USA & UK. Kongsberg Maritime: Ships Seagliders to National Oceanography Centre

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Kongsberg Underwater Technology, Inc. has recently supplied five new Seaglider Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) systems to the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton, UK. The AUVs were ordered by NOC’s Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems facility (MARS), and will become part of a fleet of underwater gliders that are made available to research institutes around the United Kingdom. With this delivery, MARS will now have 10 Seagliders in its pool of AUVs.

MARS supplies and supports gliders for scientists at the NOC, as well as institutes and Universities around the UK, to carry out their research programmes. 2013 has seen significant investment by the UK government in this technology, furnishing the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) with a fleet of over 30 gliders. These gliders are being used to support and enhance oceanographic research by UK scientists around the world, and the new KONGSBERG Seagliders will see service from home waters to the Antarctic.

The new systems will immediately be put to use by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), which also owns two of its own Seaglider AUVs. All of the vehicles will be used in three ongoing, long term research programs: FASTNEt, the Extended Ellet Line and OSNAP.

FASTNEt is a four year program to study the ocean/shelf exchange using novel observations and model techniques to resolve the key seasonal, interannual and regional variation absent from existing knowledge.

Stretching across the Atlantic Ocean between Scotland and Iceland, the Extended Ellett Line is a major gateway for water exchange between the Nordic seas and the Atlantic. Regular in-situ monitoring is essential to develop the understanding of circulation in this area, which has a significant impact in the moderation of Western Europe’s climate.

OSNAP is an international program started in 2013 and is designed to provide a continuous record of the full-water column, trans-basin fluxes of heat, mass and freshwater in the subpolar North Atlantic. It will generate new knowledge and understanding of the gyre’s wider impacts on climate and will help improve long term climate predictions and weather forecasting.

"Due to their ability to operate in adverse weather, gliders are an essential component of our strategy for wintertime observations, which, in the past, have been very difficult to achieve. Clearer insight into wintertime conditions will shed new light on our understanding of upper ocean variability,” remarked Dr. Stefan Gary, a research associate at SAMS. 

In all three programs, Seagliders will be a vital tool in the collection of physical oceanographic data over extended durations and geographic areas.

About Kongsberg Underwater Technology, Inc.
Located in Lynnwood, WA, Kongsberg Underwater Technology, Inc. is a supplier of advanced hydro-acoustic systems and underwater instrumentation including autonomous underwater vehicles, multibeam echo sounders, sub-bottom profilers and integrated motion reference systems. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, the world leader in AUV technology. 

About Kongsberg Maritime
Kongsberg Maritime is part of Kongsberg Gruppen (KONGSBERG), an international, knowledge-based group that celebrates 200 years in business during 2014. KONGSBERG supplies high-technology systems and solutions to customers in the oil and gas industry, the merchant marine, and the defence and aerospace industries.

Kongsberg Maritime is a global marine technology company providing innovative and reliable technology solutions for all marine industry sectors including merchant, offshore, subsea and naval. Headquartered in Kongsberg, Norway, the company has manufacturing, sales and service facilities in 17 countries.

Kongsberg Maritime develops automation, control, navigation, dynamic positioning, hydroacoustics, AUV/underwater navigation/communication/camera systems, marine and offshore simulators and aft deck solutions for the seismic fleet. All Kongsberg Maritime deliveries are tailored to exact customer requirements and benefit from high quality design and manufacturing.

Kongsberg Maritime delivers solutions that cover all aspects of technology underwater and on the water, aboard new build and retrofit vessels, and on offshore platforms and rigs, often under a single supplier strategy called The Full Picture.

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