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  10 December 2009
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  20 October 2009
• PLANE CRASH TO BE INVESTIGATED BY ROV
  15 September 2009
• SMARTEST AND FASTEST
  15 September 2009
• COOL WAY TO LIGHT THE DEEP
  04 September 2009
• UNTANGLING THE UNDERWORLD
  24 August 2009
• DNV AWARDS SAAB SEAEYE ISO 9001:2008 ACCREDITATION
  19 June 2009
• MORE POWER TO THE DIVER
  11 June 2009
• DISCOVERING THE COLOUR OF CORAL
  15 May 2009
• ROV PILOT TRAINING AT ABEL GETS TOP ROV
  21 April 2009
• THE ROMANS HAVE A WORD FOR IT
  12 March 2009
• GREATER PERFORMANCE AT LOWER OPERATING COST
  03 March 2009
 
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  26 February 2009
 
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  23 February 2009

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10 December 2009

NEW DEEP-SWIMMING ROV HEADS FOR BRAZIL

Specialist contractor, DOF Subsea, has taken delivery of an advanced design of deep-swimming ROV from Saab Seaeye, destined for Brazil.

The new 3000 metre-rated Cougar XTi ROV features technological developments that open up a greater range of deep water applications.

It will be permanently commissioned aboard a specially built DOF Subsea vessel, along with two hydraulic work-class vehicles.

The vessel has been constructed in Norway and will operate offshore in Brazil for Light Well Intervention.

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A greater range of deep water applications is
more possible with the new Cougar XTi

The onboard Launch and Recovery System (LARS) has been built by ODIM, and includes Active Heave Compensation.

Shrinking the size of LARS has been made possible by reducing the diameter of the umbilical from a typical 32mm down to 20mm through new ROV power technology.

A thinner umbilical also offers less drag; and the 800Hz high frequency power system cuts the size of the ROV's on board transformer by 80% thereby improving the vehicle's power to weight ratio.

Other key developments include a fault tolerant system that isolates any failed component and allows the ROV to keep working at its designated task.

Pilots get fault diagnostics through a simplified man/machine interface that interprets the fault data for them before clearly displaying the problem and the remedial action to be taken.

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A simplified man/machine interface keeps the pilot fully in touch with the system.

Clever system integration makes the ROV more software driven than hardware dependent and therefore easier to reconfigure for different operational roles.

It means different task-specific tooling skids can be readily added and changed as needed, along with custom designed options for specific operational needs.

Such tooling can include manipulator packages, anvil and disc cutters, water-jetting equipment, torque tools, survey packages with camera booms, drill support and IRM tooling.

The ROV also has a new autopilot system that gives the pilot more precise positioning of the vehicle by automatically holding depth and heading in much tighter parameters than ever before.

The Cougar XTi is an upgrade of the long proven Cougar concept, with breakthrough technology introduced from Saab Seaeye's flagship Jaguar electric work-ROV.

Saab Seaeye's managing director, Dave Grant says, "The Cougar XTi opens up a whole new market for the concept of a combined inspection and light work-ROV. Providing operation to 3000m depth the Cougar XTi can either perform tasks independently or provide support for the work of construction class hydraulic ROV's. It also brings important cost savings in deck space and can be provided with a compact single skid solution for the LARS."

The Cougar XTi is a development that will maintain Saab Seaeye's lead position as the largest manufacturer of electrically operated ROVs. Its parent company is Saab Underwater Systems, a world leader in sensor systems, precision engagement systems, and remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles.

For DOF Subsea, the Cougar will add to the company's extensive capability in providing construction and engineering, IRM, ROV and survey support services to the world's major subsea markets.

DOF Subsea employs over 800 highly qualified staff and own state of the art equipment including 26 offshore construction, diving and ROV support vessels, 37 ROVs, 1 AUV and 11 diving spreads.

For more information contact:

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


20 October 2009

FALCON PICKED FOR ICEBREAKERS

Two newly designed Russian icebreakers are sharing a Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV for pipeline operations in the Barents Sea.

Housed in a dedicated control container, the Falcon is passed between the ships as they undertake pipeline survey and inspection work, along with diving support tasks.

The specially designed container was created and manufactured by Tetis Pro, Saab Seaeye's Russian distributor, and the largest company in Russia to specialise in the design, construction and supply of diving and subsea equipment.

The two new diesel-electric icebreakers, St Petersburg and Moscow, are built to an advanced hull design that improves seaworthiness in hostile sea-states and needs less power input during icebreaking operations.

The Falcon's ability to work in demanding conditions and powerful currents, despite its compact size, is one of many reasons why Tetis Pro chose this highly successful vehicle.

'Nothing matches the Falcon,' declares Dmitry Voytov Head of ROV at Tetis Pro. 'It is simple to use, light to man-handle, and fast to deploy. Upgrade is easy,and various tooling skids can be added and changed as needed.'

"Nothing matches the Falcon"

Dimitry Voytov
Head of ROV at Tetis Pro


He explains that in addition to undertaking survey and inspection work, the Falcon supplied to the icebreakers is fitted with a detachable five-stage manipulator skid for light work tasks, along with preparing underwater cargo ready for lifting.

It is the fifth Falcon supplied to Russian customers through Tetis Pro. Others are currently engaged in pipeline free-span monitoring, mine detection prior to pipe-laying, marine biology work and deployment within the Russian Navy. Moscow-based Tetis Pro was founded in 1991 and not only designs, manufactures and supplies diving and subsea equipment, but has pioneered the concept of containerised diving systems in Russia.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer of electric ROVs and supplies systems to the oil and gas industry, defence forces, marine science and hydro engineering. Its parent company, Saab Underwater Systems, is itself a world leader in sensor systems, precision engagement systems, and remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles.

For more information contact:

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com

Dmitry Voytov
Head of ROV Department
JSC Tetis Pro
007 495 786 98 56

www.tetis-pro.ru


28 September 2009

PLANE CRASH TO BE INVESTIGATED BY ROV

Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is first in America to get deep-swimming remotely operated vehicle.

When an experimental plane crashed into the ocean off Catalina Island near Los Angeles killing the occupants, search and recovery proved impossible. The depth of water and strength of currents made conditions too dangerous for divers.

Now the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD) is to get a deep-swimming remotely operated vehicle (ROV) ready for such investigations.

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Deputies at LASD have successfully used their existing Falcon
for rapid deployment during inshore operations.

This makes them the first law enforcement agency in the US to own a 1000 metre rated remotely operated vehicle.

The ROV chosen is the Falcon DR from Saab Seaeye, picked by the LASD as 'the best of all compact ROVs'.

'Our inspection and recovery capability will be significantly extended,' says Deputy Stephen Doucette of the LASD's Special Enforcement Bureau - Emergency Services Detail. 'We will now be able to reach larger areas offshore and around Los Angeles, and undertake Homeland Security operations.'

It will aid the recovery of previously unrecoverable boats and aircraft, including inspecting the Catalina site, and will be deployed from a new 55 foot vessel specially designed and built for the purpose.

Most important for Deputy Doucette is that diver safety is enhanced by using an ROV. 'It means we no longer have to place a diver in hazardous environments, unless absolutely necessary.'

He explains that the ROV operator can pinpoint what the diver cannot see by using the Falcon's onboard camera and high intensity lights, and direct the diver to the location of interest, saving dive time and hazardous searches.

The ROV can also keep a watchful eye over the diver as he works, further adding to diver safety.

Saving dive time is another major benefit, says Deputy Doucette. 'By using an ROV we can keep divers for essential tasks only - and when divers are used, their tools and equipment can be transported back and forth by the ROV, saving valuable dive time.'

The Falcon DR is the second Falcon bought by the department, the first being a 300 metre rated model already in use for rapid deployment during in-shore search and recovery operations.

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Tools and survey kit can easily be added to the
Falcon DR and changed for different missions.

The LASD picked the Saab Seaeye Falcon range as superior to other compact ROVs, with its proven reliability in hostile underwater environments and an ability to hold steady in strong cross currents whilst filming or undertaking delicate manipulative tasks.

Rapid role-change during operations is a particular benefit for them. Its intelligent electronics system offers a 'plug and go' simplicity that allows up to 128 devices to be added and changed easily - essential during Homeland Security missions.

For instance, an explosives detection system is a role made available to the Falcon that was developed in collaboration with the LASD Arson/Explosives Detail and Symphotic TII Corporation together with Roper Resources of Canada.

'It offers the LASD an underwater capability that greatly enhances public safety, and is an asset to law enforcement,' says Chris Roper, Director of Sales for Symphotic the North American distributor for Saab Seaeye. He is delighted that LASD has selected the Falcon for their search and rescue operations and looks forward to placing the system with other law enforcement organisations throughout North America.

Symphotic TII Corporation provides instruments for discovery, detection, and determination for applications underwater and in hazardous environments. Other specialist systems fitted to the Falcon DR include an Imagenex side-sonar system and a Linkquest tracking device, along with standard fit items such as a manipulator arm.

The specially designed LASD 55 foot vessel that will retain and deploy the ROV has a winch and control cabin for housing the ROV's control consol. The other Falcon ROV will be held at the department's headquarters.

As with the existing Falcon's operation two LASD deputies control the ROV onboard: one pilots the ROV using a joystick whilst observing a flat panel display that relays images from the onboard camera in high-resolution colour video, along with checking critical environmental data; the second deputy monitors and manipulates GPS tracing information and the ROV's onboard scanning sonar, together with the manipulator arm.

The successful deployment of the Falcon ROV system and its expansion into a deep swimming capability, has positioned the LASD as America's leader in law enforcement underwater search and recovery operations.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer of electric ROVs, used in the oil and gas industry, defence forces, search and rescue, marine science and hydro engineering. Its parent company, Saab Underwater Systems, is itself a world leader in sensor systems, precision engagement systems, and remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles.

For more information contact:

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com

Jack Roberts
Symphotic TII Corporation
805-484-6639

www.symphonic.com


15 September 2009

SMARTEST AND FASTEST

TWO INNOVATIVE NEW ROVs LAUNCHED BY SAAB SEAEYE AT OFFSHORE EUROPE

Two innovative developments in ROV technology were launched by Saab Seaeye at Offshore Europe.

One is a new smart-thinking Cougar-XTi ROV with a depth capability of 3000m and an ingeniously intelligent man/machine interface.

The other a powerful new Panther-XT Plus ROV that is probably the fastest swimming work ROV in the world.

At over four knots, the Panther-XT Plus stands apart from other work ROVs. Its ten SM7 thrusters not only power the ROV along, but hold the vehicle steady in strong currents during work and observation tasks.

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Panther-XT Plus
- unrivalled for speed and work task capability


With a new design of front end and fitted with Schilling Orion manipulators, the Panther-XT Plus boasts a power to weight ratio more than twice that of its competitors.

This latest version of the very successful Panther series gives ROV operators a vehicle unrivalled for handling a wide range of work tasks in a compact light-weight package.

In the case of the Cougar-XTi, a clever new design of man/machine interface gives the pilot a much clearer idea of the operational state of the vehicle, including smart fault diagnostics that plainly display the problem and the remedial action to be taken - thereby eliminating the need for the pilot to interpret fault data.

Significantly, any failed component can be remotely isolated; so negating its impact on the overall system and ensuring that the ROV can stay working at its designated task.

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Cougar-XTi - intelligent

Deployment of this new 3000 metre rated Cougar is made from a compact new design of Launch and Recovery system that uses an umbilical cable of just 20mm in diameter.

And as the ROV flies away, a new autopilot system will hold depth and heading in much tighter parameters than ever before allowing ever more precise positioning of the vehicle.

Both the Cougar-XTi and the Panther-XT Plus open up new markets for Saab Seaeye, already the world's leading manufacturer of electric ROVs. Each offer operators a work system that can be quickly deployed from a small vessel, winning important cost savings in deck space and manpower.

Operators will find in the 3000m rated Cougar an intelligent, combined inspection and light work-ROV that can be easily fitted with a variety of task-specific tooling skids, and only needs a very compact deployment system. It serves as an ideal deepwater backup vehicle to a full work class ROV, or as a standalone system in its own right.

And in the new Panther they will acquire a work-system which combines the capability of precision manipulative tasks whilst operating in high currents, all in a very compact and light-weight package.

Both ROV developments are set to maintain Saab Seaeye's lead position in the electric ROV market, where it already has a world-renown reputation for supplying systems to the oil and gas industry, defence forces, marine science and hydro engineering. Its parent company, Saab Underwater Systems, is itself a world leader in sensor systems, precision engagement systems, and remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles.

For more information contact:

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


04 September 2009

COOL WAY TO LIGHT THE DEEP

The coolest-running deep-rated LED light in the world has been developed by top ROV manufacturer, Saab Seaeye.

The super-intensity low power light comes with a unique design of thermal control that avoids failure through overheating. No other LED light has this capability.

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World's coolest-running 6000 metre LED light.

Telemetry or PWM controlled, it monitors its status and gives data feed-back on current, input supply voltage, LED voltage, LED temperature and light output percentage, so is ideal for providing data for the diagnostic capability of the new generation of control systems. The LED light brightness can be controlled over its full range of brightness and retains a constant colour temperature over the range compared with tungsten halogen, which varies considerably when dimmed.

Rated at 6000 metres, the new LED light joins Saab Seaeye's 3000 metre rated technologically advanced range of LED lights especially developed to bring extra reliability, low power consumption and greater luminosity to underwater systems.

This means that in addition to bringing greater luminosity performance to ROV operations, underwater system developers worldwide can incorporate this range in other underwater equipment designs such as diver equipment, as it has a universal power interface that can take a wider range of power options than any other LED light. A mounting arrangement to provide horizontal and vertical adjustment of the light position is also provided.

Dave McInnes, Saab Seaeye's electronic design engineer behind the concept, says the new LEDs are far superior to both halogen and incandescent lamps.

'They use a quarter of the power, have a life of over 50,000 hours compared to 1000 hours for halogen and give higher luminosity than a 150 watt bulb - with a daylight white for more accurate colour rendering of video images than the typical 'yellow light'. Important too, adds McInnes, is they are more robust than other lighting systems.

The new range of LED lights is being fitted to all Saab Seaeye ROV systems. The Company is the largest electric ROV manufacturer in the world, supplying systems to the oil and gas industry, defence forces, marine science and hydro engineering. Its parent company, Saab Underwater Systems, is itself a world leader in sensor systems, precision engagement systems, and remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles.

For more information contact:

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


24 August 2009

UNTANGLING THE UNDERWORLD

The risk of cable snarl-up during multiple ROV operations beneath the waves is avoided in a TMS design breakthrough.

The solution came from a joint project mounted by Subsea 7, one of the world's leading subsea engineering and construction companies, and world-leading ROV manufacturer, Saab Seaeye.

Together they solved the problem of entanglement posed by shifts in current during operations when a number of TMS cages carrying their ROVs are lowered from a single vessel.

With up to six TMS systems working at any one time, an operator has to contend with a multi-dimensional collection of TMS cages, ROV vehicles and cables, in the sea below.

The clever answer from the engineering team was to fit powerful thrusters to each TMS so they can hold position whilst their ROV carries out its task.

The operator simply dials up a target heading and magnitude of thrust, and the system automatically holds the unit steady, leaving the operator to concentrate on tasking the ROV.

Added to that, an auto-heading feature constantly aligns the opening of the TMS with the swimming position of the ROV thereby orientating itself ready for recovery of the ROV to the TMS, and avoiding the risk of the ROV tether running behind the TMS.

Thruster innovation has long helped position Saab Seaeye as a leader in ROV technology. They are the largest manufacturer of electrically operated ROVs, and their parent company, Saab Underwater Systems, is a world leader in sensor systems, precision engagement systems, and remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles.

For more information contact:

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


19 June 2009

DNV AWARDS SAAB SEAEYE ISO 9001:2008 ACCREDITATION

Saab Seaeye, the world's largest electric ROV manufacturer, has been awarded the exclusive and stringent ISO 9001:2008 accreditation from Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a foundation established in 1864 to help safeguard life, property and the environment.

The enhanced DNV Risk Based Certification is awarded to only a select group of companies across the globe. It recognises that Saab Seaeye has verifiable, consistent and continually improving systems for management control, safety and quality.

To achieve certification, Det Norske Veritas say that an organisation must undergo a rigorous and comprehensive assessment to demonstrate that their processes and organisation meet defined standards of quality that instil trust and confidence in the company's customers and prospects.

For Saab Seaeye, DNV certification underpins their strategy for continued market growth and technological innovation across their internationally successful range of ROVs.

This range extends from compact and rapidly deployable systems, to powerful work-class vehicles. The ROVs are used across many market sectors including the oil and gas industry, defence, hydro and civil engineering, the emergency services, marine science and undersea tourism.

Saab Seaeye is the largest manufacturer of electrically operated ROVs. Its parent company, Saab Underwater Systems, is a world leader in sensor systems, precision engagement systems, and remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles.

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For more information contact:

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


11 June 2009

MORE POWER TO THE DIVER

The world's leading manufacturer of atmospheric diving suits, OceanWorks International, has fitted the latest breakthrough design of powerful Saab Seaeye XT thrusters into their new Quantum Q2 HARDSUIT system.

It brings to complex undersea tasks a new combination of human dexterity and ROV power.

Saab Seaeye thrusters were chosen by OceanWorks for their proven reliability in hostile and demanding environments.

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New thrusters help diver with delicate
tasks in strong cross currents

Power in the new XT thrusters has been doubled whilst keeping size the same, and weight low. This makes it easier for a diver to lift heavier loads and operate in even stronger currents, when undertaking delicate and difficult tasks.

Closed loop velocity feed-back gives both diver and supervisor total control over thrust and trim settings, together with troubleshooting and diagnostics information to the supervisor up top.

Voice communication is also easier between pilot and supervisor as the new thrusters are extremely quiet in operation.

Jim English at OceanWorks believes HARDSUIT systems fill the gap between a saturation diver and remotely operated vehicle for a number of operational needs by combining the perception and dexterity of the diver with the safety and mobility power of an ROV.

A diver inside a one atmosphere suit can operate for extended periods below and return directly to the surface without the risk of decompression.

Whilst working, he can also access small spaces and can quickly adapt to unplanned tasks and conditions.

He can also carry ROV-like sensors and navigation aids.

Jim English states that a diver fitted with an atmospheric suit can undertake 80 percent of the work of a saturation diver, but at less cost, with savings in consumables and decompression time, as well as speedier mobilisation and de-mobilisation.

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The integration of the new thrusters into the suits marks a successful collaboration between two companies who are both world-leaders in their respective fields, and major providers of systems for commercial and military operations.






Breakthrough design boosts
power of HARDSUIT

Saab Seaeye is the largest manufacturer of electrically operated ROVs. Its parent company, Saab Underwater Systems, is a world leader in sensor systems, precision engagement systems, and remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles.

For more information contact:

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com

Jim English
OceanWorks International
+1 604 415 0088

www.oceanworks.com


15 May 2009

DISCOVERING THE COLOUR OF CORAL

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Coral and shrimp photographed by
Saab Seaeye's Falcon DR ROV.

Coral, never before seen in colour - and fish never seen alive, nor in their natural habitat - have been filmed by a Saab Seaeye Falcon DR ROV in an expedition to discover new coral communities deep in the Gulf of Mexico.

The four year project is investigating a series of unexplored sites along the northern Gulf of Mexico between 300 and 1000m, and is funded by the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, and the US Mineral Management Service.

Deployed from the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, the Seaeye Falcon is undertaking large scale photographic surveys and collecting key species in a project known as Lophelia II 2008: Deepwater Coral Expedition: Reefs, Rigs, and Wrecks.

The ROV also gathers information on conditions for coral colonization and growth. Sensors on the ROV will acquire data on temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen concentration, pH, turbidity (amount of material suspended in the water) and fluorescence (how much of the suspended material is plant matter from the upper depths of the ocean or land).

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Holding steady, even in strong currents, means the Falcon DR can
manoeuvre precisely and gather even the most delicate corals.

SeaView Systems, owners of the 1000m deepwater rated Falcon ROV, subcontracted their vehicle to Seavison Marine Services for the project. The ROV comes complete with a full inspection and sample collection suite that includes external Nuytsun LED illumination, Hydrolek 5 function manipulator, Linkquest USBL acoustic positioning and Tritech altimeter. It operates from a 20' shipping container which acts as a combined control van/workshop.

Running the SeaView ROV operation is Matthew Cook, who says that the combination of a seven-megapixel Westech digital still camera and the Nuytsun LED module has enhanced video and digital still quality, '... and achieved excellent quality images that have exceeded the client's expectations'.

The key to operating these units, and all the equipment aboard the ROV, is a distributed intelligence control system where each of the 128 devices can be individually controlled by its own microprocessor.


"…this ROV is a fully competent human substitute."

Matt Porter, Pennsylvania State University

Vital to sharp images and the delicate recovery of specimens, is the ability of the ROV to be highly manoeuvrable and hold station in strong cross currents. Five brushless DC thrusters make this possible with each thruster's drive electronics giving velocity feedback for precise control in all directions.

Matt Porter, from Pennsylvania State University, reported in oceanexplorer.noaa.gov, that the Falcon ROV is one of the most important pieces of equipment on the expedition.

'For scientists engaging in deep-sea research, the ROV is an extension of themselves, serving as both their eyes and hands at depths too extreme for human life. Without the video and still cameras and manipulator arm on the ROV, detailed observations and collections of deep-sea life would be difficult'.

He suggests that, equipped with a high-resolution low-light video camera and a seven-megapixel camera for still shots, along with a robotic manipulator that mimics a human arm and hand, the Falcon is a fully competent human substitute.

For more information:

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com

Saab Seaeye is the largest manufacturer of electrically operated ROVs. Its parent company, Saab Underwater Systems, is a world leader in sensor systems, precision engagement systems, and remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles.

Matthew Cook
SeaView Systems, Inc.
+734 426 8978

www.seaviewsystems.com

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/08lophelia/welcome.html

Images courtesy of Lophelia II 2008: Deepwater Coral Expedition: Reefs, Rigs, and Wrecks.


21 April 2009

ROV PILOT TRAINING AT ABEL GETS TOP ROV

Hands-on ROV operational training at Abel's dedicated global ROV training facility in Crotone, south of Italy, has been further enhanced with the introduction of the world-beating Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV.

Pilots and technicians get direct experience onboard Abel's M/V Sea Explorer, both in the harbour premises and in open sea. This includes 12hr shift work, pre-post dive checks, umbilical management and pilot skills, in different conditions and locations. Theory on electronics, hydraulics, safety and life offshore is learnt at the Abel base onshore.

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The Abel team, from the left, Simone Grillo (ROV Technical Support Engineer and Personnel Co-ordinator), Andrea Bellizzi (Abel General Manager and ROV Project Manager) and Giulio Blarzino (responsible for HSE Management and ROV Support Co-ordinator) with trainee ROV pilots.

The facility offers ROV training across the industry to pilots and technicians from around the world.

Andrea Bellizzi, Abel's General Manager, says 'We have been extremely busy training students for the ROV industry following IMCA guidelines, and those students have an excellent record of getting a job. They are given many hours of live flying experience with our new Seaeye Falcon ROV that will make recruitment agencies, as well as oil and gas companies, very willing to take on personnel trained by Abel.'

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Launching the Falcon from the Abel M/V Sea Explorer.

The Falcon system supplied to Abel is equipped with a high definition colour camera and low light B/W camera; a Tritech SeaPrince panoramic sonar, and a Single Function, 3 Jaw Manipulator, and Rope Cutter.

The international appeal of the Seaeye Falcon - not only in the oil and gas industry, but amongst defence forces, marine scientists and hydro engineering - comes from its high manoeuvrability, finger-tip control and ability to hold steady in strong cross currents. An intelligent control system also allows easy role change. It is a major world-wide success for Saab Seaeye, the world's largest electric ROV manufacturer.

IMCA Member Abel is a leading ROV contractor that provides high quality, custom designed ROV services with a modern ROV fleet and ancillary equipment, combining modern technology and time proven techniques. Experienced staff are selected and trained according to IMCA guidelines at the ROV Training Division, in order to provide ROV Pilot/Technicians and onshore technical personnel with a strong expertise of ROV operations and maintenance. This allows Abel to minimise the outage time of its systems and set high standards of efficiency of provided ROV services.

Abel's extensive record of ROV services provided to oil and gas companies include operations conducted offshore in the Caspian Sea (Kazakhstan) for GAS, and the inspection for SNAM ReteGas of the TMPC pipeline between Italy and Tunisia using the Innovatum SmarTrack (a first in Italy). Abel also provided ROV services for scientific research and to the hydro industry, like the inspection of 250m of pipeline with a 3000mm diameter, including the manifold regulating the cooling water, of the Edison CET 3 Power Plant in Taranto (south of Italy).

For more information contact:

Andrea Bellizzi
Abel Sea Technologies
Via L. Gallucci 97
88900 Crotone (Italy)
Tel. +39 338 595 0707
Fax. +39 02 700 404 733

www.abel.kr.it

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Ltd.
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


12 March 2009

THE ROMANS HAVE A WORD FOR IT

Wine destined for the Roman colony in Cartagena finally turned up 2200 years later.

It would have remained undiscovered at the bottom of the sea outside the Spanish harbour but for the sharp-eyed marine explorers of the Aurora Trust.

After spotting the Roman wreck on a sonar map of the area, they sent down a Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV to investigate.


Their remarkable discovery was the sight of thousands of amphora of wine, the clay jars still carefully packed in the hold of the ship where they had lain undisturbed for over 2000 years.

The ship could have lain there for another 2000 years but for the work of the Trust who are undertaking a large scale study of the area outside the harbour of Cartagena in southern Spain.

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Working with the National Centre for Underwater Archaeology of Spain, they have created a map of the submerged cultural heritage on the seabed outside the harbour, and have set about targeting various items of interest.

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The ancient Roman ship was one such item, which the team from Aurora Trust were able to film and photograph thoroughly using the highly manoeuvrable Falcon which can hold steady for such work, even in strong currents. A photomontage was created using a Kongsberg stills camera with flash mounted in a specially built skid slung beneath the ROV.

The Aurora Trust, a not-for-profit oceanographic exploration, education and archaeological organisation has their logistics base in Malta. The Trust has undertaken a number of projects throughout the Mediterranean over the last five years, working with government agencies, academic institutions and fellow non-profit organisations.

For the Trust, the highly successful Falcon ROV has proved a vital tool in their ocean exploration work. It is an ROV that has carved out its own niche in the world of marine science and archaeology after winning respect in the fields of oil and gas and defence.

More information:

Timmy Gambin, Aurora Trust
++356 7909 1011

www.auroratrust.com

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


03 March 2009

WORLD-BEATING ROV BRINGS GREATER PERFORMANCE AT LOWER OPERATING COST

Pioneering technology at Saab Seaeye has created the world's most advanced electric work-class ROV - that is also the simplest to operate.

It will bring significant cost savings in ROV operations by accelerating the shift from hydraulic to electric work ROVs for many more applications.

Revolutionary developments introduced in Saab Seaeye's Jaguar ROV will further advance the company's lead position as the world's top electric ROV manufacturer.

At the core of the system is a completely new concept in control and power distribution that offers three key operational benefits:

  • total dual-redundancy with self-diagnostics
  • easy to configure and re-configure
  • simple to pilot and operate

The fear of catastrophic system failure has been overcome through the Jaguar's unique dual-redundancy system that is designed to keep the ROV on task long after other ROVs have stopped working.

With identical twin independent circuits installed, if one half completely shuts down, the vehicle remains operational and able to complete vital tasks. Failed system switchover is completely automated and happens in seconds.

This frees the ROV pilot to focus on the task in hand, rather than battling with diagnostic issues.

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The Saab Seaeye Jaguar.

The new simplified intelligent system, with its fewer and more intuitive controls, makes it quicker to train new pilots and convert experienced pilots.

It also gives pilots more feedback in a more comprehensible form on every part of the ROV's operation for a continuing and vital understanding of its performance.

Feedback on thruster performance for instance, is usually limited to just speed. Now the pilots also get reports on temperature, current and voltage.

Attempts by other companies to enhance system reporting have ended up with a higher component count and a consequential risk of more failures. Saab Seaeye on the other hand has cleverly improved feedback without increasing piece parts.

The simplicity of the Jaguar's intelligent architecture minimises the time needed to mobilise and de-mobilise the vehicle.

It also makes it easy to interface a host of equipment including industry standard tools and sensors, thereby expanding the range of tasks possible.

For operators facing work in adverse conditions, the Jaguar has an unrivalled agility and responsiveness in strong cross currents, helped by a power-to-weight ratio that is best in its class.

And with an operational depth of 3000msw, with options up to 6000msw, and increased thruster power for faster descent and ascent, most subsea applications are within its range.

Behind the Jaguar developments is Saab Seaeye's success in a work-ROV market previously dominated by hydraulic vehicles. Operators are turning to the powerful electric work ROV as they find it can complete 90 percent of tasks usually undertaken by an hydraulic vehicle, yet at far less cost, is easier to handle, quicker to mobilise and needs half the deck space.

The electric work ROV is not only suitable for the vast majority of work tasks, but is ideally suited for procedures such as drill support, survey operations, cable laying support, touch-down monitoring, IRM, and a high proportion of intervention and construction tasks.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer of electrically operated ROVs, and its parent company, Saab Underwater Systems, is a world leader in sensor systems, precision engagement systems, and remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles.

For more information contact:

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Ltd.
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


26 February 2009

ANNOUNCEMENT

NO CONNECTION WITH SAAB AUTOMOBILE AB

There is no connection whatsoever between Saab AB, the parent company of Saab Seaeye Ltd, and the General Motors owned Saab Automobile AB.

The two companies became separate in 2000 after sharing a common history with Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget which was founded in 1937.

Saab AB is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange and is a leader in defence, aviation and security technologies.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer of electric ROVs.

Please contact me if you require any further information.

Dave Grant
Managing Director
Saab Seaeye Ltd.
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


23 February 2009

CHINESE CHOOSE SAAB SEAEYE ROVs

In a major breakthrough into the Chinese oil and gas industry, Saab Seaeye has sold two Panther Plus electric work ROVs to China's largest off-shore engineering company, COOEC.

It follows an earlier sale of a Panther Plus and represents an expanding capability for COOEC who are part of China National Oil.

Of the two vehicles sold to the Chinese off-shore company, one will operate from a Tether Management System, whilst the other is free-swimming.

Technical support will come from Saab Seaeye's distributor in the region, Blue Whale Offshore Engineering Technology Company.

Operators worldwide favour the Seaeye Panther Plus because it offers them a work ROV at a lower cost than can be found in hydraulic work vehicles, with the advantage of lightweight handling, reduced deck space and simpler maintenance and repair routines.

The financial incentive for ROV operators to choose an electric work vehicle is strong. The cost of ownership is much lower than for hydraulic vehicles. The Panther Plus, for example, weighs less than a quarter of the hydraulic equivalent, and the deck space needed is 63 sq meters compared with 150 sq metres for a typical hydraulic system.

With less mass and smaller diameter umbilical the Panther Plus requires smaller launch and recovery systems and can be installed on smaller vessels. It requires a smaller number of crew and mobilisation time is less - typically 12 hours compared with 40 hours for a large hydraulic ROV.

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The Saab Seaeye Panther Plus.

It has smaller surface control equipment and transformers and needs a control container half the size of that used for an hydraulic vehicle. The 'plug-and-go' simplicity of the electric vehicle also makes it easier to operate and easier to maintain and repair.

Users have exploited the versatility of the Panther Plus by stretching the range of tasks it can perform. Hot stab connection and disconnection is now routinely carried out, along with dual point docking and free flying stab-plate connection. The ROV can cut wire rope and soft line up to 1.1/2 inch (38mm). It can carry out visual operations with high quality video systems. Perform pre and post drilling site survey. Undertake guidance and orientation for BOP and riser connection, depth and orientation of wellhead and BOP stack. It can also clean wellhead and bulls eyes, and change out AX wellhead gaskets.

The two ROVs supplied to the Chinese Offshore Engineering Company come rated to 1000 metres. Each is driven by ten DC brushless thrusters for fingertip manoeuvrability, with dual redundancy for security of operation. Each vehicle also comes fitted with dual manipulator arms; brush cleaning and water jetting tools; disc and cable cutting tools: a range of cameras and lights and sonar with bathymetric system.

Saab Seaeye is the largest manufacturer of electrically operated ROVs. Its parent company, Saab Underwater Systems, is a world leader in sensor systems, precision engagement systems, and remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles.

For more information contact:

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Ltd.
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


6 January 2009

PUTTING THE BITE INTO BOLLYWOOD

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For a shark to eat an actor gently, takes five brushless DC thrusters with velocity feedback for precise and rapid control in all directions.

When the Bollywood movie, 'LUCK', was filmed in South Africa, a Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV was strapped beneath a giant 4.2 metre long Latex and Polyurethane replica of a tiger shark - then sent to eat luckless victims trying to escape a sinking container.

The realistic swimming motion of the shark and its violent attack can be realistically recreated, thanks to skilful and precise fingertip control of the Falcon by the ROV pilots Steve Wilkinson and Nicolas Stroud of Marine Solutions.

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ROV controlled shark attack.

Although small and compact, the Falcon is powerful enough to manoeuvre the 400Kg model in both swimming pool and the open ocean - the tricky bit being to balance the buoyancy for compensating between sea water and fresh water.

This is not the first time the Falcon and shark have starred together. Owned by the South African special effects company CFX, the shark, has worked on many projects with the ROV, operated by Cape Town based Marine Solutions who specialises in the sales, rental, repairs, maintenance and technical support of underwater systems.


The world-wide success of the Falcon ROV, sees it starring across a range of industries , including oil and gas, defence, marine science, underwater tourism - and now the movies.

Its success comes from ease of handling in hostile environmental conditions and holding steady in strong cross currents. Its distributed intelligence control system also allows up to 128 devices to be connected together on a single RS 485 serial network.

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Falcon - compact, powerful and manoeuvrable.

This means different equipment can be added easily and changed as needed. Even a rubber shark!

For more information contact:

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Ltd.
+44 (0)1489 898 000


Barry Bey-Leveld
Marine Solutions
+27 21 511 0845
www.marinesolutions.co.za

Rob Carlile
CFX Productions
+27 21 555 2377
www.cfx.co.za