Seaeye - Press Release - April
Cougar, a Guardian Angel
for the big boys!
Faced with debris clearance in hazardous
conditions, Italian ROV contractor DNT
Offshore turned to Seaeye for
a flexible solution to a complex handling problem.
For areas of work inaccessible to
their main contractor’s large hydraulically
powered work ROVs, DNT Offshore were able to provide
what they termed their ‘Guardian Angel’
in the shape of Seaeye’s compact, quick-change,
work capable Cougar ROV system.
(right) accepts Cougar 1402 from Matt
Bates (MD of Seaeye) at OMC 05 in Ravenna.
During a typical joint operation that involved
debris clearance in hazardous conditions, the
main 100 shaft horse power work class system fitted
with a diamond wire cutter was kept out of danger
on the outboard side of the task whilst the more
manoeuvrable and dexterous Cougar was flown in
behind members to be cut away to provide the work
ROV pilot and cutting tool operator with a vital
second view of the job in hand and enable the
cut to be made safely. It was often necessary
for the Cougar to make horizontal excursions of
over 300 metres to get to the work site.
Seaeye Cougar is an electric work ROV designed
for rapid role change using interchangeable skids
of bolt-on packages slung below the vehicle. Rapid
change is achieved by pre-trimming each tool skid
for the same buoyancy and by designing the interfaces
with the minimum of connections.
During this operation the Cougar was equipped
with a 5 function manipulator and 38mm Webtool
anvil wire rope cutter to support the primary
WROV and provide ‘Guardian Angel services’
should it become trapped.
Other standard tooling packages include: electric
torque tools, dual manipulator skid, brush tool
skids, jet cleaning skid, FMD tool orientation
skid and survey suites.
The standard Seaeye Cougar is a compact work
vehicle depth rated to 2000 metres with options
available up to 6000 metres. The vehicle has a
very useful 80 kilo (176lb) payload capacity.
Massimo Martini, President of DNT, formally took
delivery of their second Cougar system from the
Fareham, England, based ROV manufacturer’s
MD at the OMC conference in Ravenna last month
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