Kongsberg Maritime conducted two training courses for new Research Vessels during February. The first course was at the University of Stockholm, which is currently testing its new Research Vessel,
Electra. This new ice-breaking vessel is 24.3 metres long and 7 metres wide. It is equipped with technical instruments for water- sediment- and geophysical sampling. Thanks to modern ship technique
and low-impact engines R/V Electra has exceptional functionality to work in a larger geographical area.
Kongsberg Maritime provided a course on the R/V Electra's KONGSBERG hydrographic equipment for the surveyers, operators and technical personell onboard. The course lasted for a week and included
lots of practical training on the KONGSBERG EM 2040 and K-Sync systems installed on the vessel. Topics included how to calibrate and how to set up the system for best performance in very shallow
water. We also showed the course participants how to find objects and structures and demonstrated best practice for easy documentation.
The following week were back in Norway to provide a course for the new Norwegian Institute of Marine Research owned research vessel, Dr Fridtjof Nansen. This new 74.5m in length, 17.40m breadth
fishery and oceanographic research vessel replaces an old vessel of the same name, which has been navigating the African coast since 1993, carrying out in-depth research in the marine ecosystems for
the EAF-Nansen Project. The new R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen is outfitted and prepared for operations in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Her primary duties will include ecosystem
studies, emphasising fishery research operations.
We provided a practical operator course on hydrographic equipment installed while the R/V Dr Fridtjof Nansen was on trials from Bergen to the inner Sognefjord. The course included modules on the
KONGSBERG EM 302, EM 710, SBP 300 and K-Sync systems, with focus on how to set up the equipment for best performance at different depths and discussions on how to prioritise between systems for
different type of jobs. During the course we logged some beautiful data, which was presented on the fly for all using the SIS.