This follows successful trials offshore Norway and in the Baltic where ROV pilots and technicians reported minimal downtime and satisfaction with its performance.
The Cougar XT under-going tests off the Port of Ferrol, Spain.
Operating near the Port of Ferrol, Spain, the 2000 metre-rated Cougar undertook a range of free-swimming tests including survey routes, manipulator intervention on structures and other wet tests.
An additional test included a collaborative venture with Portugal-based Abyssal, trialling their 3D visualisation system that uses Augmented Technology to provide the pilot with a 'heads-up' display in 3D showing flight paths and checkpoints to guide the pilot to the exact target location.
For pilots the unrivalled manoeuvrability of the Cougar XT is a key feature, coming as it does from six thrusters, each having velocity feedback for precise control in all directions, with a control system that makes it more responsive than any other ROV on the market.
Spanish-based ACSM sees this as an important attraction along with the other unrivalled capabilities of the small yet powerful Cougar concept.
These include a reputation for reliability and versatility and an ability to carry out light work-class jobs, along with survey tasks and the easy fitting of a wide variety of sensors, ancillary equipment and tooling for tasks such as drill support, salvage and IRM.
ACSM intend to make the Cougar XT available to clients, not only as a free-swimming option, but as a 'back-up' vehicle for ACSM's other TMS housed Cougar where long projects or difficult offshore areas would make any quick ROV replacement a challenge.