U.K.-based marine systems manufacturer Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL) informs it has supplied a high-powered Vibrocorer system to the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ).
The 3-meter system was supplied with its own container for storage, with OSIL staff providing training on its assembly and use in Oostende on board RV Simon Stevin.
OSIL said its Vibrocorer has been designed as an easy to use, easy to transport modular system which minimizes dockside assemble for quicker mobilization. The system is capable of collecting cores up to 9 meters in length in dense and compacted sediments, and the specifically designed cutting shoe and core catcher minimize sample disturbance.
The system can be assembled dockside or on the vessel itself into either a 3-, 6- or 9-meter system before deploying over the stern.
A high power vibrating motor in a sealed pressure housing (rated to 600 meters) produces a vibration force of greater than 100 kilonewtons, which drives the barrel into consolidated sediments.
The unit has been designed for easy horizontal recovery on to the vessel and then easy recovery of the core barrel once back on deck, OSIL said, adding that it is simple to deploy and recover on vessels of opportunity.