Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 6 December 2019

Decoder: The Ortega MK. 1B submersible

The starting price for this submersible is Dh918,000. Here’s what makes it the coolest seafaring vessel around.
The Ortega MK. 1B is a two-person, electrical submersible. Courtesy: Ortega Submersibles
The Ortega MK. 1B is a two-person, electrical submersible. Courtesy: Ortega Submersibles

The Ortega MK. 1B is a two-person, electrical submersible. It is capable of speedy long-range travel, either on or under water. It comes fully equipped with a trim tank, on-board breathing apparatus and an on-board HUD, which supplies important navigational data. Vessels can also be equipped with integrated 3-D sonar, magnetometers and underwater A-GPS.

Measuring 5.35 metres, with 300 litres of cargo space, the Ortega MK. 1B is capable of speeds of 8 knots, and can go to depths of up to 40 metres.

It is powered by bulletproof lithium phosphate batteries. And for those concerned with stealth, the vessels feature ultra-silent motors and special noise-absorbing materials. The design is inspired by the Sleeping Beauty submersible canoe, which dates back to the Second World War.

Ortega Submersibles was launched two years ago in Twente, the Netherlands, by Filip Jonker and Daan Pol, who have so far have supplied filmmakers, research institutions, special forces, and offshore and surveying companies with their sleek creations.

The company will be showcasing its wares at Big Boys Toys 2015, which is taking place from November 18 to 21 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The event will present high-end products by about 200 exhibitors from more than 17 countries. Products will fall into 10 show categories, including drive, lifestyle, marine, aviation, digital, wellness, adventure, off-road, ride and fashion. More than 40,000 visitors are expected to attend. General admission is Dh50, but those wanting to enjoy the show in style can avail themselves of premium Club Royale tickets, where Dh5,000 will get you complimentary daily entry, vouchers for every feature at the show, several bespoke VIP experiences, including test-driving three supercars, and entry to the exclusive Club Royale corporate hospitality chalet.

sdenman@thenational.ae

Updated: November 5, 2015 04:00 AM

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