A prototype deep-seabed mining robot that had become uncoupled from a cable connecting it to a surface vessel has been successfully recovered from the floor of the Pacific Ocean. Patania II - GSR’s purpose-built prototype nodule collector - is currently being trialled in 4,500 m water depth in the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ) of the Pacific Ocean.
On its final dive in the GSR area on 25 April, a lifting point separated and Patania II was uncoupled from the 5 km cable that connects it to the surface vessel. Following a survey by a remotely operated underwater vehicle a recovery mission was undertaken and successfully completed on 29th April.
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