Seaeye Panther Plus is a development of the Seaeye Panther in response to an original operational requirement developed with Aberdeen based ROV company, Rovtech, who operate one of the largest fleets of Seaeye ROVs.
The principal requirement was for greater power, payload, more interfaces and a work class ROV capability excluding heavy construction work.
Forward thrust has been doubled to an impressive 220 kg with lateral thrust increased from 85 kg to 170 kg with a relatively small increase of the vehicle's in air weight to 500 kg. Payload has been increased to 105 kg. These improved performance figures translate into handling characteristics that pilots report as being 'simply spectacular.'
Visually, the distinguishing feature of the Seaeye Panther Plus is the additional 4 vectored SM5 brushless DC thrusters making a total of 8 vectored thrusters in pairs. The ROV frame has been slightly enlarged to accommodate these thrusters, improve through frame water flow and provide space for a 12 function hydraulic valve pack for tooling and manipulator applications.
A particular benefit of the 'Plus' configuration of pairs of vectored thrusters and two vertical thrusters is the level of redundancy available. The power for the thrusters is split into two channels with each channel providing DC to one vertical thruster and 4 of the 8 horizontal thrusters. If a fault should develop on one channel it can be isolated allowing operations to continue at half power. If there is a failure in only one horizontal thruster the effect on vehicle performance and control will be barely noticeable.
Max operating depth: 1000 metres
220 kg forward thrust (bollard pull)
170 kg lateral thrust
Weighing only 500 kg in air
105 kg payload
10 brushless DC thrusters with velocity feedback for
Thruster power supplies split into 2 separate channels
Auto heading and depth with auto altitude option
Two hydraulic manipulator interfaces
12 function hydraulic solenoid valve pack
Seaeye high torque pan and tilt unit
Dual channel variable intensity, individually fused,
600 watts of lighting
Interface for survey sensors
4 simultaneous video channels
Integral video overlay system
Seaeye Panther Plus
Maximum Working Depth
Pre and post lay pipeline surveys
Touch down monitoring
Salvage operations including torpedo recover and support of distressed submarines with emergency life support pods
Specialist configurations to suit client requirements.