‘KRI 934 Spica’, the second of two 60-metre hydrographic and oceanographic vessels designed and built by Ocea in France, has been handed over to the Indonesian Navy’s hydrographic service following a formal commissioning ceremony in Jakarta.

Developed by Ocea in partnership with SHOM, the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the French Navy, both multi-purpose aluminium ships, are now active in local waters and are equipped with so-called ‘Full Picture’ technology packages from Norway’s Kongsberg Maritime.

According to Ocea’s Director of Sales, Fabrice Epaud, the onboard hydroacoustic systems are able to produce highly accurate data at speeds up to 15 knots, close to almost twice that of standard survey operations. Individual items of equipment for both vessels include a HUGIN AUV, EM 2040 and EM302 multibeam sounders, an EA600 single beam echo sounder and side scan sonar in addition to HiPaP hydroacoustic positioning units. Each vessel also features its own 8m survey launch similarly equipped with Kongsberg sensors.

By David Goodfellow