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Lead Welder Geoffery Ekblaw working on the assembly of the HROV (Nereus) frame in the welding shop.

A Solid Foundation

WHOI mechanical shop member Geoffrey Ekblaw welds part of the frame of the Nereus hybrid remotely operated vehicle.  The HROV is a single vehicle that will perform two very different kinds of missions: it will swim freely as an autonomous vehicle for survey work, and it will be tethered to a ship for direct control when researchers want to collect seafloor samples.
(Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Inistitution)


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