Teledyne Marine has provided its new SeaBat T20-ASV multibeam echosounder to Maritime Robotics AS for integration into an Otter USV (unmanned surface vessel) that will be used to provide high-quality hydrographic services in Baltic ports. The complete solution will be delivered by Maritime Robotics to Latvianport services provider Rīgas Brīvostas Flote Ltd. (RBF).
The T20-ASV, launched recently at the Ocean Business 2021 trade show, provides enhanced acoustic quality in highly demanding marine environments. The unit is based around the proven SeaBat T20, and features a reduced SWaP (size, weight and power) footprint for optimal usage on autonomous platforms. The T20-ASV comes as standard with SeaBat AI control, optimising results and giving true hands-off operation – a major step toward fully autonomous operations.
Ed Cheesman of Teledyne Marine noted: “Adapting the SeaBat T20 to suit ever smaller platforms means surveyors can now benefit from Teledyne RESONs exceptionally clean, high-resolution data and precise positioning even when working from small vehicles such as the Otter. We are delighted to partner with Maritime Robotics to bring such enhanced capabilities to their wide and growing user base around the world.”
Kristoffer Fortun of Maritime Robotics commented: “We are proud to be the first USV manufacturer to successfully integrate and demonstrate this new turn-key solution. Integration went smoothly thanks to close collaboration between engineering teams and we are immediately impressed by the ease of use and quality of the data which really stands out. We can see this combination will be in demand.”
Kaspars Ozoliņš, RBF Board Member, stated: “RBF is interested in application of advanced, modern and environmentally-friendly technologies with the aim of providing increasingly high-quality port services in order to increase the competitiveness of Latvian ports. Moving to unmanned vessels to augment existing operations is an exciting step and getting the platform and payload right is key. The new Otter/ T20-ASV combo is welcome news as it means no compromise over sensor selection with data as good as we might expect from our much larger manned vessels. We are looking forward for getting the technology in place to attain our ambitions.”