Hampshire made underwater robotic vehicle supports Norway

Tuesday March 12th, 2019



A Hampshire made unmanned submarine is being used by Norway to monitor pollution in their harbours.


Named the Falcon, the submarine has been developed by Saab Seaeye in Fareham, Hampshire and is the most successful underwater robotic vehicle of its class in the world.

An early task for Agder Dykk’s Falcon is a survey of Norway’s harbours to provide data for the authorities on the status of sediment built up over decades of environmentally polluting activities. In addition to this task, Agder Dykk will extend their Falcon’s role across a wide scope of operations in the region to include multibeam survey, construction work support and inspection of cables, pipes and moorings, together with inspection of infrastructure for the Norwegian authorities.

The Falcon will also be deployed in support of deep tunnel operations by Norwegian Tunnel Inspection AS, who specialise in ultra-long tunnel inspection at hydroelectric power plants. Here, the Falcon will undertake stand-alone inspections and support the company’s own specialist deep tunnel ROV system.

Agder Dykk’s operational manager Leif Brunvoll, says they chose the Falcon for its trusted familiarity and because it is the right size vehicle for easy handling, with a flexible control architecture for fitting the wide range of tooling and sensors needed to undertake all the tasks envisaged.

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