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The Four Leopards will be deployed from Belov’s DSV fleet. Photo: Saab Seaeye

Belov Engenharia Orders Four Saab Seaeye ROVs

Four Saab Seaeye 3000m rated electric Leopard work vehicles have been ordered by Belov Engenharia for Petrobras operations in Brazil.“The Leopard was chosen for its compact size to power ratio,” says Belov’s Director of Operations, André Weber Carneiro. “We like the quality of Saab Seaeye products and their technical support, which is always available when needed.”Half the size of an equivalent hydraulic work vehicle, it is more agile and responsive, has greater workability and can handle stronger currents - opening up wider operational windows.  A key benefit

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Rovco Opens Edinburgh Office

for subsea work on the East Anglia ONE offshore wind project. Rovco will carry out a campaign of subsea inspection and survey work on all subsea structures, informing the maintenance of the wind turbine and substation foundations.Also, the company last month expanded its ROV fleet with a Saab Seaeye Leopard ROV, increasing Rovco’s service offering to support wind farm installation and maintenance projects throughout the lifecycle of subsea related tasks

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Rovco Expands ROV Fleet with Saab Seaeye Leopard Unit

Rovco, a company providing ROV and hydrographic services has expanded its ROV fleet with a Saab Seaeye Leopard ROV.The company said that the high-performance electric “Fast ROV” work-class platform increases Rovco’s service offering to support wind farm installation and maintenance projects throughout the lifecycle of subsea related tasks. Rovco said it aimed to serve its clients in areas such as construction support, seabed, cable and pipeline investigations, and intervention, "and this vehicle backs up the firm’s capability to deliver on its £15m+ pipeline of

The complete Leopard package has a small footprint (Saab Seaeye)

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

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