Fal­con takes dan­ger out of div­ing

Fish Farmer - - European News -

NOR­WAY’S aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try will see the Saab Sea­eye Fal­con ro­botic ve­hi­cle take on an ex­tended role fol­low­ing the merger of two ma­jor aqua­cul­ture sup­port com­pa­nies, KB Dykk and AQS.

With 23 ser­vice ves­sels and more than 60 divers, the new en­larged group be­comes the sec­ond big­gest aqua­cul­ture sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tion in Nor­way, and the coun­try’s largest div­ing op­er­a­tion.

Ola Kryl­stad, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of KB Dykk, said he chose the Fal­con, the world’s top sell­ing ro­botic ve­hi­cle in its class, be­cause ‘we heard very good things about the Fal­con’.

It is easy to main­tain, and with no thruster shaft seals to ser­vice or in­spect, it is ideal for aqua­cul­ture op­er­a­tions.

Kryl­stad also wel­comes the added diver safety and ef­fi­ciency the Fal­con brings to div­ing op­er­a­tions. It can re­duce dive time and im­prove safety by pin­point­ing and ex­am­in­ing lo­ca­tions of in­ter­est be­fore the diver goes down, then dur­ing the div­ing op­er­a­tion, keep a watch­ful eye – and save more dive time by trans­port­ing tools and parts back and forth.

The Fal­con can go to places too haz­ardous for divers, where the depth of wa­ter and strength of cur­rent are too dan­ger­ous for them to op­er­ate.

Along with diver sup­port, Kryl­stad said that his 300m and 1,000m depth rated Fal­cons un­der­take a range of tasks in­clud­ing in­spect­ing nets, moor­ings and floats.

Above: Top sell­ing Fal­con

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