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• RECORD SWIM AGAINST FLOW FOR HIBBARD WITH SABERTOOTH
  17 October 2014
• RESPECT IN BRAZIL FOR FALCON
  15 September 2014
• FALCON HELPS JAPAN HARNESS OFFSHORE WIND
  25 August 2014
• ANOTHER COUGAR FOR WIND POWER
  07 July 2014
• DEEPOCEAN PICKS NEW LEOPARD CONCEPT FOR MV DEEP HELDER
  08 May 2014
• FAST AND DEEP FOR MERIDIAN
  24 April 2014
• SMART COUGAR LEAPS FROM PLATFORM TO PIPELINE
  31 March 2014
• DEEPOCEAN TAKE SECOND SEA OWL
  21 March 2014
• DUTCH GOVERNMENT PICKS PANTHER FROM BLUESTREAM
  11 March 2014
• LIFE OR DEATH IN THE 'GOLDEN HOUR'
  06 March 2014
• RECORD BROKEN USING A SABERTOOTH
  05 February 2014
• ANOTHER TIGER TO INDONESIA
  24 January 2014
• LEOPARD - ALL CLAWS AND BITE
  12 January 2014

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17 October 2014

RECORD SWIM AGAINST FLOW FOR HIBBARD WITH SABERTOOTH

Hibbard Inshore has set the record for the longest flooded tunnel inspection against flow ever attempted.

Success came from using the Saab Seaeye Sabertooth AUV/ROV hybrid, chosen as the only possible vehicle for the job.

Used as a tethered ROV, which was extremely important to Hibbard for real time data feedback, vehicle control, and safety measures, the Sabertooth swam the eight kilometres of tunnel against a 0.3 metre-per-second flow whilst fitted with a range of surveying and filming systems.

This achievement kept the vital water supply flowing to Rio Tinto's aluminium smelting plant in British Columbia during the inspection mission.

Speed was essential as the flow was reduced during the mission and a 'very fast' inspection in an eight-hour timeframe was needed, says Dave Malak, Director of Hibbard Inshore.

The Sabertooth was fitted with a combination of multi-beam systems and cameras to provide 3D profiling of the tunnel, along with a record of the tunnel wall status and HD video examination of areas of concern.

For Rio Tinto the 40 year-old tunnel is a critical asset that needed a thorough examination to reveal areas of potential collapse for maintenance planning and to provide comparable data for trends in tunnel condition.

Hibbard's success follows their record-breaking 24 kilometre tunnel inspection inside Australia's Snowy Mountain hydro scheme where they also used the Sabertooth in its tethered mode.

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Sabertooth - record breaking design for long tunnel inspection
Sabertooth - record breaking design for long tunnel inspection

The Sabertooth concept combines the technologies of both AUV and ROV vehicles into a single unified resource to give operators the range and manoeuvrability of an AUV, yet with the tooling capability of a light-work ROV.

Hibbard Onshore were first to spot the potential of the Sabertooth concept, recognising the advantages of a vehicle that has 360 degree manoeuvrability, a sleek hydro-dynamic design, efficient thrusters and accurate navigation - and an ability to cope with flowing water in a confined space.

They also saw the benefit of battery technology that could operate the Sabertooth over extremely long distances under its own power so that only a thin fibre-optic cable need be used when necessary.

Hibbard Inshore is a global engineering services company with a premier fleet of ROVs and the expertise and technology necessary to solve the complex challenges of the power, water, sewer, tunnelling and offshore industries.

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

For more information contact:

Dave Malak
Hibbard Inshore
+1 248 745 8456

www.hibbardinshore.com
Matt Bates
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


15 September 2014

RESPECT IN BRAZIL FOR FALCON

Oceanica, the long established Brazilian subsea engineering company, has ordered two Saab Seaeye Falcon ROVs for its expanding operations with Petrobras.

The Falcon's respected reputation in Brazil was a decider for Oceanica, says head of ROV operations, Manoel Teixeira Lopes Filho.

For him, the Falcon's world-proven reliability and performance was a vital factor.

Both ROVs will be deployed in general inspection work in shallow water and the company is currently building two Shallow Dive Support Vessels, with a third planned for engineering projects.

Oceanica was founded in 1978 and is now a key subsea engineering company for Brazil's oil industry with long experience in the installation and maintenance of underwater structures.

The company's range of operations will benefit from the easily manhandled Falcon, which although small, has five powerful thrusters for precise manoeuvrability and holding the ROV steady in strong cross-currents.

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The Falcon: intelligent technology for multiple tasks with powerful highly manoeuvrable thruster control
The Falcon: intelligent technology for
multiple tasks with powerful highly
manoeuvrable thruster control.

Distributed intelligence is key to the Falcon's success with each device on the vehicle having its own individually controlled microprocessor.

The concept allows systems to be easily added or changed with plug-and-go simplicity that connects multiple modules together through a single RS485 network.

The intelligent, module-focussed concept also generates automatic diagnostics on power-up to ensure that each device is fully interfaced and working correctly, greatly simplifying maintenance.

Oceanica's experience shows that Brazil's vast oil fields demand intelligent, multi-functional ROVs that are easy to operate and maintain, and will work reliably in demanding conditions.

Oceanica was established in 1978 and provides underwater engineering resources that include construction and assembly, repair and testing, and commissioning and decommissioning.

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

For more information contact:

Manoel Teixeira Lopes Filho
Oceanica Engenharia E Consultoria Ltda
+51 21 21394250

www.oceanicasub.com.br
Matt Bates
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


25 August 2014

FALCON HELPS JAPAN HARNESS OFFSHORE WIND

After Japan's 50 nuclear reactors closed following the Fukushima disaster, wind is now seen as an important alternative energy source.

But in a crowded and mountainous country the search for sites must go offshore, with floating turbines the main option in the deep waters off the rugged coastline.

It is at the southernmost tip of Japan that the Ministry of the Environment is trialling a turbine to determine the viability of floating wind turbines, in a bid to help replace the 30% of energy lost since the nuclear shut-down.

Sure-footed anchorage to the seabed is vital in such a vulnerable environment and a Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV is being used to check the integrity of the 400 metres of chain to mooring points 100 metres down.

Workboat deploying the Falcon ROV
Workboat deploying the Falcon ROV to check the integrity of floating turbine moorings off the coast of Japan.

With many turbines to be installed at a depth of 100 metres or more, setting the anchor securely is vital for the safe location of these turbines offshore.

Avoiding twists and entanglements of the 400 metre lengths of chain over a long period of time is also of vital importance, say the research experiment group of the project.

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Falcon - small enough to be manhandled
Falcon - small enough to be
manhandled, yet can be fitted
with a heavy pay-load of cameras
and sensing equipment.

The Falcon, operated by Shibuya Diving, helped monitor the anchor holding test, and the analysis of anchor drag, as well as twist and entanglement.

Shibuya Diving chose the Falcon because it could be deployed from a small workboat at a low operating cost and has a proven reputation amongst many different operators across the world for undertaking a wide variety of tasks.

It is small and easily manhandled, yet has the power to cope with strong currents around the anchorage whilst loaded with the hefty high-definition camera needed for the task.

Although compact, the Falcon is renowned for performing precise work whilst carrying a heavy payload of cameras, sensors, sonar systems and manipulators. It is also packed with advanced intelligent technology usually found in much larger underwater vehicles.

With more offshore turbine installations planned, Shibuya Diving intend developing a special work vessel from which to operate the Falcon.

The system was sold by Oceanvision of Singapore with further training support from Japanese-speaking, California-based Symphotic

Saab Seaeye underwater systems are used at many offshore wind turbine sites around the world, where their range of powerful, low-profile vehicles are specially suited for working with precise manoeuvrability in confined spaces and strong currents.

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

For more information contact:

Hazuki Yasuhara
Shibuya Diving Industry Co Ltd
+81 463 50 3350
Matt Bates
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com
  
Ian Johnson
Oceanvision Ple Ltd
+65.6542 1800

www.oceanvision.com.sg
Jack Roberts
Symphotic Tii Corporation
+805 485 6639

www.symphotic.com


07 July 2014

ANOTHER COUGAR FOR WIND POWER

Demand from the offshore wind industry has led Innovatum to add a second Saab Seaeye Cougar XT Compact to its ROV fleet.

This comes as Innovatum's reputation grows in the offshore wind industry for cutting the cost of inshore survey work.

They have achieved this by creating the world's smallest system of compact and rapidly mobilised packages for the location, tracking and survey of inshore and coastal pipelines and cables.

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Inshore survey work in strong currents and tidal flows
Cougar XT Compact, fitted with Innovatum's Smartrak system, brings power
to inshore survey work in strong currents and tidal flows.

For survey work close inshore in the strong currents and tidal flows of the southern North Sea, the Cougar's six-strong thruster power is essential, says Innovatum's managing director Terry Slater.

Designed especially for working in shallow waters and in tight situations, the low-profile Cougar XT Compact version minimises the effect of current with its reduced frame size, buoyancy and weight - and a thinner 17mm tether cable that reduces the effect of drag.

Despite its small size, the Cougar XT Compact can be fitted with a wide range of equipment including Innovatum's 'SMARTSEARCH' six-metre wide gradiometer array for UXO detection. Despite the use of this very large sensor system the high power to weight ratio still allows a performance comparable with work-class ROVs.

The Innovatum model is also fitted with its own Smartrak system along with a high-resolution imaging sonar and dual-headed scanning profiler for mean seabed level measurement.

Innovatum's Smartrak is the only system in the world that can sense cables carrying either AC or DC current; and cables carrying no current or signal at all. It can also undertake passive tracking of steel pipelines.

For survey work the Cougar has the advantage of a low electrical and acoustic noise signature for optimum survey sensor data.

The Innovatum system creates comprehensive reports and charts showing accurate cable route and depth of burial along the route. This data is 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 system can undertake submarine cable surveys in shallow water depths - the typical scenario for offshore wind farms - interconnector power cables and coastal communications cables.

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offshore wind farms

Innovatum is the world's leading manufacturer of magnetic sensors 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 world's largest manufacturer of electric ROVs, and now includes Saab's underwater vehicle range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicle systems for the defence industry.

For more information contact:

Terry Slater
Innovatum Ltd
+44 (0) 1284 729123

www.innovatum.co.uk

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

www.seaeye.com


08 May 2014

DEEPOCEAN PICKS NEW LEOPARD CONCEPT FOR MV DEEP HELDER

DeepOcean has opted for the new concept Leopard ROV from Saab Seaeye.

Seen as the most powerful ROV of its size in the world, its combination of 11 thrusters, unrivalled payload, and a host of advanced technology features won over DeepOcean, which itself is an innovator in providing subsea services.

"It's a pioneering design from Saab Seaeye - a company with a track record of innovation," says Rick Green, Regional Manager Netherlands at DeepOcean, "and will be a valuable addition to our fleet.

"Environmentally we wanted an electric vehicle - yet one with work class performance.

"For our application the Leopard gives us the equivalent capability of a much larger hydraulic work class vehicle - and its 11 thrusters means it can handle strong currents - and that's important to us."

He points out that with eight horizontal thrusters and three vertical thrusters the Leopard can hold steady in strong cross-currents.

Rick Green also likes the ROV's inventive new chassis concept.

Its large open payload bay allows for ample tooling and survey sensors to be installed on sliding trays for rapid reconfiguration and easy maintenance.

It means, he says, that a survey-grade INS system can now be easily integrated inside the vehicle.

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The new Leopard, with 11 thrusters and iCON technology
The new Leopard, with 11 thrusters and iCON technology,
is the most powerful and advanced compact
work-class ROV in the world.


The combination of new chassis design, iCON intelligent architecture with building-block capability, and exceptional power, means that more interchangeable equipment can be fitted than ever before in a vehicle of this size.

With a one tonne through-frame lift capability and a four-point docking system for tooling skids, more demanding payloads can be added to the Leopard as needed.





Yet despite its extra capabilities, the total Leopard package is designed for easy transport and rapid mobilisation - by staying within a minimal deck footprint combination of 20ft x 8ft single lift A-Frame & winch LARS, and a 20ft control cabin.

Designed with the pilot in mind, the Leopard has many inventive features to make life easier for the operator in the field.

The pilot will find that the iCON intelligent control system delivers better handling characteristics - including pitch and roll stabilisation for the best quality survey data - and offers stable flight even when large tools and sensors are deployed.

The iCON architecture also gives clear and enhanced information whilst independently managing each device on the vehicle, including auto redundancy that will keep the ROV working even with multiple equipment damage.

Through iCON the main electronics pod has been refined into an intelligent power distribution and data hub, with the brains of the system re-located into sensors and actuators around the vehicle. This provides greater information for the user and makes maintenance far simpler and quicker.

Distributing intelligence around the vehicle avoids the need to partially dismantle the ROV to reach a central electronic heart and offers building-block simplicity for equipment changes, along with enhanced remote internet access for upgrades and support.

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DeepOcean's Leopard will be deployed aboard the MV Deep Helder
DeepOcean's Leopard will be deployed aboard the MV Deep Helder,
a new specially built 65 metre survey and IMR vessel
due to be officially launched in June 2014.

DeepOcean is an integrated provider of safe, high quality, innovative services and technologies for the sub-sea industry.

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

For more information contact:

DeepOcean BV
Nijverheidskade 2
1785 AB, Den Helder
The Netherlands
+31 223 684156
www.deepoceangroup.com

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

www.seaeye.com


24 April 2014

FAST AND DEEP FOR MERIDIAN

Meridian Ocean Services has added two Saab Seaeye Lynx ROVs to its Falcon fleet to undertake a wider range of deeper inspection tasks at short notice.

The company has already won a niche in the market for undertaking fast response assignments in the offshore fields of America, Trinidad and Mexico.

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Falcon on environmental monitoring mission
Falcon on environmental monitoring mission

It has created a suite of rapidly deployable ROV packages comprising Saab Seaeye Lynx and Falcons set in small-footprint containerised systems ready for speedy deployment from a 150 foot vessel.

Nat Spencer, Meridian's Principal and Director of Business Development, explains that the Lynx, with its TMS and enhanced operating features, will expand the company's range of inspection roles in deeper platform work, around buoys, artificial reefs, and for cleaning and diver support.

He says the Falcons are already deployed on a range of these tasks, which include monitoring fish populations around artificial reefs created by rigs. Here the Falcons film and record the effect on local fish when invasive species are introduced that follow rigs when moved from one location to another.

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The newly conceived Sea Owl XTi, re-launched by Saab Seaeye.
Lynx is a powerful and proven
inspection vehicle that can
also be fitted with work skids.

Speaking from Saab Seaeye's Houston office, Chris Roper, the North America sales manager, says he is pleased to see another successful company amongst the growing list of Saab Seaeye ROV owners in the USA.

Meridian Ocean Services is a leading provider of sub-sea survey and inspection solutions using advanced ROV and AUV imaging technology.

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

For more information contact:

Nat Spencer
Meridian Ocean Services
+1 (401) 484 0675

www.meridianocean.com

Chris Roper
Saab North America, Inc.
+1 (713) 993 7733


www.seaeye.com

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

www.seaeye.com


31 March 2014

SMART COUGAR LEAPS FROM PLATFORM TO PIPELINE

An ROV able to work at both platform and pipeline - and handle many different projects - attracted CCC (Underwater Engineering) to the Saab Seaeye Cougar XTi, fitted with the iCON intelligent control system.

Won over by its versatility, CCC's ROV Manager, Tavis Letherby, says it gives them one vehicle for both scopes of work - and one that can cope with the different demands placed on vehicle and pilot when operating on either platforms or pipelines.

"It is the particular blend of compact size, six powerful SMX thrusters and intelligent iCON control system that makes such versatility possible.

"Pipeline operations use a plethora of kit that makes intensive demands on the ROV," he explains, "whereas platform work makes greater demands on the pilot.

"During platform work the small size of the Cougar and its manoeuvrability, even in strong currents, makes it easy to fly inside and around structures.

"The pilot also needs more information during complex manoeuvres, which is provided in simple form through the intuitive iCON system," he says.

" ...easy to fly inside and around structures. "
Tavis Letherby
ROV Manager
CCC (Underwater Engineering)

Another appealing factor is that faults are easily identified through the diagnostic nature of iCON which makes it is possible to isolate failed components and avoids bringing the vehicle to the surface to keep the ROV working.

Tavis Letherby also believes that the diagnostic information avoids thruster down time by constantly providing data on each thruster directly to the ROV team.

In addition to incorporating the iCON control system into their Cougar, CCC has additional cameras including a Seaeye wide-angle low-light camera, Kongsberg colour zoom camera and a rear-facing camera.

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The Cougar XTi - compact size, six thrusters and iCON control.
The Cougar XTi - compact size,
six thrusters and iCON control.

A Tritech Super SeaKing sonar is also included along with a dual five-function manipulator, wheeled skid with camera booms and cameras, and a tether management system.

This sale follows the earlier addition to Abu Dhabi-based CCC's fleet of a Saab Seaeye Panther XT Plus electric work ROV.

The Cougar is a proven and reliable concept that is designed to undertake light work jobs, observation and survey tasks and carry a wide variety of sensors, ancillary equipment and tooling whist working in strong currents and in tight places. Its small footprint on deck also cuts costs.


CCC (Underwater Engineering) S.A.C., established in 1976, is a leading provider of offshore construction and subsea services to the oil and gas industry in the Middle East and Indian regions.

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

For more information contact:

Tavis Letherby
CCC (Underwater Engineering) S.A.L.
+971 2 555 3656

www.cccuwe.ae

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

www.seaeye.com


21 March 2014

DEEPOCEAN TAKE SECOND SEA OWL

Offshore service provider, DeepOcean, has taken its option to buy a second of the new concept Sea Owl ROVs for work in the Norwegian fields. Meanwhile the first system is undergoing sea trials.

The newly conceived Sea Owl XTi, re-launched by Saab Seaeye, was originally the first 360° ROV to work in any orientation - even upside down.

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The newly conceived Sea Owl XTi, re-launched by Saab Seaeye.
The Sea Owl can work in any orientation,
including upside-down.


That earlier Sea Owl concept, successfully introduced by Saab in the 1980s, has been completely re-engineered.

The new Sea Owl XTi includes the iCON intelligent control architecture, has double the payload, is powered by seven thrusters, and is depth rated to 2000 metres from the earlier 500.

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

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com


11 March 2014

DUTCH GOVERNMENT PICKS PANTHER FROM BLUESTREAM

For wreck removal, security and waterway maintenance, the Dutch Government chose the Saab Seaeye Panther XT Plus as the best ROV on the market.

This followed a year-long evaluation of all key ROV manufacturers using European Union tendering rules.

Subsea operator Bluestream, drove the bid and have gone on to boost their existing fleet to 16 Saab Seaeye vehicles with the purchase of their own two Panther XT Plus, along with three additional Tigers, in an ROV investment plan for 2014 worth over 4million.

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Dutch Government picks Seaeye Panther from BLUESTREAM
Dutch Government Panther aboard the Arca

Speaking of the Dutch Government's decision, Bluestream's managing director, Rolf de Vries says the Government was impressed by the Panther's ability to handle heavy payloads and cope with strong currents.

They also saw Bluestream's advanced maintenance philosophy - linked to Saab Seaeye's training programme - as the best on offer in the industry and a vital component of the five-year maintenance contract.

Rolf de Vries says that in more than 14 years' experience with Saab Seaeye, the company has proven the performance capability of their vehicles and their commitment to support and training.

The scope of his fleet of 16 Saab Seaeye's ROV's now extends from general inspection Tigers up to the work class Panther XT Plus.

Commenting on building a 10-strong Tiger fleet, de Vries believes the Tiger is an ideal design for general inspection tasks and drill support in the North Sea, in terms of size and observation capability.

He concludes by saying that the enhancement of his fleet demonstrates Bluestream's commitment to growing its ROV resources and investment in advanced remote technology, " to serve the growing demand of our valued customers".

Bluestream is a Dutch offshore subsea and topside service company in the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors providing a wide range of specialist services. Bluestream distinguishes itself by innovation and tailor-made fit-for-purpose solutions to fulfill clients' needs.

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

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com


06 March 2014

LIFE OR DEATH IN THE 'GOLDEN HOUR'

Finding a victim under water within the 'Golden Hour' determines whether a mission is a rescue or a recovery.

This life or death moment is given fresh hope with a technological breakthrough by the Los Angeles Long Beach Fire Department and Saab Seaeye engineers.

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Life OR Death in the 'Golden Hour'
Time spent searching for victims has been cut dramatically.

Their joint initiative hopes to cut the search time from an average of three hours, to less than 30 minutes using a cleverly modified Falcon ROV that can rapidly sweep the area.

Lives could be saved around the world if this system is adopted widely by rescue services.

Initially both teams faced an insurmountable technical problem.

Pinpointing a victim on the seabed in dark and murky waters, with only a vague idea of where they entered the water, has long been a frustrating and time-consuming operation.

Current practise is to lower tripod-mounted sonar from a boat to the seabed at repeated intervals to scan the immediate vicinity - as soft tissue can only be detected at short range by very high-resolution sonar.

This grid search from what is called the 'point last seen' can take up to three hours, with divers sent down at intervals to investigate any soundings.

Finding a faster solution using ROV-mounted sonar seemed impossible, as the kind of high-resolution sonar system able to detect soft tissue is too large and heavy to be mounted on an ROV small enough to be manhandled into the water for rapid deployment.

Although the Falcon was the ideal ROV, both in size and technological resources, the team were faced with the problem of trying to fit a metre-long sonar device onto a metre long ROV.

Then they came up with an ingenious solution: they split the sonar unit in two.

The sonar head was fitted to the rear of the Falcon, with the electronics pack squeezed inside.

Yet this was only half the answer. The weight of this kind of sonar would normally sink or destabilise a small ROV.

Their solution came in two ways.

First, Saab Seaeye engineers discovered a way to manage the buoyancy of the ROV and balance it to stay afloat and remain stable for accurate sonar scanning.

Second, they found the Falcon's five powerful thrusters could handle the weight and manoeuvrability, whilst working in currents and deep water.

The Long Beach Fire Department are pleased with the outcome.

'We wanted something that was not too expensive,' explains Stan Jackson of the Long Beach Fire Department, 'but could handle the technology, and work in confined spaces and out in the ocean. And also something we could get going quickly.'

He compares the benefits of an ROV over a diver.

'An ROV doesn't need to see in the dark, it can work tirelessly and can recover the victim with its manipulator.'

The Fire Department sees other opportunities for using the Falcon and its camera and video recording capability across the jurisdiction.

'We can inspect the hulls of ships in the harbour, and check bridges after an earthquake,' says Stan Jackson.

Its power, manoeuvrability and intelligent electronics, along with an ability to fit a wide selection of tools, cameras and sensors, has made it one of most successful ROVs in the range from Saab Seaeye, the world's largest electric ROV manufacturer.

The Falcon is used in many sectors across the world from the emergency services and homeland security, to the oil and gas industry, hydro engineering and marine science.

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

For more information contact:

Chris Roper
Saab Seaeye
Saab North America, Inc.
+1 (713) 993 7733
+1 (571) 294 8418


www.seaeye.com

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

www.seaeye.com


05 February 2014

RECORD BROKEN
Flooded tunnel inspection record broken by Hibbard Inshore using a Saab Seaeye Sabertooth

Inside Australia's Snowy Mountain hydro scheme, leading underwater service provider, Hibbard Inshore, say they have broken the record for the longest tunnel inspection by a tethered vehicle using their newest long-range vehicle, the Saab Seaeye Sabertooth.


Importantly, this meant there was no need to drain the tunnel system, which saved closing down several power stations.

During a round-trip of over 24 kilometres, Hibbard Inshore's customised Sabertooth AUV/ROV collected real-time visual data whilst scanning the tunnel with multiple types of multibeam sonar.
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Sabertooth entering flooded tunnel
Sabertooth entering flooded tunnel.
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Field control tent
Field control tent.

The mission set out to gather high-density dimensional data, discover open cracks or holes, find debris build-up, detect lining failures, and identify any rock falls.

From the data collected Hibbard created 3D models ready for maintenance planning and comparable inspection data to identify future trends in tunnel condition.
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Tunnel sonar cross-section
Tunnel sonar cross-section.

Hibbard Inshore has so far inspected six trans-mountain tunnels across the Snowy Hydro Scheme using this method and will return in 2014 for further inspections.

Previously the tunnels had to be drained for examination, risking collapse of the tunnel and endangering inspection personnel.

Chief Operating Officer of Snowy Hydro, Ken Lister said:

"The use of the unmanned sub for tunnel inspections now means that it can be done more frequently, more safely and without the need to shut down power stations or drain the tunnel. This multi-million dollar investment is a great outcome for the business, for the safety of our people and contractors and is part of our wider program of Scheme upgrades and on-going maintenance".

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Sabertooth single-hull AUV/ROV
Sabertooth single-hull AUV/ROV.

The challenges for Hibbard Inshore included entering narrow shafts, navigating tight bends, working in limited visibility and managing within a strict schedule.

The Sabertooth can operate as either a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) with a tether to allow for real-time data and pilot control, or as an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to give flexibility in various tunnel inspection scenarios.

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

Hibbard Inshore is a global engineering services company with a premier fleet of ROVs and the expertise and technology necessary to solve the complex challenges of the power, water, sewer, tunnelling and offshore industries.

For more information contact:

Dave Malak
Hibbard Inshore
+1 248 745 8456

www.hibbardinshore.com

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

www.seaeye.com


24 January 2014

ANOTHER TIGER TO INDONESIA

Seascape Surveys of Singapore has acquired their third Saab Seaeye Tiger ROV for operations in Indonesia.

'The Tiger offers a good combination of size and power for jacket inspections,' says Seascape's managing director, Peter Reichlmeier.

He explains that Tigers are used for digital inspection work of subsea jackets, platforms and other structures:

'We have been using Tigers for this work for the last four years and find them reliable and versatile.'

He says they will install the system on a new-build DP2 vessel, 'Resolution', on long-term charter from Miclyn Express Offshore.

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The Tiger has a proven record in the oil and gas industry
The Tiger has a proven record in the oil and gas
industry for its role in observation and inspection


The acquisition is in line with Seascape's continued growth in the South East Asia Region where their main operations are in Indonesia, with other areas including Thailand and Timor Leste Australia.

Small and easy to handle, the 1000 metre-rated Tiger has a proven pedigree in the oil and gas industry, where operators value its manoeuvrability inside structures and its ability to cope with strong currents.



Despite its compact size, a range of sonars, cameras and tools can be added as needed to undertake a wide scope of tasks.

Supplying the Tiger was Singapore-based Saab Seaeye distributor, Oceanvision.

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

Seascape Surveys is a subsea service provider and a subsidiary of Mermaid Maritime Public Company Limited. With operational bases in Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand, Seascape is well situated to service the Asia-Pacific Oil and Gas Industry and is expanding into other regions.

For more information contact:

Peter Reichlmeier
Seascape Surveys Indonesia
+65 6501 0770

www.seascapesurveys.com

Ian Johnson
Oceanvision Ple Ltd
+65.6542 1800

www.oceanvision.com.sg

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

www.seaeye.com


12 January 2014

LEOPARD - ALL CLAWS AND BITE

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The new Leopard is the most powerful compact work-class ROV in the market.
The new Leopard is the most powerful compact work-class ROV in the market.

With 11 thrusters, unrivalled payload, and a host of advanced technology features, the new Saab Seaeye Leopard is the most powerful ROV of its size in the world.

Aimed at the compact work-class market, the Leopard can handle more tooling, cameras and survey equipment than any other ROV in its class.

The minimal deck footprint of the Seaeye range is maintained with the combination of a 20 x 8ft single lift, A-Frame & winch LARS and a 20ft control cabin for easy transport and rapid mobilisation.

Its pack of eight horizontal thrusters and three vertical thrusters gives the Leopard exceptional thrust, powering the vehicle forward at over four knots, and enabling it to hold steady in strong cross-currents.

For the pilot, the vehicle's iCON intelligent control system gives clear and enhanced information whilst independently managing each device on the vehicle, including auto redundancy that will keep the ROV working even with multiple equipment damage.

The pilot will also find that iCON delivers better handling characteristics - including pitch and roll stabilisation for the best quality survey data and to allow stable flight even with large tools and sensors deployed.

Smarter

Designed with the pilot in mind, the Leopard has other inventive features to make life easy for the operator in the field.

For instance the networked design of the iCON control system has refined the main electronics pod into an intelligent power distribution and data hub, and re-located the brains of the system into sensors and actuators around the vehicle. This provides greater information for the user and makes maintenance far simpler and quicker.

This innovation also avoids the need to partially dismantle the ROV to reach its electronic heart. And it offers building-block simplicity for equipment changes along with remote internet access for upgrades and support.

The chassis has been designed with rapid reconfiguration and easy maintenance in mind. A large open payload bay within the vehicle allows for ample tooling and survey sensors to be installed rapidly on sliding trays. Its one tonne through-frame-lift capability and four point docking system for tooling skids allows more demanding payloads to be added.

The combination of new chassis design, iCON building-block concept and exceptional power, means that more interchangeable equipment can be fitted than ever before in a vehicle of this size.

Operators can therefore use the Leopard for a wide range of work tasks including drill support, pipeline survey, salvage and deep water IRM.

First to order the Leopard is Australian-based Dive Works Subsea Solutions.

It is the fourth ROV they have bought from Saab Seaeye in the last ten years.

Managing Director, Andrew Ford says,

"We've found that even though we are a Commercial Diving and ROV services company, the industry is heading more and more towards using ROV's rather than divers."

"Over the past few years, more than half of our work has been for Falcon ROV services."

He now says he has found a niche in his market for the new Saab Seaeye Leopard work class ROV.

Along with the Leopard's light footprint and ability to be mobilised within one-day, Andrew Ford sees Dive Works bringing the latest technology to its clients at a lower mobilisation and demobilisation cost.

He explains how the Leopard, at 27 tonnes for the full system, can be loaded onto smaller vessels, compared to 70 plus tonnes for other work ROVs.

It is also more agile and precise to control, he says, thereby allowing better access to complex and delicate subsea structures.

Dive Works are focussed on servicing the Australian Oil and Gas industry, and aim to bring the most advanced technology and methods to their clients, says Andrew Ford.

"Our clients want a fast and reliable service and now with the Leopard ROV we can deliver this."

Dive Works is an Australian based Commercial Diving and ROV Services company, specialising in innovative subsea solutions to the Oil and Gas industry, Government and Water authorities, and the Marine and Aquaculture industries.

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

For more information contact:

Andrew Ford
Dive Works Subsea Solutions
+61 3 9708 2632

www.diveworks.com.au

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

www.seaeye.com