Site: Intershelf (J.P. Kenny Intershelf)
Kozhevnicheskaya St. 11
Telex: 411782 SHELFSU
Date Visited: May 17, 1993
Report Author: D. Walsh
Sergey Yu. Karev; Director
Andrey V. Nesterov; Moscow Subsidiary Director
J.P. Kenny Intershelf is a joint venture company formed in 1988 by J.P. Kenny Group of Companies of the United Kingdom and two Russian partners, Moscow Institute of Civil Engineering and Promstroibank. Their basic business is to provide engineering, economic, and management services for oil and gas development onshore and offshore in the CIS. Intershelf has 300 employees at nine locations in Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, and Dagestan.
While the CIS joint venture has eight divisions, of specific interest to WTEC are J.P. Kenny Intershelf's Underwater Robotic Systems and Underwater Equipment Divisions. This emphasis in the USSR/CIS began in 1989. While it was not clear from the business cards which division the panel was visiting, the principal discussion topic for the visit was undersea equipment.
This was only an office visit: lunch was provided, but the team saw no equipment or laboratory or production facilities. Although from one to four Intershelf representatives participated at various times in the meeting, Mr. Sergey Yu. Karev acted as host and moderator of the discussions.
Very limited information was provided in this area. Information printed in the J.P. Kenny Intershelf brochure showed one photograph and two drawings of underwater tracked or wheeled vehicles. They appeared to be similar to structurally reliant remotely operated vehicles developed in the United Kingdom for underwater pipeline and telecommunications construction, repair, and inspection. This is not a particularly new technology; such vehicles are operational in the West.
From these discussions, it was not clear if such technologies have been developed in Russia or elsewhere in the CIS.
In addition to the brochure pictures of the seafloor ROV, panel members received product brochures and saw videotapes for two other ROVs, Fish 102 and Fish 103. Work began on these vehicles in the USSR in 1979, so these represented technologies imported into the J.P. Kenny Intershelf joint venture.
Fish 102 is an open frame ROV that appears similar in design to the early Phantom ROVs developed by Deep Ocean Engineering in Oakland, California. Its performance is roughly comparable with the Phantom 300. Fish 102 has a 100 m operating depth and carries a black and white TV camera. The price is roughly $20,000, and twelve to fourteen have been sold.
Fish 103 is a deep diving (6,000 m) ROV that was used to explore the wreck of the lost Mike class nuclear submarine Komsomolets in the Norwegian Sea. For this work, it was carried onboard the Mir class manned submersibles (there are two) and used in a fly-off mode with a 30 m umbilical. This ROV is also fitted with a black and white TV camera system. For surface-tended operations, a tether management system is provided. The approximate price of this vehicle is $50,000. Intershelf has had three purchase inquiries from the United Kingdom.
In cooperation with Energia (see Energia site reports in this appendix), Intershelf is offering a ten-passenger tourist submarine, Subtour 10/100. None have been sold yet; they will be built at Energia and will require eighteen months to construct upon receipt of the order. Mr. Karev said that Intershelf has relations with seven possible producers of tourist submarines with passenger capacities from two to fifty people, and depth ratings from 50 m to 600 m. The company is prepared to rent, lease, or joint venture with operators of the submarines.
. The team was given a brochure on Intershelf's Diving TV Systems (DTVS). Designed for operations to depths of 80 m, these systems come with a 100 m umbilical. There appear to be three versions of the camera system, with resolutions ranging from 200 to 450 lines per inch. The cameras have a single light mounted on top of the housing. The lowest price for a black and white system is about $4,000.
Product Data Diskette. Mr. Karev said that Intershelf is now producing a data diskette that describes all Russian suppliers of undersea equipment. He hopes this will help in marketing the company's undersea equipment to the West. The panel asked to receive copies of the diskette when available.
This office of J.P. Kenny Intershelf appeared to be largely concerned with the promotional and marketing aspects of its undersea technologies. With perhaps the exception of the diver TV system, it did not appear that Intershelf had directly developed any of the equipment shown to the panel. Since the major foreign partner is a United Kingdom company, there should be good access to western markets through J.P. Kenny.
Although J.P. Kenny Intershelf showed the panel ideas, concepts, and hardware for ROV and passenger submersibles, no information was provided about autonomous unmanned vehicles. The team assumed that this is not a major commercial development direction for Intershelf at this time.
. Corporate Brochure.
Fish 102 ROV. Product information sheet.
Fish 103 ROV. Product information sheet.
Diving TV Systems. Product information sheet.
Subtour 10/100 Tourist Submarine. Brochure.