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  Saab Seaeye - Manufacturer of electric powered ROV systems
  Seaeye ROVs
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  (MCM System)
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  (Hybrid AUV/ROV)
  (Submarine ROV)
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  inspection vehicle
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Seaeye Panther

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comparison with other ROVs

Seaeye Panther ROV Systems are depth rated to 1500 metres and were the first of a new generation of electric powered work ROVs. A Panther is able to carry out many of the tasks previously carried our by conventional hydraulic powered work vehicles that are larger, heavier and invariably more costly.

Powered by four vectored and two vertical SM5 brushless DC thrusters, the Panther is the ideal vehicle for Survey operations, for which it is fully interfaced, or for drill support in the offshore oil and gas industry. For operations in stronger currents where greater thrust is required, Seaeye offer the Panther Plus with an additional 4 vectored SM5 thrusters.

Seaeye Panther with rear mounted dual head profiling sonar,
5 function manipulator and dual camera booms with pan and tilt cameras

The remarkably low weight of this powerful ROV has been achieved by the extensive use of plastics and composite materials including two carbon fibre electronics pods and a Seaeye obsession for maximising the power to weight ratio of their vehicles.

A basic ROV system comprises the Vehicle, a Surface Control Unit, a Hand Controller and a Power Supply Unit. The surface unit and PSU can be supplied free standing or containerised. The Control Container can be Zone II rated or rated for safe area operations and can be air conditioned.

Although free swimming operations are possible with up to 600 metres of tether this ROV is normally deployed using a Seaeye Panther Tether Management System (TMS) to minimise the effect of current on the vehicle's performance. The TMS is a garage with a bale arm and 150 metre capacity of tether.

CCC Underwater Engineering's Panther and TMS system

A skid mounted 'A' frame and lifting winch with 1600 metres of armoured lift umbilical is offered as a compact combined unit to launch and recover a TMS garaged Seaeye Panther. This can be offered rated for hazardous area Zone II operations or for 'safe area' operations and is known as a 'LARS' or Launch and Recovery System. Alternatively you may have your own crane available and may only require the lifting winch and armoured umbilical with an umbilical sheave and a lock-latch release mechanism and vehicle bullet for launch and recovery.

Maximum working depth 1500 metres
Length 1650 mm
Height 1130 mm
Width 1050 mm
Thrust Fwd 110 kg
Thrust Lateral 85 kg
Thrust Vertical 75 kg
Weight 330 kg
Payload 90 kg
Seaeye Panther with pipe-following wheels   Camera booms, manipulator and profiling sonar

All Seaeye ROVs feature brushless DC thrusters, which, apart from having the greatest power density, have integrated drive electronics with velocity feedback for precise and rapid thrust control. These thrusters are interfaced to a fast PID control system along with a solid-state rate gyro for enhanced azimuth stability. These essential building blocks enable Saab Seaeye to provide superior control and response from their powerful ROVs, setting them apart from the competition.

The Panther has 4 vectored and 2 vertical SM5 brushless DC thrusters.

A 100% modular chassis manufactured in polypropylene. The extremely rugged chassis is totally maintenance free, non corroding and self supporting in seawater. Additional equipment can be bolted directly to chassis members.

Panther Chassis

Aluminium Pressure Housings
Machined from 6082 marine grade aluminium and hard anodised in black.

SEAEYE range of 316 stainless steel connectors are generally used throughout.

Two pods fabricated with high grade carbon fibre composite materials provide most of the buoyancy and payload for this ROV. The vehicle electronics are mounted within one of these pods, the other is empty providing a large volume for additional equipment. Water ingress and vacuum alarms are fitted. Small sections of syntactic foam are added to balance the vehicle trim.

Control System
16 bit digital system providing easy interfacing to ancillary equipment by the operator. The SEAEYE comprehensive video overlay is fitted as standard providing digital and analogue compass rose, tilt icon, date time group, depth (metric or imperial), CP value ,pre-titled and free text pages. Vehicle data may be exported to clients Survey or Navigation computer systems via the SEAEYE Telemetry Interface Unit in conjunction with a PC.

Sensitive flux-gate compass unit with solid state rate sensor for enhanced azimuth stability.

Accuracy 1
Resolution 0.351
Up-date rate 125 mS

Depth Sensor
Electronic unit in its own separate housing. Accuracy 0.1% of fsd.

Full automatic pilot is provided for depth and heading.

Pan & Tilt System
SEAEYE Pan & Tilt unit with positional feedback (displayed on the video overlay) is fitted as standard. Click here for more detailed information.

Two separately controlled lighting channels. Each channel has two separately fused SEAEYE 150W lamp units. Lamp units can be distributed individually to suit local operating conditions.

Video System
Four simultaneous video channels are provided. Transmission to the surface is via two dual fibre-optic transmitters and two fibre optic cores. Two dual fibre-optic de-multiplexers are situated in the Surface Junction Box (supplied) in the ROV control cabin. Two 14 inch colour monitors are provided as standard.

Surface Control Unit
Contains all surface vehicle control electronics, TMS control (if option fitted) and surface outlets for ancillary equipment. This unit is 19" rack mountable and is supplied in its own case.

Dimensions   Height 265 mm
Width 484 mm

500 mm

Weight 19.55 kg
Hand Controller and Surface Control Unit  
Hand Control Unit
A small remote hand control unit containing all system controls is provided with a 5m lead.
Dimensions   Height 190 mm
Width 300 mm

150 mm

Weight 2.5 kg

Surface Power Supply Unit
Supplies all power requirements for the vehicle system. Line Insulation Monitors (LIMS) are fitted to both AC and DC power components for system safety and monitoring purposes. Requires 3 phase AC input of between 380vac and 480vac at 14kva.

Dimensions Height 1300 mm
Width 600 mm

470 mm

Weight 229.5 kg
Electrical Input Three phase
50 / 60 Hz
380 - 480 VAC
at 14 kVA
Power Supply Unit

Tether Management System
Rugged all steel, side entry system using tether cable bailing arm technique (eliminates underwater sliprings). The vehicle is secured within the T.M.S. by a hydrostatic device for launch and recovery. The vehicle can be easily manoeuvred into the T.M.S. either forwards or backwards. Tether cable capacity is 150 metres.

Panther TMS


  • Specialist configurations to suit client requirements.
  • Technical training programme.
  • Focus/Zoom TV camera interface
  • SIT camera fit.
  • 2.5kw 3 phase AC outlet
  • Survey Suites.
  • CP probe. (Contact or proximity.)
  • Sonar systems.
  • Manipulator system.
  • Camera booms with pan and tilt mounted cameras and lights
  • Tracking systems.
  • Pipe & Cable tracking equipment.
  • Inspection suites.
  • TMS Camera & Light
  • Launch & deployment system. (Zoned & un-zoned.)
  • ROV Control cabin. (Zoned & un-zoned.)