Kongsberg Maritime and Simrad systems totalling 7 Million € chosen for two cutting-edge
new research vessels.
From Left: Miguel Angel Lleches, Project Manager; Agustin Mayans, Managing Director, Simrad Spain SL, Jose Ignacio Díaz, Project leader, Oceanographic Insitute, Vicente Carrasco, Sales Manager, Subsea, Simrad Spain SL, Miguel Angel González, Financial Manager, Simrad Spain SL.
Simrad Spain, the Spanish sales division for Simrad and Kongsberg Maritime has
proven its leading position in the Spanish research vessels market by signing contracts
for one of its biggest projects to date; the supply and installation of navigation,
positioning and research systems on two newbuilds for the Spanish Oceanographic
The twin 45m research vessels are specifically designed for research on the Atlantic
and Mediterranean coastal areas although both will call the port of Vigo home. The
first vessel is expected to be delivered in December 2009 and the second, a year
later in December 2010. Both vessels will be silent, in accordance with the noise
reduction recommendations set out by ICES 209.
The first contract, signed with M Cies Shipyards (www.mcies.com) in Vigo at a
value of 3,2 Million € (25,6 Mill NOK), is for the supply and installation on each vessel of the
Kongsberg Maritime Integrated K-Bridge, VDR, K-Pos with C-Joy (Dynamic Positioning),
Seapath 200, SSU (Sonar Sychnronising Unit), MDM400 (Marine Data Management), EA600
single beam echo sounder and navigation sensors. Simrad equipment is also included
as part of this contract in the form of the multi frequency EK60 echo sounder, FS20/25
and ITI trawl monitoring and other fishery research systems.
The second contract, worth 3.8 Million € (30.3 Mill. NOK), was awarded directly by the I.E.O and
consists of the supply and installation of an extensive scientific research equipment
package on both vessels, consisting of the EM710 0.5º x 1º multibeam echo sounder,
Simrad ME70 scientific multibeam, HiPAP 500 Acoustic Positioning System and TOPAS
PS18 Parametric Profiler.
"We have a lot of confidence in our ability to execute this project successfully.
Many of our engineers have experience of similar projects and in addition to the
supply and installation, we have been supporting other companies involved in the
project by working on areas such as the hull and blister design and the configuration
for classification society fulfilment," comments Vicente Carrasco, Sales Manager
for Subsea, Simrad Spain. "Our premises in Vigo, where both vessels will be based,
will also be advantageous for our work on this project."