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Monday, November 16, 2015

16/11/2015: Planet Ocean provide Deep Trekker ROV for the Norwegian High Arctic


     
In March 2015, Dr Alex Nimmo Smith and Mr Peter Ganderton from the Plymouth University Marine Physics Research Group included a Deep Trekker DTG2 ‘Worker’ supplied by Planet Ocean Ltd in the equipment that they took on a research trip to the Arctic. 

The Deep Trekker was successfully operated through ice holes in water of -2C, performing tasks including the inspection of other instruments and providing a visual survey of the underside of the ice. 

A combination of slight positive buoyancy and the mounting of the optional crawler wheels on the top of the unit enabled stable driving along the underside of the ice in the frozen fjord.

The small self-contained, self-powered system was ideal for the intended operations. Since the team were operating close to the -5C minimum, the DTG-2 was kept ‘warm’ in the water between deployments, as the air temperature dropped to -26C. A grabber arm was also taken for recovery operations but fortunately not required.

 

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