Underwater metal detectors are waterproof metal detectors that generate an electromagnetic field for detection of ferrous, non-ferrous, and other metals located inside the water. Underwater metal detectors can locate and then pinpoint and track metal objects from a distance, depending on its capability. Underwater metal detectors detect underwater metal objects through audible, visual, and vibration of detectors when a metal object is detected.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is focused on procuring technologically advanced underwater metal detectors for its emergency responders through its System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) program. U.S. based underwater metal detector manufacturer, Atlantic Diving Supply (ADS) received orders for underwater metal detectors from Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the U.S. for marine diving, lifesaving, and search and rescue equipment. Thus, rise in the U.S. government’s procurement of underwater metal detectors is increasing the demand for underwater metal detectors in the U.S. and other North American countries.
The global underwater metal detector market is segmented by technology into pulse induction (PI) metal detectors, very low frequency (VLF) metal detectors, and broadband spectrum (BBS) metal detectors. In terms of product type, the underwater metal detector market can be segmented into hand-held metal detectors, boat towed metal detectors, remote metal detectors, and others. Based on use, the underwater metal detector market can be segmented into metal detectors used in fresh underwater and metal detectors used in salt underwater. The segmentation of the underwater metal detector market by application includes military, government, commercial (detection of coins, relics, and jewelry), and divers among others.
In pulse induction metal detector technology, the detectors use a single coil to send electronic signals or pulses underwater toward the sea bed. The electronic signals ignore the sand, ground minerals, and other substances present in the sea floor but detect metal objects both ferrous and non-ferrous. Pulse induction metal detectors have less metal object detection capability than very low frequency metal detectors but are not affected by underwater ground minerals. Sometimes pulse induction underwater metal detectors provide false sound from ground minerals and salt, so are best suited for detection of metal objects in salt water. Very low frequency metal detectors use two coils to send electromagnetic signals and are more capable of detecting metal objects from junk sea objects than pulse induction metal detectors but are more sensitive to underwater ground minerals and salt and are better suited for detection of metal objects in fresh water. Boat towed underwater metal detectors have greater metal object detection range capacity than hand-held underwater metal detectors. Remote metal detectors can be attached to any remote operating vehicle (ROV).
Geographically, the global underwater metal detector market can be segregated into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and South America. North America is expected to be a prominent market for underwater metal detectors during the forecast period. The U.S. is expected to dominate the underwater metal detector market in North America during the forecast period, followed by Canada. Europe is a significant market for underwater metal detectors. Germany, the U.K. and France are leading markets for underwater metal detectors in Europe. Asia Pacific is expected to be a major underwater metal detector market in the world. China is expected to be a leading market for underwater metal detectors in the region. Japan, India, and South Korea are expected to be prominent underwater metal detector markets in Asia Pacific. Middle East & Africa is a significant market for underwater metal detectors, with GCC expected to hold a major share in the region. South Africa is another major market for underwater metal detectors in Middle East & Africa. Brazil is expected to a major underwater metal detector market in South America during the forecast period. Argentina is another significant market for underwater metal detectors in South America.
Major companies operating in the global underwater metal detector market include Tesoro Electronics, Garrett Electronics, Inc., JW Fishers, White’s Electronics, Aquascan International Ltd., CEIA USA, Kellyco Metal Detectors, Minelab Americas Inc., Atlantic Diving Supply (ADS), and Treasure Cove.
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