The U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Miami completed advanced training on their new ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) during a beautiful week at the SeaBotix headquarters in sunny San Diego. The Miami Customs Officers had previously been to SeaBotix for basic training, and had been using their 5 thruster LBV150SE-5 with Crawler Skid Assembly since December. This time, they opted for an advanced training course focusing on advanced servicing, sonar use, and hull crawling.
After completing the training, the group expressed confidence that the skills they received would not only enhance their mission-critical readiness, but would also increase their chances at receiving much desired support for additional assets in protecting the Port of Miami.
U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Miami inspects incoming ship's hulls while anchored 1 to 2 miles out awaiting their turn to dock. The team felt that with a more advanced grasp of their SeaBotix LBV, they could better perform their mission.
Federal Officer J.C. Allende enthusiastically described some of what they had learned, expressing confidence in the teams newly acquired know-how. Allende talked about learning new navigation and scaling techniques with Tritech's Seanet software, as well as honing their navigation skills with advanced sonar training. They were also challenged in the classroom with factory-installed faults they were tasked with isolating and repairing to further their mission-critical servicing skills.
The highlight of the trip was spending a day cross-training with the US Navy's Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) at the 32nd Street Naval Station. Working alongside their new Navy contacts, the Miami Customs Officers learned advanced skills in attaching their Little Benthic Crawler to the flat bottom of a barge by performing a full 180-degree rotation. This collaboration has led to agreements to cross-train in the near future both in Miami and the Bahamas.
SeaBotix takes training very seriously and strives to provide the most comprehensive program available for small ROVs at the most reasonable rates in the industry. Being one of the few ROV companies in the world with their own waterfront facilities and pier, SeaBotix is able to efficiently train clients with real-world operational scenarios at the factory. That said, the team made sure to take advantage of SeaBotix' beautiful location in San Diego. "If you work hard, you should also play hard," said the Global Sales Manager for SeaBotix. "These guys definitely work hard, so we made sure they had some fun in the evening by surfing most days after training."