- Press Release - Feb 2004
Maritime security is a very real threat that
is being addressed by agencies around the world.
One area to address is shallow water inspections
of vessels, ports, harbours and high profile buildings
located on or near water.
SeaBotix Inc. has been working with
a variety of worldwide agencies to develop a portable,
rapid deployment low at risk asset inspection
system. There are a variety of methods available
for monitoring structures underwater. The goal
is to aid agencies in development in a cost effective,
simple and portable means of shallow water inspection.
Firstly, the use of a specialized
dive team trained to inspect and identify dangerous
objects. Typical dive team requirements consist
of three to four divers with topside safety equipment
such as a recompression chamber. The obvious concerns
regarding the use of a dive team are putting human
life in harms way, cost to have a dive team and
time required for inspection and setup.
A second method is the use of drop
or fixed cameras. Various cameras can be fitted
to cover the areas required and viewed at the
surface. Or a drop camera can be lowered into
the water to provide a moveable camera. The drawback
to this method is the short range of view in less
than perfect water conditions.
Finally, the use of a remote operated
vehicle (ROV). An ROV offers a great deal of benefits
in that it combines the best of all worlds. The
operator at the surface pilots the underwater
ROV in search of foreign objects. There is no
human life at risk and the ROV is able to navigate
into very tight areas for close inspection.
ROV. An ROV offers a combination
of all systems. By piloting the ROV around real
time video is transmitted to the surface via on
board cameras. The ROV can get in the tight spots
where cameras that are fixed can not. ROV can
work in poor operating conditions without the
risk to human life. Various accessories can be
installed to increase the capability of the system
such as sonar, grabber, low light cameras, etc.
ROV offers a single person operation instead of
the four person dive team.
SeaBotix Inc. has developed the
perfect remote operated vehicle for Maritime Security.
The LBV offers all the key ingredients including
portable, powerful, intuitive controls, robust
design and cost effective. A low at risk asset
that requires minimal training yet provides a
solution to underwater inspections. The simple
controls provide a new user with quick learning
A single person can quickly setup the system and
deploy. Once deployed the LBV is capable of working
in strong currents with its powerful thrusters.
The 270 degree field of view is excellent for
looking straight up under a ship’s hull
or straight down to the sea bed beneath a bridge.
The on screen display provides the operator with
For the Maritime Security an integrated
system has been put together including sonar,
tracking system, integrated console with monitor,
grabber, 150 meters of umbilical on a reel all
package in cases.
SeaBotix has seen orders from such
agencies as the US Navy EOD, SPAWAR, Defence Intelligence
Agency, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Federal
Law Enforcement Training Center, Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms, British Government, Swedish Navy,
Taiwan Fire Brigade, South Korean Fire Brigade,
Malaysian Fire Brigade and many more. These systems
were chosen based on the high level of performance
coupled with the portability and simplistic operation.
For more information on the SeaBotix
LBV system visit www.seabotix.com.