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Saab Seaeye for Gulf Pipeline Inspection

CCC Underwater Engineering is preparing to resume the second phase of a 2,000 km pipeline survey in the Arabian Gulf, totaling 316 pipelines. CCC are inspecting the final 102 pipelines using its Saab Seaeye Leopard underwater robot.Its objective is to achieve a baseline accuracy below 0.5 meters, which requires a large array of high definition filming and sensing equipment.The necessary array aboard the Leopard includes three HD cameras with movie quality 1080i interlacing, two Kongsberg M3 profiling sonars, Sonardyne Mini-Ranger and SPRINT-Nav 500 Hybrid INS, Valeport bathy suite including

Saipem’s Hydrone R – in the flesh and ready for real world testing. Image from Saipem.

MTR100: Five "Ones to Watch"

,” says Peter Erkers, sales director at Saab Seaeye. “And it is the only vehicle currently on the market capable of undertaking long-term residency in difficult to access locations.”Saab Seaeye has also been working on other systems, such as remote operability of its light world class Leopard ROV. It’s been working with Boeing doing trials over a satellite link across the US, controlling the ROV to do manipulator work, mating connectors, flying missions and way point control. Even when the latency was pushed to up to three seconds and data rates “messed with”, the system

SaabSeaeye Leopard (Photo: SaabSeaeye)

ROV Roundup: Recent Tech Innovations

recent technological advances in the world of remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV).SaabSeaeye: It’s ElectricOperators, from the Gulf of Mexico to offshore Australia, report multi-million-dollar savings as they switch to the new generation of electric work vehicles, and the Saab Seaeye Leopard it touted as the most powerful electric robotic work vehicle of its size in the world.Compared to a 66-ton hydraulic equivalent, its 25-ton complete package brings considerable savings in footprint, mobilization, maintenance and staff.Operators report the Leopard reducing costs by up to 40 percent

New small self-calibrating class 1-4 torque tool to bring savings to torque tool tasks with the use of smaller electric work vehicles (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

Smart Torque Tool Advances an Electric Future

and bolts.   A typical hydraulic torque tool weighing around 50 kilos is generally held out in front of a vehicle by a heavy-duty manipulator, so needs a large vehicle.   As the TMT tool is half the weight it can be fitted to a smaller robotic work vehicle such as the Saab Seaeye Leopard - and can even be underslung to operate from an even smaller robotic system such as the Tiger.   While on an inspection mission a compact electric vehicle can intervene to operate a valve, thereby avoiding follow-up intervention and reducing the number of excursions. This development demonstrates

Saipem's new Innovator 2.0 ROV (Photo: Saipem)

Work Class ROVs

.   The Sabertooth is a merger of the Double Eagle SAROV (Saab Autonomous Remotely Operated Vehicles) and Saab Seaeye technologies, resulting in a hovering hybrid AUV/ROV with deep water capability, long excursion range and six degrees of freedom control system.   The 2,000/3,000m Seaeye Leopard is a powerful electric work class ROV in a compact chassis, producing a half metric ton of forward thrust, with 50% more payload, three times the tooling power and double the depth rating of its predecessor the Panther XT-Plus, while maintaining the same deck footprint. The Leopard is suited to

Falcon (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

Saab Seaeye’s Falcon ROV Gets a Boost

to add higher accuracy sensors for heading, depth and altitude.   The iCON enhancement is available on all new Falcons, or as an upgrade to existing vehicles. It comes as a new design surface control consul that incorporates the iCON software - already a feature of Saab Seaeye's successful Leopard work system.   The new control consul features a wide, high-resolution touchscreen monitor, customizable graphic user interface and an ability to record video and still images. It also offers user-friendly system configuration and diagnostic pages.   According to Saab Seaeye, iCON&rsquo

Photo: ROVOP

ROVOP Says its Recovering from O&G Downturn

;3.5m ($4.4m)  for the six months to September 2016, an increase of 14 percent and 27 percent respectively over the same period in 2015. It also welcomed 15 new customers, spanning 10 countries, to its global portfolio of clients and expanded its fleet with an electric work class ROV, the Seaeye Leopard.   The company has also announced the appointment of Lee Shanks as Business Development Manager in its Aberdeen office.  

The 3000m rated Leopard is the most powerful electric underwater robotic work system in the world, making it ideal for complex and demanding tasks.Photo SAAB

Saab Leopard Rules the Waves

In a bid to master mountainous seas the Saab Seaeye Leopard ROV system recently delivered to Japan’s Kaiyo Engineering an active heave compensator (AHC) to its launch and recovery system. Kaiyo Engineering, a specialist marine science company, is undertaking seabed research for Tokyo University and is using the Leopard to explore the feasibility of seabed mining. Adding AHC means Kaiyo can work offshore more easily in high sea states, as the AHC system will accurately maintain the exact relative depth of the tether management system from which the Leopard is deployed by compensating for

Managing director of Saab Seaeye, Jon Robertson, signs new ROV deal with ROVOP’s chief executive officer, Steven Gray. (Photo: ROVOP)

ROVOP Expands US ROV Fleet

 Independent subsea remotely operated vehicle (ROV) service provider ROVOP has expanded its fleet of ROVs for the U.S. region, adding to its capabilities at its Houston base.   The company has taken delivery of a new Seaeye Leopard electric work class ROV which will be the first of its kind for the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) and, in a direct response to market conditions, is set to help operators reduce costs, ROVOP said.   Wayne Betts, President of ROVOP Inc., said, “The latest investment further strengthens our long established working relationship with Saab Seaeye. The Leopard

Photo: Saab Seaeye

MTR100: Saab Seaeye

for strong currents. Six thrusters. Rated 300m.  Jaugar XTi – iCON control system. Six thrusters. Rated 3000m. Panther XT – Light Work and Survey system. Six thrusters. Rated 1500m. Panther XT Plus – Powerful fast swimming version. Ten thrusters. Rated 1000m Leopard – Compact, powerful, work class system. iCON control. Eleven thrusters. Rated 3000m plus.  Jaguar - Largest work ROV. iCON control system. Eight thrusters. Rated 3,000m plus. Sabertooth – Autonomous, hovering, long range AUV/ROV hybrid for inspection and light work tasks

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