Kongsberg enters vessel market
Norway’s Kongsberg, the leading equipment manufacturer, has developed its first-ever survey vessel designed for integrating all necessary sensors for rapid operation in shallow and coastal waters as well as waterways, the GeoSwath Compact Survey Vessel (CSV). It was first shown and demonstrated at the recent Ocean Business event in Southampton alongside a futuristic-looking underwater robot, Eelume.
The development basically comprises a powerful and manoeuvrable two-person catamaran equipped with the company’s latest GeoSwath 4 shallow-water multibeam system. Road transportable on a supplied lightweight trailer and featuring a 30HP outboard motor, it ensures launch and recovery at even the remotest of venues. With a draft of only 0.35m and a dry weight of just 120kg, the vessel is capable of operating in extreme environments and utilising its GeoSwath 4R assembly, is able to map bathymetry and geo-referenced sidescan data within minutes.
The multibeam unit is mounted on a retractable pole with a pre-installed motion sensor, GPS heading and position, and a sound velocity sensor. Other facilities include a VHF radio, making the vessel approved for use at sea with an International Marine Certificate.
By David Goodfellow
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