MacArtney Underwater Technology and Sea-Bird Scientific have joined forces to deliver no less than four state-of-the-art complete oceanographic instrumentation solutions to research vessel operators in Turkey.

The package

A key common denominator for the type of oceanographic package procured by these Turkish research clients is the powerful combination of highly versatile MacArtney CORMAC Q winches and cutting-edge Sea-Bird Scientific CTDs and water sampling systems. In addition to this, clients have opted to mix-and-match a multitude of different instrumentation options including the broad range of optical and water quality sensors from WET Labs and Satlantic offered by Sea-Bird - to form complete turnkey CTD packages corresponding with their specific scientific measurement needs. In extension of this, all installation, commissioning and training, performed by MacArtney specialists, was also included in the packages.

The vessels

The first of four Turkish research vessels to take delivery of the MacArtney and Sea-Bird CTD solution was the R/V TUBITAK Marmara built by CEKSAN shipyard for the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. The second and third Turkish research vessels to benefit from a turnkey MacArtney and Sea-Bird package was the R/V Seydi Ali Reis - a brand new scientific vessel operated by the Sinop University and the ARAMA 1 - a newly built vessel operated by the Mediterranean Sea and Fishery Institute based in Antalya. Finally, a fourth system procured by an undisclosed Turkish client, for installation on a new research vessel, has been delivered, with commissioning planned to take place during 2015.

Complete solutions and mutual success

The recent Turkey-bound CTD package orders grant tangible testimony to the strength and vast potential of the cooperation between MacArtney and Sea-Bird Scientific. “We are certainly very happy with the recent order flow and I guess one can say that we have become the preferred supplier of this type of solution within the Turkish market. This is definitely a product of two companies combining their strengths to persistently grow a market by offering a truly competitive product boasting unmatchable quality - and with more system orders in the pipeline, MacArtney is delighted to work even closer with Sea-Bird Scientific in the future” - says MacArtney Sales Manager Hans Jørgen Hansen. This opinion is shared by Casey Moore, President of Sea-Bird Scientific who states that “the systems delivered to the Turkish research vessels give testimony to the unique total-system capability and user-friendliness achieved when the systems and expertise of Sea-Bird Scientific and MacArtney are united: By joining forces, we are able to provide complete solutions - from surface to seabed - assuring our clients that the best solutions for their system requirements are also the most convenient for them to implement. This is a definite win for our customers. We look forward to continuing to develop our relationship with MacArtney to provide full service turn-key solutions to clients for years to come.”

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