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ECA GROUP’S ROV H800 chosen for oceanographic research in Taiwan

Wednesday, May 05 2021
ECA GROUP delivered a ROV system to the Oceanography Institute of the National Taiwan University to conduct research projects in marine sciences

ECA GROUP has delivered a ROV system to the Institute of Oceanography at National Taiwan University (IONTU) to conduct research projects in marine sciences.

To equip their newly launched research vessel, the New Ocean Researcher 1with an extended capability to perform cutting edge oceanographic surveys in Taiwan, the IONTU was looking for a 1000m water depth rated ROV that is both compact and powerful.

Established in 1968, the IONTU is the most prestigious marine institute in Taiwan and is dedicated to interdisciplinary research and education in marine sciences. Recently, the research groups have been conducting several projects related to biodiversity exploration and conservation in the deep sea.

Taiwan’s newest and largest ocean research vessel, the 2,155-ton R/V New Ocean Researcher 1 (operated by IO NTU)


ECA GROUP’s H800 ROV has been chosen thanks to its excellent maneuverability and viewing performances, compactness as well as easy integration of sensors. Its powerful lighting and HD viewing combined with the stability offered by its powerful thrusters allow an optimum video and image quality even in dark and shallow waters, ideal for underwater survey applications. ECA GROUP' expertise in integrating any payload on the market onto its ROVs allowed to customize the system to answer the specific needs of the customer with regards to sensors and additional payloads.

Specifically for marine research applications, the H800 ROV system delivered has been equipped upon request with:

  • A latest generation Ultra HD camera allowing to store 4K videos and pictures, to gather very high quality imagery during the mission;
  • A double frequency scanning sonar and an imaging sonar, thus providing a very accurate mapping of the surveyed area;
  • An acoustic transponder, for precise tracking of the navigation and underwater positioning of the ROV system;
  • A lock latch system permitting an easy deployment/recovery into/from the sea, allowing to save mission time.
Research team of the maiden voyage of the New Ocean researcher 1 (Campaign: Sailing to Deep Blue).

Research team of the maiden voyage of the New Ocean researcher 1 (Campaign: Sailing to Deep Blue).

IONTU purchased ECA ROV H800 on board of R/V New Ocean Researcher 1

IONTU purchased ECA ROV H800 on board R/V New Ocean Researcher 1

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