Solitaire, the world's biggest pipe lay vessel, has been equipped with three OCTANS from IXSEA during its recent retrofit. Allseas, owners of Solitaire, specifically selected the OCTANS gyrocompass and full motion sensor, as it is truly solid state and therefore completely maintenance free.
The OCTANS systems have different uses onboard Solitaire. OCTANS is the main IMO bridge compass system for navigational purposes. A certified ICCB is used to drive the existing stepper repeaters. An OCTANS feeds the Kongsberg DPIII class system. OCTANS is also coupled with the onboard USBL systems as it is highly accurate and offers low latency, time stamped heading, roll, pitch and Safe Heave data, which increases USBL accuracy.
The retrofit of Solitaire has been performed by Kongsberg. The gyro plant has been certified under Lloyd.