And the recently launched Cougar XTi ROV has the pioneering architecture to absorb the work skid’s advanced technology ready for a range of demanding roles.
This is clearly illustrated in the support of Christmas tree installation and commissioning, where significant savings in vehicle utilisation can clearly be found.
Fitted with its new skid system, the Cougar XTi can readily fulfil the scope of work typically undertaken by the hydraulic work class vehicle that usually supports the primary work class ROV and commissioning module combination, during the Christmas tree installation.
After giving observation support to the interconnection procedure, the Cougar can undertake the other tasks of the support work class vehicle in the commissioning process, such as cleaning, operating valves and hot-stab work.
Whilst undertaking this work the operator has the added reassurance of a system that keeps the pilot in touch with the health of the ROV and warns of potential problems through a simplified Man Machine Interface (MMI).
Smart fault diagnostics give the pilot a clear interpretation of any problem and the remedial action to be taken, including the ability to remotely isolate the failed component and keep the ROV working.
Each on board device – thrusters, lights, tools, etc. – is managed through an intelligent three mode distributed plug and go control system. The first mode controls the device; the second provides the diagnostics; and the third is used for configuration.