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Port Couitlam company makes sale to Canadian Navy

Port Coquitlam-based International Submarine Engineering Ltd. has just sold two of these Aurora towfish submersibles to the Royal Canadian Navy.  - SUBMITTED PHOTO
Port Coquitlam-based International Submarine Engineering Ltd. has just sold two of these Aurora towfish submersibles to the Royal Canadian Navy.
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A Port Coquitlam company continues to make a name for itself underwater with a recent contract with the Royal Canadian Navy.

International Submarine Engineering Ltd. is building two high-speed Aurora Towfish, which will be used by the navy for surveying and mine detection.

Company spokesperson Linda Mackay said the Aurora technology is unique to the nearly 40-year old company and has the capability of descending 200 m below the ocean's surface with sonar equipment attached to communicate data from the bottom of the sea. It's typically transported on the Dorado semi-submersible, also proprietary technology, but for the Canadian Navy's purposes, will be suspended from a ship.

The contract was awarded by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates.

Mackay said the PoCo company has a long history in the city and continues to host schools and science co-op students. She said the Towfish and the Dorado platform vehicle are used all over the world for surveying, port security and mine detection.

dstrandberg@tricitynews.com

 

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