Swire Seabed Expands Asset Portfolio
Swire Seabed has placed an order for the acquisition of one Kongsberg Maritime Hugin Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) (Hugin) with Kongsberg Evotec’s newly designed Launch and Recovery System (LARS) for delivery in 2020.
The purchase is part of the ongoing development of a fully-automated inspection and survey solution which will provide Swire Seabed the ability to conduct different types of autonomous inspections and survey operations that meet the diverse clients' requirements. These requirements can vary from the duration of operations, length of subsea pipeline and area of seabed to be inspected or mapped.
The Swire Seabed Hugin’s payload sensor suite will include Kongsberg Maritime’s HISAS 1032 Synthetic Aperture Sonar, EM2040 Multibeam Echosounder and CathX Ocean Colour Camera and Laser. In addition, the Hugin will also be equipped with Kongsberg Maritime’s automatic pipeline tracking which allows the AUV to track alongside or above a pipeline to conduct survey and inspections tasks.
The Hugin is containerised and designed for simple mobilisation, enabling Swire Seabed to swiftly respond to client requirements. The Hugin will measure approximately 5.2 metres in length, with a diameter of 0.875 metres, and have high endurance with all sensors operating. Flexible and self-contained, the system is capable of performing autonomous inspections on subsea assets and seabed mapping while simultaneously acquiring, classifying, interpreting and reporting data.
– The acquisition of our first AUV is a significant milestone for Swire Seabed as it demonstrates our long term commitment to go beyond current industry needs and gear ourselves to meet future market demands through innovation and technology. We believe that the future of inspections and subsea survey is indeed autonomous and we are excited to be at the forefront of an evolving industry, says Arvid Pettersen, CEO, Swire Seabed.
In October 2018, Swire Seabed completed the first commercial autonomous inspection of offshore pipeline systems for Equinor using Kongsberg Maritime’s Hugin AUV and, shortly after in December 2018, Swire Seabed was awarded a Frame Agreement with Equinor for provision of offshore survey services.
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About Swire Seabed
Swire Seabed has a dependable track record for undertaking a wide range of subsea projects for the international Oil & Gas industry, as well as a range of challenging recovery and incident response operations through our team of highly experienced personnel both onshore and offshore.
Operations are managed from Swire Seabed’s head office in Bergen, Norway with operations in Asia Pacific supported by our office in Singapore.
Swire Seabed is a fully-owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO).
The integration of Swire Seabed’s cutting-edge practical expertise into SPO’s robust global conglomerate ensures that Swire Seabed can deliver reliable offshore construction support, ROV and survey services to the Oil & Gas and renewables sectors worldwide.
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