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Deep Trekker launches latest ROV

Rob Fletcher
Rob Fletcher
29 June 2017, at 9:17am

A new ROV designed for the aquaculture industry has been launched by Deep Trekker this week.

Called the DTPod, it is a submersible surveillance camera which designed for both drop camera inspections and permanent installations, providing instant video to the surface from underwater.

The DTPod is designed to be installed as a permanent fixture or used as a drop camera. The handheld controller is able to relay real time visuals and data to the surface by simply plugging in the controller topside and having the 360-degree pan and tilt camera go to work. The same splash-proof controller can allow access to an entire fleet of installed cameras without having to manoeuvre large, bulky equipment or risk a laptop near water. The DTPod will allow fish farmers to have easy access to their nets, moorings and fish behaviour and it can also be utilized as a convenient option for structural inspections, such as tanks or bridges.

The design principals are based on the same favourite features of other Deep Trekker products; portability, durability, ease of use, and low cost of ownership. The DTPod is built with rugged 316 stainless steel to withstand long installations, at depths up to 300 m. Additional options include zoom camera upgrades, wipers and thrusters when working in high current areas. Equipped with a low light HD camera and powerful LED floodlights, the camera delivers high quality imagery, making it the perfect addition to underwater ROVs.

Deep Trekker's DTPod is designed to be installed as a permanent fixture in a fish pen.
Deep Trekker's DTPod is designed to be installed as a permanent fixture in a fish pen.

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Deep Trekker’s DTG2 and DTX2 underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) are operating in more than 80 countries, many in aquaculture.

"We have been using DTG2 smart unit for more than a year now in our aquaculture operations. It worked really well for us. It took away a lot of costly dive time. This was the low cost, portable and easy to operate machine at the time we bought. I believe, it still is. The best things about this purchasing this machine is, ease of operation, very cooperative sales team and best after sale support and service. Very low down time observed with the machine too as most of minor repairs can be done on site," said Jayaprabandh Pudota, Harmful Plankton Monitor/Technician with Marine Harvest.

The DTPod design came as a response to the growing demand of aquaculture operations to have a permanent installation to quickly access to view specific areas of a site and it is billed as complementing the company’s DTG2 and DTX2 free-swimming drones, by providing a constant view of a specific area, while the ROVs can be manoeuvred to inspect nets and other areas of interest.