Cellula Robotics was awarded a multi-million dollar contract from Fukada Salvage & Marine Works and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) to provide a customized CRD100 seafloor drill system.

The CRD100 is a fourth-generation seafloor drill designed to operate in waters down to 3,000m depth for borehole sampling and mineral exploration. The CRD100 provides an unprecedented level of intelligent control that facilitates efficient core sampling. A wireline tool system further enhances the speed of operation.

Built on proven subsystems, the standard CRD100 is self-contained with a 100 HP power pack. Using commercial off the shelf (COTS) ‘size H’ drilling tools, the standard CRD100 can sample for 65M of continuous coring. The JAMSTEC CRD100 includes less ‘size H’ tooling but also supports optional tools for surface sampling (T146) and large cased boreholes.

The project includes the seafloor drill, offshore control van and drill tooling. All equipment will be delivered in July 2015 and will undergo sea trials in March 2016.

Fore more information, please contact Cellula.