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    Jifmar Offshore Services orders Cougar XT ROVs

    Vessel & ROV News // September 28, 2010

    Jifmar Offshore Services in France has ordered two Saab Seaeye Cougar XT ROVs for a new Algerian contract.

    The project will involve work at three different oil terminal points where the ROVs will be used for inspection, maintenance and repair (IRM) tasks on structures, pipes, manifolds and the umbilicals at five SPM buoys.

    "We chose Saab Seaeye because we trust the reliability of their ROVs," said Jean-Michel Berud, president of Jifmar Offshore Services. 

    He explained that the Cougars will undertake a number of vital tasks that include checking the critical shape of the ‘Chinese lantern’ buoy structure and determining chain integrity.

    To check the shape and location of these structures, the ROVs will be fitted with a 3D multibeam sonar. And the chain thickness measured using a Tritech Typhoon laser scaling system.

    Jifmar is also planning to fit a water jetting cavitation cleaning system for blasting mollusc clear of the chains.   

    In addition the Cougars are equipped for a range of IRM tasks with equipment and tooling that includes low-light colour and black and white wide-angle cameras on a pan and tilt mechanism; a USBL Tracking System; and a dual five-function heavy duty manipulator skid.

    The power of the 2,000m-rated Cougar XT design means it can operate heavy duty tooling and handle a wide range of work tasks including drill support, salvage, survey and IRM, at a much lower cost than using an hydraulic work ROV.

    Different tooling options are easily added and changed, using the ROV’s modular interface and bolt-on custom skids.

    "We also like the fact that, using the Cougars means we can offer a full service without putting divers at risk," concluded Mr Berud.

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