The preservation of coral reefs all around the world is a main preoccupation for all Oceanography scientists. The best way to check the status of the deep coral reefs is to collect samples of coral and surrounding water, for further analysis.
What can be performed by divers in very shallow waters has to be done by dedicated ROVs for deep waters.
The Monaco Oceanography Institute has launched a 3-year campaign around the world and, to run this coral collection. This prestigious Institute selected the ECA Group H800-1000 ROV because it was meeting their requirements in terms of capabilities and performances.
The delivery and commissioning took place at the end of the 1st semester 2017, together with the training for the future operators.
Indeed, this H800 ROV specifically developed to operate at 1000m depth, is equipped, with a sonar, an acoustic positioning system with 3 transponders, a 5 function electric manipulator arm, and a motorized 6 compartments special receiver, able to store the coral sample and its surrounding water.
The Oceanographic Institute is committed, upon Prince Albert I of Monaco wishes, to enhance the knowledge about the richness and fragility of the oceans, and promote sustainable management and protection policy.
To achieve this, the Institute ensures the mediation between scientific and socio-economic actors, and the public and decision-makers.