Falcon takes danger out of diving
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