The highly customisable buoyancy equipment can be used in a variety of applications (illustration: Okeanus)
Okeanus Science and Technology (Okeanus) has introduced the FlexSEA Modular Flotation System (FlexSEA) as part of its portfolio of flotation equipment available for rent. Okeanus will be the exclusive provider of FlexSEA, engineered by SeaRobotics Corporation (SeaRobotics).
FlexSEA modules are configurable to supply different amounts of buoyancy for a variety of payload sizes and weight conditions. The mounting arrangements are designed so that standard Remotely Operated Vehicle manipulators can be used to remove, untether or detach some or all of the temporary flotation modules after use; this allows for recovery and re-use. The modules can be of equal size, or modules of different sizes can be configured to be attachable and detachable to form arrays. The arrays provide buoyancy to a wide variety of subsea modules, tools, instrumentation packages, vehicles and submersibles. Depth ratings of 2000 to 4000 meters of seawater are available.
“Listening to experts in the field of subsea equipment deployment, we were able to address some of the shortcomings of current products. The FlexSEA modules will provide improved efficiency and flexibility, enabling more cost effective equipment deployments”, commented Don Darling, President of SeaRobotics.
“The addition of the FlexSEA buoyancy line of products to our existing portfolio of flotation rental equipment is very exciting, as these modules were engineered and designed to take a ‘building block approach’ to a very critical component when working with ROV’s in a subsea environment” stated Benton LeBlanc, President and General Manager of Okeanus. “Being a fully customisable solution, we at Okeanus can put together a buoyancy package to fit the exact needs of our customer, eliminating waste and allowing our customers to realise a considerable cost savings.”