As demand grows for aquaculture to supply a sustainable source of food, technology can enable more efficient and safe operations in both coastal and deep waters. Our extensive experience in underwater industries and proven underwater technologies can assist your aquaculture projects, from operation and maintenance to ongoing environmental and integrity monitoring.
OPERATION AND MAINTANENCE
Traditionally divers have been used to carry out net inspections and repairs, perform visual assessments and remove morts. Increasingly, ROVs are being used to augment or replace diving activities. Whichever method you use, the ability to track the ROV or diver when they are carrying out works and know their position underwater is highly useful. As well as improving safety for commercial divers, tracking allows you to identify the location of any anomalies or points of interest accurately, meaning you can easily go back to a known location quickly and efficiently for repairs or further intervention.
As interest grows in offshore aquaculture, the significant benefits of moving to deeper waters bring new challenges as well as opportunities. Our extensive experience in deep water operations for the oil and gas industry means we are ideally placed to provide solutions for this developing branch of aquaculture.
When assessing a potential site or monitoring seabed changes on an ongoing basis, the use of high-quality sonar systems on AUVs offers significant benefits over traditional ship-based surveys. Wide swaths can be achieved as AUVs cruise much closer to the seabed and multiple AUVs can be deployed to reduce project timescales. Understanding the environmental and hydrodynamic conditions for offshore farms is highly important throughout the life of the project.
For large scale projects with significant infrastructure and fleets of ROVs, divers or AUVs, the ability to track locations of multiple targets easily and precisely using one system is critical. Knowing where all of your assets are and their location when they find an issue requiring further inspection or intervention speeds up subsequent work and improves safety. For large mobile structures or underwater farms, the ability to track the cage or structure itself may be needed.
Depending on the cage design, there may be a requirement to monitor mooring lines or structural integrity. Compact wireless systems with underwater telemetry solutions can provide real time or near real time data, enabling operational decisions to be made in a timely manner.
Due to the unique nature of offshore aquaculture cage design, there may not be a suitable ‘off the shelf’ product or system. Investing in a bespoke solution designed specifically for your needs can improve efficiency and deliver high quality data and information.