Set to begin sea trials in the coming days, the world’s deepest-diving three-person acrylic submersible has been unveiled in Spain. Once complete, she will join the mothership at the Vard facilities in Brattvaag, Norway.
The entire REV Ocean team was on site at the sub’s build facilities to christen the submersible. It will be named Aurelia, a name that means ‘golden one’.
The self-propelled submersible is classed as a DSV, or deep-submergence vehicle, and will be able to reach depths of up to 2,300 metres.
Aurelia was built at Triton’s facilities in San Cugat, Spain. It will undergo rigorous testing around the Balearics before joining REV Ocean and her other submersible, ROV Aurora.
REV Ocean’s CEO Nina Jensen said, “Aurelia is absolutely incredible and perfectly designed for REV Ocean’s scientific goals and ambitions.
“With both Aurelia and Aurora now in service we have the best tag-team in the world for conducting cutting edge ocean science, education, and communications.”
Triton Co-Founder and President Patrick Lahey commented; “Triton is proud to support REV Ocean’s ambitious initiative to dive deeper, explore further and learn more about the ocean. With the introduction of the Triton 7500/3 (Aurelia), it is now possible for REV Ocean to take a pilot and two crew members on dives as deep as 2,300 meters or 7,500 feet while they enjoy the most compelling viewing experience achieved to date from inside the thickest acrylic sphere ever created.
“Aurelia will also feature several other new technologies, which increase endurance, expand utility, and enhance effectiveness in ways not possible before. At Triton, we never stop innovating and it is a privilege and an honor to work collaboratively with an organization like REV Ocean, which shares our passion and enthusiasm for ocean exploration.”