Improving the Accuracy of Deep Sea Inspections

Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, toured Kraken Robotics to view the progress of Seavision, an innovative technology that gives high resolution video, imaging and 3D laser modelling of stagnant subsea assets such as mooring chains.

The Provincial Government, through the Innovation and Business Investment Corporation, is contributing $540,000 to support the company’s research and development. The project is also receiving $1.2 million in cash and in-kind services from Husky Energy, with Kraken providing $450,000.

Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) platforms use mooring chains to anchor to the seabed to provide platform stabilization. These floating facilities are subject to environmental conditions, and require regular integrity inspections. This project will help develop, qualify and demonstrate scanners capable of performing contactless measurements with accuracy of the installed mooring chains. Currently, FPSO Terra Nova and FPSO SeaRose are in production off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.