Since January 2016, Bill  Spencer has been running the Dartmouth branch of Kraken Sonar, the Newfoundland-based marine tech firm that moved into Nova Scotia at the same time. Since starting there, Spencer has brought on board four of his former Rolls-Royce colleagues — mechanical engineers Henry Vietinghoff and Ryan Ferguson, electrical engineer James Mallett and designer Dan Kehoe.

Spencer told the Chronicle Herald they’re designing an autonomous launch and recovery system for Kraken’s Newfoundland designed and built Katfish, a torpedo-like device that captures high resolution images of the seabed in real time.