CCC acquires Cougar XTi ROVVessel & ROV News // March 31, 2014
CCC Underwater Engineering (CCC) has acquired a Saab Seaeye Cougar XTi ROV fitted with the iCON intelligent control system.
CCC’s ROV Manager, Tavis Letherby, said the ROV gives the company one vehicle that can cope with the different demands placed on vehicle and pilot when operating on either platforms or pipelines.
“It is the particular blend of compact size, six powerful SMX thrusters and intelligent iCON control system that makes such versatility possible, "he said.
“Pipeline operations use a plethora of kit that makes intensive demands on the ROV,” he explains, “whereas platform work makes greater demands on the pilot.
“During platform work the small size of the Cougar and its manoeuvrability, even in strong currents, makes it easy to fly inside and around structures.
“The pilot also needs more information during complex manoeuvres, which is provided in simple form through the intuitive iCON system,” he said.
Another appealing factor is that faults are easily identified through the diagnostic nature of iCON which makes it is possible to isolate failed components and avoids bringing the vehicle to the surface to keep the ROV working.
Mr Letherby said also believes that the diagnostic information avoids thruster down time by constantly providing data on each thruster directly to the ROV team.
In addition to incorporating the iCON control system into their Cougar, CCC has additional cameras including a Seaeye wide-angle low-light camera, Kongsberg colour zoom camera and a rear-facing camera.
A Tritech Super SeaKing sonar is also included along with a dual five-function manipulator, wheeled skid with camera booms and cameras, and a tether management system.
This sale follows the earlier addition to Abu Dhabi-based CCC’s fleet of a Saab Seaeye Panther XT Plus electric work ROV.