The Manned Submersible ICTINEU 3 of ICTINEU Submarins S.L. concluded its immersions in PLOCAN’S Test Site using the functionalities of the facility during its first Atlantic open water operation.
The ICTINEU 3 has descended to depths of up to 450 meters to study and record images of the seabed and slope of PLOCAN’s Test Site, which encompasses the publicly-owned marine area of 23 km2 down to 600 metres depth, located off the Northeast coast of Gran Canaria.
The testing area provides the scientific, institutional and business community with unique capabilities to support deep ocean activities, with sufficient environmental guarantees, within a stable and regulated framework.
Actually, the ICTINEU 3 is one of the ten submarines capable of reaching the greatest depths of the sea and the second in the European Union.
ICTINEU Submarins S.L. is a company that was created in Barcelona in 2007 in order to develop and build a manned submersible for greatest depths for intervention services and scientific diving.
The ICTINEU 3 is a new generation manned submersible, with a powerful state-of-the-art battery package that can drive up to 20 miles underwater. This exceptional range is achieved through exacting hydrodynamics and vehicle efficiency making ICTINEU 3 a safe and excellent tool for underwater exploration, scientific research and underwater intervention.
The ICTINEU 3 incorporates several innovations that make it a cutting-edge new tool for underwater observation and work such as innovation in stainless-steel materials for an insuperable volumen, a first certified lithium-polymer battery system for high power and high-energy capacity, a huge acrylic dome to withstand depths under 1000m or improvements in ergonomics and design in work class submersibles. Moreover, it has a reduced weight for easy operation from most research vessels (5.300 kg), a reduced size for easy transportation to diving place (it fits in a 20 feet container) and a high power and high energy capacity (any mission can be performed with no limitation of energy regardless the instrumentation/lighting being used).