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•  Tiger ten totals twenty thousand hours
22 December 2004
 
•  Subco's Surveyor Plus ups the ante
22 December 2004
 
•  New Single Function, 3 Jaw, Manipulator & Rope Cutter - all in one useful tool!
7 December 2004
 
•  Fiftieth Falcon's Fish Farming Feedback
27 September 2004
 
•  Surveyor Plus working in the Black Sea
10 September 2004
 
• Jon Robertson joins the Seaeye Board of Directors
02 August 2004
 
• 50th Tiger ROV in production
21 June 2004
 
• Seaeye Falcon gets tooled up
11 May 2004
 
• CCC's Panther in action
4 February 2004
 
• Seaeye Cougar launched
January 2004

What's New At Saab Seaeye (2004)
 

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22 December 2004

TIGER TEN TOTALS TWENTY THOUSAND HOURS

We would like to offer our congratulations to the combined ROVTECH and TECHNIP ROV crew onboard CSO Alliance who have just passed the significant milestone of 20,000 thousand hours of operations with their Seaeye Tiger serial number 10. This is equates to more than 2¼ years underwater!

During all of this time the ROV has experienced only 209 hours of down time for repair - or just a little over 1%. Not only is this a credit to the robustness of the ROV but also to the team that have operated and maintained it so well.

Seaeye Tiger 10 was delivered to Aberdeen based Rovtech in June 1998 and since then it has mainly been employed in diver support operations for Technip in the UK sector of the North Sea.

A total of 51 Seaeye Tigers have been delivered around the world since it was first introduced eight years ago as a replacement for the Seaeye Boxer.

For more information about Seaeye Tiger click here.

Chris Tarmey
CEO
Seaeye Marine


22 December 2004

SUBCO'S SURVEYOR PLUS UPS THE ANTE

In September we published a photo of GB Diving's Surveyor Plus serial number 28 on operations in the Black sea fitted out with TSS' latest pipe tracker. Since then, , not to be outdone, has kindly sent us pictures of their Surveyor Plus serial number 230 fitted with TSS, plus dual head profilers and a survey gyro.

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Seaeye Surveyor Plus 230    

Can anyone top that?

Chris Tarmey
CEO
Seaeye Marine


7 December 2004

NEW SINGLE FUNCTION, 3 JAW, MANIPULATOR & ROPE CUTTER -
ALL IN ONE USEFUL TOOL!

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Closed with cutter blade covered Opening exposes the blade &
traps the rope..
to make the cut

This clever single function manipulator has three, 100 mm stainless steel jaws enabling vertical or horizontal objects to be grasped without the need of the rotate function required with traditional two jaw manipulators.

Particularly useful for freeing trapped umbilicals, light recovery tasks or attaching a line, we recommend this device as the first choice of accessory to add to the vehicle.

This tool can also be used to cut 9 mm diameter rope with the simple installation of a craft or 'Stanley Knife' blade that remains fully protected while the jaws are closed.

A first choice accessory for a Seaeye Falcon that can also be fitted to other manufacturer’s ROVs.

For more information about the latest accessories for your Seaeye Falcon click here.

Chris Tarmey
CEO
Seaeye Marine


27 September 2004

FIFTIETH FALCON'S FISH FARMING FEEDBACK

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Falcon number 50 fitted with an 8 inch air lift suction hose Air Lifting morts from 25 metre deep salmon farm nets

Ford Commercial Diving Services, who trade as 'Blast Off', are based in Tasmania and specialise in providing underwater services to the Australian fish farming industry. They pioneered in-water net cleaning techniques that allow the nets to remain in place without replacement for extended periods. Among other factors, this has contributed to larger nets being used to hold increased fish stocks.

These larger nets, some of which are up to 25 metres deep, have to be inspected at least twice a week for holes or damage and for the removal of dead fish, known as 'morts'. Historically this inspection and mort removal has been done by divers but, with over 90 nets to look after, the use of a Seaeye Falcon ROV has become a more efficient and economic alternative for these routine tasks while divers are kept busy providing the cleaning and repair services.

'The morts are removed using an air lift with an 8 inch suction hose capable of moving 1 tonne of small fish per minute'. Said Andrew Ford, MD of Ford Commercial Diving, 'To manoeuvre this hose under water requires a very capable ROV which must at the same time be portable and able of be man handled by a two man crew,' he added. The Falcon manipulator is used to hold the suction hose while the pilot guides the vehicle to suck up the morts. As soon as all of the morts have been collected from a net, the suction hose is released from the manipulator and recovered for deployment into the next net while the Falcon carries out the video survey for holes and damage.

Andrew says that he spent many weeks researching possible ROVs before settling on the Seaeye Falcon that he selected for its power, stability and the ease with which he can modify the system to accept his new ideas for the fish farming industry.

Ford Commercial Diving Services took delivery of Falcon number 50 in August this year from Seaeye Marine's Australian Distributor, Under Water Video Systems who have offices in Melbourne and Perth.

Chris Tarmey
CEO
Seaeye Marine


10 September 2004

SEAEYE SURVEYOR PLUS WORKING IN THE BLACK SEA

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Continuing our occasional series featuring Seaeye customers' pictures, we would like to thank Norwegian survey company, Deep Ocean A/S for allowing us to show Surveyor Plus 228 fitted with the latest VT TSS 440 Pipe Tracker during recovery from recent pipeline survey operations in the Black Sea. This ROV is owned and was operated by GB Diving who are based in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.

The Surveyor Plus has ample payload and thrust to accommodate a full survey suite and operate free swimming, or from a TMS, to 600 metres depth.

For other pictures and full specification, click here.

Chris Tarmey
CEO
Seaeye Marine


2 August 2004

JON ROBERTSON JOINS THE SEAEYE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jon Robertson, who joined Seaeye Marine as a special project engineer in 1998 and was later promoted to Engineering Manager, has now accepted the position of Engineering Director on the Seaeye Board of Directors.

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Following his successful project management of the Seaeye Falcon and the introduction of the Seaeye Cougar last year, his new priorities are firmly focussed on Seaeye's next generation of increasingly capable and deeper rated electric powered ROVs.

"The challenge is to increase Seaeye's technical lead in a growing market for lighter vehicles with greater capability of doing useful work at depth, or doing more with less" says Jon in describing his new role.

Chris Tarmey
CEO
Seaeye Marine


21 June 2004

SEAEYE'S 50TH TIGER ROV IN PRODUCTION FOR STOLT OFFSHORE, BRAZIL

Seaeye Marine, the world's leading supplier of electric ROV systems to the offshore oil and gas industry, passed another milestone this month by signing a contract to deliver their 50th Seaeye Tiger ROV. The complete system, which includes a Seaeye LARS and TMS, will be delivered to Stolt Offshore in Brazil where it will be mobilised onboard the Seaway Harrier to perform diver support operations for Petrobas from September.

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Although the Tiger was first introduced eight years ago to replace earlier Seaeye Boxers, a continuous process of development and improvements to both the control and propulsion systems has maintained this ROV's position as the industry's benchmark observation ROV and pilot's favourite. Nothing handles quite like a Tiger!

Today, the Seaeye Tiger is the entry level system for a range of six deeper water Seaeye ROVs covering all applications from observation through survey to medium work class, drill support and both commercial and military salvage operations. For professional coastal, inshore and fly-away applications, the Seaeye Falcon leads the way.

Further information on the Seaeye Tiger can be found here.

Chris Tarmey
CEO
Seaeye Marine


11 May 2004

SEAEYE FALCON GETS TOOLED UP

One of the great advantages of open frame ROVs is the ease with which they can be adapted to carry tools to perform useful work at depth. And if you plan to fit large tools it pays to have lots of reserve power to move the extra mass and maintain a stable platform in strong currents.

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Seaeye Falcon fitted with a 5 function manipulator skid

So, when Chris Bryant, the Managing Director of Subsea Vision, suggested that we build a 5 function hydraulic manipulator skid for his two Seaeye Falcons, and the Romanian Navy asked for hydraulic cable cutter skids for their mine countermeasures Falcons, we were confident that the vehicle could be quickly adapted to cope with the task. What did surprise us was just how little the skids affected the handling and manoeuvrability of the Falcon in an offshore environment.

Subsea Vision reports that they have just successfully completed an environmental seabed inspection and sampling contract for ERT (Scotland) Ltd on behalf of BP that also involved collecting Modiolus (horse mussels) in the vicinity of the Sullom Voe oil terminal in the Shetland Isles. The use of a multi-function manipulator was essential for this operation in an area where currents of up to 2 knots were experienced. "Once I had the vehicle properly trimmed and ballasted, the Seaeye Falcon, with its 50 Kilos of thrust, was very easy to operate on this precise and demanding operation", said Chris Bryant.

The UK Ministry of Defence have now also ordered manipulator skids for their Seaeye Falcons.

The Manipulator features 180 degree wrist rotate and 90 degree shoulder rotate among its five functions and has a lift capability of 10 kilos at full reach. The cable cutter can cut up to 12mm diameter stainless steel wire rope or 19mm polypropylene rope. Both units use the same small hydraulic power pack and 5 function solenoid valve pack.


For more information click here: Falcon Accessories or contact at Seaeye or your local Distributor.

Tom Keene
Sales Manager
Seaeye Marine


4 February 2004

CCC UNDERWATER ENGINEERING'S PANTHER IN ACTION

When it comes to pipeline surveys, most people associate this task with large work class ROVs; so we were very grateful to receive a set of pictures this week from CCC Underwater Engineering in Abu Dhabi showing their Seaeye Panther fully fitted out for this task.

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Their Panther is shown with camera booms on the front of the vehicle to video either side of the pipe with the vehicle's main camera viewing from above. Dual head profiling sonars are fitted on the stern to provide a profile of the pipe and seabed and a bathymetric system provides an accurate datum depth and altitude of the vehicle corrected for seawater temperature, and barometric pressure. All of this information, together with the ROV's position, is fed into their survey computer to generate the client's report.

This Panther is also fitted with obstacle avoidance sonar and a five function manipulator as well as wheels mounted on the frame to allow the vehicle to drive along and follow the top of the pipe.

CCC also use their Panther for touch down monitoring for which they have developed a technique of cross-hauling their TMS and deploying it from the end of the stinger to about 10 metres above the seabed. This helps get the extra excursion to allow the touch downs to be monitored from the laying vessel.

More of pictures of CCC's Seaeye Panther can be seen by clicking here: Seaeye Panther

Chris Tarmey
CEO
Seaeye Marine


January 2004

SEAEYE LAUNCH THE COUGAR WITH FIRST DELIVERY TO DNT OFFSHORE IN ITALY

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The Seaeye Cougar was developed in close cooperation with Italian ROV operator DNT Offshore whose requirements included an ROV with the full interface capability of a Seaeye Lynx but with much greater payload and thrust to accommodate a wider range of tooling options for both survey and drill support operations to a maximum depth rating of 2000 metres.

To meet this challenge Seaeye retained the proven shape of Lynx but increased the overall dimensions of the ROV by about 25% and then added suitably rated buoyancy to increase the payload from Lynx's 34 kg to Cougar's 80 kg. With these changes the vehicle's weight in air goes up to 335 Kg.

The increased thrust necessary for this larger ROV is provided by the new SM6 thruster; this is a development of the well established SM5 used in the Seaeye Panther and Panther Plus. Four vectored and two vertical SM6 thrusters provide the Cougar with an increase of 50% forward thrust over the Seaeye Lynx and increases of 40% and 67% thrust in the lateral and vertical directions respectively.

"Following the decision to go for such a capable ROV we have managed to secure almost three years work for our Cougar" said Massimo Martini, President of DNT Offshore. "The first contract will be two months installation assistance in the Gulf of Libya. Then Cougar will be deployed to Croatian Offshore to assist sealine lay-down and perform stabilization mattresses installation using a specific lifting & releasing frame developed by DNT. After that we have work lined up in the Mediterranean, West Africa, North Caspian Sea and Middle East".

For Seaeye, the introduction of this ROV represents a further commitment towards increasing the capability of electric powered ROVs to perform really useful work while filling a gap in their product range between the Seaeye Lynx and Panther Plus.

For further information click here: Seaeye Cougar

Chris Tarmey
CEO
Seaeye Marine