Innovative Technology Development

Innovative Technology Development

Inland-Gulf Maritime is constantly developing new technology for the maritime industry. Our Research & Development team is currently in development of proprietary projects of interest to, and in conjunction with government agencies such as National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the US Navy, US Coast Guard, and the Department of Homeland Security. We are also in development of technologies for private clients such as BP and Science Applications International Corporation. During the Deepwater Horizon spill response, Inland-Gulf Maritime developed a unique response solution, the Subsurface Jetting Rover (patent pending U.S. 61/463155), for locating, mapping, sampling and removing submerged oil mats (SOMs) and oil fragments on the ocean floor. The Subsurface Jetting Rover is a hydraulically powered, remotely operated vehicle that can be tethered to a shore-side or vessel-based operator station or configured for self-propulsion.

  • Utilizing variable pressure, multi-directional water jets temporarily lift tar fragments in a suspended chamber. Linear water flow through the chamber directs tar into a collection separation trap, allowing sand to filter back to the ocean floor. Crew members empty trapped material into a collection bin while the Subsurface Jetting Rover continues working.
  • Side-scan sonar and external cameras provide the operator with feedback on the track of the device and allow monitoring of any possible obstructions.
  • Wavelength-specific ultraviolet lights and an internal color video camera fitted with a photometric filter allow the operator to detect SOMs while logging a GPS waypoint in realtime.

The Subsurface Jetting Rover can effectively detect, suspend, and collect sample oil material with little disturbance to the surrounding marine environment. To learn more about our Subsurface Jetting Rover, contact Inland-Gulf Maritime at info@inland-gulf.com or (404) 392-6710.