The Starfish Versatile Automated Shallow Water Anchor(1001-756)

Period of Performance: 10/11/2011 - 08/10/2012


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Triton Systems, Inc.
200 Turnpike Road Array
Chelmsford, MA 01824
Principal Investigator


Triton proposes to develop an automated system for shallow water anchoring/ securing, suitable for use in all bottom conditions encountered by U.S. Navy (USN) craft. Anchoring a large structure such as a floating pier along a shoreline is a labor intensive procedure using traditional anchoring hardware. Training and experience is required for personnel to anticipate a dangerous anchoring situation. Failure of anchoring hardware or failure on the part of the crew to exercise the proper judgment to avoid such a situation usually results in a costly and life threatening incident. This is particularly true in shallow water conditions near shore. The proposed innovative anchoring system will significantly reduce scope of anchor line, require less personnel and time, require less training, and reduce the likelihood of error.