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Brazil's Belov Switches to SAAB SEAEYE

Lynx ROV/ Image: SAAB For working Brazil’s vast oil fields - bigger in size than the State of Florida - Brazilian-based underwater operator, Belov Engenharia, has switched to Saab Seaeye ROVs. It is the first purchase of Saab Seaeye vehicles by Belov, founded in 1981 and a key provider of services across civil, harbour and offshore operations. General Manager, André Weber Cameiro says they changed to Saab Seaeye, “because Saab Seaeye has a reputation for reliability and fewer maintenance problems”. He explains why he chose the Lynx ROV in particular: “It has the power to handle a wide range of work-class tooling, not usually possible in an ROV of its size, yet still has enough power left to go where you want, and do what is needed,” he says.

The Lynx - and deep-rated Falcon ROV, also ordered - will work from fixed rigs in and around jackets and semi-submersibles, where operationally quick and easy system re-location is important.
“The ROV system will be in a state of constant mobilization as it will be moved from one side of a rig to another,” says André Weber Cameiro, who sees the Lynx system, with its tether management cage, as being particularly easy to move around. The same mobility can be said of the compact Falcon ROV, which is specifically designed to be easily manhandled for fast deployment from a rig, a vessel, or even from a RIB. The 1500 metre rated Lynx ordered by Belov, with its six powerful thrusters and four simultaneous video channels, is fitted with a range of hi-spec equipment. This includes a Konsberg high definition colour camera, a Kongsberg mono Low light camera and two Konsberg compact colour zoom cameras; a Tritech Super SeaKing Sonar, along with a CDL fibre-optic gyro. A detachable tooling skid is also supplied together with a Gauntlet Plus, four-function manipulator and a CP contact probe.

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