McDermott International, Inc. (ticker: MDR, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
News Release -
Mentor Subsea Technology Services, Inc. and International Submarine Engineering Ltd. to Develop Unmanned Semi-submersible System for Deploying Remote Operated Vessels
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 25, 2001--
SAILARS(TM) Can Provide Cost-Effective Method for Subsea Intervention
Mentor Subsea Technology Services, Inc. (Mentor), a subsidiary of
J. Ray McDermott, S.A., and International Submarine Engineering Ltd.
(I.S.E.), today announced plans to develop a prototype unmanned
semi-submersible system for deploying remote operated vessels. The
system, called SAILARS(TM), will be able to cost effectively
accomplish a variety of subsea intervention tasks.
Mentor is working with I.S.E. on SAILARS, an acronym for
Semi-Autonomous Intervention, Launch and Recovery System. I.S.E.
recently completed studies with Mentor that show SAILARS to be
practical, cost-effective and safe.
"SAILARS is shaping up to be the most cost-effective means for
deploying sight and robotic intervention to the seabed," said James
Ferguson, vice president of development for I.S.E. "We are pleased
that our efforts to date have shown this system to be technologically
feasible, affordable, and superior to competing AUV/ROV concepts."
SAILARS is a hybrid autonomous underwater vehicle/remote operated
vessel (AUV/ROV) that can operate and provide power for 50-150
horsepower work-class ROVs. SAILARS is designed to accommodate a
variety of existing ROVs without modification and operate in
significant wave height (Sea State 6) at distances approximately 15
miles from the controlling platform.
Compared to the fully submersible AUV in the hybrid role, the
semi-submersible SAILARS can provide much higher levels of endurance
and power to the ROV, a continuous ability to transmit high bandwidth
ROV data to the controlling platform and more accurate positioning.
Additionally, SAILARS does not require any infrastructure support from
oil and gas platforms, enabling use from thousands of existing
offshore platforms instead of from only those platforms that contain
specially built facilities for ROVs.
"The increased hydrocarbon production in deepwater is also
increasing the complexity and intervention of subsea systems," said
Lee Taylor, division manager for technology products for J. Ray
McDermott, Inc. "SAILARS can provide value by reducing costs and risks
associated with maintaining seabed intervention at offshore
Taylor presented a technical paper about SAILARS at the Underwater
Technology Conference which recently held its annual meeting in Tampa,
Taylor said that advances in information technology, increased
capacity of solid state electronics and reliability of remote controls
have helped to create a new generation of ROVs that now make remote
deployment practical and safe, not only for offshore oil and gas
operations but also a range of other applications.
"SAILARS can be used to inspect, repair and maintain
communications cable, subsea pipelines, wellheads, manifolds and other
seabed infrastructure in the oil and gas, communications and power
industries," said Taylor.
The Mentor/I.S.E. team also explored other high potential uses for
Touchdown monitoring, trenching support for communications
cable, subsea pipelines and umbilical installation.
Search and recovery operations.
Oceanographic research where active sensing and sampling data
Development of SAILARS began in 1999 when Mentor contracted with
I.S.E. to conduct an initial feasibility study. I.S.E. is a world
leader in the design and integration of autonomous and remotely
operated robotic vehicles and terrestrial robotics. A cost-effective
design was subsequently identified and a model constructed for
The Institute for Marine Dynamics, based in St. John's,
Newfoundland, conducted extensive simulation and modeling in a wave
tank that validated the seaworthiness of the concept. Further
conceptual engineering was undertaken to identify optimal radio
telemetry and ROV handling configurations. The AUV design of SAILARS
is based on I.S.E.'s semi-submersible Dolphin and Dorado vehicles
which were previously developed for minehunting and hydrographic
Taylor said that co-funded development of SAILARS will continue in
2001 between Mentor and I.S.E. with the objective of testing a
prototype system in 2003.
International Submarine Engineering Ltd., headquartered in
Vancouver, British Columbia, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, I.S.E.
Research Ltd., are high technology engineering companies engaged in
the development and manufacture of subsea, land and space robotic
systems. Since its founding in 1974, I.S.E. has built more than 200
undersea vehicles, 300 robotic manipulators and 20 AUVs.
Mentor Subsea Technology Services, Inc. is based in Houston and
provides low cost solutions emphasizing technical and commercial
excellence in the field of subsea and pipeline engineering,
construction and project management.
J. Ray McDermott, S.A., a subsidiary of McDermott International,
Inc. (NYSE:MDR), is a leading worldwide marine construction company.
Its services include design, fabrication and installation of spar
platforms; design and installation of subsea facilities; design,
fabrication and installation of new and refurbished bottom-founded
offshore platforms; and installation of offshore pipelines for the oil
and gas industry.
McDermott International, Inc. is a leading worldwide energy
services company. The company's subsidiaries manufacture
steam-generating equipment, environmental equipment and products for
the U.S. government. They also provide engineering and construction
services for industrial, utility and hydrocarbon processing
facilities, and to the offshore oil and natural gas industry. The
company's website is www.mcdermott.com.
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intention, as well as those which are not historical fact, are forward
looking. They involve a number of risks and uncertainties which may
cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking
statements. These risk and uncertainties include factors detailed from
time to time in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange
Commission, including its Form 10-K for the transition period from
April 1, 1999 to December 31, 1999, and the Form 10-Q for the period
ending September 30, 2000.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Image of SAILARS available upon request.
||International Submarine Engineering Ltd.
||James Ferguson, 604/942-5223
||J. Ray McDermott, S.A.
||Lee Taylor, 281/870-5000
||McDermott Intl., Inc.
||Pierre DeGruy, 504/587-6451