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As part of the Multipurpose Offshore Platform, the VIMAS base (Vehicles, Instruments and Submarine Machines) has as main goal to provide a permanent service of Operational Support through a multidisciplinary fleet of cutting-edge autonomous ocean platforms and instruments, to all those activities with needs related to ocean monitoring from the perspective of technological development, marine sciences, training and cooperation with institutions and technology-based companies.

The VIMAS base has the following facilities, capabilities and service portfolio:

  • A permanent base of underwater and surface autonomous vehicles.
  • Direct, fast and with guarantees access to coastal and open-ocean waters.
  • Technical and logistic support for test and operations both in tank, confined and open waters.
  • Multidisciplinary and sectorial technological cooperation with institutions and companies.
  • Dedicated labs, workshops, boats, control room for testing, setup and repairs.
  • Highly spezialized training.


  • Wet and Dry lab (200 m2)
  • Dedicated benches and tooling
  • Ballasting area (fresh and target water)
  • Storage area
  • Control room
  • Teaching and meeting rooms
  • Transport VAN
  • Boats


  • Mission planning and performance.
  • Maintenance.
  • Subsystem integration and testing.
  • Training.
  • Deployment/Recovery/ Piloting.


  • Joining R&D projects with private and public entities.
  • Support activities into specific programs and initiatives.
  • Glider School.
  • Prototype testing.



15 days/15 people autonomy – Maximum capacity of 40 people – Test tank of 6x6x10 m – Telescopic crane with a maximum capacity of 500 Kg at 5 m – Marine crane with a maximum capacity of 20 Tn at 9 m – Gantry crane of 4 Tn maximum capacity – Submarine communication cables – Underwater electrical transformer station and electrical substation – Connection to the electricity transmission grid – Continuous monitoring system.

The infrastructure, built over a caisson which rests on the seabed, is located 1 Nm oofshore, in the NE of Gran Canaria, at 30.5 m depth and with a Surface of 5000 m2. It is comprised of the following different levels, each for a different use:

The main infrastructures installed in the platform are:

  • 2 Floating quays of dimensions 3,0 x 6,7 m. in the south corner of the structure.
  • Personnel transfer basket (by crane) capable of transporting up to four standing passengers or 2 person plus stretcher. Max gross weight: 800kg.
  • Telescopic crane with a 17,70 m. boom.
  • Sewage treatment plants: 2 treatment plants for grey (for recycling 3.500 l/d) and sewage water (around 94% reduction in BOD, 93% in SS and 80% in CDO).
  • 3x11 m3 tanks which gets sea water from different depths and 2x16 m3 tanks, one with sea water that will undergo a process of desalination and will pass to the other one where the fresh water is stored, desalination system with a capacity of 16 m3/d, fresh water tank, hand tools and other small equipment, two pallet trucks with a maximum load capacity of 2,5 tons.


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