhances the versatility and functionality of ROVs by providing a stable platform for the integration of sensors, cameras, tools and other subsea equipment. The modular design of ROV skids allows the skid to be customized for specific mission requirements, from survey skids that incorporate scanning and imaging systems, to work-class and BOP intervention skids used for subsea engineering tasks.
Overview ROV Skids
By Staff Writer Last updated: May 30th, 2024

Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) skids are key to the functionality and versatility of ROVs. Often called ROV survey skids or tooling skids, these components enhance the operational efficiency of ROVs by equipping them with specialized tools and sensors.

With advancements in modular design and sensor integration, skids allow ROVs to execute a wide range of underwater tasks with increased accuracy and efficiency. As technology progresses, ROV skids are expected to be essential in the future of ocean exploration and subsea operations.

Types of ROV Skid

Perception XL Work-class ROV skid by Voyis

Perception XL Work-class ROV skid by Voyis

ROV Survey Skids: Equipped with advanced sensors and instruments necessary for detailed underwater inspections and data collection, ROV survey skids typically include high-resolution cameras, multi-beam sonar systems, and other survey equipment for detailed subsea surveys.

ROV Tooling Skids: Tooling skids convert ROVs into versatile platforms capable of handling intricate subsea tasks. These skids can carry a range of tools, including manipulators, torque tools, and cutting equipment.

ROV Intervention Skids: These carry equipment for tasks such as valve operations, pipeline inspections, and repair operations.


Inspection & Survey

  • Pipeline and Cable Inspections – Skids can carry advanced imaging systems, sonar, and other sensors to inspect pipelines, cables, and other subsea infrastructure for damage or wear.
  • Environmental Surveys – Equipped with environmental monitoring instruments, skids can collect data on water quality, marine life, and seabed conditions.

Maintenance & Repair

  • Valve and Equipment Operations – Tooling skids with manipulator arms and torque tools enable the ROV to operate valves, connect hoses, and perform other mechanical operations.
  • Cutting and Welding – Cutting tools and welding equipment can be fitted on the skids to enable subsea construction and repair work.

Construction Support

  • Installation Assistance – Skids can carry tools for laying pipelines, installing subsea structures, and deploying underwater equipment.
  • Debris Removal – Equipped with suction tools or grabbers, skids can assist in clearing debris.

Scientific Research

  • Sample Collection – Skids designed for sampling can gather specimens from the ocean floor or water column for scientific analysis, aiding in marine biology, geology, and chemistry research.
  • Data Collection – Survey skids with sensors and cameras collect valuable data for oceanographic studies, environmental monitoring, and resource assessments.