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• BRAZIL'S BELOV SWITCHES TO SAAB SEAEYE
  05 December 2011
• CAL DIVE PICK PANTHER FOR EXTREME CONDITIONS
  09 November 2011
• SABERTOOTH CUTS TEETH IN ROCKY MOUNTAINS
  26 October 2011
• LEANER COUGAR FOR WIND TURBINES
  26 September 2011
• NO CONNECTION WITH SAAB CARS
  08 September 2011
• KREUZ SUBSEA BOOSTS FLEET WITH SAAB SEAEYE COUGAR XT
  08 August 2011
• FUGRO ADD SIX SAAB SEAEYE ROV SYSTEMS TO THEIR FLEET IN 2011
  14 July 2011
• CANADA GETS POWERFUL NEW PANTHER
  14 July 2011
• TWO NEW DIRECTORS APPOINTED AS DEFENCE ROLE EXPANDS AND SALES GROW
  08 July 2011
• BLUESTREAM COMEBACK MARKED BY SAAB SEAEYE ORDER
  27 June 2011
• CELEBRATING
      25 YEARS
  06 June 2011
• TRINIDAD'S OTSL ORDERS TOP SELLING SAAB SEAEYE ROV
  17 May 2011
• BARCODE PINPOINTS FISH STOCKS
  21 April 2011
• THE THINKING ROV
  08 April 2011
• MUSCULAR TEN PACK POWERS NEW ROV INTO TOP SPOT
  16 March 2011
• COUGAR IS THE BEST LIGHT WORK ROV, SAY ACSM
  13 January 2011

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05 December 2011

BRAZIL'S BELOV SWITCHES TO SAAB SEAEYE

For working Brazil's vast oil fields - bigger in size than the State of Florida - Brazilian-based underwater operator, Belov Engenharia, has switched to Saab Seaeye ROVs.

It is the first purchase of Saab Seaeye vehicles by Belov, founded in 1981 and a key provider of services across civil, harbour and offshore operations.

General Manager, André Weber Cameiro says they changed to Saab Seaeye, "because Saab Seaeye has a reputation for reliability and fewer maintenance problems".

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The Lynx - more powerful than any ROV of its size

He explains why he chose the Lynx ROV in particular:

"It has the power to handle a wide range of work-class tooling, not usually possible in an ROV of its size, yet still has enough power left to go where you want, and do what is needed," he says.

The Lynx - and deep-rated Falcon ROV, also ordered - will work from fixed rigs in and around jackets and semi-submersibles, where operationally quick and easy system re-location is important.

"The ROV system will be in a state of constant mobilisation as it will be moved from one side of a rig to another," says André Weber Cameiro, who sees the Lynx system, with its tether management cage, as being particularly easy to move around.

The same mobility can be said of the compact Falcon ROV, which is specifically designed to be easily manhandled for fast deployment from a rig, a vessel, or even from a RIB.


...  Saab Seaeye has a
reputation for reliability  ...





says André Weber Cameiro      

The 1500 metre rated Lynx ordered by Belov, with its six powerful thrusters and four simultaneous video channels, is fitted with a range of hi-spec equipment.

This includes a Konsberg high definition colour camera, a Kongsberg mono Low light camera and two Konsberg compact colour zoom cameras; a Tritech Super SeaKing Sonar, along with a CDL fibre-optic gyro.

A detachable tooling skid is also supplied together with a Gauntlet Plus, four-function manipulator and a CP contact probe.

The tether management system, from which the ROV is launched, has 1200 metre of armoured umbilical cable and 250 metres of ROV tether cable. The TMS also comes with its own mini wide-angle B&W camera.

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Deep rated Falcon with tooling skid
and manipulator


The 1000 metre rated Falcon is also fitted with a Kongsberg camera, five-function manipulator, rope cutter and CP probe.

With over 200 billion barrels of reserves estimated in Brazil's oil fields, the demand for powerful and intelligent ROVs that can work reliably in deep water operations will grow as the huge fields are developed.




Belov Engenharia has 30 years experience in civil, harbour and underwater works together with providing offshore services including ROV operations and hydrographic services.

Saab Seaeye is the world leader in electric ROV manufacture for commercial applications and now incorporates Saab's underwater vehicle systems which provide tethered, autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicle systems for the defence industry.

For more information contact:

André Weber Carneiro
Belov Engenharia Ltda
+55 22 2773 5065

www.belov.com.br

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


09 November 2011

CAL DIVE PICK PANTHER FOR EXTREME CONDITIONS

To tackle the strong currents in Australia's offshore oil & gas fields, leading contracting company, Cal Dive International (Australia) Pty Limited, selected Saab Seaeye's powerful new Panther XT Plus ROV (Zone Rated and configured for operations in hazardous areas) when making that choice.

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Powerful ten-thruster XT Plus with
Schilling manipulators


A Cal Dive spokesman said, 'The Panther ticks all the boxes. It is small enough to work inside rig and platform jackets, yet powerful enough to open and close pipeline valves and operate in the strong currents of open water.'

Although intended primarily for inspection work on oil & gas platforms, sub-sea completions and associated pipelines, Cal Dive says, 'It has the muscle to do whatever needs to be done.'


Cal Dive points to the fact the Panther XT Plus has ten powerful thrusters, has 50% more power and swims 30% faster than any other electric work ROV of its class.

Such thruster power means it can maintain position whilst working in the strong currents of Australian waters that would normally restrict the operations of other similar ROV's.

The Panther's configuration chosen by Cal Dive includes a Seaeye wide-angle low-light black & white camera and a Kongsberg compact colour zoom camera.

Also a Tritech Super SeaKing sonar with dual frequency sonar head, and a Tritech altimeter with auto altitude option.

Fitted to the ROV are two Schilling Orion manipulators: starboard side, a seven function position feedback manipulator with 3.8" gripper, and port side, a four function rate manipulator with 7.8" gripper.

For debris clearance, the Panther comes with a rotary disc cutter and a 38mm anvil cutter.

There is also a water jetting system, a cleaning brush assembly and manipulator-held cleaning brush tool.

A Cygnus ultrasonic thickness gauge comes with the ROV, together with a CP proximity probe to check anode protection.

In the case of an emergency the ROV is fitted with a battery operated emergency locator strobe.

The ROV system includes a stainless steel framed tether management cage with 150m of tether cable, and its own Seaeye mini camera.

Also supplied through Saab Seaeye's West Australian distributor, Oceanvision, is a control container and a self-erecting launch and recovery A-frame with 1100 metre umbilical cable capacity, a certified bullet assembly and lock latch assembly with snubber rotator.

Reassuringly for Cal Dive the new Panther XT Plus has evolved from the proven Panther concept into a more powerful vehicle with an increased payload and re-designed frame that allows more space for additional equipment and a greater range of tools and sensors.

An added bonus when working to a tight deadline in hazardous conditions is that ten thrusters in hand offer a reassuringly high degree of redundancy, should one or more thrusters become fouled - allowing the operator to keep the ROV on task until recovery.

Cal Dive say that, although this is the first Saab Seaeye ROV for Cal Dive's Australian operation, the ROV team has good previous experience with Saab Seaeye ROVs in other fields of operation.

Cal Dive International (Australia) Pty Limited is part of Houston-based Cal Dive International, established 30 years and a market leader in offshore construction, inspection, maintenance, repair and decommissioning of production and pipeline infrastructure.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer of electric ROVs, and now includes Saab's underwater systems which provides tethered, autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicle systems for the defence industry. This year marks Seaeye's 25 years as a leading innovator in ROV design and manufacture.

Oceanvision is the Saab Seaeye distributor and service hub for Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Western Australia. Oceanvision also manufacture and design underwater camera systems for the general marine and the offshore drilling industry.

For more information contact:

Cal Dive International (Australia) Pty. Limited
+61 8 329 5000
www.caldive.com

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com

Ian Johnson
Oceanvision Ple Ltd
+65.6542 1800

www.oceanvision.com.sg


26 October 2011

SABERTOOTH CUTS TEETH IN ROCKY MOUNTAINS

Hibbard Inshore, the Michigan based deep tunnel and underwater specialist is first to order the new Saab Seaeye Sabertooth hybrid long-range AUV/ROV.

Although ideal for hard to access subsea tasks, the Sabertooth hybrid has found its first role high in the Rocky Mountains.

Hibbard was quick to spot the benefit of a powerful vehicle that can swim 40 km down a tunnel at speed and cope with the kind of turbulent conditions that normally make life too unstable for primary inspection sensors.

It means that for the first time a complete shutdown of water flow during tunnel inspection is no longer necessary.

Director Jim Hibbard was keen to pioneer the vehicle after seeing how the breakthrough product could benefit long tunnel projects around the world.

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Sabertooth: combines the technologies of AUV and ROV in a unified resource

"Our confidence in trialling the product came because Saab Seaeye are people we can trust."

Knowing the Sabertooth has evolved from Saab's proven defence AUV into a vehicle suited to the commercial market using ROV technology proven in that sector, Jim Hibbard is sure of its capabilities.

"No one is reinventing the wheel," he says.

He also sees savings in operating costs coming from the Sabertooth's smaller overall package with its thinner fibre-optic cabling option, when compared to an ROV system.

"Only one helicopter flight up a mountain is needed now, rather than two for an ROV system - and we can use smaller transport vehicles to reach the helicopter landing site."

When proving the concept, Hibbard Inshore inspected for rock and debris, a 15km tunnel that supplies a hydro plant and where shutdown was not possible without loss of revenue for the customer. Previously such inspections had to be performed in a zero flow of water.

Planning to work in different places from tunnels to mines and waterways, where difficult water quality can be expected, Hibbard has their Sabertooth fitted with a range of equipment including collision avoidance sonar, a navigation system, three cameras, lighting and imaging sonar.

Jim Hibbard also says, "It has the power to fit what you want, yet is electrically quiet."

He is also impressed by the fibre optic cable feed control system that automatically manages tension as the cable feeds and returns, without the need for pilot intervention.

It is such key technological advances that make it possible for the Sabertooth to go places and undertake tasks where ROV deployment is difficult or impossible.

By combining the technologies of both AUV and ROV vehicles into a single unified resource Saab Seaeye has created a vehicle with the range and manoeuvrability of an AUV, yet with the tooling capability of a light-work ROV.

A choice of three operational modes is possible: autonomous roaming; attached fibre-optic cable; or umbilical carrying power and communications.

With its excursion range of 40 km and depth rated option to 3000 metres, it can embark on either long range programmable missions, or under operator control around set targets, with obstacle avoidance and precise manoeuvrability for safe and easy access, including swimming around and working inside complex structures.

And where operating space is tight, the Sabertooth's 360 degree manoeuvrability means it can orientate itself into any position - even directly up, or down - from where it can attend to its light work or inspection task.

And in places where access is seasonally restricted, it can remain underwater for a year at an isolated location, in resident mode, at its docking station, ready to be deployed on task as needed, under the remote guidance of an operator.

At the docking station tooling packs can be stored ready for use; batteries re-charged, data and video downloaded and fresh instructions uploaded.

Saab Seaeye see the hybrid AUV/ROV concept as offering an important new technological resource to a range of industries and applications across the world with Sabertooth being the first of a new class of deep water, long-range, hovering hybrid vehicles.

Hibbard Inshore specialise in underwater services with capabilities that include long tunnel internal inspections. They have a fleet of ROVs, sensors and tooling for work in the inshore industry with industries that include power generation, water companies, civil engineering, oil and gas, industrial, diving support, transportation and water conveyance.

Saab Seaeye is the world leader in electric ROV manufacture and now incorporates Saab's underwater vehicle systems which provide tethered, autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicle systems for the defence industry, and commercial applications.

For more information contact:

Jim Hibbard
Hibbard Inshore
+001 248 745 8456

www.hibbardinshore.com

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


26 September 2011

LEANER COUGAR FOR WIND TURBINES

" ...more powerful than any other ROV of its size... "  Rudi Pommé, Managing Director, Pommec

Seen as ideal for shallow water wind turbine construction work, four specially designed leaner versions of the Saab Seaeye Cougar XT ROV have been ordered by Pommec, the leading Netherlands-based technology provider to the diving industry.

Custom designed to be both low profile and powerful enough to handle the strong currents found in the shallow waters off the Belgium coast, the slim-line Saab Seaeye Cougar XT Compact will be used by Pommec's customer, D.E.C.O. (Diving Engineering & Consultancy Office), out of Bruges Belgium, during the construction of 48 turbines.

D.E.C.O. needed an ROV system that could function in strong currents and poor visibility, and also work alongside uninterruptable high-cost pile-driving operations, 24 hours a day, with zero down time.

After several meetings with D.E.C.O, Pommec and Saab Seaeye, Pommec's solution was a completely duplicated system-spread with two identical Cougar XT Compacts in each system - making it easy to switch instantly between ROVs, and between systems.

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Control and maintenance container, stainless steel launch and recovery system,
and Cougar XT Compact ROV.

In putting together the spread, Pommec has supplied the control and maintenance containers and the stainless steel launch and recovery system.

The two 20 foot containers, internally split between control and maintenance sections, can each store their twin Cougars and tether winches

The launch and recovery systems will allow the Cougars to be deployed and operated in the harshest of sea conditions.

Managing Director, Rudi Pommé says that his company has sold many ROVs, but this is the first time he has used Saab Seaeye vehicles.

"Together with D.E.C.O. we've chosen the compact version of the Cougar XT because it is a small, but very powerful work-class ROV that is easy to handle and maintain by just two men. It is also a good product with lots of benefits."

He explains that the Cougars will be used primarily for checking that piles are correctly positioned before each platform is fitted.

"It is not possible to use divers for this work due to poor visibility, strong currents and the need for continuous working. The Cougar XT Compact is ideal. It is more powerful than any other ROV of its size - which is why we chose it."

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Compact Cougar with tooling skid

The Cougar XT's unrivalled power and manoeuvrability comes from six thrusters: four vectored horizontal thrusters and two vertical thrusters. Each has velocity feedback for precise control in all directions and is interfaced to a fast-acting control system and solid-state gyro for enhanced azimuth stability.

To create a compact version and minimise the effect of current, Saab Seaeye engineers set about reducing the frame size, buoyancy and weight. A thinner 17mm tether is also used to minimise drag. Overall, the compact design has the highest thrust to weight ratio in its class.

Each D.E.C.O. / Pommec Cougar is fitted with a low light colour camera, rear-facing B&W camera and Kongsberg high definition low light CDD camera. A Tritech Super SeaKing sonar is also fitted along with a free-issue Linquest tracking system. A bare tooling skid is supplied and a Gauntlet Plus four function manipulator.

Saab Seaeye believes that the Cougar XT Compact, along with other specialist vehicles like the Panther XT Plus, is ideally suited for the specific and growing needs of the renewable energy industry.

For more information contact:

Rudi Pommé
Pommec BV
+31 (0)164 615 490

www.pommec.com

Martin van Dromme
D.E.C.O. NV
+32 (0)50 31 10 92

www.deco-diving.com

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


08 September 2011

ANNOUNCEMENT

NO CONNECTION WITH SAAB CARS

There is no connection whatsoever between Saab AB, the parent company of Saab Seaeye Ltd., and Saab cars owned by Swedish Automobiles.

The two companies became separate in 2000 after sharing a common history with Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget, which was founded in 1937.

Saab AB is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange and is a leader in defence, aviation and security technologies.

Saab Seaeye Ltd. is the world's largest manufacturer of electric ROVs.

For more information contact:

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


08 August 2011

KREUZ SUBSEA BOOSTS FLEET WITH SAAB SEAEYE COUGAR XT

After winning a five year contract with Shell in Brunei, Singapore based Kreuz Subsea has added a Saab Seaeye Cougar XT to its ROV fleet.

'We needed a trusted brand,' says operations manager, Robert Black, 'and the Cougar XT has an outstanding power to weight ratio that nothing can touch.'

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… the Cougar XT has an outstanding power
to weight ratio that nothing can touch.
Robert Black
Operations Manager Kreuz Subsea


He also recognises the need to compete on a world stage where the search for oil keeps going deeper and conditions are more difficult.

'That is why we chose a 2000 metre-rated ROV that does what it says it can do.'

He was particularly keen on a vehicle that could manoeuvre into tight spots. 'We have access problems for larger work vehicles that the Cougar can now solve,' he says.

For safety's sake, Robert Black believes that highly responsive and capable ROVs should take over many more diving tasks, explaining that their client's wish is to minimise diver time in the water.

More manoeuvrable than any other ROV on the market, the Cougar XT's greater control and response comes from its six thrusters: four of which are vectored horizontal thrusters and two vertical. Each thruster has velocity feedback for precise control in all directions and is interfaced to a fast-acting control system and solid-state gyro for enhanced azimuth stability.

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Cougar XT can come with detachable
skid for various tooling options

The Cougar XT configuration chosen by Kreuz in conjunction with Oceanvision, Saab Seaeye's Singapore-based distributor and Far East service hub, makes the ROV a versatile light work vehicle suitable for a wide range of operations.

It includes a Tritech Super SeaKing Sonar; a Kongsberg high-definition low light camera and a colour zoom camera; a dual five function heavy duty manipulator; and a CP proximity probe and contact probe.

A tether management system is also supplied with a stainless steel cage and 200 metres of tether, along with its own Seaeye mini wide-angle B&W camera.

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Robert Black, Operations Manager, Kreuz Subsea,
checking out his new Cougar XT after submersion
in Saab Seaeye's test tank


An A-frame launch and recovery system is included with 1600 metres of armoured umbilical.

The whole system comes with its own purpose-built 20 foot air-conditioned control and workshop container.









Kreuz Subsea is a subsea service provider offering solutions for developing fields and IRM for existing fields. Their resources include a fleet of offshore vessels and ROVs, together with a range of diving systems.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer of electric ROVs, and now includes Saab's underwater systems which provides tethered, autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicle systems for the defence industry. This year marks Seaeye's 25 years as a leading innovator in ROV design and manufacture.

Oceanvision, based in Singapore, is the Saab Seaeye distributor and service hub for the Far East area. They also supply specialist CCTV equipment for marine applications.

For more information contact:

Robert Black
Kreuz Subsea Pte Ltd.
+65 6505 0883

www.kreuzsubsea.com

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com

Ian Johnson
Oceanvision Ple Ltd
+65.6542 1800

www.oceanvision.com.sg


22 July 2011

FUGRO ADD SIX SAAB SEAEYE ROV SYSTEMS TO THEIR FLEET IN 2011

The Subsea Services Business Line of Fugro has added six new Saab Seaeye ROV systems to their worldwide ROV fleet in the first half of 2011 in a deal that sees Fugro continue their relationship with Saab Seaeye stretching back to the early 1990s. In addition to the six new ROV systems, Fugro has also taken the opportunity to update three of its earlier generation Saab Seaeye ROV systems to the latest specification and standard.

The 2011 newbuild order, worth almost £5 million, includes four Lynx and two Panther XT ROV systems.

Fugro, a leading global player in subsea support services to the offshore energy industry, already has a large number of Saab Seaeye ROVs in their fleet.

'Fugro is a very important customer,' says Saab Seaeye Managing Director, Dave Grant, 'and we are extremely pleased that they continue to invest in Saab Seaeye electric ROV systems.'

Jim Mann, Fugro's Global ROV Manager, says, 'The new vehicles will be part of the worldwide Fugro ROV Fleet that provides specialist ROV and subsea engineering capabilities through our global network of Fugro Bases. The new ROV systems are already enroute to Singapore, Brazil and the UK, where they will operate in support of drilling and completion; offshore construction; inspection, repair and maintenance and long term "Life of Field" support.'

For their inspection role, the Lynx is complete with cameras and sonar, along with a manipulator and tooling skid. The Panthers are configured for light intervention work and survey tasks and are prepared for operations using Fugro's specially developed lightweight tooling solutions.

In addition to the composite video and serial data transmission via fibre optic cables, some of the systems also include an ethernet high speed data link. This high speed link will allow more advanced sensors such as multi-beam sonar systems to be fitted to the ROV.

The new ROV systems will operate from Fugro's fleet of specialist support vessels or from an end customer's platform. They join Fugro's range of ROV systems that include Work Class, Intermediate Class and Observation Class systems, capable of operating in areas from shallow water to depths greater than 4,000msw.

This further commitment by Fugro to Saab Seaeye products comes as Saab Seaeye celebrates 25 years as a leading innovator of ROV technology, during which time it has grown to become the world's largest manufacturer of electric ROVs.

Fugro Subsea Services provides it's services through a global network of strategically placed offices and an experienced team of over 1,400 onshore and offshore personnel. Globally, they focus on the sustainable energy and offshore oil and gas markets.

Saab Seaeye Ltd, the leader in electric ROVs, now incorporates Saab's underwater vehicle systems which provides tethered, autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicle systems for the defence industry.

For more information contact:

Jim Mann
Fugro Subsea Services
+44 (0)1224 257600

www.fugro.com

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


14 July 2011

CANADA GETS POWERFUL NEW PANTHER


 The Panther XT Plus
  ... packs a punch   
  equivalent to a small
  hydraulic work ROV.
David Squires      
President of Pro-Dive      



'The Panther XT Plus has a full work class capability that is economic and affordable, yet packs a punch equivalent to a small hydraulic work ROV.'

Billed as the most powerful ROV of its class, the Panther XT Plus has over 50% more thrust than its nearest competitor and a power to weight ratio twice that of the competition.

Packed with ten powerful thrusters it can swim over 30% faster than anything else and will hold steady in strong cross currents, making it ideal for a range of work and survey tasks.

Ten thrusters in hand also bring peace of mind to operators working to a tight deadline or in difficult conditions by offering a reassuringly high degree of redundancy.

For David Squires, the hugely increased payload of the ROV means it can handle industry standard seven function position feedback manipulators for heavy duty work and precise control of complex manipulator tasks.

His Panther comes with two Schilling Orion manipulators, one four function with a 7.8 inch gripper and the other seven function with a 3.8 inch PA gripper. Also included is a manipulator-held hydraulic cleaning brush tool, and a CP contact probe.

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The powerful new Panther XT Plus

In addition to operating larger and heavier manipulator arms, the ROV's higher payload allows a greater range of tools and sensors to be fitted.

The Pro-Dive vehicle itself comes ready to take additional sensors and is fitted with an Imagenex 881A sonar head.

Also onboard is a Seaeye wide-angle low-light colour camera, a Kongsberg high-definition mono low light CDD camera and a Kongsberg colour zoom camera.

Pro-Dive's complete system includes a Saab Seaeye tether management system (TMS) fitted with two cameras, along with an A-frame launch and recovery system (LAR) upgraded to Atex Zone ll specification and fitted with a snubber-rotator upgrade for safe recovery.

The whole operation is managed from a purpose made Lloyds certified 16 foot control cabin.

The introduction of the new powerful Panther XT Plus concept comes as operators increasingly turn to the new breed of powerful electric work ROVs that come at a considerably lower cost of ownership, needing about a quarter of the deck space of an equivalent hydraulic vehicle, fewer crew and lower vehicle cost - and can tackle most work tasks including drill support, IRM, survey and some construction tasks.

Pro-Dive Marine Services has grown since 1983 to become a major operator in the region where they provide ROV and diving services, construction and drill support, concrete mattresses, offshore grouting, subsea markers, offshore project support staff and subsea engineering.

For more information contact:

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


08 July 2011

TWO NEW DIRECTORS APPOINTED AS DEFENCE ROLE EXPANDS AND SALES GROW

Saab's decision to centralise its underwater vehicle organisation in the UK, has led to the appointment of two new directors to the board of Saab Seaeye Ltd. This follows the Fareham-based company's expanded responsibility for Saab's underwater vehicle defence division and its existing and growing commercial ROV operations.

Bert Johansson is the new Sales Director Defence, and Mark Exeter becomes Operations Director.

Bert Johansson joined Saab in 1986 as an Electronics Engineer. Other responsibilities and appointments include: Integrated Logistics Support Manager and After Sales Manager, where his responsibilities included after-sales support for both defence and commercial operations. Following a time as ROV Project Manager, he was promoted to Director of Strategy for Saab's UV division in Sweden. In his new role as Sales Director Defence based in Sweden, Bert will be responsible for AUV and ROV sales to the defence market world-wide.

Mark Exeter joined Saab Seaeye in 2008 as Programme Manager following 10 years' experience in manufacturing and project management across both the energy and auto industries. In 2010 Mark was promoted to Operations Manager responsible for manufacture of all ROVs. As Operations Director, based in Fareham, his responsibility now includes the production of both ROVs and AUVs for defence and commercial markets.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer of electric underwater vehicles. Its Managing Director, Dave Grant, says that the two new appointments will strengthen the top management team, and help the company build a powerful platform for growth that will serve both the civilian and military global markets.

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Mark Exeter
Operations Director
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Bert Johansson
Sales Director Defence

For more information contact:

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


27 June 2011

BLUESTREAM COMEBACK MARKED BY SAAB SEAEYE ORDER

Bluestream's strong comeback in the market is signalled by an order on Saab Seaeye for a new Cougar XT light-work ROV.

The Netherlands based offshore subsea and rope access services company will use the Cougar XT for light construction tasks, remote tooling, HP cleaning, diver support, salvage, drill support, well intervention, non-destructive testing, pipeline survey work, inspection, repair and maintenance.

Bluestream welcomes the on-going support from Saab Seaeye following the company's 'rough weather period' which was created by serious economic market changes combined with long term vessel commitments before and beginning 2008.

Managing director of Bluestream, Rolf de Vries, says there is a strong focus within Bluestream's business model on ROV support services, in addition to contracted diving and rope access services. He also values Saab Seaeye's support and faith in Bluestream's future.

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Cougar XT with detachable skid for various tooling options

'The Cougar XT is ideal for the type of work we are doing and gives us a stronger basis for building on the long experience we have in the oil and gas industry with our existing ROV fleet and specialists, together with exploiting new opportunities in the market of renewables.'

The ROV will join their fleet of five Saab Seaeye Tigers, and two Surveyor Plus systems.

Based on fibre optic technology, the Cougar XT comes fitted with a Tritech Super SeaKing sonar, a Tritech altimeter and multiplexer video upgrade.

MD Rolf de Vries is 'very confident' and prefers that the Cougar-XT is a proven versatile model, ideal for light work-class jobs as well as survey tasks and can be adapted to receive a wide variety of sensors, ancillary equipment and tooling.

For pilots, a key feature of the Cougar-XT is its unrivalled manoeuvrability. This comes from its six thrusters: four vectored horizontal thrusters and two vertical thrusters, each having velocity feedback for precise control in all directions. Each thruster is interfaced to a fast-acting control system and solid-state gyro for enhanced azimuth stability that gives greater control and response than any other ROV on the market.

'We have come through a difficult and challenging period,' says Rolf de Vries, 'but with solid support from partners such as Saab Seaeye, and backed by our long experience and track record in the business, we foresee a strong future ahead.'

Bluestream Offshore provides a wide range of services to the international oil and gas industry, renewable and maritime sectors.

Saab Seaeye is the world's largest manufacturer of electric ROVs, and recently took responsibility for Saab's underwater vehicle defence division that includes tethered, autonomous and hybrid vehicle systems.

For more information contact:

Rolf de Vries
Bluestream Offshore
+31 (0)223 637784

www.bluestreamoffshore.com

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


06 June 2011

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS

This year marks 25 years since Seaeye started in business.

Since that time it has grown to become the world leader in design and manufacture of electric underwater vehicles.

Innovations flowing from the company have transformed ROV performance and reliability with a number of key developments that have become industry standards.

These breakthrough technologies have included: brushless DC thrusters, polypropylene open frame design, carbon-fibre electric pods, distributed intelligence, 500v DC thrusters, 3000m 800 Hz power distribution, and the intelligent control of nodes (iCON).

During the 25 years, the company has sold over 500 ROVs throughout the world across a range of market sectors including the oil and gas industry, defence, law enforcement, hydro engineering, marine science, aquaculture and marine leisure.

To celebrate the event a Fun Day was organised at the Fareham factory, for staff and friends.



Turning the car park into a theme park, the day was filled with activities for children and adults alike, from a bouncy castle to a mobile petting farm, and from face painting to competitions. Children also had a chance to take control of a Falcon and make it swim around a test tank.

Refreshments were free, including ice creams, candyfloss and an abundance of hamburgers.

Live music came from a rock band that included Saab Seaeye's own employees - proving they can make music as well as ROVs.

Staff also had a chance to show their families around the factory and see ROVs in production.

Managing Director, Dave Grant, praises his employees whose innovative ideas have changed the world of ROV technology and made the company a world leader.

For more information contact:

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


17 May 2011

TRINIDAD'S OTSL ORDERS TOP SELLING SAAB SEAEYE ROV

Trinidad-based Offshore Technology Solutions Limited (OTSL) has ordered the new top selling Saab Seaeye Panther XT Plus electric work ROV.

With ten powerful thrusters, 50% more power and swimming 30% faster than any other electric work ROV of its class, OTSL say the Panther XT Plus will greatly extend its operational role in the offshore oil and gas industry.

'We consider the new Panther is the best in its class and the best value for money, with an unequalled power to weight ratio,' says OTSL Operations Business Leader, Antonio Donawa.

'It means we can target both deep-shelf support work and shallow water work with an ROV resource across a wide range of tasks including IRM, pipe and platform inspection, drilling support, and emergency response.'

With the company specialising in marine construction, maintenance and subsea services from the Gulf of Mexico, through the Caribbean and down into Latin America, the ability of the new Panther to hold steady in strong shallow-water currents, makes it ideal for a wide range of work and survey tasks as well as deep water operations over 1000 metres.

Antonio Donawa says that the Panther XT Plus will give them an ROV resource with the work class capability of a small hydraulic work ROV - yet at a much lower cost of ownership, including needing a quarter of the deck space and far fewer crew than an hydraulic vehicle.

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More powerful than anything in its class, the ten-thruster
Panther XT Plus has become a top-selling work ROV

The configuration chosen by OTSL includes a Seaeye wide-angle B&W low light camera and a Kongsberg colour zoom camera together with pan and tilt system; a Tritech Super SeaKing sonar; a five and six function heavy duty manipulator with grabber; a water jetting system and a Cygnus ultrasonic thickness gauge with CP contact probe, BlueView imaging sonar and state-of- the-art Visual Soft DVR and inspection software.

For pipe survey work the ROV has two, three-function hydraulic camera booms, a wheeled skid and manipulator system, plus two Seaeye cameras.


A tether management system is included with 200m of tether cable and its own camera.

Also supplied is a control container and a launch and recovery A-frame with 1100 metre umbilical cable capacity, a certified bullet assembly and lock latch assembly with snubber rotator.



" ... best in its class …
… best value for money …
…unequalled power …"

Antonio Donawa
OTSL Operations Business Leader


Behind the success of the new Panther XT Plus is its evolution from the proven Panther concept into a more powerful vehicle with an increased payload and re-designed frame with more space for additional equipment.

It means the vehicle has the capacity to accommodate larger and heavier manipulator arms that can include a seven-function position feedback manipulator and five-function manipulator, along with a greater range of tools and sensors.

For operators working to a tight deadline, or in difficult conditions, an added bonus is that ten thrusters in hand offer a high degree of redundancy with a resulting peace of mind.

The OTSL Panther XT Plus is the fourth of this new Saab Seaeye design sold so far this year and adds to the more than 500 vehicles which have been sold in the company's 25 year history.

Offshore Technology Solutions Limited has over 30 years' experience in the offshore oil and gas industry along with strategic alliances with major international service providers.

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


For more information contact:

Antonio Donawa or Robert Stauble
Offshore Technology Solutions Limited
+1 868 634 2213


www.otsl.biz

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


21 April 2011

BARCODE PINPOINTS FISH STOCKS

On a dark stormy night, when fish farmers lay awake wondering if their huge kilometre long cages, filled with tons of stock, are drifting away in the open sea, one company has found the answer to a good night's sleep.

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Vital to check location of anchorage points remains stable

Tasmanian-based Dive Works has integrated three complimentary technologies, including barcode technology, into a comprehensive solution that will reduce the risk to investment and maritime safety, of cages coming adrift.

The three systems include verification of anchorage, mapping to monitor a shift in location; and a check on the integrity of links and shackles.

When setting the anchor points, Dive Works use a Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV to observe the procedure and ensure the correct positioning and soundness of the anchorage.

Next the latitude and longitude of each anchor point is recorded into a mapping system. A reflector with a barcode is located at each anchor point so that the ROV can roam around making routine checks and alert the operator to any shift in a location.

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Essential to check integrity of chains and shackles

Ongoing, the Falcon ROV is used to check the thickness of chains and shackles using ultrasonic thickness technology, ready to replace those at risk before they break. The UT probe fitted to the ROV does not need to touch the metal part to capture a reading and transfer the data topside, where time, date and thickness is displayed and logged.

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Dive Works chose the top selling Saab Seaeye Falcon for its power to hold steady in strong cross currents whilst undertaking delicate tasks or filming, yet is small enough to be manhandled. It is also packed with technological innovations, such as intelligent 'plug-and-go' electronics that enable different tooling to be added and changed as needed.

With fish farming a growing industry across the world and yields of 90 million tonnes a year, Dive Works' MD Andrew Ford sees the Net Secure System as having a global appeal.

No other integrated system of its type exists, and is born from Andrew Ford's long experience in using ROVs in the fish farming industry.

He was first to devising ingenious ways to solve problems that had beset the early industry, particularly removing morts and keeping nets clean from growth to allow the free flow of water. Inventively he created specialist tooling that attached to the Falcon and took advantage of the vehicle's thruster power and easy tool attachment capability.

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Ford was early to spot the advantages of using ROVs in the fish farming industry and was able to identify those tasks best suited to an underwater vehicle rather than his diving team. He was particularly attracted to the fact an ROV can work tirelessly and safely.

In his new Net Secure System he has again found clever ways to exploit advanced ROV technology to solve underwater problems.



Dive Works operate a fleet of Falcons, not just in aquaculture and marine science, but also in the oil and gas industry, and government and water authorities.

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


For more information contact:
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Andrew Ford
Dive Works
+61 408 881 616

www.diveworks.com.au




Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


08 April 2011

THE THINKING ROV

Engineers at Saab Seaeye have created a vital new development in ROV architecture.

Called 'The Intelligent Control of Nodes' (iCON), the concept allows each device within the ROV to think for itself and talk remotely to operators and engineers through a gateway into the heart of the vehicle.

It gives users remote access to diagnostics, software upgrades and system inventory directly on board the ROV, via an enabled web interface, from anywhere in the world.

iCON makes this possible by enabling each microprocessor (node) to operate as a sensor and report its unique status to the central control system.

This kind of self-management of the ROV makes it better able to cope with its hostile environment and accommodate breakdown and damage and stay working for as long as possible.

Indeed a core objective of iCON is to ensure the ROV will survive the loss of one or more systems or components.

Improving and simplifying control to deal with problems as well as day to day tasks is part of the iCON philosophy. Previously, ROV systems have needed the operator to make various assumptions about the state of the ROV under command, whereas iCON now gives precise feedback.

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Thruster touchscreen page provides an interface for control,
configuration, statistics and diagnostics of a thruster
and is accessible remotely.

As a complete system, it allows communication across three modes: operational, diagnostic and update.

In the case of a thruster, for example, the operational mode controls, start, stop, speed and direction; the diagnostic mode gives a health check and allows interrogation of parameters such as power, temperature, hours run and vibration; and the update mode allows new control software to be downloaded to the thruster when updates are available and new features are introduced.

To add or enhance equipment on board is now easier because interfaces have been standardised into a common unambiguous format.

This also means that development and de-bugging tools built around the iCON concept will speed the introduction of new systems and their successful integration.

Staying alive

Keeping the ROV working in its harsh and hostile environment where things can go wrong is a vital feature of iCON.

Not only will it generate an alert to a system failure, but will predict it. This comes because data provided by iCON is both active and historical and therefore capable of arriving at a dynamically analytical conclusion.

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Primary Flight Screen provides the pilot feedback on navigation,
auto-pilots, primary sub-systems and any critical errors or faults.


For instance, should a thruster get entangled, it instantly recognises it has a load problem and shuts itself down. At the same time it alerts the rest of the system so that the remaining thrusters can automatically compensate for the loss of the compromised thruster and keep the ROV under control.

Before iCON, the first warning a pilot would have is when the ROV starts going round in circles and he is battling for control. Not realising that one thruster is entangled, his natural inclination is to keep boosting power, unaware of the potential damage being done to the thruster.

With iCON overcoming the problem, the pilot is spared the fight for control and can concentrate on completing the task in hand, before retrieving the ROV.

With each device constantly sensing its state of health and instantly reporting back problems, the operator not only has greater control, but their role is made much easier and simpler.

And whilst iCON makes it more likely the ROV will survive the loss of one or more system, it tells the operator when to keep going, and when to bring the vehicle home.

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Error page displays all system errors and faults. Faults are prioritised by level of severity.

Staying healthy

The ROV is more likely to stay healthy with iCON at its core as usage hours on components are tracked, and problems that might be brewing are highlighted. It also predicts when and if a device will fail and alert maintenance crew before a problem occurs.

For instance by recording the rotation time of each thruster, usage data is 100% accurate when compared to the dive log that simply records the time the ROV spends in the water. Such consistent and detailed analysis of each device not only generates a preventive maintenance alert, but also gives true preventive maintenance information, such as the actual individual thruster rotation time and its consequent oil change needs.

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Node configuration screen gives an automatic inventory of all nodes fitted
to the system including unit serial numbers, plus diagnostics and
configuration/reconfiguration.

Essentially, with each device constantly monitoring and reporting its status, and problems instantly identified, operators are better able to keep a vehicle in operation than would otherwise be possible.

For spares management, being able to remotely examine systems within the ROV allows the operator/base managers to accurately monitor both equipment and spares inventory through accessing part numbers and serial numbers on the ROV.

The iCON concept, and its capability for remote interrogation, has been made possible using middleware capable of handling huge data volumes, along with sophisticated auto onboard diagnostic systems, and creating a system that would allow the management of large amounts of data within an ROV in a simple way.

It has resulted in a development that is the future for ROV users. It will bring a new level of assured reliability, easier operation, better maintenance management, a lower cost of operation and the ability to develop ever more sophisticated and reliable systems for handling a wider range of tasks.

Other screens include:

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ROV power system touchscreen
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Communication status screen
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Thruster overview page
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Software version page
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Power supply overview page

For more information contact:

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


16 March 2011

MUSCULAR TEN PACK POWERS NEW ROV INTO TOP SPOT

Packed with ten powerful thrusters and with the capacity to carry a seven-function position feedback manipulator and five-function rate manipulator, the new Saab Seaeye Panther XT Plus has quickly become a top seller with four systems sold for delivery this year.

With 50% more power, and swimming 30% faster, operators value the ability of the new Panther to hold steady in strong shallow-water currents, making it ideal for a range of work and survey tasks. Although rated to 1500m water depth, the application of the Panther XT Plus in high current shallow water locations is creating the main interest from customers who wish to have more capability in these more difficult areas of operation.

To speed the completion of complex tasks, operators also value the heavy duty power and precise control coming from the introduction of industry standard seven-function position feedback manipulators which was not possible on other versions of Panther.

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The successful new Panther XT Plus

To accommodate these larger and heavier manipulator arms, and provide additional capability for a greater range of tools and sensors, the vehicle payload has been significantly increased by re-designing the frame and buoyancy of the widely proven Panther concept.

For operators working to a tight deadline or in difficult conditions, having ten thrusters in hand brings peace of mind by offering a reassuringly high degree of redundancy.

Cost savings are a particular attraction to operators, with the Panther XT Plus having the work class capability of a small hydraulic work ROV.

Yet its overall cost of ownership is considerably less, including needing just a quarter of the deck space of an equivalent hydraulic vehicle, and far fewer crew.

All this accounts for the phenomenal success of the new Panther XT Plus, say Saab Seaeye, and why operators have rushed to purchase this latest model in the tried and tested Panther range - and why they are increasingly turning to the new breed of powerful electric work ROVs that can tackle most work tasks including drill support, IRM, survey and even some construction tasks, at much less cost.

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

For more information contact:

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


13 January 2011

COUGAR IS THE BEST LIGHT WORK ROV, SAY ACSM

The Spanish-based subsea services company ACSM, has boosted the top end of its ROV fleet with a Saab Seaeye Cougar.

This comes as ACSM builds an ROV fleet that can offer a full range of ROV services to the subsea market, alongside their core business of providing ROV personnel and services to customers with their own ROV resources.

David Cedron, ACSM's ROV Supervisor, explains why they chose the Cougar over other vehicles in its class.

'We already own a Perry TXL simulator that we use for training purposes, and a sub-Atlantic inspection ROV. When we decided to go for a heavier and more capable vehicle our choice was the Cougar.'

He goes on to highlight the main reasons that led them to the Cougar:

'It has a reputation as a reliable machine within the industry. It is widely used and we have many good reports from customers and other companies that have used it.'  
 
'The Cougar is very versatile: it can carry out light work-class jobs but also survey tasks and it is possible to adapt a wide variety of sensors and ancillary equipment and tooling.
 
'It is not too big and it has a smaller footprint on deck, so we save cost, but more importantly we save on weight and bulk when mobilizing the equipment.'  
 
'With the Cougar we can remove the manipulator skid to have a very light configuration for inspection in high currents.'
 

David Cedron says they did not have a specific task in mind when purchasing the Cougar but rather a range of tasks.

'We have several options for jobs in the upcoming year but the most requested will be oil rig inspection and NDTs (CP&UT), but also we are being offered seafloor survey and other research options. We are confident that the vehicle is capable of all these and some light work-class operations.'

ACSM's Cougar comes with a dual five function heavy duty manipulator, HD grabber jaw kit, a cleaning brush assembly and tooling skid.

Its cameras include a 2000m rated low light colour camera and low light mono camera, along with a colour zoom camera with a pan and tilt unit.

A 2000m rated mini B&W camera is fitted to the Tether Management System, also from Saab Seaeye.

The sonar installation is a Tritech Super SeaKing with dual frequency sonar head.

For pilots, a key feature of the Cougar is its unrivalled manoeuvrability. This comes from its six thrusters: four vectored horizontal thrusters and two vertical thrusters, each having velocity feedback for precise control in all directions. Each thruster is interfaced to a fast-acting control system and solid-state gyro for enhanced azimuth stability that gives greater control and response than any other ROV on the market.

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Cougar with TMS - a complete light work-class system

Important for ACSM, is that the Cougar has the flexibility in its design for the addition of a range of tooling and systems that will meet most subsea tasks.

In addition to the provision of ROV services, ACSM supplies Crew Management, Technical Fleet Service, and Legal Services, including highly qualified and specialized crews for Cable Ships, Offshore, Supply, and other DP vessels.

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


For more information contact:

Gaizka Garey
ACSM Agencia Maritima S.L.U
+34 620 856 685

www.acsmships.com

Dave Grant
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com