Aug 4, 2020
Belov Engenharia ordered from the Swedish giant Saab four Leopard work vehicles that will operate in Petrobras’ operations in Brazil. The order was booked in the second quarter of 2020. Leopard is a vehicle developed by Saab Seaeye, Saab’s underwater robotics division, which is half the size of hydraulic equipment with the same capabilities. The vehicle is agile, reactive and has the capacity to handle stronger currents, thus expanding the operational possibilities. It can reach depths of up to 3,000 meters.
The Leopards will be incorporated into Belov’s Saab Seaeye fleet and will be launched from three diving support vessels (DSVs) to clean and inspect the risers in floating storage and transfer units (FPSOs), among other tasks. Piet Verbeek, Saab’s Sales Director, said that “Leopard was developed to handle complex maneuvers in an agile way, at depths that no other hydraulic work vehicle can reach. The technology applied to the equipment provides all the quality and safety that are the hallmarks of our solutions at Saab. ”
With a compact size and an unprecedented thrust-volume ratio, which generates speed in the water, the equipment delivers power and stability, both of the payload and maneuver necessary to transport a wide variety of tools and sensors, usually associated with much larger hydraulic systems. . With this, it is possible to have considerable savings in carbon, staff, mobilization and maintenance costs, according to the manufacturer.
One of the main advantages in handling Leopard is its iCON intelligent control architecture which, according to the company, in addition to promoting greater control, offers more information about the operation of the vehicle, improves fault diagnosis and allows for greater redundancy. ICON is also adaptable to future technologies, including autonomous operations.