Keynvor MorLift Ltd (KML), which added a second Saab Seaeye Cougar XT to their ROV fleet last year, reported that the vehicle is now in service and performing as expected.
Alongside their more conventional Cougar assignments, Keynvor MorLift specialises in deploying their Cougars for operational, installation and maintenance work at tidal energy sites in the UK and Northern Europe, which have exceptionally strong tidal currents.
“Being able to work in a strong tidal flow extends our working window deep into the tidal ranges,” said Business Manager Bobbie Stone, “and the Cougar has helped us achieve improved results, even when fitted with a tooling skid.”
In addition to work at tidal generation installations, KML’s Cougars are used for many subsea tasks, such as general survey, light work duties, subsea installation, recoveries and salvage, along with the deployment and monitoring of specialist subsea survey/research equipment, including acoustic doppler current profilers, known as ADCPs.
“We chose to acquire another Cougar,” Stone said, “because it’s unrivalled in its class for the type of subsea work we frequently carry out, particularly in high energy sites. It has goodintervention capability with specialist toolingand it provides great value for money for its capacity.”
KML has its own fleet of vessels and, whereas the first Cougar system was integrated into one of those, the new Cougar has its own customised container system. This means it can be deployed from any vessel, even a small workboat, either supplied from KML’s own fleet or sourced locally –resulting in reduced costs and increased flexibility for KML clients, Stone explained.