Falcon 100 is one of four Falcon Systems being delivered to Fugro during 2007 by Seaeye, and is part of a total order for 15 ROV Systems to be delivered, to Fugro, this year. The total package being delivered in 2007 includes:
• 4 Seaeye Falcons
• 4 Seaeye Panther Plus Work ROVs
• 4 Seaeye Cougar XTs Compact Work ROVs
• 2 Seaeye Tigers Observation ROVs
• 1 Seaeye Lynx Inspection ROVs
Delivery of the one hundredth Falcon ROV marks another page in the success story of this small, portable, highly manoeuvrable yet powerful and multi-purpose design of ROV that has far exceeded Saab Seaeye's own expectations. Originally introduced for coastal and inshore work, its success has come from the imaginative way operators, like Fugro-Rovtech, have exploited the potential of the concept that can hold station in the strong cross-currents, such as those experienced in the Southern North Sea, and which can offer a quick change of role using bolt-on modules.
The range of possible uses for this compact system is now quite vast, Fugro-Rovtech for instance, will use their Falcons for jack-up drill support operations - in particular monitoring open-hole drilling and end of well surveys using sonar and video to ensure a clear seabed at the end of the drilling operation. The Falcons will also operate from semi-submersible drilling rigs, providing close-work support to the larger work-class ROV.