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Triaxus is a remotely pilotable towed vehicle capable of carrying a variety of instrumentation. Constant depth towing or undulating profiles (e.g. cyclic depth pattern from the surface to 200m) are possible. Towing speed depends on the tow profile, instrumentation payload and prevailing conditions. Typically, undulations from the surface to 200m are possible at 8knt, with slower speeds for deeper profiles and faster for constant-depth towing. Maximum achievable depth is typically 350m at vessel speed 6kts.
A CTD that is towed behind the ship to take horizontal profile measurements of the water column.