- Press Release - May 12, 2004
Seaeye Falcon Gets Tooled Up
One of the great advantages of open frame ROVs is the ease with
which they can be adapted to carry tools to perform useful work
at depth. And if you plan to fit large tools it pays to have lots
of reserve power to move the extra mass and maintain a stable platform
in strong currents.
Seaeye Falcon fitted with a 5 function manipulator skid
So, when Chris Bryant, the Managing Director of
Vision, suggested that we build a 5 function hydraulic
manipulator skid for his two Seaeye Falcons, and the Romanian Navy
asked for hydraulic cable cutter skids for their mine countermeasures
Falcons, we were confident that the vehicle could be quickly adapted
to cope with the task. What did surprise us was just how little
the skids affected the handling and manoeuvrability of the Falcon
in an offshore environment.
Subsea Vision reports that they have just successfully completed
an environmental seabed inspection and sampling contract for
(Scotland) Ltd on behalf of BP that also involved
collecting Modiolus (horse mussels) in the vicinity of the Sullom
Voe oil terminal in the Shetland Isles. The use of a multi-function
manipulator was essential for this operation in an area where currents
of up to 2 knots were experienced. "Once I had the vehicle
properly trimmed and ballasted, the Seaeye Falcon, with its 50 Kilos
of thrust, was very easy to operate on this precise and demanding
operation", said Chris Bryant.
The UK Ministry of Defence have now also ordered manipulator skids
for their Seaeye Falcons.
The Manipulator features 180 degree wrist rotate and 90 degree
shoulder rotate among its five functions and has a lift capability
of 10 kilos at full reach. The cable cutter can cut up to 12mm diameter
stainless steel wire rope or 19mm polypropylene rope. Both units
use the same small hydraulic power pack and 5 function solenoid
For more information click here: Falcon
Accessories or contact Tom
Keene at Seaeye or your local Distributor.
tel:+44 (0)1329 289 000