Institute for Maritime Technology specialise in techno-military research and development, as well as specialised products and services. IMT provides services mainly to the SA Navy, governmental departments, defence industry, broader maritime community and other commercial clients. From its many years conducting maritime scientific research, IMT has developed the world’s first VHF Data Exchange System (VDES ) base station, the Ultrasonic Broken Rail Detector (UBRD) and the Shark Repellent System (currently being evaluated by the Natal Sharks Board).