Agreement to acquire four new autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) allows C-I to enter the growing AUV inspection market
C-Innovation (C-I), an integrated marine services company specializing in advanced subsea solutions, and a member of the Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) family of companies, has ordered four AUVs from Kongsberg Maritime. The order adds AUV capabilities to C-I’s ROV fleet, integrated with ECO’s worldwide vessel fleet for a full-spectrum IMR solution for clients.
Headquartered in Mandeville, La., with an additional office in Houston, C-I operates worldwide with a primary focus in engineering, project management and operation of subsea field development in the oil and gas sector. Kongsberg, a long-time ECO vendor in Norway, is a global marine technology company providing subsea solutions including echo sounders, AUV/underwater navigation, communication and camera systems.
The two HUGIN AUVs under order are depth rated to 4,500 meters, while the two MUNIN AUVs are rated to 1,500 meters. All are equipped with the latest generation sonar, echo sounders, cameras and profilers. All four are specially designed for subsea inspection, mapping and pipeline surveys. They feature the most advanced autonomous pipeline tracking software, enabling the AUV to track a pipe using SAS or sidescan, as well as flying overhead collecting bathymetry, photos and laser profiles.
The HUGIN includes swappable batteries and removable data storage, while the MUNINs have a fast charge system and data download facility designed to maximize productivity and minimize downtime between dives. The HUGINs are equipped with the latest generation of HISAS 1032 Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS).
“We can now offer HiSAS data from the 4,500 meter HUGIN to the offshore industry,” said C-I General Manager Richard Bourque. “All vehicles are portable to some extent, but especially the MUNIN vehicles can be mobilized anywhere in a very short time. The combination of our ROVs with the new AUVs will enable us to continue delivering industry-leading inspection maintenance and repair services.”