New ROVs from Saab SeaeyeVessel & ROV News // September 16, 2009
Saab Seaeye's Cougar XTi.
The Panther XT Plus.
Two innovative developments in ROV technology were launched by Saab Seaeye at Offshore Europe. One is a new smart-thinking Cougar-XTi ROV with a depth capability of 3000m and an intelligent man/machine interface. The other a powerful new Panther-XT Plus ROV that is, the company claims, probably the fastest swimming work ROV in the world.
"At over four knots, the Panther-XT Plus stands apart from other work ROVs. Its 10 SM7 thrusters not only power the ROV along, but hold the vehicle steady in strong currents during work and observation tasks. With a new design of front end and fitted with Schilling Orion manipulators, the Panther-XT Plus boasts a power to weight ratio more than twice that of its competitors," Saab Seaeye claimed.
This latest version of the successful Panther series gives ROV operators a vehicle capable of handling a wide range of work tasks in a compact light-weight package.
In the case of the Cougar-XTi, a clever new design of man/machine interface gives the pilot a much clearer idea of the operational state of the vehicle, including smart fault diagnostics that plainly display the problem and the remedial action to be taken − thereby eliminating the need for the pilot to interpret fault data.
Any failed component can be remotely isolated; so negating its impact on the overall system and ensuring that the ROV can stay working at its designated task. Deployment of this new 3,000m-rated Cougar is made from a compact new design of Launch and Recovery system that uses an umbilical cable of just 20mm in diameter.
And, as the ROV flies away, a new autopilot system will hold depth and heading in much tighter parameters than ever before allowing ever more precise positioning of the vehicle.
Both the Cougar-XTi and the Panther-XT Plus open up new markets for Saab Seaeye, and each offer operators a work system that can be quickly deployed from a small vessel, winning important cost savings in deck space and manpower.
"Operators will find in the 3,000m-rated Cougar an intelligent, combined inspection and light work-ROV that can be easily fitted with a variety of task-specific tooling skids, and only needs a very compact deployment system. It serves as an ideal deepwater backup vehicle to a full work class ROV, or as a standalone system in its own right," said the company in a statement. "And in the new Panther they will acquire a work-system which combines the capability of precision manipulative tasks whilst operating in high currents, all in a very compact and light-weight package."