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• MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT VISITS WORLD LEADER SAAB SEAEYE
  23 July 2016
• UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA ORDERS SAAB SEAEYE'S MOST POWERFUL ROV
  15 July 2016
• FALCON IS WORLD'S FAVOURITE
  07 July 2016
• THE ISLAND OF GOLD, THE LEOPARD AND THE FALCON
  30 June 2016
• SHIPWRECKS BEAMED ASHORE
  01 June 2016
• CAMPER COMFORT FOR FREEZING FALCON TEAM
  07 April 2016
• CORPORATE EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR SAAB SEAEYE
  15 March 2016
• NEW HYDRO-LEK FITTINGS OFFER COMPACT CONNECTIVITY AND UNIVERSAL COMPATIBILITY
  14 March 2016
• ARMY, NAVY AND AIR FORCE GATHER AT SAAB SEAEYE
  2 March 2016
• LEOPARD BEATS THE HEAT
  19 February 2016
• MARITIME MINE THREAT EXPERTS VISIT SAAB SEAEYE
  09 February 2016
• HYDRO-LEK BUSINESS FACILITIES MOVE TO FAREHAM
  02 February 2016
• LOUIS DREYFUS TRAVOCEAN ORDER TWO SAAB SEAEYE LEOPARDS
  28 January 2016

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23 July 2016

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT VISITS WORLD LEADER SAAB SEAEYE

The Member of Parliament for Fareham, Suella Fernandes, visited Saab Seaeye, the world's largest electric underwater robotic systems manufacturer.

During her tour of the facilities at Fareham with Saab Seaeye's managing director, Jon Robertson, the MP met the staff and saw advanced underwater robotic systems with exceptional technological capabilities including an ability to descend three miles deep under the ocean, manoeuvre precisely in strong currents and grasp things using enormous strength or fingertip delicacy.

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Jon Robertson, managing director and Suella Fernandes, MP for Fareham, alongside the Seaeye Leopard – the most powerfully advanced deep sea robotic system in the world.
Jon Robertson, managing director and Suella Fernandes, MP for Fareham, alongside
the Seaeye Leopard – the most powerfully advanced deep sea robotic system in the world.

Speaking to technicians and apprentices on her tour, Ms Fernandes saw many examples of the way the company's high standards of technological excellence and customer service have secured its lead position in the market and built a world–renown reputation for trusted technology and support.

Along with viewing the range of robotic systems and engineering processes, the MP discovered how they are widely used across different markets, including oil and gas, marine science, defence forces, hydro engineering and aquaculture. She heard about the variety of tasks undertaken, ranging from gathering seabed samples to swimming down deep tunnels and rescuing submariners.

Ms Fernandes said how very impressed she was with everything she had seen and with the high level of professionalism shown by everyone she met, saying:

"Saab Seaeye is a large and valuable part of the local economy and we are pleased that such an important leader in the field of underwater robotics is based here in Fareham."

Ms Fernandes was particularly interested in talking to several apprentices and seeing their projects, saying how pleased she was to witness Saab Seaeye's investment in apprenticeships and to meet the engineers of the future.

Jon Robertson explained that the company is continuously investing in people skills and technology for the future:

"Having led the market for the last 30 years with innovations that have changed the industry we remain at the cutting edge in our field as we see ever more growth opportunities in existing and new markets for our pioneering underwater technology."

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Suella Fernandes meets Saab Seaeye's youngest employee, Jade Coleman, who assembles printed circuit boards.
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Zach Coates, apprentice, explains to Suella Fernandes his ingeniously created electronic glove that allows the operator to virtually operate the manipulator.
Suella Fernandes meets Saab Seaeye's youngest employee, Jade Coleman, who assembles printed circuit boards.   Zach Coates, apprentice, explains to Suella Fernandes his ingeniously created electronic glove that allows the operator to virtually operate the manipulator.
 
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Apprentice Jack Arnott shows Suella Fernandes his inventive idea for the world's smallest and lowest cost depth measurement system using a sensor the size of a finger nail and explains that he also wrote the associated software code.
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Suella Fernandes asks Ben Morgan about the Falcon he is working on, having just completed his apprenticeship.
Suella Fernandes asks Ben Morgan about the Falcon he is working on, having just completed his apprenticeship.
Apprentice Jack Arnott shows Suella Fernandes his inventive idea for the world's smallest and lowest cost depth measurement system using a sensor the size of a finger nail and explains that he also wrote the associated software code.    

Saab Seaeye is the world's leading underwater e-robotics company with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid robotic systems engineered to address the diverse range of tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com


15 July 2016

UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA ORDERS SAAB SEAEYE'S MOST POWERFUL ROV

Israel's University of Haifa has ordered a Saab Seaeye Leopard, the most powerful electric ROV of its size in the world.

The University says that having no other technological platform like it in Israel, the Leopard will be a key resource for a new deep-sea research centre, which opened recently.

The purchase was enabled thanks to the generous support of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to the University of Haifa. The ROV will serve the entire marine research community in Israel through the national consortium of universities, colleges and government research institutes called the "Mediterranean–Sea Research Center of Israel" (MERCI).

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The Seaeye Leopard A powerful resource for a wide range of tasks.
The Seaeye Leopard
A powerful resource for a wide range of tasks.

The 3000 metre–rated Leopard will make the consortium the first entity in Israel to offer such a resource to anyone looking to work in both shallow and deep water.

The focus will be on scientific study, education and research including environmental monitoring, marine archaeology and other types of marine research, says Ben Herzberg, Chief Engineer from The Helmsley Charitable Trust Mediterranean Sea Research Center, Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences at the University of Haifa.

He also sees it being of interest to operators in Israel's relatively new oil and gas sector, along with other collaborative projects.

In choosing the Leopard, says Ben Herzberg, they evaluated a range of ROVs from different manufacturers.

"We opted for the Leopard, not just because of its technological excellence and Saab Seaeye being the largest manufacturer of electric ROVs in the world, but also because universities and scientific users we contacted gave Saab Seaeye the best and most positive feedback."

Adding, "They had a more trusted reputation for robust and reliable systems, compared with other ROV manufacturers, and they offered the best service".

For the University of Haifa, the Leopard's 11–strong thruster power and iCON intelligent control architecture allows them to handle a variety of systems of heavy and variable loads by providing flight stability, including pitch and roll stabilisation, even whilst working in strong cross-currents and also gives them precise manoeuvrability inside complex structures.

To offer the University of Haifa a variety of user options, the Leopard's iCON building–block capability and large open payload bay with sliding trays for rapid reconfiguration and easy maintenance, allows more interchangeable tooling and survey sensors to be fitted than ever before possible in a vehicle of its size.

As iCON independently manages each intelligent device on the vehicle, including auto redundancy, it will help keep the ROV working, even with multiple equipment damage.

The operator also has greater information through iCON, making maintenance simpler and providing remote internet access for upgrades and support.

Saab Seaeye is the world's leading underwater e–robotics company with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid robotic systems engineered to address the diverse range of tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

The University of Haifa has a world–renowned reputation in many different fields of research, and it is the leading University in Israel in the fields of the Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Welfare and Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Education and Management. Council for Higher Education selected the University to lead the field of Marine Research in Israel.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com

Ben Herzberg
University of Haifa
+972 58 463 0660

www.haifa.ac.il


07 July 2016

FALCON IS WORLD'S FAVOURITE

Seven orders from seven organisations in seven weeks confirms the status of Saab Seaeye's Falcon as the world's favourite and most successful ROV of its class, says the company, citing orders from a span of sectors including oil & gas, renewables, scientific, security, hydro and aquaculture.

Its success comes from a design measuring just 1 x 0.5 x 0.6 metres that has the power and versatility to undertake many remarkable tasks with unprecedented reliability, say customers.

They quote examples where the Falcon has worked 1000 hours virtually non-stop on a salvage operation, swum five kilometres along a tunnel, carried a 4.3 metre latex shark on its back, filmed under Antarctic sea ice and carried its own weight in bolt-on equipment.

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Falcon - the world's most successful ROV of its class.
Falcon - the world's most successful ROV of its class.

The Falcon's winning concept comes from having packed five powerful thrusters and an intelligent distributed control system into a small, easily manhandled size.

Its power and control means it can master strong crosscurrents whilst undertaking precision tasks with steadiness and precise manoeuvrability.

Distributed intelligence means that each device on the vehicle has its own microprocessor allowing tools and sensors to be easily added or changed and custom options to be integrated - making it an ideal platform for numerous intricate and demanding applications.

The intelligent, module-focussed concept also generates automatic diagnostics on power-up that ensures each device is fully interfaced and working correctly - which increases system reliability and greatly simplifies operation & maintenance.

Here is what some owners say about their Falcon:

Australia - Oil & gas inspection
   "We keep finding ways of making the Falcon do the work of larger ROVs, and save money for our customers."
Dive Works
USA - Education
   "The Falcon is the most widely used ROV in the industry and is therefore the one students are most likely to come across in their working life."
Northwestern Michigan College
USA - Reservoir outlet construction
   "The Falcon 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."
AUS Diving
France - Dam and tunnel inspection
   "In thousands of hours of dive time Falcon thruster technology has proved to be the most reliable in the ROV world."
Jifmar Offshore Services
USA - Marine biology
   "Its creative design means we can push the limits."
City University of New York
USA - Police - search and recovery
   "The Falcon was picked as the best of all compact ROVs."
Los Angeles Sheriff's Department
South Africa - Movie
   "Whilst filming the movie 'LUCK' the Falcon was powerful enough to manoeuvre a 400Kg 4.2 metre long replica of a tiger shark strapped above it."
Marine Solutions
West Africa - Oil & gas
   "For me the Falcon is the best tool for our operations . . . it's a small, yet highly efficient ROV."
Perenco Oil and Gas
Asia - Infrastructure assessment and seabed surveys
   "We chose the Falcon for its versatility and reliability - and for its power to cope with currents."
DCNS
Brazil - Shallow water operations
   "In choosing the Falcon world-proven reliability and performance was a vital factor."
Oceanica
Chile - Archaeological research
   "The Falcon has a delicate touch that can carefully remove artefacts from wrecks."
Nautilus
USA - Marine conservation - Atlantic Ocean
   "Deploying the Falcon [in strong currents] for hundreds of hours of filming has enabled us to gather essential scientific data."
Oceana
UK - Oil & gas - Leak detection
   "I've found the Falcon can be adapted to do just about anything."
HPR ROV

Saab Seaeye is the world's leading underwater e–robotics company with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid robotic systems engineered to address the diverse range of tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com


30 June 2016

THE ISLAND OF GOLD, THE LEOPARD AND THE FALCON

Marco Polo described Japan as the Island of Gold for its vast natural gold deposits, long since mined out.

But in the oceans offshore the seabed still holds a wealth of gold and other valuable mineral reserves created by hydrothermal activity from hot water venting at 300°C which contains dissolved metals that form ore deposits when cooled.

Seeing the potential for extracting these minerals, Tokyo University has engaged Kaiyo Engineering, a specialist marine science company, to undertake seabed research using two Saab Seaeye robotic systems, the Leopard and the Falcon, to explore the feasibility of mining the gold, cobalt and the copper–rich manganese crust.

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Kaiyo operates its own ships for scientific research.
Kaiyo operates its own ships for scientific research.

The University's program is a quest to establish world–leading exploration technologies that can be made available for commercial enterprise.

Alongside mineral exploration is research into protecting the ecosystems around extraction sites. The Leopard and the Falcon will be used to examine the biodiversity surrounding the hydrothermal vent activity in order that methods to protect the inter–connecting ecosystems at and above target sites can be developed.

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The 3000m rated Leopard is the most powerful electric underwater robotic work system in the world, making it ideal for complex and demanding tasks.
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The Falcon is Saab Seaeye's most widely used robotic system, prized for its small size yet five-strong thruster power and intelligent systems architecture.
The 3000m rated Leopard is the most powerful electric underwater robotic work system in the world, making it ideal for complex and demanding tasks.   The Falcon is Saab Seaeye's most widely used robotic system, prized for its small size yet five-strong thruster power and intelligent systems architecture.

It is only recent technological advances in underwater robotics systems, like the Leopard, that make these tasks possible, says the University.

Other tasks undertaken by Kaiyo Engineering will further exploit the advanced capabilities of the Leopard and Falcon.

One such task is to enhance the tsunami early warning seismographic monitoring system on the sea floor and install 45 kilometres of new sensors and transponders.

With 40 years' experience in marine biological research, now to include mineral extraction evaluation, Kaiyo Engineering is the only private company in Japan using its own ships to undertake scientific tasks.

These ships first survey the oceans using sonar to identify hydrothermal vent activity and then send down the Leopard, supported by the Falcon, to survey, then film and gather samples.

"A lot of potential"

Kaiyo chose the 3000 metre rated Leopard for the project because they say, its advanced technology offers "a lot of potential" for achieving the wide range of tasks to be undertaken now and in the future.

With its 11 thrusters and advanced iCON intelligent control architecture, the Leopard is the most powerful electric underwater robotic system of its size in the world.

It has the power and capability to undertake most work tasks, including such tasks as the removal and re-laying of the seismographic units, at a fraction of the cost of ownership of an equivalent hydraulic work vehicle.

The combination of thruster power and iCON intelligent control also means the Leopard can hold station whilst working in strong currents and undertaking precision tasks.

This control allows it to remain stable both in flight and on task whilst fitted with a range of large and heavy systems and tooling.

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Preparing the Leopard inside its adapted TMS ready for launch from the LARS.
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The Leopard launched inside its TMS ready for studies into hydrothermal reef formations and ecological research - and laying seismographic monitors.
Preparing the Leopard inside its adapted TMS ready for launch from the LARS.   The Leopard launched inside its TMS ready for studies into hydrothermal reef formations and ecological research – and laying seismographic monitors.

Kaiyo's Leopard was fitted with an oversize skid, specially designed by Saab Seaeye engineers to accommodate the range of scientific equipment needed for the missions planned.

Other enhancements to the Leopard system included an extra tilt platform for an additional camera and extra fibre muxes and power supplies for multibeam systems.

Four Kongsberg cameras were fitted including a low light mono camera and a high definition HDTV camera with zoom. A Kongsberg multibeam sonar was also fitted, along with two Schilling Orion work class manipulators and an EdgeTech side scan sonar.

The complete Leopard package came with a Seaeye TMS, Safe Area A-frame Launch and Recovery System (LARS) and a purpose built safe area container with control cabin.

The supporting Falcon was chosen by Kaiyo because it is small and easily manhandled yet has five powerful thrusters and an intelligent systems architecture that can handle a wide range of large and sophisticated equipment - as well as being highly manoeuvrable, and like the Leopard can handle strong currents.

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Inside the custom-built control cabin.
Inside the custom-built control cabin.

In addition to the standard camera fitted, the Falcon came with an extra Kongsberg colour zoom camera along with an Imagenex multi frequency imaging sonar and a three–jaw single function manipulator with rope cutter.

The Falcon's main roles are to monitor anchorage security, examine corals and monitor the metal hydrate activity. It will also be used for monitoring fish behaviour at eelgrass beds, which are an important habitat for nurturing fish stocks.

After completing this current project for evaluating the feasibility of extracting metals from around hydrothermal vents, Kaiyo is planning to undertake further sea bottom mapping and deploy sensors to establish the thickness of the of the cobalt-rich reef crust.

Helping achieve and support the successful acquisition of the two robotic systems is Saab Seaeye's distributor in Japan, Marimex Japan K.K.

Saab Seaeye is the world's leading underwater e–robotics company with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid robotic systems engineered to address the diverse range of tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

Kaiyo Engineering is a long–established scientific research company. Their experienced researchers are able to undertake a variety of projects including surveys of the oceanic environment and fishery resources using the latest systems. The company also undertakes advanced projects that include collecting, analysing, evaluating and reporting data.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com
Ryuzaburo Iida
Kaiyo Engineering Co Ltd
+81 3 5846 0770

www.kaiyoeng.com
  
Shuzo Matsubara
Marimex Japan K.K.
+81 3 5674 5527

www.marimex.co.jp
Tatsuo Yamashita
Kaiyo Engineering Co Ltd
+81 3 5846 0770

www.kaiyoeng.com


01 June 2016

SHIPWRECKS BEAMED ASHORE

Live images of significant historical shipwrecks are being filmed by a Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV and beamed directly to educational and public audiences ashore in a live telepresence-enabled exploration project.

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Historical photo of U-853
Historical photo of U-853
(courtesy njscuba.net)

The University of Rhode Island's research vessel, Endeavor, is exploring the remains of two shipwrecks located off the coast of Rhode Island - the smallest state in America. They include the German U-Boat U-853, sunk at the very end of World War Two.

Also aboard Endeavor, a scientific team is a conducting an acoustic tracking experiment for tracking fish using newly developed technology.

Schools, colleges and the general public are able to view live programs over the Internet - broadcast in high bandwidth - using the ship-to-shore satellite telepresence system and the video streaming facilities at the Inner Space Center.

TV channel, Rhode Island PBS is also simulcasting the live webcasts.

Named Deep Reef by the exploration team, their Saab Seaeye Falcon is equipped with the most advanced filming equipment including Hollywood-grade camera technology used in movies like 'Avatar', and low-light cameras that can see in the dark, along with single-mode fibre optics and a gigabyte Ethernet for the fastest, highest grade images possible.

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Named 'Deep Reef' by the exploration team
Named 'Deep Reef' by the exploration team
The Saab Seaeye Falcon
(courtesy David Gruber)

Prior to the Falcon's exploration a side-scan sonar system surveyed the shipwreck sites ready to construct a dive plan for navigating the ROV safely around each wreck.

In addition to exploring shipwrecks, Dr David Gruber, associate professor of biology at City University New York, says the Falcon will image the seabed sedimentary geological formations and the marine biological habitat associated with the wreck sites and surrounding region.

He adds that the scientific team will also conduct an acoustic tracking experiment with newly developed technology that includes a miniature archival tag for long-range fish tracking.

The team's plan is to transit south of the shipwreck sites and deploy an acoustic source attached to a float. This will then transit prescribed distances from the source and collect data from the experimental receivers used for the fish tagging.

Dr Gruber is highly familiar with the Falcon, having deployed it in the search for cures for Alzheimer's disease and cancer by studying bioluminescent and fluorescent proteins found in marine life that, when attached to human cells, become light-emitting markers that could help trace otherwise invisible nerve damage.

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'Deep Reef' Falcon complete with the most advanced filming equipment possible
'Deep Reef' Falcon complete with the most
advanced filming equipment possible
(courtesy David Gruber)

The small and easily manhandled Falcon, the most popular ROV of its class in the world, has five powerful thrusters for extreme manoeuvrability and for mastering strong currents whilst filming and on tasks, together with an intelligent distributed control system that makes it easy to add and change systems, along with an ability to handle highly sophisticated technology.

The programme is aimed at raising public awareness and for educating students about significant historical and natural resources located off the coast of Rhode Island. The investment in the programme ensures that the infrastructure both at the Inner Space Center and onboard the R/V Endeavor is used to its full potential.

Dr Dwight Coleman, director at the Inner Space Centre and a marine research scientist, spearheaded the exploration team of scientists, engineers, archaeologists, students, teachers, and video producers from the University of Rhode Island, along with contributors from the Ocean Exploration Trust, and the US Coast Guard Academy.



Historical note

During World War II, German U-Boats were sent to America's coastline to disrupt shipping lanes across the Atlantic Ocean. The submarine U-853 operated off America's shore from 1944-1945. When it sank the 368-foot steam ship SS Black Point, four American warships set out to hunt the U-Boat and after a 16-hour chase they tracked it down and sank it.

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Map shows the cruise area with location of shipwreck and fish tag acoustic experiment
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The Falcon at the American Museum of Natural History
Map shows the cruise area with location of shipwreck and fish tag acoustic experiment   The Falcon, displayed at the American Museum of Natural History for its role in the discovery of bioluminescent fish and invertebrates for medical applications. With the Falcon is the Exosuit, also used on the project

Saab Seaeye is the world's leading underwater e-robotics company with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid robotic systems engineered to address the diverse range of tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com

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

www.seaeye.com

Dr David Gruber
City University of New York
+01 646 660 6236

http://faculty.baruch.cuny.edu/dgruber


07 April 2016

CAMPER COMFORT FOR FREEZING FALCON TEAM

Working in minus ten degrees centigrade high up in the French Alps, the Jifmar team found that the most comfortable and convenient way to inspect the Tignes Dam was to load their Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV system and themselves into a recreational camper.

Jean-Baptiste Loiselet, ROV Operations Manager at Jifmar, the offshore service and dam inspection company explains why the camper makes an ideal mobile base station.

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The Jifmar camper vehicle that serves as a complete Falcon base station, ready to head for the French Alps.
The Jifmar camper vehicle that serves as a
complete Falcon base station, ready to head
for the French Alps.

"The Falcon is small enough to easily mobilise and we can contain the whole system and ourselves on board the camper for working in remote locations without facilities, and at the end of the day just stow-up and head to a nearby hotel for the night."

The mission, just completed by the Jifmar team, was to assess the integrity of the dam wall and structures such as water inlets, and measure the amount of sedimentation at the bottom of the wall.

To achieve the tasks they integrated a wide range of equipment onto the Falcon system. This included an ARIS Explorer 3000 sonar for extra fine 2D imaging and crack detection, an acoustic positioner and an ethernet HD camera with integrated lasers for scale reference.

Jean-Baptiste Loiselet says the Falcon is small but its intelligent systems architecture and five powerful thrusters can handle a wide range of large and sophisticated equipment.

"Its fibre optic capability gives us unlimited connection possibilities. We built a small interface pod with a 24V power supply and two Ethernet bulkheads, one for the ARIS or Blueview, and one for the camera and other equipment - and we still had spare power and spare RS232 bi-directional channels and ethernet connections."

Jifmar, with support from Saab Seaeye, also designed and created added buoyancy in the shape of an enhanced faring to provide extra payload ready for fitting a skid beneath the Falcon to carry the ARIS Explorer with its tilt and roll assembly - along with any other systems needed.

Freezing temperatures could have been a problem, as every time the ROV was pulled from the water ice froze over it, but Jean-Baptiste Loiselet knew the thrusters would keep working as they have magnetic couplings rather than moving seals.

"In thousands of hours of dive time," he says, "Seaeye thruster technology has proved to be the most reliable in the ROV world."

He went on to praise the versatility of the Falcon for its easy deployment, both offshore and in the dam and hydro industry for inspection and survey operations, including long tunnel work.

"Along with all its capabilities it's still small enough to launch from a hand operated winch, and be sent into difficult-to-access locations, down small pipes and along 1100 metres of tunnel."

The leader in the hydro market in France, Jifmar is expanding its activities worldwide, providing full inspection packages offering a range of services including 3D modelling of structures, sedimentation and lake volumes using Blueview BV5000 sonars, R2Sonic multibeams and sub-bottom profilers.

Jifmar's extensive expertise in dam inspection comes alongside their global offshore services experience where, in addition to their fleet of vessels, they have a fleet of Saab Seaeye ROVs including three Cougars and two Falcons.

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Lowering the Falcon.
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The hand operated winch set for lowering the Falcon.
Lowering the Falcon.   The hand operated winch set for lowering the Falcon.
 
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The Falcon complete with skid.
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Falcon, showing skid with ARIS Explorer 3000 sonar and its AR2 rotator unit.
The Falcon complete with skid.   Falcon, showing skid with ARIS Explorer 3000
sonar and its AR2 rotator unit.
 
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The Jifmar support vehicle and boat at the dam.
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Part of the control centre inside the camper.
The Jifmar support vehicle and boat at the dam.   Part of the control centre inside the camper.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest electric underwater vehicle manufacturer and technology leader with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid vehicle systems. Vehicles, tooling and robotic solutions are engineered to address the diverse range of underwater tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

Jifmar Offshore Services, offer turnkey solutions for the energy, defence and hydro industry on a worldwide basis. They have expertise in ship ownership and management, ROV operations and marine engineering services.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com

Jean-Baptiste Loiselet
Jifmar Offshore Services
+33 628 04 04 19

www.jifmar.fr


15 March 2016

CORPORATE EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR SAAB SEAEYE

Saab Seaeye has won the Corporate Excellence Award from the Washington–based Marine Technology Society.

The award is given in recognition of an organisation's considerable contribution to the industry and to ROV technology.

Chair of the Marine ROV Committee, Chuck Richards, presented the award at the Underwater Intervention show in New Orleans to James Douglas of Saab Seaeye.

The Marine Technology Society exists to promote awareness and advancement of marine technology in the fields of global issues, education and technological development.

The Society's Marine ROV Committee promotes the exchange of technical information concerning ROVs, robotics and artificial intelligence across industry, defence, academia and other organisations, on an international basis.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer of electric underwater vehicles and is responsible for creating many industry leading technological innovations in its 30 year history.

It has many vehicles of all sizes and capabilities operating with numerous clients in North America at tasks across a range of defence operations and commercial enterprises including oil and gas, hydro resources and marine science.

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James Douglas of Saab Seaeye received the Corporate Excellence Award from The Marine Technology Society at the Underwater Intervention show in New Orleans.
James Douglas of Saab Seaeye received the Corporate Excellence Award
from The Marine Technology Society at the
Underwater Intervention show in New Orleans.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest electric underwater vehicle manufacturer and technology leader with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid vehicle systems. Vehicles, tooling and robotic solutions are engineered to address the diverse range of underwater tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com

Chris Roper
North America Sales Manager
Saab Seaeye
Saab North America, Inc.
001 713 993 7733

www.seaeye.com


14 March 2016

NEW HYDRO–LEK FITTINGS OFFER COMPACT CONNECTIVITY AND UNIVERSAL COMPATIBILITY

Port fittings on all Hydro–Lek products are being replaced with fittings using readily available stainless steel Dowty seals. The new fittings, which can be seen on the Saab Seaeye Stand H100 at Oceanology International 2016, provide reliable, leak–free sealing and are easy to install and service.

The comprehensive range of new Hydro–Lek fittings offer much greater flexibility and compatibility and enable customers quick connectivity to not just their own product range but also to other manufacturers' products.

The new fittings are also very compact and can be easily configured. Right angle elbow versions allow hose direction to be adjusted, which was not previously possible with NPT fittings.

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A selection from the Hydro-Lek range of banjo fittings
A selection from the
Hydro–Lek range of banjo fittings

"These new fittings act as building blocks in an ongoing program of developing greater connectivity, swifter changeover times, and versatility of our growing product range. They offer customers a high level of compatibility and allow us to continue to support existing equipment in the field," says Saab Seaeye Operations Director, Mark Exeter.

The Hydro–Lek product range includes a well–established and widely used brand of remote handling systems for the subsea, nuclear and defence industries.

The Hydro–Lek operation moved to Fareham in December 2015 and became a business line within Saab Seaeye Ltd, effective from January 2016.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest electric underwater vehicle manufacturer and technology leader with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid vehicle systems. Vehicles, tooling and robotic solutions are engineered to address the diverse range of underwater tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com


2 March 2016

ARMY, NAVY AND AIR FORCE GATHER AT SAAB SEAEYE

Officers from an international group representing the army, navy and air force gathered at Saab Seaeye in Fareham, Hampshire.

All 40 officers and defence staff were participants in the premier Advanced Command and Staff Course held at HMS Collingwood.

The visit to Saab Seaeye was integral to the course and gave delegates a chance to consider the opportunities and technology available from a global defence company.

The company gave presentations to officers at Collingwood before their tour of Saab Seaeye that included issues surrounding defence procurement.

Whilst touring the company's manufacturing and engineering facilities the officers were able to see and hear how remotely operated robotic vehicles are designed and manufactured.

Saab Seaeye has long experience in providing underwater vehicles using advanced technology for defence forces around the world.

Recently, the company hosted an international group of maritime mine threat experts that included the Deputy Director of the NATO Underwater Research Centre, who examined a wide range of mine counter-measure underwater vehicles, including one for the disposal of underwater IEDs.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest electric underwater vehicle manufacturer with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid vehicle systems and operates in the commercial, defence and scientific markets.

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Students and staff from ACSC on the steps of Saab Seaeye.
Students and staff from ACSC on the steps of Saab Seaeye.
 
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Operations Director Mark Exeter explains to the ACSC the challenges of managing supply of parts.
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Production Manager Simon Unwin points out the capabilities of the Seaeye Leopard.
Operations Director Mark Exeter explains to the ACSC the challenges of managing supply of parts.   Production Manager Simon Unwin points out the capabilities of the Seaeye Leopard.
 
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A group of students from ACSC are demonstrated the intricacies of ROV wiring.
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James Hruby, Mechanical Engineering Supervisor, briefs students on the development of Saab Seaeye's new Tether Management System, TMS9.
A group of students from ACSC are
demonstrated the intricacies of ROV wiring.
  James Hruby, Mechanical Engineering Supervisor, briefs students on the development of Saab Seaeye's new Tether Management System, TMS9.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest electric underwater vehicle manufacturer and technology leader with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid vehicle systems. Vehicles, tooling and robotic solutions are engineered to address the diverse range of underwater tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com


19 February 2016

LEOPARD BEATS THE HEAT

In the Arabian Gulf, Saab Seaeye's pioneering new Leopard electric work ROV has survived its most challenging test yet.

After spending two continuous months working 24 hours a day, seven days a week, often in scorching 40°C heat, their newly delivered Saab Seaeye Leopard ROV has survived its first real test, report Abu Dhabi-based, CCC Underwater Engineering.

"It was a baptism of fire," admits CCC's ROV Manager, Tavis Letherby, having launched the Leopard straight into a 570 kilometre pipeline inspection.

"We wanted to tease out teething problems and in the end we only needed to boost the cooling system to beat the heat. I trusted Saab Seaeye technology and the Leopard proved to be an excellent performing vehicle."

Having a large fleet of Saab Seaeye vehicles, he was keen to experience the innovative new Leopard concept, particularly as its 11 thrusters and new iCON control architecture make it the most powerful ROV of its size in the world.

"I am very impressed by its work capabilities, which in many respects are comparable to an hydraulic work vehicle." he said.

As a rule electric scores higher than hydraulic when it comes to working in strong currents and at high temperatures – it also produces higher quality survey data. Not least are the considerable savings made in lower operating costs, ownership costs and environmental costs.

"The Leopard has a work class way of thinking."

Having experienced the collective capability of the ROV's new iCON control architecture and its potent tooling resource, Tavis Letherby concludes with: "The Leopard has a work class way of thinking."

The inspiration behind the concept, according to Saab Seaeye, was to produce a vehicle able to undertake the widest possible range of work tasks, in the most diverse environments, at the lowest cost of ownership.

Tavis Letherby explains why he is impressed:

"The Leopard can take larger tools than is usual for an electric ROV – and its third vertical thruster gives it an advantage over other ROVs."

Turning to iCON, he says:

"An important benefit of iCON is the added functionality of station keeping, allowing the operators to concentrate on the task at hand - thereby reducing the workload on the operator and ensuring the task is performed in an efficient manner."

Having 11 powerful thrusters also helps the Leopard stay on station when working in high current areas.

With iCON the Leopard effectively thinks for itself, leaving the operator free to concentrate on the task at hand. This comes from having refined the main electronics pod into an intelligent power distribution and data hub with the brains of the system relocated into sensors and actuators around the vehicle.

"I also like that iCON improves redundancy," says Tavis Letherby. "It will isolate a problem in the water and find ways around the issue to keep the vehicle working."

The operator also gets greater information to make maintenance simpler and quicker, along with remote internet access for upgrades and support.

Equipment changes are also easier, as distributed intelligence and building–block simplicity avoids the need to partially dismantle the ROV to reach a central electronic heart.

"The Leopard is a valuable option for cost savings."

"Although the Leopard can't do everything an hydraulic work vehicle can, it will take on most missions, including drill support, and with a 3000 metre rating, it can be a valuable option when looking for cost savings."

For the Middle East it has a good footprint he says. "I find hydraulic work class vehicles too large and too heavy. The Leopard has a big advantage with its 25 ton complete package and small footprint, when compared with the 66 tons of a comparable hydraulic system which has a much larger footprint, takes longer to mobilise, has a higher maintenance cost, needs more staff and needs a larger service vessel – when there aren't many large service vessels currently operating in the Middle East."

With CCC operating right across the region, Tavis Letherby says he uses hydraulic work vehicles alongside his fleet of Saab Seaeye ROVs that range from observation to electric work options, but is always looking for vehicles that are smarter and which lower the cost of working.

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The Seaeye Leopard, proven in the heat.
The Seaeye Leopard, proven in the heat.

"I like that Saab Seaeye has a core construct of thought in their system design with a continuity that helps our people familiarise themselves across the range. For instance we own a Panther XT Plus light work vehicle, and are pleased to discover that the Leopard, whilst being a completely new pioneering concept has incorporated into its design some of the proven features of the excellent Panther."

There are other new ideas he likes in the Leopard including its large open payload bay that allows for ample tooling and survey sensors to be installed on sliding trays for rapid reconfiguration and easy maintenance.

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

More demanding payloads can also be added, as the Leopard has a one tonne through–frame–lift capability and a four point docking system for tooling skids.

Throughout the trialling process in the Gulf, Tavis Letherby praised Saab Seaeye support.

"It's easy to buy an ROV system, but to operate and maintain it is something else, and I know I can rely upon Saab Seaeye's after sales care, which succeeds where others fail."

He concludes by saying that the Leopard will be a very good match for CCC Underwater Engineering's ROV operations across its wide range of tasks.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest electric underwater vehicle manufacturer and technology leader with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid vehicle systems. Vehicles, tooling and robotic solutions are engineered to address the diverse range of underwater tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

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.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com

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

www.cccuwe.ae


9 February 2016

MARITIME MINE THREAT EXPERTS VISIT SAAB SEAEYE

With threats from underwater mines and waterborne improvised explosive devices (IEDs) ever present, an international group of defence and civilian specialists in mine countermeasures visited Saab Seaeye's UK facility.

The group, that included the Deputy Director of The NATO Underwater Research Centre, saw a range of existing and newly developed underwater robotic vehicles used in searching for, disarming and neutralising mines and waterborne IEDs.

The robotic vehicles are designed to work remotely to reduce the risk towards mine disposal personnel at sea and in waterways.

"It was an opportunity for specialists in the field to share the company's vision for mine countermeasures and the challenging aspects of maritime defence" says Agneta Kammeby, Head of Saab Underwater Systems.

The visitors saw the highly specialised technology needed for these vehicles to perform in difficult environmental conditions and strong sea currents.

The range of vehicles on view included the Sea Wasp, designed for disposal of underwater IEDs; MuMNS, a multi-shot mine neutralisation system; the AUV 62 MR, a mine reconnaissance AUV; SAROV, a mine-countermeasure AUV/ROV; and the Leopard – the world's most powerful compact electric work ROV. These leading solutions have been created by combining technology from both, Saab Seaeye's commercial and defence underwater systems.

 
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Designed to disarm waterborne improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the SeaWasp is small enough for fast and easy deployment.
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The new multi-shot mine neutralisation system, MuMNS, is a pioneering concept designed to speed mission advance.
Designed to disarm waterborne improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the SeaWasp is small enough for fast and easy deployment.   The new multi-shot mine neutralisation system, MuMNS, is a pioneering concept designed to speed mission advance.
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The visiting military and civilian specialists in mine countermeasures toured in groups to examine the technology on view.
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The Leopard is the most powerful electric work ROV in the world for its size.
The visiting military and civilian specialists in mine countermeasures toured in groups to examine the technology on view.   The Leopard is the most powerful electric work ROV in the world for its size.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest electric underwater vehicle manufacturer and technology leader with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid vehicle systems. Their robotic systems and tooling solutions are engineered to address the diverse range of underwater tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com


02 February 2016

HYDRO-LEK BUSINESS FACILITIES MOVE TO FAREHAM, HAMPSHIRE

Following the acquisition of Hydro-Lek, Saab Seaeye are pleased to announce that the Hydro-Lek business has now been transferred to Fareham and is fully operational.

Effective from 1st January 2016, the combined companies will operate under the Saab Seaeye name. The Hydro-Lek brand will remain and customers can still reach Hydro-Lek sales and operation staff who are now based at Fareham.

HYDRO-LEK BUSINESS FACILITIES MOVE TO FAREHAM, HAMPSHIRE
Colin Barton, Hydro-Lek Operations Manager

"We would like to reassure our valued customers that our services will not be adversely affected by the move - on the contrary, by tapping into Saab Seaeye's technical and operational expertise, Hydro-Lek's products and services will be further enhanced," says Hydro-Lek operations manager, Colin Barton.

Saab Seaeye sees the move bringing greater product content to the company and represents an important step in the company's growth strategy.

"There is a strong technology synergy," says Saab Seaeye's managing director, Jon Robertson. "Manipulators and tools are key elements in the design and function of underwater vehicles and integrating Hydro-Lek into our operation at Fareham means we can fully direct our technological expertise, operational resources and service support towards advancing the Hydro-Lek 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:

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

www.seaeye.com


28 January 2016

LOUIS DREYFUS TRAVOCEAN ORDER TWO SAAB SEAEYE LEOPARDS

Specialist submarine cable installation company, Louis Dreyfus TravOcean, has ordered two Saab Seaeye Leopards for touchdown monitoring and support.

Long established experts in laying and protecting submarine cable, Louis Dreyfus TravOcean provide turnkey installations worldwide and are specialists in the design and construction of trenching equipment.

The pioneering Leopard work vehicle, with its eleven thrusters and iCON intelligent control system will provide TravOcean with a stable work platform that is unrivalled amongst ROVs – particularly in strong currents.

Greater flight stability under variable loads is delivered by the iCON system – including pitch and roll stabilisation – to give stable flight even with large tools and sensors deployed.

ICON independently manages each device on the vehicle, including auto redundancy to keep the ROV working even with multiple equipment damage.

Effectively, the Leopard thinks for itself, leaving the operator free to concentrate on the task at hand.

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Seaeye Leopard
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Seaeye Leopard
The Leopard is ideal for touchdown monitoring operations.

This independent control comes from relocating the brains of the system into sensors and actuators around the vehicle – having refined the main electronics into an intelligent power distribution and data hub. The user also gets greater information and maintenance is far simpler and quicker.

Free from centralised electronics, the Leopard's distributed intelligence allows for systems to be changed or added without the need to partially dismantle the vehicle. It also offers building–block simplicity for system reconfiguration, 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.

Users of the Leopard work ROV report being impressed by its work capabilities and compare it favourably to hydraulic work vehicles. The inspiration behind the concept, says Saab Seaeye, was to produce a vehicle able to undertake the widest possible range of work tasks, in the most diverse environments, at the lowest cost of ownership.

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.

Louis Dreyfus TravOcean, founded in Marseilles has acquired years of unique expertise in the fields of submarine installation and protection in all types of seabed – very soft to very hard – in shallow waters and with all cable types.

For more information contact:

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

www.seaeye.com

Olivier Le Nagard
Louis Dreyfus TravOcean
+33 (0)442 18 34 12

www.ldtravocean.com