Falcon ROV for Russian icebreakersVessel & ROV News // October 21, 2009
Two newly designed Russian icebreakers are sharing a Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV for pipeline operations in the Barents Sea.
Housed in a dedicated control container, the Falcon is passed between the ships as they undertake pipeline survey and inspection work, along with diving support tasks.
The specially designed container was created and manufactured by Tetis Pro, Saab Seaeye’s Russian distributor, and the largest company in Russia to specialise in the design, construction and supply of diving and subsea equipment.
The two new diesel-electric icebreakers, St Petersburg and Moscow, are built to an advanced hull design that improves seaworthiness in hostile sea-states and needs less power input during icebreaking operations.
The Falcon’s ability to work in demanding conditions and powerful currents, despite its compact size, is one of reasons why Tetis Pro chose this highly successful vehicle.
In addition to undertaking survey and inspection work, the Falcon supplied to the icebreakers is fitted with a detachable five-stage manipulator skid for light work tasks, along with preparing underwater cargo ready for lifting.