New Triton submarines to debut at Monaco
Published: Tuesday, 13 August 2013
Triton broke new boundaries when it launched the Triton 3300/3 in 2011 with the largest and thickest acrylic sphere ever produced for a submersible vessel. Since its launching, it has played a very important role in filming of marine life and also scientific research.
The new generation of Tritons set for unveiling at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show will include four, six and eight-passenger versions. A two-seater model rated for 5,000 feet and the 36000/3 Full Ocean Depth, which is rated for whopping 36,000 feet, will also be on show. The latter will be able to plumb the world’s deepest trenches.
The 36000/3, as the name denotes, is a three-crew machine capable of 4 knots. Measuring 13.5 feet by 13.5 feet and 8.2 feet tall, it weighs 19,840 pounds and can carry a payload of 770 pounds. Its rate of descent is 300 feet per minute so it can reach the ocean's deepest points in about two hours. All control and monitoring is carried out via a wireless fibre optic system which transmits light through the glass hull which also has touch-screen functionality.
To complement it line up of new submersibles, Triton will also be showcasing its innovative submersible support vessel (SSV) designs. Amongst these will be the Triton Launch and Recovery Catamaran (LARC), an extremely efficient SSV with a top speed of 20 knots and a range of about 1,000 nautical miles.
Triton’s President, Patrick Lahey stresses that these new models will set new standards for performance and will lead the industry in innovative new technologies. They will also prove ideal additions to the array of superyacht "toys", especially for explorer vessels.