Plymouth Marine Laboratory is part of a new centre for marine innovation, now up and running at the Oceansgate development in Britain’s Ocean City.
The Marine Business Technology Centre (MBTC) is funded by the European Union's Regional Development Fund, and has been developed in partnership with Plymouth City Council, the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter, and the Marine Biological Association.
Building on the on- and sub-sea validation range on the Western Channel Observatory (WCO) off Plymouth Sound, the centre will provide industry with access to cutting edge assets and expertise from across the partnership. A new state-of-the-art buoyed platform six miles offshore and highly sophisticated autonomous vessel and towed vehicles will also be operating in Plymouth waters. This will allow companies and research establishments the opportunity to test prototypes for new maritime technologies including autonomous devices, alternative propulsion, sensors, instruments, and environmental monitoring devices in open water.
Dr James Fishwick, Head of Technology and Operations at the WCO said: “Plymouth Marine Laboratory is excited to work as part of the MBTC collaboration to assist innovative companies primarily across Devon but also further afield to develop new marine technologies. The combination of both new and existing assets that will be made available through the project will strengthen Plymouth’s unique offer to industry and aid the formation of the collaborative UK MAR off Plymouth.”
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