Friday, June 02, 2006

Combo Swimmer and Crawler for Ship Hull Inspection

SeaBotix and Vortex HC have joined efforts to build the ultimate ship's hull inspection robot.

The Little Benthic Crawler, LBC, swims like a submariner ROV then sucks onto the ship hull and rolls like small truck.
The LBC makes it possible to perform a quick-search inspection of a hull or other underwater structure but also stop and perform detailed inspection when needed.

Working prototypes have been built (see videos) and the final version of the LBC is planned for sale toward the end of 2006.

SeaBotix Inc. - LBC Hybrid ROV/Crawler



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