Glider Services (Norwegian Sea)

In an effort to increase our knowledge of the marine ecosystem, a truly valuable mission took place in Norway. In the sea between Bodø and the Norwegian continental shelf break, project members deployed three unmanned vessels, a SailBuoy, WaveGlider and Seaglider produced by Kongsberg Maritime, on a 6 month autonomous mission.

On shore, operators remotely steered these unmanned vessels through satellite link. Often experiencing strong and unpredictable currents and rough weather, these autonomous vessels faced challenges in a demanding environment. This experiment required close collaboration between operators, scientists and the project coordinator for all mission aspects, such as planning, deployment, piloting and recovery. Cyprus Subsea Consulting & Service assisted Kongsberg with the mission.

The mission was part of Project “GLIDER — Unmanned Ocean Exploration” which was led by Akvaplan-niva in Tromso and financed by the Research Council of Norway’s DEMO2000 programme and ConocoPhillips Norway.

More information on the project and the role of autonomous vehicles in marine environmental monitoring can be found in Kongsberg’s featured story.

Below are some plotted currents extracted from Met.No ocean simulations.