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British research vessel to use N.L. company’s technology

The Rutter Inc. building at 30 Hallett Crescent in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
The Rutter Inc. building at 30 Hallett Crescent in St. John’s, Newfoundland. - Joe Gibbons

Rutter’s high definition radar data processing software is being added to the British Antarctic Survey’s new state-of-the-art Polar Research Vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough.

According to a news release, the ship, owned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is under construction at the Cammell Laird Birkenhead shipyard in Liverpool, U.K.

The RRS Sir David Attenborough is intended to carry out research in polar regions and will also serve as logistic support for British Antarctic Survey teams. It is considered to be one of the most advanced polar research vessels in the world, equipped with the latest instrumentation.

Two of Rutter’s sigma S6 systems will be installed on the ship: sigma S6 Ice Navigator and integrated sigma S6 Oil Spill Detection and WaMoS II Wave and Surface Current Monitoring.

The ice system will provide imaging and detection for safe navigation in polar seas, while the objective of the integrated oil and wave/surface current measurement system is to collect data for scientific research.

“Having our equipment on this multi-disciplinary research platform is a testament to the innovative solutions that Rutter is able to provide,” Rutter president Fraser Edison said.

“Being that the vessel is meant to be at the forefront of research in the Arctic and Antarctic, the added level of safety, data collection and information sharing made possible by sigma S6 systems will be an asset to this advanced ship.”

Rutter Inc. is an enterprise focused on providing innovative technologies and engineering solutions. Rutter’s global network supplies technologies to improve efficiency and safety in the marine, defence, transportation, and oil and gas sectors from its headquarters in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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