Our History

iSeaMC´s expertise is based on a 25-year joint history:

1995 Start of joint R&D activities by Dr. Laurenz Thomsen and Dr. Olaf Pfannkuche on new monitoring technologies for the deep sea within the EU ALIPOR project

2001 First feasibility studies on the subject of mobile landers and the concept of a central lander within the EU ESONET Project

2003 Presentation and implementation of the „Modular Lander“ technology by Pfannkuche (K.E.R.N.-Award), presentation of 1st generation of crawler technology by Thomsen

2006 – 2014 Participation of Pfannkuche and Thomsen in EU HERMES, HERMIONE projects on anthropogenic impact on deep sea hotspot ecosystems around Europe and in the EU ESONET on new deep sea technologies

2006 Begin of the STATOIL seafloor monitoring project CORAMM on the effect of drill cutting discharge. Coordination by Thomsen, with 6 (inter)national partners. The project is linked to the EU HERMES program.

2010 Begin of crawler operations at 900 m water depth within the cabled observatory of Neptune Canada off Vancouver Island

2011 Begin of MoLab (modular multidisciplinary seafloor observatory) operations of Pfannkuche in Norwegian waters

2011 Participation in Mørvin Lander project off the Lofoten on seafloor monitoring

2013 Begin of ROBEX Project on robotic exploration of extreme environments by the Helmholtz Association

April 2016 Company foundation

June 2018 Start of ARIM project

August 2019 Delivery of first ROSSIA crawler to France

2022 Delivery of UXO prototype crawler to Flinders University, Australia
2022 Contract with SeaTerra on license agreement and future R&D