Brazilian operator switches to Saab Seaeye ROVsVessel & ROV News // December 6, 2011
Belov Engenharia in Brazil has switched to operating Saab Seaeye ROVs. The company's General Manager, André Weber Cameiro, says it changed to Saab Seaeye, “because Saab Seaeye has a reputation for reliability and fewer maintenance problems”.
Describing the company's decision to chose the Lynx ROV in particular, he said: “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.”
The Lynx - and deep-rated Falcon ROV, also ordered by the company - 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.
The 1,500metre-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 1,200m of armoured umbilical cable and 250 metres of ROV tether cable. The TMS also comes with its own mini wide-angle B&W camera.
The 1,000m-rated Falcon is also fitted with a Kongsberg camera, five-function manipulator, rope cutter and CP probe.