SEAMAGINE KEY ADVANTAGES

Superior Design - High Quality - Proven Track Record - Long Term Support

10 IMPORTANT POINTS TO CONSIDER

When Studying Personal Submarines

There are a number of important points to consider when evaluating a submersible than simply seeing a transparent bubble and its depth rating or size. A comprehensive overview on key points need to be considered that will reflect the submarine's key advantages not only on its design but also on its safety for operation, practicality at sea, comfort for passengers, and long term value of the vessel. The following points that are taken into account on SEAmagine's submersibles provide good references on how to evaluate a submarine and its suitability for operations.

 

1. WHY SUBMERSIBLE GEOMETRY MATTERS

SEAmagine's innovative Aurora technology is a revolutionary approach to the design of personal submersibles, maximizing the field of view of the spherical cabin and providing the personal manned submersibles an unparalleled vista. The occupants in SEAmagine's manned submersibles have a view, unobstructed by top hatches and side pontoons that provide the sensation of entering the underwater world, as opposed to simply observing it. When floating at surface the submersibles have a high freeboard as a stable platform for people to walk on. Telescopic handrails come up from the top deck to provide a safe environment for people to board in a variety of sea states. The Aurora personal manned submersibles offer a solid and straight back stern designed to securely dock to the support ship, further improving safety and logistics. The Aurora personal manned submarines fields of view are greatly enhanced by moving the access hatch away from the top of the window into a separate compartment behind the main cabin. Its unique ability to tilt at surface provides an extremely stable platform for boarding, which does not require obtrusive forward pontoons that severely restrict peripheral viewing. A specifically designed aft section provides a secure arrangement that can be firmly tied to the support vessel, providing a stable platform for boarding. This well thought out approach, the product of design innovation and operating experience, is important in ensuring safety and comfort while boarding from the yachts, even in rough sea conditions.

 

2. WHY SURFACE LOGISTICS ARE PARAMOUNT

The ease and safety of submersible operations is primarily defined by surface logistics more than the underwater aspects of a submarine dive. SEAmagine's remote external controls allow the submersible to be maneuvered at surface without the need to even open the cabin, drastically simplifying surface logistics. The ability to tow a submersible effectively expands the possibilities of operating at remote dive sites away from the mother ship. The Aurora is designed to be towed backwards, thus protecting the acrylic cabin, and the angled orientation helps to lift the submersible out and on top of the water as opposed to digging into it, increasing the efficiency of the operation.

 

3. SAFE PASSENGER BOARDING

When floating at surface, the Aurora offers a solid and stable platform with a high freeboard and a horizontal walking deck, assisted with telescoping hand rails, to guide the boarding process to the large top hatch. The purposely designed stern provides a secure docking arrangement to enhance the convenience of the boarding process, critical for rough weather operation.

 

4. ESSENTIALS FOR PASSENGER COMFORT

Passenger comfort is not simply defined by how large the cabin size is but, as the Aurora model offers, it begins with the ease and safety of the boarding process. A large access hatch, comfortable and spacious seating configuration, reliable environmental controls with air conditioning, and a panoramic field of view unobstructed by any top hatch or side pontoons, all add up to deliver a truly exceptional underwater experience.

 

5. THE IMPORTANCE OF OPERATIONAL ROBUSTNESS

Sea conditions can be unpredictable and although a dive may begin in ideal conditions, it may end in inclement weather. Besides the need for the safe transfer of passengers, the vessel needs to be securely docked and recovered on the mother ship. In high winds and seas the submersible needs to be robust enough to survive without damage. SEAmagine submersibles have a long successful history of operating in a range of adverse conditions and remote locations, and that heritage is carried over into the Aurora design.

 

6. IMPORTANT PROPULSION CONSIDERATIONS

In addition to having high power thrusters, it is important to have excellent maneuvering capability in all directions and not simply top forward speed. The Aurora, with a speed of over 4 knots, has 6 vectored thrusters that allow the craft movement in all directions on the horizontal plane, including directly sideways and rotation around the center axis. Furthermore, the vectored vertical thrusters allow vertical maneuvering up and down, as well as sideways descent and ascent giving the ultimate handling configuration.

 

7. WHY MODULARITY FOR ADDITIONAL TOOLS MATTERS

Over time, SEAmagine's customers have continued to add new features to expand their submersible's capabilities. Robotic arms, fly-out ROVs that can be controlled from the cabin, and 360 degree panoramic HD video cameras are among the many options. The Aurora's equipment interface modularity allows for all existing equipment to be integrated after delivery, with room for expansion in the future as new technology is developed.

 

8. A CRUCIAL INGREDIENT - PROVEN LONG TERM TECHNICAL SUPPORT

SEAmagine has been supporting its clients for the past 20 years and established a solid training program for submersible pilots, support crew, and ship engineers. The need and requirements of clients around the world vary continuously and the owners, captains, and crew need reliable support from their submersible manufacturer. SEAmagine has pioneered this necessity from its inception, and has a documented track record established over many years.

 

9. FORMAL CLASSIFICATION APPROVAL

SEAmagine’s submersibles are not experimental vessels and are built under the approval process of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) an international maritime classification organization. All SEAmagine submarines are classed A1+ by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) that performs all inspections and surveys on each submersible constructed. All design elements are reviewed by ABS’s engineering review board and the manufacturing and testing surveyed by their field operations. SEAmagine’s total dedication to safety and quality of all its commercial submarines and yachting submersibles has gained the respect of many of the regulatory groups in the world. SEAmagine has a very close and strong working relationship with ABS, both at the engineering review headquarters in Houston, and at the Survey Office in Long Beach California.. All SEAmagine submarines are classed A1+ by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) that performs all inspections and surveys on each submersible constructed. All design elements are reviewed by ABS’s engineering review board and the manufacturing and testing surveyed by their field operations. SEAmagine’s total dedication to safety and quality of all its commercial submarines and yachting submersibles has gained the respect of many of the regulatory groups in the world. SEAmagine has a very close and strong working relationship with ABS, both at the engineering review headquarters in Houston, and at the Survey Office in Long Beach California.

 

10. COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAM

It is important that the submersible has a well-structured training program not only for the submarine pilot but also for the support crew as well as the technical support members. SEAmagine developed its initial submersible pilot training program in conjunction with the US Coast Guard in 1999. From this base the program has expanded over the years, and is today an extremely well structured and proven process. The objective of the training program is not only to have trained submersible pilots, but to also ensure that the full crew of the ship is familiar with the overall operation and its contingencies.

 

WHY SEAMAGINE SUBMARINES ARE THE ANSWER

 

HISTORY - HERITAGE - INNOVATION - LEADERSHIP - TRACK RECORD

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LEADING SUBMERSIBLE TECHNOLOGY SINCE 1995

Since 1995, SEAmagine has been at the forefront of technology and innovation in the field of small manned submersibles. We are a customer orientated company that takes our highly regarded submersibles and customizes them to the client’s needs and infrastructure. The core systems developed over the past 20 years, well known for their simplicity and reliability, represent the backbone to all our personal submarines.

 

CUSTOMER ORIENTED FOCUS

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SEAmagine is in the business of providing full solutions and ensuring each of its clients establishes a successful submersible operation that meets their specific objectives. Whether the objectives are to obtain incredible experiences for yacht owners or to setup a powerful professional marine diving operation, SEAmagine’s job is not complete until its clients are successful in the field. We do this through the ingenious design of our submersibles and providing long term support through training and field services.

 

USEABILITY

SEAmagine submersible designs pay strong focus on ensuring that the subs can be used in a variety of weather conditions, can operate from a variety of platforms, can be applied to wide range of uses, and that it enhances a seamless operation. SEAmagine’s long history and successful track record is a testament to its designs, engineering leadership, comprehensive training approach, and professional long term support.

 

RELIABILITY

Our history has a long track record. Whether for occasional or everyday use, SEAmagine submersibles perform on the day needed, at the time needed, with a minimal amount of maintenance. This reliability is achieved through a design philosophy focused on robustness and elegant simplicity, and a manufacturing process with extensive quality control and detailed finish. The attention to details is key to ensuring this reliability and safety of each submersible, which is further enhanced with our training and long term technical support, keeping each operation running smoothly at all times.

 

EXPERIENCE

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SEAmagine, founded in 1995, is the initial company that focused on developing the personal submersible industry and it is unmatched by any other organization with the breadth of its track record and over 12,000 dives accumulated on its fleet. Our long successful track record whether regarding designs, manufacturing, technology implementation, customization, training, or field operations, provides us invaluable expertise, experience, and know-how that we bring to our clients project to ensure they are successful.

 

INTEGRITY

SEAmagine stands 100% behind all its submersibles and its professional services. We strive to offer the highest level of performance and customer satisfaction whether in the yachting or commercial arena. This dedication to each of our clients is on a long term basis and not simply upon delivery of each submersible.

 

AFTER DELIVERY DEDICATION IN PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AND LONG TERM SUPPORT

SEAmagine initially developed its submersible pilot training program in conjunction with the US Coast Guard and has been training submersible pilots for its submersibles since 1999 with an excellent track record regarding safety and ensuring all personnel become highly qualified at performing submersible operations. Our long term dedication on the training and technical support after delivery of each submersible is key in providing ongoing proficiency to all personnel, and helping to ensuring that each submersible maintains good value over its life cycle.

 

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