Cellula Robotics has successfully completed factory acceptance testing of the first CRD100 seafloor drill for Fukada Salvage and Marine Works.

The CRD100 is a fourth-generation seafloor drill designed to operate in waters down to 3,000m depth for geotechnical surveys, mineral exploration and methane gas hydrates sampling.

Built on proven subsystems, the CRD100 is self-contained with a 100HP power pack. The CRD100 provides an unprecedented level of intelligent control that facilitates efficient core sampling and CPT pushes. A wireline tool system further enhances the speed of operation. The CRD100 uses standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) size-H drilling tools, providing 61.1mm triple-tubed samples for 65m of continuous coring.

The project incudes the seafloor drill, offshore control van and a custom launch and recovery system with an active heave compensated winch. All equipment will be delivered in October 2014 and will be undergoing sea trials in December 2014.

Cellula Robotics, based in New Westminster, Canada, is a world-leading engineering solutions company that specialises in the turnkey design and production of seafloor intervention and subsea robotic systems. Cellula Robotics’ products are primarily used for geotechnical and geophysical applications worldwide. For more information, please visit the Cellula Robotics website:

Fukada Salvage and Marine Works, headquartered in Osaka, Japan, is involved in marine salvage, steel structure installation, offshore engineering and other infrastructural improvement projects. It is currently introducing deep-sea research equipment and other cutting-edge assets to a fleet of six offshore support vessels to aggressively tackle ocean development projects. For more information, please visit the website: