USVs Being Deployed for Water Quality Monitoring in SW England

Remotely controlled unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) will harvest a range of water quality and eutrophication data within inland waters on weekly deployments from stations in Dartmouth, Falmouth, Plymouth By Joe Macey / 12 Jun 2024
USVs Being Deployed for Water Quality Monitoring in SW England
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Funding has been secured to deploy Uncrewed Surface Vessels (USVs) for water quality monitoring in key South West regional ports.

With the Innovate UK funding, a consortium of British marine technology companies will be able to utilize non-invasive USVs for monitoring in Dartmouth, Falmouth, and Plymouth.

Led by Somerset-based marine acoustic monitoring experts, MSeis, the ‘Smart Ports, Clean Waters’ project partners aim to transform public understanding of water ecosystems in ports and harbours in the South West of England by providing broad range, accessible data relating to pollution in the region’s rivers and estuaries.

MSeis will be supported by technical partners, Exeter-based HydroSurv, and Chelsea Technologies.

The ‘Smart Ports, Clean Waters’ end-to-end solution will see a specialist sensor payload from Chelsea Technologies integrated into MSeis’ three, battery electric HydroSurv REAV-16 uncrewed vessels.

The remotely controlled USVs will harvest a range of water quality and eutrophication data within inland waters on weekly deployments by MSeis from their stations in Dartmouth, Falmouth and Plymouth, with the results widely accessible to regional stakeholders via a cloud-based, geospatial data viewing platform developed by HydroSurv.

During the 12-month test and demonstration campaign, which will showcase the cloud-based visualisation platform, other expected outputs include detailed weekly datasets from each harbour, evaluation workshops involving the port partners and the further enhancement of integration and survey tactics knowledge.

David Hull, CEO of HydroSurv, said; “This zero-emission, safe and sustainable solution for water quality data collection will achieve widespread coverage at three of the South West’s key harbours using highly automated, robotic vessels overseen by shore-based personnel.

“The consortium is committed to serving public interest, operating independently from other public and private monitoring efforts, with the goal of providing accurate and unbiased information to the community.”

MSeis Managing Director, Mark Higginbottom, added; “This project will make a real difference to the environmental monitoring of our harbours and coastal waters.

We are thrilled to be working with HydroSurv and Chelsea Technologies, whose knowledge and skill sets will complement our own offshore experience and expertise.”

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