The 2000 meter-rated Cougar is to assist in unexploded ordnance (UXO) disposal.
The ROV is used to locate and identify UXOs, which can include excavating the seabed to see the objects more clearly. The Cougar then lays a charge alongside the UXO, ready for remote detonation from the surface Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Officer.
If there is a risk that items nearby could be damaged, the UXO is removed by the ROV for disposal elsewhere.
By safely disposing ordnance the Cougar performs a vital role in the pre-construction of wind farms, and also during cable routing.
“To maintain commonality of equipment throughout our ROV fleet, Saab Seaeye is an obvious and vital choice for us. The Saab Seaeye support to our management within Subsea Vision is excellent.”
The addition of a further Cougar to their fleet comes from expanded opportunities made possible since the company joined James Fisher & Sons Plc and linked with James Fisher Subsea Services.
Chris Bryant sees the widespread capability of the Cougar fleet continuing to spread Subsea Vision’s role across other group members and being able to offer their ROV services as an ‘ROV service supplier company’ to other companies within the oil, gas and renewable markets.
The success of the Cougar XT concept comes from developments in drive and power technology that have created an ROV with over 50% more thrust in all directions, offering the highest thrust-to-weight ratio in its class.
Its large payload, dedicated tooling supply and flexible tool-skids allow the Cougar XT to handle a wide choice of powerful tooling for an extensive range of missions.
The power and tooling capabilities of the Cougar XT allow it to perform the range of duties necessary for unexploded ordnance disposal.