Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility (CSSF)

University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia
What the facility does

Our mission is to provide Canadian and international scientists with a state-of-the-art ability to conduct ocean science and engineering in the submarine environment at a realistic cost

Areas of expertise

The Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility (CSSF) is a nationally registered not-for-profit corporation established in 1995 to manage and operate the Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Sciences (ROPOS) system.

Since its inception, CSSF has made it possible for ocean scientists to conduct research on the ecology of hydrothermal vents, sponge reefs and cold-water corals, and the geochemistry and economic potential of sulphide mineral and gas hydrate deposits, and to perform pioneering work on cabled deep-sea observatories.

Research services

ROPOS is the product of over 25 years of collaboration with world leading ocean scientists, engineers, and students who continue to push its limits through innovative and ambitious projects. From deep-sea hydrothermal vent exploration to the deployment and maintenance of ocean observatories, ROPOS has become known as the world’s most capable scientific submersible for its capabilities, versatility, efficiency, and the skill and professionalism of its operators.

Sectors of application
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Ocean industries
Remotely Operated Vehicle for Ocean Sciences (ROPOS)Scientific submersible: 40 hp Science/Work Class Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) capable of operating at depths of up to 5000 m
Remotely Operated Cable Laying System (ROCLS)A unique, simple, and robust system that enables the installation of long extension cables weighing thousands of pounds in situations that would be very costly, extremely difficult or impossible to manage from a cable ship