Containerised Autonomous Marine Environmental Laboratory (CAMEL)


Containerised Autonomous Marine Environmental Laboratory (CAMEL)

Deployment and use of the Containerised Autonomous Marine Environmental Laboratory (CAMEL) facility

The capacity of many Small Island Developing States to conduct marine scientific research within their extended economic zones is limited by the fact that they cannot afford to design, build and operate the research vessels required to achieve the necessary geographic coverage or sampling rate. In order to address this limitation and provide beneficiary countries and remote areas with access to state of the art scientific equipment the CME Programme has funded the development and deployment of the Containerised Autonomous Marine Environmental Laboratory (CAMEL) – a fully containerised facility that can be shipped to any port and deployed from a quayside, beach or vessel, which houses autonomous systems that can be used by SIDS to map and monitor their own marine environments.

The CAMEL Facility is operated by the NOC and comprises an unmanned surface vessel (USV) and three separate payloads for scientific data collection. The equipment is contained in two 20’ ISO containers which are used for transportation and operations.

The CAMEL Facility has been successfully deployed for scientific data collection twice in the Commonwealth of Belize in 2018 and again 2019, and once in Dominica in 2019.


Terry Wood
Principal Investigator

James Burris


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