Cork exercise (Ireland, 23 July – 26 July, 2018)
Irish Coast Guard hosted one of the e-URready4OS exercises, testing the adaptability of the fleet to work in a harsh environment, facilities and adding new underwater vehicles.
The training exercise was held in Cork (Ireland) from 23 to 26 July 2018 on board the Irish Naval vessel “Lé Róisín” and coordinated by Irish Coast Guard.
The Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Oceanographic Center-University of Cyprus, Universidade do Porto, University of Zagreb, Universitat de Girona, Tallin University of Thechnology, Universitat de les Illes Balears, and the Irish Coast Guard participated in the exercise. It involved 5 AUVs from different manufactures; and one USV (aPad) from UZ. In addition, the team from University of Cyprus made numerical predictions of the pollutant cloud evolution which aided in mission planning and adaptation. All of them, working in conjunction in the Atlantic Ocean.
All the team that were planned to participate in the Cork exercise, installed in their vehicles the new sensors for the detection of hydrocarbons and Rodhamina WT. New plugins for NEPTUS were developed and installed in each one of the equipment allowing a better integration of the fleet.
Two SPARUS II type AUVs, one from the University of Girona (Sparus) and the other from the University of the Balearic Islands (Turbot), joined the fleet. The size of the vehicles was one of the issues integrating these vehicles into the fleet, as they required a crane to launch and recovery.
The effort of all team members made possible to adapt the equipment to the available space into a military vessel. The planned missions were carried out in a near-real time scenario.
Another major challenge for the team involved was the weather, much more adverse than in previous exercises performed in the Mediterranean Sea. This was a great opportunity to know the limitations of the system.
During the Cork exercises the last version of a training course was given to the attendees.