Successful AUSV trials in Wales

Bibby HydroMap’s AUSV, DriX, being tested off the coast of Wales. Bibby HydroMap’s AUSV, DriX, being tested off the coast of Wales.

Bibby HydroMap, a UK-based seabed and sub-seabed survey company, has announced it has successfully completed testing of an eight-metre autonomous unmanned survey vessel (AUSV), DriX.

According to Bibby, the system has the ability to accommodate a hydrographic and geophysical survey payload and to aid positioning of underwater vehicles, facilitating data collection on a variety of marine projects.

The trials were held over a five-day period and tested the performance and survey capabilities of the AUSV. Testing took place in and around Gwynt Y Môr, a 576-megawatt offshore wind farm operated by Innogy Renewables UK in an area off the north Wales coast. It is the fourth-largest operating offshore windfarm in the world.

DriX is able to operate at speeds of up to 14 knots and has a reduced profile both above and below the waterline which, according to Bibby, means the AUSV is able to be used in conditions considered unsafe for other vessels.

Last modified onMonday, 03 September 2018 13:40

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