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Underwater vehicles are vital to port & harbour security, naval and scientific exploration, underwater cleaning etc. This fun-filled and challenging competition aims to introduce students to this fascinating world so that they can explore career opportunities in this field. The competition will spur interest and promote education in this area and motivate young and aspiring engineers and scientists to further pursue this field.

The competition aims at the following long term goals

  • Address shortage of skilled individuals to support advanced marine engineering in Word
  • Reach more students & get them interested in the industry. Help students develop the skills
  • support marine engineering early on through fun filled activities
  • Complement & expand educators’ knowledge and expertise in this field



2.1.    The team of contestants have to design and build a remote operative vehicle (ROV).

2.2.    The mission involves the picking up of as many objects (cargoes, one at a time) from the middle section of the tank and dropping them in baskets at either ends of the tank. At the end of each run the number of objects in each basket ideally should be equal. each pair (one in each basket) gets four (4) points and remaining unpaired objects in the basket get one point each. they shall be awarded double the points, as well as a bonus of two (2) points on condition that the robot(s) deliver(s) at least one (1) object into the basket.

2.3.    While doing so they would have to maneuver through window frames which will be non magnetic on either sides of the tank.


  • The game will be played in an L-shaped tank of dimension: 1425mm x 1425mm x 500mm. The tank has a glass of 12.5 mm thickness. See Figure 1 for details.
    • There shall be two rectangular window frames, 30mm thickness, and one on each section of the tank 500mm from the ends of the tank. See Figure 2 for detailed dimensions.
    • The centre section of the tank will have a bump which is 12.5mm in height.
    • In the central area of the tank there shall be a cargo holder containing 16 objects arranged in a grid. This holder will be elevated from the tank floor by about 2 cm. See Figure 1 layout.
    • The cargo holder will be a square of 100mm sides with the sixteen objects arranged in a grid. The cargo holder will be made from a non-magnetic material. See Figure 3.
    • The cargo to be lifted will be marbles. The marbles are ceramic in nature and will have a diameter of around 15-17mm weighing 3 to 7g each.
    • A black tape, 4 to 5cm wide, will run through the centre of the tank and on both sides of the tank at a height of 20cm from the bottom.
    • There are two basket areas at both ends of the tank. There will be a barrier of about 2cm in height separating the basket from the rest of the tank.
    • The water depth in the tank will be 40 cm and flush with the top of the rectangular window frames mentioned in 3.2 above.

Figure 1: Examples of tanks (in mm). Can change according to the conditional field

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