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Aqua Explorer 2000 configuration

Platform: Aqua Explorer 2000
Manufacturer: Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding
Commercial Operator: Kokusai Cable Ship Co Ltd


Main use of AE2000 is for surveys on the seabed in advance of submarine cable laying, and on burial and non-burial cables. AE2000 is very effective for finding out failures which have occurred, or failures which have possibilities to occur in near future, and is contributing to enhance the reliability of the world’s information network further.

Since its operational procedure is programmed in the computer of the vehicle prior to a launch, AE2000 can operate without instructions from the mother vessel.
AE2000 tracks submarine cables by the data from the magnetic sensor on AE2000, records cable burial status or seabed status where cables are buried by using the still camera or TV camera, and at the same time, measures the burial depth of the cables.
When failure sections or unusual sections are found out, AE2000 investigates them, and send the collected information to the mother vessel on real time basis by using the super sonic data link.

Besides the submarine cable laying and maintenance, AE2000 can be actively used in the wide range of fields including following surveys:
  -Power cables and pipelines
  -Fishery resources
  -Sea life
  -Broad range of the environment

Physical Specs

  • Platform: Aqua Explorer 2000
  • Body Type: Oblate
  • Size (LxWxH): 3.00m x 1.30m x 0.90m
  • Body Size (LxWxH): 3.00m x 1.30m x 0.90m
  • Hull Material: ABS
  • Weight: 300.00kg
  • Maximum Depth: 2,000.00 m
  • Dynamic Buoyancy: No
  • Self-Righting: No
  • Obstacle Avoidance: No
  • Endurance (nominal load): 16 hours
  • Manufacturer Website: Link

Primary Missions

  • Cable Deployment
  • Cable Route Survey
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Geophysical Survey
  • Marine Science Survey
  • Oil and Gas Survey
  • Pipeline Route Survey
  • Seabed Mapping

Propulsion System

  • Method: Glider
  • DOF: 3
  • Hovering:
  • Nominal Speed: 0.00
  • Maximum Forward Speed: 0.00

Power System

  • Total Capacity: 0 Wh

Launch and Recovery

  • Crane

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