International Submarine Engineering Ltd. is pleased to announce that the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) has placed an order for an Explorer autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The vehicle will be used for marine search and recovery as well as survey operations.
The JCG Explorer will also be supplied with a light-weight self-articulating ramp based launch and recovery system which will be installed on one of their ships. This will enable the Coast Guard to launch and recover their AUV in an elevated Sea State. The launch and recovery ramp system is built by Hawboldt Industries of Chester, Nova Scotia.
ISE has partnered with Fukada Salvage and Marine Works Co. Ltd. of Osaka for the provision of local operations and maintenance support for the JCG Explorer AUV. ISE and Fukada Salvage have a long relationship; earlier in 2011 Fukada purchased an Explorer AUV for their own survey operations.
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