ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Rutter Inc. has received $1.4 million in funding to build and test an advanced radar system that enhances ice detection and navigation for shipping.
Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador is funding the project under its Arctic and Harsh Environments strategic focus.
The integrated, dual polarized ice navigation and detection radar to distinguish between much harder multi-year ice and first-year ice, a major challenge for vessels operating in ice-infested waters.
Research has shown that multi-year ice responds differently to radar signals and Rutter’s new radar enhancement will inform immediate decisions on navigation
This advancement in radar technology builds on Rutter’s sigma S6 Ice Navigator system.
“With increasing commercial, marine and oil and gas activities offshore Canada and in Arctic regions, significant benefits can be gained from improved sea ice characterization, tracking and management,” said Rutter president and CEO Fraser Edison.
St, John’s-based Rutter supplies technologies to improve efficiency and safety in the marine, defence, transportation and oil and gas sectors.