A cutting edge unmanned marine vessel capable of conducting research off the South West coast is now available for use by Devon-based small and medium sized businesses.
CETUS – a C-Worker 4 unmanned surface vehicle developed and supplied by L3Harris Technologies – has been purchased by the University of Plymouth and will be based at its Coxside Marine Station.
It will enable staff, students and local businesses to conduct innovative marine research within the Smart Sound Plymouth offshore proving area.
The vessel is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the University’s participation in the Marine Business Technology Centre (MBTC) project.
It joins the University’s substantial fleet of vessels and marine field equipment, and will enhance its reputation as a world-leading centre in the application of autonomous technology to conduct ocean science.
The vessel is named after a figure in Greek mythology, and CETUS is also commonly used as a name or figurehead denoting a ship unafraid of the sea.
It was delivered to the University earlier this month and has since been extensively tested, with technical staff based at the Marine Station also gaining the expertise to best support the business and scientific community.