“It's remarkable that so much of the deep sea has never been seen by human eyes at a time when we are viewing the far reaches of the universe using modern technology.”
European Marine Board; Position Paper 22, Sept. 2015.


REINFORCE the national capacity for autonomous and extended range deep-sea exploration and monitoring. 

AFFORD scientists and commercial operators in Portugal the means to open and explore the deep sea frontier using advanced autonomous vehicles and associated systems. 

ACCELERATE the national development capability in the deep-sea domains, taking the first step towards opening the deep-sea frontier for autonomous exploration and mapping.


Develop a deep-sea AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) to cover the deep-sea areas of the national remote oceanic areas, up to 3000 meters depth, while cooperating with other surface or deep-sea autonomous vehicles. 

The system will be designed to comply with the requirements of three typical scenario missions (while leaving the flexibility for other future developments): 

1. Data download and water column profiling; 
2. Resource exploration and mapping; 
3. High resolution habitat mapping.


Multiple Cooperative Autonomous Vehicles


CEiiA is a Centre of Engineering and Product Development that designs, implements and operates innovative products and systems alongside our partners in the aeronautic, mobility, naval/offshore and automotive industries.
Instituto Superior Técnico is the largest and most reputed school of Engineering, Science and Technology and Architecture in Portugal. IST aim is to give students and alumni the education and the knowledge tools to improve, to change and to shape society.
The Portuguese Sea and Atmosphere Institute, I. P (IPMA, IP), is a public institution, part of the indirect administration of the State.
The EMEPC is a governmental structure with a mission to prepare and monitor the process of extending the continental shelf of Portugal. EMEPC contributes to the enhancement of the technical and scientific skills required for deep sea operations.
Institute of Marine Research, was founded on 3 October 1991, as non-profit private association. The Institute of Marine Research presently has 13 Associated Partners among Universities and other Institutions.
Argus is manufacturer of electrical ROVs which are designed and built in Bergen, Norway. We have also extensive experience with operating Argus ROVs, for the oil and gas and subsea power cable industries, research institutions and militaries.