Australia-based Blue Ocean Monitoring has contracted Ashtead Technology to store, maintain and supply underwater gliders for ocean data monitoring.

Blue Ocean Monitoring uses autonomous subsea and surface glider technology to provide ocean data solutions.

Under the deal, Blue Ocean will be able to expand its global service offering and provide asset management services, as well as project support from its Aberdeen, Houston and Singapore offices.

Blue Ocean Monitoring managing director Simon Illingworth said: "Initially used extensively for academic and military applications, these gliders are now increasingly being embraced by the oil and gas community for a wide range of purposes.

"Oil and gas applications include pipeline leak detection, oil spill response, decommissioning studies, dredge/construction plume monitoring, environmental monitoring and metocean studies."

"The gliders can be equipped with a choice of over 40 different sensors, and can be deployed in the water for up to a year at a time."

Ashtead’s gliders operate using either buoyancy or wave motion propulsion mechanisms and can transmit data in real-time.

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The gliders can also be recovered easily and help to minimise both project costs, and health, safety and environmental risks.

Ashtead Technology commercial director Tim Sheehan said: "Through this exclusive agreement, Ashtead will hold gliders in each of its bases around the world, from where we will store, maintain and supply them providing our customers with a new, proven technology solution for ocean data collection.

"The gliders can be equipped with a choice of over 40 different sensors, and can be deployed in the water for up to a year at a time."

The weather-resilient gliders can be deployed and controlled anywhere across the globe and have no environmental impact, Ashtead said.

Image: Ashtead’s gliders have the capability to transmit data in real-time. Photo: © Ashtead Technology.