Subsea 7 is to receive two new Hercules Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), currently being manufactured by SMD, fitted with SeeByte's Dynamic Positioning system: SeeTrack Offshore. The vehicles will add to the leading contractors' existing fleet of ROVs which provide services to the Subsea Umbilical, Riser and Flowline (SURF) sector.
SeeTrack Offshore adds additional automation to the ROV control process by providing the ability for the ROV to automatically maintain a fixed position above the seabed or follow a programmed course and speed. The system runs on the surface and is contained in a 19 inch rack. With SeeTrack Offshore the ROV can efficiently maneuver automatically compensating for the effects of currents. It can save time over conventional systems making operations safer and quicker.
Technical Manager for Subsea 7's Remote Technology Group, Ken Bryson, says "We have worked closely with SeeByte in the development of SeeTrack Offshore. This innovative system offers smart solutions that contribute to making operations safer and increasing the efficiency of our ROV activities, which in turn, improves our operational and project performance".
SeeTrack Offshore Product Manager Ioseba Tena added "SeeByte is proud to support Subsea 7's operations by providing our SeeTrack Offshore system for their latest vehicles. Our versatile system is simple to install and requires no modifications to the ROV. The system is also not exclusive to new vehicles as it can easily be retrofitted to existing ROV systems".