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Normand Oceanic WROVs from Subsea 7 Successfully Integrate SeeByte’s CoPilot

Normand Oceanic WROVs from Subsea 7 Successfully Integrate SeeByte’s CoPilot

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04 March 2016

SeeByte, the global leader in creating smart software for unmanned maritime systems, are pleased to announce that Subsea 7 has successfully integrated CoPilot with the work-class ROVs on board the Normand Oceanic. The vessel is equipped with two of the latest versions of its work-class Hercules ROV, which are deployed through the vessel’s own moonpool and capable to 3000m below sea level.

Subsea 7’s team on board the Normand Oceanic were able to successfully integrate CoPilot with their Hercules 15 and Hercules 30 ROVs. Feedback has been positive from the ROVs’ pilots, particularly with regards to the user interface which summarises all the data from the vehicle and its sensors onto one screen. 

Andrew Foster, ROV Fleet and Project Support Manager at Subsea 7 commented: "SeeByte’s CoPilot system provides our Hercules ROV pilots with a stable platform to offset the effects of poor visibility and current, allowing them to fully focus on the task at hand. The system flexibility allows us to swiftly install it as and when specific client requirements determine. SeeByte has provided us with a comprehensive and responsive level of support throughout the process. In this latest installation to the Normand Oceanic, the team have also proven their competence in addressing and resolving any issues that have arisen on the vessel remotely.”

CoPilot is the world’s most advanced, easy-to-use, plug-and play software that makes piloting any ROV a much simpler task. CoPilot permits pilot controlled auto-transit and stop-and-hover, whilst providing automated sonar tracking and movement relative to a target. CoPilot is easily retrofitted to any ROV system, but is also available from the factory with VideoRay, Seatronics and SMD.