UK: Fugro Acquires Six New Saab Seaeye ROV Systems


The Subsea Services Business Line of Fugro has added six new Saab Seaeye ROV systems to their worldwide ROV fleet in the first half of 2011 in a deal that sees Fugro continue their relationship with Saab Seaeye stretching back to the early 1990s.

In addition to the six new ROV systems, Fugro has also taken the opportunity to update three of its earlier generation Saab Seaeye ROV systems to the latest specification and standard.

The 2011 newbuild order, worth almost £5 million, includes four Lynx and two Panther XT ROV systems.

Fugro, a leading global player in subsea support services to the offshore energy industry, already has a large number of Saab Seaeye ROVs in their fleet.

 ’Fugro is a very important customer,’ says Saab Seaeye Managing Director, Dave Grant, ‘and we are extremely pleased that they continue to invest in Saab Seaeye electric ROV systems.’

 Jim Mann, Fugro’s Global ROV Manager, says, ‘The new vehicles will be part of the worldwide Fugro ROV Fleet that provides specialist ROV and subsea engineering capabilities through our global network of Fugro Bases. The new ROV systems are already enroute to Singapore, Brazil and the UK, where they will operate in support of drilling and completion; offshore construction; inspection, repair and maintenance and long term “Life of Field” support.’

For their inspection role, the Lynx is complete with cameras and sonar, along with a manipulator and tooling skid. The Panthers are configured for light intervention work and survey tasks and are prepared for operations using Fugro’s specially developed lightweight tooling solutions.

In addition to the composite video and serial data transmission via fibre optic cables, some of the systems also include an ethernet high speed data link. This high speed link will allow more advanced sensors such as multi-beam sonar systems to be fitted to the ROV.

The new ROV systems will operate from Fugro’s fleet of specialist support vessels or from an end customer’s platform. They join Fugro’s range of ROV systems that include Work Class, Intermediate Class and Observation Class systems, capable of operating in areas from shallow water to depths greater than 4,000msw.

This further commitment by Fugro to Saab Seaeye products comes as Saab Seaeye celebrates 25 years as a leading innovator of ROV technology, during which time it has grown to become the world’s largest manufacturer of electric ROVs.

Fugro Subsea Services provides it’s services through a global network of strategically placed offices and an experienced team of over 1,400 onshore and offshore personnel. Globally, they focus on the sustainable energy and offshore oil and gas markets.

Saab Seaeye Ltd, the leader in electric ROVs, now incorporates Saab’s underwater vehicle systems which provides tethered, autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicle systems for the defence industry.

Source: seaeye, July 25, 2011

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