Western Brittany in France hosts many organizations, both public and private, highly skilled in under water acoustics, submarine exploration and intervention and oceanography. Sustainable exploitation of the seas and growing maritime activities reinforce the need for highly efficient technologies to limit human intervention or improve safety and security for operators. Developing these technologies requires new equipment and algorithms to be tested at sea, in the natural environment.
A Cost-effective Multi-Purpose Platform
The need for a platform to test marine and submarine equipment emerged in 2008. Stakeholders from industry, research and academia shared their needs, expertise and assets to work together in the design a cost-effective service. The project was supported by the Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique (PMBA) and certified by its Executive Board in November 2008. Sea Test Base was inaugurated in 2011, with the objective of offering cost-effective services in the best physical and technical conditions to industry, research and education to test, assess, validate, demonstrate or operate marine and submarine equipment.