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Romica provides UK oceanographic research centre with mooring winch solutions

22nd September 2014

Romica Engineering Ltd (REL) have signed a contract with The UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) to provide a containerised deep-ocean mooring winch system

Romica provides UK oceanographic research centre with mooring winch solutions
This new order build on previously supplied containerised winches to other customers

This 4,000-metre capacity winch system, with a hydraulic power unit, will be used at sea for various large mooring operations.

This winch system will be freighted worldwide in an ISO 20’open topped container. An electrically driven hydraulic power unit is also to be supplied in a 10’ ISO certified container.

This self-contained unit will also contain all peripherals for the winch system (spares/remote/cables and hoses). As both the winch unit and power pack are self-contained with ISO containers they can be easily ‘cross decked’ between NOC vessels.

“We are delighted that the UK’s NOC have once again selected Romica as a winch system supplier to support their deep ocean mooring requirements,” said Bob Turner, managing director of REL. “This contract for the supply of a containerised winch solution allows NOC to utilise the system on international partnership vessels as well as those of other NERC organisations such as British Antarctic Survey, who recently announced the purchase of a new research ship.”

REL was founded in 2003 to provide payload welfare to the oceanographic and offshore oil and gas sector. Romica supports companies undertaking subsea measurement, monitoring and IRM (Inspection Repair Maintenance) tasks through a range of services, tools and equipment solutions.

Andy Henson, scientific engineering manager at NOC said: “We are delighted to be working with Romica once more after a competitive tender process.  This winch will enable us to continue to deliver cutting edge ocean science.”


About REL

Romica Engineering Ltd provide specialist subsea lifting and winching equipment to the oceanographic and offshore oil & gas exploration and exploitation markets, based in Beverley, UK the company exports worldwide, manufacturing primarily in Romica’s factory in Satu Mare, Romania utilising a highly skilled and dedicated workforce. Support is provided across the; concept, assessment, design, manufacture, in service, and disposal (CADMID) cycle. For further information, visit


About the National Oceanography Centre

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) undertakes integrated ocean research and technology development from the coast to the deep ocean. It provides long-term marine science capability including: major facilities; sustained ocean observing, mapping and survey; data management, and scientific advice.

The NOC is wholly owned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and brings together the NERC-managed activity at Liverpool’s former Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, creating the UK’s leading institution for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development. For further information, visit

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