Canada's Cellula Robotics has completed factory acceptance testing of its third CRD100 seafloor drill for Fukada Salvage & Marine Works and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC).
The CRD100 is a fourth generation seafloor drill designed to operate in waters down to 3000m depth for geotechnical surveys, mineral exploration and methane gas hydrates sampling.
The CRD100 is self-contained with a 100 HP power pack. The CRD100 provides intelligent control that facilitates efficient core sampling and CPT pushes. A wireline tool system further enhances the speed of operation.
The JAMSTEC CRD100 includes “size H” tooling and also supports optional tools for surface sampling (T146) and large cased boreholes.
The drill underwent factory acceptance testing at Cellula’s Burnaby facility as well as in local waters. Sea trials will take place in February 2017.
Cellula Robotics is based in Burnaby, Canada, and specializes in the turnkey design and production of seafloor intervention and subsea robotic systems.