UK’s companies AutoNaut Ltd. and Seiche Ltd. have successfully conducted between July 8th and 13th , 2019 in waters of PLOCAN’s Test Site in Gran Canaria ocean trials with a 5-meter AutoNaut unmanned surface vessel (USV) suited by a dedicated payload configuration including passive acoustic and optical sensors mainly addressed to monitor marine mammals. Trials have been conducted in technical cooperation with the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the logistic and operational support of PLOCAN. AutoNaut is an USV propelled by the motion of the waves and able to carry on different sensor payload configurations according to user needs, addressed to improve ocean observations in both coastal and open ocean areas in a more efficient and sustainable way.
The Director of Tourism, Heritage and Waterways for the Regional Council of Brittany, Ronan Le Baccon, highlighted the development possibilities of the nautical industry in the Atlantic Arc, which is established from Scotland to the Canary Islands, during the CAPITEN (Atlantic Cluster for Technological and Economic Innovation in the Nautical Sector) project meeting organised by CETECIMA (Technology Center for Marine Sciences) at the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands in Taliarte.
The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) participated in the OCEANS Conference and Exhibit, which is a bi-annual event for global marine technologists, engineers, students, government officials, lawyers, and advocates. Its objective is to highlight relevant topics and current trends, while creating a community of learners and influencers who consistently advance research, practices, and policies for the marine field.
On the 16th of June 2019, as part of PLOCAN’s contribution to EMSO, the EGIM (European Generic Instrumentation Module) was deployed on the PLOCAN Test Site East of Gran Canaria.
The EGIM, developed within the frame of the European project EMSODev, is designed to consistently and continuously measure parameters of interest for the science areas covered by the European Research Infrastructure Consortium EMSO, “European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water column Observatory”. EGIM is able to operate on any EMSO node, mooring line, sea bed station, cabled or standalone and/or with a surface buoy.