Deepocean picks new Leopard concept for m/v Deep Helder

Oceanology, Shipbuilding and Shipyards, Technical, Technology, Underwater Shipping — By on May 8, 2014 at 8:09 PM
The new Leopard, with 11 thrusters and iCON technology, is the most powerful and advanced compact work-class ROV in the world.

The new Leopard, with 11 thrusters and iCON technology, is the most powerful and advanced compact work-class ROV in the world.

 

DeepOcean has opted for the new concept Leopard ROV from Saab Seaeye.

Seen as the most powerful ROV of its size in the world, its combination of 11  thrusters, unrivalled payload, and a host of advanced technology features won  over DeepOcean, which itself is an innovator in providing subsea services.

“It’s a pioneering design from Saab Seaeye – a company with a track record of  innovation, ” says Rick Green, Regional Manager Netherlands at DeepOcean, “and  will be a valuable addition to our fleet.

“Environmentally we wanted an electric vehicle – yet one with work class  performance.

“For our application the Leopard gives us the equivalent capability of a much larger  hydraulic work class vehicle – and its 11 thrusters means it can handle strong  currents – and that’s important to us.

He points out that with eight horizontal thrusters and three vertical thrusters the  Leopard can hold steady in strong cross-currents.

Rick Green also likes the ROV’s inventive new chassis concept.

Its large open payload bay allows for ample tooling and survey sensors to be  installed on sliding trays for rapid reconfiguration and easy maintenance.

DeepOcean's Leopard will be deployed aboard the MV Deep Helder, a new specially built 65 metre survey and IMR vessel due to be officially launched in June 2014.

DeepOcean’s Leopard will be deployed aboard the MV Deep Helder, a new specially built 65 metre survey and IMR vessel due to be officially launched in June 2014.

It means, he says, that a survey-grade INS system can now be easily integrated  inside the vehicle.

The combination of new  chassis design, iCON intelligent architecture with  building-block capability, and
exceptional power, means  that more interchangeable  equipment can be fitted than  ever before in a vehicle of  this size.

With one ton through-frame lift capability and a four-point docking system for tooling skids more  demanding payloads can be  added to the Leopard as needed.

Yet despite its extra capabilities, the total Leopard package is designed for easy  transport and rapid mobilisation – by staying within a minimal deck footprint  combination of 20ft x 8ft single lift A-Frame & winch LARS, and a 20ft control cabin.

Designed with the pilot in mind, the Leopard has many inventive features to make  life easier for the operator in the field.

The pilot will find that the iCON intelligent control system delivers better handling  characteristics – including pitch and roll stabilisation for the best quality survey data  – and offers stable flight even when large tools and sensors are deployed.

The iCON architecture also gives clear and enhanced information whilst  independently managing each device on the vehicle, including auto redundancy  that will keep the ROV working even with multiple equipment damage.

Through iCON the main electronics pod has been refined into an intelligent power  distribution and data hub, with the brains of the system re-located into sensors and  actuators around the vehicle. This provides greater information for the user and  makes maintenance far simpler and quicker.

Distributing intelligence around the vehicle avoids the need to partially dismantle  the ROV to reach a central electronic heart and offers building-block simplicity for  equipment changes, along with enhanced remote internet access for upgrades  and support.

DeepOcean is an integrated provider of safe, high quality, innovative services and  technologies for the sub-sea industry.

Saab Seaeye is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric ROVs, and now  includes Saab’s underwater vehicle range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid  underwater vehicle systems for the defence industry.

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