Research and Data Collection

OceanGate Inc. provides deep-sea manned submersible solutions for subsea exploration and research initiatives for a variety of research and academic institutions. OceanGate research submersibles allow marine scientists to conduct biological, chemical, geochemical, geological and geophysical studies, viewing and sampling organisms in their natural settings. Manned research submersibles have contributed to some of the major research breakthroughs of the past 50 years, such as the discovery of widespread life at hydrothermal vents and methane seeps, and have allowed marine biologists to study life and collect intact organisms from many deep-sea environments.

A scientist makes close-up observations of an artificial reef and measures structure dimensions while viewing 2D sonar on overhead monitor.

Many of today’s research submersibles were designed by organizations with government funding to be “go anywhere, do anything” machines. The result is a very small number of high-cost submersibles and significant unmet research needs. Consequently, OceanGate provides expedition alternatives that accommodate a diverse range of exploration requirements, which include real-time sampling, collecting and experimentation. Manned submersibles have the advantage of creating real-time interaction between individuals in a collaborative underwater environment. In addition to an array of externally housed oceanographic sensors, the clear acrylic hemispherical domes on our submersibles allow for the mounting of internal optical systems and data collection in a 1-atmosphere environment.

Core Capabilities Include:
  • In-situ sampling
  • Instrument deployment, manipulation and recovery
  • On-site direct observation of natural systems
  • Selective collection at sensitive sites
Client Benefits:
  • 3, 4, 5 crew capacity to allow for onsite collaboration for multi-disciplined research team
  • Diverse HD image content library
  • Mobile, cost-effective and efficient solutions to match research and grant budgets
  • Environmentally sensitive and low impact to environment
  • Ability to change and adjust sampling and data collections tools and equipment based on research requirements

OceanGate Capabilities

Site Survey and Inspection 

Conduct continuous and extensive site surveys to inspect underwater infrastructure, wrecks or sensitive environmental habitats without resurfacing.

Research and Data Collection 

Collect research data in real-time with first-hand views, onboard collaboration and the flexibility to modify your mission profile while still on site.

Film and Media Production 

The ultimate stage to film the treasures of the deep in a highly adaptive vessel designed to illuminate the depths, capture vibrant images and document natural habitat.

Deep Sea Testing Platform 

A unique underwater testing platform to conduct a wide array of experiments to test equipment or expedite sensitive research in deep ocean environments.