Jon Robertson, managing director and Suella Fernandes, MP for Fareham, alongside the Seaeye Leopard (photo: Saab Seaeye)
The Member of Parliament for Fareham, Suella Fernandes, visited Saab Seaeye, the world’s largest electric underwater robotic systems manufacturer.
During her tour of the facilities at Fareham with Saab Seaeye’s managing director, Jon Robertson, the MP met the staff and saw advanced underwater robotic systems with exceptional technological capabilities including an ability to descend three miles deep under the ocean, manoeuvre precisely in strong currents and grasp things using enormous strength or fingertip delicacy.
Speaking to technicians and apprentices on her tour, Ms Fernandes saw many examples of the way the company’s high standards of technological excellence and customer service have secured its lead position in the market and built a world-renown reputation for trusted technology and support.
Along with viewing the range of robotic systems and engineering processes, the MP discovered how they are widely used across different markets, including oil and gas, marine science, defence forces, hydro engineering and aquaculture. She heard about the variety of tasks undertaken, ranging from gathering seabed samples to swimming down deep tunnels and rescuing submariners.
Ms Fernandes said how very impressed she was with everything she had seen and with the high level of professionalism shown by everyone she met, saying: “Saab Seaeye is a large and valuable part of the local economy and we are pleased that such an important leader in the field of underwater robotics is based here in Fareham.”
Ms Fernandes was particularly interested in talking to several apprentices and seeing their projects, saying how pleased she was to witness Saab Seaeye’s investment in apprenticeships and to meet the engineers of the future.
Jon Robertson explains that the company is continuously investing in people skills and technology for the future: “Having led the market for the last 30 years with innovations that have changed the industry we remain at the cutting edge in our field as we see ever more growth opportunities in existing and new markets for our pioneering underwater technology.”