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The Full Picture to newbuild Spanish research vessels

17. August 2005

Demonstrating the scope of «The Full Picture», Simrad Spain SL announces the signing of the public tender contract with M. Cies Shipyards in Vigo for the supply of navigation and hydroacoustic equipment for two new fishery research vessels. The contract was signed on behalf of the Secretaria General de Pesca, for vessels belonging to the Spanish Fishery Ministry, and will assist in the creation of a bigger, more modern fleet for the Spanish Research Institution.

Complete integration

Several reasons including complete integration, similar project references and local support capability factored in KONGSBERG and SIMRAD being chosen for the contract. Additionally, the Secretaria’s previous experience with Simrad, onboard the «R/V Vizconde de Eza» played a large part in the choice of the extensive package. With equipment from six Kongsberg Maritime and SIMRAD departments, the new research vessels will be more than capable of continuing the excellent work already carried out by the «R/V Vizconde de Eza».

70 metre multipurpose vessel

70 metre multipurpose vesselThe largest vessel of the two will be a 70 metre multipurpose vessel due for delivery at the end of 2006. It will conduct full ocean research operation and be equipped with:

  • Scientific equipment:
    Multibeam echosounder - EM302
    Marine data management - MDM 400
    Hydrographic echosounder - EA600
    Seapath 200
    Parametric sub bottom profiler - TOPAS PS18
    Acoustic doppler current profiler - ADCP
  • Fishery sonar equipment:
    Multifrequency echosounder - EK60
    Net sounder - ITI
    Net sonar - FS20/25
    Synchronising unit - SSU
  • Integrated bridge navigation:
    Autopilot - AP50
    Gyro - CG80
    AIS - AI80
    SART - SA50
    Electronic chart system - CS56
    Communications
    Radars - DataBridge 10
    Voyage Data Recorder - MMB
    Dynamic Positioning system - SDP10

27 metre vessel for coastal studies

27 metre metre  vessel for coastal continental shelf studieslA 27 metre vessel for coastal continental shelf studies (ESPACE project) will be delivered at the end of 2005 and will be equipped with:

  • Scientific equipment:
    Multibeam echosounder - EM3002 D
    Hydrographic echosounder - EA600
    Sound velocity sensors and dGPS receivers - SeaPath 200
    Parametric sub bottom profiler - TOPAS PS40
  • Fishery sonar equipment:
    Fishery Sonar - SH40
    Multifrequency echosounder - EK60
    Net sounder - ITI
  • Bridge navigation:
    Autopilot
    Radar
    Gyro
    Electronic chart system
    Communications

High level of collaboration

In addition to the supply of navigation and scientific equipment, the contract also covers the full commissioning and training for both vessels. This requires close collaboration between Kongsberg Maritime and its subsidiary Simrad, and the various departments from each company. Additionally, a high level of collaboration between the involved parties (owner, shipyard, engineering offices and supplier) has been achieved, which has generated big expectations on the success of the project.

Many Spanish references

Simrad Spain SL has a strong pedigree in the supply of navigation and scientific equipment to Spanish research vessels. Since 1997, the company has supplied both Kongsberg Maritime and Simrad equipment to «R/V Hespérides» for the High Research Council (CSIC), R/V «Vizconde de Eza» for fishery research, «R/V Cornide de Saavedra» and «R/V Fco. de Paula Navarro» for the Oceanographic Institute, and «H/V Tofiño», «H/L Astrolabio» and «H/L Escandallo» for the Navy Hydrographic Institute.

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