Trinidad-based Offshore Technology Solutions Limited (OTSL) has ordered the new top selling Saab Seaeye Panther XT Plus electric work ROV.
With ten powerful thrusters, 50% more power and swimming 30% faster than any other electric work ROV of its class, OTSL say the Panther XT Plus will greatly extend its operational role in the offshore oil and gas industry.
‘We consider the new Panther is the best in its class and the best value for money, with an unequalled power to weight ratio,’ says OTSL Operations Business Leader, Antonio Donawa.
‘It means we can target both deep-shelf support work and shallow water work with an ROV resource across a wide range of tasks including IRM, pipe and platform inspection, drilling support, and emergency response.’
With the company specialising in marine construction, maintenance and subsea services from the Gulf of Mexico, through the Caribbean and down into Latin America, the ability of the new Panther to hold steady in strong shallow-water currents, makes it ideal for a wide range of work and survey tasks as well as deep water operations over 1000 metres.
Antonio Donawa says that the Panther XT Plus will give them an ROV resource with the work class capability of a small hydraulic work ROV – yet at a much lower cost of ownership, including needing a quarter of the deck space and far fewer crew than an hydraulic vehicle.
The configuration chosen by OTSL includes a Seaeye wide-angle B&W low light camera and a Kongsberg colour zoom camera together with pan and tilt system; a Tritech Super SeaKing sonar; a five and six function heavy duty manipulator with grabber; a water jetting system and a Cygnus ultrasonic thickness gauge with CP contact probe, BlueView imaging sonar and state-of- the-art Visual Soft DVR and inspection software.
For pipe survey work the ROV has two, three-function hydraulic camera booms, a wheeled skid and manipulator system, plus two Seaeye cameras.
A tether management system is included with 200m of tether cable and its own camera.
Also supplied is a control container and a launch and recovery A-frame with 1100 metre umbilical cable capacity, a certified bullet assembly and lock latch assembly with snubber rotator.
Behind the success of the new Panther XT Plus is its evolution from the proven Panther concept into a more powerful vehicle with an increased payload and re-designed frame with more space for additional equipment.
It means the vehicle has the capacity to accommodate larger and heavier manipulator arms that can include a seven-function position feedback manipulator and five-function manipulator, along with a greater range of tools and sensors.
For operators working to a tight deadline, or in difficult conditions, an added bonus is that ten thrusters in hand offer a high degree of redundancy with a resulting peace of mind.
The OTSL Panther XT Plus is the fourth of this new Saab Seaeye design sold so far this year and adds to the more than 500 vehicles which have been sold in the company’s 25 year history.
Offshore Technology Solutions Limited has over 30 years’ experience in the offshore oil and gas industry along with strategic alliances with major international service providers.
Saab Seaeye is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric ROVs, and now includes Saab’s underwater vehicle capability which provides tethered, autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicle systems for the defence industry.
Source:Saab Seaeye , May 17, 2011;