Ulmatec Baro AS was established in 1981 under the name Baro Mek. Verksted AS. Main products then was “back deck” equipment for seismic vessels (winches etc), in addition to smaller repairs of all kinds of vessels.
The co-operation with the seismic market gave ideas to different types of solutions to improve the seismic operations. The first product constructed, was the Baro Gun Handling System. This system simplified the launching and retrieving of the seismic sources. Damages caused by dragging the air-guns aboard the vessels was eliminated, and the system also proved to be very safe for the crew. All manual operations could be performed in safe environment on the back deck.
Shortly thereafter, the idea to a diverter unit came up. Giving the seismic companies the possibility of towing two streamers behind each vessel would improve the efficiency of the vessels. The main problem to solve was to ensure the stability of the deflector units. After a period of testing, the first Barovane was launched in 1985. This little deflector was a success, and since then, a lot of development have been performed to make larger ‘vanes with higher efficiency and more lift. Today most of the seismic companies are using our Barovanes. Since 1994 we have been working with composite materials, and this paved the way to efficient production of NACA foil profiles. The launch of a new ‘vane generation in 1999 was a giant step forward and turned out to be a game changer in the industry. Continious development have made the foundation for a wide range of Barovane deflectors for any need. These days Barovanes are also available with active steering!
Since 1996 Baro also have had a thermoplastic department where numerous floats in different sizes have been manufactured.