New Underwater Vehicle From Hydro Operating For Santa Fe Diving

Santa Fe Diving Services, Inc., Houma, La., has announced that its first advanced-model, remotecontrolled underwater vehicle, a Hydro Products RCV-150, has begun work off Brazil.

Thomas M. Angel, vice president and manager of the diving company, said recently that Santa Fe has a contract with Montreal Micoperi J.V. to provide the remotely controlled submersible vehicle and a crew of operators for the installation of the Enchova and Cherne platforms in the Campos Basin for Petrobras, the Brazilian government oil agency.

The RCV-150 was the first commercial unit produced by Hydro Products, and it is the fourth of 17 remote controlled submersible vehicles that Santa Fe intends buying. The three existing units are the smaller RCV-225 models. Santa Fe and Hydro Products are developing a winterized version of the RCV-150 for North Sea operations.

The RCV-150 is equipped with a low-light-level video camera, a high-resolution search sonar, and a multifunction manipulator arm that can grip, maneuver, saw, brush and cut objects in waters up to 2,000 feet deep.

The RCV-150 is housed in a submersible launcher that is lowered from a ship into the sea.

Once submerged, the vehicle travels under its own power, remaining attached to the launcher by an umbilical tether cable.

An operator at the control console topside maneuvers the RCV- 150 using a joy stick and steering with the aid of sonar, video pictures, compass, depth gauges and other instruments.

Santa Fe Diving Services, a subsidiary of Santa Fe International Corp., Alhambra, Calif., serves all phases of the worldwide offshore oil industry.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 40,  Oct 1981 California

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