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One of the Most Advanced Research Vessels in the World Using NL Ocean Tech

September 12, 2018 | Written By: Matt

NEIA member and one of NL’s most notable ocean tech companies, Rutter Inc., is making waves in polar exploration – with not one, but two of their technologies being installed on a polar exploration vessel owned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Rutter Inc. is an enterprise focused on providing innovative technologies and engineering solutions. Rutter’s global network supplies technologies to improve efficiency and safety in the marine, defense, transportation, oil and gas sectors from its headquarters in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

The RRS Sir David Attenborough, which might in fact be the coolest name for a ship ever, is being constructed at the Cammell Laird Birkenhead Shipyard in Liverpool, UK. The vessel intends to carry out extensive research in the polar region and will also serve as logistic support for British Antarctic Survey teams. Rutter will be providing two of their locally developed technologies to the vessel, the sigma S6 Ice Navigator, and the integrated sigma S6 Oil Spill Detection and also their WaMoS II Wave and Surface Current Monitoring devices.

The Ice system technology will provide imaging and data for safe travels in, what I can only imagine, are very icy polar seas, while the integrated oil and wave current measurement system will collect data for scientific research.

“Having our equipment on this multi-disciplinary research platform is a testament to the innovative solutions that Rutter is able to provide,” Rutter president Fraser Edison said.

Being that the vessel is meant to be at the forefront of research in the Arctic and Antarctic, the added level of safety, data collection and information sharing made possible by Rutter’s sigma S6 systems will be more than just an asset to this vessel, it may not be possible without it.

This is just one of many exciting stories to come from Rutter this year, with their technologies also being used in the Port of Valdez, providing Small Target Surveillance systems for the Canadian Coast Guard and delivering radar solutions to the Indonesian Marine Police.

To say it’s been an active year for Rutter, would be an understatement!


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