RRS Sir David Attenborough adds a FarSounder-1000 3D Sonar
Friday, 11th August 2017
FarSounder's longest range sonar system FarSounder-1000 is to be the latest addition to the state-of-the-art equipment incorporated into the British Antarctic Survey's new Polar Research Vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough.
Commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), built by Cammell Laird Birkenhead shipyard, Port of Liverpool City Region, UK to a Rolls-Royce design, for operation by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) this £200 million Government investment secures the UK's position as a world leader in polar research.
Pinpoint Electronics of Devon, UK is the local FarSounder representative for this prestigious project. Pinpoint's Managing Director, Sally Dale stated, "As a former officer in the Royal Navy, a ship's safety has always been of the utmost importance. Over my years in the industry, I have learned the best way to achieve the highest level of safety is by adding a FarSounder sonar to the navigation suite."
With the new ship's ability to embark on longer voyages and explore some of the most remote aquatic regions of the world, the FarSounder sonar will prove invaluable in its primary use for navigation and obstacle avoidance. In addition, it's technology and data can supplement the more traditional on-board science mission sensors. The new ship's vast capabilities will enable scientists to explore and undertake science in new areas of the Antarctic and Arctic seas. The enhanced coverage achieved by utilizing FarSounder-1000 can open up new locations for science and will clearly demonstrate and reinforce continuing British presence in Antarctica and the South Atlantic.
The sonar will be protected during ice breaking operations via a custom hoist designed and built by C4R Maritime Solutions of Frederikssund, Denmark, and tested in the lab at Force Maritime in Denmark. "Having this new solution for specialized vessels, a new world opens up to many more vessels that can benefit from the innovative technology of FarSounder." said Bill Endersen, senior engineer at C4R.
Last year, FarSounder was integral in the residential ship The World's groundbreaking excursion that reached the Ross Ice Shelf, the furthest south any vessel has ever sailed. It will be fascinating to see where RRS Sir David Attenborough will be able to explore with a FarSounder leading the way.