The Saab Seaeye Jaguar has the highest payload and thrust in its class, with a clever new simplified control system that makes it easy to pilot. At under half the weight of its hydraulic ROV equivalent, with a smaller footprint, and needing fewer operators, the Seaeye Jaguar can bring significant savings in operating costs.
A new dual redundant high-frequency/high voltage power distribution system allows the ROV to continue to operate on reduced power if one of the dual power systems fails. It also reduces the diameter and weight of the umbilical, and significantly cuts the size and weight of the onboard transformer. Speed of ascent and descent of the 3000 metre rated Seaeye Jaguar is promised to be faster. This follows new developments in thruster technology that has doubled the thrust power of previous systems.
The accessories offered as standard on the ROV include a pair of Schilling Orion manipulators: the seven-function position feedback manipulator, and the four function rate manipulator.
The Seaeye Jaguar is unveiled as the company continues to make inroads into a market area dominated by hydraulic work vehicles. Operators are increasingly likely to choose for electric work ROVs, attracted by lower cost of ownership and ease of handling compared with the hydraulic equivalent. This new breed of operator is bringing innovation to cost effective operational management by utilising the electric ROV for the vast majority of tasks performed by hydraulic systems. They also focus on tasks for which the electric vehicle is best suited: such as drill support, survey operations, cable laying support, touch-down monitoring, IRM, and a high proportion of intervention and construction tasks.
The incentive for ROV operators to use electric are several. Electric ROVs weight far less, take up less deck space and need a smaller crew, but have significantly shorter mobilisation times. More compact surface control equipment and transformers, and less space required for workshop and storage, means the deck space needed for containers can be up to half that required for a hydraulic ROV system.
That's why Saab Seaeye envisages the Jaguar will bring a future dimension to the company's range of ROVs which now cover virtually all manner of undersea operations within the oil and gas industry, defence, hydro engineering and marine science.
See the Saab Seaeye Jaguar at Oceanology International 2008 March 11-13, Stand 700