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• FALCON EXPLORES MOUNTAIN
  21 December 2012
• KREUZ TAKE DELIVERY OF SAAB SEAEYE ROV AT OSEA
  06 December 2012
• A TIGER TO EGYPT
  31 October 2012
• BRITISH GOVERNMENT MINISTER VISITS SAAB SEAEYE
  22 October 2012
• FULL PIPELINE SURVEY SPREAD NOW ON SAAB SEAEYE ROV
  15 October 2012
• DAVE GRANT LEAVES SAAB SEAEYE LTD
  20 September 2012
• NEW SUPERSKID IS NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS
  18 September 2012
• NEW DEFENCE SALES MANAGER AT SAAB SEAEYE
  16 August 2012
• FALCON FREES WILLY
  30 July 2012
• SUBSEA VISION TARGETS FPSO MARKET WITH COMPACT COUGAR XT
  22 June 2012
• LAS VEGAS IN LUCK
  14 May 2012
• SMART ROV TOOLS SAFEGUARD ENVIRONMENT
  28 April 2012
• BLACK FALCON TO SHED LIGHT UNDER SEA ICE
  27 February 2012
• SAAB SEAEYE AT OCEANOLOGY
  12 February 2012
• TEN MORE FALCONS TO RUSSIA
  09 January 2012

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21 December 2012

FALCON EXPLORES MOUNTAIN

Oceana, the largest ocean conservation organisation, has explored a number of undersea mountains in the Atlantic and Mediterranean using the small, deep-swimming Falcon DR ROV.

They recorded many species and habitats needing protection and conservation with the 1000 metre-rated Saab Seaeye ROV - from carnivorous sponges to lobsters and sharks.

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Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus) on Portuguese seamount
Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus)
on Portuguese seamount

Never before has such an enterprise been undertaken by an NGO, says executive director of Oceana in Europe, Xavier Pastor, explaining that efforts to preserve biodiversity have overlooked deep-sea areas.

Now high technology underwater vehicles are making this more possible.

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Oceana crew members launching the Falcon DR
Oceana crew members
launching the Falcon DR

"Oceana is a pioneering NGO in the use of ROVs," says Xavier Pastor, who understands the important role technology plays in documenting habitats and species that require protection.

Oceana started the current project some 240 kilometres off the Portuguese coast in the range of marine mountains called the Gorringe Bank.

Here scientists filmed algae forests and hundreds of species, and noted the ecological value that undersea mountains, called seamounts, offer to many species including whales, dolphins and swordfish.

Director of research in Europe, Ricardo Aguilar, says they have found species whose existence on the Gorringe Bank was unknown in an ecosystem that needs conservation.

He adds that when they later explored the Chella Bank - offshore Almeria in South East Spain - they found protected species such as a carnivorous sponge and angular rough shark at risk from damage to their seamount habitat by recreational and commercial fishing.

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Carnivorous sponge (Asbestopluma hypogea) among other sponges
Carnivorous sponge (Asbestopluma hypogea)
among other sponges

He explains that deploying the Falcon for hundreds of hours of filming has enabled Oceana to gather essential scientific data.

"Filming rocky sites at various depths requires a high degree of technical complexity," he says.

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ROV navigator in the control room<br>watching footage on the screen
ROV navigator in the control room
watching footage on the screen

Being able to use transects - the more complex operation of moving the ROV along a path, rather than directly up and down - has given a more comprehensive view of the area.

Its five powerful thrusters make precise manoeuvrability possible and keep the vehicle steady in strong currents whilst filming and collecting samples when needed.

Oceana also benefit from having an ROV that is small enough to be manhandled from its vessel, yet has advanced distributed intelligence technology that allows a host of advanced systems to be fitted. These include systems such as video and the high definition cameras manufactured and supplied by Marine Vision, who also supplied the ROVs.

The Falcon DR, operated by Instalsub for Oceana, came over from the Gulf of Mexico where Oceana used it to assess the long-term impact of the Deepwater Horizon spill on marine ecology in the area.

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Visiting long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas)
Visiting long-finned pilot whales
(Globicephala melas)
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Angular rough shark (Oxynotus centrina)
Angular rough shark
(Oxynotus centrina)

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer and market leader in electric ROV systems, and provider of autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicles. Markets include offshore energy, defence forces, marine science and hydro-engineering.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com

Marta Madina
Oceana
+34 911 440 892

www.oceana.org

Robert Börjesson
Marine Vision S.L.
+34 952 47 32 06

www.marinevision.com


06 December 2012

KREUZ TAKE DELIVERY OF SAAB SEAEYE ROV AT OSEA

Singapore-based Kreuz Subsea, take delivery of their new Saab Seaeye Panther XT Plus at OSEA 2012.

Operations manager Robert Black sees it as a "formidable vehicle".

"It has incredible strength and an unrivalled speed and agility which means it can swim around divers safely whilst undertaking light construction and work tasks."

For that reason he plans to deploy it from Kreuz Subsea's DSVs in support of diving operations throughout the region.


 formidable
Robert Black,      
Operations manager, Kreuz Subsea      



His first planned mission is in Myanmar where his client is seeking a competitive work-class package, which Robert feels ideally suits the Panther XT Plus.

"It has the capabilities of a small hydraulic work ROV, yet needs a quarter of the deck space and fewer crew," he says.

The technological breakthrough in design that attracted him is an increase in power management that offers 50 per cent more power, and ten powerful thrusters that drive the ROV at speeds 30 per cent faster than any other electric work ROV in its class.

This unrivalled thruster power means the ROV can stay on task in currents greater than 4 knots - a velocity at which other ROVs must be withdrawn from active service.

For an operator, this exceptional number of thrusters also delivers a reassuringly high level of redundancy.

Robert Black also sees the greater payload and cleverly increased space as an opportunity to add a wide range of tools and sensors, both now and when needed, including the chance to fit torque tools.

His delivered Panther XT Plus comes with two Schilling Orion manipulators, a Tritech Super Seaking sonar, a variety of cameras and a tether management system with A-frame LARS and control cabin.

The deal was struck with Oceanvision, Saab Seaeye's distributor in Singapore and the centre for service and support in the Far East area.

This is the second sale to Kreuz, the first being a Cougar XT.

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KREUZ TAKE DELIVERY OF SAAB SEAEYE ROV AT OSEA
From left: Matt Bates, Saab Seaeye; Robert Black, Kreuz Subsea;
James Douglas, Saab Seaeye; Ian Johnson, Oceanvision.

Kreuz Subsea is a subsea service provider offering solutions for developing fields and IRM for existing fields. Their resources include a fleet of offshore vessels and ROVs, together with a range of diving systems.

Oceanvision is Saab Seaeye's Singapore distributor and service hub for the Far East area. They also supply specialist CCTV equipment for marine applications.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer and market leader in electric ROV systems, and provider of autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicles. Markets include offshore energy, defence forces, marine science and hydro-engineering.

For more information contact:

Robert Black
Kreuz Subsea Pte Ltd.
+65 6505 0883

www.kreuzsubsea.com

Ian Johnson
Oceanvision Pte Ltd
+65.6542 1800

www.oceanvision.com.sg

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

www.seaeye.com


31 October 2012

A TIGER TO EGYPT

Egypt's National Institute of Oceanology and Fisheries (NIOF) has chosen a Tiger ROV from Saab Seaeye as their preferred vehicle to undertake a range of studies in the Mediterranean.

The NIOF chose the Tiger over other makes of ROV as it can handle the strong currents of the Mediterranean and dive to 1000 metres.

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The compact Tiger ROV can be fitted with a wide range of equipment
The compact Tiger ROV can be fitted
with a wide range of equipment

They like its small, easily handled size that needs little deck space on a small vessel.

Yet despite its compact size, a range of sonars, cameras and tools can be added as needed to undertake the wide scope of tasks planned by the Institute.

For instance a four-function manipulator has been included that will manoeuvre a specially designed Saab Seaeye scoop for collecting seabed samples.

For detailed observation work, the Tiger also comes equipped with a wide-angle low light B&W camera and a colour zoom camera.

The overall mission of the NIOF is to seek accurate information on the different Egyptian aquatic environments, including typographical features, to improve knowledge of the economic resources in seas, lagoons and fresh water bodies, along with gaining an understanding of their interactions and influencing factors. This will include studying and monitoring the physical, chemical and biological changes in Egyptian waters.

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Specially designed Saab Seaeye scoop can be attached to the Tiger for collecting seabed samples
Specially designed Saab Seaeye
scoop can be attached to the Tiger
for collecting seabed samples

These studies will seek to achieve the sustainable development of marine and fresh water resources and increase their potential for food by introducing new techniques in fisheries and aquaculture.

This will include exploiting the natural resources, discovering new fishing grounds and developing methods for mid and deep-water fisheries management to protect the fish stocks.

They aim to increase fish productivity through developing and introducing new methods of fish culture in marine floating aquaculture cages along with intensifying research on protecting fish against fish diseases, and keeping a high rate of fish production.

In addition, the Tiger ROV will help the NIOF understand hazardous phenomena such as storm surges, coastal erosion and the sudden increase of the sea water level.

Saab Seaeye underwater vehicles are widely used in marine science across the world because along with handling a wide variety of instruments and tooling, their powerful thrusters can hold the ROVs steady in strong currents whilst undertaking delicate sampling and gathering tasks, and detailed filming and observation missions.

ROVs have been used to gather information on conditions for coral colonization and growth where sensors on the ROV acquired data on temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen concentration, pH, turbidity and fluorescence. Also, the under-ice Antarctic krill population has been filmed by an ROV to help understand the relationships between the krill, the sea ice and ice algae.

The ability of an ROV to work tirelessly and with precise manoeuvrability in demanding and restricted conditions has made these vehicles ideally suited for working in and around fish farming cages where they are used to monitor the health of stocks, as well as routinely inspect the integrity of the cage structures.

The NIOF, in undertaking their studies using the Tiger ROV, will be collaborating with a wide range of national and international scientific and educational institutions.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer and market leader in electric ROV systems, and provider of autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicles. Markets include offshore energy, defence forces, marine science and hydro-engineering.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com


22 October 2012

BRITISH GOVERNMENT MINISTER VISITS SAAB SEAEYE

The Minister of State for Work and Pensions and Member of Parliament for Fareham, Mark Hoban, visited top ROV manufacturer, Saab Seaeye on Friday 12th October.

He met the new managing director, Jon Robertson, previously the company's engineering director, along with the other key members of the management team: sales director, Matt Bates and operations director Mark Exeter.

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BRITISH GOVERNMENT MINISTER VISITS SAAB SEAEYE
From left to right: Matt Bates, sales director; Mark Hoban MP;
Jon Robertson, managing director; Mark Exeter, operations director

It was Mark Hoban's third visit to the company whose factory he opened in 2008.

During this visit he saw how substantial investment in production systems has created a leaner manufacturing process that has speeded throughput of customer orders and improved quality and reliability across the company's world-leading range of ROV systems.

He learnt of ground-breaking innovations that have kept the company in the forefront of technological developments in underwater vehicle systems.

Highlighting the very latest breakthrough, Jon Robertson explained how Saab Seaeye engineers have overcome the complex problems of blending together the technologies of defence and commercial systems to create a unique concept in underwater vehicle design that will open up new operational possibilities for both undersea and tunnel operators.

Mark Hoban also heard that exports are at 80%, with sales reaching £25 million and the number of employees growing 23% since his last visit, leading him to conclude:

"I'm very impressed to see how the company is going from strength to strength and how its efficiencies and cutting-edge technology have made it a world-leading business."

Before leaving the factory, Mark Hoban had a chance to see the latest ROV to come off the production line, the powerful Panther XT Plus, destined for the Singapore offshore oil and gas industry.


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Stores department with
Clive Measor
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Finance department with
Lisa Stallard and Anna Gilson

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Christopher Hale from
UK Trade & Investment flying
an ROV in the test tank


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Main assemblies department with Adrian Rowe
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PCB department with
Karen Mair and Lian Scott


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Technical Publications
& Training Dept
with Mark Springthorpe
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With Phil Wedge in PCB department
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Small assemblies dept with
Dave Pycroft and Tim Moon

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer and market leader in electric ROV systems, and provider of autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicles. Markets include offshore energy, defence forces, marine science and hydro-engineering.

For more information contact:



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

www.seaeye.com


15 October 2012

FULL PIPELINE SURVEY SPREAD NOW ON SAAB SEAEYE ROV

For the first time, a full pipeline survey spread has been fitted to a Saab Seaeye ROV in the shape of the Panther XT Plus.

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Panther XT Plus with pipeline survey spread
Panther XT Plus with pipeline survey spread

The technological breakthrough will bring considerable savings in survey operating costs to operators when compared to deploying a 150hp hydraulic work-class vehicle for the task.

Being acoustically quieter than an hydraulic vehicle, an electric ROV will also produce more accurate multi-beam sonar data.

Making this breakthrough possible is the unequalled power of the Panther XT Plus. This industry leading ROV offers a powerful platform for a wide variety of tooling that expands the scope of work tasks possible in a compact vehicle.

With 10 thrusters - eight giving exceptional horizontal drive - and having 50 per cent more power than any other ROV in its class, the Panther XT Plus can handle the large array of equipment needed for full pipeline survey work - and keep working in currents at which other ROVs must be withdrawn from active service.

The installation of a complete pipeline survey system on a compact electric ROV is considered a significant technological achievement, particularly as it must work alongside other systems, including two powerful four and seven-function Schilling Orion manipulators and a contact CP measurement system, amongst other possible tools.

The survey spread installed on the Panther XT Plus is a complete system that includes a Teledyne TSS pipe-tracker for precise location of pipes; two Reson SeaBat 7125 multi-beam sonars with dual frequency operation for collection of seamless high resolution survey data; a Sonardyne Lodestar inertial navigation system, a Doppler velocity log, camera booms and wheeled skid.

The technology necessary to achieve this breakthrough has come from creating a design of ROV that gives more space for tooling, an increased number of data interfaces including a Gigabit Ethernet multiplexer serial data interface, more power supplies, and an enhanced hydraulic system to handle a wide and powerful range of tooling.

The main benefit for operators is the considerable savings in the cost of ownership that comes from using a smaller and lighter vehicle that needs less deck space - around a quarter of an equivalent hydraulic vehicle - and fewer crew. It also costs less to acquire and maintain.

Operators quote the ease of moving a 14 ton system compared to one weighing 60 tons, also a faster set up time of 12 hours rather than four days, and needing 150 kVA of power generation instead of 500 kVA.

An added bonus when working to a tight deadline in hazardous conditions is that ten thrusters in hand offer a reassuringly high degree of redundancy, should one or more thruster become fouled - thereby allowing the operator to keep the ROV on task until recovery.

First to order the Panther XT Plus with a full pipeline survey package is Aberdeen-based ROVOP Ltd who undertook extensive trials of the ROV in May, with the survey package fitted, and have now purchased two systems.

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Cal Dive's Panther XT Plus with torque tool showing the versatility of the ROV
Cal Dive's Panther XT Plus with torque tool
showing the versatility of the ROV


Early to see the potential of the Panther XT Plus was Australia's Cal Dive International who needed a vehicle to tackle the strong currents in Australia's offshore oil & gas fields.

They saw the Panther was small enough to work inside rig and platform jackets, yet powerful enough to open and close pipeline valves and operate in the strong currents of open water.

Their system was fitted with a Tritech Super SeaKing sonar with dual frequency sonar head, and a Tritech altimeter with auto altitude option. It also has two Schilling Orion manipulators and, for debris clearance, a rotary disc cutter and a 38mm anvil cutter. They can also fit a water jetting system, cleaning brush assembly and manipulator-held cleaning brush tool.

Included in their multi-mission package is a Cygnus ultrasonic thickness gauge and CP proximity probe.

Having experienced the power of the ROV, they have now added a torque tool held by the 7 function manipulator, balancing the vehicle by shifting its hydraulic power pack and control box.

A company that has reported significant savings in operational costs since deploying their Panther XT Plus in the shallow waters of the upper Persian Gulf, is Abu Dhabi-based, CCC (Underwater Engineering) who has found that their Panther can perform 90 per cent of the tasks normally undertaken by their 150 HP hydraulic work-class ROVs with major savings in costs and logistics, particularly as smaller support ships can be used.

Across a range of operators, the technological advances in the design of the Panther XT Plus and its versatility, has demonstrated that a compact ROV with a small footprint can undertake more work tasks than was ever thought possible in an electric ROV.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer and market leader in electric ROV systems, and provider of autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicles. Markets include offshore energy, defence forces, marine science and hydro-engineering.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com


20 September 2012

DAVE GRANT LEAVES SAAB SEAEYE LTD

Dave Grant has left Saab Seaeye after five years as Managing Director, during which time the company's turnover grew from GBP12M to GBP24M.

Agneta Kammeby, chairman of Saab Seaeye Ltd says, "Dave Grant has made a valuable contribution in the ROV business for offshore Oil & Gas. During his time with the company it has grown substantially and has been relocated and settled into a major new manufacturing facility. Dave has now decided to leave the company to pursue other interests and we wish him well in his future endeavours."

The company continues to be led by the existing directors Jon Robertson, Matt Bates and Mark Exeter, with Jon Robertson taking over the role of Managing Director.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer and market leader in electric ROV systems, and provider of autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicles. Markets include offshore energy, defence forces, marine science and hydro-engineering.

For more information contact:

Jon Robertson, Matt Bates or Mark Exeter
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000
www.seaeye.com

Agneta Kammeby
+46 (0)734 186020


18 September 2012

NEW SUPERSKID IS NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS

A new concept in skid design from Saab Seaeye adds a powerful tooling capability to their technologically advanced Cougar XTi ROV.

It means that for Christmas tree installation and other work tasks a small electric ROV can be deployed in the support role rather than a large hydraulic work class vehicle.

The innovation behind the work skids concept is an electro-hydraulic modular power package that allows a 'mix and match' combination of powerful tooling to be used.

Skids fitted with an ensemble of work-scope tooling such as a class 1-4 torque tool, 350bar sea water hot stab, manipulators, and high-pressure water jet and rotary brush for complimentary cleaning work, now make it possible for a small ROV to undertake the tasks normally performed by an hydraulic work-class vehicle - but at a much lower cost.

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Cougar XTi skid built for Aker Solutions
with class 1-4 torque tool and single five-function manipulator with camera to deploy hot stab lance
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Cougar XTi skid built for Aker Solutions
with dual five-function manipulators and
cleaning brush with water jet attached

And the recently launched Cougar XTi ROV has the pioneering architecture to absorb the work skid's advanced technology ready for a range of demanding roles.

This is clearly illustrated in the support of Christmas tree installation and commissioning, where significant savings in vehicle utilisation can clearly be found.

Fitted with its new skid system, the Cougar XTi can readily fulfil the scope of work typically undertaken by the hydraulic work class vehicle that usually supports the primary work class ROV and commissioning module combination, during the Christmas tree installation.

After giving observation support to the interconnection procedure, the Cougar can undertake the other tasks of the support work class vehicle in the commissioning process, such as cleaning, operating valves and hot-stab work.

Whilst undertaking this work the operator has the added reassurance of a system that keeps the pilot in touch with the health of the ROV and warns of potential problems through a simplified Man Machine Interface (MMI).

Smart fault diagnostics give the pilot a clear interpretation of any problem 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 for configuration.

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The Cougar XTi can be fitted with a wide range of skid options
The Cougar XTi can be fitted
with a wide range of skid options

Rated at 3000 metres, and with six powerful thrusters, the Cougar XTi is highly manoeuvrable and with its new thinner umbilical - down from a typical 32mm to 20mm - drag through the water is reduced, particularly in strong currents.

The thinner umbilical has also reduced the size of the drum and shrunk the launch and recovery system into a more compact solution.

A new autopilot system gives the operator more precise positioning of the vehicle by automatically holding depth and heading in much tighter parameters than ever before.

Saab Seaeye say the system will take on many work tasks normally undertaken by hydraulic vehicles, with considerable savings to operators.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer and market leader in electric ROV systems, and provider of autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicles. Markets include offshore energy, defence forces, marine science and hydro-engineering.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com


16 August 2012

NEW DEFENCE SALES MANAGER AT SAAB SEAEYE

Chris Lade has been appointed Defence Sales Manager at Saab Seaeye, the world's largest manufacturer of electric remotely operated underwater vehicles.

This is a new position with responsibility for sales of underwater vehicle systems to the defence industry and follows Saab Seaeye's expanded role in the defence industry since the transfer of Saab's underwater vehicle systems for defence to Saab Seaeye.

Chris Lade joins the company following a successful career in the Royal Navy that included mine and anti-submarine warfare, and diving operations. His new role comes as the company develops more advanced ROV, AUV and hybrid systems that will expand its defence systems capability.

Chris Lade, Defence Sales Manager
Chris Lade
Defence Sales Manager

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer and market leader in electric ROV systems, and provider of autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicles. Markets include offshore energy, defence forces, marine science and hydro-engineering.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com


30 July 2012

FALCON FREES WILLY

Helping Free Willy in the fourth remake of the film is a strong-swimming Falcon.

With the world-famous Willy strapped to its back, the small Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV used its five powerful thrusters and intelligent electronics to give Willy the wriggle he needs to swim free.

Filmed in South Africa, the realistic swimming motion was cleverly recreated through the precise fingertip control of the Falcon by ROV pilots Nick Stroud and Josh Smit of Marine Solutions.

The biggest challenge, according to Marine Solutions director, Kevin Bey-Leveld, was to make the Orca whale, with its large body, look like it really was swimming along.

The success of the project, says Kevin Bey-Leveld, helped keep down the cost of filming.

"The way the Falcon flies, combined with trained ROV pilots, allowed the director to film the sequences in a relatively short space of time, in terms of normal filming," he explains.

Helping Free Willy in the fourth remake of the film is a strong-swimming Falcon.
Willy with Falcon

Video from Marine Solutions here

Although small and compact, the Falcon was powerful enough to manoeuvre in both swimming pool and the open ocean - the trick, explained Kevin Bey-Leveld, was to balance the buoyancy to compensate between sea water and fresh water.

It is not the first time the Falcon has starred in the movies. In the Bollywood film, 'LUCK', also filmed in South Africa, it was strapped under a 4.2 metre long latex and polyurethane replica of a tiger shark and used to replicate the realistic swimming motion of the shark and its violent attacks on hapless swimmers.

The Falcon is owned and operated by Cape Town based Marine Solutions. The ROV's worldwide success across a range of industries, has come from its power to hold steady in strong cross currents, and its distributed intelligence control system that allows up to 128 devices to be connected together on a single RS 485 serial network. This means different equipment can be easily added and changed as needed.


Marine Solutions, based in Cape Town, was founded in 1999 and supports the offshore industry globally in both ROV operations and cable assembly, manufacture and overmoulding.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer and market leader in electric ROV systems, and provider of autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicles. Markets include offshore energy, defence forces, marine science and hydro-engineering.

For more information contact:

Kevin Bey-Leveld
Marine Solutions
+27 21 511 0843

www.marinesolutions.co.za

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

www.seaeye.com


22 June 2012

SUBSEA VISION TARGETS FPSO MARKET WITH COMPACT COUGAR XT

Subsea Vision has taken delivery of a Saab Seaeye Cougar XT Compact, the low profile powerful ROV specially designed for working in high current areas and where access is restricted.

Cougar with flexible riser cleaning wire
Cougar with flexible riser cleaning wire

Subsea Vision's immediate target market for the Cougar XT Compact is the North Sea oil and gas industry. Further applications for the leaner Cougar are within the wind and tidal renewable markets where strong shallow water currents are a particular problem.

It means that Subsea Vision, the specialist ROV supplier, can now offer an enhanced service to floating production, storage and offloadingvessels (FPSOs). Utilising their ROV systems from the client's vessel or platform saves clients from contracting expensive ROVSVs and holdback tugs. With the Cougar's exceptional power it can free-swim with ease to reach the furthest points on an FPSO or clients' subsea assets from a single launch point. Complete with a combined HP water jetting and hydraulic skid Subsea Vision can offer a diverse range of subsea services.

This follows industry projections that the demand for FPSOs is set to double by 2015 as companies seek new areas for exploration and production.

"The Cougar XT Compact will be able to work for longer periods in strong tidal areas and Subsea Vision will be able to offer larger tooling packages, such as pipe tracking systems and manipulator / hydraulic skids for light work class operations," says Subsea Vision's Chris Bryant.

The unrivalled power and manoeuvrability of the Cougar XT Compact comes from its six thrusters: four vectored horizontal and two vertical, each with velocity feedback for precise control in all directions, and interfaced to a fast-acting control system and solid-state gyro for enhanced azimuth stability.

Cougar with Neptune riser scanning tool
Cougar with Neptune riser scanning tool

To create a compact version and minimise the effect of current, Saab Seaeye engineers set about reducing the frame size, buoyancy and weight to create a compact design that has the highest thrust to weight ratio in its class.

Subsea Vision's Cougar XT Compact comes with dual fibre optics that will, says Chris Bryant, bring unprecedented video quality and multi channel flexibility for integrated tooling options and a dedicated fibre optic link for client specific tooling.

The ROV adds to Subsea Vision's existing fleet of Saab Seaeye vehicles.

"For over 11 years we have found Saab Seaeye ROVs to be reliable, with unprecedented power, adaptability and performance. The Cougar XT Compact was an obvious choice for us," says Chris Bryant.

As an accredited Saab Seaeye training centre, Subsea Vision's aim is to expand knowledge of Saab Seaeye ROV systems and build confidence in fault finding and maintenance to the operators, both offshore and onshore. Training is undertaken at the company's classroom and workshop or at a client's premises.

The complete Subsea Vision system with Cougar XT Compact LARS and control cabin
The complete Subsea Vision system with Cougar XT Compact LARS and control cabin


Subsea Vision provides ROV services for underwater surveys, inspection, construction and diver support in offshore oil and gas and hydropower industries.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer and market leader in electric ROV systems, and provider of autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicles. Markets include offshore energy, defence forces, marine science and hydro-engineering.

For more information contact:

Chris Bryant
Subsea Vision Ltd
+44 (0) 1202 656861

www.subseavision.co.uk

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

www.seaeye.com


14 May 2012

LAS VEGAS IN LUCK

Fears that Las Vegas could run dry are allayed with news that a connection to a new reliable water source is on schedule with a key phase finished this March.

Years of drought have halved the capacity of the lake supplying the desert city, with the threat that the water level could fall below the intake pipe by 2013.

For over two years the race has been on to connect a new tunnel deep through the bottom of Lake Mead, America's largest reservoir, in a bid to keep fresh water flowing to the city's two million inhabitants.

Accuracy came down to millimetres when setting the multi-ton inlet structure into the hole blasted through the lake floor ready for the tunnel being dug three miles from the shore.

Helping achieve this pinpoint accuracy, 375 feet deep in the lake, was a Falcon ROV, the smallest underwater vehicle in the Saab Seaeye range.

Operated by AUS Diving for main contractor Vegas Tunnel Constructors, the Falcon helped AUS in the tricky task of making a hole in the lake floor and installing the inlet structure.

Lowering the Falcon into Lake Mead
Lowering the Falcon into Lake Mead
is Kelvin Magee, the pilot technician
responsible for the project throughout

AUS Diving's vice president, Kerry Donohue was impressed that the Falcon has performed tirelessly underwater for over two years, working three to four hours, virtually every day, including a stretch of 12 days, for 24 hours a day. And the company has not lost a moment of time due to the reliability of the Falcon.

"Operating at over 300 feet for long periods we had to try and do without divers," he explains, "and we found that with proper planning most tasks can be accomplished by the ROV without diver intervention."

They used the Falcon for a range of key tasks including positioning explosive charges, overviewing rock and sediment removal, monitoring the precise location of the new inlet structure and securing the unit in place.



Placing explosives

He describes how the precise placing of explosive charges on the lake floor - specially shaped to focus the explosive energy for blasting through the rock - was critical. By using sonar on board the Falcon, AUS Diving was able to monitor the lowering of the frame that held the charges ready to be set down like rows of bowling pins.

Click to enlarge Shows explosive frame ready to be lowered and accurately positioned
using sonar on board the Falcon

With three blasts a day turning the lake into a pea soup of sediment, the sonar was the only way to check the accurate positioning of the explosive setting frame.

The objective was to create a hole, 30m square and 25m deep, in which a new inlet structure would be secured in concrete.

During the excavation of rock and sediment, the Falcon stayed on the lake floor from where the AUS operators could watch the airlift process through the ROV's Sonar.

And whenever the airlift blocked and needed ramrod clearing, the operator would send the Falcon over to check that the pipe was free, ready for the evacuation process to continue.

When a clam bucket was needed to lift larger rocks, the ROV also became the eyes of the bucket operator to check that the jaws were open and the operating cables were correctly aligned.

And when a chisel hammer used in the rock breaking process was lost, the Falcon tracked it down.


Millimetre positioning of 75 tons

A vital and challenging task was the exact positioning of the 75 ton guide frame to be set into the lake floor, ready for precisely locating the 1,100 ton inlet structure.

Accuracy to just 76mm (three inches) was needed to position the frame so that the tunnel would find and correctly align with the inlet structure after burrowing for three miles.

To set the precise location of the frame, four buoys were attached by steel cables to the lakebed and later cut free by the Falcon when the task was complete.

The Falcon checking the cement pouring system
The Falcon checking the cement pouring system

To check the exact GPS location a plumb bob was lowered from the surface into pockets from where its exact position inside the pockets was verified by the Falcon.

The ROV also placed and recovered a gyro compass on both the landing frame and levelling structure where it was used to check three dimensional accuracy.

Levelling the frame was also critical. Here the operator used the ROV to watch the levelling bubble as adjustments were made.

During the process of laying cement inside the frame, the ROV watched over the task to ensure that the concrete was filling correctly and level.

AUS Diving has a fleet of three Falcons. They chose this model because it is small enough to be easily manhandled into the water from shore or boat, even a RIB, yet is powerful enough to hold steady and operate in strong cross currents and quickly change tooling and sensors of all kinds.

Rapid tool change comes from the Falcon's intelligent ‘plug-and-go' electronics that allow up to 128 different devices to be fitted, including extra cameras, lights, tracking system, manipulator and sonar, plus the option of adding special tooling on a removable skid.

For survey work its low electrical and acoustic noise signature allows for optimum survey sensor data. AUS used a Kongsberg Mesotech system. The image sonar head being mounted vertically for horizontal application and a profiler head mounted horizontally for vertical applications. Both heads can be operated simultaneously. AUS also has a standalone Kongsberg multi-beam sonar survey system.

The new tunnel project, costing a total of $700 million, will allow Southern Nevada Water Authority to draw better quality water from a deeper location in the lake that supplies nearly half of the city's fresh water.

Fed by the Rocky Mountains, Lake Mead has a surface area of 250 square miles, with the Hoover Dam at one end and a number of marinas dotted along the shoreline, and is a designated national recreation area.


AUS Diving is a commercial dive company based in Washington and provides diving services, underwater construction, sonar services, pipeline inspection, and dams and bridges services.

Vegas Tunnel Constructors is a joint venture between Italian-based Impregilo and their subsidiary, S A Healy Company, formed in 1923 and a leading American tunnel and heavy construction contractor.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer and market leader in electric ROV systems, and provider of autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicles. Markets include offshore energy, defence forces, marine science and hydro-engineering.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com

Kerry Donohue
AUS Diving
+1 509 533 6500

www.ausdiving.com


28 April 2012

SMART ROV TOOLS SAFEGUARD ENVIRONMENT

Checking for residual fuel in a 70 year-old sunken wreck without opening the tanks and risking an environmental catastrophe needed a clever solution.

The ingenious answer came from Global Diving and Salvage who created a unique sampling system that is mounted on a Saab Seaeye Cougar XT ROV and can penetrate a sealed container and extract a sample without creating a leak point.

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Global's unique sampling tool system with suction cups fitted to the Cougar
Global's unique sampling tool system
with suction cups fitted to the Cougar


They were contracted by the United States Coastguard to determine if oil was present aboard the S.S. Montebello, a tanker torpedoed in 1941 off the coast of California.

During their investigations Global fitted-out the Cougar with a range of tools to perform 3D modelling, sonar inspection, thickness gauging, a backscatter investigation, the physical sampling of the ship's fuel tanks and sediment sampling of the general area.


To prepare for the assessment, Global first had to clean off areas of the surface, which meant removing over 70 years of debris. For this process they used the Cougar's power and tooling capability to clear the tank with a wire wheel and barnacle buster fitted to the manipulator arms.

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Global's ROV control cabin
Global's ROV control cabin


A Tracerco neutron backscatter system was used to help determine the likelihood of oil in the wreck's cargo holds. This backscatter tool is a non-invasive contents-sensing device, something like an x-ray that emits neutron particles capable of passing through insulation material and carbon steel to determine the presence of content. It was mounted on a skid attached to the ROV and integrated with the vehicle's control package. The ROV's powerful and responsive thrusters held the system steady whilst the backscatter operation was carried out.


Due to depth of water - 275 metres (900 feet) - and the potential risk of leakage of the tank contents, the development of Global's unique sampling tool system to extract a sample was paramount to the success of the operation. The innovative feature meant that when the hole was drilled through the tank and a sample taken, the hole was then sealed - all in one leak-proof operation without fittings or valves.

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Neutron back-scatter tool fitted on Global's specially developed skid
Neutron back-scatter tool fitted on
Global's specially developed skid

The success of this procedure required the reliability and capability of the Cougar's hydraulic tooling package; for once the sampling operation is underway, a breakdown or glitch can be disastrous. It was essential that the sampling system was held steady by the ROV's responsive power and suction cups whilst the sample was taken and the surface sealed.

The happy outcome of the mission was to discover that no oil was present in the wreck and that it offers no threat to the ecological environment.



Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer and market leader in electric ROV systems, and provider of autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicles. Markets include offshore energy, defence forces, marine science and hydro-engineering.

Global Diving & Salvage is the largest diving contractor on the west coast of The United States and a leading provider of marine construction, casualty response and offshore support services worldwide.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com

Frank Immel
Global Diving & Salvage Inc
+01 206 623 0621

www.gdiving.com


27 February 2012

BLACK FALCON TO SHED LIGHT UNDER SEA ICE

Tiny algae that colonise the underside of the Antarctic sea ice play a big part in the health of Southern Ocean ecosystems.

These microalgae absorb large amounts of carbon dioxide by converting it into sugars and oxygen, using the energy of sunlight.

Krill - an important food source for many creatures
Krill - an important food source for many creatures

They also kick-start the Southern Ocean food chain as the staple diet of krill - a shrimp-like crustacean - that is itself an important food source for many creatures, including whales, seals, squid, penguins and sea birds.

Checking out the distribution of the sea ice algae is a task of the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE) sea ice research group, with the help of a Saab Seaeye Fibre Optic Falcon ROV in black livery fitted with camera and LED lights.

Black was chosen for the casing, rather than the usual yellow, to avoid reflected sunlight affecting the bio-optical measurements taken by an upward facing light sensor that will be fitted to the vehicle.

The sensor measures the effect of the pigmented algae on the underwater colour spectrum and reveals the amount of algae present in the ice.

By using an ROV for such data gathering, rather than traditional ice core sampling, the ACE scientists expect to collect more accurate data about changes in the algal population than has previously been possible.

Until now, core sampling has restricted data collection to a single narrow point where the sample was extracted.

This has led to Antarctic sea ice algae being poorly understood, despite being an important early season food source at the base of the Antarctic marine food web. Using the easily deployed Falcon ROV to roam under the ice in 300 metre sectors means that more widespread and representative data can be gathered, and collection will be much faster than the usual coring method, thereby saving valuable ship time in difficult conditions.

The under-ice krill population will also be filmed by the ROV's onboard video camera to help better understand the relationships between the sea ice, ice algae and this key Antarctic species.

The black Falcon
The black Falcon

High quality filming and light measurements are possible due to five powerful thrusters that hold the Falcon steady in strong cross currents and make it highly manoeuvrable in all directions

With over 260 sold world-wide, the Saab Seaeye Falcon has a long record of working at difficult tasks in hostile conditions using highly complex instrumentation and tooling. It was supplied and will be supported by Saab Seaeye's Australian distributor, ATSA Defence Services based in NSW.

Its role will be vital in helping the Antarctic team understand the marine ecological processes of the sea ice, which forms a vast skin across the ocean. The sea ice ranges from a centimetre to a metre or two thick and plays a pivotal role in the global climate whilst acting as an important floating habitat for marine birds, mammals and microalgae.

The Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE) is a multidisciplinary partnership that provides science, knowledge and understanding to help Australia meet the challenges of climate change. It is ACE's role to investigate the critical scientific uncertainties that limit the way Australia and the global community can respond to the impacts of these changes.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer and market leader in electric ROV systems, and provider of autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicles. Markets include offshore energy, defence forces, marine science and hydro-engineering.

ATSA Defence Services is the NSW Australian-based distributor for Saab Seaeye and provider of support services for industry and government globally.

For more information contact:

Klaus Meiners
Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre
+61 3 62267201

www.acecrc.org.au

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

www.seaeye.com

Andrew Roth
ATSA Defence Services
+612 4964 3500

www.atsa.com.au


12 February 2012

SAAB SEAEYE AT OCEANOLOGY

Four key underwater vehicles are featured at the Saab Seaeye stand J100, including the new double-hulled Sabertooth AUV/ROV.
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13 - 15 March 2012 London
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Sabertooth

Double-hulled Sabertooth AUV/ROV

The new double-hulled version of the Sabertooth offers twice the operational duration of the single-hulled Sabertooth launched last year.

The unique Sabertooth concept combines the technologies of both AUV and ROV into a single unified resource.

The result is a vehicle with the range and manoeuvrability of an AUV and the tooling capability of a light-work ROV.

Three operational modes are possible: autonomous roaming; attached fibre-optic cable; and umbilical for power and communications.

With a typical duration of more than 14 hours and depth rated option to 3000 metres, it can embark on either long range programmable missions or under operator control around set targets, with obstacle avoidance and precise manoeuvrability, including working down deep tunnels or inside complex structures where its 360 degree manoeuvrability allows it to orientate into any position ? even directly up or down.

And in places where access is seasonally restricted, it can remain underwater for a year at an isolated location ready to be deployed as needed. Tooling packs can be stored at its docking station; batteries can be re-charged, data and video downloaded and fresh instructions uploaded.


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Panther XT Plus

Panther XT Plus

In an addition to the successful Panther work ROV range, the Panther XT Plus sees a breakthrough in power management that has created a vehicle with 50 per cent more power.

Fitted with ten powerful thrusters it can swim 30 per cent faster than any other electric work ROV in its class.

And this unrivalled thruster power means that the Panther XT Plus can maintain position whilst working in strong currents greater than 4 knots.

For an operator, this exceptional number of thrusters also offers a reassuringly high level of redundancy.

The significantly increased payload, along with a re-designed frame, offers more heavy-duty power and space for fitting a greater range of tools and sensors, including industry standard seven function position feedback manipulators.

Having the work class capability of a small hydraulic work ROV, the Panther XT Plus, offers a considerably lower cost of ownership, including a need for a quarter less deck space than an equivalent hydraulic vehicle and fewer crew.


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Cougar XT Compact

Cougar XT Compact

A compact version of the successful Cougar range has been created to minimise the effect of current, making it an ideal vehicle for operation in high currents and shallow waters.

The result is an ROV with a reduced frame size, buoyancy and weight. A thinner 17mm tether also minimises drag. Overall, the compact design has the highest thrust to weight ratio in its class.

The Cougar XT's unrivalled power and manoeuvrability comes from six thrusters: four vectored horizontal thrusters and two vertical thrusters. Each has velocity feedback for precise control in all directions and is interfaced to a fast-acting control system and solid-state gyro for enhanced azimuth stability.


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Falcon with skid


Falcon

With over 260 Falcon ROVs in use around the globe, the Falcon's success has come from being small enough to manhandle into the water, yet powerful enough to hold steady in strong cross currents and operate tooling of all kinds.

Its trusted design is packed with technological innovations such as intelligent 'plug-and-go' electronics for rapid role-change during operations. This means that up to 128 different devices can be fitted, including extra cameras, lights, tracking system, manipulator and sonar, plus the option of adding special tooling on a removable skid.

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

Its unrivalled manoeuvrability comes from five brushless DC thrusters with velocity feedback for precise and rapid control in all directions.


Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer and market leader in electric ROV systems, and provider of autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicles. Markets include offshore energy, defence forces, marine science and hydro engineering.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com


09 January 2012

TEN MORE FALCONS TO RUSSIA

Ten more Saab Seaeye Falcon ROVs have been ordered by Russia's JSC Tetis Pro, bringing the total sold into the Russian Federation to 24 - and more are planned.

"Nothing matches the Falcon," says Head of ROV at Tetis, Dmitry Voytov. "It is small and mobile, yet powerful and simple to use."

He also likes that it can be quickly deployed for many different tasks. "Various tooling skids can be added and changed as needed, and upgrading is easy.

It can also work in the most demanding conditions and in powerful currents, despite its compact size."


    


  Nothing matches the Falcon  

  It is small and mobile
yet powerful and simple to use  


Dmitry Voytov
    Head of ROV at Tetis      


Most of the ten ordered will be used for civil defence emergencies and dealing with the consequences of natural disasters.

They will be installed aboard search and rescue vessels, ready to survey for objects using multi-beam sonar.

Two will also go to EMERCOM - the Russian Centre of Preparation to be deployed aboard a Russian Naval vessel.

Earlier Falcons have been used in a wide variety of roles across Russia, explains Dmitry Voytov, including survey andinspection work; icebreaker support work where they are fitted with a detachable five-stage manipulator skid for light work tasks; preparing underwater cargo ready for lifting; undertaking pipeline free-span monitoring; carrying out mine detection prior to pipe-laying; marine biology work; and deployment within the Russian Navy.

He says they were used during failure of the Sayano-Shushenkaya hydro-electric power plant; and helped to recover victims when the Bulgaria sank and when an aircraft crashed in Teletckoe lake.

"Quick reaction is often essential, which is why we need, small, mobile systems that can be thrown into whatever area of operation is needed."

With over 260 Falcon ROVs in use around the globe, its success has come from being small enough to manhandle into the water, yet powerful enough to hold steady in strong cross currents and operate tooling of all kinds.

Its trusted design is packed with technological innovations such as intelligent 'plug-and-go' electronics for rapid role-change during operations - which means that up to 128 different devices can be fitted, including extra cameras, lights, tracking system, manipulator and sonar, plus the option of adding special tooling on a removable skid.

For survey work, the Seaeye Falcon has the advantage of a low electrical and acoustic noise signature that allows for optimum survey sensor data.

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Deep-rated Falcon - compact yet powerful enough to
handle a range of tooling skids

Its unrivalled manoeuvrability comes from five brushless DC thrusters with velocity feedback for precise and rapid control in all directions.

Half of the Falcons ordered by Tetis this time round are the Falcon DR, deep rated to 1000 metres, and others the standard 300 metre rated Falcon.

Dmitry Voytov says that the small size of the Falcon is no restriction on its work in difficult conditions, or the large spectrum of equipment that can be fitted.

"It is a workhorse that can cope with practically any underwater task for its size, with no other vehicle of its small class coming anywhere near in price to the Falcon," he concludes.


JSC Tetis Pro is the largest company in Russia specialising in the design and manufacture of diving and subsea equipment for commercial, military and search and rescue operations.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer and market leader in electric ROV systems, and provider of autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicles. Markets include offshore energy, defence forces, marine science and hydro-engineering.

For more information contact:

Dmitry Voytov
JSC Tetis Pro
+7 495 786 98 56

www.tetis-pro.ru

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

www.seaeye.com