Looking to squeeze even more out of the vehicle, Arne Eriksson also has cable cutting equipment and a small zip pump on the ROV for de-burying objects. Survey equipment such as TSS 440 and 350 can be installed on the vehicle on a separate tray.
The fact that the Panther can handle 90% of tasks normally undertaken by an hydraulic work-class vehicle, means it will bring major savings during operations.
It is easier to move around than an hydraulic ROV, and can be set up in hours rather than days and needs fewer crew. Spares cost less and repairs are cheaper.
It has the power and design architecture to accommodate a wide range of tooling, whilst remaining stable and manoeuvrable. Yet it is small and agile enough to work inside rig and platform jackets, but powerful enough to open and close pipeline valves and operate in strong currents.
Indeed faced with strong currents, having 10 powerful thrusters in hand means the Panther XT Plus can hold station in currents whilst working at complex or robust tasks.
Arne Eriksson welcomes the reassuringly high level of redundancy offered by the exceptional number of thrusters, that promises to keep the vehicle working before bringing it home. “You have to be fully risk-aware in this business,” he says.
Already undertaking a wide range of ROV services, the Panther opens up more possibilities for the company, including shallow water wind farm work, recovering unexploded ordnance – even assisting in hydraulic work-class vehicle recovery.
Eriksson likes that the Panther XT Plus’ payload means it can carry dual Reson 7125 multi-beam sonars as well as pipe-tracker equipment.
Complete package on board vessel, bound for first search-and-salvage contract.
The Panther’s first task was a search and salvage contract. Here Eriksson chartered a vessel and mobilised a package of two ROVs with side scan sonars and survey equipment for positioning. He used the TMS-based Panther XT Plus with Schilling manipulators in the primary role and a Surveyor Plus for the second system. After acquiring targets by high frequency Klein side-scan sonar, Eriksson found that the high performance handling of the Panther made it easy to attach lift wires to the objects.