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Teledyne Marine Supports NEKTON Deep Ocean Exploration in Seychelles Expedition

Teledyne Marine are delighted to announce that the company has entered a partnership with the NEKTON Deep Ocean Exploration as an official subsea technology partner through value-in-kind contribution of equipment, technology and support.

Teledyne Marine and Nekton have a shared common goal to lead the discovery and increase the understanding of the ocean.

EM 1 Survey boat equipped with a Teledyne RESON SeaBat T50 P ER Multibeam Sonar and Teledyne PDS acquisition software Survey boat equipped with a Teledyne RESON SeaBat T50-P ER Multibeam Sonar and Teledyne PDS acquisition software

The purpose of the expedition in the Seychelles' is a major global scientific collaboration that aims to create a step-change in our knowledge of the Indian Ocean and catalyse its sustainable governance. The Seychelles covers an exclusive economic zone of 1.4 million square kilometres. The expedition will be carried out in specific areas within the plateaus of designated outer islands with depths of up to 500 metres.

Teledyne Marine, with its wide array of sensors and technology, is a key partner and extensive technology provider to this important scientific discovery opportunity. Teledyne Marine is providing:

  • The Teledyne RESON advanced T50-P SeaBat multibeam echosounder installed on a small survey launch used for high resolution seafloor mapping and acquisition of unprecedented clean data
  • The Teledyne RD Instruments Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) Workhorse mounted on the mother ship, the Ocean Zephyr, to measure the current in the water column. The multibeam echosounder and the ADCP both serve the dual purpose of supporting safe deployment of the submersibles, as well as providing data to the scientific team onboard.
  • Two Teledyne software packages are in use during and after the expedition; Teledyne PDS acquisition software for data acquisition and real time data viewing, and Teledyne Caris HIPS & SIPS for post processing of the hydrographic data on the mother vessel.
  • Teledyne Bowtech HD cameras and LED lights are mounted on the manned submersibles and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). These tools are vital in the study of the ocean health and will also provide live broadcasts with NEKTON’s media partners.
  • In addition, Teledyne has supplied a Teledyne SeaBotix ROV LBV300-5 Mini fitted with Teledyne BlueView high-resolution forward-looking sonar systems M900-2250. The BlueView sonar enables long range visualization beyond the range of visibility of underwater cameras.

EM 2 Submersible equipped with Teledyne Bowtech lights and camerasSubmersible equipped with Teledyne Bowtech lights and cameras

Teledyne also has a team of engineers in the Seychelles to support mobilization and to train the NEKTON team in the field.

“This expedition is a bold step to accelerate our scientific understanding of the state of the Indian Ocean and we couldn’t be doing this without the equipment, technology and support that Teledyne have provided us with. With Teledyne by our side as our official subsea Technology partner, we are able to carry out a health check of the ocean, “says Oliver Steeds, Nekton’s Mission Director.

“We are extremely excited to be part of this important deep ocean expedition and to ensure the success of this scientific exploration and conservation. The health of our oceans impacts our lives tremendously and we are delighted that we can contribute with our equipment, enabling the mission to observe through cameras, light and sonars, as well as ensuring safe deployment of the team into the waters. Seeing our equipment in action, delivering data from the first live broadcasts and dives is a momentous experience,” says William Egan, VP of Sales and Marketing, Teledyne Marine, “we will be sharing more news, stories and updates as the project continues in March 2019”.

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About Teledyne Marine

Teledyne Marine is a group of leading-edge subsea technology companies that are part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated. Through acquisitions and collaboration over the past ten years, Teledyne Marine has evolved into an industry powerhouse, bringing Imaging, Instruments, Interconnect, Seismic, and Vehicle technology together to provide total solutions to our customers. Each Teledyne Marine company is a leader in its respective field, with a shared commitment to providing premium products backed by unparalleled service and support.

About Nekton

The Nekton Ocean Research Institute is on a mission to explore and conserve our last great wilderness - the deep ocean, our planet’s beating heart. It is our largest ecosystem and yet the least known – 95% of our seas are unexplored. The health of our planet depends on the health of our oceans. We rely on them for food, water, and a stable climate. Half of the oxygen we breathe comes from the oceans.

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Established in Oxford in 2015, Nekton aims to bring about real, meaningful change in our knowledge and understanding of the ocean. We undertake research missions that explore the deep ocean to speed up the governance and protection of our seas.

The Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute (‘Nekton’) works in collaboration with the University of Oxford and is a UK charity.

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