Since its inception in 1974, International Submarine Engineering (ISE) not only introduced the first remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) and autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) systems to the market, but has become the standard bearer for innovation in subsea robotics systems for commercial, scientific, and military clients.
ISE’s founder James McFarlane passed away on November 1st, 2022, leaving the Port Coquitlam-based underwater pioneer adrift.
Burnaby’s Hedgehog Technologies has entered a partnership with ISE to continue McFarlane’s vision to drive innovation and advance the marine sector in British Columbia.
Hedgehog founder Michael Wrinch and McFarlane had previously worked together on previous projects including military rescue submarines.
Since McFarlane’s passing, ISE’s new CEO Lara Smith and Wrinch (pictured above) have committed their facilities, resources, talent, and experience to focus on carrying on McFarlane’s vision.
ISE and Hedgehog have a history of project collaboration including developing manned and unmanned submersibles. Their combined expertise will join forces to advance British Columbia’s marine sector.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Hedgehog,” said Lara Smith, CEO of ISE. “Our values are so aligned that it makes us natural partners, and we believe that our shared experience and history will benefit the marine industry for years to come.”
The partnership will focus on developing new technologies and processes that will increase efficiency, innovation, and improve safety in marine operations.
“Aligned with ISE’s late founder, James McFarlane’s vision, this partnership is about continuing to innovate and transform the industry,” said Wrinch. “In the spirit of collaboration, we are both united in pushing the boundaries of marine technology.”
The two companies are positioned to make a significant impact in B.C.’s marine sector while paving the way for a sustainable future.