Flexibility, ease of use and ability to improve catch efficiency recognised.
We're confident the innovations we have introduced in the ES70 will ultimately help to improve catch efficiency.
Simrad is a part of Kongsberg Maritime's Subsea division, and as such a part of the Kongsberg Group. The Simrad ES70 echo sounder, which was shown to the professional fishing industry
for the first time this September at the World Fishing exhibition in Vigo, Spain,
has received the Innovation Award 2009 at the International Sea Technologies Exhibition
and Brokerage Event (ITECH MER) in Lorient, France, which took place 22nd - 24th
Easier operation and improved performance
The ES70 was selected for the award thanks to a number of new innovations introduced
by Simrad for easier operation and improved performance. A key factor is its flexibility,
which ensures suitability for all types of professional fishing. It can operate
with various different transceivers and transducers, from 18 kHz up to 333 kHz as
Single Beam or Split Beam depending on the depth requirements.
"The ES70 is a modular system that allows the user to start with a single beam,
single frequency and extend to a multi frequency echo sounder using single or split
beam transducers. It allows users to choose from a wide variety of software functions
for transducers and transceivers, depending on what kind of fishing it is used for,"
explains Pierre Palud of Simrad France.
New user interface
The new Simrad ES70 echo sounder is an evolution of the market leading Simrad
ES60 echo sounder, which is already installed on over 3500 vessels. One of the key
changes that will ensure its ability to enhance catch efficiency, and indeed its
selection for the Innovation Award is the new user interface and method of presenting
"By clicking on the icon on the title bar, the information you wish to add appears
in a dedicated pane. This pane can be placed wherever you wish, and it can be set
to any size and shape to fit your requirements. It may even be transparent to preserve
the echogram in the background," continues Pierre.
The Simrad ES70 also features an innovative, efficient and easy to use new zoom
function, which allows the use of an extended area to study a bank of pelagic fish
or an area near the sea floor. Bottom hardness information also allows the study
of bottom conditions where the ES70 measures reflectivity and calculates hardness
on a scale of 1 to 100. All of this information can then be exported to a navigation
"We're delighted to receive the ITECH MER Innovation Award, especially so soon
after we unveiled the ES70 to the fishing industry," adds Mads Dahl, Sales & Marketing
Director, Simrad. "We're confident that the innovations we have introduced in the
ES70 will make it more flexible and easier to use than the already popular ES60,
and that this will ultimately help to improve catch efficiency."