A new remotely operated submarine for the CCGS Amundsen research icebreaker
Amundsen Science recently acquired a new remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to enhance its ability to study Arctic marine ecosystems.
The new equipment is equipped with multi-function manipulator arms, high-definition cameras, and a sampling skid to accommodate a large quantity of organisms and sediments.
The acquisition of the ROV was mainly supported by the Major Scientific Initiatives Fund granted to Université Laval by the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
This new state-of-the-art equipment is a replacement unit, but more importantly a significant improvement over the first Amundsen observation ROV acquired in 2003 and decommissioned in 2018.
Successfully tested in sea trials aboard the Amundsen in September 2020 on the St-Lawrence, the new ROV will make its first Arctic mission in July 2021 in the Labrador Sea and Baffin Bay as part of a project led by Dalhousie University in collaboration with Memorial University, the University of Calgary, Université Laval and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Amundsen Science also aims to make the equipment available to Canadian universities and their partners for projects that can be deployed on platforms other than the CCGS Amundsen
For more information, see the equipment's Lab-O-North card ➔