Deep Sea Vehicles

In mid-2020 Global Oceans consummated a donation from Oceaneering International, Inc. of three deep-sea vehicles rated to 6000 meters of operational depth: the Magellan 725 ROV, the Ocean Discovery ROV, and the Ocean Explorer 6000 Towed Sonar System, together with a full complement of infrastructure to deploy these assets. Beginning in 2021, Global Ocean will commence the rebuild and rebranding of these vehicles as dedicated, advanced, deep-sea scientific research platforms. See the press release announcement for the vehicle acquisitions here.

When relaunched, these vehicles will contribute significant capacity for deep-sea biophysical sampling, seabed mapping, exploration, and habitat surveys for several Global Oceans projects, and will be made widely available to the international ocean science community for research and for training the next generation of ocean scientists.

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Project Highlights

Advanced Projects: ROV-Deployed Instrumentation

The Advanced Projects effort at Global Oceans will focus on developing novel instrumentation and technology applications, together with our technology and supply partners, to support current programs and future initiatives in deep-sea research and exploration. Early-stage projects include a system for collection and transport of “piezophilic” microorganisms with the 6000-meter ROVs at retained ambient high hydrostatic pressure and temperature up to surface labs.

Deep Sea Vehicles

Generating Wide Area Benthic Visualization for the Global Seamounts Project with the Ocean Explorer 6000

Global Oceans’ acquisition of the Ocean Explorer 6000 Towed Sonar Vehicle will help enable a proposed methodology for acquiring wide-area high-resolution images of selected seamount topography and adjacent benthic seafloor for the Global Seamounts Project (GSP). 

Deep Sea Vehicles

Project Team & Advisors