In cooperation with the hydrography department and the University of Bremen, gas leaks from the sea bed or pipelines could be autonomously detected and inspected by underwater vehicles, lately.
In order to create a first data base, the AUV SeaCat was used with two different SwapHeads in the North Sea, south of the Doggerbank. This area is known for several gas leaks.
Despite bad weather conditions causing 3m high waves, a few missions could be conducted. Still, the data collected was less than the actual target value.
However, the University employees, already owning an AUV of the Canadian company ISE, were considerably impressed by the SeaCat's capabilities.