ROVs are complex machines, which are not available "off the schelf". This is especially the case for scientifically used ROVs, as these may be equipped with a large variety of tools and instruments configured to customer's demands.To make sure that all of these instruments are working solely and in combination under realistic conditions, numerous "water tests" are necessary. Therefore, the ROV team of the GEOMAR shifted their workplace from the GEOMAR to the Marine Arsenal Eckernförde in spring 2011 and to the submarine facility of the Marine Arsenal Kiel in spring 2012. Here, first and final test could be conducted, configurations and adjustments were done and newly acquired instruments thoroughly checked for operability.
In May 2012, ROV PHOCA finally was shipped to Norway for its first mission POS 434 onboard RV Poseidon.
Photos (unless otherwise noted): ROV-Team GEOMAR; for enquiries on utilisation of image material please contact Public Relations Dept GEOMAR or Dr. Friedrich Abegg.