U-Boat Worx has announced a new line of exploration submersibles certified for diving to depths from 100 meters to 1,000 meters. Named C-Explorers, these diving machines are available in configurations for one to six passengers.
U-Boat Worx is marketing these submersibles to scientists, research organizations, private explorers, luxury superyacht owners and aquatic tourism ventures.
The C-Explorers have a totally new design compared to the existing C-Quester models but will share the same proven technology. The product lines are complementary and will allow U-Boat Worx to provide clients with a comprehensive and economic alternative to submersibles currently on the market.
New in the C-Explorer product line is a catamaran-style design concept that is combined with a fully acrylic pressure hull to result in optimal underwater viewing. The patented floaters are flexible bags encased in a housing that automatically folds in when submerging, thereby creating minimal drag and easy storage in a standard container or on board a ship.
Bert Houtman, founder of U-Boat Worx says: "Our company has demonstrated that we are able to deliver certified subs at a more reasonable price than anyone else in the market, even when applying the latest technologies such as lithium-ion batteries. With the C-Explorers we are now looking into capitalizing on this concept by expanding our product line to be capable of diving to greater depths and also cater to a wider, more diverse group of end-users."
The internationally recognized Germanischer Lloyd classification society has been appointed to oversee and approve the design, construction and testing of all U-Boat Worx submersibles.
U-Boat Worx is currently manufacturing four C-Quester submersibles and has commenced additional construction on a C-Explorer 2 (two passengers), rated to 200 meters. The C-Explorer 2 will be first shown to the public during the Monaco Yacht Show, 22 to 25 September 2010.
The new C-Explorer design permits the subs to be configured with a wide variety of optional accessories including robotic manipulator arms, underwater navigation systems, high-definition video cameras and an integrated remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that can be controlled from inside the sub.
Prices for the C-Explorer submersibles start from 280,000 for a one-seater model up to 840,000 for a 5-seater model.