UK based survey specialist Gardline has ordered a suite of multibeam echosounder
products, including upgrades to its existing Kongsberg Maritime echosounders.
Gardline has purchased an EM1002S medium depth multibeam system to be installed
on the MV Ocean Seeker. The equipment will primarily be used for a two-year contract
that Gardline was recently awarded by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA),
as part of the Civil Hydrography Programme. The vessel will also benefit from the
installation of a Seapath 200 heading, attitude and positioning system.
We have also been contracted by Reid Marine, in association with Gardline to
supply survey systems for the MV Confident, which will also take part in the UK
civil hydrography program. The vessel will receive an EM3000D shallow water multibeam
system, an EA400 single beam system and the Seapath 200. Post processing of data
will be through our Neptune and Poseidon software.
As part of the ongoing relationship between Gardline and Kongsberg Maritime,
the MV Ocean Endeavour has been involved in extensive sea trials of the EM120 deep
water multibeam echosounder, which were completed recently. The goal of these trials
was to extend the boundaries of performance and efficiency, this was achieved and
Gardline will now use the system gains in normal operation. In addition, Gardline
has upgraded its existing EM1000 medium depth multibeam echosounder system on the
MV Sea Explorer to the EM1002 and as part of the same contract has upgraded its
post processing software to the latest versions.
Gardline now has 9 Kongsberg Maritime multi beam echo sounders in operation ranging
from EM3000 shallow water multibeam echo sounders to EM120 deep water echo sounders.