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• Giant octopus attacks ROV
19 December 2005
 
• Mako Technologies distributorship deal grows Seaeye in USA
16 December 2005
 
• ROVs for hurricane hit Gulf
3 November 2005
 
• New waterproof ROV surface control equipment
30 September 2005
 
• Savings as smaller ROVs take on heavyweight work
27 September 2005
 
• Intelligent ROVs picked for advanced habitat research
25 July 2005
 
• Seaeye wins major order from China
28 June 2005
 
• Cougar, a Guardian Angel for the big boys!
13 April 2005
 
• Canadian Falcon ROV Operators Go To Work in Minus 43°C
24 January 2005
 
•  Increased oil and gas activity boosts Seaeye's order book
12 January 2005
 

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19 December 2005

GIANT OCTOPUS ATTACKS ROV

A giant pacific octopus attacked a Seaeye Falcon ROV working off Vancouver Island as it was locating and recovering receivers tracking pacific offshore salmon migration.

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Sorry - due to unprecedented demand for this video it has had to be temporarily removed from our site. You can however find it on YouTube and Google Video.

The incident was caught on the ROV's video by Mike Wood of SubOceanic Sciences Canada. He had just located a data recorder and taken a grip of the cable with the ROV's manipulator arm, when suddenly an 80 lb octopus launched an attack.

With tentacles 'as thick as man's arm' and a bite that he believed can exert 1000 lbs pressure, Mike Wood feared the octopus would bite the camera cable or umbilical and trip out the Falcon ROV.

Not wanting to lose the receiver that he had just located he decided to take on the creature and after tightening his grip of the cable with the manipulator arm, revved the ROV's thrusters in reverse in an attempt to blast seabed particles at the creature. For a moment the octopus appeared to intensify its attack with its mantle flared but eventually the swirling fragments drove it away.

The giant pacific octopus, octopus dofleini, is the largest species of octopods and although it grows to an average weight of 50 to 90 lbs with a span of 16 ft, a monster 600 lbs one has been recorded. They are intelligent creatures who can negotiate mazes and learn to unscrew jars to remove food. No problem disassembling an ROV then.


16 December 2005

MAKO TECHNOLOGIES DISTRIBUTORSHIP DEAL GROWS SEAEYE IN USA

Seaeye has expanded in the US with the appointment of Mako Technologies as distributor of its ROVs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mako engineers are being trained to repair, maintain and operate Seaeye vehicles, adding to Seaeye's position as world leader in the number of skilled ROV pilots available to operate its systems.

Depot stocks of spares will be held in Morgan City, Louisiana, to support Mako sales and their own rental pool operations, along with offering support to other Seaeye customers and distributors across America who will benefit from access to additional repair and stockholding facilities.

The deal follows deliveries to Mako of two Seaeye Falcons in November and the planned delivery of a Seaeye Lynx ROV for its rental pool in February with further systems now being discussed. The suite of vehicles brings to Mako's fleet some of the most reliable and advanced technological features available in ROV operation today.

The company has already sold more electric powered ROVs to the offshore industry than any other company since its formation in 1987 and this new commitment to support customers' operations in the United States is forecast to generate further growth in the company's international business.

For more information please contact:

Chris Tarmey
CEO
Seaeye Marine


3 November 2005

ROVs FOR HURRICANE HIT GULF

Hurricane damage and an increased demand for more capable inspection ROVs has led to an urgent order on Seaeye for three systems to be rushed to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Seaeye Lynx with manipulator skid

Two Seaeye Falcons and a Seaeye Lynx ROV are going to add to the rental pool of Mako Technologies of Morgan City, Louisiana, who are a leading provider of rental diving, topside, ROV and ROV tooling equipment and services. This is their first order with Seaeye.

Both Falcons will be delivered in November and each will come complete with Imagenex scanning sonar, CP probes and a single function manipulator as well as a comprehensive outfit of spares. This system is rated for operations to 1000 ft (300 metres) and was selected for the ease with which additional tools and accessories can be fitted within its open frame construction as well as for its superior lateral performance and station keeping capability in strong currents.

The Seaeye Lynx will be delivered mid January 2006 complete with TMS, control cabin and 'A' frame launch and recovery system. Designed for operations to 5000 feet (1500 metres) the vehicle will be provided with a 4 function hydraulic manipulator, Tritech sonar, and interfaces for a wide range of sensors and NDT inspection tools to suit various customer requirements. Video from the vehicle to the surface is transmitted over fibre optics and the system can accommodate up to 4 simultaneous video channels.

This will be the 15th Lynx to be built by Seaeye and joins two other Lynx systems (16 and 17) in production for delivery to Norway and Mexico in December and January. Seaeye also has two Panther plus systems underway allocated for Rovtech and a new customer in China as well as 2 Cougar systems, one of which is 3000 metre rated.

Seaeye, formed in 1987, is the world's leading manufacturer of electrically operated ROVs.

For more information please contact:

Chris Tarmey
CEO
Seaeye Marine


30 September 2005

NEW WATERPROOF ROV SURFACE CONTROL EQUIPMENT

A new, completely sealed and waterproof surface control unit for ROV operations has been developed by Seaeye.

Rated to the international standard IP68, the unit can withstand immersion to a depth of one metre.

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New IP68 Falcon Surface Equipment Waterproof to 1 metre depth!

This means the whole system can be deployed in an exposed RIB or light launch when worked in conjunction with a small generator.

Designed for use with the Seaeye Falcon ROV, the unit's special sealing arrangements and slip-ring hinge between base and lid, means it is also fully protected against dust ingress in any hazardous shore-based environment.

The lightweight unit is built into a rugged case with an integral daylight readable video display and overlay. All the controls necessary for operating the ROV are set within the case.

The accompanying power supply unit has external power compensating switching to compensate for various umbilical lengths and is also rated to IP68.

Demand for this higher specification control system follows growing sales of the Falcon in a wide range of applications including sales to defence forces around the world amongst them British, American, Russian, Italian, Chinese and New Zealand forces.

The Falcon's success as a portable ROV comes from its superior power and handling as well as its modern distributed intelligence control system. This provides a core vehicle that is easier to operate and maintain in the field. An increasing range of mission specific under-slung tooling modules can be quickly added or removed from the core vehicle as operations demand - making the Falcon ideal for a wide range of tasks including homeland security, EOD, diver support, inspection, survey and scientific work to 300 metre (1,100 feet) water depth.

For more information please contact:

Chris Tarmey
CEO
Seaeye Marine


27 September 2005

SAVINGS AS SMALLER ROVs TAKE ON HEAVYWEIGHT WORK

Rovtech, the worldwide ROV operations company, has placed a second order this year for a Panther Plus ROV from Seaeye.

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Major cost savings in their drill support operations has been made by Rovtech after switching to the small but powerful Panther Plus for tasks previously needing a heavyweight ROV.

The open frame structure of the Panther Plus means Rovtech can custom-fit their own tooling options as needed. One example is an inventive solution for removing an AX ring from a drill head. This specially designed tooling module fits underneath the ROV so that the vehicle can dock over the seal and lever it away using three hydraulic jacks. Previously it was considered that only a 100 hp electrohydraulic workclass ROV had the bulky power and stability to balance the leverage needed to lift the ring from its seating with an outreaching manipulator.

This has brought savings for Rovtech and their clients in the shape of less deck space, a lower rated crane and a smaller winch. Manning levels are also cut from three men a shift, to two. Overall, capital costs have been cut by two thirds.

Over seventeen Panther Plus ROVs have been ordered worldwide from Seaeye Marine, the world's leading manufacturer of electrically operated underwater vehicles and a major supplier to the offshore oil and gas industry, the defence and emergency services, and the environmental science sector.

For more information please contact:

Chris Tarmey
CEO
Seaeye Marine


25 July 2005

INTELLIGENT ROVs PICKED FOR ADVANCED HABITAT RESEARCH

Marine science is turning to the new generation of intelligent ROVs for demanding survey and sampling research projects.

Latest to lead the trend is the Agriculture and Environmental Science Division of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Belfast. Delivery of their vehicle from Seaeye Marine follows orders from Scottish Natural Heritage and the Environment and Heritage Service Water Management Unit in Co. Antrim.

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DARDNI's 1000m rated Seaeye Tiger

Marine scientists now expect from their ROVs a high level of sophistication to meet the growing demands of habitat assessment in support of marine conservation, fisheries and aquaculture. Vehicles need to be highly manoeuvrable and responsive to the lightest touch. Image acquisition must be to the highest quality and able to examine and measure the smallest specimen. Finally, when specimens are needed, the most delicate manipulation must be possible. All these tasks must be performed under the most rigorous of operating conditions.

Success for Seaeye has come from their development of a range of vehicles that are lighter, less costly to operate and, through the use of intelligent electronics, better able to do increasingly complex tasks with more sophisticated data acquisition systems.

The Belfast unit, for instance, needed an ROV that could operate at 1000m in strong currents working in coastal waters to the shelf edge. The Seaeye Tiger they ordered will allow them to complete synoptic maps of key areas in GIF format including developing a video database of benthic habitats. Subsequent analysis will indicate sensitivity to fishing, aquaculture and land run off. To achieve this, the Tiger is fitted with a Kongsberg broadcast quality video camera, a digital stills camera and strobe, a Tritech laser image scaling zoom camera and spare interfaces for scientific sensors and an acoustic tracking system.

Scottish Natural Heritage, working under the European Habitat Directive in the search for conservation of biodiversity in Scotland, seeks to identify animals and plants as part of a rolling programme of 34 marine sites. In choosing their Falcon ROV from Seaeye they specified the very best quality video imaging and picked a 3CCD broadcast quality camera with video multiplexed and transmitted over fibre optics in the umbilical. For their second camera they needed image scaling down to 1 mm so chose a Tritech laser image-scaling colour zoom camera. Also important for SNH was the Falcon's manoeuvrability which gives access to those sites with cliffs over 115m deep and where only an ROV such as this can perform the role needed.

The Water Management Unit at Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, is also undertaking a major biological survey under the requirements of the EU directive. Their study at Ratlin Island will generate a large number of images as they map the seabed habitat. They also chose a Seaeye Falcon which, in addition to survey studies, is used for checking the leg set down of a jack-up barge used for exploration drilling in preparation for the installation of a marine current turbine. With very little slack water at Strangeford Lough and currents of up to 10 knots, the Falcon had to inspect the eight legs in a very short time before recovery back to the surface.

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Standard Seaeye Falcon 'Core' vehicle Seaeye Falcon with specialist Imaging Module added

For marine science work the Falcon has the particular advantage of being able to perform tasks using highly sophisticated technology at a low cost thanks to a pioneering ROV concept developed by Seaeye.

The clever idea is to have a range of task-specific modules that can be simply bolted on to the standard-build Falcon ROV and changed in minutes. This means that the core operating vehicle can be easily tailored to perform various specialized tasks, however complex, by using dedicated modules, and at a much lower cost than building a bespoke. The standard Falcon itself can be modified with options that include a second camera, sonar, acoustic tracking systems and single function manipulator.

Typical is the high-specification imaging module provided on the Northern Ireland Falcon that provided a platform and slaved tilt mechanism for larger specialized cameras not normally fitted on ROVs of comparable size. Other bespoke modules could include multi-function manipulators for sample collection in difficult terrain or an inertia navigation module (a spin-off from nuclear submarine technology) for applications such as tunnel exploration and mapping.

Key to the concept's success is Seaeye's development of an advanced distributed intelligence control system that allows the different mission-specific modules to be easily incorporated within a rugged polypropylene open frame that is attached to the core Falcon vehicle.

The distributed intelligence control system incorporates a single RS485 network and portable surface control units and has adapted the USB port concept to sense whichever system is fitted to the ROV.

This eliminates the need for interface cards on the remote vehicle making fault diagnostics easier and, by removing the need for an electronics pod in the vehicle, makes the ROV lighter.

Highly responsive manoeuvrability and best-of-class handling in strong cross currents in both the Falcon and the Tiger is made possible by the use of 4 vectored brushless DC thrusters in an open frame configuration with a single vertical thruster for dive and surface. The thruster package comes with velocity feedback for precise and rapid thrust control.

Formed in 1987, Seaeye Marine based in Fareham, England is the world's leading manufacturer of electrically operated ROVs. In addition to meeting the needs of marine science, their systems are sold globally for use in the offshore oil and gas industry, along with the military and the emergency services.

For more information please contact:

Chris Tarmey
CEO
Seaeye Marine


28 June 2005

SEAEYE WINS MAJOR ORDER FROM CHINA

China has placed their first order with Seaeye Marine for a Panther Plus ROV. The system will be supplied to a subsidiary of the China National Offshore Oil Corporation, CNOOC, configured for free swimming operations with interfaces preinstalled to accept an upgrade for future TMS operations.

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It will initially be used for drill support, inspection and pipeline survey.

This order is for the fifteenth Panther to be built by Seaeye for the oil and gas industry representing the largest number of electric work class ROVs sold by any company to this industry. Seaeye is already the world's leading supplier of electric ROVs for oil and gas applications with over 250 systems operating world wide with a full range of systems available to support all operations from observation and inspection through survey to work class.

China chose the Panther Plus for its higher power to weight ratio, manoeuvrability, compact size and ready deployment, say the company.

The high manoeuvrability is achieved with a combination thrust of 220 kg forward and 170 kg lateral through eight vectored brushless DC brushless thrusters operating in pairs. Providing vectored thrusters in pairs, wired in separate isolated circuits, offers the customer a level of redundancy not available in any other electric work ROV. Integrated drive electronics with velocity feedback and a rate gyro give precise and rapid control of the vehicle.

The ROV will be fitted with a 5 function and a 6 function manipulator, video and survey suite with the surface equipment provided ready to install into a locally manufactured control cabin. The manufacture of the launch and recovery equipment will be split between China and UK.

The system will be used for drill support, pipeline survey, inspection repair and maintenance. It will be delivered in September this year.

For more information please contact:

Chris Tarmey
CEO
Seaeye Marine


13 April 2005

COUGAR, A GUARDIAN ANGEL FOR THE BIG BOYS!

Faced with debris clearance in hazardous conditions, Italian ROV contractor DNT Offshore turned to Seaeye for a flexible solution to a complex handling problem.

For areas of work inaccessible to their main contractor's large hydraulically powered work ROVs, DNT Offshore were able to provide what they termed their 'Guardian Angel' in the shape of Seaeye's compact, quick-change, work capable Cougar ROV system.

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Massimo Martini (right) accepts Cougar 1402 from
Matt Bates (MD of Seaeye) at OMC 05 in Ravenna

During a typical joint operation that involved debris clearance in hazardous conditions, the main 100 shaft horse power work class system fitted with a diamond wire cutter was kept out of danger on the outboard side of the task whilst the more manoeuvrable and dextrous Cougar was flown in behind members to be cut away to provide the work ROV pilot and cutting tool operator with a vital second view of the job in hand and enable the cut to be made safely. It was often necessary for the Cougar to make horizontal excursions of over 300 metres to get to the work site.

Seaeye Cougar is an electric work ROV designed for rapid role change using interchangeable skids of bolt-on packages slung below the vehicle. Rapid change is achieved by pre-trimming each tool skid for the same buoyancy and by designing the interfaces with the minimum of connections.

During this operation the Cougar was equipped with a 5 function manipulator and 38mm Webtool anvil wire rope cutter to support the primary WROV and provide 'Guardian Angel services' should it become trapped.

Other standard tooling packages include: electric torque tools, dual manipulator skid, brush tool skids, jet cleaning skid, FMD tool orientation skid and survey suites.

The standard Seaeye Cougar is a compact work vehicle depth rated to 2000 metres with options available up to 6000 metres. The vehicle has a very useful 80 kilo (176 lb) payload capacity.

Massimo Martini, President of DNT, formally took delivery of their second Cougar system from the Fareham, England, based ROV manufacturer's MD at the OMC conference in Ravenna last month

For more information about the Seaeye Cougar, click here.

Or contact:

Chris Tarmey
CEO
Seaeye Marine


24 January 2005

CANADIAN FALCON ROV OPERATORS GO TO WORK IN MINUS 43°C

I was just remarking on how chilly it had become here in the South of England as January draws to a close with the prospect of a light dusting of snow forecast for the weekend, when these photographs arrived in my inbox from of SubOceanic Sciences Ltd, in Canada:

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Making an access hole in the ice... to launch and recover their Seaeye Falcon

Mike's company, which is based on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada, owns and operates Seaeye Falcon 1238. This year they have been called out twice to conduct search and recovery operations for bodies that have been lost in accidents on frozen lakes where the extreme conditions have included temperatures as low as minus 43 degrees C.

On the first occasion they were able to locate a truck that had gone through the ice covering at Lake Prosperous, Yellow Knife into a water depth of 88 metres. Both the truck and driver were found using a Tritech sonar installed on the Falcon. The driver, who was found away from the truck on the lakebed, was recovered using the ROV's manipulator to just below the surface where a diver performed the final part of the recovery. The ROV was able to attach a 1½ inch recovery wire to the truck (which unfortunately broke at 30 meters) and then subsequently to open both truck doors in under 15 minutes using some home made tooling.

SubOceanic were extremely pleased with the Falcon's performance and durability in these harsh conditions.

The search for two individuals lost with their snowmobile through the ice at Fort St James is ongoing.

So; the next time that I feel like moaning about the weather here I must remember to spare a thought for those guys in the frozen north that can really hack it!

Chris Tarmey
CEO
Seaeye Marine


12 January 2005

INCREASED OIL AND GAS ACTIVITY BOOSTS SEAEYE'S ORDER BOOK

With confidence returning to the offshore oil and gas market, Seaeye have enjoyed a significant increase in sales of ROVs to this industry resulting in one of their best starts to a new year.

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Panther Plus System for Fugro Survey

For January/February delivery, the company has orders for a Panther Plus and a Surveyor Plus for Fugro Survey. The Surveyor Plus will be the 32nd system of its type and is destined for their Egypt office. The 14th Seaeye Panther Plus is to be installed on McDermott's DSV Tofig Ismailov on contract in the Caspian Sea for AIOC's full field development phases 2 and 3. Work will include diver support, post lay pipeline survey, touch-down monitoring and general construction support. This package will include the improved variable height type 3A TMS with cut away sides to accommodate camera booms.

Two Seaeye Lynx are in production. One is destined for Argo Maris in Spain which is a-not-for-profit organisation involved in marine biology research in the Mediterranean and was purchased through Marine Vision, the company's local distributor. The second system, which will become Lynx 11 for Rovtech in Aberdeen, will use some donor assemblies from a Seaeye Puma in the build of this higher standard inspection ROV.

The first 3,000 metre rated version of the Seaeye Cougar has been ordered by Huisman-Itrec as the fly-out ROV from their Deep Sea Constructor. This system is expected to be delivered mid year and may yet have its depth rating increased to 5,000 metres.

In the meantime the Seaeye Falcon continues to win new marine research customers with an order received from Scottish Natural Heritage. This Falcon is yet another specially customised system and will have a 3 CCD camera with video transmitted over fibre optics to achieve broadcast quality images.

With all these orders in hand, Peter Vallander, Seaeye's production manager, was quick to point out that, with the exception of a Seaeye Tiger, he now has every one of the company's current range of ROVs in production.

Chris Tarmey
CEO
Seaeye Marine