Respect in Brazil for Falcon

Marine Equipment, Underwater Shipping — By on September 15, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Saab-Seaeye-Lynx-ROV Oceanica, the long established Brazilian subsea engineering company, has  ordered two Saab Seaeye Falcon ROVs for its expanding operations with  Petrobras.

The Falcon’s respected reputation in Brazil was a decider for Oceanica, says head  of ROV operations, Manoel Teixeira Lopes Filho.

For him, the Falcon’s world-proven reliability and performance was a vital factor. Both ROVs will be deployed in general inspection work in shallow water and the  company is currently building two Shallow Dive Support Vessels, with a third  planned for engineering projects.

Oceanica was founded in 1978 and is now a key subsea engineering company for  Brazil’s oil industry with long experience in the installation and maintenance of  underwater structures.

The company’s range of operations will benefit from the easily manhandled  Falcon, which although small, has five powerful thrusters for precise manoeuvrability and holding the ROV steady in strong cross-currents.

Distributed intelligence is key to the  Falcon’s success with each device on  the vehicle having its own individually  controlled microprocessor.

The concept allows systems to be easily  added or changed with plug-and-go simplicity that connects multiple  modules together through a single  RS485 network.

The intelligent, module-focussed concept also generates automatic diagnostics on  power-up to ensure that each device is fully interfaced and working correctly,  greatly simplifying maintenance.

Oceanica’s experience shows that Brazil’s vast oil fields demand intelligent, multi- functional ROVs that are easy to operate and maintain, and will work reliably in  demanding conditions.

Oceanica was established in 1978 and provides underwater engineering  resources that include construction and assembly, repair and testing, and  commissioning and decommissioning.

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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