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    Jaguar attacks hydraulic ROV market

    Vessel & ROV News // February 12, 2008

    Seaeye's Jaguar is a new type of electric ROV.

    In what it called "a direct attack" on the hydraulic ROV market, Saab Seaeye has launched an innovative new concept in electric work ROVs.

    Called the Seaeye Jaguar, it is now the largest in their range and the most advance of its type in the world.

    Its launch marks the introduction of a new generation of electric underwater vehicles with a number of technological innovations.

    The Seaeye Jaguar has the highest payload and thrust in its class, with a clever new simplified control system that makes it easy to pilot.

    At under half the weight of its hydraulic ROV equivalent, with a smaller footprint, and needing fewer operators, the Seaeye Jaguar can bring significant savings in operating costs.

    With a power to weight ratio that is by far the best in its class, the Jaguar will bring the precise control associated with Seaeye’s ROV technology to an ever wider range of heavy duty work tasks.

    Operators will also welcome the faster training of new pilots and conversion of experienced pilots that is now possible with the new simplified control system. Its built-in intelligence, with fewer and more intuitive controls, has lightened the burden on the pilot by making it easier to manage the ROV.

    Pilots will also find fault diagnostics easier. A unique system of self-diagnostics and simple presentation, clearly displays the fault and the necessary remedial action to the pilot.

    The new ROV also features a new dual redundant high frequency/high voltage power distribution system. This allows the ROV to continue to operate on reduced power if one of the dual power systems fails. It also reduces the diameter and weight of the umbilical, and significantly cuts the size and weight of the onboard transformer.

    Speed of ascent and descent of the 3,000m-rated Seaeye Jaguar is also faster. This follows new developments in thruster technology that has doubled the thrust power of previous systems. 

    The accessories offered as standard on the ROV include a pair of Schilling Orion manipulators: the seven function position feedback manipulator, and the four function rate manipulator.

    The Seaeye Jaguar is unveiled as the company continues to make inroads into a market area dominated by hydraulic work vehicles, but where operators are increasingly turning to electric work ROVs, attracted by lower cost of ownership and ease of handling compared with the hydraulic equivalent.

    The company claims that this new breed of operator is bringing innovation to cost effective operational management by utilising the electric ROV for the vast majority of tasks performed by hydraulic systems. "They also focus on tasks for which the electric vehicle is best suited: such as drill support, survey operations, cable laying support, touch-down monitoring, IRM, and a high proportion of intervention and construction tasks," said Saab Seaeye.

    "The incentive for ROV operators to use electric is strong. Electric ROVs not only weight far less, take up less deck space and need a smaller crew, but have significantly shorter mobilisation times
    More compact surface control equipment and transformers, and less space required for workshop and storage, means the deck space needed for containers can be up to half that required for  a hydraulic ROV system," said the company.

    Such functional benefits and the technological innovations of the new Seaeye Jaguar will bring a future dimension to the company’s range of ROVs which now cover virtually all manner of undersea operations within the oil and gas industry, defence, hydro engineering and marine science.

     

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