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• POWER TO THE SEAEYE ROV OPERATOR
  21 December 2010
• CUTTING THE COST OF HUNTING SHIPWRECKS
  06 December 2010
• KEEPING FRESH WATER FLOWING IN BUENOS AIRES
  26 November 2010
• SAAB SEAEYE EXPANDS DEFENCE ROLE
  12 November 2010
• COUGAR HUNTS IN CASPIAN JUNGLE
  01 November 2010
• GROWING SUPPORT FROM OCEANVISION FOR ROV SALES IN FAR EAST
  23 October 2010
• WORLD'S SMALLEST AND SMARTEST SURVEY SYSTEM CUTS COSTS
  10 October 2010
• TRUST WINS OVER FRENCH
  24 September 2010
• FALCON FLIES TO THE MOON
  29 July 2010
• THE PORTUGUESE FALCON
  22 June 2010
• COUGAR OFFSHORE IN CANADA
  07 May 2010
• HELPING PILOTS STAY ON COURSE
  13 April 2010
• SHARK SEES MORE
  23 March 2010
• NEW COUGAR XTI LAUNCHED AT OCEANOLOGY INTERNATIONAL
  01 March 2010

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21 December 2010

POWER TO THE SEAEYE ROV OPERATOR

A more powerful ROV than any other of its class on the market has been launched by top manufacturer, Saab Seaeye.

The Panther XT Plus, rated for operation to a depth of 1500m, is the latest addition to the successful Panther range - and with two systems already sold for delivery in the first quarter of 2011 this latest version is generating considerable interest in the ROV market.

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The Saab Seaeye Panther XT Plus

The new advanced ROV gives operators about double the horizontal thruster power compared with the Panther XT, which makes it the most powerful ROV in its class with over 50% more thrust than its nearest competitor. Its power to weight ratio is also over twice its nearest competitor providing exceptional response and precise control.

Packed with ten powerful thrusters, not only can it swim over 30% faster than anything else of its type, but it can hold steady in strong cross currents, making it an ideal vehicle for survey work.

Having ten thrusters in hand also brings peace of mind to operators working to a tight deadline or in difficult conditions by offering a reassuringly high degree of redundancy.

In addition to unrivalled thrust performance, the front end of the Panther XT Plus has been re-designed to accommodate industry standard seven function position feedback manipulators providing the operator with heavy duty power and precise control allowing faster completion of complex manipulator tasks.

To accommodate the larger and heavier manipulator arms and provide additional capacity to fit further tools and sensors the vehicle payload has been significantly increased over the standard Panther XT.

For the ROV operator, another significant advantage of increased power found in the new light-work ROV, is an ability to carry a greater range of tooling options for a wider range of tasks, including work, observation and survey, all in a small footprint.

This need for less deck space, around a quarter of an equivalent hydraulic vehicle, together with fewer crew and lower vehicle cost, gives an overall lower cost of ownership that lies behind the success of the long established Panther range, a design concept that can match an hydraulic equivalent in most work tasks including drill support, IRM, survey and some construction tasks.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer of electric ROVs, and now includes Saab's underwater vehicle capability which provides tethered, autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicle systems for the defence industry.


For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com


06 December 2010

CUTTING THE COST OF HUNTING SHIPWRECKS

Nearly 100 years after the three-masted schooner, the Hattie Wells, sank in Lake Michigan during heavy weather, it has been filmed by the most advanced ROV of its kind in the world.

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Screen grab of the Hattie Wells from the Falcon

A key element of the mission undertaken by a team of marine archaeologists has been to prove the value of using an ROV to document shipwrecks in America's Great Lakes, says Dr Mark Gleason, chief marine scientist and director of education at Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum (GLNMM).

By turning to specialist ROV operator, Seaview Systems, they were able to cut the cost usually associated with launching an ROV from a large support vessel by using the compact but highly sophisticated deep-rated Saab Seaeye Falcon DR ROV.

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Matthew Cook & Geoff Cook, Seaview Systems, preparing the Falcon for launch

Matthew Cook of Seaview Systems explains that marine archaeology requires the collection of high quality video, still images and environmental and position data of a shipwreck in order to capture the full historical significance of the site.

He sees an ROV as representing a very efficient means of collecting this information in a wide range of water depths.

'One of the larger expenses in a research project,' says Matthew Cook, 'is the support vessel from which ROV operations are conducted.'


Since 2006 we have been leveraging the benefits of the compact fiber optic Falcon DR which can dive to 1000m from relatively inexpensive vessels of opportunity, in order to explore a range of historic shipwrecks, corals and other benthic habitats.

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Falcon launched into Lake Michigan

'The fiber optic Seaeye Falcon DR represents an ideal balance of capability and ease of mobilization in a small, powerful and stable package. By deploying from a relatively inexpensive vessel of opportunity, project budget is conserved allowing for a longer, more detailed campaign. Running a wide bandwidth fiber optic system means the vehicle is able to support a host of sensors and cameras normally only found on larger vehicles.'

The Hattie Wells project that has included archival research, sidescan survey and ROV dive operations, has brought together representatives from government, private business and educational non-profits.

In addition to the GLNMM, these included the Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates (MSRA), National Marine and Underwater Agency (NUMA) sponsored by author Clive Cussler, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Authority (NOAA), and SeaView Systems, Inc.

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Valerie Van Heeste, Michigan Shipwreck Research
Associates (MSRA), with the Falcon

Built in 1867 the Hattie Wells was originally a 135 ft three-masted schooner, later lengthened by 30 ft and the rigging removed.

Over the years she courted disaster on a number of occasions including collision, grounding and a lightning strike. After grounding in 1892 she was given up for lost but was later salvaged as a wreck and towed back to Detroit for refit. Once again afloat, she continued in service, later as a barge.

In November 1912, whilst hauling timber, she hit heavy weather and took in water. Shifting cargo smashed the pilot house containing the donkey engine which powered the bilge pumps. With the only means of removing water gone, the vessel was doomed to sink and so the towing tug cut the hawser and rescued all five hands on board.

The Falcon DR has a world-wide following with over 220 in use offshore, inshore and down tunnels.

Users are attracted by the Falcon's reputation for power, reliability and unequalled stability in strong cross-currents - particularly in a vehicle small enough to be manhandled into the water.

Rapid role-change during operations is a key feature where intelligent electronics offer a 'plug and go' simplicity that allows up to 128 devices to be added and changed easily, such as extra cameras, lights, tracking system, manipulator and sonar, plus the option of adding special tooling on a removable skid.

Its unrivalled finger-tip manoeuvrability comes from five brushless DC thrusters with velocity feedback for precise and rapid control in all directions and an ability to hold steady in strong cross currents.

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Matthew Cook, Seaview Systems, at monitor

The deep rated Falcon has built-in fibre optics for high volume data transmission over its long umbilical, and the ability to use broadcast quality video cameras. It also has tilting variable intensity lights linked to its camera tilt mechanism for superior illumination when filming above or below the vehicle.

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

Dr Gleason of GLNMM concludes, 'I think it is safe to say each organisation had different objectives. Ours was to demonstrate, through a real project, the usefulness of this type of ROV in documenting shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. Plus we wanted to work in partnership with Seaview, NOAA and MSRA/NUMA to explore a new shipwreck and hopefully be able to partner on larger projects in the future.'

Inspection team members:

Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum:www.glnmm.org
Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates:www.michiganshipwrecks.org
National Underwater and Marine Agency:www.numa.net
SeaView Systems, Inc.:www.seaviewsystems.com
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:www.noaa.gov
Falcon details at:www.saabseaeye.com
 www.roperresources.com

Link to the video of the shipwreck survey of the Hattie Wells: View shipwreck survey


For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com


26 November 2010

KEEPING FRESH WATER FLOWING IN BUENOS AIRES

Fresh water to the eight million inhabitants of Buenos Aires is now more secure. For the first time, the Argentinean water authority is able to inspect the whole length of its pipeline from the inside.

They are sending two Saab Seaeye Falcon remotely operated vehicles swimming down its entire 96 kilometre length, round bends, and up and down levels, 35 metres below ground.

The authority - Argentine Water and Sanitation (AYSA) - was created by the Federal Government to improve drinking water and sewage services to the city.

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Lowering the Falcon down an access chamber

AYSA provide 4-624.053 m3 (cubic meters) of fresh water per day. It has a concession surface of 1.752 km2 for the Greater Buenos Aires area where the total length of their piping is almost 17 thousand kilometers in different sizes, with near 100 kms of large diameter.

With almost 100 kilometres of fresh water pipeline to inspect for potential failure, ranging in diameter from three metres to six metres, the task has been too dangerous and impossible to achieve with divers. So this vital work has never before been undertaken.

The advantage for AYSA, is that the Falcons can work tirelessly and safely to check for cracks and breaks caused by earth movement.

Of the two Falcon ROVs, one is the standard model fitted with a 450 metre umbilical, and the other is the deep rated Falcon DR version fitted with 1100 metres of umbilical.

Each can swim between inspection hatches, dotted along the pipeline.

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Lowering the Falcon down a manhole access chamber

Inspection must be carried out overnight and only in the winter months when water flow is around one knot. During summer the normal daily rate is five knots.

This intensity of work load is why the Falcon DR was chosen by AYSA. They could trust its ability to work non-stop, and fulfil the essential inspection duties called upon.

They thoroughly investigated the ROV market before making their decision, and were convinced by the many favourable user comments about the Falcon. Not only was it proven in the rugged oil and gas industry, in defence forces and marine science, but had successfully undertaken deep tunnel work and could negotiate bends with ease.

With 220 in operation around the world, the Falcon's success has come from being small enough to be manhandled, yet is a powerful ROV packed with technological innovations developed from Saab Seaeye's wide range of observation and work-class vehicles.

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Falcon fitted with Tritech Typhoon
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Inside the operations cabin

Its reputation comes not only for reliability, but also finger-tip manoeuvrability and unequalled stability in strong currents. This means it can hold steady whilst filming and undertaking delicate tasks.

Intelligent 'plug-and-go' electronics, with USB-like simplicity, also allows 128 devices to be fitted with tooling easily changed when needed.

The two AYSA Falcons are transported as self-contained units on special trucks, fitted with a powered winch, crane and control cabin.

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Operations cabin
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Transport trailer in operation

Cameras fitted to each ROV include a Seaeye colour video camera with twin lights linked to a tilt and pan system, and a rear-facing Seaeye mono camera. A fibre optic data and video transmission system is also included in the Falcon DR version.

A Tritech Typhoon VMS laser image scaling system is fitted, along with a Super Sea Prince profiling sonar and an altimeter.

For recovering any unexpected debris found in the tunnels, a single function three jaw manipulator is installed on the ROV.

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Access to subterranean river - 35 metres down

AYSA believe that by using the two Falcon DRs to inspect the whole pipeline they will not only help resolve immediate problems, but have a better chance of preventing future failure and securing a reliable supply of fresh water to Buenos Aires.

Saab Seaeye is the largest and most trusted manufacturer of electrically operated ROVs in the world. Its parent, 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


12 November 2010

SAAB SEAEYE EXPANDS DEFENCE ROLE

Saab Seaeye, the world's largest manufacturer of electric remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), is to take responsibility for the Saab group's underwater vehicle division which currently forms part of Saab Underwater Systems in Motala, Sweden. International sales and marketing functions and equipment manufacture will move from Sweden to be integrated into Saab Seaeye's centre of operations at Fareham, UK.

An engineering capability for the underwater vehicle defence market will be created within Saab Dynamics in Linkoping, Sweden to become the Swedish office of Saab Seaeye.

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Dave Grant
Managing Director

'The combined resource will create a powerful platform for growth that will better serve both the civilian and military market,' says Dave Grant, managing director of Saab Seaeye, and the man behind the expansion of the company since it was acquired by Saab.

'It brings Saab's total underwater vehicle capability into one entity, where the technical synergy of the two groups coming together will significantly increase efficiency and innovation.'

'The technologically advanced equipment currently supplied to the defence industry includes tethered, autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicle systems and this capability will also be offered to commercial customers, an example of which is the Seaeye Sabertooth Hybrid AUV/ROV.'

He predicts it will also bring more cost effective solutions for the defence industry at a time when defence budgets are under scrutiny.

Saab's obligations to existing customers from both the commercial and military markets will not be compromised by this reorganisation.

Both existing and new customers will benefit from the integration, with the new enhanced operation able to readily respond to changes in market conditions with cost effective solutions and innovations based upon a proven record of technological excellence.

Saab Seaeye is the preferred supplier to the commercial ROV market with a wide range of highly reliable and technologically advanced remotely operated underwater vehicles. Saab Underwater Systems is a leader in technically advanced remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles for the defence industry.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com


01 November 2010

COUGAR HUNTS IN CASPIAN JUNGLE

With the Caspian seabed a hazardous jungle of un-recorded old pipes and cables from the Soviet era, a Cougar XT ROV from Saab Seaeye is to become a vital investigative tool now that new pipelines are being laid.

After a favourable experience operating the vehicle elsewhere, highly skilled engineers of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan, SOCAR, decided to deploy the Cougar XT in the Caspian Sea for their underwater applications.

The ROV will be used for diving and pipeline inspection of the SOCAR current projects, and for future seabed inspection as new pipes are laid.

In addition to pipeline inspection and seabed survey, it will be used for a variety of tasks including the inspection and survey of vessels and platform legs.

SOCAR has taken a high-spec version of the 2000m rated Cougar XT with an upgraded video package including two Kongsberg high-definition mono low-light cameras, two Kongsberg colour zoom cameras, pan and tilt platform and LED lighting.

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Cygnus ultrasonic thickness gauge and CP probes

A suite of Tritech equipment including a Super SeaKing Sonar with a dual frequency profiling sonar head, a side scan sonar, and altimeter, is also fitted, along with a Tritech bathy system.

The Cougar XT comes with two five-function heavy duty manipulators, a grabber jaw, camera boom adaptors for the manipulators with Seaeye colour camera fitted, a water jetting system, cleaning brush assembly, 4inch hydraulic rotary disc cutter, 38mm anvil cutter, Cygnus ultrasonic thickness gauge and CP probes.

Three removable skids are supplied: a tooling skid, wheeled skid and an AX ring skid with AX ring removal tool and additional buoyancy.

The ROV will be launched from a Saab Seaeye stainless steel tether management system fitted with a camera and upgraded MUXs.

Deploying the Cougar will be a crane style launch and recovery system, supplied with a bullet/swivel assembly and lock latch assembly, together with an A60 zone ll rated ROV control cabin.

SOCAR say they are attracted to the Cougar concept because it is technologically advanced with a proven and trusted track record. It also significantly extends the operational expectations of an electric work ROV into a wide range of light work tasks at a low cost, is easy to handle, needs fewer crew, can be mobilised quickly and has a reduced demand for deck space.

Saab Seaeye is the largest electric ROV manufacturer in the world with a range used across the oil and gas industry, defence, marine science, underwater tourism and hydro-engineering. Its parent, Saab Underwater Systems is itself a world leader in sensor systems, precision engagement systems, and remotely operated and autonomous underwater vehicles.

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Complete system including LARS and TMS
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AX ring skid with removable tool

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Control cabin

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Cougar XT

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com


23 October 2010

GROWING SUPPORT FROM OCEANVISION FOR ROV SALES IN FAR EAST

Sales success by Singapore-based Oceanvision of Saab Seaeye ROVs in the Far East has led the company to expand its vital technical support and spares hub in the region.

Having already sold 24 Saab Seaeye ROVs including Falcon, Tiger, Cougar and Panther, to its markets in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Western Australia, Oceanvision has amassed a wealth of experience of the range, and its technical capabilities.

Engineers at their growing service hub have attended Saab Seaeye's training centre in the UK, and are qualified and fully skilled in ROV repair and maintenance. The company operates a full Seaeye thruster repair facility in house. A growing inventory of Saab Seaeye ROV spare parts available off the shelf has also contributed to the overall growth of the business and increased customer service and support capability.

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Ian Johnson
managing director of Oceanvision


Such a resource is vital and reassuring for ROV operators committed to important subsea projects throughout the region, says Ian Johnson, Oceanvision's MD.


Along with their ROV, AUV and Rental Equipment sales, Oceanvision supply ancillary equipment such as ROV tooling, sonars, manipulators, leak detection and other underwater sensors.


They also manufacture and design surveillance camera systems for the general Marine and Offshore industry including production & storage facilities, underwater intervention and drilling.

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The successful Panther XT with pipeline survey skid including camera boom, will be on show at the Oceanvision stand at OSEA 2010 Singapore 30th November to 3rd December

Saab Seaeye is the largest manufacturer of electrically operated ROVs in the world. Its parent, 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

Ian Johnson
Oceanvision Ple Ltd
+65 6542 1800

www.oceanvision.com.sg


10 October 2010

WORLD'S SMALLEST AND SMARTEST SURVEY SYSTEM CUTS COSTS

An inshore cable survey system that senses cables, and uses a smaller ROV than usual for work of this kind, is set to cut costs in the burgeoning marine energy industry.

With a conventional system costing up to 500,000, this innovative solution costs just 150,000.

Cleverly, Submagnetix, a division of Innovatum, has integrated the compact Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV with their system, to create a small and rapidly mobilised package that can be deployed from a small vessel and survey all types of inshore and coastal submarine cables and pipelines.

As the only survey solution of its kind in the world, Innovatum's SMARTRAK 9, can sense cables carrying either AC or DC current, and cables with no current or signal at all. It also senses steel pipelines.

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Falcon fitted with Smartrak

The system includes fitting the Falcon ROV with a Tritech Super SeaKing profiler system to provide high quality cross-sectional profile data of the seabed and to provide underwater ROV position data, a Tritech Micron-Nav USBL navigation transducer along with pitch and roll sensing, an accurate flux gate compass, a high accuracy altimeter and a pressure sensor for depth.

Surface equipment consists of three small rack units - one for the ROV controller, the other for the cable tracker and acoustics unit, and another for the surface navigation and video and event logger.

Only two people per shift are needed to launch and operate the system, with one controlling the ROV and the other the survey equipment.

Although the system can use ROVs from different manufacturers, the Falcon is a trusted design with over 200 in use around the globe. Its success has come from trusted design with over 200 in use around the globe. Its success has come from being a powerful free-swimming ROV that is small enough to be manhandled, yet is packed with technological innovations developed from Saab Seaeye's wide range of observation and work-class vehicles.

Users in all industries have been attracted by the Falcon's reputation for reliability and unequalled stability in strong cross-currents. They also value its robust design and intelligent 'plug-and-go' electronics that enable different tooling to be added and changed as needed.

For survey work, the Falcon has a low electrical and acoustic noise signature for optimum survey sensor data.

The SUBMAGNETIX division of Innovatum, was established to carry out submarine cable surveys in shallow water depths from the beach down to 50 metres. This is the typical scenario for offshore windfarms, interconnector power cables and coastal communications cables.

Comprehensive reports and charts are created, showing accurate cable route and depth of bury along the route. These are required by installation contractors, owners and regulatory authorities, to ensure that the cable is properly buried and not in danger of being exposed to damage.

The cable and pipeline tracking system uses three different methods to acquire target data.

Passive Magnetic Mode

This is used for pipeline survey work using the natural field of steel pipes, and for cable survey, either by the weak natural fields of the cable or the stronger fields developed by specially magnetising the cable armour or strength member prior to cable lay.

An array of vertically mounted magnetic gradiometers is used to collect magnetic field gradient information. The change in field gradient near to the target is caused by both the intrinsic magnetism of the target and the effect of the permeable material in the target "bending" the magnetic field of the earth. The local terrestrial field effects are mathematically removed and the field gradients resolved to produce a two-dimensional target position. A tri-axial fluxgate sensor, which may be part of one of the gradiometer instruments, is used to provide heading information and this, combined with the known heading of the target, is used to adjust the calculations for angular offsets and to produce the tracking display.

Active DC Mode

This option if used for tracking live HVDC cables, and trans-oceanic telecommunication cables.

It does this by tracking the magnetic fields from the repeater drive currents. A "true North Seeking Gyro" is required to obtain accurate heading information.

This is similar to passive magnetic mode, except the field gradients are produced by the DC current flowing in the cable or pipe. Fields produced by a DC current in this manner are at right angles to the fields produced by the magnetism of a pipeline. Range is dependent on the current in the target, varying from < 1m at 0.5A to > 10m at 500A.

Active AC Mode

This method of tracking is primarily used for locating, tracking and surveying cables.

An array of up to six tri-axial flux gates is used to sense the alternating magnetic field produced by a unidirectional AC current flowing in the target cable or pipeline. This current flow must have a remote return path. As the frequency of the AC may be accurately controlled, and the magnetic field signals may be accurately filtered, highly accurate data may be produced. Target direction data is also produced, allowing accurate alignment of cable maintenance vehicles with the target cable.

Innovatum see their system having a great appeal to small survey companies, electric companies and those carrying out hydrographic studies. It means they no longer need to use a large, bulky and expensive, power-hungry survey system, say the company.


Innovatum is the world's leading manufacturer of magnetic tools for the location, tracking and survey of submarine pipelines and cables. It has over thirty years continuous development experience in the field and its systems are sold world-wide.

Saab Seaeye is the largest and most trusted manufacturer of electrically operated ROVs in the world. Its parent, 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

Terry Slater
Innovatum Ltd
+44 (0) 1284 729123

www.innovatum.co.uk


24 September 2010

TRUST WINS OVER FRENCH

French Jifmar Offshore Services has ordered two Saab Seaeye Cougar XT ROVs for a new Algerian contract.

This important new project will involve work at three different oil terminal points where the ROVs will be used for inspection, maintenance and repair (IRM) tasks on structures, pipes, manifolds and the umbilicals at five SPM buoys.

For Jifmar, reliability was paramount in their choice of ROV.

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Part of the flexible hose change on board 'Jifmar Paul B'

'We chose Saab Seaeye because we trust the reliability of their ROVs,' says Jean-Michel Berud, president of Jifmar Offshore Services.

He explains that the Cougars will undertake a number of vital tasks that include checking the critical shape of the 'Chinese lantern' buoy structure and determining chain integrity.

To check the shape and location of these structures, the ROVs will be fitted with a 3D multibeam sonar. And the chain thickness measured using a Tritech Typhoon laser scaling system.

Jifmar is also planning to fit a water jetting cavitation cleaning system for blasting mollusc clear of the chains.

'We chose Saab Seaeye because
we trust the reliability of their ROVs,'

says Jean-Michel Berud, president of Jifmar Offshore Services.

In addition the Cougars are equipped for a range of IRM tasks with equipment and tooling that includes low-light colour and black and white wide-angle cameras on a pan and tilt mechanism; a USBL Tracking System; and a dual five-function heavy duty manipulator skid.

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The Cougar XT has proven reliability
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The power of the 2000 metre rated Cougar XT design means it can operate heavy duty tooling and handle a wide range of work tasks including drill support, salvage, survey and IRM, at a much lower cost than using an hydraulic work ROV.


Different tooling options are easily added and changed, using the ROV's modular interface and bolt-on custom skids.




The ROV pilot gets unrivalled manoeuvrability from four vectored horizontal thrusters and two vertical thrusters, each having velocity feedback for precise control and built with drive technology that gives the Cougar the highest thrust-to-weight ratio in its class.

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3D modelling of 'Chinese lantern'

Winches and control cabin are supplied by Techsafe who have collaborated with Seaeye in the development of ROV support systems for over 20 years and are fully experienced in the rigours of offshore operations.

Their cabin interiors are custom designed, ergonomically efficient and can be easily altered. Uniquely, their winches are designed to take up little space yet can accommodate 1.5 kilometres of cable. They also have the unique feature of torque control which automatically stops the winch should ROV recovery be fouled.

Both systems will be ATEX, A 60 zone 2 certified.

For Jifmar, the benefit of incorporating the Cougars into their fleet brings the advantage of a light-work ROV resource that can fulfil a wide range of contractual needs at a low cost. They are easy to handle, need few crew, can be mobilised quickly and have a reduced demand for deck space.

'We also like that, using the Cougars, means we can offer a full service without putting divers at risk,' concludes Jean-Michel Berud.


Jifmar Offshore Services specialise in services to onshore and offshore oil and gas terminals, including surface and subsurface inspection, maintenance and repair (IRM).

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer of electrically operated ROVs. Its parent, 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

Jean-Michel Berud (Cell +33 618 317 555) / Foad Zahedi (Cell +33 618 317 688)
Jifmar Offshore Services
Office Number : +33 486 820360
 / 
www.jifmar.com


29 July 2010

FALCON FLIES TO THE MOON

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Falcon lowered into moon pool

Flying a Falcon ROV by helicopter to be dropped down a moon pool for an urgent inspection, offshore Western Australia, is just one of the big demands made of the smallest ROV in Saab Seaeye's range by Australian subsea operator Dive Works

Soon to take delivery of their third Falcon, Dive Works' managing director Andrew Ford, believes in exploiting the capability of the compact Falcon to its fullest.

"We keep finding ways to make the Falcon do the work of larger ROVs and save money for our customers," he says.

In one instance he is saving the industry over $150,000 every time he uses a Falcon for a task typically undertaken by a light work-class ROV.

Previously, to fit a monitor into a well-head delivery line needed a work-class manipulator with muscular outreach power to engage and key-turn the unit. Dive Works' clever idea is to utilise the Falcon's thruster power for a task that needs 12 kilos of down force. Simply by designing and fitting a fish-head key-lock to the underside of the ROV, straight below the central thruster, the ROV is manoeuvred over the fish-head using the idea of a slave camera fitted inside the key itself. Once in position the ROV pushes down, then the whole vehicle rotated 90 degrees to lock the monitor in place. The procedure is reversed for recovery.

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Orange-coloured fish tail, right,
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Simple but effective key-way assembly
can save over $150,000

'We've proved time and again, that if you think outside the box you can discover new ways to extend the capability of this versatile ROV,' says Ford who has been using Falcons since 2005. 'Most people just don't think creatively about tooling.'

He adds that savings can be made, not only through creative applications, but also because the Falcon is a highly mobile ROV that needs fewer operators to deploy. Worldwide, ROV operators have been won over by the Falcon's versatility and proven reliability in the harshest conditions - winning it a reputation that has made it the best selling ROV in Saab Seaeye's range, with over 210 in operation around the world.

"  We keep finding ways to make the Falcon do the work of larger ROVs
and save money for our customers.
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      Andrew Ford, Dive Works

Operators not only like that it's light to manhandle, but role change is easy using bolt-on under-slung modules.

Connecting up to 128 devices together on a single RS 485 serial network has a plug-and-go simplicity similar to the way a USB port senses whatever systems are fitted.

Finger-tip maneuverability comes from five powerful independent magnetically coupled brushless DC thrusters, each with velocity feedback for precise and rapid thrust control. It has a fast PID control system with a solid-state rate gyro for enhanced azimuth stability that prevents overshoot on change of heading as well as stabilising the vehicle in forward flight. A pitch and roll sensor has also been added.

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The core Falcon has lights, camera and video options as standard including solid-state gyro, compass, depth sensor and a 450 metre umbilical. The deep rated 1000 metre version has built-in fibre optics for high volume data transmission over its long umbilical, and the ability to use broadcast quality video cameras. It also has tilting variable intensity lights linked to a camera tilt mechanism for superior illumination when filming above or below the vehicle.

Fitted with Saab Seaeye's own design of LED lamps, reliability of the lighting system is hugely increased by avoiding the need to recover the vehicle to replace a failed lamp.

For inspection and mapping work the Falcon can be fitted with inertial navigation, a Doppler velocity log and profiling sonar.

Newly available is an up-front flight display overlay where the pilot sees not only compass and depth, but pitch and roll, camera tilt angle, umbilical turns counter and time and date. The flight monitor can also display editable user messages and system menus. Fitting additional sensors to the ROV allows odometer and CP readouts to be available.

Dive Works operates its fleet of Falcons around the whole of Australia, not just in the oil and gas industry, but in government and water authorities, and the aquaculture industry where it has built a reputation for inventive solutions.

Saab Seaeye is the largest electric ROV manufacturer in the world with a range used across the oil and gas industry, defence, marine science, underwater tourism and hydro-engineering. Its parent, 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:

Andrew Ford
Dive Works
+61 408 881 616

www.diveworks.com.au

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

www.seaeye.com


22 June 2010

THE PORTUGUESE FALCON

Portugal's first and only private ROV operation has launched with a new Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV.

Head of the company, Nelson Santo says he chose the Falcon for its proven performance in the oil and gas industry, along with its wide range of operational capabilities and low entry cost.

His subsea services company, Taste of Imagination-Inspection Technology Lda, was formed to support offshore development planned by the Portuguese Government, and provide ROV services in existing Angolan oil fields.

A proposal is underway for the government to extend the Portuguese Continental Shelf beyond 200 nautical miles, with representation made at the United Nations to the Commission on the Limits of the Extension of Continental Shelf.

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Falcon - easy to add different tooling skids
(This shows imaging module and single-function manipulator)


Nelson Santo, who has wide experience in the offshore industry, is attracted by the Falcon's reputation for power, reliability, role-changing capability and unequalled manoeuvrability.

With over 200 Falcons in use around the globe Saab Seaeye has created a winning formula with an ROV small enough to be manhandled, yet packed with technological innovations.

Rapid role-change during operations is a key feature where intelligent electronics offer a 'plug and go' simplicity that allows up to 128 devices to be added and changed easily.

This makes adding bolt-on accessories easier, including extra cameras, lights, tracking system, manipulator and sonar. Special tooling can also be attached on a removable skid.

ROV pilots like the finger-tip manoeuvrability of the Falcon and its ability to hold steady in strong cross-currents. This comes from its five brushless DC thrusters each having drive electronics with velocity feedback for precise and rapid control in all directions.

Pilots also have a new generation flight display that not only shows compass and depth, but vehicle pitch and roll, camera tilt angle, umbilical turns counter, and time and date. It also displays editable user messages and system menus.

For pilots, Taste of Imagination has established its own training division with simulators that include operating activities usually found at sea. Courses cover not only the technical skills required for the operations and maintenance of the ROV, but also knowledge of the work environment and regulations.

Taste of Imagination Inspection Technology is based in Caldes de Rainha, Portugal, and provides offshore and inshore inspection services along with ROV training.

Saab Seaeye is 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:

Nelson Santo
Taste of Imagination-Inspection Technology Lda
+351 262 870740

www.tasteofimagination.com

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

www.seaeye.com


07 May 2010

COUGAR OFFSHORE IN CANADA

Canada's offshore oil and gas industry has a powerful new resource.

Pro-Dive Marine Services has taken delivery of the technologically advanced Cougar-XT remotely operated vehicle (ROV) from top manufacturer Saab Seaeye.

David Squires, president of Newfoundland-based Pro-Dive, says the Cougar-XT will bring an important inspection and electric work ROV resource to Canada's East Coast oil and gas sectors.

It makes an important addition to their existing ROV fleet and its offshore capabilities.

The company has grown since 1983 to become a major operator in the region where they provide ROV and diving services, construction and drill support, concrete mattresses, offshore grouting, subsea markers, offshore project support staff and subsea engineering.

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Pro-Dive's Cougar XT with its TMS

The power of the 2000 metre rated Cougar-XT means it can operate heavy duty tooling and handle a wide range of work tasks including drill support, salvage, survey and IRM, at a much lower cost than using an hydraulic work ROV.

Also different tooling options are easily added and changed, using the ROV's modular interface and bolt-on custom skids.

Muscular tooling specified by Pro-Dive for their Cougar-XT includes a dual, five-function heavy duty manipulator.

It is also fitted with three cameras including a Kongsberg colour zoom, all of which are mounted on a pan and tilt system.

When flying the ROV, pilots get unrivalled manoeuvrability from four vectored horizontal thrusters and two vertical thrusters, each having velocity feedback for precise control and built with new drive technology that has increased thrust by 70% - giving the Cougar the highest thrust-to-weight ratio in its class.

Each thruster is interfaced to a fast-acting control system and solid-state gyro for enhanced azimuth stability that gives greater control and response than any other ROV on the market, say Saab Seaeye.

The Cougar-XT is deployed from its tether management system (TMS), that itself is launched from an A-frame launch and recovery system (LARS), certified to Zone II specification and fitted with a snubber-rotator to stabilise and rotate the TMS for safe recovery in rough sea states.

The whole system comes with a Zone II certified control cabin and workshop cabin. David Squires says the operational experience of their existing Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV gave them the confidence to trust the reliability and performance of the Cougar-XT to take on the rigours of work in the oilfields of Canada.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer of electrically operated ROVs. Its parent, 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

Dave Squires
Pro-Dive Marine Services
+1 709 368 7666

www.prodive.ca


13 April 2010

HELPING PILOTS STAY ON COURSE

Sight of a compass rose and the current depth is a sure way for a pilot to keep his ROV on course.

This is now shown on an up-front flight display overlay, introduced by Saab Seaeye, for the video monitor of its top selling Falcon ROV.

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Flight data overlay will help pilots maximise manoeuvrability

The pilot not only sees compass and depth, but vehicle pitch and roll, camera tilt angle, umbilical turns counter and time and date. The flight monitor can also display editable user messages and system menus. By fitting additional sensors to the ROV, odometer and CP readouts are also available.

The flight display feature has migrated from Saab Seaeye's larger ROV systems and comes as the company continues to improve the man/machine interface across all ROVs in its range, ready to leave the pilot free to focus on the operational task in hand.

And for existing Falcon users the changeover is as simple a swapping a pcb card.

With over 200 Falcons sold worldwide, the compact and portable ROV's winning formula comes from its easy-to-handle size, powerful thrusters and ready customisation for many different tasks across a variety of sectors. Tooling can be added or changed simply by bolting on an under-slung module.

Ease of customisation comes from a distributed intelligence control system that allows up to 128 devices to be connected together on a single RS 485 serial network.

This senses whatever systems are fitted to the ROV - much like a USB port - and makes fault diagnostics easier.


Easy deployment is key to Falcon success
Easy deployment is key to Falcon success

The Falcon has been adopted for many different tasks across the world. It has been sent down tunnels for mapping and inspection; under the Baltic ice for search and rescue; and into the southern sector of the North Sea for diver support.

It can collect the most delicate coral samples and archeological specimens; or cut through 16mm of high tensile steel wire with ease.

Being light to manhandle it is easy to deploy, even in hostile environmental conditions and can hold steady in strong cross currents whilst undertaking a variety of tasks.

The finger-tip maneuverability of the Falcon comes from five powerful independent magnetically coupled brushless DC thrusters, each with velocity feedback for precise and rapid thrust control.

The core Seaeye Falcon comes complete with lights, camera and video options as standard including solid-state gyro, compass, depth sensor and a 450 metre umbilical. The deep rated 1000 metre version has built-in fibre optics for high volume data transmission over its long umbilical and the ability to use broadcast quality video cameras. It also has tilting variable intensity lights linked to its camera tilt mechanism for superior illumination when filming above or below the vehicle.

Its small and light-weight surface control unit has a rugged19 inch rack and features a fold-out 17 inch flat-screen LCD monitor and keyboard. And where hostile conditions are to be met, an optional waterproof surface control unit rated to international standard IP68 is available. This fully sealed unit will withstand emersion to a depth of one metre and is fully protected against dust ingress in any hazardous shore-based environment.

The Saab Seaeye Falcon has found success across a range of sectors including the oil and gas industry, defence, marine science, underwater tourism and hydro-engineering.

Saab Seaeye continues to lead the way in technological development and extend its lead status as the world's largest and most respected manufacturer of electrically operated ROVs. Its parent, 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


21 March 2010

SHARK SEES MORE

Romanian-based subsea services company, Shark SRL has purchased a Saab Seaeye Panther XT electric work ROV for use with their Reson SeaBat 7125 multi-beam sonar system.

They expect to see more accurate pipeline survey results using an electric ROV rather than the acoustically noisy hydraulic work vehicles commonly employed for multi-beam survey work.

Shark Subsea will also gain considerable cost savings in space and handling, by using the compact-sized, but powerful Panther XT work ROV, rather than a much bulkier hydraulic vehicle.

It comes as a complete compact survey ROV solution with a pair of three-function hydraulic camera booms fitted with Seaeye cameras and LED lights to provide high quality video images. Also fitted is an Ixsea Octans Gyro, a Doppler Velocity Log, Sound Velocity Probe and a Digiquartz Depth Sensor.

"To get the best usable acoustic data needs an
ROV that can do the job"

says Reson's Rich Lear on the
advantages of the Panther XT
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  Fitted to the aft of the Panther XT is the Reson SeaBat
multi-beam sonar and fibre optic gyro.

The accuracy of the SeaBat sonar, which can detect a target as small as a tennis ball, makes it ideal for high-resolution seafloor survey work. The demands of such accurate data acquisition is more than adequately met by the technological performance of the Panther XT, say top sonar manufacturer Reson.

'It's more than just about sonar,' says Reson's product lifecycle manager, Rich Lear. 'To get the best usable acoustic data needs an ROV that can do the job, with an easy bolt-on interface and the right payload.'

Working with Saab Seaeye engineers, he says, made the task of integrating the sonar system with the ROV straight-forward: 'They understand what is needed to make it all work,' he says.

For pipeline survey operations the Panther XT can operate either free-swimming with its auto altitude feature, or with a detachable wheeled skid.

For their work tasks, Shark has chosen to equip their Panther XT with a detachable five and six function heavy duty manipulator, along with an anvil cutter, rotary disc cutter, water jet and cleaning brush.

Like the SeaBat, fitting additional tooling is made straightforward by the simplicity of Saab Seaeye's innovative plug-and-go interface concept.

The Panther XT comes complete with fibre optic video and data multiplexing, an automatic pilot for depth and heading, and is given fingertip control in all directions through six brushless thrusters, each with velocity feedback.

The powerful 1500 metre rated Panther XT has evolved from the proven Panther work ROV concept and is designed to take on the majority of the tasks previously undertaken by hydraulic work ROVs, such as drill support, salvage and IRM.

Cost of ownership is significantly less. The Panther XT, 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. A smaller launch and recovery system means it can be installed on smaller vessels and requires a smaller number of crew, with a much faster mobilisation time, typically 12 hours compared with 40 hours for a large hydraulic ROV.

The Panther XT is one of a range of ROVs from Saab Seaeye, the world's 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.

Shark Subsea is the leading Romanian offshore survey, diving and ROV services company and the only member of the Diving, ROV and Survey Divisions of IMCA in the Western Black Sea area.

Reson is the world leader in the manufacture of high quality underwater acoustic systems.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com


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01 March 2010

NEW COUGAR XTI LAUNCHED AT OCEANOLOGY INTERNATIONAL

Dual-role, deep water ROV opens new markets

A greater range of deep water applications is now possible with a new dual-role, 3000 metre-rated ROV from world leader Saab Seaeye.

Pioneering technology in the new Cougar XTi electric ROV means the vehicle can go deeper, has a smaller launch system, a thinner umbilical, clearer interface, smarter fault diagnostics, easier configuration and tighter piloting.

Managing director, Dave Grant sees the innovative new vehicle opening up a whole new market for the concept of a combined inspection and light work-ROV.

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Cougar XTi - easy to reconfigure for different operational roles.

"Operating to 3000m depth, the Cougar XTi can perform tasks independently, or in support of a construction class hydraulic ROV."

He says it also brings important cost savings in deck space with a compact, single skid solution for the launch and recovery system (LARS).

Shrinking the LARS came from a breakthrough by Saab Seaeye engineers who managed to reduce the umbilical from a typical 32mm down to 20mm. The thinner umbilical not only significantly reduces the winch drum size, but offers considerably less drag in the water in strong currents.

 

They achieved the reduction by boosting the voltage from 500V to 3000V with only one power line, rather than two, needed to feed the system.

The 800Hz high frequency power distribution system also cuts the size of the ROV's on-board transformer by 80% and improves the vehicle's power to weight ratio giving an 80 kg payload at 3000m.

Pilot-friendly fault management

Other innovations include a simplified man/machine interface (MMI) for easier control. It also keeps the pilot in touch with the health of the ROV and warns of potential problems.

Smart fault diagnostics gives the pilot a clear interpretation of a fault and the remedial action to be taken, including the ability to remotely isolate the failed component and keep the ROV working.

Each on board device - thrusters, lights, tools etc - is managed through an intelligent three mode distributed plug and go control system. The first mode controls the device; the second provides the diagnostics; and the third is used to channel software updates.

It is a software-driven concept that makes it quick and easy to reconfigure the vehicle for different operational roles, and changing task-specific tooling skids.

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

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

Fingertip manoeuvrability in every direction is achieved with six powerful brushless DC thrusters that give velocity feedback for precise and predictable control.

The Cougar XTi is a major upgrade of the long proven Cougar concept and includes breakthrough technology from Saab Seaeye's flagship Jaguar electric work-ROV, along with systems developed by its parent company Saab Underwater Systems for military ROV applications.

By expanding the ROV market with this innovative new concept, Saab Seaeye continues to lead the way in technological development and extend its lead status as the world's largest and most respected manufacturer of electrically operated ROVs. Parent, 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