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• DEEP SCIENCE
UNDERWATER ROBOTICS FOR DEEP OCEAN RESEARCH
  03 May 2018
• FALCON TO HUNT OCEAN TRACKERS
  10 April 2018
• SAAB SIGNS CONTRACT FOR FLEET OF SABERTOOTHS
  30 March 2018
• SUBSEA TECHNOLOGY AND RENTALS (STR) EXPANDS FALCON FLEET
  14 March 2018
• BLUESTREAM ORDERS COMPACT COUGARS FOR CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NORTH SEA OPERATIONS
  06 February 2018
• SMART TORQUE TOOL ADVANCES AN ALL ELECTRIC FUTURE
  24 January 2018

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03 May 2018

DEEP SCIENCE

UNDERWATER ROBOTICS FOR DEEP OCEAN RESEARCH

Marine scientists worldwide are discovering that Saab Seaeye's range of underwater e-robotic vehicles and Hydro-Lek subsea tooling is particularly suited for complex and varied research projects. These projects include environmental monitoring, marine archaeology, and biodiversity research.

Many of the world's deep sea eco-systems can now be accessed and examined in-situ thanks to technological advances made in Saab Seaeye's range of underwater robotic systems and subsea tooling. New ground-breaking designs and control architecture ensure that these solutions can not only master strong currents and tides and harsh conditions but can also be geared to perform delicate analytical tasks where accuracy and minimum intervention is of utmost importance.

Further developments made in transformative robotics and tooling as found in Saab Seaeye's Falcon and Leopard vehicles are making a wider range of marine science tasks more possible.


Kaiyo Engineering, Japan

Studies in Japan by Kaiyo Engineering are using the Leopard to examine biodiversity surrounding hydrothermal vent activity in order to protect the inter-connecting ecosystems around mineral extraction sites. Other tasks will further exploit the advanced capabilities of the Leopard and Falcon. One such task is to enhance the tsunami early warning seismographic monitoring system on the sea floor and install 45 kilometers of new sensors and transponders.

The 3000m rated Leopard uses iCON, a highly advanced plug and play system of distributed control developed by Saab Seaeye, which allows more interchangeable tooling and survey sensors to be installed than ever before on a vehicle of its size.

The 3000m rated Leopard is the most powerful electric underwater e?robotic system in its class, making it ideal for complex and demanding scientific tasks.   The 3000m rated Leopard is the most powerful electric underwater e?robotic system in its class, making it ideal for complex and demanding scientific tasks.
The 3000m rated Leopard is the most powerful electric underwater e?robotic system
in its class, making it ideal for complex and demanding scientific tasks.

Each device on the vehicle has its own microprocessor which allows scientists, when faced with the risk of multiple equipment damage during remote location operations, to remain on task as iCON will independently manage each intelligent device on the vehicle to keep the vehicle working with minimum disruption. Maintenance and general condition of the vehicle can also be monitored through remote diagnostics to anywhere onshore.


University of Haifa, Israel

In Israel, The Saab Seaeye Leopard is being used by the University of Haifa as a key resource for a new deep sea research centre. The Leopard's 11-strong thruster power and iCON intelligent control architecture allows scientists to handle a variety of systems of heavy and variable loads by providing flight stability, including pitch and roll stabilisation even in strong cross currents and also gives them precise manoeuvrability inside complex structures.

In addition, the Leopard's iCON building-block capability and large open payload bay with sliding trays for rapid reconfiguration and easy maintenance allows more interchangeable tooling and survey sensors to be fitted than ever before possible in a vehicle of its size.

"We opted for the Leopard, not just because of its technological excellence and Saab Seaeye being the largest manufacturer of electric ROVs in the world, but because universities and scientific users we contacted gave Saab Seaeye the best and most positive feedback."

Ben Herzberg, Chief Engineer
The Helmsley Charitable Trust Mediterranean Sea Research Center
Leon H Charney School of Marine Sciences at the University of Haifa.

Saab Seaeye's smaller e-robotic vehicle, the Falcon, is globally renowned for its performance, reliability and compact footprint and is an ideal platform for intricate and demanding marine science applications.


Northwestern Michigan College, USA

In the USA, a Saab Seaeye Falcon is being deployed by Northwestern Michigan College to evaluate systems integration for the marine industry and the effect on underwater performance when different equipment is added. The distributed intelligent control architecture makes it straightforward to add and change a variety of systems including manipulators, cutters and cameras - many of which are included in Saab Seaeye's Hydro-Lek range of tooling.

Falcon   Falcon


University of Stanford

Recent research undertaken by the University of Stanford for biological sampling on deep reefs deployed a Saab Seaeye Falcon with a Hydro-Lek arm and valve packs. By adapting the metal gripper on a Hydro-Lek 5 function arm with a soft robotic gripper, scientists were able to delicately manipulate and collect fragile biological specimens on the deep reef without destroying benthic fauna.

Many marine science applications deploy Saab Seaeye's range of Hydro-Lek subsea tooling such as cutters, water jetters, and camera booms as well as ROV power components including valve packs, HPUs and telemetry systems.


National Oceanographic Centre, UK

Hydro-lek's 6000m rated robotic underwater vehicle, HyBIS has been kitted out with a range of these tooling options and deployed by the UK's National Oceanographic Centre on various research expeditions to the Mid-Atlantic ridge to explore ocean floors mineral deposits. HyBIS was originally deployed in 2009 when it was used to discover, film and sample the world's deepest hydrothermal vents - some 6000m deep - in the Cayman Trench. These vents are considered to be the highest pressure, hottest and most copper-rich seafloor hydrothermal systems known to date.

HyBIS


Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Germany

HyBIS has also been adopted by leading institute in marine science, Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, to successfully deploy Ocean Bottom Seismometers (OBS) and Ocean Bottom Eletromagnetometers (OBEM) off the west coast of Svalbard in Norway to measure the widespread nature of gas hydrates and free gas accumulations.

In addition to designing and producing standard tooling for marine research, Saab Seaeye also designs bespoke tooling skids for a wide range of underwater vehicles on the market, along with a comprehensive range of subsea hydraulic components.

Example of Hydro-Lek tooling skids (left) and range of tooling components (right)   Example of Hydro-Lek tooling skids (left) and range of tooling components (right)
Example of Hydro-Lek tooling skids (left) and range of tooling components (right)

Hydro-Lek became a business line within Saab Seaeye in January 2016

Saab Seaeye is the world's leading underwater e‐robotics company, with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid electric robotic systems, engineered to address the diverse range of tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

For more information contact:

Matt Bates
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


10 April 2018

FALCON TO HUNT OCEAN TRACKERS

A Saab Seaeye Falcon underwater robotic vehicle is helping find lost aquatic animal tracking stations in oceans around the world.

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Blue Shark - tagged species. Courtesy of OTN.
Blue Shark - tagged species. Courtesy of OTN.

The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) based at Dalhousie University, will deploy the Falcon to recover acoustic tracking receivers missing from deployment sites on the seabed, principally in the waters of the Northwest Atlantic, the test hub of OTN and a hotspot for Atlantic ocean tracking research.

OTN is the world's aquatic animal tracking network with over 2,000 acoustic tracking stations located across five oceans, spanning seven continents, and in freshwater systems that serve as highways to the oceans for species that migrate between fresh and salt waters.

During their time underwater, up to 5% of receivers may pose recovery problems, either due to equipment failure, biofouling, or extreme environmental conditions that move the stations away from their deployment coordinates. This leaves valuable equipment and extremely valuable data stranded on the ocean floor. On these occasions, the Falcon can be sent anywhere in the world to try and find the missing equipment.

OTN selected the Saab Seaeye Falcon through a public tendering process which chose the Falcon because, in OTN's view, it is the most powerful and capable ROV of its size, class and depth rating.

Falcon can serve the broader ocean science community

Primarily, the Falcon will be used as a means to recover the lost stations but it is also expected to serve the broader Dalhousie ocean science community as part of the Dalhousie Glider Group.

The field technical staff at OTN directly service and maintain the program's acoustic receiver arrays and in some cases oceanographic sensors, on the Canadian east and west coasts.

Beyond this, the team collaborates with researchers around the globe on best practices and problem resolutions regarding the scientific moorings which they deploy as part of their studies. This includes the Canadian Arctic, and other inaccessible or remote locations.

OTN has developed a global infrastructure to collect comprehensive data on sea animals in relation to the ocean's changing physical properties. Despite its sophisticated technology, the tracking is conceptually quite simple: scientists tag a wide range of aquatic species - salmon, tuna, whales, sharks, penguins, crabs, and seals, to name a few - with small electronic transmitters (primarily acoustic tags, but also satellite and data archival tags). Acoustic receivers pick up coded signals from acoustic tags, which identify individual tagged creatures that pass within the receiver's range (typically about half a kilometre). By contrast, externally attached satellite and archival tags typically release at a preprogrammed interval and transmit their data via satellite communication. Tags and receivers can also be outfitted with sophisticated sensors that measure temperature, depth, salinity, currents, chemistry, and other properties.

OTN expect their Falcon to be very busy. There will be many missions beyond tending equipment. For example, the Falcon's camera systems will provide underwater film footage that will play an important role in engaging the public and communicating OTN's research activities and results.

The Falcon is the most successful underwater electric robotic system of its class in the world and has been proven over many years in numerous intricate and demanding missions whilst working in some of the most hostile environments on the planet.

Its winning concept comes from having five powerful thrusters and an intelligent distributed control system arranged in a small, easily manhandled metre-long versatile chassis.

Depth rated to 300 and 1000 metres, its power and control make it highly manoeuverable and able to remain stable in strong crosscurrents whilst undertaking precision tasks.

Its advanced iCON intelligent control offers precise station-keeping to allow the operator to concentrate on the task at hand, and its system architecture makes for easy role change and ready customisation.

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Dalhousie team with newly delivered Falcon.
Dalhousie team with newly delivered Falcon.

Saab Seaeye is the world's leading underwater e‐robotics company, with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid electric robotic systems, engineered to address the diverse range of tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

For more information contact:

Matt Bates
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


30 March 2018

SAAB SIGNS CONTRACT FOR FLEET OF SABERTOOTHS

The first in a planned fleet of Saab Seaeye Sabertooth underwater electric robotic vehicles has been ordered by a leading company in the sector.

The major investment signals a recognition by the oil and gas industry that Sabertooth's unique design concept offers considerable benefits and cost savings to the sector.

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Sabertooth is uniquely the only system that can operate in both fully autonomous (AUV) and tethered (ROV) modes.
Sabertooth is uniquely the only system
that can operate in both fully autonomous
(AUV) and tethered (ROV) modes.

Sabertooth is the only roaming and hovering system that can operate in both fully autonomous (AUV) and tethered (ROV) modes, enabling fully flexible dual operations from a single platform.

This means it can undertake a wide range of tasks including inspection, maintenance and repair, across a wide range of subsea operations to include site investigation surveys through to decommissioning support.

Saab Seaeye will work with their customer, who must remain unnamed at this time, in making significant further advances in the capability of Sabertooth in order to meet new demands from end-users. Their customer also sees the Sabertooth concept as significantly decreasing their own operating costs.

A suite of advanced survey sensors will come with each Sabertooth which will be configured to allow additional sensors to be quickly integrated for a range of project specific applications.

Helping make this, and further advances possible is Sabertooth's iCON intelligent behaviour-based control architecture, which comprises hardware and software building blocks that allow harmonious integration of systems and accelerate future developments.

Saab Seaeye is the world's leading underwater e‐robotics company, with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid electric robotic systems, engineered to address the diverse range of tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

For more information contact:

Matt Bates
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


14 March 2018

SUBSEA TECHNOLOGY AND RENTALS (STR) EXPANDS FALCON FLEET

At the Saab Seaeye stand at Oceanology International 2018, STR's Managing Director, Scott Johnstone announces plans to expand Falcon fleet

Subsea Technology & Rentals Ltd (STR) adds an additional Saab Seaeye Falcon robotic vehicle to their global rental fleet of inspection class vehicles, with planned investment for more Falcons in the near future.

Growing demand over the last 12 months for the Falcon from their clients in the Oil and Gas and Renewable sectors has led STR to expand their rental resource, as their existing Falcons are currently on long term rental.

The Falcon is the most successful electric underwater robotic system of its class in the world and has been proven over many years in numerous intricate and demanding missions and for working in high current waters.

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Matt Bates Director Saab Seaeye and Scott Johnstone Managing Director Subsea Technology & Rentals with a Falcon on Saab Seaeye's Stand H100 at Oceanology International 2018.
Matt Bates Director Saab Seaeye and Scott Johnstone Managing Director Subsea Technology & Rentals
with a Falcon on Saab Seaeye's Stand H100 at Oceanology International 2018.

Announcing his decision, STR's managing director, Scott Johnstone says, "STR firmly believe that the investment of the new Saab Seaeye Falcon remotely operated vehicle system demonstrates our commitment to our clients and to improving market conditions. As an innovative company STR understands the importance of investing and delivering class-leading technology to give our clients the very best solutions for their operations."

The Falcon's winning concept comes from having five powerful thrusters and an intelligent distributed control system arranged in a small, easily manhandled metre-long versatile chassis.

Its power and control make it highly manoeuvrable and able to remain stable in strong crosscurrents whilst undertaking precision tasks.

Advanced iCON intelligent control offers precise station-keeping to allow the operator to concentrate on the task at hand, whilst the iCON system architecture makes for easy role change and ready customisation.

Saab Seaeye is the world's leading underwater e‐robotics company, with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid electric robotic systems, engineered to address the diverse range of tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

Subsea Technology & Rentals specialise in the design and manufacture of advanced subsea technology for the offshore energy industry. STR is also a global leader in the rental of marine equipment to support the offshore survey, IRM, subsea construction and renewable sectors.

For more information contact:

Matt Bates
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com

Ka Henney-Cant
Subsea Technology and Rentals Ltd
+44 (0) 845 3886 384

www.str-subsea.com


06 February 2018

BLUESTREAM ORDERS COMPACT COUGARS FOR CENTRAL AND NORTHERN NORTH SEA OPERATIONS

Bluestream, who dominate platform inspection in the Dutch sector, aims to offer their experienced services to the UK Central and Northern North Sea Sectors with a Saab Seaeye-based, full scope inspection package.

By adding two new gravity-based Saab Seaeye Cougar XT Compact Zone II ROV systems to their fleet - a low-profile design of vehicle especially suited for fixed or floating platform inspections - Bluestream expect to assist their clients by bringing their experience and potential cost saving solutions to the UK offshore market.

The Cougar XT Compact version of the proven Cougar concept was chosen for its regulatory compliance in the Central and Northern North Sea Sectors and for its special compact design that makes it ideal for operating in and around platform structures.

Bluestream sees the platform-based inspection package offering considerable cost saving benefits, when compared to inspections carried out from ROV vessels.

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Powerful low profile Cougar XT Compact: ideal for manoeuvring in and around platforms.
Powerful low profile Cougar XT Compact: ideal for
manoeuvring in and around platforms.

Adding the two Cougar XT Compacts to their current fleet, brings Bluestream's total of Saab Seaeye vehicles to 22 systems.

The compact version of the Cougar design was chosen because its slimmed-down profile makes it easily manoeuvrable inside complex platform structures, whilst its powerful thruster pack helps cope with strong currents and turbulent waters.

Its low-profile design was specially conceived to minimise the effect of current by creating a reduced frame size, buoyancy and weight - and a thinner 17mm tether cable that reduces the effect of drag on the vehicle.

Whilst holding the Cougar Compact steady in cross currents and operating with precise manoeuvrability, its six powerful thrusters allow it to handle a wide array of equipment, despite its size.

Bluestream required a flexible equipment plan for their Cougars which, like all Saab Seaeye robotic vehicles, are designed for easy customisation and enhancement with third-party systems.

The two Bluestream Cougar Compacts will be equipped with a Seaprince sonar, Kongsberg cameras and an underslung hydraulic skid ready for fitting an array of third-party equipment which includes, but not confined to, the FlexiClean tooling, subsea water jetting, shear-cutter, subsea excavation pumps, subsea sensors and an array of CP systems.

The ease of configuration and integration is a key advantage of Saab Seaeye's design architecture says Bluestream who chose Saab Seaeye because they are the largest manufacturer of electric systems in the world with reliable and trusted technology that is familiar to their engineers.

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The two Cougar Compacts join Bluestream's fleet of 22 Saab Seaeye underwater robotic systems, a selection of which is shown here.
The two Cougar Compacts join Bluestream's fleet of 22 Saab Seaeye underwater
robotic systems, a selection of which is shown here.

Saab Seaeye is the world's leading underwater e‐robotics company, with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid electric robotic systems, engineered to address the diverse range of tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

For more information contact:

Matt Bates
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com

Chris Bryant
Bluestream Offshore B.V.
+31 (0)223 637784

www.bluestreamoffshore.com


24 January 2018

SMART TORQUE TOOL ADVANCES AN ALL ELECTRIC FUTURE

A breakthrough in electric torque tool technology is set to further advance the capability of electric underwater robotic vehicles.

A new lightweight electric torque tool is being launched globally in a collaboration agreement between Saab Seaeye, the world leader in electric underwater e-robotic systems, and Australia-based Total Marine Technology (TMT).

New small self-calibrating class 1-4 torque tool to bring considerable savings to torque tool tasks with the use of smaller electric work vehicles.
New small self-calibrating class 1-4 torque tool to bring considerable savings
to torque tool tasks with the use of smaller electric work vehicles.

The tool is smart, light, simple to fit, fast to set-up, has an advanced, high accuracy torque control system and can operate across the Saab Seaeye range of e-robotic vehicles, opening up new market opportunities.

Considerable savings will come from using compact electric e-robotic vehicles and electric tooling for tasks normally performed by much larger hydraulic vehicles.

No smaller electric class 1-4 torque tool exists on the market and with a singlehanded weight of just 24 kilos, it is around half the weight of a typical hydraulic torque tool, reducing the risk of manual handling injuries.

A major benefit for subsea operators is the tool's ability to adapt automatically to Class 1 to 4 fittings and torques whilst performing the integrity-critical task of opening and closing seabed valves and other torque tensioning tasks.

Torque accuracy is vital for operators needing to trust a system not to damage a valve when opening and closing. Electric torque systems are far more accurate over the whole torque range when compared to hydraulic systems and deck calibration is quick, repeatable and simpler, saving setup cost.

Helps avoid risk to older valves

An electric system can provide highly accurate small torque values so is extremely useful where there is an inherent risk of damage to older valves when turned, as they may be in poor condition.

The electric torque tool with its built-in drive and torque measurement is effectively self-calibrating across its full torque range, saving considerable operation and vessel time - and significant costs.

Current hydraulic torque tools operated by hydraulic vehicles are typically set and checked multiple times for a particular torque range before each dive, using a tested and certified calibration unit. Whereas in future the electric torque tool need only be calibrated by an independent body on an annual basis.

Accuracy and control are standout features with the TMT torque tool as the software-managed system allows much finer control and feedback than hydraulic systems. Operators control torque pressures by dialing in torque limits, speed, and number of turns and watch the response on screen immediately. Pitch and roll sensors in the tool aid rapid alignment during critical tasks.

The lightweight torque tool can operate in an underslung skid from small electric robotic vehicles such as the Saab Seaeye Tiger.  

The lightweight torque tool can operate in an underslung skid from small electric robotic vehicles such as the Saab Seaeye Tiger.

In addition to opening and closing valves the tool can be used in a wide range of tasks including installation and recovery of control leads and hoses, and closing and tensioning of connectors and bolts.

A typical hydraulic torque tool weighing around 50 kilos is generally held out in front of a vehicle by a heavy-duty manipulator, so needs a large vehicle.

As the TMT tool is half the weight it can be fitted to a smaller robotic work vehicle such as the Saab Seaeye Leopard - and can even be underslung to operate from an even smaller robotic system such as the Tiger.

Whilst on an inspection mission a compact electric vehicle can intervene to operate a valve, thereby avoiding follow-up intervention and reducing the number of excursions.

This pioneering development demonstrates how electric underwater e-robotics are increasingly undertaking serious intervention work as the market trends towards an all-electric future.

Subsea operators worldwide are expected to welcome a new electric torque tool that will enable electric underwater robotic systems to undertake an even wider range of subsea tasks and bring considerable cost savings.

Both Saab Seaeye and TMT see their collaboration as the start of a jointly beneficial relationship, with Saab Seaeye marketing the tool exclusively in the Northern Hemisphere and TMT in the Southern Hemisphere.

Saab Seaeye is the world's leading underwater e‐robotics company, with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid electric robotic systems, engineered to address the diverse range of tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

Total Marine Technology is a leading engineering and manufacturing company which produces the only Australian designed and built Work Class ROVs. They also operate a fleet of ROVs, manufacture innovative tooling designs, and provides offshore surveying for the global offshore drilling and production industry from bases in Perth and Kuala Lumpur.

For more information contact:

Matt Bates
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com

Mark Harris
Total Marine Technology
+61 (8) 9411 6500

www.tmtrov.com.au