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Univ. of Gothenburg Acquires Winch for Underwater Research

Antarctica expedition benefits from a state-of-the-art remotely operated vehicle (ROV) winch supplied by MacArtney Underwater Technology.


An icebreaking polar supply and research vessel is to map out underwater conditions in the icy waters in terms of subsurface and marine life.

The winch system, which was acquired through Swedish SubSea Solutions on the part of University of Gothenburg, will be put to good use on board South African icebreaking polar supply and research vessel S. A. Agulhas II designed to carry out scientific research and supply to South African research stations in Antarctica. Soon it will head for Antartica to carry out various underwater explorations, and on board the vessel a MERMAC R10 AHC ROV winch with active heave compensation (AHC) has been installed to ensure dependable and high-quality performance of the studies in question.

The winch system
The system supplied is an electrically driven winch ensuring robust and advanced handling systems which safely control the launch, operation and recovery of work class and inspection ROV systems. The winch is extremely dependable, offers high performance and is easy to use. Its design is compact and consists of modular systems. Several components are standardized, making it easy to specify, adapt or upgrade to the performance and capacity required.

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