New Survey Boat
Parker Maritime invests in the future by acquiring a custom built boat for nearshore seabed mapping. The current boat is at the same time taken out of service after 15 years. Even being exposed to the current tough market conditions, there are still opportunities. We believe this investment will secure business now and in the future says BDM Stian Waage
The new boat is tailor made for conducting seabed mapping along the Norwegian coast. It will enable much better working conditions for the crew, increase the quality of the data collection and strengthen HSEQ on board. The boats range is, despite its size, along the entire Norwegian coastline. For larger distances, a trailer may carry it.
Parker Maritime has for over 40 years conducted seabed mapping for harbor authorities, oil companies and contractors. We have accumulated many years of experience in both data acquisition and data processing. We do all from documentation, planning and inspection on behalf of a wide range of customers. This may include pipe survey, depth survey for harbours, seabed mapping on large road, bridge or tunnel projects, or inspection of quays and oil/gas depots.
The boat has a Kongsberg EM2040 multibeam echosounder, which is last generation equipment for seabed mapping up to 5-600 meters. Positioning is generated by the use of a Seapath 330RTK with corrections from Cpos. The boat is rear, by enabling use of equipment normally found on larger vessels for deeper seas. By using acknowledged equipment and manufacturers, we can deliver high quality data, which we know is important for our customers. It is important not to comprise on this quality, as we see closer security margins on i.e. cruise ship routes.
We have also designed the boat to enable us to increase our services. This might be light inspections, side scan sonar and sub-bottom profiler. With increased deck space we also see the option to bring on board equipment such as ROV to be able to investigate areas of future interest . Here we see a lot of interesting technologies and possibilities that may enhance our service portfolio.
The sea acceptance test and calibration was conducted in January 2016 with positive results. After this it was sent to the north of Norway for its first jobs in Lofoten and Troms.