In an effort to increase our knowledge of the marine ecosystem and hopefully reveal some secrets of the ocean, a truly valuable mission took place in Norway. In the sea between Bodø and the Norwegian continental shelf break three unmanned vessels, a SailBuoy, WaveGlider, and Seaglider produced by Kongsberg Maritime, were deployed on a six month autonomous mission.
Steered remotely through satellite link by operators on shore, the autonomous vessels faced challenges in a demanding environment often with strong and unpredictable currents and rough weather. This experiment required close collaboration between operators, project coordinator and scientists for all mission aspects, such as planning, deployment, piloting and recovery. Cyprus Subsea Consulting & Services is continuing to assist Kongsberg with the mission.
The mission is part of the project “GLIDER — Unmanned Ocean Exploration” which is 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 plotted some currents extracted from Met.No ocean simulations.