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Pacific Drilling Orders Kongsberg IMS System for its Drillship

Pacific Drilling Orders Kongsberg IMS System for its Drillship| Offshore Energy Today

Kongsberg Maritime will deliver a sophisticated new Information Management System (IMS) as part of a ‘Full Picture’ Integrated Automation System (IAS) delivery to the Pacific Drilling owned Samsung 12000 design dynamically-positioned drillship, Pacific Santa Ana.

The IMS, which will be shown on the Kongsberg Maritime stand at ONS is a new development, which uniquely, facilitates consolidation of all control system data into a single, role-based secure web-portal. In practice, the IMS enables enhanced information sharing and better insight into operations for offshore and shore-based teams. This will result in improved decision support and safety of operations in addition to better troubleshooting of systems on board, maintenance planning and a reduced need for service personnel aboard service vessels.

Based on a suite of integrated applications offering improved information management and sharing possibilities, the new Kongsberg Maritime IMS is a modular system with a highly scalable infrastructure, enabling it to be deployed to very specific operational requirements. The Pacific Santa Ana delivery features a datalogger covering all datasources on board the drilling rig and replication of data to an onshore fleet database.

All data can be accessed in a role based web portal for offshore and onshore users. The core application is the user-defined dashboard in the web portal, which allows users in different roles to customise their views according to their specific needs and job roles. Uses for this application range include domain-specific information views and management fleet KPI views.

The new Kongsberg maritime IMS will join the already installed Kongsberg Maritime K-Pos Dynamic Positioning, K-Chief 700 automation, K-Safe safety system and K-Thrust thruster control already installed. The Pacific Santa Ana commenced drilling operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in Spring 2012 under a 5 year contract with a Chevron subsidiary. The IMS project started at the beginning of April 2012 with a Factory Acceptance Test at Kongsberg Maritime in June. The Customer Acceptance Test is at the end of August. The system is expected to be fully operational during September 2012.
Press Release, August 28, 2012

Pacific Drilling Orders Kongsberg IMS System for its Drillship| Offshore Energy Today.

Cal Dive Australia Selects Saab Seaeye Panther XT Plus ROV

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To tackle the strong currents in Australia’s offshore oil & gas fields, leading contracting company, Cal Dive International (Australia) Pty Limited, selected Saab Seaeye’s powerful new Panther XT Plus ROV (Zone Rated and configured for operations in hazardous areas) when making that choice.

A Cal Dive spokesman said, ‘The Panther ticks all the boxes. It is small enough to work inside rig and platform jackets, yet powerful enough to open and close pipeline valves and operate in the strong currents of open water.’

Although intended primarily for inspection work on oil & gas platforms, sub-sea completions and associated pipelines, Cal Dive says, ‘It has the muscle to do whatever needs to be done.’

Cal Dive points to the fact the Panther XT Plus has ten powerful thrusters, has 50% more power and swims 30% faster than any other electric work ROV of its class.

Such thruster power means it can maintain position whilst working in the strong currents of Australian waters that would normally restrict the operations of other similar ROV’s.

The Panther’s configuration chosen by Cal Dive includes a Seaeye wide-angle low-light black & white camera and a Kongsberg compact colour zoom camera.

Also a Tritech Super SeaKing sonar with dual frequency sonar head, and a Tritech altimeter with auto altitude option.

Fitted to the ROV are two Schilling Orion manipulators: starboard side, a seven function position feedback manipulator with 3.8″ gripper, and port side, a four function rate manipulator with 7.8″ gripper.

For debris clearance, the Panther comes with a rotary disc cutter and a 38mm anvil cutter.

There is also a water jetting system, a cleaning brush assembly and manipulator-held cleaning brush tool.

A Cygnus ultrasonic thickness gauge comes with the ROV, together with a CP proximity probe to check anode protection.

In the case of an emergency the ROV is fitted with a battery operated emergency locator strobe.

The ROV system includes a stainless steel framed tether management cage with 150m of tether cable, and its own Seaeye mini camera.

Also supplied through Saab Seaeye’s West Australian distributor, Oceanvision, is a control container and a self-erecting launch and recovery A-frame with 1100 metre umbilical cable capacity, a certified bullet assembly and lock latch assembly with snubber rotator.

Reassuringly for Cal Dive the new Panther XT Plus has evolved from the proven Panther concept into a more powerful vehicle with an increased payload and re-designed frame that allows more space for additional equipment and a greater range of tools and sensors.

An added bonus when working to a tight deadline in hazardous conditions is that ten thrusters in hand offer a reassuringly high degree of redundancy, should one or more thrusters become fouled – allowing the operator to keep the ROV on task until recovery.

Cal Dive say that, although this is the first Saab Seaeye ROV for Cal Dive’s Australian operation, the ROV team has good previous experience with Saab Seaeye ROVs in other fields of operation.

Cal Dive International (Australia) Pty Limited is part of Houston-based Cal Dive International, established 30 years and a market leader in offshore construction, inspection, maintenance, repair and decommissioning of production and pipeline infrastructure.

Saab Seaeye is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric ROVs, and now includes Saab’s underwater systems which provides tethered, autonomous and hybrid underwater vehicle systems for the defence industry. This year marks Seaeye’s 25 years as a leading innovator in ROV design and manufacture.

Oceanvision is the Saab Seaeye distributor and service hub for Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Western Australia. Oceanvision also manufacture and design underwater camera systems for the general marine and the offshore drilling industry.

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