Blue Ocean Monitoring (BOM) has entered into a strategic business alliance with Sea Technology Services (STS) in a bid to extend its ocean monitoring business into Africa.
Under the deal, Sea Technology Services will support BOM with regional experience, expertise in autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and engineering support.
Initially, BOM will base one Slocum Glider in Cape Town to be deployed on regional ocean monitoring programmes. STS will offer associated marketing and engineering support services for this initiative.
BOM managing director Simon Illingworth said: "We are delighted to be working with such a high calibre group and have no doubt that their local knowledge and expertise will be a key part of the Alliance’s success.
"We look forward to strengthening this exciting new relationship and venture in the future."
With this alliance, the firms aim to become the leading ocean monitoring robotics service providers for survey companies in Africa, BOM stated.
Demand for ocean monitoring programmes in the country is increasing as a result of activity in the natural resources sector.
STS managing director Derek Needham said: "We are aware of multiple regional ocean monitoring programmes for which we can now tender using the joint capabilities of the alliance.
"More broadly speaking, we have set our sights on becoming the leading ocean monitoring business for survey and other companies in Africa."
BOM also said that there has been rapid growth in the awareness that ocean robotic platforms are able to offer an additional tool to supplement and improve existing and emerging ocean survey techniques.