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PLOCAN increases its underwater vehicles fleet

PLOCAN increases its underwater vehicles fleet

The PLOCAN headquarters in Taliarte, Telde was yesterday scene for the act of reception a new unmanned underwater vehicle that becomes part of the fleet of autonomous devices for ocean monitoring purposes that the consortium manages and operates in a regular basis in order to cover the needs required by the infrastructure in response and aligned with its key scientific and technical goals.

The new equipment is a ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle), vLBL950 model manufactured by Seabotix with a propulsion system based on vectored thruster technology, able to operate at 950 meters depth and integrates cutting-edge HD imaging devices, navigation and positioning. An optimized ratio between dimensions and performance, allows to this ROV model be operated with the necessary guarantees of safety and reliability from small boats.

The acquisition of this equipment has included, additionally to the final acceptance tests in the waters of Gran Canaria to maximum depths of operation, also a training course for several PLOCAN technical staff members. These activities have been taught and supervised by the technical team of the company Casco Antiguo, as national representative of Seabotix for Spain.


The headquarters of the Hydrographic Institute of Portugal placed in Lisbon, hosted last week between 24th and 26th June, the third edition of the Conference on Hydrographic Engineering, matching as usual with the Hydrography’s global day.

The biannual event has had in this present edition more than 200 attendees distributed in parallel sessions of oral presentations and poster concerning the latest technical advances and scientific studies related to disciplines such as marine geology, physical oceanography, hydrography, hydrographic engineering, ocean observing systems and platforms, etc.


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