ACSM adds another Cougar ROV to its fleetVessel & ROV News // October 16, 2013
Spanish subsea services company ACSM has completed sea trials of a second Saab Seaeye Cougar XT ready to add the vehicle to its fleet.
This follows successful trials offshore Norway and in the Baltic where ROV pilots and technicians reported minimal downtime and satisfaction with its performance.
Operating near the Port of Ferrol, Spain, the 2,000m-rated Cougar undertook a range of free-swimming tests including survey routes, manipulator intervention on structures and other wet tests.
An additional test included a collaborative venture with Portugal-based Abyssal, trialling their 3D visualisation system that uses Augmented Technology to provide the pilot with a ‘heads-up’ display in 3D showing flight paths and checkpoints to guide the pilot to the exact target location.
ACSM intends to make the Cougar XT available to clients, not only as a free-swimming option, but as a ‘back-up’ vehicle for ACSM’s other TMS-housed Cougar where long projects or difficult offshore areas would make any quick ROV replacement a challenge.